You are the first person in the Zen world that I’ve seen evidence any knowledge of TeX, with the possible exception of Douglas Hofstadter (although I still don’t know what to make of the Zen stuff in Godel Escher Bach). Admittedly, I’ve only been sitting for a year or so. I’ve loved TeX and Knuth for a lot longer than that. I used to be a computer programmer for AOL, now I’m a stay at home Dad that finds zazen to be not different from parenting, and the practice in paying attention to be really useful when I’m reading the same book over and over again (or cleaning the same floor over and over again). Amazing that your daughter could fix the laser pointer. A future geek :)
Wow. To be compared to Douglas Hofstadter is an honour—thank you! There is a man who exhibits a level of intelligence that I can only dream of aspiring to. Although, I’m pretty sure we’re not the only two Zen/TeX geeks around; it’s a big world and all sorts of people practice Zen, geeks included.
I think it’s really cool that you’re a stay-at-home Dad. I certainly found being a stay-at-home parent one of the most challenging times of my life. Not so much because of the repetition, but because I feel like I am *so* out of my element while doing it. And there tends to be a constant fear of me “losing it” and hurting my child the way I was hurt as a child. But I’m slowly getting over that with practice. :^)
How are you finding the experience?
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