Analogy

“High fructose corn syrup is to sugar as heroin is to opium.”         — David Servan-Schreiber   I don’t have a comment one way or the other; I don’t know the science. I was impressed, however, with the analogy and with its attendant problems of verification and falsification.

Sunday Stromateis

Today the Triangle Pen Club meets at the Mad Hatter; Ross will probably bring pens that he has been repairing for me (pen repair is the next step of my progresion into pen geekdom), and I’ll ask Jim to identify a Sheaffer that I haven’t figured out.   I’ll continue working on my interview for…

Exactly

The other day, David quoted a passage from Herbert H. Clark’s Using Language that supports David’s position that information theory has seeped over into — and distorted — the discourses on interpretation (he alludes to this in his Ars Electronica presentation). But it also supports my claims about the semiotics of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Not Blogging

Margaret and I are on our own for the holidays — Pip is off with her brothers, first in Chciago, then in Ypsi — and we’re doing what we feel like, when we feel like it. So far, that means mostly watching old episodes of House, M.D. that we missed when it was first airing.…

Thanks For Sharing

After weeks of relatively mild weather down here in Durham, this morning we received a hint — just a hint, I admit, but a hint nonetheless — of the frigid weather our northern friends have been enduring. I take consolation in the reassuring fact that the days will be getting longer for the next six…

Eyeing Hawk

As I was walking along Perry Street, I was startled by a whoosh of feathers just to my left. I looked up and what to my wondering eyes had appeared but a — no, not a miniature sleigh (much less, eight tiny reindeer), but a sizable hawk, perched on the tree outside the Duke HR…

Free AKMA

Newlywed Joi has compiled a selection from his photos into a new book, Freesouls. The book compiles a portfolio his protrait photos with essays (including contributions by Lawrence Lessig, Howard Rheingold, Cory Doctorow, and Yochai Benkler) and short reflections, all under a Creative Commons license — “Share This Book!” Joi went ahead with this project…

Quotation Day

I was watching episodes from the first season of House last night, and one exchange particularly caught my attention. Cuddy: “How is it you always know you’re right?” House: “I don’t. I just find it hard to operate on the opposite assumption.” (emended per Pippa)     House, M.D. Season 1, Episode 2, “Paternity” People often press…

Surprise!

“The number of job postings in the MLA’s Job Information List will be down 21 percent in 2008-9, the steepest annual decline in its 34-year history” — Inside Higher Education. When the SBL and AAR report their figures this year, it’ll be interesting to see how theological education fares (the sense of “interesting” varying, depending…