March 30th, 2017



“Why do you say, ‘I don’t see color,’ as if it were a good thing?”
Because, as Dr. King said, it would be a good thing if the whole country did it. But the Power Structure sees color, and so do millions of stupid white people who get one vote each, so we have to. It’s one of those things we can’t escape, like government and bondage to our bowels.

ETA: Thank to several helpful comments, I realize this should have been something like “I wish I lived in a world where I didn’t have to see color, where we didn’t have that particular element of collectivist politics that makes many people suffer and gives the rest of us another civic duty.”


I have a Szaszian distrust of psychiatric diagnoses, even the ones that can’t plausibly be applied to me. I consider myself to be on the “spectrum” that gets people labeled with autism/Asperger’s, ADHD, narcissism, libertarianism, and introversion, among others, because we live in our minds and deal with the world instead of living directly in the world like the neurotypicals. I used to think I was an Aspie, but now I’m convinced I’m much more of an ADDer.

There is a site called ADDitude that promises to pander to my kind. It is set up as click-one-after-another instead of one big page that I can comfortably move back and forth on, which, given my attention issues, makes me want to inflict grievous bodily harm upon them.


When I was a child, I was a science fiction weirdo. I read Buck Rodgers stuff and believed that someday we’d put a man on the Moon and be able to put a roomful of computing power in our pockets. I’m afraid I haven’t outgrown it. I find myself dreaming of a bizarre futuristic Facebook: We could choose the way our pages look! We could easily have a different userpic for each post! We could edit our posts in a large, easily correctible typeface! When a discussion popped up, we could move it out of the way. If we didn’t want our short posts to appear in big letters, we wouldn’t have to! Someday, humanity will reach these distant dreams.