I think about artificial intelligence a lot. I think about it the way a kid thinks about whether or not to jump into the swimming pool after the weather has chilled, after the first rain sets in. I suppose you could say I am afraid of philosophical heights. But science has advanced too far for … Continue reading Thinking about Artificial Intelligence
I set a goal to read 24 books in a year, and I didn't quite make it there, although I was very close—20 completed books—and 4 unfinished ones, marked with an asterisk (*) in the lists below. Nonfiction The End of Night* Bogard ♥ nature ♥ darkness ♥ philosophy The Joy of X* Strogatz ♥ mathematics ♥ … Continue reading 2018 Books
I'd like to go back to school to bolster my teaching opportunities. Beyond the fact I wanted to extend teaching opportunities to other departments and/or doctoral-level pursuits, I'd like to return to school to address my depression. Depression & Intellectualization I've lived with depression for more than half my life. When I'm invested in an … Continue reading Back to School
I don't expect all students to be as excited about aliens and artificial intelligence as I am. That's why we start the class talking about their goals and dreams. What's their major?—if they haven't chosen a major, that's fine; but why not?—is this essay the first time someone's asked them to think about their major? … Continue reading Three Essays & Six Micro Essays in English 1A
Today (and on other Saturdays) I update American Catseye and Forfeit Island, two of my shorter pieces. And I haven't gotten around to completing those writing tasks yet. I've had Saturdays where I add to both projects in under 500 words. So I'm not sure why I procrastinate them. Maybe it has to do with the fact it's a … Continue reading The Voice of Procrastination
Brainstorming ideas in a 3x3x3 prewrite for an upcoming punk-themed contest.
One of the ways I like to free write myself towards answers is the self-inflicted interview—probing thoughts beneath the surface by directing my curiosity inward, rather than impose a sense of wonder solely on the external world. I haven't done a self-inflicted interview in some time. Let's see where it goes. Every conversation needs a … Continue reading Interview with Myself
Lately I've been editing more, considering the accessibility of my writing, trying to simplify. This is why I haven't posted updates about new content every day, as I did before. I may switch to just documenting my updates weekly; that'll be much more manageable, and give me space to consistently reflect on successes and failures … Continue reading August Projects
I veered off track from the prewriting and update buttons I made with WordSwag on Monday because I needed to chase down some big ideas that crept up on me: Rewriting an Idea, where I plan how to focus on Emergence No. 7 by finishing a first draft; then rewriting for accessibility; Zeros & Ones, the fourteenth … Continue reading Joyful & Veerful
I made three updates today—two on Wattpad, and one in my WordPress blogosphere—but more importantly, I also designed several buttons for realizing these ideas; and what a fun incentive, first repurposing my PicsArt gallery into illustrations, then making those pictures a reality! I know, I know, buttons have been on the Internet since the 90s, … Continue reading Introducing Update Buttons!