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Hans Reiser Is Convicted

For those who noticed my two recent open questions, I note that Hans Reiser was convicted today of murder in the first-degree, largely, as journalists have already noted, because of his own unwittingly self-incriminating testimony.

Stumbling Along a Passage One Dark Morning

Mr. Ramsay, stumbling along a passage one dark morning, stretched his arms out, but Mrs. Ramsay having died rather suddenly the night before, his arms, though stretched out, remained empty.1 Odd though it may seem, this passage for me has always embodied one of the core parts of love: the ever-presence of another, whose absence […]

Prediction Markets Fail Me

Given that the laws of my nation make me hesitant to participate in most prediction markets, I have two questions on which I would like to see odds: Will Hans Reiser be convicted of his ex-wife’s murder? Will the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD formats go the way of the MiniDisc? I have my own […]

Human Loyalties

There are two primary approaches to changes in our lives. In the first, change is a source of fear: they expect little from their new world and fear the loss of their old world. They are most loyal to their loved ones before they embark on change; soon thereafter they have little loyalty left. In […]


Upon seeing her, the only thing I could think to say was that she was dressed as if she were named Goneril.

Kantian Morality

Whoever searches for an act moral in a Kantian sense will search as long and as futilely as the alchemists once searched for the philosopher’s stone.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Mark Jason Dominus once said that he originally thought that the author Adolfo Bioy Casares, whose initials were ABC, must have been made up by Jorge Luis Borges. Today I discovered a peculiarity of names that entertains me far more: an 1973 article by an economist named Meade, which discusses the positive externalities associated with […]

Victimless Crimes

From the standpoint of any sane morality, there can be no victimless crimes: a crime, by definition, must have a victim. All outrage against an action without a victim is morally vacuous.

Political Motivations and Group Psychology

This incredible passage from an interview with Hitler says nearly everything worth saying about the real driving forces in passionate political movements: When I now broached the question of what the source of his so strongly felt hatred for the Jews was, and why he wanted to destroy this so undeniably intelligent race — a […]