John Galt

07/20/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General, Bread

I just stumbled on this. It appears that the world stumbled upon it in Jan 2012, yet Scalzi wrote it in 2010. The issue with this (and any other political argument) is that the chances of changing a political viewpoint with argument is pretty much proven impossible. When faced with information counter to a particular mindset, partisans tend to double down, rather than waver in their viewpoints. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/10/01/what-i-think-about-atlas-shrugged/

That said, it’s a totally ridiculous book which can be summed up as Sociopathic idealized 
nerds collapse society because they don’t get enough hugs.
(This is, incidentally, where you can start your popcorn munching.)
Indeed, the enduring popularity of Atlas Shrugged lies in the fact
that it is nerd revenge porn — if you’re an nerd of an engineering-ish
stripe who remembers all too well being slammed into your locker by a
bunch of football dickheads, then the idea that people like you could make
all those dickheads suffer by “going Galt” has a direct line to the pleasure
centers of your brain. I’ll show you! the nerds imagine themselves crying.
I’ll show you all! And then they disappear into a crevasse that Google Maps
will not show because the Google people are our kind of people, and a year
later they come out and everyone who was ever mean to them will have starved.
 Then these nerds can begin again, presumably with the help of robots, because
any child in the post-Atlas Shrugged world who can’t figure out how to run a
smelter within ten minutes of being pushed through the birth canal will be left
 out for the coyotes. Which if nothing else solves the problem of day care.

Vuelvo Al Sur

07/20/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day

Where am I now?

07/12/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

An homage to un-busy-ness

07/02/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/?src=me&ref=general

 

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.

Everything you didn't know about comma usage, and it's alot.

06/25/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/the-most-comma-mistakes/

 

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times. I’m referring to a student’s writing a sentence like:

I went to see the movie, “Midnight in Paris” with my friend, Jessie.

Comma after “movie,” comma after “friend” and, sometimes, comma after “Paris” as well. None are correct — unless “Midnight in Paris” is the only movie in the world and Jessie is the writer’s only friend. Otherwise, the punctuation should be:

I went to see the movie “Midnight in Paris” with my friend Jessie.


 

Do you like that Boogie Woogie?

06/19/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day
Sure you do....

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