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Beware the Advanced Beginner

Why, on what lines will you look, Socrates, for a thing of whose nature you know nothing at all? Pray, what sort of thing, amongst those that you know not, will you treat us to as the object of your search? Or even supposing, at the best, that you hit upon it, how will you know it is the thing you did not know?”

A Gentleman Tells a Story

Ladies and Gentlemen, Willie Nelson.

Your Brain is Lying to You, Part 3

Dog to the Beach

I’m not sure I will ever want to be anywhere as badly as this dog wants to be in the ocean.

“This is our time to kill”

Gold & Youth, “Time to Kill”

“What if what if the world is not as it seems”

Joyfield, “You Smell Like Work”

Gene Healy on the Peril of Great Presidential Expectations

“If we’re unhappy with the presidency we’ve got, [political scientist Theodore J. Lowi] suggests, we have ourselves to blame. The office as we know it is largely the creature of public demands. And like the transformed presidential role it reflects, the exultant rhetoric of the modern presidency is as much curse as blessing. It raises expectations for the office– expectations that were extraordinarily high to begin with. A man who trumpets his ability to protect Americans from economic dislocation, to shield them from physical harm and moral decay, and to lead them to national glory– such a man is bound to disappoint. Yet, having promised much, he’ll seek the power to deliver on his promises.” – Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency

Your Brain is Lying to You, Part 2

The nth rule of recursion club is the n-1th rule of recursion club.

Conway’s Game of Life, implemented in Conway’s Game of Life. (Via friend-of-the-blog H.)

“Sure as night becomes the day, romantics end up the same way”

One of my few remaining pure pop pleasures is London-based group Allo Darlin’. The first single off of their forthcoming third record is a supremely rare thing: an infectious pop song in a minor key. It features a thicker, louder arrangement than the band’s typical fare, but singer and composer Elizabeth Morris’ voice manages to still captivate, despite the distractions of the more aggressive accompaniment.

Their third record, We Come From the Same Place is due out this October.

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.