About Me

“I am a bundle of neurons encased in a bony shell. I have direct control over a physical body that includes fingers. Influenced by my perceptions of the world, I generate ideas, some of which I translate to language and direct my fingers to type into this blog.”

That has been my only description here in the obligatory About Me section of my blog since I started blogging. It reflects my desire to be semi-anonymous on line, as well as my nature as a smart-ass reacting to the imposition of an About Me section in this blog template not of my making.

I have now decided to give readers a few more tidbits of vitally unimportant information about me:

I floundered around professionally as a videographer and off & on political activist, and in recent years became a teacher. I am a former elementary and middle school teacher now trying to make my way as a writer. I recently cured my life-long, debilitating obsessive compulsive disorder, and am slowly writing a book about it. I love chocolate but I have developed unpleasant physical reactions to it. I ignore those reactions & continue to eat it. I used to play in rock’n’roll rock bands and fantasize about starting a middle aged punk band. I love the Ramones. I can bake really good cookies.  I love living, but would choose to die before I would kill anyone. I waste time on my computer that I could be using to improve myself and the world. In the end, on balance, I would like to think that I’ve done more good than harm in the world.

56 Responses to About Me

  1. jennifer says:

    i love random thoughts. they make you think

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  2. Maggie says:

    What a delight!

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  3. natasha says:

    You’ve made me smile 🙂
    Precious items for those linguistically-minded!

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  4. Maria says:

    And which kind of neurons are you, after all? 🙂 Pyramidal, Purkinje cells? Or yet nodes in a neural network? And what does physical body mean? As is flesh-like (e.g., human) or steel-like (i.e., robot)? But more so, who programmed you? 🙂

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    • ericesad says:

      Those are some good questions, Marie. It didn’t occur to me that anyone would question my status beyond the description I wrote. Pukinje cells were named after their discoverer, so I think I have the right to name my cells. I think that my neurons are all Eric cells, or “Ericells,” not to be confused with “Duricells.”

      I believe that my body is flesh-like, although I am relying on perceptions that come through my body to tell me that. I don’t really know how well I can trust my body to accurately convey information about itself.

      I suspect that my dog programmed me – he’s always watching me to see if I’m functioning as he thinks I should.

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      • Maria says:

        So it seems that by questioning the nature of your cells, we have unravelled the existence of a homunculus dog… (Why not a cat, by the way?) That is intriguing in and of itself. 🙂

        A further important question – if one is to delve into the Whorfian hypothesis – would be the boring and seemingly uninteresting question what is your mother tongue. Do you – or your master dog – perhaps have one? 🙂

        And, at long last, how to be sure that you are not, in fact, an autonomous eliza-like system?

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    • ericesad says:

      The surest way to know if I am an Eliza-like autonamatron is to see if I respond to each of your points without actually saying anything.

      I will ask my dog why he is not a cat.

      I will ask my mother about her tongue.

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      • Maria says:

        Did you ever got an answer from your dog? 🙂

        Or from your mother, for that matter? 😉

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        • EricIndiana says:

          Thank you for asking Maria. I haven’t quite cracked the code to understanding my dog. He pants at me a lot. I think he is trying to convince me that I am a remote part of his body, the way a cell phone could be thought of as a detached body accessory – useful, but the main body can survive without it.

          He is now pushing my arm off the keyboard with his snout. He does that when he wants to be taken for a walk, given a treat, or lecture me in dog panting about phenomenology.

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  5. rubyz117 says:

    you have a good attitude to blogging 🙂

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  6. Bender says:

    Where do you think life (the descendants of humanity) will be in one million years? Will they still rely on planets for gravity, or live in huge non-planitoid structures? Living structures seem to get more isolated form the environment as they get more complex (think dipoles vs turtles)- in one million years will life be completely isolated? Will it be able to survive in a vacuum?

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  7. Steve Mitchell says:

    Don’t be sad, Eric ! Be proud !

    Tip of the ol’ English prof’s chapeau to a highly refined sense of linguistic humour. Carry on, please !

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  8. Jenny Rieth says:

    Yay!
    Too bad ’bout the chocolate reactions! Not yay!

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  9. Hi Eric,

    Thanks so much for the article. It’s been posted, exactly as you wrote it, and can be viewed at http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/2010/06/guest-post-eric-indiana-iranian-nukes-i.html
    Please critique it, any criticisms or suggestions are most welcome. Thanks again for your input, it’s always welcome!

    Gerry

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  10. l0oree says:

    My blog is one month old today. If you have the time please come for a visit and tell me what you think.My latest post is about Doreen Van Assen’s Life experiences in nursing school, the point being to do your best no matter what and most likely you will succeed or at the very least happy that you at least went for it. Also about memories if you look back and see sad memories start making happy ones cuz the brain will remember the long term memories the older you get. So like me I try my best to remember every happy time during my sad childhood and when recollecting the sadness image a happy outcome from that experience. This exercise over powers depression and keeps me sane in an insane world. The older I get the happier I get lol.
    http://networkedblogs.com/blog/doreen_van_assens_blog/?ahash=ca8f2983cf01b5863a8c01ff0955d6c1 I would love to write a book about this to help others some day.

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  11. pyro says:

    i love this blog especially the how to take over your school page. in australia the nat test has changed from actap to naplan which is odd 🙂

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  12. RJ Silver says:

    Love your meandering wit. Drop by my blog and see the post on The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master for a kindred chocoholic spirit!

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  13. RJ Silver says:

    Oops, sorry. That was a bit of a gotcha! Even though I’d set my primary site to my new blog, my “website” setting was still pointing at my old one. Try it now. If it fails, let me know and I’ll get some help fixing it. In the meantime, http://www.rjsilver.com points to the right blog. Keep up the good posts!

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  14. sapna says:

    hello sapna……………
    good morning

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  15. l0oree says:

    I took the blog off private.:)

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    • l0oree says:

      I just would like you to read my blog because your blog was the very first blog I had ever read and my inspiration of me starting a blog. Now my son even has a blog.

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  16. Vin says:

    Nice, ES was here 🙂

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  17. l0oree says:

    my son has a new blog and would like some visitors. http://ideaswelcome.squarespace.com/

    It is titled: Ideas Welcome

    subtitle: Where Genuis meets talent

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  18. l0oree says:

    Latest post about how to solve the health care crisis.

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  19. l0oree says:

    I always say if you can’t open a childproof medicine bottle, hand it to a two year old they can always get it open lol

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  20. l0oree says:

    The movie I was talking about with the futuristic school this could be one of the problems solved in the end of the movie. 🙂

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  21. l0oree says:

    I published Giving/Naming on Broowaha. The owner gave me five stars. What is next?

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  22. l0oree says:

    Daisy brain, I have always gotten my blog ideas from you like your blog is the first blog I ever read in my life. Then I read every post you ever wrote on this blog. Then commented on some of them. Then thought I think my brain thinks so much I need to make a blog. Then if you notice my blog layout is basically stemming from yours. Including the picture I have colorful daisies though and yours at the time were solid white. Yours is a plain white wall, mine is a crumbling about to tear down wall.

    Anyways I have a question please tell me what a ping is and how and why do you ping??????????????

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    • EricIndiana says:

      Thank you Doreen. I love your writing. As far as I know, a “ping” is when you put a link somewhere to your blog, like if you put a link in one post to another post, WordPress will bring it up as a “ping” that you can approve or disapprove. At first I used to approve all pings but then it seemed like they were coming from random advertising sites and if I approved them then they would appear in my comments for the sole purpose of linking back to the site that sent them.

      I guess “pinging” is a way to post a reciprocal link when somebody links to your site.

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  23. l0oree says:

    Hi Daisy brain,
    I stumbled the re write of your post from my blog yesterday. Today it has 149 stumbles. Its the here is something strange one. Well I had never ask your permissions when I posted it due to I was ignorant of bloging at the time but wanted to include on my blog what very specific post and comments triggered me to start my very own blog. So I am asking you now is this ok?

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  24. l0oree says:

    I just stumbled yours also.

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  25. l0oree says:

    Eric,
    Can you please read my latest post. It is a freewrite. I just want to know if it is worthy the idea to become a literary work one day. It is no where near finished. I have about a million words to fill in what I have written in just that page because that goes back and forth, back and forth from second grade to highschool. I have never written a book the longest thing I have ever written is a 12 page paper for Psychology and I made an F lol. But is weird it is the most read thing on my blog. My whole life is the strangest ever 🙂 Its politically incorrect by your definition of the word not to mention live fiction. One reason why I have never watched the movie pulp fiction because my life is fiction for real.

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      • l0oree says:

        yea this is just really the first sentence of introducing the town of Sheridan what this post is really about. I want to include in this post the facts of this small white town in rural South at the time I lived there
        1. a sundowner town until the year 1985
        2. the nearest towns to them are predominately black populations
        3. The tree capital of the world
        4. President Clinton was the Governor when redistricting finally made a difference in the black/white school system.
        I feel as though this is President Clinton’s Greatest accomplishment knowing the evil he was up against personally.
        5. More successful suicides occur in this all white town then anywhere. Realize back then that it was not allowed for news to publish minors suicides. But a few are published the most drastic but during my years lived there suicide and death was almost a common occurance
        6. The school and children there are buckwild and never listen to the teachers in class but always rank the highest on all test scores.
        7. This town includes in its school district even though not part of it’s county even the EASTend of Little ROCK students from grades 5th to 12th. This is a very wealthy neighborhood. A two story house here is Gheto they have 4 story houses in this neighborhood. They bused these students to Sheridan an all white town from an all white neighborhood in Littlerock Pulaski county to be sure to go to an all white school Sheridan Grant County 18.4 miles oneway and provided the cadilac of buses to do it on. These buses back then were airconditioned with the flat nose and radio. This whole time during these years were people redisticting and busing blacks to white schools and fights and etc to make sure fair school for all colors. This was the current events on the Arkansas news channels all these years I lived there.

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    • EricIndiana says:

      It’s looks like a really good idea for a serialized blog, and yes, it could be adapted into a literary work. But I would just do it as a series of blog posts for now and then look back at it & see what you have. 🙂
      – Eric

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  26. henrik hvenegaard says:

    Hey! , maybe you haven’t improved the world as such, but you definately improved my morning. I love your reply to Daniel Odugwu.

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    • EricIndiana says:

      Thanks. I still get an African email message about once every other day. usually try to beat them to the punch by claiming to be a millionaire orphan refugee from the great walrus uprising in Canada. Either that, or I tell them that whoever the previous scammer was is my business partner & tell them to talk to each other. Maybe I’ll post some more correspondence some day. Perhaps it would make a good book.

      – Eric

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  27. Rod Collman says:

    Always enjoy the posts nearly feel out of my chair a couple of times
    have a nice Easter and eat plenty of chocolate

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