Life is more about doing than feeling -My dad This is another one of those posts which is going to be painfully obvious to a lot of readers, but which others might find helpful. I wanted to talk through something that I only consciously grasped in my early twenties. The difference between two senses of … Continue reading Two senses of caring
Using the language bot, GPT-3, I wanted to participate in the creation of poetry without an author. This is a paradoxical limit which can only be approached, not reached. If I just had GPT-3 write the whole thing, it would be an author of a kind. So I blended together a few of my own … Continue reading The Arcadian Cantos- A poem without an author- 1st Draft
As someone who, on the internet, has gotten stuck into people before and later deeply regretted it and felt like a damn hypocrite, I wanted to give some life advice on how to avoid over moralising. It's something I think about a lot, but it's also something I would be very keen to hear alternative … Continue reading Tips for avoiding moralism (from someone who has often fallen well short of the mark themselves)
Using the language bot, GPT-3, I wanted to participate in the creation of poetry without an author. This is a paradoxical limit which can only be approached, not reached. If I just had GPT-3 write the whole thing, it would be an author of a kind. So I blended together a few of my own … Continue reading Work in progress: Arcadian Cantos- a poem without an author
[Edit: This is one of those essays where I explain something that might seem painfully obvious to others, because I grasped it relatively late. Or if you're more cynical, you might say it's an autist taking commonsense and dressing it up as insight porn for other autists. I tend to work on the "better out … Continue reading One difference between ordinary and public condemnation
I've seen a bunch of memes and agitprop on the internet complaining that healthy eating to build strong immune systems isn't promoted as a primary means of beating Coronavirus by doctors. Why are they talking about masks and not the importance of fruit! It is true that healthy eating does support a healthy immune system, … Continue reading A just illness theory?
There's something about afternoon light through a glass vase that makes you regret every choice you've ever made while rejoicing in having been born.
You wake up one morning to a knock at your apartment door. It’s famous singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. His eyes are wild and his hair dishevelled. “We need to immanentize the eschaton”. Needing a moment of prayerful reflection you attend a local chapel. As you sit in a pew, the man in front of you … Continue reading Five writing prompts I like
So this is a poem I wrote with GPT-3. I previously posted it in this blog, but this time I have revised it on my own, without GPT-3, so I guess it's now 60% mine, 40% GPT-3's. It's still not a great poem, but it's maybe interesting? Red star- o’ dread star Shatterest … Continue reading If Faust had but Loved, revised
For me it's "they need to face the consequences of their own actions" when used to justify something horrible being done to a person. I find it especially annoying when it's invoked by an authority figure who plays some role in determining what happens to a person. Now it may be that they deserve the … Continue reading What thought stopping catchphrases and cliches grind your gears?