Me on top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine
Me on top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine

Who?

I’m a shy, broken hearted, unemployable, ungovernable, uneducated, 30-ish-year-old American kid who is not great at life.

Contact Me

If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at cynic@mretc.net. If you need to contact me privately, you can encrypt your message to my public key.[1]

What?

I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy, and bite scoundrels.
— Diogenes

As the tagline intimates, this is a weblog of social commentary from a radical perspective: economics, philosophy, politics, and religion.

The articles I write are based on, and attempt to justify, my individualist (as in Stirner’s egoism) moral philosophy, absurdist approach to existence, and a class-conscious economic views.

My radical individualism tends to manifest itself in my writing as polemics against the state, capitalism, and subjugation in all forms. I have special hatred for things like prisons, borders, wage labour, marriage control, and essentialist ideas from racism to speciesism. Needless to say, I have found much commonality with various currents of anarchism.

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How?

This weblog is lovingly marked up by hand with the help of Haml (for HTML templates), Sass (for CSS management), the semantic.gs stylesheet (for laying out columns), and Asciidoc (for actually marking up log entries).

I manage the content here using nanoc, a ruby static site compiler. Everything is versioned with git and uploaded to my Apache-running VPS using rsync.

Since something as dynamic as a linklog does not lend itself to a statically generated site, I manage the links with a nifty PHP script called Shaarli and render the most recent links from its atom feed using a bit of JavaScript.

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Riot Dog is an Ⓐnarchist

When?

I maintained my first weblog in the late 1990’s while I was in high school. I manually added each entry to the top of the log using a WYSIWYG word processor.

In the early 2000’s I restarted my log based on a simple PHP+MySQL publishing system I wrote. I spent all my time fixing my spaghetti code and none of it writing anything interesting.

Sometime around 2003 I gave up and decided I would first write a clean AtomPub server which could be configured as weblog, a wiki, or a message board, and 'then' I would start writing.

Almost ten years later I had written almost no code, but a series of events (watching the Arab spring on the internet > my three-month hike on the Appalachian Trail during the summer of 2011 > getting arrested at Occupy Denver) both motivated me to start writing and gave me a focus. So I abandoned my perfectionist dreams of a homespun publishing platform and quickly set up this weblog in January 2012.

All of the articles here which predate Jan. 2012 are backported from my Facebook notes.


1. Key fingerprint = 25FC 9D8E CC67 8D6A 88D7 1C4D E84E 9DEB 3EAF 5AB9 - if you have a trusted way to contact me, I will happily verify this for you.