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: Science & SciFi
I’ve been wondering about this for a while. And now it’s solved, elegantly and clearly. [daily log: walking, 4km]
This is really true. [daily log: walking, 7km]
This is kind of interesting. It's about black holes. [daily log: walking, 7.5km]
Nerds from many countries bring us the future, one step at a time. [daily log: walking, 7km]
I found myself distracted by this amazing animated tool called EarthWindMap, by something (someone?) called Nullschool, that allows you to surf the global climate, including temperature, winds, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and other factors. Here is a view with my current … Continue reading
I've been trying to eat more beans or other legumes and vegetable protein. After my cancer, my weight dropped below 70 kg, but four years later I have completely bounced back to my pre-cancer weight equilibrium, which, frankly, I think … Continue reading
When an AI (artificial intelligence) hallucinates, what shall we call it? I suggest aillucinations. These AIs are not really that smart, though. Useful, yes, and intriguing, in a science-fictiony sort of way. But they have a long ways to go. … Continue reading
I like how these robots ski. It’s the best event from these Olympics at Pyeongchang, so far. [daily log: walking, 2km]
Occasionally, I have the thought that I have arrived in the future. Most of the time, I don't feel this. Inevitably, the future arrives more slowly than I expected when I was younger, but it does sometimes nevertheless put in … Continue reading
Apparently Ursula Le Guin has died. I thought she might not. She seemed a forever type of person. But actually everyone dies. She was a great writer. And a philosopher, though not in the conventional sense. I don't need to … Continue reading
What I'm listening to right now. A Capella Science, "Evo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody)." This song is truly awesome. It's evolutionary biology. It's poetry. It's music. It's all in a package, like the miracle of life, itself. For the prototype of … Continue reading
I did something yesterday that I haven't done in a long time: I became immersed in a rather mind-numbingly stupid game. In fact, I was led to this game from a philosophical discussion of the AI Paperclip Maximizer problem, in … Continue reading
Hoc etiam magis haec animum te advertere par est corpora quae in solis radiis turbare videntur, quod tales turbae motus quoque materiai significant clandestinos caecosque subesse. multa videbis enim plagis ibi percita caecis commutare viam retroque repulsa reverti nunc huc … Continue reading
What I'm watching on a lazy Sunday. [daily log: walking, 1.5km]
I ran across a very weird bit of avant-garde science fiction that has been created on a sports news website (SBNation), of all places. This seems unexpected. Anyway, it's a very strange thing – it's not a straightforward sci-fi story, … Continue reading
In 1960, a guy name Joe Kittinger jumped out of a high altitude balloon and fell to Earth. I don't think I could ever have the nerve to skydive, but this activity has always fascinated me. I suppose this is … Continue reading
A conceptual artist named Neil Mendoza has created a combination of gadgetry and software that allows his pet goldfish, named Smashie O'Smasherson Jr, to interact with his surroundings with a robotic hammer. I'm not sure the fish is really in … Continue reading
Sometimes some strange new germ of a story idea occurs to me, and I feel fairly certain I won't actually write that story. In such events, I think maybe the best thing to do is to publish the idea on … Continue reading
I'd always wondered about this idea, which I recently ran across: a natural nuclear reactor. Of course, if you understand the principle for how uranium fission works, you know that if enough uranium gets together in one spot, you get … Continue reading
"Self-driving cars" are all the rage in certain Silicon Valley circles as an up-and-coming technology. A conceptual artist explores the shortcomings of relying on not-so-smart robot-minds to try to drive a car. He has actually engineered his own self-driving car, using … Continue reading