Actually

I will write a longer post about this soon, but I wanted to revise my previous post about what will be replacing Living the Liminal. I will be attempting to write an essay of 1000-2000ish words each week for the next year and you can find these essays at 52Essays.com. Will let you know why the domain name change in the first essay for that site, so make sure you bookmark or subscribe to the rss feed for 52 Essays!

Mahalo.

Retiring Living the Liminal

Writing is not simply a way to express thoughts. Writing is, in a very real and literal sense, a way of thinking. Writing is also an embodied activity and to consider it as only a mental practice is to misunderstand the relationship between the mind and the body. There is not division between the two. Certainly there are subsystems that are unique to the brain versus those unique to the stomach or the knee, but we are never not embodied and material beings. Having recently completed my PhD comprehensive exams, I can attest to the fact that writing two article length papers in 48 hours is as much a physical endurance test as it is a mental one. Unfortunately, being out of shape, I ended up relying far too much on caffeine and cigarettes to get me through that particular mental/physical challenge. Because of this recent experience, of feeling, in my body the connection between writing and the embodied self, I have decided to begin a new blog and to retire—or at least to send on a long vacation—what has been my primary website/blog since 2005.

Living the Liminal has been a part of my “brand” for a long time. Subsequent accounts with Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, App.net, etc. have all used a variation of either “liminal” or “living the liminal.” There is a reason I picked that “identity”: I have always (or at least as long as I can remember) felt slightly outside of and hovering in between various aspects of life. I am often somewhere between the past and the future, rarely situated in the now or standing in the doorway between solitude and social, stuck not knowing in which direction I truly want to move. Part of this new project is to write myself in a new and different way. I am neither rejecting the liminal side of myself and my experience, nor am I necessarily aiming for a specific vision of the me that I am trying to write into existence. However, as I have been thinking quite a bit about the material effects of words on and through the body, I began to wonder if stepping back from the concept of liminality might prove to be, at the very least, an impetus to write a new me, if only slightly. In other words, I am interested in exploring how the materiality of words—a materiality borne from the embodied action of writing—may result in a re-inscription of my self.

Additionally, I recently came across several new platforms that are exploring a new way of using Dropbox, Markdown, and static text files to serve as a blogging/website system, one that does not require databases and that allows the content to live in one’s own Dropbox account. I have signed up with Scriptogr.am and have recently begun to explore ways in which I can use this new platform as space for a writing intensive website. Today I bought the domain name “reinscription.com” and will begin to transfer my writing to this new space over the next few weeks. Living the Liminal will remain, and the back-catalog of my thoughts over the past seven years will still be available for any and all who want to poke around the various essays, links, images, and ruminations that I have collected here over the years. And who knows, perhaps I will return here sometime in the future. For now, however, I will officially “retire” Living the Liminal on January 1, 2013.

The new site is still coming together. I need to make sure I can get the domain names pointing in the right directions and I’d like to do some edits to the theme so I can make the space more my own. I will update here when ReInscription is up and fully running. While I feel decidedly odd about moving away from Living the Liminal, I am excited by the move and am certain that, as a writer and as a person, this will be a productive and useful change for myself. I hope to also make it interesting and entertaining for others. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Post 1000 Present – Some Doctor Who Theme Remixes

So this is 1000. I had no idea what I was going to post here, until I09 posted a YouTube video of Mankind’s 12″ Disco remix of the Doctor Who theme. Thus, an idea was born. Enjoy. And thanks for coming by.

Mankind, “Doctor Who Theme Remix”

The Timelords, “Doctorin’ the TARDIS”

And here is “my” Doctor’s theme

along with a wonderful scene that shows Tom Baker’s Doctor at his most madcap but controlled:

2012 blogging plans

This past semester has been a rather slow blogging one for me, but, more troubling, I’ve also done relatively little writing of any kind. As I considered some of my desires and goals for the coming year, I realized that this blog deserves a bit more attention, but I also needed some kind of focus for it. I know, I know, I’ve tried focus here any number of times and it never seems to stick for very long. Well, if it doesn’t this time, it doesn’t. Nobody loses. That said, I do plan on posting here every (or most) weekdays. However, I’m returning to an attempt I made a while ago: I’m going to post positive things. No politics, and no oh-gosh-but-the-world-is-so-very-fucked-up. I hope to spend the bulk of this coming year sharing joyful moments, music and videos that make me smile, photos that speak to the beauty around us, and even simple, short affirmations of something good that I am looking forward to or that happened to me. This isn’t about comedy or easy fun, though I may very well post things that are just funny, but more an attempt to share things that reflect the many and varied positive creations and attributes of our species.

So, yeah, that is the blogging plan for LtL in 2012. Hope you’ll join me.

Oh, and also, I’ve got a new theme. What do you think? If you have any troubles with it, let me know.

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My New Blog

As I mentioned recently, I am starting a new blog that will focus on my time and work as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I am pleased to announced that it is up and running at ThisThus.com. Over the next few weeks I will probably make adjustments to the look of the site as I tweak it here and there, but the first post is posted and I’m excited by the prospect of having a slightly more focused blog that will serve as both a place for me to reflect on my journey over the next several years, as well as a place to share what I learn along the way. Posts will be few and far between until the beginning to school, but I will be posting various items that have to do with preparing for both school and the move to Pittsburgh. When school starts, I hope to post regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

But you few, you fearless readers of Living the Liminal should fear not! I will be keeping this space for non-PhD related topics and will never forsake you. Never ever ever!

So if following two blogs isn’t a chore, or if you are genuinely interested in following me as I go from getting into a program of my choice to completing my dissertation and getting my doctorate, I hope you will drop by and check out the new digs at http://thisthus.com.

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Five Years

For just over five years, I’ve been writing and posting thoughts on the internet. For a short time I used Salon.com’s blogging software, then turned to Blogspot.com, and relatively soon after that, I decided to by my own domain and use WordPress to run this site. Since starting this blog I have posted 680 entries, moved web hosting servers once, lived in three different states (not counting my 2 months in New Mexico), been in two different graduate programs, have gone through two iPods, one IBM Thinkpad R31, one Emachine tower, one iMac and am currently writing this on my 2.5 year old Macbook Pro, which is running my third OS X operating system. I’ve completed several short stories, ten short plays, been published in one academic journal, presented at two academic conferences, and started one novel. I’ve done sound design for seven plays. I’ve probably gained something like fifteen pounds and am disturbingly close to forty. I am producing one podcast and may soon be producing a second podcast. I have quit smoking, developed a taste for expensive single malt scotch, become a fan of The National, The Mountain Goats, Bat for Lashes, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Haskins. I’ve seen the rebirth of Doctor Who as a program and two regenerations of the character and have read probably something close to 240 books.

So . . . in honor of five years, the always inimitable David Bowie:

New Directions

I am considering what I want to do with this blog over the next year. I know that I want to give it more focus . . . though I’m not sure exactly on what at this point. So I thought I’d throw it out to you and see if any of my readers might have a preference of subject matter. To be clear, even while I hope to narrow my scope somewhat, I won’t just do one thing here.

Let me know what you’d like to see more of (and you can vote for more than one category).

What should LtL focus on in 2010?

  • Social & Political Information & Rants (33%)
    Social & Political Information & Rants -/> 33% (2 Votes)
  • Personal Observations & Ruminations About Life, Love, etc. (17%)
    Personal Observations & Ruminations About Life, Love, etc. -/> 17% (1 Votes)
  • Essays on Writing and other Artistic Processes (17%)
    Essays on Writing and other Artistic Processes -/> 17% (1 Votes)
  • Humor (17%)
    Humor -/> 17% (1 Votes)
  • Reviews of Books/Movies/TV/Theatre/Music (17%)
    Reviews of Books/Movies/TV/Theatre/Music -/> 17% (1 Votes)

Total Votes: 6

Amazon Links & Radio Paradise

Since I can no longer be an Amazon Affiliate because of a recent law passed by the RI General Assembly, I’ve decided to use the Radio Paradise Affiliate link whenever I post links to Amazon because I feel like someone should be able to take advantage of the few dollars this website generates and because, if you haven’t noticed by now, Radio Paradise is my favorite internet radio station. So, if you are interested in any of the books, movies, or music I mention or review, I hope you will consider buying through the links I provide in order to help support a truly eclectic and independent radio station.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Radio Paradise, here’s a recent set list to show just how inclusive and wide-ranging the music is: Continue reading