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Apropos of nothing

These are some random thoughts I wrote down over the first half of 2020, then moved them around so much (for lack of a good home) that the exact dates are long gone. Since then I managed to make one into a blog post, at least.

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.

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