And now for something completely different

Well, up until now I’d say my writing has been pretty dry and impersonal. Granted it does represent how I spend my time pretty well, something just isn’t quite right. None of it really contains any opinion. I suppose this is largely because I lack any strong opinions myself. Unfortunately I keep myself–not entirely intentionally–separated from, what you might call, the real world. I don’t follow news or politics so I never really know what’s going on.

It’s a shame, I suppose. Maybe if I had opinions, I’d have something actually interesting to say. But, when it comes to current events, I just don’t care.

4 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. kc lc says:

    Holding opinions, and feeling a compulsion to announce them, are two different things. I’m sure you express your opinion when asked.

    After all, yours is a science-based blog… so opinion is less important here. I suppose there are sciences where opinion matters — such as anthropology, psychology, and economics. But “math, programming, and aerospace” aren’t really subjects that benefit much from opinion.

  2. Yourself says:

    Perhaps I do. I just don’t recall ever being asked. I’m sure I have at some point…I mean, how could I live for 22 years and not be asked?

    I guess this kind of reminds me of English class in high school. I had similar problems there. When writing papers it’s always about your opinion; but I could never think of anything to write about and when I could, I’d usually come to the logical conclusion that there wasn’t enough information or objective fact to make any side of an argument more valid than the other. Needless to say that made it pretty difficult to argue about things I didn’t actually believe.

  3. xot says:

    I’m certain I’ve seen you express your opinion just fine at GMC, and usually in a genuinely entertaining way. Maybe not entertaining for the target, but entertaining for the rest of us. Maybe mathematics isn’t something that lends itself to opinion, but if it is something you are passionate about (and clearly you are), then it something that you can write about. Programming has a little more room for opinion. And I know you’ve played at least one game you like (Mario RPG). Gaming is excellent fodder for opinion. Regardless, opinion isn’t necessarily a requirement for a blog. It can be a chronicle, or journal, or scrapbook, or news aggregate, or tutorial, or who knows what else. As the old saw goes, write what you know.

    Finally, as a fellow American, I’d just like to say, there is no shame in avoiding this country’s horrible media coverage of “current events”. As Thomas Jefferson said: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” It’s not that he was against newspapers: “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Rather he was a realist about them: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” His sentiment is more valid today than ever; even if you did follow news and politics, you still wouldn’t know what’s going on.

  4. kc lc says:

    xot, I agree with your assessment of most media coverage — it’s just as bad as it was 200 years ago. But the solution isn’t to avoid current events. The solution is to avoid bad media coverage.

    There are plenty of good newspapers, and there’s excellent coverage on public radio (like NPR), and on public television. So save the newspaper for lining your bird’s cage — and turn on public radio.

    Regarding Jefferson’s quote: he was most likely commenting on the unfavorable coverage of his policies. Reminds me of that famous quote by President Lyndon Johnson:

    “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: President Can’t Swim.”
    – Lyndon B. Johnson