If digital archaeologists ever “dig this up” 2,000 years from now, they’ll surely be puzzled by our lapse back into character driven hieroglyphics (complete with the ability to hover over emoji’s if you can’t figure it out): Barack Obama said his address to Congress this year was all about “finding areas where we agree, so … Continue reading State of the Union… in emoji
We’ve been taught to think that the only economic virtue is competitiveness. This is a faith: I’ll get into it for all I’m worth, seeking the maximum advantage for myself. via The “Mad” Farmer » American Scientist. Continue reading Economic Virtue
A few days ago, Merianna asked me if I was still eating eggs. It’s a good question, after all. Part of my 2015 package of resolutions (trying to make it sound congressional) was to not eat meat or animals unless I killed them (which is unlikely, but had to make that allowance). When I moved … Continue reading Do Vegetarians Eat Eggs?
The older I get, the more I want to share the joys of “the canon” and liberal arts in general. Every generation feels that its world is slipping into the morass of public, but our Amazon reviews and Buzzfeed listicles don’t make me feel any more assured that we’re not… Although serious writers continue to … Continue reading Keeping the Canon
Looks like a beautiful collection of ancient Mesopotamian poetry set to the original lyrics (relatively, of course) with close-to-original instruments. I’ve always wondered what the Hymn to Nikkal (the world’s oldest song that we’ve recovered) might have sounded like. Of course, we don’t really know what ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian, or even Attic Greek really … Continue reading New Album with Old Music
I hope that many of these tweets are people just trolling us old folks… Kanye West’s emotionally charged new single, “Only,” is dedicated to his late mother and 18-month-old daughter. It’s become an instant hit, with a little help from another musical genius, Paul McCartney, on keyboards. Based on their tweets, it appears that some … Continue reading Who Is Paul McCartney?
I suspect the rapid decline of Apple’s software is a sign that marketing has a bit too much power at Apple today: the marketing priority of having major new releases every year is clearly impossible for the engineering teams to keep up with while maintaining quality. Maybe it’s an engineering problem, but I suspect not … Continue reading Apple’s Marketing Problem
My theme for 2015 Continue reading Unless…
I put them in writing in my notebook, so they must come true. Continue reading My 2015 Resolutions