Kirby Urner's Blog (60)

Quakers in the Cascadian Northwest

Google Earth model of Multnomah Meeting by Lew Scholl (link)

(former Masonic Temple on the right -- used during the 2nd major remodel)

For those wishing to catch up on all the changes in our region among the many churches and meetings, I recommend this…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 9th mo. 27, 2022 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Earlham Scrap Book (mentions Dr. Suber)

Exhibit:  bfi.org/synergetics

Me on Quaker-P, May 14 2005 "What Every Quaker Should Know":

This is the geometry curriculum I'd like to see phased in to Quaker schools (not to displace all of what's already there, but in a way that supplements and complements). And Bucky himself: twas an…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 7, 2022 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Design Science

Bucky Fuller is credited for popularizing a lot of memes, some of which developed into full-fledged physical artifacts, such as the geodesic domes, which blossomed everywhere in architecture, most impressively on the industrial scene, but also in the form of do-it-yourself affordable shelter solutions. 

However "the industry industry missed" (Archibald MacLeish) is still…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 1st mo. 20, 2022 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Autobiographical Snippet

Both my parents were convinced Friends, thanks to deep discussions they'd been having with their peers at a YWCA closely associated with the University of Washington, where they met.  Jack was a Seattle native whereas Carol was a precocious kid at Garfield High, her dad an itinerant Linotype operator.

Dad was having conscientious objections to the university's compulsory ROTC gun training. Mom would later join the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). All that…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 11th mo. 11, 2021 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

A Patriotic Speech


I mention my Quaker ethnicity in this one. I'm sharing my sense of history. 

For related videos, see my School of Tomorrow playlist.

Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 9, 2019 at 12:03pm — No Comments

A Sermon On Racism

I find this "sermon" somewhat comical, and coming from the unprogrammed side, that's not an unusual attitude, since we don't do sermons that much (as a genre), nor even recognize "recorded ministers" all that much (some of us do). 

Nevertheless, I dive into the Bible from my own Quaker perspective, discussing the concept of races, which probably has something to do with racism as well.

[ I also sound like I have a cold, which I probably do.  My voice varies over my corpus of…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 7, 2019 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Random Videos



Sort of science fictiony:



More autobiographical:…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 1, 2019 at 2:07am — No Comments

Journaling a Departure

The Religious Society of Friends group on Facebook is very quiet on the subject of impending war with Iran. That's a kind of silence I don't want to be around.  I left the group.  Not enough authentic Quakerism for my taste.

Added by Kirby Urner on 6th mo. 16, 2019 at 6:53am — 9 Comments

On Recording One's Affiliation with Friends

As a clerk of IT (information technology) for our Yearly Meeting, I studied the work of our indigenous members, who were busy building our multi-meeting database. That baton has since been passed, and the work continues.  We haven't outsourced (yet) to a non-Quaker commercial firm.  We use PHP with MySQL.

In my day, we kept track of meeting…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 27, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

A Campus Curriculum



I'm reaching out to Friends in higher education with my recent Youtubes, which I'm free to distribute outside of Alphabet (Google) just as well.  A lot of my viewers don't ever watch Youtubes.

Scouting developed as a result of some folks wanting to abstract the fun part of military campaigning. Lets not…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 13, 2019 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Video Blogging: Quaker Journaling 3.0

Quaker Journaling 2.0 was ordinary blogging.

Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 16, 2019 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Grokking Quakers

[ originally posted on Medium ]

Do you know the etymology of “grok”? To the best of my knowledge, it comes from Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein.

You’d think I’d have talked a lot more about…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 12, 2019 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Friendly Infrastructure: Two Exhibits

[ EXHIBIT 1: Recent posting to npym-it-discuss, a listserv for those in NPYM interesting in yakking about matters IT ]

09/05/2018 (17 days ago)



https://mail.python.org/pipermail/edu-sig/2018-August/012012.html



This is a link to a publicly archived listserv (intentional spelling, allusion to brand Listserv, which then became a generic, like…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 9th mo. 22, 2018 at 10:57pm — 3 Comments

Regarding the Gospel of Judas (a film documentary)

In case you don't have time to watch the movie, or can't get your hands on a copy, the National Geographic documentary about the Gospel of Judas is pretty interesting.



Yes, National Geographic was a sponsor of the project, as if it turned out this was an authentic document, then kudos would accrue to the documentary makers.  For sure this whole operation would need to be memorialized using state of the art film techniques.  One doesn't mess…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 27, 2018 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Portland-Shiraz Sister Cities Project

The Unitarians are more at the forefront than Friends on this initiative, however we had a number of Quakers at the Iran Forum where this proposal was floated, receiving much interest and applause. I'll give a link in the comments to my journal entry on our meeting.  Portland is already sister cities with a lot of others, like Chicago is, including Sapporo (Japan) and Ashkelon (Israel).

Given my connections to higher education, I'm especially keen to share Silicon Forest curriculum…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 7, 2018 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Of Plain Speech & Post-nationalism

Stetson + C6XTY

I might bring this up informally with Oversight Committee, like I did with my "Gun Club" Stetson.  "Is this OK?"



By "this" I mean my tendency to refer to nations in the past tense, as a matter of plain…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Siding with Iran

As my long time blog readers know, I don't believe the Persians are hellbent on getting nuclear weapons.  On the contrary, the political rhetoric coming from these religious leaders as that holding such WMDs is highly immoral and unethical.



The US Christians don't usually say that.  Evangelicals tend to be pro atom bomb, as an expression of God's love for them.



Protestants are especially bomb crazed and explosive ordnance, along…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 10, 2018 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

Excerpt from a Memo to SNEC (typos fixed, mentions Earlham)

[SNEC = Synergeticists of the Northeast Corridor ]

Because I went to a fancy school (Princeton) and studied philosophy, I'm used to such as Dr. Walter Kaufman suggesting that "university philosophy" was a subject with zero backbone, a spineless trajectory for dweebs.  That was a challenge to us of course, to make it be otherwise. We were the new generation. He told me directly in his office he thought I was best of breed, in terms of my writing.



Wittgenstein too begged his…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 5, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Memo re Syria

[memo to a listserv for faculty and Peace Corps vets, a couple typos fixed, I think I'll add this to Medium]



I was pleased to see the militaries colluding to put on a fun show for the vicious masses, eager for fireworks. TV voyeurs love a great spectacle. Many are whining they want more. They want to "rubbleize" Damascus. "Please please please give us more violence".




Choosing to attack supposed…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 18, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

Theological Murmurings

One might think "mumbling" describes it better, as more incoherent than not, however "murmuring" sounds better.  Today is Easter, and April Fools.

I'm meditating on the foolishness of Man, quite appropriately. I'm going back to Genesis 2-3 when they apparently had the choice of a second tree's fruit, the fruit of Eternal Life.

Given a choice between Eternal Life and this other thing God said no about, and that had a snake on it, a talking one, Man chose this other thing. How…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 2, 2018 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

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