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A Sufficiently Advanced Parody is Indistinguishable from Madness

Would I murder for a jar of Red Rum? I would.

25 July
I work for a relatively small company that does Natural Language search engine stuff. I'm a "Language Engineer" which means ... well, I haven't worked that out, precisely. What I do, in short, is make the search "go" from a non-technical perspective. I have a degree in linguistics, which means I know what arcane sounding terms like metonymy, anaphora and tmesis mean. Until I acquired my current job I probably would have told you that that was the extent of the benefit of my degree. The other bit of my degree is Asian Studies, specifically East Asia, being China and Japan. This means that if we're wandering around a room full of bizarre Chinese art, and you wonder aloud what the heck the guy on the water buffalo is all about, I will tell you that it is a traditional depiction of Lao Zi. I have read most, if not all, of the Dao De Jing in the original Chinese. The most significant thing that I can tell you about it is that it is as much a political manifesto as a work of philosophy. Lao Zi was an ancient Chinese Libertarian, preferring small and local government that meddled little in the affairs of anyone. The work attributed to the man who may or may not have been one actual person is primarily a rebuttal to the ornate and bureaucratic system proposed by Kong Zi, better known as Confucius. This is not a widely practiced view of Dao, much of modern Daoism coming from Chuang Zi, most noted for the Butterfly dream allegory. Also, modern Chan/Zen Buddhism owes much to Daoism, for it was the Daoists who translated Gautama's thoughts into Chinese, and thus formed a lense by which his words were viewed and passed on. These all form parts of my personal philosophy, heavily built on Chan and Dao. The modern symbol of the Dao and Tai Ji Quan, the original Daoist martial art, the Yin and Yang, was not as symmetrical as it is today, but it was that symbol that first drew my interest, and the symmetry of things greatly interests me. The palindromic nature of my alias is a result of this, and the handwritten version is beyond palindromatic, it's actually symmetrical. I am also a fan of Escher. His works are wonderful visual koans, and I enjoy contemplating impossible geometry as a means of meditation.