Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • What is something you learned recently?

    About a year ago, I started making pens. It was entirely new to me. I love it. My interest in woodworking has continued to grow since then and I have everything to learn at each turn.

  • Describe your perfect birthday cake.

    I don’t like celebrating my birthday. I can get pretty grumpy about it and just want to be left well alone. Last year, the “birthday committee” at work sent out a broadcast email on my birthday. They send one out for everyone but I had asked that they not for me. It went out and…

  • What are the pros and cons of procrastination?

    Procrastination is proportional to priority. My priorities are measured against an arbitrary standard of interest. What I’ll procrastinate on is entirely dependent on my mood.

  • What language do you wish you could speak?

    French. Being a Canadian who has lived in a predominantly French-speaking province and who works in a bilingual school, I really should know how to speak the language. I’ve even given my cats French names! Same as when people speak French, I don’t understand what Eloise and Genevieve are saying most of time.

  • What is a song or poem that speaks to you and why?

    Soon after getting my first car, I would drive to a neighbouring town to smoke cigarettes. It became a regular habit of mine. It was easier for me to stay awake later back then.

  • How do you show love?

    Stationery. If I buy you a pen, I must really like you.

  • What’s a lie you tell yourself?

    The problem with most of the lies that I tell myself is that I think most of them are, in fact, truths. What I believe to be true and what other people believe to be true can differ and that’s when things get a bit confusing.

  • What was your dream job as a child?

    I vaguely remember writing in my notebook that I wanted to be a “thinker” when I grew up. My cousin is a Philosophy professor and I thought it’d be really cool to be like him. I ended up studying Philosophy in university but I wasn’t able to pursue it further.

  • Who is your favourite author and why?

    Of late, my favourite author is Haruki Murakami. I first heard about him on Writers and Company several years ago. The first of his works that I read was First Person Singular, a collection of short stories. Currently, I’m working my way through 1Q84.

  • What irritates you about the home you live in?

    I live in a decently large one-bedroom apartment, with a den, in downtown Toronto. Given the state of the real estate market right now, there’s little I can complain about. Without a financial windfall to boost my sails, I’m not going anywhere for a good while.

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