What do you do when you’re unemployed with a B.A. in Environmental Analysis? Keep a blog, I guess. Keeping those mental tools sharp.

I’m based in Berkeley, California, U.S.A. My name is Nate.

“Vermiculate patterns” is a phrase from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It comes from a very stunning passage that I don’t want to ruin for you, but the vermiculate patterns “were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again.”

Maps and patterns are at the heart of life; flowers, for example, are just maps to pollen for insects. The entirety of human knowledge is a quest to find order in a stochastic reality… right?


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