He aquí los pensamientos aleatorios de un epistemólogo andante.

I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

As of June, 2013, I have assumed a new identity: I am a cancer survivor. "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."

"A blog, in the end, is really not so different from an inscription on a bone: I was here, it declares to no one in particular. Don't forget that." - Justin E. H. Smith

재미없으면 보상해드립니다!

"All things are enchained with one another, bound together by love." - Nietzsche (really!)

Leviticus 19:33-34

Donc, si Dieu existait, il n’y aurait pour lui qu’un seul moyen de servir la liberté humaine, ce serait de cesser d’exister. - Mikhail Bakunin

Solvitur ambulando.

"Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to soliloquize. Where was I?" - the villain Heinz Doofenshmirtz, in the cartoon Phineas and Ferb.

"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." - Linus Pauling

Blogging online since 1965

Who Is Jared?

  • My name is Jared Way. I was born in California, and became an "adoptive" Minnesotan. Now I'm contentedly expatriated in South Korea.
  • For many years I was a database programmer, with a background in Linguistics and Spanish Literature.
  • I quit my well-paying job and starting in September, 2007, I spent 2 years teaching EFL to elementary kids in Ilsan (suburban Seoul), South Korea. From April, 2010, until April, 2011, I worked a public school position in rural southwestern Korea (Yeonggwang County). I have since returned to Ilsan and continue to work there.
  • As of June, 2013, I remain in Ilsan in South Korea, but I was diagnosed with cancer, and have been undergoing treatment. As a consequence, the focus and tone of this blog has changed somewhat.
  • These bloggings, then, have been my random jottings on the subject of my mostly pleasant life among the Quasi-Confucian Cyber-Industrial Paleolithic Peninsulites of Lower Far Siberia.
  • I started this blog before I even had the idea of coming to Korea (first entry: Caveat: And lo...). So this is not meant to be a blog about Korea, by any stretch of the imagination. But life in Korea, and Korean language and culture, inevitably play a central role in this blog's current incarnation. Let's just say... it's a blog about whatever I happen to be thinking, that currently takes place in Korea.
  • Basically, this blog is a newsletter for the voices in my head. It keeps everyone on the same page: it has become a sort of aide-mémoire.
  • For a more detailed reflection on why I'm blogging, you can look at this old post: What this blog is, and isn't.
  • If you're curious about me, there is a great deal of me here. I believe in what I call "opaque transparency" - you can learn almost everything about me if you want, but it's not immediately easy to find. I also maintain a work-related blog on the Korean portal Naver: jaredway.com.
  • I recently experienced weakened resolve and joined twitter: username @waejeorae.
  • A distillation of my personal philosophy (at least on good days):
    I have made the realization that happiness is not a mental state. It is not something that is given to you, or that you find, or that you can lose, or that can be taken from you. Happiness is something that you do. And like most things that you do, it is volitional. You can choose to do happiness, or not. You have complete freedom with respect to the matter.
  • "Ethical joy is the correlate of speculative affirmation." - Gilles Deleuze (writing about Spinoza).

My Life Online

  • Like most people, I spend a lot of time online, although I try to limit it somewhat. Here is a somewhat-annotated list of the "places" where I spend time online.
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  • Knowledge and News
  • "Social Media"
    • I don't really "do" social media. I have a membership at Facebookland but I never log in there. I don't like it.
    • I have a membership at The Youtubes but I mostly use it for work. I also listen to music on youtube, frequently - I prefer it to typical streaming services, for example.
  • Humor and Cat Videos
  • A Diversity of Blogs - I read these a lot.
  • Blogs of people I actually know
  • Geofiction - this has evolved into a significant "hobby" for me. I like to draw imaginary maps, and these sites enable this vice.
    • I worked as a volunteer administrator for the site OpenGeofiction for about a year. I created and maintain the site's main wiki page: OGF Wiki. I am no longer working as administrator but I remain active on the site.
    • The above work has required my becoming an expert in the Openstreetmap system. Openstreetmap is an attempt do for online maps what wikipedia has done for encyclopedias. I have considered becoming an openstreetmap contributor, but I feel that my current location in Korea hinders that, since I don't have a good grasp Korean cartographic naming conventions.
    • I originally discovered the above site when exploring this site Urban Geofiction.
  • TEFL - my "profession," such as it is.

War! Yay!

  • Think about it. We could have built a high speed rail network for the whole country for that price - if you assume $100 million per mile construction cost (very generous), you could get more than 10000 miles of high speed rail.

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Hmmm... that's usually how I know you've posted! Is there a way to subscribe to an RSS feed or get an email when you post? I don't use a feed reader...

How are you doing these, Jared? I hope you're doing all right. I called several days back to check on you, but I'm not sure if you can talk. I hope all is well.

Hi Basil.

I'm doing OK. I saw you had called but by the time I could notice, a day had passed and I just didn't have the gumption to call back.

I can talk fine - I'm teaching 30 classroom hours a week right now, talking continuously. And therefore when I'm not working I'm basically not in the mood to talk, if that makes sense at all.

It's been rough going, and I've been in a black depression - as bad (no... worse) as during those dark LBridge days when I was millimeters away from a midnight run. The causes are different now, though: the job sucks in a kind of hard-to-define way, but ultimately it's my health issues that have me down. It's painful to eat. Have you ever considered the extent to which food and the enjoyment of food are central to our lives, not just our biological lives but our social lives? Every time a coworker offers me food or a friend says "let's meet for lunch" I am reminded. I have become an alien.

Anyway, life goes on. Sorry I don't respond very promptly - I've been pretty anti-social and so I tend to ignore my phone, email, etc. for days at a time sometimes, except for "must do" things related to work.

Hope you're doing well. Thanks for the note, friend.

I miss you and it miss your FB posts!!!! Sending you positive thoughts and lots of love through ecommunications!!!

Tracy

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