Confessions of a Heretic — Roger Scruton

“The Scrutonizer”*, real name Roger Scruton (or more correctly and impressively, Sir Roger Scruton) is an English conservative (but not Conservative) philosopher. He is no right-wing loony though — his views tend to be very carefully considered and sensible. This book collects a number of his thoughtful yet somewhat fierce essays.

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I just agreed to these terms and…


I just agreed to these terms and conditions for something that Apple want to install on my computer. I can’t read them and still have no idea what was installed, if anything. How much time and money is wasted by these pointless clickwrap agreements? twitter.com/bnnt/status/1153616685376520193/photo/…

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How Bad Writing Destroyed the World — Adam Weiner

A bad 19th-century Russian novel inspired Ayn Rand’s bad 20th-century novels, which inspired Alan Greenspan to become chairman of the US Federal Reserve and “destroy the world” by laying the foundations for the Global Financial Collapse of 2008. That’s the … Continue reading

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You too can be free from the tyranny of…


You too can be free from the tyranny of hair. (Beauty salon in Mt Eden, Auckland) twitter.com/bnnt/status/1147988767480766464/photo/…

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Happy Tau Day. Yes, pi is STILL wrong….

Happy Tau Day. Yes, pi is STILL wrong. tauday.com/ #tauday #tau #pi #fb via ifttt.com/recipes/414895-tweet-about-tau-day

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How Not To Be Wrong — Jordan Ellenberg

One of the great joys of mathematics is the incontrovertible feeling that you’ve understood something the right way, all the way down to the bottom. Continue reading

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Another reason to volunteer: idp.scientificamerican.com/authorize/ #fb

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The Beat of the Pendulum — Catherine Chidgey

This experimental “found novel” is great. Once I got into it, it was like a beautifully edited minimalistic fly-on-the-wall documentary in print. Continue reading

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Images — Ingmar Bergman

I have never seen an Ingmar Bergman film. They have always seemed to me to be the epitome of impenetrable, confusing European art-house cinema. This book doesn’t change that impression, but it does make me want to watch some of … Continue reading

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I just backed New Me! on @Kickstarter…

I just backed New Me! on @Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/kimikoishizaka/new-me

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