The Who, What, and Where…
My pseudonym isÂ rzklkng, and I’m a dad, husband, and student. I work at Philadelphia-area University, and am also taking classes and progressing towards a Masters Degree.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on this website are mine and mine alone, and do not represent the opinions of my employer, peers, spouse, offspring, or dog (the dog died).
I was born and raised in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and now live just outside of the city in Delaware County.Â My interests encompass anything automotive, history, politics, pop culture, and technology.
I’m not really sure… I can tell you that it’s addictive, and once you start, you can’t stop. I almost never blog about people and things I know about, so you most likely will not see that here.
I write for myself. But it feels good when peers or friends mention something they read on your blog. Or when they value your knowledge enough to ask your opinion.Â So please, if I know you personally, let me know you were here.Â And if I don’t please feel free to comment.
Why Akkam’s Razor?
The postulate of Occam’s Razor stipulates, to paraphrase, that sometimes the simplest, most obvious, or most probable explanation is best.
I’ve come to realize that our perceptions, wishful thinking, & prejudices sometimes influence if not overwhelm our sense of reality.
Also, as the amount of information we are exposed to influentially increases, it becomes tempting to consider the sexy possible, while sometimes ignoring the boring possible. Clearing my head, & re-evaluating the problem – and employing Occam’s Razor – sometimes helps simplify the problem.
As for the spelling, the variations of the official spelling (Occam’s Razor) were all taken as domain names, so I chose “Akkam’s Razor” as a bastardized derivative.
About “rzklkng”…it’s referring to “the Rascal King”, as in the Mighty Mighty Bosstones song of the same name, memorializing Boston’s Mayor/Governor James Michael Curley. It’s been my webmail for all of the webmails I’ve used since 1996 or 1997.Â The video for “The Rascal King” can be found on YouTube, and the lyrics are at Songmeanings.
What’s my metaphor?
I like to think of myself as a Swiss Army Knife – applicable to almost any situation, but typically not the best tool for the job.
In all things, I’m a generalist – I know just enough about almost everything to either offer an opinion, start an argument, or get myself in trouble.
The things that I don’t know I have a natural curiosity about, and my favorite question to ask is why – the nuts and bolts for how things work and what people do is fascinating, but it’s all meaningless if you don’t understand what’s going on in their hearts and minds – what makes them tick.
Points of Interest
There’s a handful of bright and shiny objects and subjects guaranteed to make me lose all focus.Â These include the following:
America barackobama Barack Obama bush Business Congress Crisis Culture Daily Links data design Economics economy Education Facebook finance Google GOP Government graphics history infographic internet Iraq Islamic Republic of Iran John McCain Journalism Maps media Pennsylvania Philadelphia Politicking Psychology recession reference Republican Party research social socialmedia statistics United States USD visualization White House youtube
If you browse around, particularly by browsing the tag cloud (above), or by hitting the related links on each post, you’ll get a good sense of my interests.Â Â I’ve created a list of blogs and posted it on a page titled “Essential Blogs”.Â There’s also a blogroll on the right side of the main page.
Where you’ll find me on the web:
I’m pretty much everywhere.Â If you want to contact me, use the contact form .