Visit my homepage. I am a polymath and a rōnin scholar with interests in many areas, including political science, economics, history, and philosophy. I've been writing about all of these topics, and others, for the past two decades.
My Dream Home(s) Outside In?
The question of what I would throw into my dream home is something I've spent a considerable amount of time pondering. Given all of my hobbies, it would take quite a large home to truly incorporate everything. Here's my dream home wish list.
Basic Income and Beyond
Universal Basic Income is crucial for driving a more prosperous future. Individuals should not have to work tirelessly just to survive. There are some people who disagree with this view. I won't get into the ethics of the issue. Instead, the view that I propose here is merely practical. Creating a basic foundation will improve economic output. People will be able to spend their time improving themselves and the world, rather than struggling to survive.
Caviar, Sea Urchin, and Friends
Caviar and sea urchin are two foods that people generally either love or hate. I love them. They're really wonderful on their own, but they're also delicious paired together, and with other ingredients. They add a sense of luxury to a meal. The options are endless. But what if you're not familiar with either, or you're not sure what to do with them besides just eat them by themselves?
The Progression of Life
What can we say about the origin of life, or what form life may take in the future, and elsewhere in the universe? It can be troubling that all we have to work with is what we current can observe here on Earth, but this one "laboratory" still gives us volumes of information to answer these kinds of questions. For a more in depth analysis, you can check out my detailed paper on the topic: The Progression of Life: Before, Now, and in the Future; Here and Elsewhere.
Systemic Racism vs Residual Race Dynamics
Everyone knows that there is systemic racism against blacks in America. Except, that may not actually be the case. While racism does exist, and racism needs to be addressed, such racism is expressed by individuals, not the system. Instead, what first appears to be systemic racism is actually residual race dynamics. These two phenomena are extremely different, and how we deal with these two problems is just as dissimilar.
Looking out my Window, and Creating What I Want to See
I live in Goshen, a semi-rural town, in Orange County New York. Technically the town is a suburb of New York City. But it's a lot more peaceful than NYC generally is. Maybe peaceful isn't the right word for it. There's been a name for this town, that's stuck around for many decades: "slow motion Goshen." Even the village itself is slow. But I live outside the village, so there aren't too many buildings in the area.
Three Underrated Anime Series Worth Watching
I watch a lot of anime. It's a diverse genre with many different art forms, covering just about every kind of story that people have conceived, from comedy and slice of life, to psychological horror. Anime isn't just for children. Indeed, many anime, including some very interesting, though quite disturbing, horror shows, would probably leave a child scarred.
Sipping on a Long Pepper Cocktail
Spices are wonderful additions to any cocktail bar. They make useful garnishes, but they can be part of the base flavor of a cocktail as well. One spice that I always have on hand is the long pepper. This relative of black pepper has a distinct sweet aroma and flavor, and adds a unique touch to cocktails.