By Jon Cogburn
- Saturday (August 22nd) Linkorama. Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference. This boredom reveals being as a whole.
Tedium is not the disease of being bored because there’s nothing to do, but the more serious disease of feeling that there’s nothing worth doing. This means that the more there is to do, the more tedium one will feel.
- Tarskian Satisfaction by Sequences is Stupid. Tristan Haze argues that the real problem isn't that Tarski's use of sequents fails to have the non-semanticsy virtues some have claimed for it, but rather that simpler approaches also have those virtues. The argumentative form as well as the specific claim are pretty interesting.
- This is not Philosophy. Duncan Richter considers the therapeutic value of huts (not my beautiful house, not my beautiful wife), which make them somewhat philosophy-ish (albeit also neither pipe nor love song).
- The Skinny on Glam Cops: Rizzoli and Isles. Mona Rocha turns her critical eye (and keyboard) to female buddy cop show Rizzoli and Isles. The depiction on Rizzoli and Isles is clear: cops are just buddies who hang out, always bring criminals to justice with the utmost virtue of character, and women can have it all (the clothes, attain social beauty norms, BFF’s, a career [or two], know everything and be good at everything), except get a man.
- Dear Professor Notes’ Notes! #1 My Colleagues are Clowns. Jon Cogburn thought that the slow rendering literal of an obnoxious young academic's view that his colleagues are "clowns" would be funny. Henry Rollins used to have a poem with a similar conceit. The narrator keeps claiming to be a rat, and the listener just assumes it's all metaphorical until the narrator segues into a bit about what a drag it is to get your tail caught in something.
- Tirsesias Must Die! Jon Cogburn engages in a bit of criticism inspired by the first twenty pages of J.A. Friedland's entertaining and thought provoking American Steam. More soon!
- A Note on Philosophy. Tristan Haze lets the meow function do that thing it does so well (with a color illustration).
- Conferences Schmonferences. More dyspeptic blather from Jon Cogburn. What's wrong with this guy? Somebody give him a hug already. Geez!
- Thoughts occasioned by the recruitment video for the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi chapter. Jon Cogburn's just sayin' the paper mache on this year's float is wonderful y'all.
- Intimidating Concepts. Tristan Haze illustrates the manner in which blue meanies polish their own shoes.
- University of Essex’s Philosophy Crash Course Videos. J. Ed Hackett shares Wayne Martin's introductory to phenomenology video. It's good stuff (and a nice counterpoint to much of the critique of phenomenology by the participants in the David Roden book club). Joe Bob says check it out.
- Good Hair Hour Weekend #3: Big Ideas #1. Since this is back to school week for many of us Jon Cogburn shared the first day of class GHH video that he himself utilizes. It's right here. It's a big idea. Oop. Aah. Oop. Aah.