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Archive for December, 2005

All we need is love….

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Michael Edwards writes in OpenDemocracy of Love, reason and the future of civil society. All life, one might say, is negotiation, and the price of entry into civil society is the willingness to change one’s mind through an encounter with the views of others. Like rocks in a stream, the sharp edges of our differences […]

What to dump?

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

The asshole theme must be going around…. Frank Paynter emailed me a pointer the other day to the You’re an Asshole filmstrip, and Shelley has a philosophical entry about assholes (her maxims being “The world is full of assholes” and “sometimes you’re one of them”). In German, incidentally, Arschloch is a worse swear-word than shit […]

Salvador Einstein, humanist on a motorcycle, c’est moi…

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

I took several silly quizzes. My portrait should be painted by Salvador Dali (whom I do not care for at all): Salvador Dali Salvador Dali should paint your portrait. You love to think about the world in a different way then everyone else. You are very ambitious, and you like strange things. You are curious […]

Gingerbread Men

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

It’s nearly Christmas, isn’t it? The time to find solace and warmth in exotic and historically expensive spices: ginger, bark of cinnamon, mace, coriander and cumin. Coupled with warm ovens and tricks of kitchen chemistry, we can bake plenty of goodies to give mouthfeel satisfaction. The other day I observed something strange about some boys. […]

Holiday cheer

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Tired of those boring old ecumenically-correct “holiday” wishes, those “season’s greetings” that don’t convey what you really believe? Dean Landsman has the perfect may-your-wishes-come-true holiday greeting for the rest of us — and no, it’s not just any old Festivus greeting, either. It’s a good’un: take a look and see what I mean… Edit: I […]

Writing comments for entries

Friday, December 9th, 2005

My blog writing for today consists of a comment I wrote in response to Tim Aldrich, who found my Running out of time (Nov.8/05) entry. Tim Aldrich is the editor of About Time; Speed, Society, People and the Environment, and he was kind enough to leave a comment on my blog. And I wrote a […]

Sending files, nuking email

Friday, December 9th, 2005

I just confirmed through trial and error that I cannot receive any mail sent to my yheibel AT post DOT harvard DOT edu address if it has files attached. This presumably also applies to people who have “signatures” that include files (a picture, a business card, whatever), although I particularly suspect Word files as being […]

Harold Pinter on not-so-hidden history

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Just a quick pointer tonight to Harold Pinter’s acceptance speech for the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature. Pinter starts by telling us a story about what’s true and what’s false for the writer (of fiction), and then modulates into a scathing indictment of what is true and false in politics. Political power, Pinter writes, is […]

Where to now, modern caesars? (or: from republic to empire…)

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Americans haven’t always been so blasé about war profiteering. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said: “I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.” FDR’s strong feelings about war profiteering were shared by his successor, Harry Truman. As a Senator, Truman had traveled […]

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