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Trivia bit: The phrase Hello World has connotations familiar to the programming world. In introductory courses on programming languages, the first hands-on experience is typically coding a program that prints out the friendly message “Hello World!”

I’m not even finished constructing the very first draft of this blog’s scaffolding at the time of this writing, yet I’m leaving it open and linking to it anyway. If you’re wondering what the central purpose or focus of this blog is, you’ll be a mix of dissappointment and curiosity when I tell you there is none. If you’re wondering where I got the title, I’ll tell you: I got sick and tired of thinking of magnificent possibilities for blog names, drove myself veritably insane with effort and ambivalence, and despairingly rolled some dice and mashed up the filet “Island 11:11.”

Backstory: The time 11:11 has a very slight meaning to me. Just like with the slug-bug and safety/doorknob games (or “The Game” – Ha! You lose!), this time of day is supposed by sibling-held superstition to be the natural wishmaking time. You know, because it’s the only repetition of digits. What about x : xx for x = 1 to 5 you ask? Or 12:12? Well, these don’t count, or so I’m told by a cousin. Anyway, that’s not really at all relevant to anything I have to say or will be saying, but I felt some inspiration from webcomic xkcd’s name in the worth of diversity and uniqueness by utility of simple, wierd arbitrariness. 

I’m probably going to talk about lots of stuff I like. Mathematics, philosophy, the sciences and similar spheres. I might review a book or movie, or speak some opinion to an issue or phenomena or whathavewe, or even write an incoherent mess about, say, Shigeru Miyamoto or Motoko Kusanagi while inebriated followed by ashamed revocation the next day. Because I’m human and therefore can’t fully contain myself like a child wielding a newfound insight, I might post something funny or casual or personal. So, just wait for me to stock up inventory on the first host of essays, posts, and series, which I’m not promising will happen anytime soon, and I’ll start rattling off my awesome junk for you and you’ll finally be able to tell me how crazy and out of touch with reality I really am.

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Other Waters I Surf And Tread

Notable websites, webcomics, blogs, wikis, projects, institutes, or other online media I pay attention, devotion, effort or time to. Or have. Or plan to. Or wish I would. Some of the following are serious in subject matter and tone, others not so much. Click away.

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Citizendium: A Wikipedia offshoot with stricter editing rules. Still free and anyone-editable. Less stuff than WP, but normally better quality content. Help it out!

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Daylight Atheism: Fairly substantive and clear, user-friendly and well-presented blog by Adam Lee in promotion of atheism and demotion of religion across dimensions of theology, philosophy, science, morality, and politics. Good writing, lots of comments and ideas, sometimes with twisted and mangled threads. A fallacy and equivocation here and there.

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Dinosaur Comics: Webcomic by Ryan North. No value in terms of visual art, but always an intelligent and quirky discourse between timeless talking dinos.

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Dresden Codak: Aaron Diaz (no, not that one) has an incredible art site with a brilliant webcomic. Big, illustrious strips, very enjoyable. The trade-off is it's updated infrequently.

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Common Sense Atheism: Ex-godblogger Luke Muehlhauser, a pastor's child, tries to expose the vogue double standards applied to God and to 'normal life' by so many people today.

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Greta Christina's Blog: Rants and ramblings on sex, atheism, and politics. Interesting style, sometimes windy, sometimes X-rated. A hodge-podge of deviant opinions and ideals I can't resist appreciating.

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Neurophilosophy: Mo reports on modern neuroscience. Technical and understandable at the same time. Fascinating, the mind and brain are.

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The Onion: America's Finest News Source. *wink*wink*

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Project Gutenberg: Grassroots archival of over 28,000 free books. Lots of great classics. Help type and revise for them if generous and interested.

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Sinfest: Webcomic by Tatsuya Ishida, sometimes about religion and current issues, which often uses iconic religious figures to drive its funny stories. The beginning should set the backdrop for newcomers.

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the warfare is mental: A here-and-there blog with some skateboarding and a lot of intellectual banter. Mostly stuff contemplating religion-vs-atheism-and-related threads and bouts on other blogs. The author Chris L is a writer, and a good one who does his research. Occasional write-ups on society and science, with a couple moral stories I liked.

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Questionable Content: Webcomic by Jeph Jacques. Only rarely is it ever actually NSFW. Funny story, but noobs should probably start at the beginning to understand the character depth and storylines.

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xkcd: Webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. And pop net culture and programming and whatnot. By Randall Munroe.