Paul Ryan’s Awful Giraffe (and a brief blog update)

Among the many people I had the good fortune of getting to hang out with at CONvergence was the amusing and philosophically capable Joshua Preston, who asks all the famous people he meets to draw him a giraffe. This was the giraffe Paul Ryan, who is Mitt Romney’s new running mate, drew:

What does it tell us about the Congressman??

See the giraffes of John Hodgman, Paul Provenza, Laurence Krauss, Dan Rather, Philip Glass, Al Franken, PZ Myers, Chris Stedman, Gene Larkin, Michio Kaku, RT Rybak, Jen McCreight and more by perusing the blog Pretty Awful Giraffes.

Oh yes–and sorry for the reduced posting this last month and a half. I have an expression I coin and like to use–”an empty blog is a sign of a full life”. I have been on the road most of the summer (to Minnesota, Massachusetts, Florida, and Chicago), spending time with a lot of great people, and the last week have been mostly immersed in getting certified as a philosophical counselor and in plotting out a philosophical counseling business.

I will start making Camels With Hammers a daily priority again tonight.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://thecyberneticatheist.blogspot.com/ RW Ahrens

    Two dimensional. Doesn’t even try to show four legs or any detail. Faces left.

    Shallow thinking, failure to pay attention to details, backward looking (and thinking).

  • d cwilson

    The rear leg has a club foot, which could be a metaphor for all the foot dragging the GOP has done over the past few years.

  • Clay

    Sometime a giraffe is just a giraffe.

  • John Morales

    Neck is too thin, rear legs too thick, no horns.

    What does it tell me? That he’s no artist.

    (Still, not that bad, I guess… I doubt I’d have done better except for the horns)


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