Practical (Joke) Matters

Practical (Joke) Matters

I follow Quintus Curtius because, side from cobbling together a translation of On Duties that I've found a worthwhile read, he often dives into antiquity to shine a light on virtuous behavior. For example, the need for, and how to develop a sense of humor.The entire post is worth reading, but the following jumped out at me:The humorist must be a master of imagery and metaphor.  He must above all know language:  puns, metaphors, nicknames, alliteration, and hyperbole must all be arrows in his quiver.  He must be a master of irony, and this takes a certain level…

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Notre Dame

Notre Dame

In addition to Gene Wolfe's death, another tragedy yesterday was the destruction of the cathedral of Notre Dame. While it's not been a priority to "bucket list" travel items, much less have a "bucket list," it's a place that I will no longer get a chance to properly see. It's loss is a blow to beauty and the symbols of our civilization.How did it happen? We don't know. That said, the official story, that it was an accident due to construction, stinks to high heaven.Look, I fully understand the desire of truly good and peaceful men who know…

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(All together now) They Hate You

(All together now) They Hate You

Both Bradford Walker and the Z Man cover the recent TV spot saying it's OK to punch Nazis. The one that was quickly pulled, from what I've heard.A video with a bunch of thuggish looking white guys smashing and flipping cars (1), wearing not-yellow red traffic vests (2), with a smirking guy resembling Richard Spencer waving his hands as if orchestrating it (3). As the black guy walks away, the white guys in vests beating up random people and police cars on fire/damaged, he discusses punching out Richard Spencer without warning, with a beatific look at the thought…

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Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Tyranny of the minority demonstrates that an overemphasis on individual liberty without a sense of a community WILL fail. The blood of the last century demonstrates that central control will be seized by the psychopathsI really don't know the source of the quote - I think it was inspired either by a comment or a podcast and summarized by me, but it's pithy, and it's true. It encompasses both the failures of an overemphasis on atomic individualism, and an overemphasis on defaulting to the government as the source of power. Atomic individuals are susceptible to the tyranny of the intolerant…

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Boomers

Boomers

The level of hate has increasing - to the point where SNL even did a skit pissing on boomers and their narcissism. Owen Benjamin did a video talking about boomer dads - and then had to explain that no, if you were a decent dad and a boomer, then he wasn't talking about you.And if you were taking it personally, maybe you weren't the great dad you thought you were.Brian Neimeier over at Kairos also had a few things to say: Dear Baby Boomers, Millennials may be immature, lazy snowflakes. They may have made poor life decisions. But…

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Uniform Non-conformity

Uniform Non-conformity

Paul Joseph Watson brings up a recent study that shows that yes, hipsters, in attempting to "not conform", indeed do all look alike.The observation has been around for years, I first ran across it in the 80's in Christopher Stasheff's se/pre/quel in the Gramarye series, Escape Velocity, but until now it wasn't backed up by "science" (tm).…

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More Miscellany from the Internet

More Miscellany from the Internet

First, Brian Neimeier discusses that "works of art last" - the second half of an old saying many of us, including me until recently, only knew as "life is short." The equivalent Greek word is techne. That's a big clue that everybody before the Modern era would have put Michelangelo and Steve Jobs in the same general category. Both made stuff according to a standard. That's really what writing is. A carpenter makes a birdhouse by putting wood, nails, and glue together in the right configuration. An author makes a book by doing the same thing…

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Agents, and Other Scum

Agents, and Other Scum

Before I post this, I do have to note that I personally know some smaller - scale (not CAA, or similar) agents and agencies that take their duty to the people they represent seriously. Also, unlike music and movies, some industries still are enmeshed in this ages old system such that, without a representative, the opportunities are effectively nil. Even in such circumstances, be aware that the temptation to double deal when the money gets significant can be overwhelming for even better people, and that the closer you get to the bigger influencers in Hollywood, the less you can trust…

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