Monthly ArchiveDecember 2003

Muzak 19 Dec 2003 01:54 am

Plastic Pop Tour

CD Baby: MENOMENA: I AM THE FUN BLAME MONSTER! Interesting. One of many from this thread on Plastic.

Also, the San Francisco band, Oranger, sounds good on a first listen.

Miscellaneous 12 Dec 2003 01:08 am

Linus Pauling’s Shrink

Rorschach Inkblot Test, Fortune Tellers, and Cold Reading (Skeptical Inquirer July 2003) discusses interesting reasons why the Rorschach demonstrations in the ’40s and ’50s may have been so amazing. As a treat, they quote the Rorschach analysis of Linus Pauling.

As an interesting example, the Rorschach analysis of Nobel-prize-winning molecular biologist Linus Pauling has recently been published (Gacono et al. 1997). Here are a few of his responses to the blots: “The two little central humps at the top suggest a sine curve. . . .” “This reminds me of blood and the black of ink, carbon and the structure of graphite. . . .” “I’m reminded of Dalí’s watches. . . .”

Miscellaneous 05 Dec 2003 05:11 pm

Amoeba Attack

Free Games

Uncategorized 05 Dec 2003 11:10 am

Sartre’s Insight into Terrorism

The Chronicle: 11/21/2003: Sartre Redux
is a review of current scholarship around the work of Sartre. It’s approrpriate now to look back at a recent thinker’s analysis of the human struggle for freedom and how violence helps or hinders that struggle. The big question being about where terrorism falls along that continuum. I fall firmly in the camp that violence only hurts freedom. I also realize that it is probably an impossible idealism to think that we can fully overcome our violent nature as a world.

I saw Bowling for Columbine recently. It was a very striking film. It brought up a lot of questions about the condition of being an American. Why do we have so much gun violence compared to other gun-toting countries such as Canada. H posits that we are a very fearful people made more fearful daily by our news coverage. In one part he shows the surveillence camera footage from Columbine. It was the most hideous thing I have ever seen. Other parts of the film are encouraging.

Moore and two of the victims of the Columbine shooting went to KMart’s headquarters and stood in the lobby until they were allowed to talk to the ammunition purchasing agent. They told him about the pieces of KMart ammunition still in the one boy because it was too close to his spine to be removed. The other boy, in a wheel chair for life, also talked to the purchasing agent. They managed to pressure KMart into ceasing ammunition sales. The PR rep for Kmart read a statement about it publicly. (On a side note, I went to the local KMart yesterday, and there was ammunition for sale in a glass case behind the counter in the sports section)

It is weird to see Moore employ a certain level of intellectual manipulation (I don’t know if I would call it violence, but it comes close sometimes) in his pursuit of lessening physical violence. He gladly bullies and confronts those propagating violence to realize the consequences of their actions.

We have to stand up to violence somehow I guess if we are to overcome it. The key is preserving human dignity. If we humiliate another human then we are just fueling the very cycle that we want to escape. According to the article, Camus held this belief, and it actually led to the demise of his friendship with Sartre. I think I need to go re-read Camus.

Uncategorized 05 Dec 2003 10:24 am

The Puritan Work Ethic is Dead | Economics focus discusses new research that suggests correlations between religiosity and economy.

It is fascinating to me particurly when you consider the seeming false religion espoused by Bush and the current state of our economy. Hmm.

Uncategorized 05 Dec 2003 10:17 am

Hi I am in Tahiti

Object Lesson: Disconnected Urbanism | Metropolis Magazine | November 2003. A well-written, but maudlin, look at the cellphone’s impact on urban culture.