Monday, April 30, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Remembering Ayn Rand
UPDATE: This line in the aforementioned article is similar to what gives Petzold nightmares:
Anyone over 30 years of age today, give a silent 'Thank you' to the
nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestack you can find.
I consider this smart writing, exactly the kind of thing which makes Ayn Rand's words so memorable. Out of context it sounds absurd, but once you get her point that industry has caused a minor amount of pollution while tripling your life expectancy, then it's, well, a smart and memorable line.
More: here's a recent interview with MIT professor Richard Lindzen: Relax, the planet is fine.
No Coachella -- yes!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Outlining versus thinking
What does our thinking really "look like"? Like ordinary language. (What a coincidence!)
So if I were to write a book, I wouldn't expect to create any detailed outlines -- ultimately because I would expect my target audience to be people, not computers.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Grooming, international style
But today I'm confused about which is worse:
A) Fifteen armed forces hostages laughing and shaking hands with their captor;
B) Blair stating: "Throughout, we have taken a measured approach: firm but calm, not negotiating but not confronting either."
The West is being "groomed", as psychologists say, to feel gratitude toward the offender, and comfort in doing nothing when offended. On these principles, what could go wrong in the future, really?