Notes - General
- Having seen my site recently in Netscape
on a low-resolution monitor, on which it looks truly awful: That is not
MY intention or doing, and all I can say - alas - is:
This site is best
seen in MS Internet Exlorer 5.0 or higher,
a monitor of 1024*768 resolution or better!
Incidentally: Since changing the site in August
2003 - to a version with frames and a new background, your browser must
be capable of displaying a background picture as watermark,
i.e. keep it in place while the user pages through the text. (Mozilla
1.0 lacked this ability.)
- There is much information and there are
many ideas on this site, usually clearly and forcefully expressed.
Mostly I write as I speak, and much of what you read is essentially my first
effort, without polish except corrections of typos. (This has to do
with the disease I have, M.E., that leaves me little energy.)
- The name "Maarten Maartensz" is an
alias. I have published under it on paper, and I am not
interested in personal publicity or appearance (outside an academic
context), and I have excellent empirical reasons of diverse kinds -
such as being threatened quite credibly and repeatedly with murder by
Dutch drugs-mafiosi, who were also helped the
Amsterdam municipal police! - to want to make a
distinction between my private person and my appearance on the
- However, apart from this, I try to write
the truth as I know it, and to do so clearly and honestly, while in
general I try to give reasons, grounds and context - for essentially
this is a philosophical and logical site, concerned
with thinking rationally and acting reasonably.
Also, there is a considerable difference between they parts of my site
that concern Dutch politics (and are mainly in Dutch) and the
rest of it, that concerns my real intellectual interests.
- A part of my site that is in Dutch is about the Dutch philosopher,
political activist, agitator, humanist, genius and writer Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker 1820-1887). He wrote his IDEAS and
I give them with my comments - in part, so far,
but what there is has not been done in any comparable way since 1887.
- Another Dutch part relates to ME = Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis = the disease I have since Jan 1 1979,
especially as this relates to my adventures, trials and tribulations at
the University of Amsterdam - whence I was thrice removed "because of
your outspoken ideas", its Board of Directors wrote the third time,
briefly before my M.A. in philosophy - and above semi-legal
drugsdealers with allowance by the mayor to deal in illegal drugs, who
also dealt in murder-threats and attempts against those who protested,
viz. me, and against which the city of Amsterdam - mayors, eldermen,
city-council, bureaucrats - refused to protect me. This is a chilling
and bitter story, but it is in Dutch, and probably hard to understand
for those who are not fairly familiar with Holland, Amsterdam, and the
University of Amsterdam (Municipal) - where I did get the best possible
M.A. in the end, but in psychology. (Interesting, enlightening and
humorous background to Holland, also well-informed and mostly true: The
UnDutchables, by Colin White & Laurie Boucke.)
- Most of the rest is in English, and
is broadly classified as philosophy or logic or computing
or ME which is English and
concerned in with the disease have since Jan 1 1979, which gives a fair
amount of fairly objective information about it; some very useful and
informative links to good other sites concerned with it; and some good
medical reports for the Canadese and
English governments about ME.
- All of
the material on my site that I wrote has its copyright reserved to me: You are
not allowed to present it as your own nor to sell it
for money, and if you want to do either of these you have to mail me
and ask my written permission (which I may give for some parts,
depending on your ends and your qualities).
- Also, you are not allowed to hand in my stuff - or a
mere rewriting of it - to get study-points: That's simply fraudulent
cheating. (I may be willing to help you, but I believe you must do your
own thinking and writing. Possibly I can recommend literature, in
fields I have some knowledge.)
you do use material on this site, must seriously count with the
possibility that part of this site either has been published on paper
(indeed: See my published
columns and some of the logic material) or else that it will be published, in part in
the form of a Ph.D., and that the fact that it is on this site means
that it has been published and that the copyright belongs to me.
- There are in fact two
sites (and there is a back-up of a part on a third, and a copy
of a part on a fourth), but since 2004 the main site I maintain
is maartensz.org. There is an older
site, but since its provider has technical problems for me it cannot or
will not resolve, I've given up on it, though I sometimes update the ME
in Amsterdam part on it (which is in Dutch). Otherwise, the opening
pages lead to this site, and rightly so, in the sense that this site
contains all that site does, and a lot more, and indeed has a lot more
space, and has worked well now since 2004, without any serious problem.
- Also, there is since
september 2004 a mostly ongoing series of regular, often daily, Dutch
comments, until 2006 in the form of Nedernieuws, in fact mails to
my brother about Hollland, and since 2006 in the form of Nederlog, that are about
what I care to write about.
The shortest summary of
what this site is about:
Think rationally! Act reasonably!
do not pretend that's easy!)
Dutch readers are
referred to Multatuli's IDEE
136: The vocation of human beings is ...
to become humane. Maartensz' addition: Few succeed, and few indeed want
to succeed: "Video meliora proboque; deteriora sequor" (Ovid).
Translation: "I see the better and agree it is better; I do the worse".
(Reason: The worse is all too often more pleasant, more popular or much
easier than the better.)
I wish you pleasurable
and instructive reading and computing!
P.S. O yes... since there are many
opinions of mine on my site, on many topics, written at many times,
over the past 17 years - for this site exists that long, or is that
young - in many moods, and quite a few styles or tones - angry,
satirical, logical, philosophical, personal - perhaps I should add that
I do not seek readers who agree with me as readers who can and are
willing to think rationally and reasonably for themselves, for in the
end everyone has to make up his or her own mind, given the information,
beliefs and desires, knowledge and ends and ideals one has.
22 Mar 2014