Monthly Archives: January 2015

confusing “war on terror” game mechanics

I’ve been reading some commentary this week, and apparently there are so many different events and reactions that could trigger “victory for the terrorists” that I have a hard time maintaining any optimism or keeping anything straight. If the Chicago … Continue reading

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#quasipeaceablegentlemanofleisure

The dog has advantages in the way of uselessness as well as in special gifts of temperament. He is often spoken of, in an eminent sense, as the friend of man, and his intelligence and fidelity are praised. The meaning … Continue reading

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learning names

I have difficulty learning names. More precisely, I have difficulty gaining confidence that I know people’s names, which leads to second-guessing, social anxiety and general name-recall dysfunction. (I have a similar problem giving correct change to cashiers.) I thought the … Continue reading

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expedient reconciliations

Marx on vulgar economics: “In France and in England the bourgeoisie had conquered political power…It sounded the knell of scientific bourgeois economy. It was thenceforth no longer a question, whether this theorem or that was true, but whether it was … Continue reading

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