6 December 2006

Lemony Goodness [Filed under: Uncategorized]

I’m not going to lie. I read children’s books. I enjoy reading children’s books. And I am not ashamed. I am so not ashamed that I made myself a shirt:

The line is the motto of a secret organization of noble volunteers in the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It is also, incidentally, eerily reminiscent of the first line of a poem by Swinburne that Snicket quoted in the tenth book.

It seems that my girlfriend Emmy is also not (entirely) ashamed of my reading habits. About two weeks ago, we went to paint pottery at a place here in Cambridge. I painted a thoroughly unartistic and unimpressive teacup, but Emmy made me the loveliest mug I’ve ever seen:

Doesn’t she rock?

NP: The Gothic Archies, Smile! No One Cares How You Feel

22 September 2006

The Trial of Socrates [Filed under: Uncategorized]

What leads a convalescent city, in need of heroes and role models, to execute its wisest and most famous citizen? And why would that citizen participate willingly and hasten his own demise?

Athens was a city in decline. Its hegemony had been eclipsed by that of Sparta, and its spirit was flagging. It had suffered a terrible defeat at Aegospotami by the Lacedaemonians, and its democratic ideals had been severely circumscribed by thirty tyrants who controlled the city for almost a year. Many of Athens’ heroes had been disgraced, perhaps most notably Alcibiades.1 Athenian supremacy was no longer certain, and the traditional ideals were everywhere being challenged. Sacrifices were necessary to regain the graces of the gods.

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11 May 2006

She gave me flowers [Filed under: Uncategorized]

Lovely Flowers [42K]

Emmy gave me tulips Tuesday because… well, because she’s wonderful like that.

NP: Colin Hay, Beautiful World

8 January 2006

Truth, Correspondence Theory of [Filed under: Uncategorized]

About a week ago, during my Evidence class, my professor (who tells us the best way to study for our final is “studying and discussing with your fellow students whatever you find genuinely interesting in the course”, so far a refreshingly diminutive set of materials) off-handedly mentioned the “Correspondence Theory of Truth” a couple of times. I must admit that I was unable to follow much of the discussion, or to make much sense of it, but I was inspired to recall my undergraduate course in Epistemology, and to reconsider the Correspondence “Theory” through the foggy lens of my more mature current state of thinking. I have since considered it at very great length, studying both its most vociferous supporters and its most ardent critics. I have traversed the depths of scholarship on the subject, and am prepared to say, without hesitation, that the Correspondence Theory of Truth is, in a word, total buncombe.

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4 January 2006

Phoenix Rising [Filed under: Uncategorized]

So, I am placing my (not-so) temporary moratorium on posting under a temporary moratorium. I have been encouraged by my Evidence Professor to begin blogging again, so from time to time for at least the next three weeks (until the class ends), I will try to post a few thoughts, most likely tangentially related to class discussions. Then I’ll probably stop again, because being lazy is fun.

NP: Röyksopp, What Else Is There?