About This Website / Blog

Vox clamantis in deserto is Latin for voice crying in the wilderness and it’s a reference to the Biblical prophets Isaiah and John the Baptist (Isaiah 40:3, John 1:23/Mark 1:3). Basically I chose this title because the internet is surely a wilderness and because I am not altogether sure that anyone will care to read the posts on this blog.

I am a former professor, former banker, former programmer, and former network administrator turned author/writer. I have an earned Ph.D. in Romance Languages which explains why this site is not solely in English.

This blog is an outgrowth of various web endeavors going back to the late 1990s. I never really “got” the concept of blogging as I was rather convinced that far too few people actually cared about the random thoughts of others to justify the investment of one’s time in blogging. However, Facebook’s evolution into, among other things, a forum to share one’s thoughts, activities, interests, and moods eventually led me to see the them intrinsic hedonic satisfaction from having a forum to share one’s thoughts.

While this WordPress iteration technically commenced in April 2013, I have back-filled some content using dates that would have been appropriate to that content had I been blogging at that time. It was a slow evolution from 2013 onward with a few title and tagline changes and even fewer posts. Eventually the title stuck in 2016 and merited an accompanying domain name in 2018. Though internet anonymity is a disheartening illusion, I find that plausible anonymity enables me to express controversial ideas more freely. I maintain only reasonable illusions (and delusions) regarding the meaningfulness to this endeavor. On the one hand, I do not really expect anyone to read it; on the other hand, I simultaneously think: who knows what someone will stumble upon by way of Google. But ultimately, blogs are just more about the blogger’s desire for expressiveness than for audience saturation.

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