Tag Archives: Philosophy

Open Source Education

In the world of computing there is a whole class of stuff called “Open Source”. It’s built on the idea that things work out for everyone if stuff is freely available and people can choose what they wish to work … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest: Boneshaker

One of the three lauded torchbearers of the current steampunk milieu, I follow Cherie Priest on Twitter, and have eagerly listened to a podcasts where she talks about her approach to writing and her history. And yet I approached Boneshaker with … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Commerialization, Commercialism, and Modernity

Shamelessly stolen from wikipedia. Capitalism: Capitalism is an economic system structured upon the accumulation of capital in which the means of production are privately owned and operated for profit, usually in competitive markets. Income in a capitalist system takes at … Continue reading

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When did socialism jump the shark?

Socialism was, in the 19th century, a local communitarian ideal. It was supposed to be about lots of independent small scale, self sufficient,  egalitarian  communities.   How did it evolve into large state authoritarianism? It was about capable highly skilled people supporting each … Continue reading

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“Will steampunk last?” is not an interesting question.

If you distill the essential qualities of successful movements/ subcultures/ groups you will find that they tap into a unfulfilled need in their participants. “Will it last?” begs other, more interesting questions: What need does it fulfill? Why is this … Continue reading

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Toward a personal Steampunk aesthetic.

I have always lived somewhere/somewhen else in my head. As a child, I was with Arthur at Camlann, Harold at Hastings, or John Carter at Zodanga. As  I got older it was historical reenactment, or in fantany worlds built into … Continue reading

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Black Day, Black Night

Black Day, pondering much. The Secular Reenchantment idea I mentioned in my last post was an annoying wash. I listened to it 2-3 times trying to glean something from it. The entire thing can be reduced to, “We have killed … Continue reading

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Pondering Sæcular ReEnchantment

Can’t believe I’m posting my ponderings on EO before Piotr, but obviously he’s snoozing. So yesterday was a discussion on the seemingly paradoxical secular reenchantment of the world. What I got out of it was a sense that even within … Continue reading

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Scholasticism

When discussing with a friend the merits of scholasticism, I  was again reminded of the classic objection, angels on a pin. When thinking about it, I decided to google it… Found this,  Still processing….

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