9. Enough

Filling to the brim is not more than what was already enough. Sharpening the blade makes it easier to dull. The more possessed the harder it is to protect. Possession, pride, arrogance bring their own punishment. Complete your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Projects *love* to retain stuff. We discussed earlier…

8. No contention: No disappointment

The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It flows in the places that people dislike. Therefore it is similar to the Tao. In residing, stay close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In dealing with others, be fair and generous. In solving, don’t force solutions. In…

7. embrace all solutions

The Tao is present and eternal. It was never started; thus it can never end. It has no definition of self; thus it is present for all. The wise engineer stays behind; and thus ends up ahead. They stay detached from all solutions; and thus embrace all solutions. By letting go of self, they find…

6. you are the proxy

Like the river in the valley, the Tao is never dried up. The Tao’s motion continuously provides, continuously emptying but never exhausted. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want. It was made obvious in the very first chapter that the ethereal path that is the tao and the manifestations…

5. effectiveness in chaos

The Tao doesn’t differentiate; from it arise both good and evil. The wise engineer doesn’t differentiate; they welcome all The Tao is empty without being exhausted; the more it works, the more is given. Too much communication leads to silence. Better to hold fast to the center We’ve departed some from architecture and software inner-workings…

4. Clear but transparent

The Tao is empty, called and used but never exhausted eternal, empty,  and filled with infinite possibilities. It softens their resolve, It unties their confusion, It diminishes their importance. It bears their dust. The Tao is clear but transparent Penetrates and endures It created creation. The intent here is to re-enforce the way; show that…

Commentary: VW diesel emissions scandal

If you haven’t heard about VW’s cheating diesel cars, here’s a link. In a nutshell, the engine management software was programmed to change the performance (and emissions) of the engine if it detected that it was on a dynamometer, and therefore likely having it’s emissions checked. The engine would then revert to it’s standard, way…