Remarks on Bookmarks

I have been secretly plotting to launch a new blog for quite some time now. I even had a title („Remarks on Bookmarks“) and a self-designed header image ready. And unlike my alienaid blog, the second one even has a concept:

My bookmark toolbar is a bloody mess. Sounds familiar? Well, in the spirit of Marie Kondo I finally decided to tidy it up. How? By writing blogposts that loosely relate to the topic of one or more bookmarks, and then deleting the latter. Spark joy!

If you’d like to pay it a visit, go ahead:


On being a first-generation student


Handling Ideas

First off: the following is not to be taken as a tale of woe. I am grateful for whatever life has had on offer for me so far, and I am indebted to my teachers – from primary school to university and beyond – in many ways. But I felt that, given that Martin invited me to do so, I should probably provide some context to my comment on his recent post on meritocracy, in which I claimed that my being a first-generation student has had a “profound influence on how I conceive of academia”. So here goes.

I am a first-generation student from a lower-middle-class family. My grandparents on the maternal side owned and operated a small farm, my grandfather on the paternal side worked in a foundry, and his wife – my father’s mother – did off-the-books work as a cleaning woman in order to make ends meet.

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Muss man etwas aus seinen Talenten machen?

Muss man etwas aus seinen Talenten machen? Sicher nicht in demselben Sinn von „müssen“, in dem wir sterben müssen oder schlafen. Etwas aus seinen Talenten zu machen ist weder unausweichlich noch lebensnotwendig. Vielmehr könnte man denken, dass die Entwicklung oder Vervollkommnung der eigenen Talente – neben moralischer Integrität und bereichernden Beziehungen zu anderen Menschen – etwas ist, das unser Leben zu einem gelingenden Leben macht. Vielleicht sollte die Frage deshalb lauten: Ist es mit Blick auf das „große Ganze“ eines gelingenden Lebens ratsam, die eigenen Talente zu entwickeln?

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There was a time when I would fear
for me to slowly disappear
for me to suddenly drop dead —
but that was all inside my head.

Version #2 (alternative ending suggested by my brother):

There was a time when I would fear
for me to slowly disappear
for me to suddenly drop dead —
I got a foster horse instead.