Some say I'm interesting.
This is a Haiku.
I can never hold onto money for very long. While I have money, I tend to use it to take my friends places, buy them food, and other things like that. I enjoy the social aspect. But I also tend to spend money on interests that are a bit obsessive. I have four obsessions currently and they all take up a good amount of my free time and money, I will order them by the characterization of just how much time and money is spent on them.
The first is chess; I enjoy trying to further understand the game and I can spend hours at a time playing against an opponent, analyzing a game, or even just making a decision on one move. The reason it is first is because it doesn’t require very much money (occasional tournament entry fees). Here’s a picture of various awards and shit:
Can you guess what the second obsession is based on that photo?, this is the strangest one, is hot sauce. As some of you probably know, I am asmosnic (I have no sense of smell) and as a result of this I enjoy the hell out of spicy food and have over the years developed a taste for hot sauce. This one like the chess obsession I consider a minor one. This obsession doesn’t eat up much of my time, but it does consume a lot of my money (basically the opposite of what chess does). Can you tell that I’m strange based on this picture of the interior of my refrigerator? Check for yourself:
The third has eaten up a lot of time and money over the years. It’s kinda of a PSEUDO-intellectual practice of mine. I really enjoy figuring out puzzles. I mean things like the Rubik’s Cube, Peter’s Black Hole, Gordian’s Knot, &c. I enjoy figuring them out so much that it’s actually kind of become a coping mechanism for stress. Here’s a photo of my collection of puzzles:
The last obsession, the one that I have spent the most time and money on (although unfortunately it can’t become a coping mechanism because I can’t operate in that way when stressed) is literature. This has also been my most recent splurge: I am currently awaiting the arrival of:
- Derrick Jensen’s “Dreams”
- Derrick Jensen’s “Deep Green Resistance”
- Max Stirner’s “The Ego & His Own” (old copy was given away)
- Peter Marshal’s “Demanding the Impossible: A history of anarchism”
- Noam Chomsky’s “Hopes & Prospects”
- Noam Chomsky’s “New World of Indigenous Resistance”
- Noam Chomsky’s “Making the Future: the unipolar imperial moment”
- Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent” (old copy is damaged significantly)
- David Graeber’s “Possibilities: Essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire”
- Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species” (finally decided to get a physical copy)
- David Deutsch’s “The Fabric of Reality”
- Randal Amster’s “Contemporary Anarchist Studies: an introductory anthology of anarchy in the academy”
- Neil Turok & Paul Steinhardt’s “Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang” (lent it out, never got it back)
- Grace Llewellyn’s “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education”
- Georg Hegel’s “The Philosophy of History”
- Paul Feyerabend’s “Against Method”
- Paul Feyerabend’s “The Tyranny of Science”
Here’s part 1 of my collection, where I store my favourite books:
And here is part 2, where I (most of) the remainder of my books:
I actually just got a book by Kurt Zube published; It’s called “An Anarchist Manifesto: The Manifesto of Peace & Freedom” with the subtitle “An Alternative to the Communist Manifesto” and I highly recommend that you get a copy if you can. It’s available for printing-cost and shipping here:
Oh, and here’s some books that I am currently keeping on my car for reading on the go:
For the record, those books (just in case you can’t see) are Foucault’s “Discipline & Punish,” Goldman’s “Anarchism and other essays,” and Kropotkin’s “Fields, Factories, & Workshops”.
So yeah; Now you know more about me (or at least about my obsessions). Good day.