Ho-ly shit. I've been blogging for an entire year.
What started out as a way for me to pass time during work has turned into...well...a way for me to pass time during work. None the less, I'm enjoying it. I've never really fancied myself much of a writer (still don't, for that matter), but it does feel good to periodically string together coherent sentences, during a day otherwise spent functioning at an 8th grade level.
In honor of a solid year of blogging, I was tempted to do a big "updates" post, encompassing everything that has happened to me in the past year. Unfortunately, that would send my depression scale off the chart. So, instead, I've decided to describe some of my actual interests. I figure it will be a nice, optimistic, break from the usual complaining and it will explain some of the more obscure links on my sidebar. (If the complaining is what you're here for, you might as well stop reading now because things are about to get kind of nerdy and boring.)
I'm an exercise fanatic. My day isn't complete unless I spend at least half an hour feeling like I'm going to pass out. I'm also a big enough nerd that I enjoy reading about new (well, new to me) ways of working out.
Majored in it and actually really liked it. I know a lot of people think philosophy is pointless, but it legitimately taught me how to think. My philosophy courses were more valuable to me than 95% of the rest of my education. Many of my other interests actually stem from my background in philosophy.
This is the area I wanted to get into with my philosophy major and which, I thought, I'd be able to do with a law degree. As it turns out, regardless of what you study, having a career in bioethics is about as likely as having a unicorn take you to work in the morning. Maybe you can pull it off as a part-time gig, but don't bet on it. That being said, I still like to read up on bioethics issues. It's the only aspect of law I've ever found interesting.
Cognition & neurology
My philosophy reading eventually branched into some epistemology and also popular science books on cognition and neurology. I really started to get into it after reading The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge. It's a great book and will give you a new respect for what the brain is capable of. If I could go back in time, I'd probably pursue a medical degree related to neurology.
I studied some philosophy of language in college and have since been interested in how language works. It's interesting to think about how words refer to objects, the nature of meaning, how our language is connected to our actual thoughts and assorted other language topics. I've read a decent amount of philosophy on the subject, but it just dawned on me that linguists might also have a lot to say (I can be a bit slow). I'm currently reading The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker, and it's fascinating.
Also, my French teacher has a ridiculous understanding of grammar and it brought to light how little I actually know about my own language, much less French. So, I'm trying to brush up on some grammar in order better understand how languages work.
That wasn't a comprehensive list, but it gives a pretty good background on some of the things that interest me and why. If have any suggestions about books and/or articles you think I'd like, feel free to mention them.
The usual complaining will resume next week.