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.

피할수 없는 고통이라면 차라리 즐겨라

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 rural Far Northern California, and became an "adoptive" Minnesotan. I have lived in many other places: Mexico City, Philadelphia, Valdivia (Chile), Los Angeles. And for 11 years, I was an expatriate living in South Korea. In the summer of 2018, I made another huge change, and relocated to Southeast Alaska, which is my uncle's home.
  • For many years I was a database programmer, with a background in Linguistics and Spanish Literature. In Korea, worked as an EFL teacher.
  • In June, 2013, while I was in Ilsan in South Korea, I was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent successful treatment. That changed my life pretty radically.
  • Currently, you could say I'm "between jobs," somewhat caretaking my uncle (to the extent he tolerates that) and getting adapted to life in rural Alaska after so many years as an urban dweller.
  • 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 going 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 have come to play a central role in this blog's current incarnation.
  • 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.
  • 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 there is a website that has enabled this vice.
    • I worked as a volunteer administrator for the site OpenGeofiction on and off for a few years. I created (but no longer maintain) the site's main wiki page: OGF Wiki. I am not currently 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.
    • Starting in April, 2018, I decided somewhat capriciously to build my own "OGF stack" on my own server. This was not because I intended to abandon the OGF site, but rather because I wanted to better understand the whole architecture and all its parts. I built a wiki on the Mediawiki platform (the same as wikipedia). This wiki has no content. I built a map tileserver and geospatial database, which contains a very low resolution upload of an imaginary planet called Rahet. And I built a wordpress blog, which is a separate, low-frequency blog intended to focus on my geofictional pursuits rather than this more personalized, general purpose blog. All of these things can be found integrated together on my rent-a-server, here: geofictician.net
  • TEFL - my "profession," such as it is.

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By the Way, Mr. Way, in the photos of you and Ann and Jacob, you are looking quite healthy! I don't know if you are feeling any better,but you look better!

In mid-2011 in Kazakhstan I met a lanky, slow-talking, grey-haired [White] German Rastafarian (he had to hair to fit the part, as well as the attitude, and certain other things) who was driving around the world in his homemade RV -- an enormous truck of some kind with a boarded-up back featuring a bed and sink and stuff.

He was going across Asia at the time, and said he'd already been all through Africa in that behemoth of a vehicle (years earlier, I think), as well as Latin America. He had good things to say about Mexico, IIRC.

German Rastaman just seemed coast through his long trip. He'd plop down and park to sleep in his vehicle for the night just about anywhere, and he never seemed to get in any trouble.

At one point, myself and two others drove around with him -- And he'd just smile and wave to the police and bellow out "Dobry Dzien!" while bouncing along playing his loud music (including, to fit the stereotype, Bob Marley).

He'd already done this kind of thing for years, not all consecutively. He was about 50, I think. How he was able to do such extended travel comes down to penny-pinching. Most people would not consider his vehicle to be road-worthy, for example. It sort of clattered along. You'd think "it may conk out any minute now" to see it and hear it. And boy, could you see and hear it. It was bigger than some tanks, and maybe louder too. It seemed to me to be a 1980s model or maybe even 1970s. German-made. He said he took good care of it, and it *had* gotten him across Eurasia. The vehicle still had the German license plate.

I came to meet this man through the French across-the-world-walkers (two men around age 30) I had come to know, who were then held-up in Almaty. They French had gone to the Kyrgyz consulate in Almaty to get a visa to go to Bishkek to get a new Kazakh visa while they waited on their latest attempt to procure a longterm China visa. German-Rastaman was there, also getting a Kyrgyz visa. He casually invited himself to do his laundry at the place they were staying (the same place I was staying at the time, Couchsurfing). The French guys were very polite . Meeting a 6'3" White Rastaman who is *very* interested in long conversation..Most people would just nod along.

Later, it seems the French walkers accompanied the Rastaman to a "hippie festival" near Almaty. How this German Rastaman knew about a hippie festival in Kazakshtan is beyond me. The party ended when the police showed up, I was told later by the French (as they'd call themselves; when they buzzed-in to come into the apartment, they'd say "the French are here!"). Once again, German Rastaman somehow eluded any trouble with the police, though, and was off to Krygyzstan, as far as I know.

The French pair, stuck in Almaty for months awaiting a longterm Chinese visa, eventually made it to China to cross the Takla Makan desert on foot. How they did that I have no idea, but if they could make it across Kazakhstan... (They said the trick on the Kazakh steppe was to go along rail lines, and every so often a train outpost would appear at which they could ask for water, and the guy would give them some).

I think the French are now in SE-Asia, still on foot. I celebrated their cross-the-world trip's third anniversary with them, May 2011. They started from France in May 2008. Now it's over five years. They said the only serious problem they had 2008-2011 was in eastern Turkey, where the army shot at them, thinking they were Kurdish guerrillas (what with the large backpacks). They promptly surrendered, and were taken to an army camp where they were given a free meal and warm place to sleep and steered in another direction!

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