Ryder is an artist, amateur wood-worker, occasional art reviewer, and a very slow reader. He does not come to conclusions quickly, or easily.

It is exhausting, but also stimulating to investigate different perspectives. Perhaps his journey of self-help and self-education might help you.

2020 Art pieces

How did this Podcast Begin?

In 2019, during a residency in Japan, Ryder began a series of essays on the mental space from which a DIY amateur operates. Tied in with philosophy and behavioral studies, Ryder rebuts the often alleged thrift of DIY in favor of a unique, dissatisfied mindset of rational rebellion and a desire for action/agency. The texts and podcast map out ideas, philosophy, and the political implications of a community that builds without drifting into the psychosis of prepper culture.

When the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine began, many projects and future plans collapsed. Not wanting to remain idle, the idea of recording insights gleaned over time or from texts became a way to keep the ole gray matter from going into complete drunken atrophy.

Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

And the former title:

“The Will to DIY”

Nietzsche has a manuscript called “The Will to Power” and Foucault has a series of essays called “The Will to Truth” and “The Will to Know,” Schopenhauer has “The World as Will” and William James has “The Will to Believe.”

In a sardonic attempt to take a step sideways “The Will to DIY” (or Will to Die) investigates a space of frustrated attempts at autonomy, agency, empowerment, and truth. It is the amateur working against specialization. It is self-help and it is contrariness. It is working to push back existential angst, even if that push takes us further into a system we detest.

In Psychoanalysis, there are three Viennese schools: Freudian (the will to pleasure), Adlerian (the will to power or superiority), and Frankl’s (the will to meaning). Considering these simplistically, Freudian psychology looks to the past to find the perversions confounding normalcy, Adlerian looks to the present for you to choose happiness, while Frankl (logotherapy) looks to the future to find meaning for surviving today.

Ryder’s Book

“The Will to DIY”

A series of essays tracing a philosophical path for DIY.

Anticipated publish date: SPRING 2022


What is the best Philosophy Podcast?

Haha! What kind of question is that? I don’t know the answer.
But I can share the two that helped me get started and also show me how far I have to go.

The Partially Examined Life

Between 3 and 6 people participate in a conversation covering selected readings. Most of them have a degree in philosophy, but don’t do it for a living, so their knowledge and depth of insight is great, but it is also clear they don’t share the same opinions, which helps keep it relevant.

Philosophize This!

Stephen West is my hero. Each one of his podcasts is beginner friendly and breaks down complex topics in an understandable, sometimes humorous way.