7 Quick Takes (9/21/12)

--- 1 --- I'm not going to make you wait til the end for the most glorious link I've found recently.  Stick around for the rest, sure, but first watch through this video of Flight of the Conchords turning to children for help writing a charity song.--- 2 --- If you're visiting from Jen's blog, I just want to give you a heads-up that two friends and I are selling philosophy t-shirts through Spreadshirt. Right now we've got one design for the Allegory of the Cave and one for the T … [Read more...]

“Hey! I didn’t say ‘Science Says’”

Helen Rittelmeyer is blogging and writing again.  She just contributed to the American Spectator's Youth Symposium, claiming that relativism is no longer conservatism's greatest enemy.  Let me grab a pull quote. In the last culture war, relativism’s influence was evident in the stock arguments that kept appearing in magazines and op-ed pages: Breaking taboos is valuable for its own sake; people have a right to make their own choices and not be judged for it; what you call a social evil is real … [Read more...]

And Now For Something Completely Different

mta tshirt

Some friends and I were making philosophy jokes, as one does, and somehow a t-shirt sprung into being.This seemed like a crowd that might appreciate a wearable trolleyology joke, so here's the website where you can get them.  And I've stuck a bigger image of the design below. And then we had one more idea: … [Read more...]

The Sporting Life

Elliot had a great comment on the sports, courage, and risk discussion, and I wanted to pull it up to the top level in case you aren't checking the thread.  He wrote: So, someone down below suggested that all of this silliness might be chalked up to Leah’s “gnostic tendencies”. I have similar tendencies, though they might be better called “puritan” than “gnostic”. Still, I don’t think either of these is really behind the discussion at hand.The great thing about virtue is that it’s flexible. … [Read more...]

A Crafty Weekend


I'm keeping myself on track to finish my Halloween costume by posting updates every Monday. This week I've transferred my pattern draft to tracing paper and then used it to cut out the pattern pieces for my muslin mockup. By next week's update, I'll have  pieced the muslin together and used it to make any corrections to the pattern (and hopefully start cutting the real fabric).How long did all this take?  About 125 minutes (the runtime of Captain America).But that's not the only craft pr … [Read more...]

Where will you train your courage?

My post on the horrors of football sparked an interesting conversation about courage and character.  Forgive me for stitching together conversations and truncating comments, pop over and read the comments in full in the thread. Randy: Men do take risks. Women don’t get why. Liberal do-gooders try to prevent them from taking risks. There is something about facing your fear and coming out victorious that men need to do. I won’t try and explain it but if I am ever in a dangerous situation I want a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/14/12)

--- 1 --- When I get overbooked and miss a week of Quick Takes, I get enough of a backlog for seven gloriously nerdy links.  Let's start with the pyrotechnics and build from there, shall we?Via io9 [which is throwing an error, so try this link], science photographer Richard Roscoe wanted to figure out what would happen if a human (or a grotesque hobbit) fell into lava.  Would they sink right through or burn on top of the molten rock?  You could spend time thrashing this out with a physics te … [Read more...]