Over the years I’ve given away every copy of this thing that has passed through my hands …
… but after perusing a whitepaper-in-progress have decided that generosity is no longer an option.
MG signing off (with the work cut out for him, not due to difficulty as much as volume)
“How can a man be a wise man, if he doesn’t know any better how to live than other men?-if he is only more cunning and intellectually subtle? Does Wisdom work in a treadmill? Does Wisdom fail? or does she teach how to succeed by her example? Is she merely the miller who grinds the finest logic? Did Plato get his living in a better way or more successfully than his contemporaries? Did he succumb to the difficulties of life like other men? Did he merely prevail over them by indifference, or by assuming grand airs? or find it easier to live because his aunt remembered him in her will?”
Generally speaking, the more grandiose the manner or title, the more the actor is compensating for thinly disguised shortcomings.
MG signing off (thinking Plato didn’t need his aunt’s money – the Academy would have happened even if he was broke)
If you have been formally introduced to this thing, you have already felt the pain.
MG signing off (because regular use is somewhat addictive too)
Editor’s note: Follow Pulp Fly’s Things Found On a Desk if getting your ass kicked just isn’t your thing.
“I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.”
Candor is most often the first sign that you are about to learn something meaningful.
MG signing off (as dialog should not be confused with riot, or taken too seriously with poker opponents)
Everything saved this autumn to read soon thereafter, but wasn’t…until just a few hours ago.
Very cool. If you are into wine. -> A Beginner’s Guide to Wine (h/t Lifehacker)
The social illusion -> Facebook is bad for you. Get a life!
“Men are very generally spoiled by being so civil and well-disposed. You can have no profitable conversation with them, they are so conciliatory, determined to agree with you. They exhibit such long-suffering and kindness in a short interview. I would meet with some provoking strangeness, so that we may be guest and host and refresh on another. It is possible for a man wholly to disappear and be merged in his manners. The thousand and one gentlemen whom I meet, I meet despairingly, and but to part from them, for I am not cheered by the hope of any rudeness from them. A cross man, a coarse man, an eccentric man, a silent, a man who does not drill well – of him there is some hope. Your gentlemen, they are all alike.”
A lack of truly genuine character, the mark of which is the obsequious, know-nothing suck-up, is still just as easy to find today. The one who responds “I know that” regardless of the discourse, is best dispatched with haste – they add zero value to either the debate at hand, or the world in general.
MG signing off (to look someone in the face and tell them something they likely don’t want to hear)
“All enterprises must be self-supporting, must pay for themselves. The great art of life is how to turn the surplus life of the soul into life for the body – that so the life be not a failure. For instance, a poet must sustain his body with his poetry. As is said of the merchants, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the life of men is a failure, and bankruptcy may be surely prophesied. You must get your living by loving. To be supported by the charity of friends or a government pension is to go into the almshouse. To inherit property is not to be born – is to be still-born rather.”
“Necessity is the mother of invention” seems to hold steadfast. But does need spawn creative destruction as well?
MG signing off (to break something and then attempt to fix it via trial and error)
“The editors of newspapers, the popular clergy, politicians and orators of the day and office-holders, though they may be thought to be of very different politics and religion, are essentially one and homogeneous, inasmuch as they are only the various ingredients of the froth which ever floats on the surface of society.”
As true now as it was back then, only the ingredients are blander than ever.
MG signing off (to seek out exotic seasoning)
Not to be construed as being served in airport lounges:
Place blame for sudden aerodynamic failure here
MG signing off (because content has been collected)
Never ending fields
When this kid is around, it’s a given…
“Slacking” is not part of this dog’s vocabulary
MG signing off (as tired and content as the dog, just eating sharpie instead of kibble)