Observations

The Apotheosis of the Coquette

I think it is easy for most people to understand why I am usually so disheartened by the popularity of Sex and the City, but for those desiring an explanation I think just a few words suffice: Sex and the City is, far too often, the apotheosis of the coquette.

Tom Morello’s Idealism?

In the past twenty four hours, I have seen Tom Morello in Iron Man and Air Guitar Nation. I can only say that his radical ideals suddenly seem even more disingenuous than before.

Guilt

Rare indeed are those moments in which we feel guilt for the things we have done wrong; rarer still are those moments when we feel guilt for what we can still set right. Therefore, do not waste your guilt on trivial offenses.

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 […]

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 […]

The Cuanto/Tanto Construction

I have a question for any bilingual readers: what is the best way to express in English the “cuanto/tanto” construction that the Romance languages have?

Credunt Quia Absurdum Est

It struck me this morning, while I was reviewing one of Augustine’s book, that God, as presented in Christian theology, is rather like the set of all sets that made na├»ve set theory impossible to defend and that therefore led Russell to pursue his great, and ultimately futile, attempt to construct a consistent system of […]