Archives: January 2010

Damn

My dog is dead. She was never really my dog, but I always thought of her that way. Her name was Gracie  – sometimes just Grace – and she was 9 years old when she died on the operating table this morning in Memphis. She was a sweet little 45-pound pit bull, a rescue that

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The return of students, Spring 2010

Today (yesterday, really, it’s past midnight) was my first day of teaching this spring. There seems to be a never-ending supply of new students each semester. I could very likely continue to show up for classes for 30-odd more years (actually, that’s the plan) and never see an end to them. I’d never thought of

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The kairotic moment for health care

Well, now that the Democrats are about to lose their supermajority in the Senate due to throwing away Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat over the past month, we are about to find out if the party has learned, finally, that the last chance in the foreseeable future for something resembling universal health care is rapidly disappearing.

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Revenge

I stumbled across an account of the development of The Crescent Hawk’s Revenge, one of my favorite all-time PC games, from 1991, by the game’s producer. Really interesting stuff, especially about how the two-part structure of the story came about. I actually didn’t finish this game, which I bought nearly twenty years ago, until about

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These aren’t the shades of blue you’re looking for

Rereading Hume’s Enquiry has brought the so-called “missing shade of blue” problem to my attention again. I have never accepted that it is a problem, and while I was driving yesterday, I thought of a few ways to demonstrate this. The problem is as follows. Hume’s theory of perception classifies all perceptions as either ideas

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