Nov 212010

Seven Deadly Sins
Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth.

Seven Sacraments
Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, Matrimony

Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord

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Nov 212010

(adjective) \at-ruh-BIL-yuhs\
1. Melancholic; gloomy.
2. Irritable; ill-natured; peevish.

Captain Aubrey’s steward [was] an ill-faced, ill-tempered, meagre, atrabilious, shrewish man who kept his officer’s uniform, equipment and silver in a state of exact, old-maidish order come wind or high water.
-Patrick O’Brian, The Hundred Days

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Nov 212010

adj. Merely mechanical; routine; ordinary, not refined; used pejoratively.

contempt for the banausic occupations – T. S. Eliot:
“a sensitive, self-conscious creature . . . in sad revolt against uncongenially banausic employment” (London Magazine).
being implicated in the banausic business of paid employment which the Greeks traditionally found so distasteful”

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Nov 202010
  1. Good design is innovative.
  2. Good design makes a product useful.
  3. Good design is aesthetic.
  4. Good design helps us to understand a product.
  5. Good design is unobtrusive.
  6. Good design is honest.
  7. Good design is durable.
  8. Good design is consequent to the last detail.
  9. Good design is concerned with the environment.
  10. Good design is as little design as possible.
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Nov 202010

The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates.

At the first gate, we ask ourselves, “Are these words true?”

If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go.

At the second gate, we ask, “Are they necessary?”

At the last gate, we ask, “Are they kind?”

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