For any of you trying to get in touch with me, I'm going to be pretty much entirely unavailable for the remainder of my time in Kiev. If you send me an email, don't expect an answer before May 14.
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A clarification Apr 21, 2008
Apparently that whole thing about ironing shoelaces was an elaborate joke. :-/
Now I must go search the office; I've been informed that gullible is written on the ceiling, but I absolutely can't seem to find where…
Mental bandwidth Apr 1, 2008
About a year ago I made an effort to read a book about the operations of the mind and the relationship between the human brain and the concept of mind. I wasn't able to force myself to finish the book, however, because the questions the book sought to answer struck me as patently ridiculous. One of the many reasons that I am not a philosopher is that I find debates over things like the mind-body problem ultimately unimportant, and most explorations of them self-indulgent and baseless.
Pictures, by popular demand Mar 12, 2008
Popular by all of two or three people, but here are a first few pictures. More will come as I continue organizing my photos and uploading the ones I feel up to sharing. And yes, I've joined the hordes and decided to use a flickr account. The nice integration with Windows Live Photo Gallery, which is a surprisingly good (if horribly named) program, sealed the deal.
Biggest cultural shock yet Mar 12, 2008
In Kazakhstan, it is considered slovenly to not frequently launder—and iron—shoelaces. Clearly I have no chance of looking remotely respectable.
Things I did not miss Feb 29, 2008
As seen on the side of a bus stop in Kazakhstan.
Some things, unfortunately, are present everywhere. For the non-Cyrillic readers among you, that's L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics, advertised on the side of a bus stop in Almaty.