"A conviction that those who perform the prayer of labor may store up a compensation which cannot be appropriated by the improvident is the soundest incentive to virtuous industry. Where the opposite conviction prevails, where popular majorities may, on a plea of present need, override these rights earned by past effort, the tendency is for … Continue reading Corruption
NOTE: I wrote this back in 2007 and I'm not sure why I didn't post it. Maybe there was something weird of the rest of the site? I dunno, and I'm not exploring the whole thing to find out. It's a little dated, but you still might get a chuckle, and the warning stands.But this … Continue reading I vouch for nothing else.
"I serve notice, therefore, that we here approach a question of blasphemous nature, a question whose mere asking disturbs the deepest complacency of the age. And that is: Has the art of writing proved an unmixed blessing? The thought challenges so many assumptions that to consider it requires almost a fresh orientation in philosophy; but … Continue reading Writing
I know I haven't posted about sports in a long time; mostly it's been because I haven't kept up with any sports very much over the past year. But, it has not escaped my notice that the Pittsburgh Steelers have the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl here soon. I confess that I'm glad … Continue reading Steelers!
"Most modern people appear to resent the past and seek to deny its substance for either of two reasons: (1) it confuses them, or (2) it inhibits them. If it confuses them, they have not thought enough about it; if it inhibits them, we should look with a curious eye upon whatever schemes they have … Continue reading The Past
I didn't watch the inauguration. I was at work and I don't own a TV anyway. But, had I watched it (on the web or somesuch), I don't think I would have felt much differently than I do now. I just... didn't care that much. I keep thinking of that book He's Just Not Into … Continue reading Inaugural post
(NOTE: I started this post almost a month ago and I haven't finished it until now.)So, I finally saw The Dark Knight. My one word review? Neh. If you haven't seen it, (unlikely, since I seem to have been the last person who hasn't watched, except for my wife who refuses to do so) I'm … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy knight.
Lists from 2006 and 2007, 2008's list is in the preceding post but one. In 2008 and 2006, all the non-fiction books I read were first-time reads. In 2007 I re-read 3 non-fiction books. An interesting fact, I think. While I think I tend to value the non-fiction I read more highly than the fiction, … Continue reading Book stats
I'm only a week late. I've got my list of books read in 2008 posted... and that's about all I do to mark the New Year.I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I don't ever bother with it. I understand the symbolism of starting fresh in a new year with changes one plans to … Continue reading Happy New Year
January1. Heroes by Paul Johnson2. On the Origin of the PCs by Rich Burlew3. Start of Darkness by Rich Burlew4. Dungeon Crawlin' Fools by Rich Burlew5. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev6. My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas7. Watchmen by Alan Moore8.Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F. Buckley9. Serving in the Dark by … Continue reading Books read in 2008