Hello world! and disclaimers

I’m starting a blog. Again. Way back in my teenage years I think I tried this with …xanga maybe? Anyway. With the recent breaches at Facebook, Google and the surveillance capitalism business model driving social media in less predictable ways I’ve decided I need a place where I can share as accurately as I can what I want to. That’ll be this.

I’ll be writing about things that are important to me here. So I want to make some disclaimers:


  1. Total amateur: I’m making this all up. Expertise is fleeting and illusory. I’m a student and maybe in some areas more experienced than others.
  2. Mashups and remixes : I’m not really making this up purely, because there’s nothing new under the sun. Everything I write is a rehash, standing on shoulders of giants, twisting their words in different ways and is probably mostly wrong (see #1).
  3. Never enough: time or energy or information to write what I wish I could. (I’m desperately grateful for you spending your time and energy reading it and would love any comments!)
  4. Citations?!: Due to (#3). I don’t have time to do justice to (#2). as I wish. I also don’t often remember where exactly of, from, or whom, I learned things. I may sometimes really try hard to cite or attribute where I think I learned something, but will likely miss the origin of ideas often.
  5. Never malicious: I never intend to claim outright credit for another’s idea out of whole cloth, if you think I have not remixed enough (#2)  and should therefore cite (#4) please let me know!
  6. Always changing: Due to (#1) And (#2)… And really #3, #4 and #5. I will likely make edits to older writings as I think they’re needed (or wont due to (#3). Per (#5) I’ll try really hard to be open about these if something really important changes.  
  7. More to come: Per 6 there will likely be more disclaimers in the future.


4 responses to “Hello world! and disclaimers”

    1. Thanks! And thanks for the nudge too…

  1. Olivier Morency Avatar
    Olivier Morency

    It shows that we grew up together that we think so alike. Those disclaimers are exactly how I feel, though I never feel that I should share anything as I am a total amateur with exactly zero ability to cite my sources. Nor do I feel like I have anything useful to add to the human debate. Good for you for trying, I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts since you usually write what I’m thinking anyway in a much more eloquent way than I could. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Olivier! I’ll quibble with this part `Nor do I feel like I have anything useful to add to the human debate.` I think you do. But looking forward to keeping the conversation going, maybe here? You should make your own site! WordPress and namecheap make it pretty easy!