Glitches!

Apologies for the down-time of this website over the last few hours. My post on laziness has drawn a lot of interest, and so the server — which is normally used to a life of lazy idling — has been a bit inundated. I’ve made a few tweaks, reset my bandwidth limits, and now the site is back up.

A Centre for Laziness: A Proposal

A few months ago, I received an email from the university saying that there were funds available for large-scale projects that could be both radical and disruptive, leading to the establishment of research centres that might fundamentally change the way that the university worked. After a little thought, I proposed to several colleagues that we set up a Centre for Laziness Studies. My colleagues, alas, were not convinced by the idea. And when I looked at the paperwork involved, I …

The Wee Jing

As I’m interested in posting snippets of Yijing (I Ching)-based arcana, I thought it worth sharing this photograph taken in the men’s room of a nearby café here in Chengdu. Just above the urinal was a quote from the Yijing, which read as follows: 君子藏器於身,待時而動 The quote (which I’ve given above in traditional characters, although the sign was in simplified form) comes from the Commentary on the Attached Phrases or the Xici Zhuan 繫辭傳. The text means something like, ‘The …

Optimally Empty

是以陶鈞文思,貴在虛靜,疏瀹五藏,澡雪精神。 ‘Thus, to use the potter’s wheel of literary thought — treasure empty stillness, cleanse the five viscera and wash clean the vital spirits.’ — Liu Xie, Wenxin Diaolong A few days ago, slightly overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork I have to get through here, I took refuge in my new favourite coffee house, San Kafei 叁咖啡 or 3Coffee, which is just outside of the campus. There are many things to commend San Kafei as a coffee shop. There …

My Mao-Style Bicycle

A couple of days ago, Rupert Murdoch’s The Times reported on Jeremy Corbyn’s fondness for riding on a Mao-Style Bicycle. If it is not wholly clear what this actually means, then no doubt Xi Jinping will have been able to throw some light on it all, when he got together with Murdoch to chat about journalism and freedom of the press. Anyway, in the spirit of solidarity with something or other, I thought it was time I bought a bicycle …

Viable

For the past couple of days here in Chengdu, I’ve been getting acclimatised and doing all the things that are associated with moving to another country: sorting out all kinds of administrative things, getting my bearings, working out where are the good places to eat, and so on. It’s been fairly busy and demanding, but I think I’m getting there. Along they way, I’ve found myself thinking about that most pesky of philosophers, Laozi. Or, more accurately, I’ve been thinking …

In Sichuan

Now that I’ve finally arrived in Sichuan, it seems like a good time to launch this blog. I’ve been planning to start a new blog for a long time, but blogging takes a lot of space for reflection, and over the past few years reflection is the one thing that I’ve not had much room for. The dark satanic mills of UK university administration — performance management, the obsessive measurement of research outputs, mission statements, teaching evaluations — all take …

Welcome!

Welcome to WaywardPhilosophy.com, which is going to be my new home for philosophical and other speculations. At the moment, I’m doing a lot of work under the hood, and plan to launch the site properly later in the summer of 2015. Do call back! In the mean-time, try my personal website on www.willbuckingham.com.