Keeping Everything Moving, Everything Static

May 17, 2019

As a brief update I’m back from the Balkans, where I saw unseasonably touristy Croatia, snowy Montenegro, and beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina. I learned a lot more about the history of the region than I did when I was last in Croatia in 2014, and may write more about my impressions once gathered. (I’ve written nine thousand words and have only covered half of the trip so far, which is a bit much for a blog.)

Back in London I’ve had interviews this week, which has been hard since I’m physically exhausted from all the hiking. But the process has been interesting, and a nice counterpoint to the fiction I’ve been working on.

An interest in tech has been a general trend, probably in response to the extent to which I’ve saturated myself with literature and philosophy in the last year. I may soon move off and onto static hosting using GatsbyJS which I’ve become interested in. I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile I’m reading Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Nietzsche’s “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense,” and this weekend will re-read von Neumann’s The Computer and the Brain (which is mind-blowing). In their own ways, each of these works align exactly with an aspect of what I’ve been thinking about in the past year. I’d summarise those questions as: What is the good life? What are the limits of perception? And is human experience itself discrete or continuous?

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