Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Thousand Things I Wanna Say To You

A big thank you goes out to the long-time pal who out of the blue sent me this link.

The introduction about the "elitists" and the "myopic scene" in the US is classic. And so, too, is the performance, of course.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Best Advertisement for a Book Ever

The first sentence of a new review on NDPR:
"When I was asked to review this book, I was not expecting to be drawn into discussion about the relation between epiphenomenalism and premature ejaculation."
Ordered it.

Awful News

Thanks to English Jerk for not dropping the ball on this one (as I did).

R.I.P. Poly.

The woman needs no posse.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

In the Elevator

Overheard in the elevator at the APA... Person A walks into elevator, sees person B, and is visibly perturbed.

B: Hi, A. Nice to see you. How have you been?

A: OK.

[moments of silence]

B: Good. Well... I'm fine. Doing well. Not that you asked or anything.

[silence until lobby]

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

San Diego

I might try to do a few blogs from the conference. But then again maybe not. Feel free to share your observations. Things look pretty bleak from where I am. I did, however, hear a funny exchange on an elevator:
Woman: I wonder what's going on here. There's a convention of some kind.

Man: I checked earlier. It's a group of philosophers. The North American Philosopher Society or something.

Woman: Philosophers? Really? What do they all do? Dress up like Socrates and pretend to fight each other? I mean... is it like that Dungeons and Dragons stuff?

Man: I dunno. Maybe.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

JFP 190 Cancelled

As you probably expected.... From the APA:
The Jobs for Philosophers 190 print issue has been cancelled due to the low number of job ads received for that issue. The JFP 190W will be published online on May 6 as scheduled.

Friday, April 15, 2011

PGR!!! Woo Hoo!

I see that Professor Leiter is now getting the ball rolling for the 2011-2012 Philosophical Gourmet Report! In doing so, Leiter provides a wonderful service to the profession (and especially to those looking to enter it). Three Cheers for Leiter and the PGR!

[Cue uninformed hate mail from ignorant trolls about the PGR in 1...2...3...]

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Question for Sage Assholes

A reader writes:
I am newly tenured and now engaged in the task of tenure review. It is more difficult than I expected for various reasons. Oh Sage Assholes of Philosophers Anonymous, what is it like to give a colleague the boot?
Feels good. Real good.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Same Kook, Different Day

I'm assuming the kook mail I received today comes from the same kook who sent the mangled copy of Between Facts and Norms a few weeks back Today I received a copy of The Cambridge Companion to Habermas that is similarly mangled-- pages torn out, big x's over whole paragraphs, random marginalia ("wrong!," "no way!," and my favorite, "fucking defeated"). I also should note that the photo of Habermas on the cover has been defaced-- first with devil horns, then (in a different pen) a big x over his face.

Where would we be without kooks?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Super Special Commission Meeting

It's on. A super special meeting of the Philosophers Anonymous Booze and Justice Commission is set for San Diego. The secret sign will be in effect, and will disclose time and location. Look for it.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you're not meant to know.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pacific Query

I know that if I were younger and more tech-savvy, I could find this out online, but bear with me. I'm deciding whether to go to the Pacific APA this year, and know next to nothing about the geography of the West Coast. How close is the beach to the conference hotel?

It's Time Again to Ask Yourself...

I can't remember what it was, but something on late night live TV last night made me think of this (and it wasn't Helen Mirren)....

Is this your celebrated summer?

Seriously. You'd better think up a way to spend your time.

What to Make of This...

It says here:
Adolescents who spend more time listening to music are far more likely to have major depressive disorder, while young people who spend more time reading books are far less likely to have such a diagnosis, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study published in the April edition of the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

The researchers found that young people who were exposed to the most music, compared to those who listened to music the least, were 8.3 times more likely to be depressed. However, compared to those with the least time exposed to books, those who read books the most were one-tenth as likely to be depressed. The other media exposures [television or movies, video games, Internet, magazines or newspapers] were not significantly associated with depression.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Anyone care to report on this year's Central? How poorly attended was it? Was the location any good? Any impressions would be welcome.