Description: A kind of private eye of learning
Keywords: fiction, history, philosophy, illuminati, symbolism, art, books, libraries, mystery, deduction, secrets
"A sudden illumination: I had a trade after all. I would set up a cultural investigation agency, be a kind of private eye of learning. Instead of sticking my nose into all-night dives and cathouses, I would skulk around bookshops, libraries, corridors of university departments. Then I'd sit in my office, my feet propped on the desk, drinking, from a dixie cup, the whiskey I'd brought up from the corner store in a bag. The phone rings and a man says: Listen I'm translating this book and came across something or someone called Motakallimun. What the Hell is it? Give me two days I tell him. Then I go to the library.... ...I had a strict rule, which I think secret services follow, too: No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections. There are always connections; you have only to want to find them."-- Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum
Description: Cultural Detective, Amateur Lexicographer, Curious Antiquary, Noted Pedestrian, CGO-WWW (retired), Voracious Reader, Thrift Privateer, Free (as in Freedom) Software Advocate, Lord Warden of the Parlementum Servers, Pluviophile, Eleutheromaniac
Location: Spokane, WA, USA
Hometown: Seattle, WA USA
Keywords: culture, geography, history, literature, poetry, classics, FLOSS, FAIF, Linux-libre, etymology, travel, cocktails, food, quotations, writing, philosophy, detective, mysteries
About: Thinker, virtual wanderer, looking for the connections that reveal the truth. Most recently, I'm developing an interest in Utopias - real and imagined, barter systems, post capitalism, DIY, Off the grid. I'm beginning to read Marx/Lenin/Trotsky and about them, to supplement my extensive knowledge of capitalist philosophers.