Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Don't make someone else's stupidity an excuse for your own.

I would have preferred to say, "Don't make someone else's stupidity a pretext for your own". But hey. I have to compromise with the parlance of our times.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

[反共产主义] Day two.

And then I wake up the next morning and do it again, at a slightly higher level of ability (a slightly higher level of familiarity with the vocabulary, etc.).

Written before 6:00 AM, local time.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

[反共产主义] Working from (and against) Chinese propaganda.

2:00 AM Chinese handwriting practice

一個我中文筆跡的例子.  No, not a paid commercial for the brand of pen.  I only switched back to reading and writing the Taiwanese written standard ("traditional Chinese") quite recently (my school was in Kunming, remember, where we used simplified characters).

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Vegan Gains Threatens a Lawsuit, Dodges Obvious Moral Questions.

[Richard wrote in threatening to sue me, threatening to have my channel deleted, and so on: you can see his messages on youtube, here.  The text below is the final message I sent in correspondence to him: he never replied.  He has still never stated a single example of me telling a lie about him, nor making an untrue criminal allegation against him (all of the criminal behavior I know about is criminal behavior he has boasted about himself, e.g., hallucinogenic drug use.]


Okay, so I'll make a video proceeding with your statement that (1) you
do not currently own (real) firearms because the police do not allow
you to, under the terms of your probation, (2) correct me if I'm
wrong, but you have lied (and you continue to lie) in claiming that
you do not own any real weapons (you claim that all of your weapons
are "fake" and are "toys") because the knives, assault batons, swords,
etc., are indeed real weapons, (3) you still want to own guns in the
future, as soon as you are allowed to do so legally.  Is this correct?

Do you want to clarify what your position on firearms ownership is?

Do you believe that someone who has hallucinations of the kind you
describe yourself (including auditory hallucinations, "hearing voices"
that are not there, having paranoid and aggressive reactions to
strangers, with the specific delusion that people are trying to kill
you when they just say hello to you, or shake hands with you, etc.)
…do you think that sort of person should be allowed to own, use and
carry firearms?

If I described that person to you, as someone other than yourself,
would you agree with the statement, "The government is justified in
doubt their responsibility to safely use firearms"?

Do you think that the military would be willing to recruit or employ
someone with this list of symptoms, and to trust them to use guns
responsibly in a high-pressure situation?

Would you not agree that someone who had your checklist of symptoms
might be disqualified from owning/carrying firearms in at least some
democratic countries?

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Another phrase coined on my youtube channel?

I never even attempted to keep count of how many phrases I've coined —that I've APPARENTLY coined— in passing on my youtube channel.  In most cases, I said/wrote them in passing, and then googled around to check if I had been quoting someone without realizing it, etc.

In this case… "Hollow Tourism".

Thursday, 17 January 2019

…my point is, rather, "I'm asking the right questions".

Q: "[how] do you see creating fine art and music?"  This is the part few people suspect: I'm extremely self-critical, and I really do openly discuss (also) the extent to which even learning languages and doing humanitarian work is a waste of time (I think that, e.g., a military veteran could also talk about both the ways in which being in the army is edifying, and also the ways in which it is a waste of time).  I regard your question as legitimate and as giving rise to several interesting answers (and I probably have talked about it a few times, somewhere in my trail of 1,200 videos) —but I also enjoy genuinely reflecting on (e.g.) the extent to which the most sincere efforts imaginable at "improving yourself/society" (through reading or humanitarian work) can turn out to be a waste of time.  I think the whole discourse would be meaningless if I proceeded from a dogmatic position of, "I have all the answers", but my point is, rather, "I'm asking the right questions".

Link 1: The Philosophy of Stupidity: Video Games vs. Books vs. Reality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxwRASH8x6I

Link 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Nussbaum

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Highlights of my latest attempt to convince "Ask Yourself" to be LESS RACIST.

"Ask Yourself" is the name of a (vegan) youtuber who has been accused of racism many times; after discussing his views at length with him directly (and cordially) I made many attempts to encourage him to address the allegations/rumors against him —and this is partly because I know, directly, that they are not baseless allegations/rumors (he has made many, many statements that outsiders correctly view as racist).  Here are some highlights from my last/latest attempt to encourage him to be less racist, via Facebook message (these are only messages from myself to him, none vice-versa, as I would not violate his privacy).

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Vegan Activism and/or/as Humanitarian Work.

[Reply to a question from a viewer.]
I can make a video in response to this question,  but mebbe you should reply to a few further emails.
Please note that if/when I make a video in reply I will render you anonymous (so feel free to mention the particular job-qualifications/education you have here in this email: I will not repeat the details in a video response to it… I'll make them vague enough that the advice could apply to anyone / any number of people).
There is a major, implicit problem in your email:
(1) You say that you have no job (no current career-path or ambition).  That's fine.  That's not a problem "in itself".
(2) You then talk about vegan activism.
(3) Is the point, implicitly, that you want #2 to be a substitute for #1?  Do you want to try to make vegan activism your source of income and primary/only career?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

"Not everyone can be lucky (nor beautiful!), but everyone can be virtuous".

Putting this headline on today's youtube video reminded me of one of the first sentences I ever "wrote" in Chinese (back when I didn't know the language at all: just using google translate and a dictionary, with assistance from a native speaker to fix the result).

"Not everyone can be lucky, not everyone can be beautiful", vs. "Not everyone can have luck, but everyone can have virtue".  And yeah, the sentiment is much the same in today's video.

Uh… and the Chinese was… ? 不是每個人都有幸運,但是每個人都能做好事,每個人都能助天道。