Tuesday, February 27, 2007

American Cheeseburger

American Cheeseburger is the best Athens hardcore band of the moment. Why?

1)Because they are named after the most perfect food ever.
2)They still inspire circle pits and not the weird, Kung Fu, Boston Beatdown style of dancing.
3)They just rock so damn hard.

Hells yes.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Shiny, Shiny, Bad Times Behind Me

You will rise, You'll return. The phoenix from the flame.
You will learn.You will rise. You'll return.
Being what you are-There is no other Troy for you to burn.

On another note, there is a Hall Of Fame for everything!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

1:45 AM on a Thursday night...

...and the tap drips drip drip drip drip drip.

Review Questions for test tomorrow. Feel free to take a stab:

1. What does Peirce mean by ‘Cartesianism’, why does he reject it, and what is his alternative?

2. What four methods of fixing belief does Peirce distinguish, and what are their relative strengths and weaknesses?

3. What is Peirce’s doubt/belief theory of inquiry?

4. What is Peirce’s rule for attaining the third grade of clearness? How does the ‘diamond example’ figure in the development and explanation of Peirce’s theory of meaning?

5. What is Peirces’ theory of the categories, and how does their derivation involve reference to the ‘phaneron’?

6. What is Peirce’s theory of signs, and how does it involve his theory of the categories?

7. What are the main divisions of Peirce’s classification of the sciences, and what is their importance for his philosophy?

8. What is Peirce’s theory of truth, and how is it related to his fallibilism? What are four serious errors whereby philosophers often block the way of inquiry?

9. What does Peirce mean by ‘nominalism’, and why does he reject it? What is his alternative?

10. What is Pragmaticism?

11. What is psychologilism concerning logical validity, and why does Peirce reject it? How does mental rehearsal differ from rational instinct? What is the importance of the distinction between A-reasonings and B-reasonings?

12. What is the distinction between abduction and induction, and what is the importance of each for the process of scientific discovery?

13. What Is Peirce’s architectonic approach to metaphysics? How does evolutionary theory influence Peirce’s metaphysics?

14. What is the doctrine of necessity, and what are Peirce’s eight reasons for rejecting it?

15. What is the law of mind, and how does it involve both synechism and tychism?

Friday, February 02, 2007

I Don't Get It

Being without cable television is not anything of which to be proud. It's actually horrible. I really want cable again. Still, even when I had cable there would be these shows on that were fabulously popular but whose popularity confuses me completely. American Idol, for one. But that seems obvious.
But what in the world is going on with shows like Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc. Has the culture gotten so soft that it prefers extreme cooking? I dunno.

Then there's stuff like CSI (which I'm going to have to start renting old season of because I need to know what this is [and I know that saying that makes me seem utterly out of touch]) and a whole slew of forensic/detective/crime investigation shows which were given rise based on the popularity of real-life stories shown on Court TV. Why does someone want to watch dramatized, Hollywood stories when real-life stories are so much more compelling and scary? True, tey tend to take place in locales such as Butte, Montana but I've never been to Montana so that's interesting to me.

I dunno. I like The OC. My favorite show, probably of all time is Beverly Hills, 90210.

I really need cable. Badly. At least then I'd know what I was talking about and wouldn't have to speculate.

Oh, I know, though, that I don't like those shows where people go to flea-markets and antique sales and then sell stuff. I don't like shows that show operating room procedures, either.
I really hate TV advertising but I don't mind infomercials. Especially since I'm going to make a fortune with The Internet Treasure Chest, lose my bothersome "love handles" and buy real estate with no money down. And from the convenience of my own home, too.

I will, however, be buying this as soon as it's available. Actually, that's probably my favorite show of all time. Not 90210. But I do miss the good 'ol days with Brenda, Kelly, Brandon, Nate, Steve, et al.