Since I designed this blog to enable rants that aren’t advisable in my everyday life, there’s a limit to what I can tell you about me. You may have noticed that I borrowed the blog’s title from Centrifugal Bumblepuppy in Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World.” Ironically, the Huxley novel isn’t one of my favorites; I chose the reference because it relates to my ideas.
I watch very little TV and listen to practically no current English-speaking popular music. (I’ve traveled a lot.) That’s not to say my interests are necessarily artsy or highbrow. It’s easier for me to handle the most self-consciously idiotic TV shows (such as Wipeout) than most of the mainstream stuff. With Wipeout and similar shows, the producers know it’s dumb and sell it as such. It’s a good, honest numbing of the mind. I can sit around for an hour thinking “this is dumb, this is dumb” and be perfectly happy; when it’s a more “serious” TV show, I still think it’s dumb but I can’t say so out loud and there’s no satisfaction derived from observing the dumbness. It’s more depressing to realize what passes for clever these days.
The one thing I never make fun of is popular literature. If people are sitting down to read a book instead of watching TV for hours on end, I’m not going to make fun of that no matter what’s in the book. (I might make an exception for “The Philosophical Meditations of Justin Bieber” or something like that.)
So I guess I’ve diverted from the whole point of an “About Me” page. Oh well.
But in the meantime, you can enjoy these posts about my life:
The joys of applying for jobs while being “overqualified”
Religious experiences in Catholic School
Why I don’t miss college teaching
A symbolic selfie, based on a photo from Cologne’s cathedral
The story of my life as told through a single song (includes 3 videos)
An award acceptance speech
Why I am both young and old, or something like that