January 2007


Aaaand, I’m off to the Mountains. I’ll be back in a week.

Let it snow, let it snow…

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On the subject of the bible, and improvements thereof:

You and I both know that it would take us five minutes to produce a book that offers a more coherent and compassionate morality than the Bible does. Did I say five minutes? Five seconds–just tear out Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Exodus, and 2 Samuel from the Old Testament, and 2 Thessalonians and Revelation from the New Testament. The book would be mightily improved. Would it then be the most profound book we have on morality (or cosmology, biology, psychology, etc.)? Not by a long shot. But it would be a much better book than it is at present.

He is speaking to Andrew Sullivan in a “blogalogue”, which you will find here. At the time of this post, they’re not finished but so far Mr. Harris is doing good. Go read it.

Ok, so I know this isn’t exactly new. But… This must be one of the best articles the Onion has ever made. At least it made me laugh hysterically.

I spent the Weekend at Torpshammar with St Jacobs Chamber Choir. And would you believe it? The proprietors were all whisky fanatics. Or sort of anyway. And they had this thing for Duncan Taylor & Co Ltd. Which is, of course, completely understandable. So, among other things I tasted:

  • Invergordon, 39YO (Grain / Highland / Duncan Taylor)
  • Bunnahabhain, 33YO (Malt / Islay / Duncan Taylor)
  • Bruichladdich, 37YO (Malt / Islay / Duncan Taylor)
  • Johnnie Walker Green Label (Vatted Malt)
  • Duncan Taylor Regional Blended; Islay (Vatted Malt / Islay)
  • Duncan Taylor “The Big Smoke” (Vatted Malt / Islay)

Whee!

If you don’t know who Mr Dennet is, don’t worry unless 1) you like philosofy, and in particular, the philosofy of mind; and/or 2) you happend to be a christian. Personally, I like him a lot. Here’s a short quote I found amusing, especially if applied to, say, pseudo-science and its likes:

Imagination is cheap, as long as you don’t have to worry about the details.

The Emmy Awards with Jon Stewards. Slightly old. But hey, enjoy!

I almost forgot. Everybody knows that DRM is soledly for fighting piracy. Right? Erhm… Wrong. Who would have thought it?! I’m chocked! Chocked I am…

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