Monday, October 29, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I helped a friend move on Saturday. He and his family aren't moving far away, really. Across the water and, though I am no good judge of such things, I doubt it would take more than an hour to get to his new place.

We said the things people do about staying in touch, not allowing our friendship to lapse into that slow death from complacency and so forth. I'd like to think that it was true. It certainly wasn't a lie, but there is a gap between fact and truth into which many things can, and do, fall.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Plus bot

There seems to be some sort of bot or glitch that causes any blog post that I share publicly on Google+ to get an automatic +1 as soon as I post it. It's very strange. I'd make a D&D joke, but I can't think of one witty enough.

Mostly Reasonable

I like a lot of what Joe Queenan has to say in this WSJ article, but not all of it. Some of what he says is funny and insightful, but he does show himself to be an idiot in a couple places too. Which is fair enough, I don't doubt he'd think similar things about me and my reading choices.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mazel tov, friends.

Drove about 10 hours round-trip (including two stops both directions) with the family today to attend a wedding reception. I wouldn't do this for just anyone, but I've known this guy and his family for about my whole life, and it surprised me that he was surprised that I would do this. It was a long way, sure, but it was easily done in a single day and it's not like it cost me an arm and leg for a flight or something. It was a few bucks for food, a tank of gas and a Saturday. For a life-long friend and his lovely bride, yeah. In my mind, they would have had every right to be offended if I hadn't driven down.

Besides, I like road trips.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Equality versus Fraternity

The comity of peoples in groups large or small rests not upon this chimerical notion of equality but upon fraternity, a concept which immeasurably antedates it in history because it goes immeasurably deeper in human sentiment. The ancient feeling of brotherhood carries obligations of which equality knows nothing. It calls for respect and protection, for brotherhood is status in family, and family is by nature hierarchical. It demands patience with little brother, and it may sternly exact duty of big brother. It places people in a network of sentiment, not of rights—that hortus siccus of modern vainglory.
~ p. 41

How much frustration of the modern world proceeds from starting with the assumption that all are equal, finding that this cannot be so, and then having to realize that one can no longer fall back on the bond of fraternity!
~ p. 42
Ideas Have Consequences

Vindication

Turns out the idea that JK Rowling was a hack who caught lightning in a bottle isn't such a far-fetched idea after all. Here's one of the best kinds of book review: one that eviscerates its subject. An excerpt from the review:

Friday, October 12, 2012

"Pure democracy" is nonsense

It is generally assumed that the erasing of all distinctions will usher in the reign of pure democracy. But the inability of pure democracy to stand for something intelligible leaves it merely a verbal deception. If it promises equality before the law, it does no more than empires and monarchies have done and cannot use this as a ground to assert superiority. If it promises equality of condition, it promises injustice, because one law for the ox and the lion is tyranny.
~ p. 44
Ideas Have Consequences

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Animated Films Have You Seen?

A list found at First Things that has 240 animated films on it. Not so much for bragging rights, but because it's interesting and it's nice to find new ideas. Taking my cue from Mr Carter, "X" for movies I've seen all the way through and "O" for movies I've only seen part of. 73 (EDIT:76 now) in full and 14 in part. Not as many as I thought it would be, but after reading through the list, it seems about right.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Partial Revival

I finally got through editing the 1600 or so posts. I cleaned some up, took a few down, added labels and titles to the really old ones and then linked this blog with my Google+ account. We'll see if I bother to do much with it.

Hell and Justice

"There is bitterness in the thought that there may be no hell; for—in the irrefutable syllogism of the theologians—if there is no hell, there is no justice."
~ p. 185
Ideas Have Consequences