He aquí los pensamientos aleatorios de un epistemólogo andante.
I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
피할수 없는 고통이라면 차라리 즐겨라
As of June, 2013, I have assumed a new identity: I am a cancer survivor. "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."
"A blog, in the end, is really not so different from an inscription on a bone: I was here, it declares to no one in particular. Don't forget that." - Justin E. H. Smith
"All things are enchained with one another, bound together by love." - Nietzsche (really!)
Donc, si Dieu existait, il n’y aurait pour lui qu’un seul moyen de servir la liberté humaine, ce serait de cesser d’exister. - Mikhail Bakunin
"Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to soliloquize. Where was I?" - the villain Heinz Doofenshmirtz, in the cartoon Phineas and Ferb.
Is seer periculeus voor de onbekende, om aan te doen. - Hendrick Hamel
"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." - Linus Pauling
Blogging online since 1965
- He aquí los pensamientos aleatorios de un epistemólogo andante.
- My name is Jared Way. I was born in rural Far Northern California, and became an "adoptive" Minnesotan. I have lived in many other places: Mexico City, Philadelphia, Valdivia (Chile), Los Angeles. And for 11 years, I was an expatriate living in South Korea. In the summer of 2018, I made another huge change, and relocated to Southeast Alaska, which is my uncle's home.
- For many years I was a database programmer, with a background in Linguistics and Spanish Literature. In Korea, worked as an EFL teacher.
- In June, 2013, while I was in Ilsan in South Korea, I was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent successful treatment. That changed my life pretty radically.
- Currently, you could say I'm "between jobs," somewhat caretaking my uncle (to the extent he tolerates that) and getting adapted to life in rural Alaska after so many years as an urban dweller.
- These bloggings, then, have been my random jottings on the subject of my mostly pleasant life among the Quasi-Confucian Cyber-Industrial Paleolithic Peninsulites of Lower Far Siberia.
- I started this blog before I even had the idea of going to Korea (first entry: Caveat: And lo...). So this is not meant to be a blog about Korea, by any stretch of the imagination. But life in Korea, and Korean language and culture, inevitably have come to play a central role in this blog's current incarnation.
- Basically, this blog is a newsletter for the voices in my head. It keeps everyone on the same page: it has become a sort of aide-mémoire.
- For a more detailed reflection on why I'm blogging, you can look at this old post: What this blog is, and isn't.
- If you're curious about me, there is a great deal of me here. I believe in what I call "opaque transparency" - you can learn almost everything about me if you want, but it's not immediately easy to find.
A distillation of my personal philosophy (at least on good days):
I have made the realization that happiness is not a mental state. It is not something that is given to you, or that you find, or that you can lose, or that can be taken from you. Happiness is something that you do. And like most things that you do, it is volitional. You can choose to do happiness, or not. You have complete freedom with respect to the matter.
- "Ethical joy is the correlate of speculative affirmation." - Gilles Deleuze (writing about Spinoza).
Like most people, I spend a lot of time online, although I try to limit it somewhat. Here is a somewhat-annotated list of the "places" where I spend time online.
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Knowledge and News
- I spend about half of all my time online reading Wikipedia. It's why I know stuff.
- I get most of my world news from Minnesota Public Radio which includes NPR, BBC and CBC, depending on when I listen.
- Korean news: 네이버 뉴스
- Korean news in English, with a conservative bias thrown in for free: The Korea Herald.
- I use the Korean dictionary many times every day: Daum 영어사전.
- Humor and Tech News: The Register.
- Understanding our postmodern world: Television Tropes.
- "Social Media"
- Humor and Cat Videos
A Diversity of Blogs - I read these a lot.
- Economic and centrist politics: Marginal Revolution.
- "Rationalism" and vaguely libertarian politics: Slate Star Codex.
- Liberal Politics: Lawyers, Guns, Money.
- Some linguists: Language Log.
- Philosophy (with liberal political slant): Crooked Timber.
- Philosophy (with libertarian political slant): Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
- Korean culture: Ask a Korean.
- Excellent writing: Justin Erik Halldór Smith. Philosophy, random linguistic and political observations, expat life of a Californian of my generation.
- More excellent writing: Blogarach. This is the reincarnation of IOZ, which is referenced in many of my blog posts from years ago.
- Design history and bibliophilic pursuits: Ptak.
- Amateur visual arts: DeviantArt.
- Semiotics: New Savanna.
- Blogs of people I actually know
Geofiction - this has evolved into a significant "hobby" for me. I like to draw imaginary maps, and there is a website that has enabled this vice.
- I worked as a volunteer administrator for the site OpenGeofiction on and off for a few years. I created (but no longer maintain) the site's main wiki page: OGF Wiki. I am not currently working as administrator but I remain active on the site.
- The above work has required my becoming an expert in the Openstreetmap system. Openstreetmap is an attempt do for online maps what wikipedia has done for encyclopedias. I have considered becoming an openstreetmap contributor, but I feel that my current location in Korea hinders that, since I don't have a good grasp Korean cartographic naming conventions.
- Starting in April, 2018, I decided somewhat capriciously to build my own "OGF stack" on my own server. This was not because I intended to abandon the OGF site, but rather because I wanted to better understand the whole architecture and all its parts. I built a wiki on the Mediawiki platform (the same as wikipedia). This wiki has no content. I built a map tileserver and geospatial database, which contains a very low resolution upload of an imaginary planet called Rahet. And I built a wordpress blog, which is a separate, low-frequency blog intended to focus on my geofictional pursuits rather than this more personalized, general purpose blog. All of these things can be found integrated together on my rent-a-server, here: geofictician.net
- TEFL - my "profession," such as it is.
- Like most people, I spend a lot of time online, although I try to limit it somewhat. Here is a somewhat-annotated list of the "places" where I spend time online.
Category Archives: Hiking & Travel
Wayne Pealo, Arthur's friend and Keith's brother-in-law who visited the last few weeks, is handy with one of those video-making tools. He made a "movie trailer" about his visit to Rockpit (Arthur's name for his "Estate" here). It's pretty cool. … Continue reading
Kasaan is a native Haida village on the east side of Prince of Wales Island. Haida are the dominant tribe in southernmost southeast Alaska. Juli, Keith and I drove over there today while Wayne and Arthur went fishing. We walked … Continue reading
Sunny Hay is the most notable, highest mountain in the Craig area of west-central Prince of Wales Island. Actually, the name is Sunnahae, which is a native name. It's about 800m tall, and has a notable treeline near its top. … Continue reading
The flights from Seoul to Seattle and then Portland presented some good "airplane window photo" opportunities. Here is downtown Seattle, iconically recognizable. Here is the volcano Mount Saint Helens, just north of Portland, as we came in to land we … Continue reading
This will be an automated post that might appear on this here blog thingy while I'm flying back to the US. This here blog entry reverses the effects of an older blog post, seen here. What I'm (maybe) listening to … Continue reading
We had a pretty full day. We got up at 4:45 because we had to go to the VA facilities in Vancouver, north of the river, for a 7:30 appointment, and we had to avoid the worst traffic through Portland. … Continue reading
I had a day off from riding along with Arthur to his appointments, because he didn't have any appointments. So I decided to go visit some of my other relatives and friends who are clustered in this part of the … Continue reading
My experience at Seatac passport control yesterday was surreally 21st century in character. I was standing in line. And standing. A very long time standing. And then… one line manager official mentioned that those with "mobile passport" got to … Continue reading
I will go to the airport in a few hours and fly to Seattle later this afternoon. I actually don't much enjoy flying. Who does? It's like a very laborious, slow-motion teleportation experience. I've scheduled (pre-posted) the next few posts on … Continue reading
Yesterday I spent most of the day on an airplane. Although there's not much to do on an airplane except eat, sleep, read, and watch things on the video, it still always feels exhausting to me. I think it's just … Continue reading
Today being my last full day here at my mom's house, we decided to do some tourism type stuff. We drove down to the rainforest at Mamu (Wooroonooran National Park) where I walked a trail and saw some rainforest and … Continue reading
I was feeling restless this morning. So I took a long walk in the wind – up to the "T" in the road, which I estimate to be about 4.5km from my mom's front door. So it was a 9km … Continue reading
I didn't see a cassowary today. I thought I might, because I went on a drive and walked around the rainforest at a national park (Mt Hypipamee) about 30 km north of here for a while. Cassowaries are type of … Continue reading
We drove to the BIG town today. Atherton, Queensland, has maybe 15000 inhabitants, and it's the giantest city around. It's about an hour's drive north from here. It's a pretty long drive for just going grocery shopping, but that's my … Continue reading
I saw some wallabies in my mom's driveway. They were cute. I took a walk up to the main road. It's about a kilometer and a half each way – so it's a bit of walking. I could walk to … Continue reading
I took a very long subway journey, on Saturday. I left work, at about one pm, and walked to Ilsan Station, which I rarely visit although it's close by, and took the Gyeongui Line (the old commuter line, upgraded to … Continue reading
Here is a last picture of Ketchikan, from yesterday, mid-day. We stayed at a motel near the airport. Last night, my dad drove out and met us for a late dinner, one last time. Now we return to Korea. I'll … Continue reading
We got on the ferry at dawn, to travel back to Ketchikan, thence to LA and on to Seoul. The dawn twilight was misty and cold, and the trees were bejewelled with heavy frost. Postscript: I had a frustrating time … Continue reading
We helped (watched?) my uncle Arthur remove the boat from the water and put it in the barn, today, at midday, while the tide was high. Curt pretended to be pulling the boat up the ramp (in fact, there is … Continue reading