2005 was a turning point of sorts; more sideways than forward, but welcome in every sense of the word. Writing became a very important priority, and it looks to remain so for quite some time. As I continue to explore the real reason I’m here, in this place, at this time, with ideas that are still begging for a place among the white pages of history, I’ve come to realize something important: thought itself is fleeting without action. In fact, when left alone to brood and fester, thought is the very essence of inertia, like a cold and unmoveable stone, tied to the ankle of every great idea you’ve ever had.
With that in mind, for 2006, I have resolved to pick up my pen and write as often and as furiously as I can, about each and every thing that comes to mind, be it script or sentence or sound. In 2006, these thoughts will find a home on somebody’s page, outside of the suffocating confines of a chattering mind. In 2006, my young self will talk wistfully with its older cousin about the way the world looked when the vitality of youth still coursed through my veins and the lurking shadow of middle age was still too shy to creep in.
And for me, that’s the best part: that our writing can bring us back; to what we were, what we thought, and how we thought it. For me, 2005 was big. Incredibly collosal, in fact. As a natural consequence, the things I wrote, and the reasons I wrote them, all point to some common view of the world; a view that’s distinctly “2005”. And so, as a special treat for all 3 of our regular readers (myself included), I’ve compiled a few of my favourite pieces from over the course of the last 9 months into a sort of Rational Retrospective. With any luck, it might become the first of many; but even if it doesn’t, the journey was well worth the effort.
As always, I hope you enjoy.
2005: a rational retrospective
from humble beginnings:
- ground zero – my very first post, and the true inspiration for everything that follows
business & finance:
- cash money – corporate finance 101: know thy cash flows
- risk/reward – personal finance 101: know thyself
- petrosexuals – exploring the sexier side of oil
language & literature:
- mean streets – what’s in a name?
- freakshow and tell – where sumo wrestlers & crack gangs collide
- the cunning linguist – spreken ze legalese?
- google universe – meet the new global titans
- telecrapper 2000 – the power of 2nd impressions
- kissed – the wonderfully wide web
arts & entertainment:
science & technology:
- state of the art – the beauty of fractals
- the great divide – ignorance is bliss
- never say never – one man’s quest for the fountain of youth
- re: nova | the elegant universe – all creatures great and small
- the final step – the legacy of legacy
- the parent trap – inside the school of hard knocks
- in gods, we trust – religion is dead. long live religion!
- talk to you never – this is just too cool not to read