Archive for July, 2002

Anyone who has ever listened to a sports interview has heard it. “John Elway [or your chucklehead of choice] is just gonna try to go out there and be the best quarterback that John Elway can be.” Nobody talks this way except professional athletes, not even college athletes. The locus classicus is Bo Jackson, who […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 31, 2002 @ 4:45 PM | Sports

(Part 1 and Part 2.) Someone who styles himself “Ragnar” (why, if it isn’t “Galt,” is it always “Ragnar”? why can’t I have a “Francisco” or a “Howard” or a “Hank” every once in a while?) took issue with my remarks about Objectivism and determinism as follows: “I may be determined by my chemical makeup […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 31, 2002 @ 1:23 PM | General

The Snow Man One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to think Of any misery […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 28, 2002 @ 11:46 PM | General

Let’s suppose it does. Then what is a race, exactly? One might say it’s a group of people with common ancestry. Well, so is a family. How common, and how ancient? A snobbish Frenchman once remarked that Americans can amuse themselves endlessly trying to discover who their grandfather is, to which Mark Twain replied that […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 27, 2002 @ 12:04 PM | General

My girlfriend and I saw Tadpole the other night. It’s not terrible, but the main character, a 15-year-old Manhattan boarding-school student who pines after his stepmother and reads Candide in translation despite his alleged fluency in French, brought back Holden Caulfield to me like a bad oyster. (Note to Tadpole director Gary Winick: nobody prepares […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 25, 2002 @ 3:06 PM | General

My father once taught remedial math at City College in New York. He had a student, nicknamed “Less Than Chance” Diaz, who would consistently, on four-option multiple choice exams with no guessing penalty, score below 25%. But at least the guy didn’t pass. (Link courtesy of Kimberly Swygert over at No. 2 Pencil, an interesting […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 22, 2002 @ 7:26 PM | General

Greenspan made his famous remarks about “irrational exuberance” on December 5, 1996. The Dow closed that day at 6413. If you had bought the index the next morning and sold it at the open today (probably not a very clever idea), you would have earned a compound rate of about 3.75%. Now that isn’t great; […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 22, 2002 @ 12:25 PM | General

If you’re over at N.Z. Bear’s checking the Blogosphere Ecosystem to see what your chances are of moving up from Insignificant Microbe to Lowly Insect, and you see a link to something funny that trolls and mocks trolling at the same time, and you link to it yourself, that’s not trolling. Is it?

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 20, 2002 @ 3:13 PM | General

I never thought I’d see the day. A new contender giving undisputed champion of ponderous, literal-minded tendentiousness David Horowitz a run for his money? In this corner, the challenger, The Rittenhouse Review: Remember back in grade school, there was that really annoying kid, the loud-mouthed know-it-all with the obnoxious parents who were always shoving Stalinist […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 19, 2002 @ 7:26 PM | General

Does Blogspot really, really suck or what? What’s their uptime, 50%? I guess you get what you pay for, but even so, they might consider upgrading their infrastructure from tin cans and string.

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 19, 2002 @ 1:43 AM | General