Archive for June, 2002
My Picture Left in Scotland I now think Love is rather deaf than blind, For else it could not be That she Whom I adore so much should so slight me, And cast my love behind. I’m sure my language to her was as sweet, And every close did meet In sentence of as subtle [...]
Ayn Rand herself, oddly, had nothing to say about determinism. She asserts in many places that man has free will, that he is a being of volitional consciousness, that he has one choice, to think or not to think, etc. etc.; but I have scoured the ouevre in vain for an actual argument. She left [...]
Con Edison browned me out — a “low-voltage condition,” they call it — from 8:30 last night until about 7:00 this morning. Now I know what I pay the highest rates in the country for. Thanks! (I suppose it could be worse; it could be California.) I apologize to whoever tried to access this site, [...]
The adulatory story about Bill Gates in this month’s Fortune repackages virtually every myth that Gates, and his handlers, have ever circulated about himself. We have: 1. Gates the genius. Time spent with Bill in technology and business reviews is so valuable that Microsofties consider it a currency. They even have a name for it: [...]
Thomas Mallon, whom I generally like — he wrote Stolen Words, an excellent book on plagiarism that I’ve occasionally plagiarized myself — decides to have at The New York Times‘s “Portraits of Grief”: [A]nyone depressed over his weight became a “gentle giant” and every binge drinker was the life of the party. As the Portraits [...]
William Beatty explains not only what causes traffic jams — and it isn’t accidents, at least not most of the time — but how, as a single driver, to help fix them. (Thanks to Cut on the Bias for the link.) For somebody who doesn’t drive I seem to write a lot about cars.