coffeementat's Journal

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion ...

What's in a name? Well, I didn't think much, so why was picking one such an agonizing decision? I guess because I (hopefully) will have this for a long time. Why "coffeementat"?

First off, let me explain the reference. Years ago the sci fi novel "Dune" was made into a movie. It was a terrible movie, but one interesting contrivance was a littany for the mentats, people who used advanced training and a highly addictive mind enhancing drug to become human computers.

"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

Some genius made a spoof of that littany substituting coffee for the mind enhancing drug. It's brilliant.

"It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion,
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
The hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning,
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion."

So "CoffeeMentat" conveys my love of sci fi, logic, and word games, yet tempers it with humor.

But that's just a hint of who I am, if you're trying to decide if my journal is worth reading there's more to know. I'm generally good natured and mellow, but every now and then somebody will hit a hot button and I'll go off on a rant. If you read my journal, be prepared for it. I'm not shouting it on a street corner, you're free to look away at any time so I won't really hold back. And I'll also use this as a forum for evaluating my positions on topics, so they may change from post to post.

I'm also working on my PhD now, so there may be long breaks where I post nothing at all. Don't feel bad if you leave a comment and I take forever to reply or even miss it entirely. If you want my undivided attention, call.

So I guess that's about enough, the rest is in the posts!