Master of My Domain, Part 2

You’re now reading Port Manteau at I dropped the “.wordpress” from the URL. It’s still hosted on WordPress, because I’m taking the path of least resistance to getting my writing out there. But now it is that much easier to get to my website—just type my name and append with “.com”!

Why the change, Art? you might ask. Well, I’m feeling rambunctious. I’m feeling like a lot of writing is going to pop up in the near future, and I want to give it the best platform it can have.

Join me, won’t you?


The Speed of the Internet and Timelessness

I think what’s popular on the Internet changes at a speed that’s much too fast for me. I feel like a dunce when I don’t understand my current roommate’s references. My hand spends a lot of time passing over my head to signal this ignorance.

I only learn about popular memes through popular adaptations of the original meme. It’s as if I were reading only academic journals, buffered from the source. There’s some critical threshold to how viral something has to be before I ever hear about it, and by the time it reaches it, it’s phasing out like last season’s clothes.

If I didn’t feel like “keeping up” with things was an active hobby, I might be better at it. My attention is mostly on myself, my feelings, and my interests. My attention sometimes goes to making letters or gifts for people I love. I can’t find the time to be up-to-date.

I think my hobbies of studying, writing, making, sauntering, and inquiry will outlast any culture trend. I’d rather focus on something I can pick up 40 years from now and still understand and appreciate. I really think that I don’t have to follow what’s timeless. The only thing I want to follow is the riverbank.