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Hello, Iron Blogger!

So I've finally joined Iron Blogger (for the home audience, a local "blog or buy beer" group), and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm zdamien on the IRC channel and Damien in real life, brought into the group by mad and cjb, whom I know from gale, and mad from Caltech as well where we were minimally overlapping undergrads. I'm a software engineer/cognitive scientist slacking on my inheritance, with current enthusiasms in economics, Krugmanite politics, sustainability, science fiction, filk music [sic], RPGs, and anime. Projects are trying to learn Spanish and Japanese better and exercise more. I run Ubuntu 10.04, have an N900, and have never owned Apple.

My 'blogging' is a Livejournal, mostly link dumps, book reviews, observations of my daily life and updates for my friends, intellectual musings, and travel logs. Emotional drama, insofar as I have any these days, mostly stays in direct private communication with friends, so have no fear.

Top blogs I follow are Paul Krugman, Do The Math, Rocketpunk Manifesto, and Bleeding Heart Libertarians. I spend far too much time on RPG.net; high level moderation makes it one of the most pleasant and interesting places on the internet to talk about stuff. Oddly I forward a lot of the first two, and much less of the rest especially the last.

Past posts of particular interest (long but doubling as a handy reference for me):

Book and article summaries
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/1493 -- a sequence on Charles Mann's 1493, which I recommend along with the previous book 1491 on Pre-Columbian America. (Note: entries are in reverse chronological order by LJ default, and I don't know of a way to reverse that.)
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/india -- a sequence from when I read three history books on India.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/171326.html -- book on SE Asia
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/225604.html -- actually reading "The Tragedy of the Commons" is interesting
http://mindstalk.dreamwidth.org/312415.html -- summarizing a long article on the crime boom
http://mindstalk.dreamwidth.org/313770.html -- Triumph of the City
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/215247.html -- Sex in the Future

http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/travel2010 -- I wander Europe before coming to Boston.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/japantrip1 -- I wander Tokyo. As yet there is not japantrip2, I was planning ahead.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/chile2011 -- I wander Santiago

http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/220864.html -- a post I did with simple botecs on US mass transit buses. Never had anyone go "yeah!" or "you're full of shit because X".
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/110651.html -- cost of the Iraq War (2007)
http://mindstalk.dreamwidth.org/298952.html -- botec on storing renewable energy, because it'd be nice to believe dealing with the end of fossil fuels will be easy.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/public%20transit -- related posts

http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/217932.html -- a collection of surprisingly leftist Founding Father quotes.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/131126.html -- on surprising ignorance, aka "you don't know *that*?"
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/220420.html -- my first Labor Day post
http://mindstalk.dreamwidth.org/297453.html -- early Christianity surprise
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/113275.html -- in defense of libertarianism, written as a social democrat.
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/135212.html -- distinctive life tastes
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/144282.html -- on mileage and reciprocals
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/163082.html -- malaria and charity
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/204914.html?thread=372082#t372082 -- very short descriptions of schools of economics
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/272235.html -- on middle-aged women in SF/F
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/192331.html -- frigging Star Trek movie
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/204914.html?thread=372082#t372082 -- stinky cheeses
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/273235.html -- exploring Boston, Mattapan
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/290994.html -- ditto, east Boston
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/abh -- Abh!
http://mindstalk.livejournal.com/tag/proportional%20representation -- guess

Others might be found at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=mindstalk
And there's lots of other tags.

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