Apropos of nothing


I've been looking at blogs wrong this entire time


No, seriously. *Of course* posts are just going to pile up if I treat them as stand-alone and largely unchanging. And post summaries become baggage once they slide off the front page. As for archives, they just tend to grow forever: a different kind of pile-up.


The post should *be* the summary. Any details should be relegated to a more permanent page linked from the blog: a corner of your digital garden, that you can tend at leisure over time. *That* is how you reconcile the timely and the perennial, not by forcing wikis to double as blogs or other "clever" schemes.


Dear rationalists


There's magic in the world. Not literal magic. The metaphorical kind. But it's there.


Miracles happen. Not the literal kind. But they do happen.


You get signs from above. Not the real deal. But pay attention and you'll notice the universe speaks to you.


To deny all that isn't reason, it's reductionism. And smarts without wisdom are a castle built on shifting sands.


Higher education is a scam


And I mean in an EU country, where top students (if not all students) can actually study for free. But there's still a lot of money involved, because the state pays their tuition instead. Which is why teachers will insist that after getting your bachelor's you also go for a master's ...then a Ph.D. ...then a post-doctoral school ...after which they'll try to recruit you among their ranks so you can perpetuate this long-running con scheme.


And in the mean time, all those teachers have secure, well-paid jobs. See?


But sure, they'll insist it's all for love of knowledge. Don't fall for it.


You want democracy, not cryptography


Yo, crypto-heads. Encrypted communication doesn't protect your privacy. Laws protect your privacy, and democratic oversight of lawmakers, so you can ensure those laws stay. A tyrannical government can easily do any of the following:



What do you mean, all that is already happening, and in supposedly democratic countries, not some dictatorship?


The cutting room floor


Last updated: 8 January 2021



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