Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wise words from Pascal

701 When we want to correct someone usefully and show him he is wrong, we must see from what point of view he is approaching the matter, for it is usually right from that point of view, and we must … Continue reading

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QotD: Why your fantasy novel is crap edition

Lars Walker: Trying to write “like Tolkien” without some degree of his scholarship is a project doomed to fail. Hit the books. (via Strange Herring)

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Poor Tom

  I’m sorry, but I just found this amusing: “I am just appalled to see how, in spite of what I think is the progress we’ve made in the last 25 years, there’s this sort of retrograde gang,” he said, … Continue reading

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Contestant No.1139

So I recently found out about this thing called the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. It goes something like this: for every day during April (excepting Sundays), you write a blog post – that’s 26 days. And the subjects … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the libertarians

Peter Lawler, at PomoCon: I agree with Caleb on the libertarians being the greater danger to higher education. Libertarian economist and world-class foodie Tyler Cowen has a good article in the NYT on the egalitarianism of economics. The good news … Continue reading

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A challenger appears…

Some of you might recall that some time ago a friend and I tried to get a podcast called Tales of the Higher Uselessness going. Although the first episode went up, a a rube-Goldberg series of setbacks along with near … Continue reading

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TONIGHT: The MSM is clueless, arrogant. And: Is water healthy? The answer may surpise you

James Taranto : [Amy] Sullivan seems to think her readers are too ignorant to understand the difference between an election for pope and one for, say, U.S. Senate, and perhaps she’s right. [Jane] Kramer actually seems to be that ignorant. Her … Continue reading

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I should get myself a snazzy pair of opera glasses

I went to the opening night of the National Ballet of Canada’s current production of Romeo and Juliet. First time going to see a live ballet, and, eo ipso my first time seeing the National Ballet. They’ve made me a … Continue reading

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The money

While I’ve talked about my discovery of Jack Vance, the other writer who is rapidly growing on me is Anthony Trollope. Part of this is because he deals with a theme which, as you might guess, holds my interest as … Continue reading

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