We started playing in April and have played 11 times since then, once each of the last 10 weeks. I missed the last four weeks because of vacation and academic responsibilities that needed attending. But tonight I was back and feeling some pressure to finally win, as I was one of the few people in our rotating cast of players to play as many as 6 times and not have won at all. I have a reputation for getting a… Read more

How serendipitous that today—the first day of obsessive blogging on my new blog that will talk a good deal about baseball and philosophy—the Mets’ broadcasters have called attention to the fact that Brad Ausmus’s dad has written a book purporting to be a Schopenhauerian critique of Nietzsche’s thought. That’s at least what I have inferred the book is about. I’m not sure though, having not read it. A Schopenhauerian Critique of Nietzsche’s Thought: Toward a Restoration of Metaphysics (Studies in… Read more

Having grown up an extremely devout and serious 20th Century American evangelical Christian, I imagine it was inevitable that my departure from acceptance of Christian ideas— while the result of months and years of thinking and agonizing—would ultimately be made in a decisive moment of “conversion.” Ever since that moment two fundamental motivations have ultimately driven all my thinking—(1) the feeling of compulsion to honestly and carefully constructing a new and truer conception of the world and of the nature… Read more

Senseless The infamously bored and restless indescript Complained with the angry—they’re still not over it Partied with the pagans—they’re still hungover it Worshipped intellectuals ‘til they saw one pick his nose Read more

A little Star Wars humor to contribute to the celebration of the new era of blogging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfd_LyVVBVU Read more

one of my oldest favorite songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (TPATH) that unfortunately has become numb to me where I can’t really hear it lately anymore but rather find my mind drifting off by the end. Yet, I still cannot hear the opening riff and not have to slam my air drum stick down for that great first drum hit. And, so, listening to it today I felt like reminding myself and my readers what makes this such… Read more

This blogging thing begins for me shortly following the demise of a website that was a sort of procrastination home to me for over four years. I was among the top ten most frequent posters for much of those four years, which I guess is something of a dubious distinction. So, now, after a long and mostly successful run, “network executives” have canceled the show after disputes between cast members became absolutely corrosive. Most of the cast has reassembled for… Read more

Okay, I have finally decided to use this forum. Thankfully there is good news for my many loyal readers who must be very worried that since I was not writing out ideas for my dissertation here that I wasn’t writing them out at all. The good news is that I have been writing them out but keeping them to myself and to my professors. I know, you’re hurt and shocked and feel like a sacred vow has been broken. You… Read more

I’m a philosophy graduate student/teacher developing my dissertation. My natural tendency is to talk all my ideas out before writing—except when I am writing them out informally to people who are reading. So, in order to do the painstaking work of brainstorming and honing my ideas for my dissertation, I am deciding to blog them because it will feel like I’m writing to readers and not simply to myself. Even if there actually are no readers. Well, at least at… Read more

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