Worthiness, and the Common Good.

Worthiness, and the Common Good.

I just ran into this, which dovetails nicely with the core moral principle Razorfist was discussing regarding intellectual property: I’m not a fan of the word “deserve”. In many contexts, these days, it conveys (or breeds) a sense of entitlement, ingratitude and possibly selfishness. Instead, I’ve adopted the term “worthy”. I don’t deserve nice things. However, I am worthy of them. Whether it be time spent at the gym, a better pair of shoes, a cleaner home, et al, I don’t deserve it. I am worthy of it. Should, of course, I put forth the effort…

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Minis and Wargames

Minis and Wargames

While I've burned out on miniature-based games as an expensive hobby who's changing rulesets demand new minis - even Warmachine and, to a lesser extent, Malifaux escaped their small-scale skirmish roots - I still love modeling, and there's something about the fine work of assembling and painting minis or airplanes and tanks that is simply calming and satisfying.   I also love a good wargame. I haven't had the chances I'd like to mess with ASL or The Fifth Frontier War, nevermind delve into the "build your own wargame" sandbox of Striker, but even now my shelves hold, in addition to…

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Socialism, and Sophistry

Socialism, and Sophistry

For one boardgame that I play, looking around for other sources of strategy and knowledge, I came across a mailing list dedicated to the game which I largely ended up ignoring for years until it absolutely blew up because the original designer was looking to republish the game and decided to do so with a very, very, no-good and bad person. This is not what this post is about. In the process of the back and forth, most of the crowd, much like the forums at BGG over the GMT and colonialism issue, took to virtuously penning how awful it…

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Property Rights

Property Rights

The Didact, in his excellent Memorial Day wrapup for Monday, reminded me that I wanted to cover this commentary by Razorfist on Intellectual Property. The Didact notes: I used to be a libertardian, so I had a lot of sympathy for the idea of doing away with IP rights entirely, but I was never fully convinced by the arguments against IP. Looking at the arguments given by the Razorfist, he makes a very compelling case that the product of a man's mind is indeed his property. And I agree with him. I do think that reasonable limits have to be…

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Interstellar, Again

Interstellar, Again

MOTW has a post up on "Peak Hollywood" and how everything coming out in the near future is a sequel. I fully agree that Interstellar is likely the best film of the last several decades. Dunkirk was also amazing. Time to queue it back up and watch it again. Don't miss the link to the review by John C Wright. As an aside, the number of clueless idiots who bashed on the treatment of love in teh film as "new agey" still shocks me.…

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Memorial Day

Today we honor our fallen. Those who, one way or another, paid the price in lives cut short to serve in the military. Even in these last few decades where few of the conflicts we've mired ourselves in were just or in the national interest - at a minimum to the scope we've taken to the field - insofar as we still have actual teeth, the military has served the vital role of being the stick to talk-diplomacy's carrot. You don't get a bully to stop with letters to the editor or asking for the manager. In that role, in…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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Statistics

I'll let the following two, via worldmeters, largely speak for themselves, in regards to anyone talking about how badly the US is fucking up the Covid response. First - death rates per 1 million people. We're not doing as well as, say, Germany, but even excluding Spain and Italy, we're not doing as badly as a number of first world European nations, despite significant handicaps in logistics and cutlural consistency and behaviors. Second, death rates per million people for individual US states. Remember that NY and NJ alone are a third of the US cases. Yes, I'm aware of a…

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