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Entropic Exchange

“Nature never undertakes any change unless her interests are served by an increase in entropy.” ~Max Planck “There is no concept in the whole field of physics which is more difficult to understand than is the concept of entropy, nor is there one which is more fundamental.” ~Francis Sears “Principles of Physics I: ” “Entropy is […]

Intrepid Hearts Deprived

“Traveling is like gambling: it is always connected with winning and losing and generally where it is least expected we receive, more or less, than what we hoped for.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Of course he’d stayed too long in Pinang. That’s what happens when a man with too much time stumbles onto a […]

Why Science?

Why Science? Because salt. There is an unknowable multitude of molecules of NaCl in a single grain of table salt (about 10^18, give or take). That number exceeds comprehension, but through Scientific inquiry we can fully grasp every molecule of every grain. We do not need to explore deeply the impossible number of individual characters […]

Jimmy’s Dillemma

On my last night in the Cameron Highlands, I caught the gaze of a familiar pair of heavy-lidded green eyes. They peered at me beneath a familiar head of wavy brown hair. They belonged to an Italian face that echoed faintly in my memory. As it turned out I’d met this fellow briefly in Kuala […]

The Chisel Chinks of Living

By viewing everyone as the same person is how I connect with others, and how I grow the qualities I glean from them. By the ‘same person’ I mean that everyone is the sum of all their experiences; Traumatic experiences that crash into life with the devastative force of a derailed train; Experiences that influence […]

Just Think Small!

The iron skeleton of a five-story, luxury-apartment building rose beside the small Twin Pines guest house. Several others, taller and more imposing, stood at the edge of town. The sweat of hundreds of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, and the din of construction, foretold the doom of Tanah Rata. A few years is all it’ll take for […]

Tanah Rata Treks

Of all the places I’ve ever visited, Tanah Rata provided the simplest living. I picked up a tip in Kuala Lumpur to stay at the Twin Pines guesthouse in the Cameron Highlands. For 15 Ringit ($3.75) a night I stayed in a quaint little private room; nothing more than a spartan attic space. The inclined […]

An Unexpected Fate

“He thought of the incomprehensible sequence of changes and chances that make up a life, all the beauties and horrors and absurdities whose conjunctions create the uninterpretable and yet divinely significant pattern of human destiny.” ~ Alduous Huxley, Island To learn how to cook, play an instrument, massage, dance, and speak a second language: these […]

A Dip in Surly Waters

Next I went to Kuala Lumpur. Just ‘went’ there. The banality of the word fits my experience of Malaysia’s capital. I spent three days. It was a massive city like massive cities are. I snapped a selfie in front of the Petronas towers. I ran the boulevard of banks in the pouring rain at night. […]

Home

“My home is a tent in the bush. My home is a descending elevator, the back of a van, a library table. My home is the back seat of a car with the window rolled down. My home is a dusty, abandoned construction site. My home is a scorching hot roadside. My home is a […]