I think therefore…

According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, all cultures pass thru 3 distinct phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, also known as the How, Why and Where phases. These phases  are characterized by the questions of “How can we eat?”, “Why do we eat?” and “Where shall we have lunch?”.  One can apply a similar framework to soul-food also known as thought in the less relaxed regions of the galaxy. I personally spent a long time stuck in the second phase, that of Inquiry, during which I pondered more “Whys” than I can remember. But then one sunny day, I recalled Douglas Adams’ aforementioned pearl of wisdom and I decided to become Sophisticated, which ultimately led to this question: Where shall I blog?

Now that the preamble is out of the way, here are some hard and not so hard facts. Call me Kapil (for the uninitiated I am mimicking Moby Dick’s opening line — “Call me Ishmael”). I have been called other names before but unfortunately these tended to be mostly uncharitable and will not be uttered again. I live in Portland, Oregon (USA) and make my living as a semiconductor engineer working for a giant chipmaker, helping manufacture better and smaller computer chips. I am one of the reasons why you need to buy a new computing device almost every other year. I love my day job but more than that I love the twin joys of musing and expounding. For a multitude of reasons, most of my musings have been in my head for far too long and my wife has been the only one who has had to bear the brunt of my expositions. So I have decided to spare her and distribute the pain evenly in true Athenian traditions. One of the central themes of my musings is the practical application of philosophy to everyday business of life. I hope someday to come up with a general theory/philosophy of practical living that can help people navigate their lives in a meaningful fashion in this often confusing world. To be sure, not everything that goes thru my head is this grandiose. No wait, it usually is grandiose. So here’s to my grandiose musings. If I can get at least one other person who does not live inside my head to appreciate some of what I will be saying in these pages I will consider this experiment a fantabulous success.

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