2.Thieves Jargon is up and running again. Looking forward to the appearance of a poem called 'Over', by Dan Ames. It's a good one.
3.The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembersby Daniel Schacter. I'm currently devouring this book. If you're interested at all in memory, this is an awesome exploration of some of the ways in which memories get lost, manipulated, and created by our mind. Good stuff.
4.Ten Principles For A Black-Swan-Robust World, By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Some solid principles to consider as we move boldly into 'Capitalism 2.0'.
5. Lately, it's been hard to listen to Sean Hannity without feeling a little bad for the guy. First of all, Robert Gibbs wounded him deeply when he cooly and humorously put the lie to Hannity's guilt by association/Obama=Ayers tactic during a pre-election interview. Hannity can't pass up a chance to call Robert Gibbs 'the stupidest press secretary ever', often dwelling on it longer than he should, often attempting to bring guests and callers into the revealing name calling. It has to be embarrassing for Hannity to know that he was owned (on his own show) by 'the stupidest press secretary ever'. So, there's that reason to feel bad for Hannity. Another reason to feel bad for him: Glenn Beck. Beck is the new star at FOX. He's got hordes of adoring fans who attempt to integrate Beck's message of preparedness and faithfulness to God & country into every aspect of their lives. You can tell that Hannity feels the heat. He's even gone so far as to try to co-opt some of Beck's revolutionary imagery and emotionalism, somehow creating something even lamer than Beck's 9-12 project. This new development has thus far been best parodied by Stephen Colbert:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Sean Hannity's Liberty Tree|
6.Religion, Agnostics, and the Cure For Baldness, by Matt Taibbi.
First of all, why is that no professor alive can make it ten feet from his front door without sticking an a priori into a sentence? Is there some kind of subterranean lair where academics are beaten with whips and clubs until they learn to write alliterative book titles (”Pus, Primates, and Pessimism: Jane Goodall’s Descent into Septic Shock”) and lard up perfectly good sentences with epistemological catch-phrases? Weird. As for the actual argument, it’s the same old stuff religious apologists have been croaking out since the days of Bertrand Russell — namely that because science is inadequate to explain the mysteries of existence, faith must be necessary. Life would be meaningless without religion, therefore we must have religion."
7.Do We Need to Go There Again?, By Ron Bel Bruno. "Because of Dad's Alzheimer's, I had to come out of the closet twice. We got it right the second time."
8. Alright, Bowie. Let's get our Monday on:
PS: I've always thought David Bowie's bass player was incredibly hot. The boots. The bass. The baldness. Very nice. I also like that she always seems totally unphased to be on stage with David Bowie. What could be cooler than that?