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Joe Lovano, Regattabar, October 14, 2010

Das Ganze ist das Unwahre. – Theodor Adorno It was some months ago now that I saw Joe Lovano and the Us Five band (pianist James Weidman, bassist Peter Slavov, who was filling in for the suddenly famous Esperanza Spalding, … Continue reading

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Lord, Give Us the Strength to Understand Ourselves

I set up a blog on Blogspot (now Blogger) back in 2000. I haven’t posted anything there since 2009 and, frankly, my activity on said blog—universal destroyer, inc.—was pretty spotty. For example, I posted nothing at all in 2004 or … Continue reading

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Portal or The 36 Chambers of Death Metal

Death Metal is genre music. Its defining characteristics are complex riffing (with a sometimes equally complex approach to meter), “blast beat” drumming, and vocal stylings that range from deep grunting to “cookie monster” growling to maniacal screaming. Naturally, the lyrical … Continue reading

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The Really Real, Totally Authentic Thing

If you don’t have time to blog then don’t. Ghost blogging is inauthentic & the antithesis of everything social. #dontbeafake cc @mitchjoel – Avinash Kaushik When I was in graduate school, there was a lot of talk about the “death … Continue reading

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Atheism

God is dead. – Nietzsche Nietzsche is dead. – God In America, and apparently some parts of the developing world, it can be very shocking when you tell people that you do not believe in God. Indeed, even among America’s … Continue reading

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This Post Has No Value

Philosophy simply puts everything before us, and neither explains nor deduces anything. – Ludwig Wittgenstein “Epistemology pays no bills,” Martin remarked drily. – Charles Stross, “The Singularity Sky” When I wrote about the “database of intentions” and linked that concept … Continue reading

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Is Marketing Mainly Manipulation or Might It (also) Be Education?

Last spring, while attending a lovely brunch, I got into an unexpectedly heated dispute with the host and one of the guests, professors at a local business college, about the Nazi philosopher, Martin Heidegger. Having told me that they sometimes … Continue reading

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First Principles

Chaos is our mother. ∞ The entire history of the universe unwinds in the transition of diverse high energy states into a single low energy state. When the universal stuff has achieved a uniform temperature, it will be completely and … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Money

Better a debtor than pay with a coin that does not bear our image! – Friedrich Nietzsche I’ve never been motivated by money. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have been motivated by money to the extent that having money, … Continue reading

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Isn’t Nature Wonderful?

A few months back at the playground with my children, we found a hatchling that had been knocked out of its nest by a thunderstorm. It was lying on the ground, half covered with ants, but twitching because it was … Continue reading

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