Saturday, 26 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

"Being a Nice Guy" vs. The Vegan Jerk

The minor agonies of the whole man-of-principle thing (and refusing to wear wool suits), in an era when being an uncompromising character is considered a bad thing.  On Youtube:

On Freelee's Credentials (or Lack Thereof)

Freelee's Credentials: Half-Truths & Pseudoscience.  This one actually contains quite a few digressions (with all due humility) on my own credentials, and on the struggle to make it clear (in newspaper interviews, job interviews, etc.) what exactly your credentials are (and aren't).  On Youtube:

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Beauty is Meaningless.

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I somehow managed to include the word "atavistic", in these reflections. ;-)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Air Pollution, Catching Up With Kunming

The graphic above is a snapshot of air pollution at a particular moment in time: circa 11:30 AM (Beijing time), 17 degrees Celsius in Kunming, in mid-March, 2016.

However, you'll notice that Kunming is actually less polluted than many of the surrounding cities, at least at this moment in time.  Remarkably, air-pollution in 西雙版納, 德宏, and many other (small) cities has caught up with Kunming, and has even exceeded it.

I wonder if Kunming has upgraded its power-plants to take some measures to ameliorate air-pollution that haven't yet reached the smaller cities.  Those smaller cities are often presented to tourists as offering cleaner air than the regional capital; but, at least for the moment, that seems to be untrue.

Vegans Kill Rats. REAL TALK.

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Passion vs. Organization

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

A Funeral in Laos (5 Min. Video)

Very few people know me well enough to understand why this video is emotionally moving for me, or what it would mean to me.  No, not a few: not even one.  Nobody.

In many ways, this period of my life has been consumed by a sort of mourning for my own lost potential, and for the loss of all the years that I committed to gaining expertise I'll never be able to use.  But also, on a simple, human level: I care.  I didn't care about Laos as an abstraction: I cared about it-and-them in their all-too-human reality.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Stupidity is Real

My special abilities include mentioning Cambodia in conversations that have nothing to do with it. On youtube:

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Domestication vs. "the Wild": Vegans & the A.R. Paradigm

A spontaneous set of reflections on 2001 vs. 2016, and some of our assumptions in how we construe the A.R. paradigm.  On Youtube: