***my photos of the march***
must. redesign. website.
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As of slightly more than a week ago, the design of this site is one year old.
Not the site itself (particularly if you count its three-year tenure as wickedpersephone.org), but the current design, mind you. I've never left a site looking the same for even half so long before. This one's all coded in tables, too. And doesn't even use the MT modules for its templates! Egads!
It gets boring. I mean, the red polka dots are a sort of brand identity, but surely I could come up with something else that is also red and polkadotted and validates and is pretty and... and not this.
I think I have the perfect idea for spring, too.
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This wacky name-analysis site tells my my name makes me vain, creative in a practical way, and overly concerned with other people. Which is, while generalized, largely true.
The site also has more names that you've likely imagined. Even the boy's name, which is pretty unusual. In any case, it was neat.
why philosophy is silly
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Not to say that philosophies, beliefs or logic are silly. But rather that the structure by which we pursue philosophical study seems to have been developed by men who were like the little boys who were always trying to catch you in a lie or trick you into seeming stupid with a technicality.
Sorry, you don't even know what I'm talking about yet. I'm talking about the philosophical health check, which highlights the following opinions as contradictory...
but wait! there's more »
(agreed)The environment should not be damaged unnecessarily in the pursuit of human ends
(disagreed)People should not journey by car if they can walk, cycle or take a train instead
When you journey into the subjunctive, you start dealing with vagaries. Like, what if the train is more expensive? What if you need to keep your schedule flexible? What qualifies as "necessary" or "unnecessary"? These two questions aren't really in opposition, because they're vague.
(agreed)Severe brain-damage can rob a person of all consciousness and selfhood
(agreed)On bodily death, a person continues to exist in a non-physical form
This one just fails to think about the science and/or definition of a "non-physical form". In a case of severe brain damage, the nature of electrical activity in the brain is vastly different. It breaks down, even. There is still electricity, and that person does still exist to an extent, but might have no perception of herself, right? Isn't consciousness and selfhood a subjective experience? I won't even get into what I actually think about existence after death, as I think more about energy than about souls and ghosts. It's not really relevant to this argument, though. What's relevant is that, as with the previous question, they're catching you in a trap of vagary.
(agreed)The government should not permit the sale of treatments which have not been tested for efficacy and safety
(agreed)Alternative and complementary medicine is as valuable as mainstream medicine
This isn't contradictory at all! I believe we need standards for testing alternative medicines, and that we need to expand our thinking about medicine in general so that it's possible to test things like acupuncture, crystals, homeopathy in a fashion that makes sense.
(agreed)There are no objective truths about matters of fact; 'truth' is always relative to particular cultures and individuals
(agreed)The holocaust is an historical reality, taking place more or less as the history books report
Okay, I can see the logic of this one. If you accept the words "truth", "fact", and "reality" as entirely synonymous, these two statements contradict each other. But I tend to (however rightly or wrongly) interpret "reality" as a thing happening apart from the perceptions of participants, versus "fact" and "truth", which are often perceptual and intuitive. So I'm less annoyed with this pair than the others, as it's largely a difference of semantics.
In any case, I'm curious to hear what other possibly absurd tensions are "revealed" through this test. If you take it, let me know if you uncover anything else annoying.
By the way, if you're an undergraduate philosophy major, I'm sure your opinion is valid and important, but I don't want to hear it. Unless, maybe, you're the sort of philosophy undergraduate who can think this is funny (and accept that, really, it describes you perfectly).
PS - thanks to cinnamon for the original link, and this entropy boy for the funny bit.
« get it out of my sight!
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I have discovered the cure for smoking.
Don't buy cigarettes.
No, seriously. It's working like a dream for me. You don't buy any, then when you want one you have to go buy them. If you're me, and the cigarettes you [used to] smoke must be purchased at tobacco shops, this is a seriously good plan.
I recommend it.
Due to the immense (ahem) popularity of the previously dispensed advice, I've decided to reveal the other secret, revolutionary method behind my smoking control [it's not quite cessation, is it?] program:
It's called: the boyfriend. He's been enlisted for the past couple of months to control my access to cigarettes by hiding them and only dispensing them in units of one or two.
Also highly successful, at least at limiting the smoking.
Not recommended for people whose significant others also smoke, as they're likely to think you're an idiot and to mock you severely.
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I am in love with this blog. And I don't just say that because it supports my personal belief that the Colorgenics test suffers (or benefits) from the Barnum effect (tell someone anything general enough about himself, and he'll believe you're psychic).
Still. I don't buy the PTypes test, largely because it relies on the subject's ability to accurately report his/her behaviour and the impressions of others, versus the Keirsey/MBTI reliance upon the subject's preferences.
In other words, the PType test seems heavy-handed. I'm intrigued by the concept, particularly the association of mental illness with types (but what is it used for?), but very much suspect the questions need to be re-written. Plus, as it appears many have noticed, there really isn't a one-to-one match between the PType thing and the MBTI. Again, I suspect it's a result of the questions, but it could also be a problem with the way results are phrased.
Anyhow, liked the blog. Nice list of other blogs, too. And, in defense of the PType thing, I found I liked blogs written by people of both my supposed PType and my MBTI type.
in case of doomsday, break glass
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it turns out there really is a secret government.
the boys always thought (in college, when you're especially likely to think this sort of stuff) that the secret government must be in the strip mall around the corner from the outlet mall. really, the power went out around town all the time, but never at the shopping center with the subway. lots of black lincolns parked there, too. obviously evidence of the secret government at work.
update: are people really that surprised to find that there are protective bunkers and such for members of the government? i mean, cold war! not that long ago. at lunch this afternoon, we saw a news broadcast that exclaimed doomsday plan! which, of course, made us think that some horrid plot had been discovered. but no! it's an anti-doomsday plan, as it turns out, again referencing the secret government.
you have to wonder. does the word doomsday actually appear in the plans? who thought to bring that word up?
maybe the problem is that the news media are trying to avoid either a) more bad news from the west bank or b) finding anything substantial to criticise in the bush administration. i don't think they're actually in cahoots with the conservative side of politics. rather, i suspect, based on their reactions to the cbs anthrax scare last year, that the people who write and report the news are terribly, terribly emotional. and if they had to confront injustice, hopeless efforts at peace (i just typed peach, thought you should know) or anything else of substance, they would never be able to stop crying.
i understand. i've felt that way too, sometimes.
so, next time you're thinking my god, how much do i really care about the wife of the olympic national committee head, think about those poor newspeople. and remember, they're doing everything they can to keep from crying.
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i quit smoking. sort of. again.
i'm not sure i could have moved away from the water if i hadn't been a dedicated smoker at the time. i might have noticed how well the salt breeze covered the ick that was everything else.
i contend that the urban world is better smelled from behind a cloud of smoke. not just the obvious exhaust and fermentation of cars and trash, but the subtle things. living around the block from so many restaurants and their intermingled food smells. people who smoke. dogs. cheese. meat. your sweated out perfume. the insides of office buildings. standing water. gravelly dirt (it absorbs all the other bad smells for later rebroadcasts).
everything just smells so much, and the good smells are such light notes compared to. i mean, on a warm day, you can smell your cement sidewalk. it's horrid. and it's not that all urban smells are awful, particularly southern ones (blooming magnolias and hot streets, for instance, is a smell like an extraordinary thai meal). it's just that so many of them are noxious and vaguely smoky, which means that smoke, like defocusing your eyes on those mall posters, reveals the subtler fragrances.
maybe i need to get away. drive a few miles and smell walnuts fallen from trees. or water.
today's grammar annoyance
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the confusion of "as much as" and "more than". as in "twice as much as" versus "100% more than". usually it's just a confusion of meaning, the conversion of percents to actual values and such, but today on the radio, i heard someone say something about the price of sugar being "twice as much [insert several words here] in canada than in the us. hmph.