Sunday, February 27, 2011

Law of Poe

Google Reader (3): "Law of Poe which states that the satirical expression of extreme views is indistinguishable from those that hold those views as truth when the expression is made sans some sign, symbol or “tell” (such as an emoticon) that lets the recipient know it is in fact satire."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

book notes

Cairo: The City Victorious by Max Rodenbeck

overcrowding, traffic and pollution all problems going back 3000 years.

p. 101 -- Cherries ferried by flock of doves from Lebanon, 980's

1099 ad, Crusaders revolutionized middle eastern war by slaughtering entire civilian population in Jerusalem

Friday, February 11, 2011

book notes

All Things Shining by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly

When Nietzsche proclaimed God is dead, he believed that "it would be a long time before God's grounding role in the culture was no longer obvious or taken for granted"

Christian excellence: humility, love
Roman: duty
Greek: gratitude, wonder

Furies v. Apollo, old tribalism v. new reason, law

"The Chorus recognizes that the Furies notion of blood vengeance, creating an unending cycle of revenge, will destroy any culture that adheres to it."

Saturday, February 05, 2011

book notes

City of Thieves

"May your children shit in your soup"

"You have all the romance of a train station whore"