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  1. Umberto Eco RIP

    I love Baudolino! It is one of the funniest books I have read... more Semiotics
  2. Umberto Eco RIP

    How lucky we are that he lived and wrote! More than a fistful of decent books (unless you have expectionally big hands) Not an exciting obituary, quite like the one from the Torygraph, amused to see how his personal history made it in to the novels in different ways. Also I read something about the publishing business in France which was uncannily similar to the publishing set up in Foucault's Pendulum with the fake prizes as part of its marketing mix. So little love here for Baudolino, all of you too honest to enjoy a lie?
  3. U.S. Election - Because we know better than you do

    the facile nature of my comparison is acknowledge and accepted but I'm still interested in the voters with their waves of hope and disappointment - or maybe like believers in the imminent end of the world they rationalise their way from candidate to the next?
  4. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    What strikes me is the amount of defensiveness, or maybe insecurity, or even ignorance (because occasionally I can do a bit of the old broad-mindedness) in reactions to Dworkin's statement. One could just as easily admit that maybe she was right, but that we will rarely be able to see ourselves from a sufficiently objective standpoint to realise this for ourselves. We can only speak for ourselves, and we only get to temper our own experience by listening to other people, and listening I understand that there are people for whom all sex is rape (say for example in some cases victims of sexual abuse, particularly in childhood) - that is simply the result of their experience, the product of their lives. There Dworkin told us something profound about her life. If that isn't somebody-else’s experience - well good for them. The degree of defensiveness and insecurity that one can see in reaction to comments like those of Dworkin really says something about the power of, I don't know, the dominant social narratives maybe, that Feminism is in opposition to (loosely speaking) in the sense that one can look at the world differently.
  5. U.S. Election - Because we know better than you do

    Something that struck me, and no doubt is a completely unoriginal observation, is that Trump and Sanders both look to be in a similar position as to Obama in '08 (it was '08 wasn't it?), that you've got a person standing for office on a vague promise of change, tapping into a sense of disillusionment among a good slice of Americans about where the country is and where it is going to, but that this can only end in disappointment because the US political system is structured, what with that whole separation of powers business, in favour of deal makers and compromisers and against change.
  6. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    Maybe I need some spiritual advice If, hypothetically speaking, I had 'a friend' (as I believe they are called these days) who was stranded at a small town station between trains and discovered that the station cafe had sold out of 2cl bottles of brandy and plainly through the grossest of mismanagement said cafe had grievously and vexatiously failed to restock, would the best course of action to be: (i) to select one of the other 2cl bottles of either whisky or gin (ii) buy a 33cl bottle of brandy (iii) discuss appropriate stock management and reordering procedures with the cafe staff with reference to Kanban and just in time techniques (iv) any combination of the above (v) risk becoming a teetotaller
  7. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    Me personally? No. More to the point maybe the shower beer can only be discovered once? But then again the impact of hilliness on the surface area of the Ottoman Empire is something that always has to be learnt anew? Glad to be of service
  8. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    This is because, I suspect, as previously demonstrated, the average age on General Chatter is older than the rest of the board. So such we tend to drop off more and are less excitable so long as young people aren't standing on our lawns and they turn down that goddamn racket that they call music nowadays. Unfortunately the logical outcome of all this is that in ten years time fifty percent of all general chatter posts will be made by Ser Scot and in twenty years time that trend will have continued to the point that over ninety percent of posts will be made by Ser Scot who will be arguing with himself in a furious, yet genteel manner.
  9. I'm listening to some modern music for a change, specifically some Chopin etudes. Anyhow this reminds me that some time back I woke up in the middle of the night. Couldn't get back to sleep. So I turned on the TV and channel hopped until I fell upon a documentary about how playing Chopin had impacted upon the lives of a Japanese woman who had survived a natural disaster and a Scottish student who woke up blind one day.
  10. Oregon militia almost killed me

    Bah! Plagiarists! Where is my legal team!
  11. Merry Christmas Everybody!

    Happy Christmas, the lot of you! Best wishes to those you post here who are working today (unlike me! )
  12. Self-Policing in the Wizard community

    this a grave development - will no one think of the gorillas?
  13.     With regard to (ii) if we assume that Bob only has violent intentions towards himself, how comfortable are you with not preventing a suicide, how happy are you with his suicide providing an out for your sister from her relationship, and for such a death to be in the background for your niece's life?  Not nice questions.    Reading the story you tell I'd say that institutionalisation of Bob was certainly the least worst option in an emergency.  Maybe his talk is a cry for help, but it could well be that he needs help that is beyond the current strength or ability of your sister to provide.  Reaching out to professionals would seem to be a good precaution when the situation seems volatile.     As to (v) I don't blame you at all, I might venture to suggest that he's manipulative out of a lack of alternatives in his mental cabinet but maybe I'm just trying to be generous here.  I do find your openness about your anger praiseworthy, well it seems like a virtue to me anyhow ;)   (iv) What can you do to help her?  Give her a bed for a few nights?  Find her a lawyer?  Help with childcare?  Help with difficult conversations - with parents or with Bob?  Help with money?  Help with finding alternative accommodation?  It sounds as though your sister feels safe to turn to you in these circumstances, sit with her at a table with a pad of paper and ask her what you can do to help - you can have some headings like housing, money, childcare, moving, written down on a sheet beforehand to organise things a bit and perhaps arising from that there might be a few things you can sort out for her (either personally or through delegation) that would be a help?     Hope all goes well for you all
  14. Happy Name Day to Our Darling Fragile Bird!

    Best wishes to you for your Birthday!
  15. Happy Belated, sologdin!

    the socialisation of birthdays is recommended to combat the privatisation of pleasures!  :commie: