a teetering bulb of alienated dread and utopian dream of the conquest of bread not a postmodern meme of confusion and fear awkward and sincere earnest and unironic not detached or sardonic -----------------------

Most modern bureaucracies identify me with the name Pulkit Manocha. But more often, I'm called Pulkit.
What am I? - An amorphous philistine philandering with philosophy, code, political theory, algorithms, software, and confusion. - A bundle of questions and doubts that emerge from a critical rejection of conventional social norms and institutions. - A fusion of influences, some of which cited and discussed on this website. What am I not? - Not an instantiation of a platonic abstraction. Not a "software engineer", "man", "son", "_ist", or "_ian". - Not solely a consumer. Not what clothes I wear, what films I watch, what objects I purchase. - Not a solipsist. Not a singular cartesian entity emerging from vacuum. What do I currently care (and write) about? - Writing better programs and solving interesting algorithmic problems. - Crafting a political consciousness unclouded by reification and dogma - Imagining a life more meaningful than one dictated by bourgeois injunctions - Understanding violence, particularly its systemic manifestations. - The politics of contentment socially contingent upon the suffering of another. - Division of labour and what it means for my social existence. - Eschewing conventional notions of machismo (aesthetic and behavioral)
Sometimes I'm here: looking at books on Goodreads And sometimes here: spamming my flippant thoughts And sometimes here: rereading Kropotkin's appeal to the young And sometimes here: tracking music on Last.fm And sometimes here: maintaining a running thread of captivating images And sometimes here: taking notes to improve my culinary library And sometimes here: playing chess And sometimes away..
Photo: * post rain textures * dead mall diving Text: * A minor neighborhood kerfuffle * Rubinia y musica [headphones please] * 10 minute writeup: 2 * 10 minute writeup: 1 * New year's eve and banality * Notes on Das Kapital (Vol 1) Part III: coming soon * Notes on Das Kapital (Vol 1) Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital * Notes on Das Kapital (Vol 1) Part I: Commodities and Money * Review of two novels - On rural indian tragedy * An argument mental health, individualism, capitalist realism * Paglia on foucault (introduced by yours truly in a rant) * Record of a casual chat with a friend over banal politics * Some notes on theses on feuerbach and marx from when i was 19 * Some notes on "technological somnambulism" by langdon winner from when I was 19 * A poem: I like fiction * godard's Sauve Qui Peut (la vie) (1980) * Unabridged version of address to culver city hall on reserving a space for a homeless shelter instead of a museum 24/09/2019 Sound: [Please use headphones] * strings, a cuckoo and some other birds in c major * experiments with bass and obese pluck on spaceship when sick * wind, rain and birds. mix. * a baby's indulgences on the keyboard of a spaceship. and another on what may or may not be music Video: * Obligatory cat Contact: * pulkit12083 [at] iiitd [dot] ac [dot] in * pmanocha [at] usc [dot] edu * LinkedIn Patents Github For your consideration: A violent brick **[No cookies, No data theft, no privacy intrusions - This website does not secretly commodify you for profit]**