About Hypotyposis on a Good Day

This is the personal weblog of Raymond Yee. I’m also known as 余 俊 雄, though primarily to my Mom and Dad who gave me both my legal English name and my Chinese name. I am:

  • a Canadian citizen, born and raised in Timmins, Ontario
  • a resident of Albany, CA (in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area)
  • the husband of Laura Shefler
  • the son of Chinese immigrants
  • the brother of two sisters
  • the uncle to two nephews and a niece
  • the friend of a good number of very lovely people
  • a Ph.D. in biophysics who doesn’t work in biophysics anymore
  • a Christian of some type (I was going to use labels such as orthodox and evangelical but wondered whether those labels are accurate)
  • a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
  • a writer, currently working on a book on web mashups
  • a former staff member of the University of California, Berkeley, where I was a Data Architect for IST and the Technology Architect for the Interactive University Project
  • an avid admirer of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • a geek
  • an intellectual or intellectual-wannabe anyhow
  • an independent scholar
  • a subscriber to too many periodicals, including The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.

About hypotyposis:

Quite a few years ago, my former housemate Ken referred me to a wonderful line from Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose: “The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wonderful hypotyposis.” Ken knew how much I love lists.

Since that day, I’ve wanted to use the word hypotyposis in some appropriate context. I’ve toyed with using the term in the name of my website but have hesitated — largely because it sets the expectations too high. For how will I consistently provide “lively description[s] of an action, event, person, condition, passion, etc. used for creating the illusion of reality?” (following one particular definition of hypotyposis)

So to manage expectations and to use that lovely word, I’ve chosen to temporarily christen my personal weblog “Hypotyposis on a Good Day” I suspect that I’ll change my name quickly enough since it’s going to be darn difficult to remember, not to mention a bit stuffy.

Happy me

Last updated: Sunday, June 17, 2007

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