Branzino Panino

I think my first true love is moaning about the abuses of language. Truly, I try not to be too much of a perscriptivist, linguistic sourpuss but I do have my fucking limits. My triggers seem to specifically be the long-standing American tradition of using a foreign word where a perfectly good English word exists,…

Some thoughts on suicide

Will, this will be difficult to get on paper. In late December of 2021 a very close family friend went to Switzerland and threw himself off of a building. It was difficult for all of us who knew him. Frankly, there is very little we know about what happened or what caused this. There is…

Anti-Deepities

This is just a little April Fool’s Day shit post. I have a hatred of deepities. Deepities, for the uninitiated, are statements that at first glance seem deep, but if you actually look at them carefully, you notice that they start to fall apart. Deepities are everywhere in our popular thinking, and for reasons I…

Being the ghost

It is not that love sometimes makes mistakes, but that it is, essentially, a mistake. We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfections on to another person. One day the phantasmagoria vanishes, and with it love dies. Ortega y Gasset I learned long ago that after about high school, no one really cares…

Advice I cannot follow – Failures in Polymathy – Part 2

This is a continuation of last weeks post. I recommend you read that first, as this follows from that. But I am the type of idiot that feels like these problems can be solved with enough reflection and thought. To go into this, I need to bring up another anecdote from my past. When I…

Advice I cannot follow – Failures in Polymathy

I think I am an addict. Or at least, that’s a part of my personality that shouldn’t be ignored. One of the things I realized when I quit smoking was that I had a hard time with finality. I didn’t want there to be a ‘last cigarette’. There was too much finality in that, and…

I used to be Bilingual

I always find myself in linguistic disagreements with people. Oddly enough, I never have these disagreements with people who are actually Bilingual. I have been bilingual my whole life, which is to say that while there objectively was a period of my life where I could only speak one language (my mother can attest to…

Keto and expertise, part 3 (I still have no idea what I am doing)

Right. The methodological framework of this post, or this blog, is that I have issues. But my issues are all epistemological issues. I don’t know, I don’t know how to know, and I am not convinced you do either. Come on a journey with me, and learn how additional information still means no god damned…

Can you keep a secret?

Ok, I will apologize right off of the bat. That title is pure click bait. But you likely knew that coming in, right? I mean, why the fuck would I be offering to reveal a secret here of all places. I don’t think I have uttered the words of this title in some time. As…

Education as a waste of time

I keep encountering people who think the education is a waste of time. These people have this weird divide between their own intelligence and education, a topic I have skirted around in the past, but this is a little bit different. These people think that intelligence is an inherent property of themselves, and not an…