Fun/Entertainment: April 2004 Archives

This is good.

This is a new test (and isn't the ethics one I posted a few months ago that I don't want to bother finding -- if you're interested, type "ethics test" into my search engine). [via Jollyblogger]

My results:

Li>My #1 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?, is Aquinas

  • My #2 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?, is Augustine

  • My #3 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?, is Aristotle

  • My #4 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?, is Plato

  • My #5 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?, is Kant

    Read on for who I'm less like and my brief thoughts on the results.

  • The Day After

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    I lied in my 250th post below. I do have something with content worthy of being my 250th post, but I didn't write it, so I decided to keep it separate. I haven't had a lot of Easter-related stuff here, and this helps remedy that. It also ties together my current focus on things Kerry Livgren (whose new album with Proto-KAW still hasn't arrived) with the events we remember during what we call Holy Week (not that any period of time is really more or less holy than any other).

    My friend Michael Brooks (whom I've never met in person but is someone I consider a friend nonetheless) wrote the following and sent it to some of the music discussion lists we both participate in:

    What Number Are You?

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    I am infinity

    You may worship me,
    but from afar

    _

    what number are you?

    this quiz by orsa

    Thanks to Classical Values for the link.

    The Dialectizer

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    This just in, via Rebecca. Apparently I've been taking the wrong tactic in responding to my critics on race. I should just give them this link, which shows how I live in two worlds.

    I'm having trouble figuring out why most of the dialects in the Dialectizer are funny or even why they have the names they have (Moron?), but Jive seems better than most of the rest. The Swedish Chef one is pretty good but a little too comprehensible.

    The time has arrived once again when I have too many things to blog about and not enough time to do it, so before some of this stuff gets too old I'll at least link them and say something about them.

    Discoshaman comments on the scientists on the verge of creating life in a laboratory to the effect that someone's going to start denying that it's happened on the grounds that only God can create life. Read the first comment, the one about the dirt. It's hilarious and exactly the right to say here.

    This one's been old for a while, but I just found it. Philosopher Keith Burgess-Jackson has been a gradual convert to conservative thought over the course of his life. He wrote this before the big brouhaha over liberal professors in academia of the last few months, but it looks at why so many liberal thinkers think conservatives are stupid in a way that's neither insulting to liberals nor favorable to the position that conservatives tend to be stupid.

    Speaking of philosophers discussing important issues, Jeremy Chong gives a near-formal deductive argument for the conclusion that soy milk is indeed milk. I would have argued on the same basis but in a very different way, focusing more on philosophy of language but really for the same reasons and based on the same intuitions.

    Volokh: A 15-year-old girl is up for child pornography charges for taking pictures of herself and sending them to people through the internet. Get a load of what they're charging her with.

    Also at Volokh, Jacob Levy, from my alma mater Brown, mentions two things of note in one post. First is his reference to Buddy Cianci, former mayor of Providence who was convicted of a felony and then later re-elected mayor for multiple terms while still not serving any terms. It's as if he's a cartoon character. What Jacob says about him is precious. Then he goes on to tell a great story of the new attorney general of RI calling Marvel Comics to get Stan Lee's permission to use a quote from the first appearance of Spiderman.

    Yet again at Volokh: Anyone up for a vampire slaying? This one wasn't posted on April Fool's Day. At least the guy was already dead.

    Last but not least, you have to see the latest two comments on my post from January about the racist Condoleeza Rice poster that had been circulating at the time. It would be ideal if you go and look at the family pictures on my old blog site first to appreciate the full humor of what these two guys (assuming they're two people -- I haven't checked the IPs yet) think they can get away with saying. Update: Sam weighs in. I like the MTV comment. It's too bad I didn't catch that. It's insulting enough to assume that I don't know my wife. To assume that I watch MTV may even be worse.

    I've got a couple more, including another from Volokh, but I'll hold off on them in the hopes that I might be able to say a little more about them.

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