. . . ...a city in thought... . . .

my blog on this and that and everything else

The Deadliest of Sins

By |June 18th, 2015|

It is June, and that time of year that many students will be graduating. So in the spirit of convocation, I want to share some of the best advice I’ve ever heard, from a convocation speech delivered many years ago by the one and only Robertson Davies (who was also receiving an honorary degree that day).

 

“What shall we talk about, you and I, who are getting our first degrees from Queen’s today? The problem is a little easier than is […]

I’m a cop… from the future.

By |June 17th, 2015|

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you quite possibly the greatest 31 minute film ever made (with or without kickstarter :-)

From the geniuses at Laser Unicorns, behold the retro-80s wonder that is…

KUNG FURY

Two words: HECK YES.

… and of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without the music video of David Hasselhoff’s amazing title track, “True Survivor”. I want the jacket :-)

Don’t Hassell the Hoff!

The Viking Age? That explains the laser raptors…

till a’ the seas gang dry…

By |June 17th, 2015|

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And […]

pull…

By |January 14th, 2015|

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that is unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein

nosce te ipsum…

By |January 14th, 2015|

The old woman gives you a cookie and points to the cross-stiched sign that hangs above the kitchen door.

“It means, ‘Know Thyself'”, she says, drawing a cigarette from the pack she pulls from her apron pocket.

“The thing is,” she pauses to strike a match, lighting her cigarette, inhaling slowly, “you never know, do you?”. She exhales, the smoke casting a blue aura over the kitchen table at which she has seated herself heavily.

You blink, look away, out the open kitchen […]

Strange, indeed, that you should not have suspected…

By |January 14th, 2015|

For as much as a year Satan continued these visits, but at last he came less often, and then for a long time he did not come at all. This always made me lonely and melancholy. I felt that he was losing interest in our tiny world and might at any time abandon his visits entirely. When one day he finally came to me I was overjoyed, but only for a little while. He had come to say good-by, he […]

A city in thought…

By |January 13th, 2015|

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates proposes that, to pass the time, they bring into being a “city in thought.” What follows is nothing less than that to which all future philosophy is but a series of footnotes. This is an attempt to reconstruct a history of political, social and economic thought, presented as a series of footnotes to Plato, the intended effect is to bring the reader to see the progress of the history of ideas as being a part of an […]

Rousseau’s Platonic Point

By |January 12th, 2015|

Rousseau’s point, in his Discourse on Inequality, is that the desire of amor propio, the desire the be esteemed and recognized and have your values respected and esteemed by those around you, is in fact a violent and uncontrollable passion. This passion is much like Plato’s use of the Greek thumos, or anger; the passion that makes us burn with anger over perceived slights, and which drives us to sometimes risk our lives and even those of others to rectify what […]