Archive for May, 2006

Note to Vanity Fair…

Posted May 27, 2006 By Pattie Gillett

…if you’re still looking for irony, you might soon be able to major in it at the University of Missouri. According to this article over at Time, the school’s most recently convicted alumnus has been trying to take back a $1 million donation he made to the business school to endow an Economics chair in […]

30 – 1 = Not Buying It

Posted May 25, 2006 By Dave Thomer

Today is the 29th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, an event responsible for the loss of one-third of my disposable income over the course of my lifetime. One bit of Star Wars merchandise I am unlikely to buy is this year’s release of the original trilogy. This is the first time the three […]

Obama and The Audacity of Hope

Posted May 24, 2006 By Dave Thomer

There’s an excerpt from Barack Obama’s upcoming book The Audacity of Hope on his website. I really enjoyed Dreams from My Father, and I have a hunch I’ll enjoy this next book too. I also have a hunch that it’s going to aggravate a lot of people in the online liberal activist sphere. Obama’s approach […]

Quick Procedural Note

Posted May 24, 2006 By Dave Thomer

Since the old phpBB forum was being overrun by spambots, I’ve switched it over to a read-only archive. I kind of regret that there’s not a space for folks to initiate conversation topics anymore, but the forum’s been dormant for months anyway so it’s not as though we’re cutting a function that anyone was using. […]

Ethics, Hitler, and Thought Experiments

Posted May 22, 2006 By Dave Thomer

I was scanning Tapped, the blog for The American Prospect, when I found this post by Matt Yglesias about a debate he’s been having with Jonah Goldberg. At risk of either a) ignoring the context of the original discussion and/or b) opening up an uncessary additional front, there were a couple of things that got […]

Horse Sense?

Posted May 22, 2006 By Dave Thomer

Kind of an odd juxtaposition this weekend. Being one of Earl’s friends, I heard about the lengthy but ultimately successful labor of Hannah, a mare that he and his wife own. (Pictures over at Earl’s blog.) Being a Philadelphian, I also heard a lot of hype about the Preakness and Barbaro, and then the accident […]

True Meaning of ‘Organic’?

Posted May 21, 2006 By Dave Thomer

In today’s Inquirer, food columnist Rick Nichols complains about the devaluation of the word “organic” in describing food. I think the piece rambles a little bit, but the heart of the complaint seems to be here: Organics aren’t built for an SUV economy: They are, by their essence, small-scale, local, landscape-protecting, low-impact, natural. The Earthbound […]

Chicks Grow a Finn

Posted May 20, 2006 By Dave Thomer

It was pretty much a dead cinch we were gonna buy the Dixie Chicks’ new album, Taking the Long Way, because a) we like the Chicks’ last three albums and b) we figure we should do our part to ruin some boycotter’s day. But then I just read that their co-writers on this album include […]

What’s Up, Doc?

Posted May 18, 2006 By Dave Thomer

Well, it’s official. I’ve defended the thesis, turned in the final copy, written the last of my term papers, and paid off all my library fines. Today I received my diploma from Temple, and I am officially a Ph.D. in Philosophy, possibly the most redundant degree ever. 🙂 There’s a lot of housecleaning to do, […]