Think you know what to think? The oddly named "Mencius Moldbug" @ Unqualified Reservations will have you thinking differently:
"Through the magic of Blogger, you can hear me say, democracy is the opposite of liberty. And while I may not be able to convince you, or anyone else, of this proposition, I can at least defend it. And I can point to you to other writers who say the same thing.None of whom you will find, unless you are very, very lucky, at any democratic university. Or in any democratic newspaper or magazine. Or on any democratic TV or radio station.Of course, I'm not actually serious about this. Ha! Democracy is great, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Be infinitely devoted to your beloved owners."Then take in Democracy as an adaptive fiction, and search his archives and look for "Polygon."
Why the housing market is imploding like a Chinese prophylactic: Affordable starter home… or Fallujah-replica in the Bay Area - you decide "Nothing says perfect starter home for young Bay Area families like this. Or, if you’re getting ready to deploy to Iraq, this would also be a great place to practice house to house searches! All yours for $419,900."
Christopher Taylor takes a long, hard look at the growing habit of MEN OF VAGUE AGE AND RELIGION DO SOMETHING -- aka in England as "Asians." Especially when Muslim.
Taylor's essay on WATERING LAWNS is also worthwhile: "Oregon gets so much rain in the Willamette valley that jokes are told nationwide about how we rust instead of tan, and so on. Yet even here, in the Summer water conservation is the byword, as if we're suffering drought every year."
Girly versus Manly: Both Use Niagra Spray Starch
Herald of the "new favorite thing," Buzzfeed has just decreed Extreme Ironing - as way new. Excusssse me but am I the only one who knows Extreme Ironing is at least a decade deep? Next up, my new intellectual sport group, Extreme Irony.
Newspaper Toast: Web ad.vantage reports what we know but gives a date: Internet to Replace Newspapers As Largest Ad Medium in 2011
"But... but...," the newspapers reply, "Won't just going online stop all that?" Not so fast says Silicon Alley Insider, "Running the Numbers: Why Newspapers Are Screwed." Short form -- It's not the cost of paper and printing but the cost of content.
When they say "voices" reach for your revolver. IMAO notices, "There are certain words that are dead giveaways for liberal propaganda organizations."
Burnout! Blogger, Facebooker, A-Lister, Twitterer, and 600-Blogs-A-Day Scanner Robert Scoble has Things on my mind @ Scobleizer. He had a bit of a bad patch over the weekend and is failing as a lover and father and is depressed... "It really depresses me cause I thought blogging would be a tool for humans to get smarter, not stupider. Depression isn't fun. So, I'm going to try something else for a while." Tatting was not mentioned as a possibility.
Bruce Sterling comments on the ever-popular mental disorder of the age: "Bipolarity is the most romantic of mental disorders. It's the only one that conveys some pleasure and benefit." Beyond the Beyond
Nobody's Letting Up on Lincoln: Last year he may have been "gay." This year it's his face: Lincoln May Have Had Facial Defect. Next year it may well be Lincoln's secret quest for gender reassignment surgery.
Gong answer: As noted by contentions -- New Mexico governor Bill Richardson was asked a simple question:"Do you think homosexuality is a choice, or is it biological" His answer: "It's a choice!" Say good night, Gracie.
Confederate Yankee discovers "More Easily Debunked Beauchamp Fiction" but decides it might be a joke. No joke about the "Zombie Dogs."Posted by Vanderleun at August 13, 2007 2:22 PM | TrackBack