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Date: 25 Apr 2007 14:23:33
From: Anonymous
Subject: New web site for chess enthusiasts
I have found a web site that should be of interest to chess fans. In its
"Quotes" section, it has many quotes from great chess players, along with
their photographs and links to more information about each player. You do
have to scroll through several other quotes to get to the chess quotes
scattered throughout that section. Its "Links" section also has many useful
and interesting chess-related web sites. The site as a whole I think is
unique: www.statusviatoris.net



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Date: 27 Apr 2007 03:55:47
From: dajava
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On Apr 27, 3:29 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected] > wrote:
> On 2007-04-27, dajava wrote:
> > On Apr 27, 2:17 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected]> wrote:
> >> On 2007-04-25, Anonymous wrote:
>

- snip-

>> Is there something there? I just see an empty black screen.
> > you had to clik on 'Skip'
>
> There was no "skip", just a blank page.
>
> > looks like a cult homepage.
> > I am not sure, though.
>
> --
> Chris F.A. Johnson <http://cfaj.freeshell.org>
> ===================================================================
> Author:
> Shell Scripting Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (2005, Apress)

Hi,

I visited your homepage a moment ago.
Do you use linux?

I have heard that flash reader/loader for linux became available
recently.

Try to install it.

I agree with Tony.

dajava,



  
Date: 27 Apr 2007 21:14:29
From: Chris F.A. Johnson
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On 2007-04-27, dajava wrote:
> On Apr 27, 3:29 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> On 2007-04-27, dajava wrote:
>> > On Apr 27, 2:17 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> >> On 2007-04-25, Anonymous wrote:
>>
>
> - snip-
>
>>> Is there something there? I just see an empty black screen.
>> > you had to clik on 'Skip'
>>
>> There was no "skip", just a blank page.
>>
>> > looks like a cult homepage.
>> > I am not sure, though.
>
> I visited your homepage a moment ago.
> Do you use linux?

Yes, I do.

> I have heard that flash reader/loader for linux became available
> recently.

It's been available for years.

> Try to install it.

It is. I have it turned off. There are so few flash pages that are
readable (or worth reading), that it's not worth having. If
there's something I really need to see, I may turn it on, or
download the flash file and view it later.

--
Chris F.A. Johnson <http://cfaj.freeshell.org >
===================================================================
Author:
Shell Scripting Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (2005, Apress)


  
Date: 27 Apr 2007 13:00:51
From: David Richerby
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
dajava <[email protected] > wrote:
> Do you use linux?
>
> I have heard that flash reader/loader for linux became available
> recently.

Recently?!? Flash has been supported by Linux browsers since at least
2000.


Dave.

--
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www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~davidr/ like a refreshing juice beverage but
not like you'd expect and it's moist!


 
Date: 26 Apr 2007 22:57:35
From: dajava
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On Apr 27, 2:17 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected] > wrote:
> On 2007-04-25, Anonymous wrote:
> > I have found a web site that should be of interest to chess fans. In its
> > "Quotes" section, it has many quotes from great chess players, along with
> > their photographs and links to more information about each player. You do
> > have to scroll through several other quotes to get to the chess quotes
> > scattered throughout that section. Its "Links" section also has many useful
> > and interesting chess-related web sites. The site as a whole I think is
> > unique: www.statusviatoris.net
>
> Is there something there? I just see an empty black screen.
>
> --
> Chris F.A. Johnson <http://cfaj.freeshell.org>
> ===================================================================
> Author:
> Shell Scripting Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (2005, Apress)





Hi Chris,

you had to clik on 'Skip'

looks like a cult homepage.
I am not sure, though.

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Viator: A wayfarer, a pilgrim, a traveler


Saint Ignatius Loyola, who referred to himself as "the pilgrim." He
knew himself to be viatoris, on-the-way.




Status Viatoris: The State of Being-On-The-Way. The human person is
a viator, a wayfarer, a pilgrim. The human condition at present is to
be between the point of absolute origin and ultimate destiny. To be
human is to be caught in a tension between the already and the not-yet
of human nature. If we cooperate with nature and grace, we can
realize our destiny. If we fail to cooperate, fate will inevitably
befall us.



The purpose of this web site is to invite you to reflect on the human
condition, and to provide you with resources for that reflection. In
pictures and words, in prose, poetry, photographs, in works of gravity
and of play, this web site will try to get you thinking, reading,
writing and talking about the human condition.


The Internet is an amazing invention. We can use it to teach,
entertain, discover, illustrate and communicate. I use the Internet
in order to keep a finger on the pulse of the world. I hope that this
site will merit the attention of strangers and friends. I hope that
this site will inspire conversation and correspondence among many.
And I'd be glad to hear from you!


It's possible, perhaps even likely, that you are unfamiliar with terms
like "status viatoris" and "viator." You may be puzzled by what I
mean by "fate" and "destiny." Here are some books that treat in
detail what I have in mind. Have a look at "The Gift: Creation" by
Kenneth Schmitz; "Against Fate: An Essay On Personal Dignity" by
Glenn Tinder; and "Human Destiny" by Joseph Owens. In the next few
parapgraphs, I'll try to elucidate the basic ideas that have motivated
this web site.



To begin to understand what I have in mind, let us make a further
distinction between the Now and the Present.
The Now is time as punctilinear. It is a concatenation of moments
unrelated to one another, each moment without any reference to a
before or after. The Now is a self-contained immediacy. In contrast,
the Present is extended. It is the temporal in terms of duration, and
related to before and after, past and future. On this view, we may
speak of Presents of varying durations, e.g., the present hour, the
present day, the present semester, the present decade. The Present
is bounded by Origin and Terminus.
We may ask, "How far does the Human Present extend? Where are the
bound of Origin and Terminus which frame the Human Present?" To begin
to address this question, we must make a further precision; we must
speak of Proximate Origin and Proximate Terminus as well as Absolute
Origin and Absolute Terminus. The Proximate Origin of the human
individual is conception, and the individual's Proximate Terminus is
death. What of Absolute Origin and Terminus? Again, another
precision must be added. The accounts of the Human Present are
decisively distinguished by how one accounts for Absolute Origin and
Terminus. There are two alternatives, which are mutually exclusive.
The first alternative I call the Closed System; the latter I call the
Open System.
In the Closed System, the Absolute Origin of the Human
Present is understood as a mere cosmic accident, the result of a
cataclysm or Big Bang before which there was nothing. Without purpose
or design, the cosmos came into being; without purpose or design,
conditions eventually came to pass from which humans arose. On this
view, it would be better not to speak of a human nature but rather of
a human happenstance.
In the Closed System, the Human Present is bounded on the
other side by Absolute Terminus, which is entropy-complete and final
cosmic annihilation. This view of the Human Present, to borrow from
Bertrand Russell, provides "...the firm foundation of unyielding
despair." (That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision
of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes
and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of
accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no
intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life
beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion,
all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are
destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that
the whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried
beneath the debris of a universe in ruins-all these things, if not
quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy
which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of
unyielding despair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely
built. Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic, pp. 47-48, as cited in
John Hick, Death and Eternal Life, p. 150.) In evaluating the Closed
System, I will touch very briefly upon the issues of time, death,
suffering and ethics.
In the Closed System, human persons may view themselves
as trapped in an ineluctable hour glass; moment by moment the passage
of time erodes their personal being. Each passing moment brings each
person one moment closer to inevitable death and the cosmos one moment
closer to annihilation. In such a system, death is a stalker, the
ultimate enemy, to be forestalled as long as possible (unless the pain
of life becomes unbearable). Patience is unjustifiable. Suffering is
the theft of what could have otherwise been pleasurable moments.
The most frightful aspect of the Closed System is what it
portends for ethics. Recall that the Closed System allows for no
telos, no transcendent standard, no ultimate sanction. Consequently,
there can be no ethics in any meaningful sense of the word. There can
be no right or wrong. In the Closed System, there can be the fact of
pain, but there can be no evil. One can meaningfully speak of evil
only if there is some genuine good of which the evil falls short; but
there is no good for there is no telos, no ultimate sanction, nothing
praiseworthy or blameworthy, no transcendent measure-there is nothing
beyond the frame of the Closed System. On this account, one might
rightly refer to the Closed System as Temporal-Metaphysics-for-
Nihilists.
What of the Open System? In the Open System, the
Absolute Origin of the Human Present is rooted in a transcendent
exnihilating agency-let it be named the Supreme Being, the First
Cause, the Unmoved Mover, the Divine Artificer, the Purposer-the name
is not of paramount importance inasmuch as I am simply presenting a
framework and not a detailed portrait of the real. In the
Open System, that which is human, indeed the whole cosmos, is the
result of absolute and transcendent generosity. No accident, then,
the cosmos and the humans within it have a design, a nature, a
purpose, a telos; in other words, in the Open System the nature of the
Absolute Origin demands that the Absolute Terminus be a destiny for
the Human Present and the cosmos. This account has far-reaching
import for our understanding of time, suffering, death and ethics.
In the Open System, time is what one goes through on the
way to one's destiny. One may speak of the passage of time as a
temporal evolution towards one's destiny. One can afford to be
patient inasmuch as time is what one passes through on the way to
one's destiny, the supra-natural fulfillment of one's nature. Death
need not be viewed as the ultimate enemy, for one has the resources
for speaking of personal persistence after death. That which is not
material is not subject to decay. Suffering can be given meaning.
Rather than viewing suffering only as an interference with what might
have been a more pleasurable passage through time, suffering may be
redeemed by seeing it in a teleological light.




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dajava,






  
Date: 27 Apr 2007 02:29:18
From: Chris F.A. Johnson
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On 2007-04-27, dajava wrote:
> On Apr 27, 2:17 pm, "Chris F.A. Johnson" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> On 2007-04-25, Anonymous wrote:
>> > I have found a web site that should be of interest to chess fans. In its
>> > "Quotes" section, it has many quotes from great chess players, along with
>> > their photographs and links to more information about each player. You do
>> > have to scroll through several other quotes to get to the chess quotes
>> > scattered throughout that section. Its "Links" section also has many useful
>> > and interesting chess-related web sites. The site as a whole I think is
>> > unique: www.statusviatoris.net
>>
>> Is there something there? I just see an empty black screen.

> you had to clik on 'Skip'

There was no "skip", just a blank page.

> looks like a cult homepage.
> I am not sure, though.


--
Chris F.A. Johnson <http://cfaj.freeshell.org >
===================================================================
Author:
Shell Scripting Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (2005, Apress)


   
Date: 27 Apr 2007 08:35:46
From: Tony M
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:29:18 -0400, "Chris F.A. Johnson"
<[email protected] > wrote:

>> you had to clik on 'Skip'
>
> There was no "skip", just a blank page.
>

Do you have Flash installed? The home page is nothing but a Flash
animation. The main page is here:

http://www.statusviatoris.net/index2.html

Tony


 
Date: 27 Apr 2007 01:17:58
From: Chris F.A. Johnson
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts
On 2007-04-25, Anonymous wrote:
> I have found a web site that should be of interest to chess fans. In its
> "Quotes" section, it has many quotes from great chess players, along with
> their photographs and links to more information about each player. You do
> have to scroll through several other quotes to get to the chess quotes
> scattered throughout that section. Its "Links" section also has many useful
> and interesting chess-related web sites. The site as a whole I think is
> unique: www.statusviatoris.net

Is there something there? I just see an empty black screen.

--
Chris F.A. Johnson <http://cfaj.freeshell.org >
===================================================================
Author:
Shell Scripting Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (2005, Apress)


 
Date: 25 Apr 2007 22:35:24
From: Inconnux
Subject: Re: New web site for chess enthusiasts, Religious SPAM

"Anonymous" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>I have found a web site that should be of interest to chess fans. In its
>"Quotes" section, it has many quotes from great chess players, along with
>their photographs and links to more information about each player. You do
>have to scroll through several other quotes to get to the chess quotes
>scattered throughout that section. Its "Links" section also has many
>useful and interesting chess-related web sites. The site as a whole I
>think is unique: www.statusviatoris.net
>
>
>
> --
> Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com
>

Looks like some new age religious site spam...