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Finally getting round to doing proper .

I'm currently a PhD student in at the University of Iowa, specializing in the of . My dissertation explores the ontology of temporal passage, making an argument from our experience of passage to its reality, and addressing the standard objections that our experience may be illusory (I argue that it can't be) and that the best current physics denies passage (I argue that it doesn't, and that even if it did, it wouldn't trump our experience as evidence, as experience of passage is an enabling condition for science itself).

I also have done some things with:
-Ancient Indian philosophy (and would love someday to have time to do a pet project on Neo-Advaita)
-Margaret Cavendish and Ludwig Wittgenstein (both specifically on time)
-the knowability paradox (the weird result from standard modal logic that if all things are knowable in principle then it follows that all things are known)
- the problem of negative existential truths (one of my favorites: what is the truthmaker for 'there is no elephant in this room'?)

I wish I had more time to work on:
- the ontology of numbers
- meta-philosophical stuff to do with the role of intuitions in our philosophizing
- lots more modal metaphysics/modal logic/possible worlds semantics stuff (to take one example: S5 is often taken to be the standard/right modal logic, but increasingly I suspect we should ditch anything stronger than D)

But, unfortunately, I currently don't have more time to work on this stuff, mostly because is a garbage fire and I'm actively working on getting out. I still hope to finish my dissertation, but finished or not, I'm currently trying to re-skill myself into a analyst (to start with). The idea here is that I am good at presenting complex information (have always loved and excelled at ), enjoy numerical computing, and am especially good at sorting out what kinds of underlying assumptions are skewing the solutions to a given problem.

Since I have a lifelong side interest in , I'm hoping to go into clinical data analysis, ideally finding someone to pay me to go get an MPH in or Biostats. (I used to dream of being a PA, but I just can't stand the medical establishment anymore than I can stand academia.) But I also think there's a real chance I may just end up in software engineering more broadly. Who knows?

Other, non-career things about me:

I'm a lifelong poet, whose major influences are (first and foremost) Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, T.S. Eliot, d.a. levy, Mahmoud Darwish, and Anne Sexton. I think Ginsberg is right to say that "poet is priest" and for me, as bridge-building is a religious function.

I did an MA in before I ended up in Philosophy, and was particularly interested in address forms (names and pet names, second-person pronouns, the vocative case, etc.).

I almost went into Religious Studies professionally, being huge into comparative mythology as a hobby, with particularly interest in cross-culturally (and the attendant ineffability claims that always come with mystic experience).

(It's all words, and words, and words, and Words.)

I'm and and (-ish) and and a (sub-leaning) switch, and I am thereby excused from making decisions or "picking a side", forever. Plus, I've got , so I'd be rubbish at it if I tried.

I have two brilliant, hilarious, rowdy-ass sons, ages 7 and 1 (at least, that will be their ages in less than a month). Platonically married to their other parent, an autistic trans woman programmer/musician.

I play guitar quite badly and write songs sometimes.

I like to cook a great deal because it's like both chemistry and witchcraft, and I've been either lacto-vegetarian or vegan for the last 13 years - I think that Tom Regan was generally in the vicinity of correct about animal rights.

On that note, I am some kind of leftist, strongly disgusted with most everybody's bullshit, strongly anti-racist, fuck TERFs, fuck SWERFs, fuck capitalism, pretty goddamn pacifist, very much about .

I'm 36 and I was born in Arkansas and I grew up in Texas, but I belong in the snow and the woods.

Someday I'll move to Scotland or Sweden or at least Vermont, and live in a stone cottage and make amulets and grow black flowers and write books.

Pinned toot

An improper . I'll write a proper one later when there isn't a baby eating an apple in my lap.


Happy .

How I love you

Call to mind, not the first time
you were given a bit of lemon
by laughing adults --
which is anyhow long lost
in the mystery of cradle time --

but the first time you ate a lemon
on purpose:
knowing what was to come,
your hesitating, shivering breath,
quivering hands as you raise it to your lips
and bite in anyway,
the fresh electric sourness,
the bright spray splashes your face,
a little strangled cry - it is
worse than you remembered, and

delicious. You suck it in
with your next breath, down to the marrow,
til your teeth ache.

If this isn't lewd, you aren't my sort 

Although, sadly, an extremely particular and basically anachronistic sucker

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If this isn't lewd, you aren't my sort 

Been watching this Viking show for a bit and there's a character I haven't thought much of because he seemed to be just a pretty face, not really suited to the role he was given.

Just now, though, an English character asked him and his party something in Anglo-Saxon, to the (Danish) party's bewilderment, and he took everyone by surprise by answering back softly in perfect Anglo-Saxon.

And suddenly his face got a whole lot prettier.

I am such an absolute, complete sucker.

Are you lonely? Please boost, I'm lonely

Therapist: And what do we do when everything is going wrong?

Me: ....get another degree?

Therapist: flapping arms helplessly

formula shortage 

Hi! If you have no compassion for families dealing with an infant formula shortage, I've got news for you: you're a big dumb piece of shit

Enjoyable linguistic tchotchke for the day: a student has written a paper about achieving 'maximum personal content' when it is clear from context that what they meant was 'maximum personal contentedness'.

Happy , please send poems for purposes of/in lieu of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (currently physical inaccessible)

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Oh no I can't stop staring at the word stomachache



I'm sorry, there's a new most bothersome thing

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My life has been insanely bad lately and I am actually really pleased because right now the most bothersome thing, at this particular moment, is the stomachache I have from eating too much chocolate pie.

Cops, police, uspol maybe, current events 

So I am firmly in camp , just to be clear. BUT that said, I've been following that Casey White / Vicky White case from the outset, and I gotta say, Casey White's lawyer probably does a full-on end zone victory dance every time that stupid sheriff motherfucker who is in charge of the whole thing opens his mouth. When they recaptured Casey, the sheriff told the press "I am going to [violate his civil rights] and I don't care if he sues me for violating his civil rights." And then today the DA tacked on added charges of First Degree Escape, and the sheriff went and told a reporter (and I quote!): "Casey White didn't escape. He was basically let out."

You dumb motherfucker. I guess the bar is pretty low for being a sheriff in goddamn Alabama though.

How many times have you been in love, really? When you are being honest?

And how old are you?

It is taking every bit of my mercy not to bend the world around what I need.

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