Archive for June, 2003

Richard Dawkins will stop at nothing. Not content with foisting on the Internet the SARS-like “meme” — which doesn’t mean what you think, look it up sometime — he plumps for “Bright” to describe “a naturalistic worldview…absent any presumption of forces or entities beyond what can be observed/measured.” Few things inspire in me a sympathy […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 27, 2003 @ 2:22 PM | Language

Hollywood has much to teach us. Windtalkers — In this World War II John Woo gorefest Nicolas Cage, more cross-eyed and sullen than usual, plays a lieutenant assigned to a Navajo “codetalker.” His mission is to “protect the code,” that is, shoot the Navajo if he is in danger of falling into enemy hands. Now […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 26, 2003 @ 12:01 PM | Movies

I can’t hope to match the peerless coverage of the Bollinger cases by Team Volokh, but a few thoughts: O’Connor’s majority opinion in Grutter admits that the Court is obligated to find, under Adarand Constructors, which subjects racial categories to strict scrutiny, a “compelling state interest” in affirmative action. It finds this interest in diversity. […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 24, 2003 @ 7:28 PM | Law

This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. Colby Cosh is now officially unemployed and needs your money, for which he is too proud to beg more than twice. Yes, we want Colby to have plenty of leisure for blogging, but we also want to keep him in food, cigs, and an Internet connection, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 23, 2003 @ 8:30 PM | Blogs

Eddie Thomas has a longish and interesting post up about “Whiteness Studies,” in which he is characteristically more generous and fair-minded than I’m about to be. Eddie is firmly anti, but one of his commentators, Ted Hinchman, makes the best case in their defense: What exactly is supposed to be wrong with inquiry into the […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 22, 2003 @ 7:37 PM | Philosophy,Politics

Niceness counts, your mother used to tell you, and so it does, for you and me. When you are one of the best in the world at what you do, niceness stops counting. I am reminded of this by the sportswriters’ treatment of Barry Bonds. Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters who ever […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 20, 2003 @ 5:07 PM | Baseball,Philosophy,Sports

The relative reputations of Oliver Goldsmith and George Crabbe have long troubled me; I worry about such things. Goldsmith is best-known for The Deserted Village (1780), which still appears in many standard English literature textbooks, like the one I had in high school. Crabbe is scarcely known at all. Goldsmith slaughters him in a Googlefight […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 17, 2003 @ 10:47 PM | Poetry

There is pleasure in the wet, wet clay, When the artist’s hand is potting it. There is pleasure in the wet, wet lay, When the poet’s pad is blotting it. There is pleasure in the shine of your picture on the line At the Royal Acade-my; But the pleasure felt in these is as chalk […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 14, 2003 @ 1:34 PM | Language

My blogging holiday was lovely, thanks for asking. I spent a good portion of it trying to figure out how to use a remote Oracle database in a Microsoft .NET application, no easy trick because Microsoft’s support for Oracle is largely theoretical. They don’t really want you to use Oracle at all when you can […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 13, 2003 @ 8:16 PM | Navel-Gazing

Old joke. Q: How can you spot an intellectual? A: He’s the guy in the corner worrying about “the problem of the intellectuals.” The problem of blogging, then. The principal lesson of blogs is that the market price for reasonably well-considered rumination is zero, and the competition for readers at that price is fierce. This […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 8, 2003 @ 2:35 PM | Business,Culture