Sunday, January 04, 2004
And the blog was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
To begin with, it's a misspelling of the chess term zwischenzug. I tried looking it up on the web before naming the blog, but so many people had misspelled the word before me that I didn't have any trouble finding exemplars of my preferred -- and incorrect -- spelling. There's a lesson there somewhere.
A zwischenzug is played in order to keep your position substantially the same until your next move. It's often called a waiting move. Sometimes you play a zwischenzug because your opponent is in zugzwang. On the off chance that chess isn't your game, there's a similar strategic theme in poker -- the check.
But what is Zwichenzug: an in - between move?
The answer to that question continues to evolve. I started Zwichenzug as an outlet for writing that I didn't have any other channel for. Sometimes I use it to pass the time. A lot of the older posts are left-leaning political commentary, but these days most of my political blogging is published on The Bellman. For awhile, I mostly used this blog as a place to workshop philosophical ideas, though I also threw in little bit of bloggy blogging and metablogging. Nowadays I'm trying to post something or other every day, and I'm really not sure what will come out until I sit down at my computer. There's still some philosoblogging, but there's a lot of other stuff too.
As long as you're here, you may as well take a look around. Here, in rough chronlogical order, are links to some of my favorite posts:
Immigration Reform: a dialogue
With His finger He wrote on the ground
Warmongers of Mass Deception (WMD) (Follow up: Just because you're paranoid...)
Grocery strike posts: , , , , , , , , , , , , 
Defending Tailgunner Z
We ought to codify that
The roads must roll
On the phenomenology of deliberation
Moore on torture
Practical intersubjectivity for the sophisticated gentleman
What it is, what it was, and what it shall be
On moral skepticism
Advertising to children
What do internalists believe anyway?
Tiffany's argument against strong internalism
The novel that blasted the war wide open!
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