This blog is mainly a blog of ideas. I try to key the ideas to books that inspired them or are otherwise related to them. This may distinguish my blog from those consisting of articles of the form, Here’s what I think about X. I tell you what I think about things too; but one thing I think is that I ought to give you some notion of how I come about my ideas. This should help you decide whether it is worth your while to think about the ideas yourself; it should also help me, if I go back to reconsider the ideas. My ideas may be relevant to events and places. Perhaps I have simply witnessed an event, or visited a place, and I want to write about it and share photographs.

I do tend to pursue or at least to suggest tangents. According to an essay by Zat Rana called “The Philosopher’s Problem: When and Why Thinking Can Be Harmful,” published on Medium, February 15, 2017,

Not every tangent we think about is worth exploring. Not every idea that pops up is worth considering. Not every nuance needs to be given its time.

If this is a warning, I feel free to ignore it on this blog, which I take as being precisely a place to explore tangents and consider ideas that pop up.

My name is David Pierce. You can read about me on my Wikipedia page; you can see the ideas with which I started this blog in my first blog article, “Hello world!” published May 29, 2012.

The name of this blog comes from the first lines of Homer’s Odyssey, from which the tagline or motto of the blog is selected.

Finally, I give my “archives.” For now, this is just a list of posts, in chronological order. In future, it might be desirable to list the articles that I refer back to the most. If I have assigned my articles to the appropriate categories, then one should be able to see all articles on a topic by clicking on the appropriate category in the left column. There is also a selection of categories near the top of the page.

To increase the physical readability of this blog, I am narrowing the text of articles by beginning each one with

<div style="text-align:justify;margin-left:10%;margin-right:10%;">

and ending it with


(without the end tag, the sidebars don’t display properly). One of the more elaborate WordPress themes would provide the same effect; but as far as I can tell, the theme would also set block quotations in italics, and I do not want this. Italics are already used to emphasize words and phrases within a text; to emphasize that an extended passage is a quotation, well, that it was what the indentation of a “block quotation” is for.

I prefer that block quotations have a smaller font size than the main text. Ideally, the font size would be shrunk by the same ratio as line length. If I care to bother, I can reduce font size as in:

<blockquote style="font-size:90%;">

I originally had some difficulty displaying the code above as code. First I tried just using the


tag; but then this stopped working as expected. I found some explanation of the problem in an article, “Writing Code in Your Posts,” but following the advice here was not enough either. Finally, from “Posting Source Code,” I learned to replace the angle brackets with square brackets.


  1. Robert Fenton Gary
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    OK, here I am Fenton visiting your blog. I see that you are a teacher of math, and would be most interested to know in some detail how you feel about my post today on my FB page (6 Dec 2012) about “High Performance Math” as an aspect of Fentonian Education. I’m working on the theory that you start with math that is maximally useful and minimally painful. It’s math that right now today the kid can use to run a small business, or make a bet, or design a product, or decide on a purchase. So, it’s Kid-Centric not Egghead-Centric. It starts with serving the kid. Showing him that math has value to him. After that, and when he gains some real math power, just using painless math, the kid can take a real interest in why Rolle’s Theorem is essential to Cauchy’s Theorem, and whether Hospitalier’s Theorem was ever adequately proved to the satisfaction of Courant and Hilbert. Yes, all that comes (or doesn’t) later, and in the meantime my kids have a happy, positive, skill-building experience in their learning of something that’s a bit like math (but not according to the imbecile Department of Education, who really are fools and dunces, and totally devoid of innovative potential).

  2. Posted December 23, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hello David…

    Here’s a little message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my small collection. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu bar to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


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