Friday, September 30, 2011
The latest trends in moral thought
Want to eat french fries? Slow down there.
I am afraid that for personal ethical reasons I am not prepared to co-operate – I believe that blogging as currently manifested should be made a serious criminal office . . .
Ah yes, those people publishing their opinions, what a danger to society. We should ban newspapers and political organizations too, nothing good comes of stirring up the pot.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
They're super messy. Sauce ends up on your hands, your face, and very often your friend's couch. As a host, you want to order wings but you know your friends have the dexterity and cleanliness of a kindergartner. This typically doesn't go over well with your already nonplussed Significant Other.
I declare this war for two reasons.
Firstly, I think it is important for words to have meanings, so that we can have discussions.
Secondly, every time I try to parse a sentence with "nonplussed" in it, it takes me about a minute to try to figure out what in the world the author means. For example, here I was wondering why the spouse was bewildered.
On a side note, Wikipedia says that the word refute is now of disputed usage. I have never heard it mean anything other than to "deny with reasoned argument", but apparently now it just means to disagree with someone? What nonsense. We already have a word that means that - "disagree".
Now we must ask if this war is a just war. Well, there are a bunch of traditional criteria for jus ad bellum.
Just cause - Certainly met. We can't have language disintegrating on us.
Proper authority - degree from a prestigious institution, know a few English majors. Close enough.
Right intention - For sure.
Reasonable prospect of success - debatable, but I think if we publicly shame people who do stuff like this, treat them like cigarette smokers (no incorrect usages of nonplussed allowed within 25 feet of this building!) we can win.
Proportionality - In my opinion, quite proportional.
Last resort - I've tried gentle correction, but it just doesn't work! I'm at wit's end here.
So I extend this invitation to all those who love freedom and being able to understand what other people are saying. Remember you're either with me or against me.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Whilst driving around recently a friend and I got stuck at a railroad crossing waiting for a freight train to go by. To pass the time, we began speculating on the meaning of a sign we saw on some of the cars saying DO NOT HUMP. We conjectured that this might be some sort of safe-sex campaign organized by the railroads in the wake of the AIDS crisis, but eventually rejected the idea. So we put it to you, Cecil — what is the meaning of this odd instruction?
— Gene W., Dallas
Sad to say, I knew exactly what it meant before I read the article.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Historical Jesus vs. Real Jesus
In The Five Gospels the Jesus Seminar warns against looking for a comfortable Jesus. That is sound advice. What I have tried to demonstrate in this book, however, is that the truly uncomfortable Jesus, the genuinely “countercultural” Jesus, is not the one reconstructed according to the ethos of contemporary academics-whether it is Crossan’s politically correct revolutionary Jesus or Borg’s charismatic-founder Jesus or any of the others-but the one inscribed in the canonical Gospels. The Jesus who truly challenges this age, as every age, is the one who suffers in obedience to God and calls others to such suffering service in behalf of humanity. This is the Jesus that classical Christianity has always proclaimed; this is an understanding of discipleship to which classical Christianity has always held.
- The Real Jesus, epilogue, by Luke Timothy Johnson
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Mating starts with the male and female locating and identifying each other using a mixture of pheromones and vibrational communication. Once they have satisfied the other that they are of opposite sex and of the correct species, mating can commence.
The best part about this is that it is good advice for most species.