Keeping a blog in a foreign language

By Confusion on dinsdag 23 september 2008 05:09 - Comments (14)
Category: Philosophy, Views: 10.717

I'm amazed at the number of comments to posts of bloggers here in which the commenter wonders about the use of the English language. As far as I'm concerned, English is the lingua franca of the internet. The things I write about are seldomnly limited to the Netherlands and I'd like as many people as possible to be able to use and enjoy my posts. If that means sacrificing quality, because I'm less proficient at English than at Dutch, so be it.

What amazes me even more, is the number of commenters that seem to think it's fair game to criticise the writer's use of the English language. If you'd make the same comments at the forum, you'd be moderated as offtopic and, in many cases, as a nitpicker. If you think this post contains spelling errors, wrong grammar or bad style, feel free to email me about it. Just please don't clutter the comments with it.

Come to think of it, actually, feel free to comment on spelling, grammar and style in the comments, but please do it in a seperate comment. I will delete it as soon as I have read it.

What you could be

By Confusion on donderdag 21 augustus 2008 21:37 - Comments (13)
Category: Philosophy, Views: 5.917

If events conspired to make you the victim of cosmic bad luck, you could be notoriously absentminded. You could be distracted while bringing your daughter to the day-care center. You could be worried about someone and, hurrying over to meet him, get out of the car without a second glance. You could work hard all day, get back in the car, drive to the day-care center, be told there that you never dropped your daughter off, hurry back to your car and discover that you forgot so thoroughly that she is now dead, baked by the sun.

This could be you. You could be known as a good friend, a well-liked colleague, a devoted husband and a loving father and still this could be you. Remember that, next time you feel like flaming someone for their stupidity or their evilness. They may be just like you, only less lucky.

Inspired by Daniel Dennetts account of the same incident in his book Freedom Evolves