I consider myself a modern American Transcendentalist and a Muslim adherent of the Din I Ilahi aspiring to be aligned with the likes of the Brethren of Purity. In support of a religious life, it is my aim to use information technology to organize and automate away life’s administrative overhead, so to speak, and facilitate thereby religious practice and discipline in liberal artistry alongside a modern and socially integrated existence.
So the purpose of this blog is to support my sisters and brothers in God on similar journeys, for whom the requirements of modern life threaten to obstruct the pious pursuit of the Good. As the blog title suggests, I intend to provide documentation of technology-driven solutions in an effort to engineer a tranquil environment in modern American society without the need for physical and/or intellectual isolation therefrom.
In addition to the technical documentation efforts described above, I will use the blog as a platform for religious, philosophical, and political discussion. I further hope that other subsections, representing a variety of scientific and artistic pursuits (e.g. music, amateur entomology, astronomy) will be created as I continue to develop and make use of the technology platform which supports this project.
Note on the Blog URL:
The URL is a reference to the Blue Cliff Record, a Chinese Buddhist (Chan) collection of sayings. In the IT world, a “blue hat” is a network defense architect, so the blog is a record of the author’s works in IT with a goal of living (building) a simple life (hence the “Engineering Walden” bit) in modern times through a focus on system functionality, elegance, and security.