Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Not a Germaphobe, But...

Using cell phones in public bathrooms is gross.... right?

Friday, June 24, 2011

One more thing....

Peter Falk has a posse.

Here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Who's the Boss?

I live in L.A., and I had been drinking one night. So I was on the Walk of Fame, and I saw Tony Danza'a star and I started urinating on it, just yelling out "Who's the boss now?"

--Zach Galifianakis, in Rolling Stone

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Bullshit from The Stone...

Just the kind of illiteracy we've come to expect....
"After World War II, a third variant gained momentum in America. It defined individualism as the making of choices so as to maximize one’s preferences."
Maximizing preferences??? What an idiot.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

JUSTICE for jerks like me

A kind of cosmic gift...

I was walking into a local corporate coffee shop and, being the kind of gentleman I am, I kindly held the door for the person who was walking out of the shop. The person did not say "thank you" as he walked out, so I let the door go; it hit him, and this caused him to drop the things he was carrying, including his cellphone, which broke into a few pieces. Enraged, he looked at me and said, "What the hell, dude?" I replied, "You didn't thank me, so I inferred that I was not doing you a favor, and I let the door go." Incredulous, he replied, "What?" I replied, "I'm not your doorman."

Spiros, 1; Clueless Yuppie Ass, 0

Friday, June 17, 2011

More Complaining....

What kind of copyeditor corrects repeated and consistent use of "Willard" with "William"? Who wouldn't just look it up?

I'm a big fan of Bob Quine, but have no interest whatsoever in William Quine's views about meaning....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Top 3???

What? This blog is the 3rd "Favorite Philosophy Blog," as judged by Professor Leiter's recent poll. Unexpected, but appreciated.

Don't you jerks have anything better to do than to read the cranky rantings of an anonymous malcontent academic misfit?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Copyeditor Blues

Just found another unbelievable "correction"... one that can be described without thereby revealing too much. Here goes.

Like philosophers often do, I employ an example that recurs throughout the book. The example involves two hypothetical people, to whom I give the names "Ann" and "Brian." "A" and "B," and the former is female and the latter is male. Get it?

Sometimes a paragraph will begin with something like, "Recall our example of Ann and Brian...." then I'll go into some refresher about the example, and introduce the next consideration. But the whole point of using proper names of different genders is to make it easy to use "she" and "he" ("her" and "him," etc.) in developing the examples.

My copyeditor decided to alternate between "he" and "she" apparently without any regard for the way the example is supposed to work. If one sentence about Ann uses "her," the next sentence uses "him," even if it's another sentence clearly about Ann.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Another Deep Question

Why are copy editors such dipshits?

I can't even begin to get into the repeated and dipshitty "correction" that was inserted into the ms I'm now proofreading.....

(apologies to pbk)

John Stuart Mills

My department had a minor emergency at the end of the Spring which left it in need of summer instructors, so I reluctantly agreed to teach a summer course.

I've been noticing this for several years now: Students seem to think that John Stuart Mill's name is John Stuart Mills. WTF? Should I conclude that this error suggests that they students don't read (but simply hear me talk about Mill)?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wig Out at Denko's

A thousand pricks against one....

The Damned

Apparently The Damned are bringing their 35th anniversary tour to the US in the fall. It's one of those "we'll play your favorite album in its entirety" tours, but with "two classic albums": Damned, Damned, Damned and The Black Album.

Dates here.

Both are good albums. And the band is of course one of the best. But still one must ask, why is this happening? So... Anyone going?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Colbert Immobilized by Herzog

Colbert's finest moment.... Just another day of genius for Werner Herzog.

"I do believe that these very intelligent people invented God... but it took God a while to grow up and create the world."

Here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Overheard in Academia

Prof: Can you believe it? There's no chalk in this classroom.... again. How hard is it to keep the classrooms stocked with chalk?

Student: You're a chemist, and you have all those chemicals up there. Why don't you just make some?

Prof: I'll grind your bones.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jack Kevorkian Posse

Jack Kevorkian has a posse.

More here.