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Entries from May 2005

Mmm, Materialism

May 31st, 2005 · Comments Off on Mmm, Materialism

It had actually slipped my mind that I’d ordered this, so I was delighted today to get my copy of the very large, very handsome, lavishly illustrated re-issue of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono, signed by both Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman. This now goes into head-to-head competition with the autographed copy of […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Legislating Morality

May 31st, 2005 · 4 Comments

Eugene Volokh and Ed Feser both elaborate at some length—rather more than one would think necessary—the point that complaints about some group (usually conservative Christians) “legislating morality” don’t make sense if read literally, since just about any policy advocacy—whether it’s banning murder or mandating daily prayers—entails taking some moral stand or other. They’re right in […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy

Poppin’ the Collar

May 31st, 2005 · 28 Comments

Seriously, now, whose godawful idea was this ridiculous fad? I’m told it has frat origins, but seems to have crossed all boundaries of gender and age. I’ve even seen a few mannequins in the windows of chi-chi designer label shops sporting popped collars. Normally I’m all about de gustibus non disputandum est, but if there […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

How Meta Can You Get?

May 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Over at Pitchfork, David Cross has a pretty brutally funny essay in which he reveals his top 10 made-up albums to listen to as accompaniment for reading overwrought Pitchfork reviews. Escher’s got nothing on this shit.

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Tags: Art & Culture

You’re So Vain

May 27th, 2005 · 15 Comments

Err, OK, make that I’m so vain. My colleague Kerry and I got headshots taken earlier this week courtesy of the multitalented Declan McCullagh. Some of the ones that turned out OK (at least given the limits of the source material): One Two Three Four There were also some Captain and Tennille style cheesy album […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Adult Swim Koans

May 25th, 2005 · 11 Comments

The interstitial images, or “bumps” on Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim bloc are often more interesting than the shows themselves. I found the one above inexplicably disturbing and poignant: It shows a deer with its eyes gouged out beside the text “When did you stop remembering?”

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Tags: Art & Culture

Yglesias Blows My Mind

May 25th, 2005 · Comments Off on Yglesias Blows My Mind

Careful Matt, sound too wary of government intervention and you’ll get tagged as a fascist.

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Tags: Libertarian Theory


May 24th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Rumor has it that Dumbledore bites it in the next Harry Potter book. That would’ve been my guess for purely plot-based reasons. Thing is, Dumbledore’s a sort of perpetual deus ex machina: They’ve established he can kick Voldemort’s ass, so he’s got to be implausibly called away or unavailable whenever they want actual tension in […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Now That Sounds Like a Classic

May 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Now That Sounds Like a Classic

Courtesy of Joanna Robinson, I discover a book I’ve got to pick up.

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Tags: Personal

Shut Yer Wormhole

May 23rd, 2005 · 5 Comments

It’s supposed to be news that wormholes are unstable? Dude, anyone who used to watch Deep Space Nine knew that.

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Tags: Science