Sumnotes.com has been my personal blog for sometime now. I’ve had some blogs previously but I can’t remember what I named them - except one no longer up - “Vermont Confidential” (although the URL was simply vtconfidential.com). No one read them of course. I’m not terrbily good at the social media thing or social things in general. But that does not matter. Really my blogs serve as a personal open diary. And I honestly don’t care what other people care. There are a few - very few - exceptions.
The first iteration of sumnotes.com was built on a Wordpress framework and there I posted a modest number of “thoughts and comments”. Most of the posts were political opinion. The choice of “sumnotes” was to reflect my “reductionist” approach to political ideas and occassionally others such as ’global warming’. My “reductionist” approach strives to follow ’the four precepts of logic’ of Descartes “Discourse on Method”. [A] [A] The Veitch translation of Rene Descartes “Discourse on Method” was published in a wonderful little leather bound edition by Easton Press with an equally delightful introduction by Douglas M. Painter. It is a treasured volume.
This current ’redux’ of sumnotes continues, hopefully, to reflect this approach starting with a new framework, Pelican. While Pelican requires a good familiarity with the Python programming language, and a bit of configuration (still ongoing), the files are hosted on Amazon’s S3 cloud where only called upon by request! The installation of my python pelican resides in a directory that is a “virtualenv” - having a complete python package self-contained - and that too is stored in a Dropbox account most probably residing on the Amazon S3 cloud.
Initially the purpose of my ’redux’ was to archive various interesting observations (from a variety of sources) relating to physics and math and possibly biology. As it turns out I serendipitously came across a curious “problem” of historical mathematical interest. To add a bit of “metaphysics” to the mix, I can date this serendipity to the first day of my 66th year.
It is not what I intended to do with sumnotes.com, but it is quite fascinating for a plethora of reasons. And since sumnotes is my open personal diary, for now I will journal where the consequences of that serendipity may lead!
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