Hi there, and welcome to what is destined to become your new favourite blog. Unless, of course, you're not very cool. In which case, you probably won't like it very much.

My name is Lance.

I'm a Philosophy major using a philosopher's toolbox to investigate philosophy(*GASP*), politics, literature, nutrition & fitness, education, history, science, religion, technology, the general human condition, and more.

Activities that I enjoy include making bad jokes, playing chess, go, & other strategy games, solving puzzles, cooking, eating food drenched in hot sauce, exercising, reading, socializing, taking long walks, and generally striving towards self-improvement and living a fulfilling, virtuous, happy life.

I'd rather not establish a group-think echo-chamber, so I've purposefully left my various personal identities and "isms" out of my description:

Followers genuinely interested in what you have to say based on its merit are preferable to followers who follow because they agree with you ideologically or personally identify with your orientation, gender, race, etc.

A thoughtful counter-argument is always more appealing to me than unthinking agreement.


So I decided to put my money where my mouth is

I’m going to be, over the next ten days, if I am of strong enough will, living under more extreme asceticism than usual. The rules are as follows:

1. No food

2. A gallon of water per day

3. No warm water for the purposes of bathing

4. No mattress, blanket, or pillow when sleeping

5. An hour of walking, twenty minutes of steady exercise, and five minutes of intense exercise per day

6. No use of phones, computers, and other modern technology without an acceptable reason (I’m allowing myself to come on here once a day to post an update—I’m willing to admit I’m allowing this to be used as a tool to motivate myself in moments of weakness)

7. A strict control of sexual pleasure and other base desires

8. A daily focus on meditation and/or reading

Hopefully this will be a worthwhile experience and I’ll be better for it. But anyways, aside from the brief daily updates, see you guys in about 12 days.

It is as though something had begun to slip – as though I haven’t the firm grip I had on events. – What is success? It is an inner, an indescribable force, resourcefulness, power of vision; a consciousness that I am, by my mere existence, exerting pressure on the movement of life about me. It is my belief in the adaptability of life to my own ends. Fortune and success lie within ourselves. We must hold them firmly – deep within us. For as soon as something begins to slip, to relax, to get tired, within us, then everything without us will rebel and struggle to withdraw from our influence. One thing follows another, blow after blow – and the man is finished.

Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks




when you yell “puppy!” at a lil doge and they get happy and wag their lil tail like “yess!! i am a puppy!! a baby dog!!! thank you!!!!!!”

When you yell “puppy!!!!” At an old doge and they wag their tail and get all happy like “yes I am still a little doge thank you for noticing! !”