Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

“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

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

What Does 50 Shades’ Popularity Tell Us?

February 20th, 2015 by Nathaniel Givens

Note: this piece is cross-posted at Nathaniel’s home blog DifficultRun.

964 - 50 Shades Teddy Bear

Almost all of the many articles and blog posts in the lead up to the 50 Shades of Grey release last weekend have been negative, so I had some hope that better sense would prevail and people would stay home rather than prove that controversy and porn are quick and easy paths to profit. That just goes to show you that my sense of cynicism has room to grow. (more…)

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February 20th, 2015 09:18:40

I believe most Muslims are not ignorant savages.

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 18:57:50

Angina Monologue 8

February 08th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has found a new way to eat his porridge: Flavored with shredded ham and Swiss cheese, with a fried egg on top.

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February 08th, 2015 15:19:44

Jane Austen is Satisfactory

January 29th, 2015 by G.

I just discovered that Rex Stout, the Nero Wolfe writer, was an avid Austenite. (more…)

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January 29th, 2015 09:40:42

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

– Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Angina Monologue 5

January 03rd, 2015 by Vader

As I mentioned to Bruce Charlton in the comments section of a previous post, once you get His Majesty monologuing, you can’t get him to shut up.

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January 03rd, 2015 13:50:16

Angina Monologue 4

January 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Sometimes I think His Majesty has become a bitter old Sith.

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January 02nd, 2015 12:59:34

Trial by Existence, Frost

December 16th, 2014 by G.

asphodel

Even the bravest that are slain
Shall not dissemble their surprise
On waking to find valor reign,
Even as on earth, in paradise;
And where they sought without the sword
Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
To find that the utmost reward
Of daring should be still to dare.

The light of heaven falls whole and white
And is not shattered into dyes,
The light for ever is morning light;
The hills are verdured pasture-wise;
The angel hosts with freshness go,
And seek with laughter what to brave;—

-thus Frost. The poem goes on, but not nearly so well. In fairness, though, anything would be letdown after the line ‘wide fields of asphodel forever.’

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December 16th, 2014 12:30:24

Angina Monologue 2

December 10th, 2014 by Vader

You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.

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December 10th, 2014 12:24:33

Regarding the Ferguson protests

November 26th, 2014 by Inigo Montoya

“Justice.” You keep using that word. I do not think that words means what you think it means.

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November 26th, 2014 10:56:08

The Anabasis: God, Democracy, and Free Speech

November 20th, 2014 by G.

I just finished listening to the Anabasis on a free librivox.org recording. It’s been over a decade since I read it last. It surprised me. It had a lot to say about democracy, free speech, and faith. (more…)

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November 20th, 2014 13:02:51

Liberating an automobile

November 18th, 2014 by Vader

In the name of the oppressed.

The irony is strong with this one.

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November 18th, 2014 11:47:31