Thursday, March 29, 2012

APA Session Rule #2

If you're the commentator and find yourself with little to say in response to the paper, say very little and allow for more time for discussion from the floor. Having little to say in response is not license to spend 20 minutes talking about issues related to (but not addressed in) the paper.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

No Sleep 'Till...

I was just at my local coffee shop, and I watched the guy at the next table pour two of those small bottles of 5 Hour Energy Drink into an extra large cup of hot coffee. This is what the world is coming to...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

APA Session Rule #3

If you walked in to the session so late that you heard at most half of the paper, you don't get to ask a question (unless no one else has one).

Monday, March 19, 2012

A bit of poetry

sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
beauty, how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
thou answerest
them only with

Sunday, March 18, 2012

APA Session Rule #4

The commentator should get his or her comments to the main speaker by the deadline set by the program committee. However, the speaker may not change his or her paper or presentation to deflect, preempt, to respond to the comments. (Yes, I've seen this happen!)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sign of the Times

At local corporate coffee shop this morning, guy behind counter in his late 40s, GBH "city baby" tattoo on his forearm....

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Worst Got Worse

Has anyone checked out the APA website lately? Given its extraordinary uselessness, I'd stopped visiting it. But I made the mistake this morning of checking it out.

It has gotten worse. They've made JFP even harder to find, the organization is even more unwieldy, the design is even more incompetent, and the entire site is utterly clunky.

Here's a hypothesis. If a medium-sized number of members were to coordinate a day and time to login all at once, the site would surely crash.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What a Surprise...

From the APA:

Due to continuing difficulties with the APA's web site, advance registration for the Seattle meeting is by fax or post only.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

APA Session Rule #5

If the main paper is centrally a criticism of some philosopher, X, and if the commentator generally agrees that X is wrong, and if X is not in the audience, it is incumbent on someone in the audience to defend X.