Hello world, it’s been a while… I know, I proved not to be very good at blogging. It’s far over a year since my last post (my first).
That “post” was a tiny success, to me. Not that it became a meme, but it was picked up by some interesting people of whom I got the honor of acquaintance. I love exchanging ideas with smart, endeavoring kins. I know that if I don’t write, people won’t know me, and I would not get to meet them. Write or perish. Blogging is a must.
That firstling was a bit chunky, though. Not a good blog post. I’d better chopped it up in more digestible posts. But I wanted to spit it out, all of it, as good as I could, and before I ran out of lust.
Despite my good intentions, I knew I’d fail at this medium of “blogging”. Because I hate to write, especially in a foreign language. That’s my dilemma: the more I write, the more I hate it. But I have a lot to tell, therefore a lot to write, and, eventually, I stop writing.
To think, to write — that’s the question
Writing is cumbersome, bore-some; one needs to put too much effort into the wording and the technicalities of language, while losing resources for the ideas themselves. Again, it’s a tool that gets in my way. The piekeren over the use of the tool takes over the thinking.
I’d rather talk, participate in dialogue. I’m a Platonicist, you see, in more than a few ways. I’d rather draw my thoughts, immediately design my ideas. Hence the mockups. Pictures say more than a thousand words — you know the saying (!). But pictures are ambiguous, they need explanation. So they still need words and phrases. And not everything can be expressed visually.
Also, writing helps to schiften ideas, put them into order, logically, chronologically; it helps to create a narrative one can communicate, and the narrative can become a plan, a strategy.
So, blogging is not my “thang”. When I can pull me over, I find myself writing articles rather than ”posts“ — I remain an old-school academic, after all. And I’m a bookish man, of course, a bibliophile. I love paper, I love print. I’m a print designer and a printer. I do letterpress, I like old-fashioned stuff, and long, intellectual reading.
Yes, I love the long form, though I betrap me erop dat In fact I’m more of an information addict, jumping from Wikipedia page tot another, checking in on my RSS feed, several times a day. So, perhaps, I hate to read, too. There’s too much to learn, so I want information, quickly. Still, I notice I do live the long form, in the rare event that I set myself to writing. You see: I‘m quite verbose.
Stuck in the mid-life
Lots have changed since last year. I met several interesting people. I’ve been a teacher for three and a half years, and I loved bringing over enthusiasm to young people. In spring I got verzeild into a battle with I became a strike leader, a union representative . I lost my job (partly), in the event. Quite a mess. Corruption and opportunist people all over the place. Sooner or later I‘ll afreken with them. You see, I'm a trouble maker (or perhaps a trouble seeker, I don’t know. But I do know I love wonderful things, creative people, drivers of change. And I detest the optimizers of the status quo. So, I fight them. It’s coming to and end: a few months left, and I quit teaching — I’m forced to it, anyway. My other day job, too, came to an end. I was a postdoc researcher, project computationallinguistics, disclosing archival material. In november, I spoke at ESTS in Amsterdam. We did wonderful things, but project is still unfinished. The professor is an old man, and he doesn’t know. I can‘t blame him. Technology comes along, times change, and methods of old get obsolete. When you got a certain age, it’s difficult to go with the flow and let go, I guess. So, I‘m leaving academia. Finally. And I go for self-employed. Started a startup. At this moment, it’s my true job, almost 100% fte working on it.
What I’ll be blogging about
I got a few things in my drawers. Something about paleographic encoding. A few drafts on the conceptual bugs in Unicode, about the origins of Greek and Runic alphabets. Something small about porting the DDOS attack to paper-based bureaucracy. I will find time eventually, to write things out and actually publish papers. Not blog posts. Meanwhile I’ve been tinkering with the idea of a decentralized markdown-based and versioned (Git) CMS: point to a few (Dropbox) folders, and see your (typographically outstanding, mobile-first responsive) online journal being created.
My extra-curricular skills and experiences.
My lonesome battle with the justice system.
Fighting the lethargy of bureaucratic governmental organizations I am even a syndicate representative , back-bullying the leidinggevenden if necessary. Designed two curricula.
it all taught me perseverance, lef, the intricacies of law and prudential? text managing people