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the path of the sage must become the path of the hero

Suzie has Questions and I have Answers

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So suzie81speaks has written a post called Questions, Questions, Questions: The WordPress Community Experiment and I am honored that she asked me personally to respond to it.  It’s a series of questions that I know as a “getting to know you meme”.   I admit that “Community Experiment” had me hoping for something bigger, but I like these questionnaires nevertheless.

I like them because the answers can be thoughtful, and pleasantly revealing; more so than the quizzes you might find on Facebook now, or the ones I remember when I first started out on LiveJournal 10 years ago.

On to the questions:

1. How did you create the title for your blog?

I settled on the title when I was still blogging on the VOX platform.  Giving a blog a name was a new idea to me in 2007.  I was still with the idea that blogging was like a personal diary when I started with LiveJournal in 2002, and I didn’t have a title for that blog until later.

I experimented with different titles– “the world of jaklumen”, “the eccentric world of jaklumen”, “the eclectic world of jaklumen”, and so on.  Blogging was moving away from personal writings to niche interests, but I insisted on writing about whatever caught my whimsy.  Things were a bit looser and freer at VOX– I really didn’t see anyone that was trying to settle on one particular look.  We were actually encouraged to change our headers as we felt like it, although that was about all we could customize from the interface.

A friend (whom I have called my “Sifu-of-sorts”) at that time turned me on to studying the Eastern paths, and I became very interested in the Tao Te Ching and philosophical Taoism.  I decided I wanted to reflect that in my blog title, and settled on “the tao of jaklumen”, which I carried over to WordPress when VOX closed in 2010.

2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?

I reckon I’m pretty bad at giving advice; I’m still trying to figure this all out myself.  But I followed the Zero to Hero course at The Daily Post on WordPress, and I found it very helpful.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?

What is THE strangest experience?  Hmm, can’t think of one that I’d call the most strange, but, these sorts of experiences seem to happen in my dreams at night.  Relatively few are ones I’d call cool or inspiring; they tend to be bizarre on average.

4. What is the best thing that anybody has ever said to you?

I can’t think of one.  I’m tired, grumpy, grouchy, hurting… and this answer isn’t coming easily for me.

5. When presented with a time machine, which one place and time would you visit?

I’m not sure if I’d go– I’ve consumed enough sci-fi that explores all sorts of chaos that could ensue with interfering with the space time continuum.  I figure I’d be even more awkward than Marty McFly in “Back to the Future”.

6. If you had to pick a new first name, what would you choose?

Oh, I don’t know.  I rather like my first name.  I figure it’s much easier to say I want to choose my next nickname.  Jack (or as I spell it, “jak”) is a nickname of my real first name.

7. If you were a B Movie, what would it be called?

What kind of B Movie?  If it’s the 1950’s campy invader type, it’d probably be something like “Revenge of the Lab Wererat”.  If it could include late ’70s and ’80s sci-fi and comic book movies, it might be “Song of the Stars”.

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me. The username is still unique as of 2016, so it's just me, and only me. It's the real me, because I'm bad at faking otherwise.

13 thoughts on “Suzie has Questions and I have Answers

  1. Jak, love the new look. Not sure if I’ve just been reading you from the Reader recently. Love the header image. the path of the sage must become the path of the hero. New look feels hopeful and more in line with your title.

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  2. I too like the name Jak and wouldn’t change it! Muy interesante, Jak! 🙂

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  3. I found the Zero to Hero helpful, too 🙂

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  4. Jak is a perfect name, I think.

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  5. That’s a good answer on #5 – I would make the same choice.

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    • What I took away from the films was that our lives are whatever we wish them to be, and that time travel doesn’t really add or take away our power to live in the moment, and make our lives extraordinary in the present. Reflections on the past and anticipation of the future should be balanced with what we do right now.

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      • That sounds like the influence of the Tao more than the moral of the story as intended by its writers, but I agree. My idea, however, has always been that you cannot go back without changing it, and I doubt that wishful thinking would have very much to do with the new outcome unless you went as an observer of a time outside your own lifespan.

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        • Yes, right you are, Rob– I’m interpreting it by my own philosophy, and you see my bias thereby.

          And yes, absolutely! Going back, or even going forward, would always change things. I think we’d get outcomes we weren’t anticipating, or that we even wanted. That’s why I fold it back to the philosophical context; I think there’s a temptation to then be eternally discontent with our lives– more so if we could manipulate time to try to alter them.

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        • Yes, that’s a dangerous proposition. That idea of being eternally discontent is something I’ve tied into my “mythology of the American dream”, too.

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