This site is for me to experiment with web design, analytics and writing. For now, it’s going to be a repository for absent minded rants, cheap cross promotion, communicative experiments and embarassing juveneillia. Enjoy.
So I went to watch the Foo Fighters on the weekend and had a few moments when I achieved a philosophical appreciation for the excellent drumming of Taylor Hawkins. Taylor Hawkins – according to Dave Grohl ‘The answer to the question – “What if Freddy Mercury had a surfboard”? – is one of the better …
Wow, this was a long and sometimes arduous read. Zombie Capitalism is an orthodox marxist account of the repeated crises of capitalism. Written by Chris Harman, who is a maxist of some repute, I read the book hoping to see how the Zombie trope was employed to explain/confront capitalism. In 360 odd pages, Zombies were …
Because of the need to return the book to the library, I spent yesterday reading ‘The Comming Community’ by Agamben. Translated by Micheal Hardt, who worked with the other prominent recent Italian theorist Antonio Negri on ‘Empire’, I initially started reading this book because I felt it might be useful for one of my PhD …
The ideal speaking position is an attempt to formulate a communicative situation where differences can be reconciled in order to find truth.
The basic conditions of ideal speech are:
- that anyone can speak
- that all claims made during the discussion need to be discursively redeemed – that is people need to keep explaining their argument and why they believe in it until all other participants can understand the argument (and the ideas and assumptions it rests upon)
- that all participants remain committed to achieving an understanding and make decisions based upon that understanding.
Well it has always struck me that the internet is ideal for this kind of thing – for various reasons (infinite space, asynchronous distanced communication); so now I have a space on the internet – I wanted to make a place for ideal speech.
So what to do? If you have a question you want the answer to, then ask it here and, together, we’ll try and use the rules of ideal speech to come to the best answer.
Oh bother! No forums were found here!
Here you will find a bunch of writing and photos from my youth. Most of which is embarrassing.
Previous Experiments in Web Design:
Firstly, my attempt to use Tumblr to help my good friend Paul escape Hong Kong
More embarassingly, my first website from when I taught myself html waaaay back in my early days of using the internet.
Check out my travel diary from 1999 to witness my blatant over use of the terms ‘amazing’ and ‘incredible’.
Other pieces of old writing and diarising
If you want to see what travel was like before the internet; you can download a pdf (24Mb) of my first hitch-hiking trip around Britain and Ireland (and Thailand).