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Scott Carpenter the

Hi! Welcome. Namaste. Velkommen.

This is a blog.

Blogging is my trade. I am a blogger. My name is Scott the Blogger. I arrange, design, and publish blog posts.

What do I write about?

The Brule river at Judge C.R. Magney State Park,

Rivers, sometimes.

There is also the void.

the void

My efforts to fill the void or look away from the void or flee in terror from the void must surely contribute to my scribblings. (And lack of scribbling.)

Which leads me to share from the first chapter of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, as translated by Stephen Mitchell:

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

The nature of my desire leads me to try writing about the manifestations. Hence there is this blog.

I write a lot about me (my favorite topic).

I write about writing.

Miscellaneous and sundry.

There are archives of posts, including a collection of posts I’ve deemed collectible.

My desire to write and my attempts at it have resulted in many years of flailing about, looking for material, succumbing to Resistance, and not practicing enough.

What it really amounts to is a lot of me washing dishes. I wish I could give you more than me washing dishes, but it’s all I have. I hope my take on dishes and dishwashing will fascinate, or at least amuse you.

I’ll write about all things dish and cutlery related.

I desire the manifestation of learning how to tell a good story. I would entertain and enlighten you.

I’ll write more, and more gooder. You’ll want to keep reading to see how things develop. It’s fortunate there are numerous options for monitoring the situation.

That is, you should subscribe.

Cascade River State Park, MN

About the Origin of the Site

I started this blog ten years ago to write about free software, free culture, and “assorted miscellany.”

I wanted to write about moving from proprietary to free software (sometimes called “open source”), which gave the site its name, “Moving to Freedom.”

I still care about free software and free culture, even while I use a lot of proprietary software out of convenience and lack of purity. But that’s not the focus of the site anymore.

I work in technology. I vacillate in my writing ambitions between stuff that is more and less technical.

I still like the name for this place, Moving to Freedom. It works for just about anything. We can always aspire and move toward greater freedom in our lives. (And our writing.)

More About Me

I live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, in Minnesota. (It’s one of the United States.) Minnesota is a beautiful state, with many lakes, forests, parks, and trails. And rivers. I love all these things.

I’m married and have a daughter. We have pets. (Here’s one. And another. And another.) They make appearances here and there as I share more or less about my life.

I’m a software developer. I worked a corporate job for many years where I was fairly paid and not abused, and I had good times and made good friends, but I was unhappy most of the time with the work. Dreading Mondays and that kind of thing. Then I moved on to The Nerdery, and then to O’Reilly Media, where I’ve been much happier the past few years.

About the Software Used to Make the Site

This place ran on WordPress for nearly ten years. WordPress is free software and it is awesome. It’s helped a gazillion people get their words on the web. It’s served me well. (Thanks, Matt, et. al.!)

Still, I’ve made a change and am now using a static site generator: Pelican. (Pelican is also free software!) I started with the mnmlist theme by Mathieu Agopian, which was in turn adapted from Leo Babauta’s mnmlist WordPress theme. (I first heard of Leo when my sister pointed me to his uncopyright post, for which I am grateful.)

About Contacting Me

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About Random Quotes

They are here.

Cascade River State Park, MN

Lastly About The River

I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Richard Bach’s Illusions, the start of a parable:

Once there lived a village of creatures
along the bottom of a great crystal river.
The current of the river swept silently over them all -
young and old, rich and poor, good and evil,
the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly
to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom,
for clinging was their way of life,
and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

I’ve long loved this book and parable. I don’t know if I’m clinging tightly to the twigs and rocks. It’s more like I’ve buried myself under them.

Updated: 1 July 2018