Archives: February 2010

On where the hell is Ares

My sister-in-law is in town, and H and I took her to see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief tonight (well, last night, it’s almost 2 in the morning).  We are general fans of the Olympians series, and while we did not have high hopes, we thought it might be fun. I suspected the entire

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On trying to check out some books at Rice and getting spooked

Here’s a somewhat amusing story. Last week I took the train from UHD to Rice University to see if I could locate a few relatively hard to find books. UHD’s library has excellent online journal access, but a relatively slim collection of physical books. I was unable to find what I was looking for in

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Ethics talk

There is a three-panel conference here at UHD on Tuesday, March 2, entitled “Creating a Culture of Ethics,” and running from 9:30-2:00 pm in room N1099 in One Main. I’m the first speaker in the first panel. I’ll be discussing the ethics of university mission statements – in particular, UHD’s mission statement (there are currently

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Universal Grammar

There’s a great article on universal grammar in the New Yorker. The reporter did a good job of sounding out a thorny scholarly question. It doesn’t hurt that the exchange between Everett and Fitch on Chomsky is pretty funny, too.

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On the argument from silence

I have finally finished reading C.L. Hamblin’s Fallacies, after putting it down and taking it up on at least eight different occasions over three weeks. I was already familiar with it as a seminal text in argumentation and informal logic, having had the late Michael Leff summarize its findings in depth in a class two

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Mass Effect 2

Here’s something neither intensely depressing nor work-related for a change – a quick review of Mass Effect 2 for the PC. Mass Effect is a borderline guilty pleasure for me. I consider things like being a Doctor Who fan to be more of a badge of honor (though not a mathematics badge – I’m looking

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Michael Leff

I just learned that Michael Leff, the president of RSA  and chair of the communication department at the University of Memphis, died this morning. I knew he had been recently hospitalized, but it’s still a shock. I first met Dr. Leff when I took his graduate seminar in classical Greek rhetoric. I think it was

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On a slightly brighter note

The last post was a bit of a downer. I think H and I are getting along better now about this. I had a dream about Gracie a few nights ago. I was hunting (which I don’t in real life) in the woods, trying to kill something that needed flushing from trees, and Gracie was

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