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 … Continue reading Saying Goodbye
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 … Continue reading Mostly Reasonable
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 … Continue reading Mazel tov, friends.
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 … Continue reading Equality versus Fraternity
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:Five years after the final installment in the Harry Potter series was released, Little, … Continue reading Vindication
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 … Continue reading "Pure democracy" is nonsense
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 … Continue reading What Animated Films Have You Seen?
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.
"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. 185Ideas Have Consequences