“Universalem 1.0″ was a temporary blog by Steve Krause; it disappeared and was replaced once he discovered WordPress’ “blog network” feature (in recent releases). Homo Aestheticus is that replacement …
… get it while it’s hot!
- covers a wide variety of topics of interest to the author, in particular  food,  popular culture (for some definitions of popular and culture),  computers and coding,  language(s) and literature, and  art and aesthetics.
- is written mainly by Steve Krause (aspiring Germanist, occasional German professor and instructor, translator, etc.)
- shares a name with Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why by Ellen Dissanayake (U of Washington P, 1995), which I once found used in a thrift store; and is to be contrasted with Homo Geographicus by Robert David Sack (Johns Hopkins UP, 1997), which a friend gave to me soon after her dissertation defense, and Homo Faber by Max Frisch (1957), a novel I’ve twice taught as part of a ‘German Literature in Translation’ seminar. Other topics and titles? Homo Ludens, Homo Academicus, Homo Novus, Homo Symbolicus, and even Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo.
- is most directly a reference to my work/research, particularly an interest in 18th-century German philosophical aesthetics. For a tie to “Homo Ludens,” consider Friedrich Schiller’s so-called ‘Aesthetic Letters’ (On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters); for the centrality of ‘the aesthetic’ to the human condition, consider Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment (1793).