Monthly Archives: June 2015

QotD: Pixar edition

Eve Tushnet on Inside Out: I led a charmed life as a child, and I had accumulated more Dostoyevskyan angst by age six than this kid seems to harbor at twice that. I actually haven’t seen Inside Out yet, which … Continue reading

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My grandfather was an optometrist too

One of the themes of my reading in recent times has been a more deliberate effort to fill in some classic sci-fi gaps. And one of the most classic is E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series, a pioneering effort in the … Continue reading

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A curious thing

Yours truly logged into WordPress today to find that the usual blue banner at the top of his Reader had undergone a colourful change: This puzzled me for a moment, until I read the news and realized what this was … Continue reading

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Jurassic Park/World

(Spoilers for both films, etc. etc.) Jurassic Park isn’t the best movie in the world. It likely isn’t even the best thing that Stephen Spielberg has directed. And, although it ranks among my favourites, it doesn’t come close to the … Continue reading

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Hazy thoughts on The Soul of the World

Having finished Roger Scruton’s recent book, The Soul of the World: – Scruton’s ultimate aim here turns out to be pretty similar to where Kant wound up at the end of his Critique of Pure Reason: that is, the sort … Continue reading

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Haute couture

Are you a woman who watches My Little Pony? Are you tired of those geeky t-shirts? Want something a little more classy to wear? Well, you’re in luck: thanks to the efforts of UK fashion designer Fyodor Golan,  ladies need … Continue reading

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Is pop music bad for you?

I’ve been reading Roger Scruton’s book, The Soul of the World, which philosophically takes aim at reductionist accounts of human nature – stuff like attempts to explain human action entirely in the terms of neuroscience, Darwinian evolution, etc. To oversimplify … Continue reading

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Press X to advance text

My long, rambling posts on Final Fantasy IX turned out to be more popular than I expected. It turns out that there is indeed an audience which appreciates splicing the cosmological argument alongside discussions of game mechanics. And I enjoyed … Continue reading

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On remaining Catholic, etc.

Elizabeth Scalia has been asking notable Catholic bloggers to share their story about why they remain Catholic, in spite of all the modern trends. Strangely, I was not personally asked by her to contribute. And, having only been in full … Continue reading

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