Turns-out the main argument for arming people to the teeth is the so-called “Second Amendment solution.” Personally, I don’t mind making sure that the gov’t isn’t the only one with guns. But why does this have to mean that every fuckwit gets to have a gun designed to shoot 20 people or more at close range? Etc? We should be able to reach a compromise on gun control.
John Gruber feels that Microsoft’s propensity for propagating “Windows” to so many of its product names is hurting them:
“I, along with many others, have wondered why Microsoft named Windows Phone 7 “Windows”. It doesn’t look or act anything like Windows (the PC OS) or the old Windows Mobile. It feels like something brand new, that deserves a new name. I’m wondering now if they called it “Windows Phone” because calling it “Windows” Something was the only way they could get it approved by Ballmer.”
But perhaps it’s just a case of one fetishist being repulsed by another?
“The uniform for men is an expression of their alignment with authority. The uniform for women is an expression of their submission to authority.”—Concerning church uniforms (aka “appropriate clothing for the traditional congregationalist”).
“The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.”—
Brian Tracy, “Eat That Frog!”
It may seem a bit strange out of context but this arises from a Mark Twain quote which suggests that if you eat one live frog each morning then you’ll have put behind you the most difficult thing you’ll do all day.
“The first fundamental principle of programming I want you to learn is this: Programming languages exist in order to make it possible to do a great many operations (think trillions) with very few instructions.
The second principle I want you to learn is related: Good programmers figure out ways to do complex tasks, and convert these into simple instructions.”—
Matt just took the “Which Book of Mormon Character are you?” quiz and the result is “that dude who talked everyone into making target practice of the guy up on top of the wall.”
Anonymous accomplice: Well, everyone thought it was such a great idea at the time. Fun, you know? I mean, there wasn’t a good shot in the entire city so nobody was going to get hurt.
That Dude: Yeah, and you know what? The guy was a complete jerk anyway. We kept saying, “hey, just come down here and talk to us like real people, like equals.” But he just kept on going and going and going ‘til finally I got this great idea on how to shut him up. It worked. We were heroes that day.
Without reason (and intellect and discriminating thought), all of human thought would be unintelligible to humans — indistinguishable from random noise. Yet some say that there are realms of human experience where reason is useless. To say that “reason is useless” is to say that there are some things for which the human intellect is useless. And yet it is only by the tools of human intellect, made cogent and communicable to self and others by reason, that we have any basis for this kind of discussion at all. To me it seems utter nonsense to suggest that there is anything to be understood by us without the application of reason if only in its most rudimentary form. Before reason there was no being because there was no knowing. Cogito, the means of knowing. The forbidden fruit which some hate and all come to regret but without which none would have the faculty to discern or care, least of all communicate. And are we fallen from heaven by way of this fruit? Yes, I believe this is a beautiful, symbolic interpretation (made possible only by human reason) of the necessary separation from unitary and perfect non-being which occurs when one’s eyes are opened and one becomes aware of one’s self, of one’s being — a by-product of which is a sudden sense of nakedness — of vulnerability — but also of godliness. Much of eastern philosophy seems to me an ancient will to return to nothingness; to that realm where there is no death, only eternal cycles of change which is to say no discernible change at all, because there’s no reason … no reason at all. I’ll take my short-sighted reason and live because the eternal view is the view of the never-born for which seeing is nonsense. Indeed, to live is to fail to see the whole for all the pieces, but in seeing the pieces at least one finally sees. And we are ourselves just pieces, and that is all we are, pieces that think about what they see and thereby come to know something of themselves and their place among so many other pieces. May we never be healed of this poison that shatters tho whole until death takes us back to that eternal nothingness. Blessed Eve, mother of all living.
Vampire Weekend uses mock distain for the whole discussion around the use of a serial comma, but Merle Haggard just might have a use for one — as might his ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall. Heh.