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399 Years Ago Today

Good friend for Jesus┬ásake forbeare To digg the dust encloased heare Blese┬ábe the man that spares these stones And curst be he that moves my bones Shakespeare’s epitaph O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven … Continue reading

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Barbaric Genius, Survivor

John Healy is the subject of the documentary Barbaric Genius. Mr. Healy lived either in jail or on the streets as a wino, up to about age 30. In prison he met a man who taught him chess. He decided … Continue reading

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Cogitate and Ruminate

Way back in my 20’s I was active in a Pentecostal Church. I was talking to a friend one day, and he made disparaging remarks about Evolution. I was not happy with my responses to his comments, and felt motivated … Continue reading

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What, if anything, is it like to be a repairman?

With minor apologies to Thomas Nagel. Here’s what got me hooked on repairing computers. Harry Tuttle is the demigod for repairmen (or repairwomen).

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And While I’m Recommending Things…

There’s a thought-provoking series of quotes from Coco Chanel over at Virginia Postrel’s Deep Glamour. Scroll down to find links to a series of excerpts from Karen Karbo’s recent biography of Coco. There’s a lot to admire about such a … Continue reading

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Blackmail: Information wants to be free at a price

The ever-thoughtful Steve Sailer has provocative Blackmail versus Extortion post. Extortion is “Give us money or we’ll do something illegal to you.” Blackmail is “Give us money or we’ll do something legal to you.”

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It’s All Too Beautiful

I was out in my backyard last night looking at the clouds. Earlier in the evening I had made a snotty comment about a vaguely ridiculous person from college. I didn’t want to keep going in that direction, so I … Continue reading

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Thanks Ron

I received Stumbling on Happiness. I have 3 books in the queue ahead of it, but I’ll post my thoughts on it when I’ve read it. I didn’t see any contact info beyond your physical address, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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I can take the Feedback

So I see that my traffic is way down since I posted the item about Healthcare. I didn’t plan on making this a political blog, and now I can see that was a good plan. So back to math, science, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Herman Melville

Today is Herman Melville’s birthday – born August 1, 1819. 190 years old. Friend and contemporary of one of the other writers of the Great American Novel – Nathaniel Hawthorne. Visit Sheila O’Malley’s compendious appreciation.

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