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What I'm Reading, Listening, Watching
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What I'm Reading, Listening, Watching

 – books, videos, podcasts, images, articles, etc

If we are what we eat, then perhaps we are also what we pay attention to. The narratives that I pay attention to may give the reader a sense of the things that I think are important or useful. This is a list of media I am consuming at the moment, and over the past years. Most are audiobooks at the moment. As I get time I shall also add other media. The subject matter is mostly in areas including biology, ethics, group theory, evolution, technology. The titles appear in the order that I last read/heard/watched them. So the first titles on the list are those I have been consuming most recently. I have given each title a rough numeric rating. If a title appears here at all, then it is generally a 3 or higher. 5 highly recommended 4 recommended 3 worth reading/listening/watching 2 meh 1 no

2017: a return to kyoto
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2017: a return to kyoto

this is a video from a point-of-view perspective that i took while walking around the kyoto imperial palace grounds. it was during a solo visit to japan at the end of 2017. it was cold and snowing. i had visited japan in the [northern hemisphere] spring of 2013; during the cherry blossom season. though i was not solo at that time. my supposed purpose in going to kyoto in 2017 was to undertake the rakuyo 33 pilgrimage route. to this end, before i went, i roughed up a little web site to help guide me around the densely packed city of kyoto (rakuyo33.info if you are interested). i completed this pilgrimage, on foot, and often in snowy conditions, over a period of six days. however, my actual reason for going to kyoto was a bit different. i wanted -- or perhaps, needed -- to revisit the grounds of the kyoto imperial palace. in search of someone. i guess. this

I was 14
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I was 14

 – A nothing story that starts nowhere and doesn't finish

I was 14. A quiet boy, living in an outer suburb of a small and isolated city called Perth[1], in a large and remote state called Western Australia. The Perth of that time considered itself a bastion of the British Empire. In theatres, before the movie started, people stood for the playing of God Save The Queen. Except for those few ratbag proto republicans in the back who remained seated. Every year hoards of English migrants arrived by ship to settle in Perth, mainly in the new dormitory suburbs like the one I lived in. A large proportion of students in the schools comprised these recent arrivals. As a consequence, local born students — like myself — developed accents with a distinct English affectation. A year earlier, in 1970, the city was connected to the Eastern States by

Meet Gary Dean
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Meet Gary Dean

 – A Jakarta Expat interview with Gary Dean

Parts of this interview were published in Jakarta Expat, March 2013 Jakarta Expat: So Gary, where do you come from, where did you grow up? Gary Dean: I was born in Perth, Western Australia in the pre-Sputnik era. I grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth. JE: How long have you been living in Indonesia and what brought you here in the first place? GD: I've lived in Indonesia continuously since 1996. Why did I come to Indonesia? Firstly and principally, because it was not Australia. Psychologically, Australia was choking me; it is an orderly, over-regulated, self-satisfied country that is in love with its own image. I desperately needed some disorder in my life; and Indonesia delivers this in truckloads! In Indonesia, absolutely nothing can be taken for granted. JE: So how did you get from studying Animal Husbandry to becoming the director and senior consultant for Ok

An Ungrateful Australian
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An Ungrateful Australian

On Tuesday, 17 December 2002 BM wrote: I think, on balance, that if I am to be ruled, I would much rather be ruled by complete fucking moron civilians than by clever army generals, or religious fanatics for that matter. A friend, who had been a lifelong marxist until the collapse of the Soviet Union, in a moment of possibly alcohol-induced candour, said to me once that to him a slightly corrupt, partially inept 'liberal democracy' is far preferable to a ruthlessly efficient and thoroughly honest socialist dictatorship. Oh shit, I think I feel a polemic coming on ... Or maybe it's that dodgy rendang I ate for lunch ... I quite agree, living under a liberal democracy is probably preferable to living under a socialist dictatorship. However your statements are loaded with some highly contentious and suspect presumptions concerning the alleged relative s

dikotomi
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dikotomi

 – digital music experiments from 2002

dikotomi is a collection of atmospheric midi music, best experienced whilst sailing through the open air in a solar-powered airship, at moderate altitude, under a clear, high sky, and with no particular destination. synthesized over a period of months a very long, long time ago, these are essentially experiments with fully computerised and notated compositions. absolute uncertainty Your browser does not support the audio element. sky cruising Your browser does not support the audio element.

Culture Matters in Indonesia
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Culture Matters in Indonesia

 – An email exchange with Dennis De Tray, Indonesia country director, World Bank 1997-1999

The views contained within this article are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect past or present opinions or policies of any other person or organisation. Culture really matters when doing business, especially in Indonesia. An understanding of the cultures, outlooks, perceptions of the people with whom we do business, as well as an understanding of our own cultures and values, has enormous real practical application and value. What follows is an email reply I sent to Mr. Dennis De Tray, the former country director of the World Bank in Indonesia at the time of the economic crisis. It briefly discusses why "culture matters". ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gary Dean" To: "de Tray, Dennis" Subject: RE: Your "Analysing the end of Suharto's Indonesia" Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:53:27 +0700 Hello Dennis It's taken me a while to get back to this. I'

Airship Over Occussi
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Airship Over Occussi

 – Songs from 1983

Songs recorded "live" on a cheap cassette recorder at various locations in Fremantle, Western Australia during 1983 (or was it 1984?).  The recording quality in all cases is extremely poor, but the spirit remains audible.  These recordings marked the end of my creative musical life; not long after I gave it away, deciding deliberately and consciously that I had nothing to say. Whilst all the compositions below are original creations, I feel that all creation is a synthesis of past and present experience.  For an individual to take credit for any creation is a silly notion, notwithstanding copyright notices!  Whilst my compositions may be unique, they nevertheless represent syntheses of my experiences and interactions with a particular set of people, circumstances and social environments at a particular time and place.  I have l

Gary Dean
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Gary Dean

 – Who am I? And how exactly did I get here?

I am a hominid male, born in Perth, Australia, in the pre-Sputnik era. My recent racial origins are British Isles/Northern Europe. (Ultimately, of course, we are all from Africa.) I have lived most of my life in South East Asia, and migrated to Indonesia in 1996, which is where I now live. I am an Indonesian citizen. Personality wise, I am, it seems, a Gemini, a Rooster, and an INFJ. Oh, and why not, while we're at it, here, download my genome. My current role models are Robert Sapolsky,