Howdy! Glad you could make it. My name's Tom and you've found me online (congrats?)
I'm slightly more religious than your average 20-something year old, and consequently I've come to realize it's your choice to live in fear (you don't have to!) I have great humility to say I was a vegan, an atheist, and overall a very unenjoyable person as a teenager. Something has clicked, and I just love everything about life and am thankful for it (for my own and in general).
I'm a college student interested in becoming more meek and wise. I write about righteousness. I enjoy mathematics, art, thinking, linguistics, electronics, lifting, jamming ... too much to list to be frank. By jamming I mean I'm a musician who hates reading sheet music. I play the keys in a band.
My major is Computer Science. Though my favorite CS is Lewis ;D. Why'd I pick it? I wish I could ask my 17 year old self that question. I was code illiterate up until that point, yet everything has worked out and I find it interesting. After 1 software dev internship however, I'm rethinking it. While I'm not completely set on getting in to cyber security either, the climate of software engineering seems immoral and unfulfilling, especially if the software you're asked to implement is completely backwards and you have no say in decision making. Don't get me wrong, I love to write scripts and programs, heck I might not even be half bad at it. But do I want to denigrate it to a wagie skill? Not really.
After a few CS courses I've come to realize CS is almost soley focused on minimalism, perfect efficiency and automating everything. Just the field of Automata theory by itself yields the root aut- possibly where we get terms such as autist or autism from (yes, there are a lot of autistic individuals in this field and that's nothing to be ashamed about.)
But my problem with identifying as a
math person or the
cs guy, ... ew, is logic cannot
tell us what we ought to do (not to be confused with 'aut'
). We can't base morality off of what is logical, but instead off of
a living, ever-present and spoken word. If we could derive morality from logic alone,
then serial killers logically planning out their murders would be
acceptable. Morality is written in our hearts, not our minds.
Like any other major, it's simply too much of a shallow, incomplete, and fragile way to make an identity for yourself. Maybe that's common knowledge but it's worth stating.
I used to inspect and trouble shoot EMI filters, transformers and power supplies. All of these are used in Military assets such as Pulse forming networks for the Navy's radar modulators, Power supply rigs that power the elevators on aircraft carrier decks, and other ish. It was excitingly boring while it lasted.
The floating islands are cropped and edited from the artwork of Roger Dean, perhaps one of my favorite artists who envisioned the album covers of the band Yes. I've recently discovered the original painting, called allurium, has been released as an NFT.
The color scheme I based the
theme off of is one of the covers for Infinite Jest.
David Foster Wallace was a brilliant writer and got me hooked on crafting dense prose.
He committed suicide in 2008. Although it's a fine novel, you wouldn't want to be caught reading IJ in public.
I highly recommend you read the first essay, Big Red Son, in Consider the Lobster here.
All in all, the Internet is too serious and overly phony. I have hopes of making it more righteous, but no intentions of fixing it. Moreover, I think we use the Internet too much: my stance is quality over quantity. The little time we spend on here should be uplifting and reflect the real world; not lure us into a fake one. Overall, I think the following question is great to ask yourself when you're online or logged off: Why not have fun AND be good to people? I'd rather be happy than worry about being right all the time.