About this blog

This blog was - what feels like a thousand years ago - my very first blog.  Over time, I found my interests tended to clump into distinct areas that didn't overlap much, so I started forking off different blogs for different subjects.  At one point, I had six blogs on the go: one for generic stuff, one for design stuff, one for humanism stuff, another for productivity stuff,....
But then in the last couple of years, I started to notice that many of my posts started overlapping again.  I'd like to think this is because my thinking on these diverse subjects was maturing to the point where it was all "coming together" into a single personal world-view.  [shrug] Perhaps I'm just getting mentally sloppy in my old age.
In any case, as this blog had languished for years, I decided it would be the ideal place to bring (almost) everything back together in one place; thus, what you see before you.
The upside of this exercise is that the view count on this one blog will eventually be at least the sum of the view counts of all my other blogs combined.  Once I get some reasonable ads running, I may even make a few bucks a year off of it.  (And though I'm very satisfied with my salary as a professor, it's safe to say I'll never be rich - so every little bit helps.)
The downside is that I worry some people will be scared off because not everything I post here will be to their liking.  Productivity folks may hate the design posts; design folks may hate the humanism stuff; and so on.  Still, in the end, I'm writing this largely for my own personal benefit and not because I think everything I write is so damned important that everyone else must read it.
I'm an educator; and I mean that more as a descriptor of an innate tendency than any training I've received - shockingly, University profs get essentially zero training in teaching.  Because of this, when I have a new thought - at least, new to me - I feel strongly inclined to share it.  I make no particular claims to getting it right, although as an academic I do have more time to devote to study and learning than most other people.  Still, I very resolutely believe that sharing well-reasoned thoughts and ideas cannot possibly be a bad thing.  And so I share these thoughts with you.  If they help, great.



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