A few years ago Ken and Patrick invited me to write at Popehat because we shared a commitment to defending free speech and other virtues of the Enlightenment. While that's still true, it's become clear that our tactics and audiences differ and it makes sense for me to excuse myself from Ken's living room and write elsewhere.
I'll be at a new group blog formed by several e-friends called Status 451.
Meredith L Patterson jokingly pitched it as "He's a conservative Catholic ancap. She's a bisexual, polyamorous Euronerd anarcho-game-theorist. They write blogs!". This is true as far as it goes, but we've also got a politics / law / chess guy, some programmers, a pretend-economist, and more.
Topics will be an eclectic mix of math, politics, architecture (maybe buildings if I'm the one writing the post, maybe software if it's Meredith), tax policy, and so forth. The guiding principles of the blog, to the extent that it has any, are that no topics are beyond the pale, and we aim to discuss things at a systems level instead of object level. E.g. more "here is a thousand year history of the culture war behind gamergate" and less "These are the five people ruining games. Hate them. Now."
A few posts I've got in mind are
- Disaggregation is next to Godliness
- Science doesn't work
- Chain of custody / chain of block
- The book "Games People Play" and the social justice movement
- Hunter S Thompson discovers neoreaction (welcome to crab country)
I'd like to thank Patrick and Ken once again for the opportunity to write here, and I hope to see many of you over at Status 451.