Oscar vs Tony

This past Sunday, things reverted to form.  Kazzy watched a basketball game, and I watched an awards show. Yes, this past Sunday was the 2013 Tony Award ceremony.  And, as per my usual, I watched despite having seen none of the nominated productions and knowing few of the nominees.  This has in part to do…

Put. It. Away.

This past Saturday, the Better Half and I traveled into Boston for an errand that required a trip to the city.  As we wended our way toward our destination, I looked at the passing crowds and noted their colorful attire and festive raiment. “What’s with the people in rainbow wigs?” I mused to the Better…

The Good Advisor

For those who inexplicably did not read my last post on the topic, Colin McGinn is a relatively bigwig philosopher who resigned from University of Miami rather than face an investigation into sexually suggestive emails sent to a female graduate student. He seems intent on assuring his total self-destruction with a series of increasingly unhinged…

Have I made a terrible mistake?

I just made a big life decision on the side of risk rather than safety. And I’m worried. The chances for anyone getting a tenure track job in philosophy are really small. No one knows for sure, but most people think about 10% of people on the philosophy job market in a given year get…

I like fauxphilnews as more than a friend

The philosophy world was recently shook by a sub-scandal involving Colin McGinn, a famous philosopher (which means about 2000 people worldwide know who he is). The one book he wrote in one of my areas of expertise, the philosophy of film, was actually laughably bad. Apparently, he’s made contributions elsewhere. Anyhow, Professor McGinn was forced to…

A question sincerely asked

Yesterday the family took a trip to Target for various household necessities. I do not know if all Target stores are laid out in the same way, but whoever was responsible for this Target’s lay-out was a wily soul.  For right there at the very entrance were shelves upon shelves of cheap, eye-catching doodads and…