I AM WEBMASTER
The reasons why Webmaster has set up and maintains so many websites is a bit difficult to explain. Obviously, the bottom line is that he wants to do that. But it is a bit more complicated than that (the devil is always in the details) and some of the details involve matters that may appear, to some visitors to this site, to be a bit 'philosophical'.
'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' (3). Webmaster does not think of himself as a philosopher - although in a certain sense he is. He holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics, which means he holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, with special training in Biophysics. Webmaster does not want to be 'accused' of being a philosopher, if for no other reason than that many people abuse the term and often use it as a pejorative. In many instances philosophy is being dismissed as talking about things in the ether that have no relevance to 'worldly' matters. As being just about 'theory' and not about reality. Webmaster disagrees and the pieces in this section give concrete examples of what he means. The majority of the writings are in essence pictures of how Webmaster has been continuously learning to live life 'better'. Most of what he says here is not new; it is a re-statement - in Webmaster's words - of what others have learned and reported. But each of us must learn to live life for himself/herself.
When Webmaster began preparing this section, he very rapidly accumulated a LONG list of topics. The problem became "where to start"? What is the logical order of the pieces? It quickly became obvious (to Webmaster) that there WAS no logical order. So he simply made a list of all the topics (they are below the bottom line) and began work. The plan was/is that once a piece was written, a link to it would be placed below the middle line and above the bottom line and the corresponding item below the bottom line would be eliminated.
This plan, of course left one question unresolved: what should be the first piece (actually 'essay' would be a better word)? After careful consideration, Webmaster decided that the first essay - of a philosophical nature - should, in some ways, be the last (in the space between the middle and bottom lines). Because he has so many things to write and so little time to write them, the only logical way he felt he could proceed was to write a sort of summary essay so that, if for any reason he could not finish all the others (or at least 'enough' of them) the 'most important' points would have been made - if only briefly. Hence the first/last of these essays is entitled "The Bottom Line".
It is both the first and last because Webmaster wants everyone who has any interest in this page to read "The Bottom Line" and, given that he expects the list of essays to become VERY long, he recognizes that some visitors may not scroll all the way down and thus would never-ever see "The Bottom Line". In a sense this double placement of the essay is analogous to the message given to most young scientists struggling with how to structure their first attempts at lecturing: "Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them".
Webmaster wrote a very brief version of The Bottom Line, went to bed 'satisfied' and planned to 'finish' the essay and start on the others. But life interfered (as it always does). More and more ideas for more and more essays flooded in (to Webmaster's mind) and he quickly realized several more problems with his plan for this section. First, all the topics for the various essays were intricately intertwined. Second, each essay could be made long - much longer than what Webmaster had envisioned for these essays. And, perhaps the most problematic is that after each one is written it becomes clear that one or more of the others (like "The Bottom Line") needs to be revised. The job is never really done! But Webmaster has learned (or is trying to learn) the meaning of "good-enough".
The essay entitled "The Bottom Line" is available here.
"On Websites" is available here.
"On Being Webmaster" is available here.
"On The I-Word" is available here.
"On Planning These Websites" is available here.
"On Balance, Compensation and The Last Straw" is available here.
"On Redundancy" is available here.
"On Asymmetric Conflicts" is available here.
"On Being Retired" is available here.
"On Living in the Moment" is available here.
"The Bottom Line" is available here.
On Closing Doors - Consciousness&Consequences
On Wives and Partner
On Letting Go
On Connections, esp. in the brain
On Moving On
On Journeys - and Returns
On Being Misleading
On Deconvolution - both meanings
On Crossing Bridges
On Being a Scientist
On Being an Academician
On Adult Learners
On Journeys and First Steps
On Enlightened Self-Interest
On Grades and Labels
On Black and White
On the Black Swan Effect
On Einstein's Definition of Insanity
On Doing The Same Thing Over And Over Because It Works
On the Examined Life
On the Seasons for Things
On One's Carbon Footprint and Moderation
On When Moderation Cannot Be Defined (e.g. filling daily pill boxes)
On Philosophy and Common Sense
On "Whatever", "It Doesn't Matter", and "I Don't Care"
On Being Conservative
On Caring and Not Caring
On Winning and Losing
On Keeping Ones Balance
On Living the Examined Life
On Habits of the Mind
On Seeing What Is Clear
Beside the Point
On the Water
On Reading Minds
The Thinker - Darwin's Ape
On Adult Learning - link to website