I hate the horror genre

I am willing to accept that there are wide differences between individuals. That much is obvious. But what is becoming weird to me is when I seem to fall into an extreme. I seem to fall into a lot of them. Worryingly so. But this isn’t the blog post to bring up all the ways…

Seeing old friends – Part 1: Changing

Back in university, there were a group of obnoxious atheists at my school. Mind you, obnoxious was the key word here. If ornithology were relevant to the point I am about to make, I would call these people obnoxious ornithologists. But they were atheists, and at the time I was not1. I was, however, a…

I am not an autodidact

The title of this blog post should not be something controversial. It should not be something I even need to bother admitting. I am not an autodidact. Frankly, neither are you. Two things have happened here. One is that the word has had some pretty extensive semantic creep, and poor defining. We think about those…

The Sisyphean Job Hunt – Applying for jobs

In last week’s post, I joked that the job hunt was like a Sisyphean task in a Hieronymus Bosch world. I stand by that mix-matched metaphor. However, in that post I mostly gotten into the Bosch of it all – going into how vast and chaotic the space is. So here, let’s talk about the…

The Sisyphean job hunt – Job Websites.

Well, I am looking for a job again. I am still employed, but my job is pretty precarious and I could use a better one. Frankly, that describes my situations since about 2017, and I am starting to realize that I suck at this. But truth be told, I am not sure I want to…

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…