I tell myself I am not afraid Of being consumed By the thing Eating me But I am afraid Of losing my soul And forgetting Who I was Who I am And so I run Not to run away Not to run toward But to run To be To remain.
I think that history will look back on Donald Trump's presidency and smile. That presumes, of course, that we survive Trump's presidency, which I think we'll manage; those who think we won't are betraying a fundamental distrust of our resiliency as a society, and that distrust itself is a result of that very resiliency. But [...]
I was thinking of my epitaph this morning, after reading the colophon of a book I love. It struck me how different my epitaph would be, if it said "He died," with the addition of one word: "And." Both are good epitaphs, I suppose; they communicate the essential information. When I die, I will be [...]
I believe that art has to be a source of mutation to be any good. It has to change the person who's viewing or listening the artistic work; it has to change the artist; it has to change in form. If it fails in any of these, it's not art any more, it's just effort. [...]
My tears keep falling in the middle of the night I tell myself that it will be all right Through years of ache it’s come to light They are still alive. I cannot touch them, a veil remains But is no longer the source of pain The truth, it shines, the light retains They are [...]
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, someone wrote this poem to me, because I was unable to see (and largely unable to appreciate) what was around me at the time. Prophetic, really, because I'm still that way. I haven't been in touch with the author for decades, and it ended [...]
TL;DR Rush is awesome, and so is its fanbase. I put together a survey to try to figure something out about Rush's career arc, but the author of the survey (me) didn’t get enough information and didn’t capture the right information to make the survey much more than pure entertainment. The Hypothesis The Survey The [...]
The question isn't "Have I changed the world?" The question is "Have I changed the world enough, and in the right ways?"
When you're working with NodeJS in JetBrains' excellent WebStorm IDE, don't forget to configure your NodeJS environment properly. I was using the default configuration, and it was warning me that process.env wasn't imported, and needed to be. Everything ran okay, though, so I was not very pleased with the warning. I want my warnings to [...]