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    Archive for June, 2014

    Reddit

    Monday, June 30th, 2014

    From Reddit’s Today I Learned page: “TIL that Johnny Cash, while working as an Air Force radio operator in Germany intercepting Soviet broadcasts, was the first American to report the death of Joseph Stalin.”

    Monday

    Monday, June 30th, 2014

    Miscellaneous Rambling I’ve returned from vacation. All-in-all, it wasn’t a good one. Great people, but no activities that really interested me and shabby accommodations. And worst of all: I got there and realized I’d brought myself with me, which is a sure recipe for disaster. I also forgot my stomach medicine, then drank a lot [...]

    Sunday

    Sunday, June 29th, 2014

    Theodore Dalrymple was apparently two hours from my house last month but I didn’t know it. I doubt I would’ve made it to the lecture anyway, but I would’ve liked to have had the opportunity. No matter: His speech is printed here and is worth reading: “The Worldview that Makes the Underclass.” Three excerpts: “By [...]

    Saturday

    Saturday, June 28th, 2014

    Nassim Tale: “Never listen to a leftist who does not give away his fortune.” Enter leftist Gene Nichol: A controversial, outspoken law professor who frequently bashes Republicans and specializes in poverty issues as a self-proclaimed champion of the poor earns $205,400 per year – for teaching one class per semester [at North Carolina University]. . [...]

    Friday, June 27th, 2014

    I was never a Michael Jackson fan, but I mastered the moonwalk under the tutelage of another stock boy while working at K-Mart as a teenager. I didn’t realize the move had been invented thirty years earlier. Here’s Bill Bailey:

    Friday

    Friday, June 27th, 2014

    BYCU For those TDE readers who are in the dating world, this is for you: 40 Catholic Pick Up Lines. Some of them are pretty lame, but my nineteen-year-old daughter had identified these as her favorites: I’m no Joseph… perhaps you can help me interpreting the dreams I’ve been having about you? So last night [...]

    Kimmel

    Thursday, June 26th, 2014

    A piece of rock ‘n’ roll history was sold yesterday. Some of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics from 1965 went up for auction and got $2 million. Paying $2 million for Bob Dylan lyrics is a good way to know that Bob Dylan would have hated you in 1965. The reason the Dylan lyrics are so [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, June 26th, 2014

    Kontent from the Kindle “Georges Simenon,” Nassim Taleb observes in Antifragile, “only wrote sixty days a year, with three hundred days spent ‘doing nothing.’ He published more than two hundred novels.” In the same chapter, Taleb wrote: [T]he great French poets Paul Claudel and Saint-John Perse and the novelist Stendhal were diplomats; a large segment [...]

    Michigan Cloud

    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

    A real cloud formation, celebrating my home state: Link.

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

    I thought I long ago ran this great quote from Bill Kauffman’s Ain’t My America, but apparently not. He is quoting John Randolph: “No government, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, can be fit to govern me or those whom I represent.” He was right. A nation stretching three thousand miles over mountain and [...]

    More Kindle Popular Highlights

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

    Kontent from the Kindle “We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.” Dostoyevsky, The Idiot. 139 highlighters (as of 6/15/2014) “Of all forms of insolence there is none more flagrant than that of the degraded poor receiving charity which they have come to [...]

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Monday, June 23rd, 2014

    Just saw it. The family was going, so I felt compelled to attend. Besides, I liked the first movie so figured this one would be at least halfway decent. My review: Terrible. Flat, canned dialogue. Worn-out humor shticks. Predictable plot. Slow and stretched out scenes. I might never see an animated movie again. I’m stunned [...]

     


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