On the Other Hand

Loosely structured thoughts on almost everything.

The flavors of reality

I. A Call in the Night

On April 26th, 1986, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a call ran into one of the fire stations in Pripyat.

"Fire Department"

"Hello, Ivankov?"

"Yes. Yes?"

"You've been called to Pripyat... Hello?"

"Yes. Yes, I can hear you."

"At the nuclear plant over there, in the third and fourth blocks. The roof is on fire."

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The ultimate guide to my shelf sharks

For me, books are the most fascinating objects that our species have ever created. I regularly marvel at the fact that a piece of wood can safely contain a slice of a person’s mind and transfer it into someone else’s brain.

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Misusing Morality

Amoral is a word that I started to deeply dislike lately.

People say it all the time. We use it to describe the jerk who jumps the line, the political candidate we haven't voted for, or our friend's friend who's doing something we would never do. When someone doesn't act according to our own set of values, we label them amoral. Valueless.

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