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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Actually Toto, we may still be in Kansas after all

Oz, like most fantasy lands, are only strange on the surface. When you dig below the surface, they usually turn out to be our world dressed up in a bizarre outfit, and maybe just a little drunk.

Which is only to be expected. We may enjoy the novelty of visiting a strange place, but nothing beats the thrill of looking at ourselves in a whole new way.We are an endless source of fascination to ourselves.

The key to reading the Wizard of Oz (made painfully explicit in the movie), is to realize that Oz will always turn out to have been Kansas after all whenever we visit with Dorothy.

So it is with blogs. I said last time that I had made decisions on what this blog would be about. Well, it's about me and my life. But at the same time, it will be about you and your life. If it isn't, at least in part, you won't read it for very long.

In the finest traditions of Oz, Wonderland, Neverland, Erewhon, Freedonia and other fantastic places, we'll sometimes be looking at ourselves and the things we find interesting through a series of kaleidoscopes and fun house mirrors - and sometimes we'll be looking at them straight on.

But what things? Here's the list, and we'll talk a bit about  each over the coming weeks and months: Computer Programming [Android (Phone OS), Ruby (Script Programming), AI (Artificial Intelligence)], Doctor Who, C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Philosophy [Atheism, Ethics], Politics, Science[Cognitive Science, Cosmology, Fundamental Physics].

If you found yourself yawning, this may not be for you. If you found yourself salivating - er, could you pick up that napkin and lay it over the keyboard? Good, good. You'll thank yourself later for that. Stick around - especially if you like any or all of the above blended and mixed in various degrees. I'm an interdisciplinary kind of person!

The guacamole dip? Well, if there's enough demand, I may start a second blog for creative writing efforts. I'm kind of curious myself, now.

Next time, we'll start with a precious gem and a discussion of my struggle not to repeat myself.

Until then, there's no place like home!

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