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    Larsenal

    Well done, indeed.  It reminds me of my reflections during and after my trip to Vietnam.  I was there helping with a philanthropic technical project, so there was some joy in that.

    Traveling to such places can truly change some of your perspectives on life.  Frankly, when I consider the suffering and poverty in this world, my ambitions of mastering C# delegates, agile programming methodologies and Vista internals feel very hollow.

    Another poem (edited somewhat) that captures my thoughts very well:

    Teach me to know my end,
    What is the measure of my days,
    That I may know how frail I am.

    Indeed, my days are as handbreadths,
    And my age is as nothing;
    Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.

    Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
    Surely they busy themselves in vain;
    He heaps up riches,
    And does not know who will gather them.