Preference to Logical and Abstract Thoughts

I guess sometimes I could be happier if I had some hobby to have cameras, cars, or something that belong to mascurine culture. It is formed by materials. Preference to collect such physical things features in men’s taste. I don’t have any interest in it, however it could make me sutisfied, though. At the beginning, I don’t like to have materials. I rarely buy things. Furniture, clothes, shoes, home appliances, etc. discourage me to buy them, not because they are expensive, but I don’t need them. Thinking of when I will move from the room I’m at now doesn’t urge me to do so. I just don’t want to have…

Whicheverness: Beyond Dichotomy

Things pressure us to choose at least one from them. We are hardly able to leave them free without determining which is more preferable. If we hesitate to make up our mind to pick one up, we can’t avoid being regarded as indecisive. Those who tend to postpone determination can’t progress things. However, does choosing something always desirable? Richard Rorty, one of representative philosophers in the late Twenty Century, expressed his “split-up” between publicness and privateness in an impressive essay, “Trotsky and the Wild Orchids.” He concluded as below: The actually existing approximations to such a fully democratic, fully secular community now seem to me the greatest achievements of our…

わたしは耳が聞こえませんので、筆談か身振りでお願いします

ぼくが働いている会社が主催する大きなイベントがあって、会場へ誘導する仕事を手伝った。チケット売り場の前だったから、イベントに来場するたくさんの人に呼びかけられて、さまざまなことを聞かれた。そのなかで、たぶん、生まれて初めて、耳が聞こえない人に話しかけられた。 その女性は、まず開口一番に「わたしは耳が聞こえませんので、筆談か身振りでお願いします」と早口で言ってから、そのあとに障害者手帳はどこで見せたらよいのか、という質問をした。ぼくは、手帳を取り出して見せるジェスチャーをしながら、会場の入口で見せれば入れますよ、と結局は言葉を発しながら答えてしまったのだけど、それでわかってくれたようで、笑顔でありがとうと言って入口へ歩いていった。 それから、その女性が立ち去ったあとも、何度もこのやりとりを思い出した。あの女性は、たぶんこれまでに数え切れないくらいコミュニケーションが困難な場面に遭遇してきた経験から、初めに伝えたほうがよい情報をまとめていて、それがあの冒頭の「わたしは耳が聞こえませんので、筆談か身振りでお願いします」だったのではないか。この言葉は、初対面の人と会話をはじめるときに話されることがなんども繰り返されて、この形へどんどん最適化されていったのだ。

Learning Languages to Achieve Our Own Goals

People often argue that speaking is the most important for learning languages, blaming traditional education for it has excessive tendency to grammar that is not useful for “practical” usage of languages. I partly agree with them, that is, not completely. I’d like to discuss the issue from another point of view. At the first place, since we are old enough, we must decide the way to learn by ourselves. Thus, whatever people say, the goal of learning must come from our need not from others’. I’m wondering if they say the same when they started learning Latin. We can speak in Latin, however it rarely gives us an opportunity to…

On Introducing Readability Finiteness to Social Community

The Web has open nature from its birth to encourage academicians to share their documents that can be pointed by URIs. It can be said using a word “infiniteness.” We, however, now often “impoverish” such an openness to use Web for wider purpose than expected at the birth. In this post, we discuss several methods to make the Web “finite” to allow us to feel free to expressing ourselves on it. Why Finiteness Matters? As said above, openness is an important concept for the Web. However, the more widely the Web is adopted for communicating, the more risky unveiling our thought becomes; especially after social networking service era, flamings have…

A New Community Started

Recently, Mastodon has interested those who are bored with existing social communities. I strongly sympathize with its aim. I tried to launch another instance to meet my need and found I couldn’t afford to pay for the cost it needed. What I need actually is the functionality that enables just a semi-closed community. That is, posts on the site are all visible to anyone but are submittable only by those who are approved as a member of the community. If we omit the feature of Mastodon that allows users to follow ones on external instances, such kind of community can be realized by WordPress that costs less. So we adopt…