It’s been a fun trip writing in this medium. Having ventured down so many roads over the last year or two, it seemed appropriate to consolidate these writings into a sort of table of contents for ease of browsing. Collected here are all of my posts in chronological order. Although they could certainly be read in the order presented if one was so inclined, I would offer that the writing probably improved over the course of the journey — this was my first real venture into the written word outside of 140 character increments (other than a few stray blog posts on an internal board with my last employer). I started with the intent to explore, and although no single consistent theme was ever settled on, if you dig a little you might find some recurring. It was no normal circumstances that led to this expedition, but I’ll leave that to the essays if you’re interested.
I’ll offer as a bit of explanation that it sometimes feels like I have a kind of speech impediment, one that may not be obvious but often coalesces in a kind of density of meaning for lack of a better description — many of the echos and patterns that can be found in these posts aren’t literary devices, they’re just how I think. This sometimes make plain speech or small talk challenging, but I get by. It’s kind of ironic that much of my career path has fallen into the sales umbrella, a rut I’ve only recently succeeded in escaping.
If you ever get a chance to dig into the essays of Paul Graham, you’ll find that he describes a writing process of getting a first draft out as quickly as he can but then spending weeks if not months editing and revising, soliciting comments, and only then finally settling on a polished form. Let’s just say that I took a different approach. The average time from a post’s conception to completion here was 2–3 days, and nothing took more than a week to finalize. As a result I think there is a certain energy carried through that might be lost otherwise, at a minimum it certainly leaves an impression of state of mind. (To be clear some of the more sophisticated topics were preceded by months if not years of study, but once I got going the writing part was pretty quick.) One thing I discovered about blogging is that every time you finish a post, every single time, it feels like this must be the final one — because you have no idea what else you could possibly write about :).
I apologize for the attempts at poetry, yes I agree those are pretty laughable.
I’m grateful to Medium for providing such a polished platform with a forgiving learning curve. I really do hope they succeed.
Book One: Explorations
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Life as the Medium
I have heard it claimed that film (i.e. movies, tv, etc) is the penultimate medium for art, presumably because it…
Triumph and the Chorus
If you look at popular music today, it suffers for a lack of variety in structure and form. In rap music particularly…
The day the credit machines went down
It was a simple bug, an update patch that didn’t quite get evenly distributed that opened the door. The bug itself was…
An aphorism is a highly condensed form of writing, like a haiku or a tweet. In the space of an aphorism one can find…
Invest With Your Gut
For the majority of individual investors, a portfolio of low cost index funds such as for S&P 500 is prudent. Most of…
Towards a Distributed Florida
The US transition towards a distributed power generation network has recently started to gain some momentum. However…
Act Like a Scientist
When the universe turns against you, when she has you in her sights, stay calm and keep on going, find your peace and…
A Foolish Start
The chasm of connection, that gap between stranger or acquaintance and something more meaningful, is one best crossed…
The Privatization of Space
For those who haven’t been paying attention, the US approach to space flight has gone through some drastic changes in…
On Hell and Heaven
If there is a hell, it’s right next door to heaven with an overlooking window’s panoramic view.
A Musical Interlude
Since I finally figured out how to embed YouTube videos into Medium posts here are a few choice covers of ‘The Saints’…
The problem with ‘going with the flow’
One thing I’ve discovered is that life has a tendency to place you in a perfectly mis-suited environment unless you…
I have this week the privilege to attend the Solar Power Industry conference, the largest annual trade show for the…
Cirque du Soleil — Love
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The rhythm of life, the eb and flow of the day, the ticks of the clock or the months of the calendar, the early morning…
On Lemons and their Progeny
Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from…
Book Two: Essays
Automated Data Wrangling with Machine Learning Derived Infill for Missing Values
The shiny new thing