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    Archive for September, 2014

    Good Late Night

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

    Yesterday, Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto ran the world’s fastest marathon by finishing the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds. He also set another record by being the first guy from Kenya to be named Dennis. Fallon North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has not appeared in public for weeks. There are […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

    A Random Passage Here’s Joseph Epstein, writing in his book Snobbery, about higher education in Mencken’s time. I think it’s safe to say that ivy things have only deteriorated since the 1920s: H.L. Mencken, who also didn’t bother to go to college, thought it a comically, pathetically wasteful interlude, four years spent listening to hopeless […]

    Only Down Under

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

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    Monday

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

    Miscellaneous Rambling I’m slowly wrapping up the garden. This wonderful weather is giving me the opportunity to put things away gradually, just spending an hour a two a week readying beds for next year and cleaning out my 50+ pots. It’s also giving me an opportunity to rake in some serious squash. A squash bug […]

    Pride and Prejudice circa 2014

    Sunday, September 28th, 2014

    H.I.F. One of the more interesting observations I’ve read this month: “Why is marriage such an unpalatable prospect to today’s adults? Though “a host of complex factors” are involved, according to the Washington Post, Pew was able to pinpoint some of the biggest considerations for single adults. Many men said they’re delaying (or forgoing) marriage […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, September 27th, 2014

    A Random Passage My skepticism has made me a nicer person: not inclined to judge anything, I’m not inclined to get bothered by anything. It’s been a remarkable shift in mental landscape for me, and I hope to foster it, but I have my lapses. Too many lapses. My biggest source of falling: noise. The […]

    H.I.F. BYCU

    Friday, September 26th, 2014

    H.I.F. “Upon their arrival back to Earth, the 750 space tourists . . . will be treated to Grey Goose cocktails designed specifically for the event. One example: the Grey Goose Galactic Martini, which blends vodka with raspberry eau-de-vie and black pepper. Why raspberry? Because according to astronomers, that’s probably what space tastes like (due […]

    Friday

    Friday, September 26th, 2014

    BYCU A TDE reader found himself in Frankenmuth, Michigan, last weekend for its annual Oktoberfest. He sent me this article about a new up=-scale joint: Prost Wine Bar and Charcuterie. The place sounds neat, but the article is unremarkable, except it mentions that the Bar has “wine on tap.” That was a new one for […]

    Ferguson

    Friday, September 26th, 2014

    Several lingerie companies have started setting up bra-fitting events in offices, called “bra parties.” Meanwhile, in offices in China and India, people are working. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Philosophy Now

    Thursday, September 25th, 2014

    I have a piece coming out shortly in Philosophy Now, a pop philosophical magazine published in London. Starting on Labor Day, they gave me free access to online content. I’ve been greatly enjoying it, so much so that I’ll be tempted to subscribe once my coupon expires. One of their more popular pieces was written […]

    Kimmel

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    Kris and Bruce Jenner are getting divorced. The Jenner family is asking that no one respect their privacy at this difficult time. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    GKC Wednesday

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

     


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