Archive for February 15th, 2003

Not Ayn Rand; Harvard Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield, in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Harvard is afraid to look ambition in the face. To Harvard, ambition and the responsibility that accompanies it look elitist and selfish. (“Elitist” is the fancy, political version of “selfish.”) Harvard gives its students to understand that the only alternative […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted February 15, 2003 @ 3:58 PM | Philosophy

Eugene Volokh complains that his C programs used to crash, and his JavaScript still does, because the languages distinguish comparison (==) from assignment (=). (Volokh, at 14 the world’s youngest law professor, also worked as a programmer for several years as a preadolescent.) On the one hand it’s a lousy idea to use the single […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted February 15, 2003 @ 1:36 PM | Code

Special thanks to Oliver Stone for Comandante, his upcoming searing exposé of Fidel Castro. Besides the “revolutionary” mustache Stone sports for his scenes in the movie, making him look like the missing Ortega brother, one detail cannot go unmentioned: Throughout, Castro wears his trademark green fatigues, but when the camera pans to his shoes it […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted February 15, 2003 @ 1:34 AM | Movies,Politics