I just logged in to my Blogspot account for the first time this year, and noticed that this blog still gets a lot of traffic even though no new content has been posted for a long time; almost the same as when I posted the entry on privacy (which by the way, is pretty much the only thing worth reading on here so far—I'll get to that). I have no idea what's driving the traffic, but I've decided to revive this blog and actually do a decent job at it for a change.
Reading back through the early posts is embarrassing now, but that's what the philosophical journey is about; you don't become Confucius overnight. It takes a ton of work and reading and debating and being dead wrong and in my case, putting your digital foot in your digital mouth. There's some good stuff in those early articles, but it's mixed in with a bunch of junk too, with the exception of this entry on privacy which—and I'll try and temper my natural arrogance here—is important and worth reading. It's also about 30-odd book format pages, so way too long for a blog, and I don't expect many people to have the patience to read it, much less to agree with its controversial thesis.
But I'll leave those early posts up though and make an example of myself as to what not to do. My writing's also improved since then, so this blog should suck less than before all around, which means it might rise to that elevated level of being maybe worth reading. I'm going to discontinue the free will series though, and maybe come back to it later. Much later. Maybe never.
Lastly, I'm going to discontinue the podcasts since they're far too much work and were the initial cause of me neglecting this blog. Between family, work, recording, writing, and whatever else it is I manage to squeeze in between those things (note the conspicuous absence of "sleep" from that list), I don't have time to put together a presentation on blog entries and then record it and then edit it.
All modesty aside I think there's something worth salvaging in this blog, and so it's time to bring it back. Unlike before, all the entries will be short and not multi-part essays, but like before, all will be devoted to some philosophical topic. Seeing that—despite my misgivings about it in general (I was going to eventually just delete it altogether)—this blog still generates way more traffic than I would have ever guessed has encouraged me to continue it, and so now being freshly inspired though probably none the wiser, it's time to revive this thing and once again proclaim from my position on the top of the internet mountain just WHAT IS & WHAT AIN'T.