NOT NORMAL

A random collection of back-of-the-envelope calculations, short stories, half-baked theories, bad poems, and more. 
Many of these relate to the idea of normalcy what it entails and what it does not.
We are fortunate to live in a time where right and wrong, traditions, and norms are being renegotiated.
Yet, only through exploring what is normal can we see the depth of the clash and be earnest with our hopes.

 
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A death per million

This month, the world tunes in to watch its religion jubilee play out on altars built over the bodies of tributes; one per million humans.

Pet Talk: Smaller than Small Talk

After years of traumatic pet talk experience, I came to realize how much it has stunted my emotional growth. Pet talk is truly the worst.

On A Woman is No Man

Some books send shockwaves as you read them. Waves that ebb away as they shift your self inside you. A woman is no man is my loudest example

Normal Joy

I used to think that normal things were bland. That special was best. How wrong I was. Oh how much joy lies within a normal act.

A Blinding Brown Rainbow

Have you ever felt swept away; your life and image of yourself changed in an instant? You'd learned to despise change. But you love this one

On the Alien Logic of the Cold War

Isn't it crazy that hydrogen bombs exist just because people disliked who owned the companies in a country far far away from theirs?

More Female, Brown, and Queer

Although I firmly believe in equality. I also know how gendered aggression is. To step away from aggression societal change is needed.

Jr: On Advertising Lack of Originality

I've always find it funny how we all need to write evidence that someone's parent forgot to create a new name for their Jr., III, IV...

Doctoral Adolescence

A remembrance of times past, on how being a doctoral student has the same anxieties, hopes and want of transgression as being a young human

Salaried Algorithms

Algorithms run our lives. Some run on servers, some in bureaus. Here I propose a nomenclature to bundle digital and salaried algorithms.

Educating Royalty

Today I learned that next year the future monarch of the kingdom where I work will be among my students. Here I try to put this into my head

On r/Place and Sagittarius A*

Shitty week. But what's better than some basic science to bring perspective into one's existential angst. This year has been so great so far

Racism by Another Name

Last Monday, I received my residence permit for Germany. A permit that took two years for me to process. #FeelingWelcomed and with a purpose

Perfectionism as a Philosophical Razor

I find perfectionism to be a red flag. Nothing has ever been perfect. I know this is a cynical view. But one based on my lived experience.