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Twar

I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering. I enjoy staying in the loop with new technology and sharing it here.

What makes you tick.

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I used to write many blogs on here about life lessons. A few of them were partly quoted by a great author called Terry Goodkind, and I posted and explained 8 of his 'rules' or life lessons. The reason I stopped is because I use to post a short line of a poem a friend of mine did with it to help explain it. And my friend has not completed his poem yet. But I will go ahead and write about the next rule anyway.

Before I start though, I have always wondered, would people enjoy reading about this? The thing about people is that, at least on here, they read about all the topics in the news to learn new things, and when it comes to life lessons they might think that they already know this, and that they don't need a lecture about it. This is how many people reason when they are confronted with the option of reading a blog that has some deeper meaning in it, one that tries to perhaps install a certain insight into you. Or one that tries to make you think about something that you might already know, but that you never really thought about. I like reading blogs like this because when I read a wise saying or some life lesson I feel like I can apply it in my own life and use the knowledge to my advantage. But people like reading more about news, which is why I write about news sometimes. I enjoy writing about life much more though.

"A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole."
That is the lesson that Terry Goodkind tries to teach in his 9nth book in the sword of truth series, called Chainfire.

This may seem like common sense and not a life lesson at all at first glance, but when you look  more into it you realize that even though it is common sense, we often overlook this fact for various reasons. Before you point to any optical illusions etc. to prove that a contradiction can exist, remember that it is not in reality then. Contradictions can exist in words and pictures, for example, the following sentance creates a contradiction.

"This sentinse contains three erors."

The sentance contains two spelling errors, but the fact that the sentance says it contains three errors is in itself an error, and therefore the sentance contains three errors. But then, when it does contain three errors, the fact that it says it contains three errors is no longer an error, and therefore it now only has two errors, which creates a contradiction.

In reality though it is different and there can be no contradictions whatsoever. You can only be in any one place at any one time and in one state, e.g. you are either dead or alive, you can't be both. When people lie to you we often overlook this fact and almost believe in a contradiction. We also tend to believe contradictions to help ourselves. When you are married and you cheat, you cannot both be faithful and cheat, you are either faithful or a cheater. It might have been a mistake that you would never again repeat, but that wont change the facts. Not a very good example but the idea is clear enough I hope.
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EXAMS in Stellenbosch...

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Exams were kicked off today with a whopping engineering chemistry paper that lasted three hours and took days to prepare for. With exams here its time for stellenbosch's social life to die down for a while and students to gather in the study centre.

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My A - Z

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A - Age: 18

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Loadshedding, a thing of the past.

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If you haven't been reading the news lately you would'nt know this, but Eskom has recently decided to stop loadshedding completely.

Best news ever, no more cold breakfasts with no coffee etc., but will they really be able to do this?

I hope that they will, and several facts point to it actually working. The thing about loadshedding is that it wasn't as effective to begin with. It only saved a little bit of electricity and only made people use more electricity when they had the chance. The other thing is that Eskoms equipment was not designed to be turned on and off all the time, so doing this actually had a bad effect on their own equipment too, meaning that loadshedding was more harm than good.

Eskom did say that if the strain on the power grid got too much it will have a powerfailure as a result, which being unanounced and unplanned will have a worse effect on us all, but in the long run I hope that the end of loadshedding is going to work out. South Africa will have a very difficult time ahead if it doesn't.

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Love, a deadly spell.

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I was lost in it
The spell consumed me

No one in particular cast it upon me
It just sort of happened
One moment I was free, the next I was under the spell
This spell made me act irrationally,
Made me do things I wouldn't normally do

Its not a good spell, but at the same time its the best one
It makes you see things that aren't there,
Things that you want to see
Things that you should see.

The spell is caused by infatuation
Or by love, or lust
It doesn't really matter what causes it,
All that matters is that its there

I was under that spell for a long time,
But then it was suddenly broken.
It vanished so suddenly
That I was left by a sickening feeling in my stomach

I could see clearly now
It was a weird feeling, I felt almost lonely
But there was a triumphant feeling in my heart too
For deep down I knew,
I was finally free.
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Satirical news articles.

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I bought the paper today for the first time this year, because I had an unusual urge to read the latest news. As I was paging through the paper I saw a comical heading. At first I thought I had misread, but no, it read: "'Getoorde' penisse saai paniek in Kinshasa"

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101 ways to say NO!

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We all are often forced into awkward situations where we either have to do something we dont want to, or we have to make up a stupid excuse to back out of it. Of course having a good excuse would be prefereble to doing something you dont want to, so here is a 101 excuses to use. I found some of them really funny :D

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Talk about religion in a club.

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When you go out to a club, conversation usually turns around booze, girls, rugby and so forth. When I went out this weekend I was pleasantly surprised to find that conversation had somehow turned to talk about religion and belief.

Now the person I was talking to claimed that he was an atheist/objectivist, not knowing what the difference between the two are. Objectivism is more of a philosophy than a belief, and even though it is possible to be both atheist and objectivist, they certainly aren't the same thing.

Objectivism

  1. "Philosophy. One of several doctrines holding that all reality is objective and external to the mind and that knowledge is reliably based on observed objects and events."
Atheism

  1. "Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
  2. The doctrine that there is no God or gods."
Now all these different philosophies might not be such common knowledge, I simply know of them because I read books with similar philosophies in them. I know many people who are objectivists, and most of them are atheist as well, but there is a distinct difference. Something interesting about objectivists is how strongly they feel about human rights. The right to live etc. Most of them would leave a drowning person to drown since they would endanger their own lives in the rescue, and they have the right to live after all. Also if someone goes against your rights they forfeit that right in their own lives. For example, if I tried to kill someone I would then forfeit my own right to live and should be killed.

Reasonists have a very similar philosophy.

  1. "Reliance on reason as the best guide for belief and action.
  2. Philosophy. The theory that the exercise of reason, rather than experience, authority, or spiritual revelation, provides the primary basis for knowledge."
There are some minor differences between the two and reasonists also tend to still believe in God, although this is not true for all of them.

We had a long conversation about the difference between religions and how there are so many different philosophies and religions that you had to be absolutely sure what each labeled religion and philosophy meant before calling yourself a part of it.

Its very interesting that we have so many different philosophies and religions in the world at the moment, it would be interesting to see if somewhere in the future they all become one, or just become even more diverse.
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Betrayel? Oh, no!

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I feel stangely relieved
I havent been betrayed, just ignorant
Not what I expected at all
But I was blinded to the truth

Love makes you blind, well
maybe so does infatuation
any hot people
i dont know, but the thing is
once you see something
that you didnt think was there
you are somehow free.
More free than you could ever imagine.

What will happen next?
I can't wait to see :D
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The Echo's blog game - I'm up.

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Copy and paste my post and erase all the red type (because that's my thoughts) and fill it in with your own.

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