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Art Life

Tricks of Mind

Me: “It’s lovely weather, it would be nice to go and write in a nice cafe, next to a brook. Trees, sky, water. Bit of inspiration.” Me2: “Well, you’ve walked the dog, and shaved, and cleaned the apartment, and you’ve got plenty of time, that would be reasonable. After all, you get more and better […]

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Life

Witness

By our attention, we bear witness to our universe. Good and Smart Since my childhood I’d equated being informed and knowledgeable with being good and smart. Patterns of being learned at my father’s knee. As I grew older, I realised this was largely his way of coping with a hostile world. As a child, my […]

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Death Life

Thoughts on Horror

Donate This blog post is long and random. I ramble. If you want to skip all that nonsense and just help Ukraine, which continues to fight valiantly against the evil Russian invasion, consider one of the options presented by the excellent historian Timothy Snyder on his substack. Diary The war in Ukraine continues. Day by […]

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Life

Sluggard

There is a mood I often struggle with, a variant of the procrastination daemon. A sluggardly daemon. I’ve done the things I needed to do. I can do the thing I want to do. Gears clash and grind. The sluggard pops out of its box and begins to chatter. “You want to go there?” “Isn’t […]

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Death Life

Broken Clocks

On two kinds of thinkers: broken clocks and people with actual reasoned arguments. The example of critics of the West too blind to criticise Putin.

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Death Life

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an abominable escalation of an eight-year war. We must condemn this aggression. We must help its victims.

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Design Life

The Saddest Owl

Or how I fell out of love with Duolingo. Years ago, I really loved the design of Duolingo. Particularly Duo, the Owl. I regularly played that game, translating phrases, so that I wouldn’t see the saddest owl reminding me that I hadn’t done my studies. I picked it up again a while ago to push […]

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Life

Thirty; Forty; Two Drunk Men

Choose: be the story or tell the story. It’s hard to do both. —Me. The Iron Hand The emperor came to the man and showed his mechanical hand. He clenched it and showed his steel fist. The man bowed his head and did what the emperor asked. The second emperor came to the man and […]

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Art Design Life Play Story

Day Six Reflections

It is always time to write thoughts. Ganghwado. We visited the Ganghwa dolmens. There, the 53 ton slab upon its two uprights. Standing there since the bronze age. A mere 3,000 years. Younger, far, than the pyramids. Yet, it has seen a cycle of ages. The island is now 300 square kilometres, but that’s after […]

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Life

Hello, New Year

Hello, world, 2022. Once more into the orbital breech.