Friday, March 13, 2015
In Megalopolis the sentiment of friendship wastes away. Friends become, in the vulgarism of modern speech, "pals," who may be defined as persons whom your work compels you to associate with or, on a still more debased level, persons who will allow you to use them to your advantage. The meeting of minds, the sympathy between personalities which all cultured communities have regarded as part of the good life, demand too much sentiment for a world of machines and false egalitarianism, and one detects even a faint suspicion that friendship, because it rests upon selection, is undemocratic.~ p. 31
Ideas Have Consequences
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
There is a weird World War II movie called Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood as the titular character. It's an odd film. Donald Sutherland plays a kind of hippie tank commander who is obsessed with the psychic rays people send off. Anyway.
It's interesting how many tweets on Twitter are so negative. Some are clever and funny, but it seems that most are just clever and cruel. Things like this.
It probably has a lot to do with the really succinct nature of the medium. But sometimes it seems excessive. I'm sure I've been guilty of it, but I will try to be better.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
It's World Cup time, again. And I could make all kinds of snarky comments about the game of soccer. But really, it's just not worth it. It would be like being rude about beating a little kid in a race. So, to World Cup enthusiasts, let me just say this:
Ooh! That's very nice. You're doing a really good job there. Keep up the good work and maybe you could start having a championship every two years!
Monday, June 02, 2014
Monday, May 05, 2014
"You don’t need an argument for buying butter. It’s a natural, human instinct.” http://t.co/ETd6K8pTGv (via @prufrocknews )
— Bria Sandford (@blsandford) May 5, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
"(The attempt of the United States to make military service attractive by offering high pay, free college education, and other benefits looks suspiciously like bribing the child with candy.)"~ p. 124
Ideas Have Consequences
I was reading through some saved drafts on my blog and came across this quotation from Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences. (A marvelous book, do read it if you have not.) And I remembered how often I heard in news stories during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars some young soldier quoted about their trepidation relating to deployment into a combat zone note that they had signed up for military service without any notion that it might involve actual fighting and risk. They were merely intending to serve and gain the benefits of reduced educational costs. Interesting, I think.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
2006 - 178 (some basic stats)
2007 - 161 (some basic stats)
2008 - 165 (some basic stats)
In 2009 I stopped blogging for a while and stopped keeping track of the books I read. I started logging books again in 2012, but I didn't post that year's list anywhere. After the jump I'll list the books from 2012 and 2013.