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A Man, A Plan, A Periodic Pentagonal Pavement

March 05th, 2015 by John Mansfield

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March 05th, 2015 12:38:32

The perils of novelty

March 04th, 2015 by Vader

New ideas that are also good are pretty hard to come by, given how long humanity has been gleaning the vineyard.

New ideas that are bad are a dime a dozen.

Therefore, most new ideas are going to be bad ones.

Therefore, the taste for novelty is a destructive thing.

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March 04th, 2015 12:38:24

The School for Grievance

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Appears to sit alongside something resembling the old liberal tradition.

And by “old liberal” I mean something a lot closer to classical liberal.

His Majesty: “Bah. Don’t be deceived by what appear to be hopeful signs. Resistance is futile.”

 

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February 26th, 2015 11:18:04

Franciscan friars in Jerusalem have a snowball fight

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

Cute. Except they remind me too much of Jawas.

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February 25th, 2015 12:23:04

“Santa Claus is preferable to God in every respect except one”

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

– P.J. O’Rourke

All thirty minutes are worth listening to.

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February 25th, 2015 11:36:14

“Homosexuals don’t recruit”

February 24th, 2015 by Vader

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February 24th, 2015 10:15:23

“Was Jesus Ginger?”

February 23rd, 2015 by Inigo Montoya

“Evidence.” I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

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February 23rd, 2015 12:35:54

Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

Angina Monologue 9

February 22nd, 2015 by Vader

So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!

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February 22nd, 2015 19:43:20

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28

I believe most Muslims are not ignorant savages.

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 18:57:50

Somone G. can sympathize with

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 10:50:49

The current POTUS is a monumentally flaming idiot

February 14th, 2015 by Vader

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February 14th, 2015 16:40:28

Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2015 by Vader

In honor of this manufactured holiday: Some badly manufactured Mormon Valentine’s thoughts.

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February 12th, 2015 15:16:18

It seemed like the natural thing to do

February 11th, 2015 by Vader

From, of all things, a book I’m reading on the geology of the Taos region:

These springs were once owned by Arthur Manby, an English mining engineer who was at one time deemed the most hated man in Taos. In 1929 Manby’s decapitated body and head were found in separate rooms of his Taos home. The cause of death was declared to be from natural causes.

Perhaps it was really a suicide?

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February 11th, 2015 16:05:46