July 5, 2014
I don’t recall precisely where I obtained this picture, nor do I have any inkling of who she might be, but I find the comely, scantily-clad lass in it–deeply absorbed by the words of the Bard no less–well . . . deeply absorbing. Something about the turn of her ankle, perhaps. Or her pearls. Or possibly her pretty eyes. I said her eyes.
(Yes I do realize that it’s been quite awhile since I’ve added anything to this sequence of entries . . . but then again it’s been ages since I’ve added anything to this blog period. Whatever. The hiatus is over.)
November 18, 2012
“A Pillar Built on Sand” is John Mearsheimer’s careful and scrutinizing assessment of the current and ongoing–and characteristically cruel–devastation of the Palestinian Gaza Strip by Israel’s military, at the London Review of Books‘ website.
November 13, 2012
“If you take a look at the progress of science, the sciences are kind of a continuum, but they’re broken up into fields. The greatest progress is in the sciences that study the simplest systems. So take, say physics — greatest progress there. But one of the reasons is that the physicists have an advantage that no other branch of sciences has. If something gets too complicated, they hand it to someone else . . . . If a molecule is too big, you give it to the chemists. The chemists, for them, if the molecule is too big or the system gets too big, you give it to the biologists. And if it gets too big for them, they give it to the psychologists, and finally it ends up in the hands of the literary critic.”
“Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong” is a discussion by Yarden Katz at ZNet with Noam Chomsky, focusing on the progress–or lack thereof–in artificial intelligence research and theories about and observations of the operations of the human brain. It doesn’t, alas, explain the persistent and pervasive dysfunctions of the Right-wing cerebrum.
November 13, 2012
“Mel Brooks: ‘The only weapon I’ve got is comedy’” is an interview at Salon.com, conducted by Stephen Deusner, marking the release of a new set of DVDs collecting a mass of hard-to-find Brooks material, both audio and video. In the interview Brooks recalls times with Alfred Hitchcock, Madeline Kahn and others–many now gone–with whom he has worked in his career. But he still gets together with Carl Reiner every other day to talk over the hazards of fried food and the merits of nectarines.
November 5, 2012
Hallucinations is the latest book from the intensely curious and passionately congenial Oliver Sacks. The Point of Inquiry podcast has also just done an interview with Sacks.