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Not Even Smart Enough to Be a Dweeb

My nephew is getting World of Warcraft. This is terrible. He’s not smart enough to be a nerd — or a geek. He’s just doomed. He’s not even smart enough to be a dweeb. He’s just going to be a spazz. Agh.1 Anonymous friend regarding anonymous nephew↩

Cancelling My Facebook Membership

At first, I was willing to let the controversy over Beacon pass without taking any action. I was not aware of Beacon’s data collection affecting me personally; I suspect I did not see Facebook take any data from me because I had made a systematic effort to minimize the amount of data I was giving […]

The Basic Stupidity of Anti-Intellectual Assessments

The basic stupidity of anti-intellectual assessments of the works of intellectuals is perhaps most clearly demonstrated by comparing the different treatments received by two different sorts of authors at the hands of the anti-intellectual. Specifically, the author of a mathematical work who expects that his readers will already be familiar with linear algebra and analysis […]

Solemnity and Frivolity

If solemnity is rightly faulted for treating flesh as if it were marble, frivolity must be faulted for treating flesh as if it were Silly Putty.

Pre-Eminence

It has been said that the transition from childhood to adulthood occurs at the moment one becomes conscious of one’s own mortality, but perhaps it would be better said that one’s maturity is proportional to one’s cognizance of one’s mortality — for such awareness is not a binary division, but a position along a continuum. […]

To Understand is not to Know

A common error: to presume that, because one understands an idea, one has learned the idea. When we understand a thing, we do no more than realize that this idea can enter into the edifice of our thoughts without us having to knock down any walls, but that does not prove that the thought has […]

My Changing Tastes in Music

When I think how my taste in music has come to include more acoustic music each year beyond the amount of hardcore I inherit from my adolescence, I usually come to the conclusion that it is a basic calming of my temperament that is being expressed in my taste. At their best, hardcore bands sound […]

Remember, Remember

Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I see of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. If there is anyone left who has neither seen the “V for Vendetta” movie nor read the graphic novel, please do so. Thank you.

Primes Inter Pares

The McCarthy trials and the Salem Witch Hunt’s — both examples of a very American sort of parity check, designed to find and purge any and all primes inter pares.

For Harek

As I’ve done for two years now, I’d like to thank Harek for being the best friend I could ever ask for. Even though we almost never find the time to talk anymore, I have not once doubted that our friendship is still something sacred. Time flies and it’s flown away with me this time. […]