The title of this blog is one of my personal mottoes because it applies to a lot of the most interesting questions:
- Is the world simple or complicated?
- Are we the product of our genes or our environment?
- Are we physical organisms or souls?
- Are we more different from one another or more the same?
- Is the good of a group more important than its members?
- Should tradition take precedence over change?
- Is justice superior to mercy?
- Is it better to have things or do things?
- Is work more important than play?
- Should reason rule over emotion?
Many of the posts here are prompted by a book I’ve read recently or been reminded of, most likely non-fiction—the history of science, ways the world is getting better, important ideas. It helps me organize my thoughts and let the lessons sink in. For me, posting things here is like exercise, which is to say I consider it good for me whether anyone else notices or not.
A lot of the other content here—linked from the items in the header—has migrated over from my previous personal sites. I brought it along because there’s a lot of me in those words, pictures and code. And I realize now, there always will be.
Around that time, I attended the Canadian Grand Prix several years in a row, so Formula One became my primary topic. I posted photographs and descriptions of my trip to Montreal each year, and I also set out to catalog the history of all the Formula One races in the United States, including the ones I’d been to in the 1970s. I bought books and made regular trips to the library for race accounts going back to the 1950s in Road & Track magazine. I thought it was pretty cool that in the first few months, Yahoo! created a category just for me, and I received email comments from Formula One fans in 17 countries who visited my site. One guy cursed me in his message for all the time he’d spent reading the information there.
Alas, now—instead of doing our own chaotic building and growing—we mostly occupy dumbed-down, monotonous little booths in a flea market that’s optimized for someone else’s benefit. These are mine: