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 [email protected]. 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 in Asciidoc with the help of CynicLog (my own weblog scaffolding for the nanoc static site generator).

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. Comments are currently provided by https://disqus.com/

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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.