Transient Gadfly
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Dec 4, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on WHO IS THIS?.
I would say that's John Roderick, but he's not going to be in Seattle on Friday (at least not that I'm aware of).
Dec 3, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on On Purpose In the Universe.
@dwightmoody--correct, he did disclaim, but his disclaimer is based on an antropo-centric answer to that question. Here, for instance, is somebody answering the question quite differently:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.1847

I don't think even Tyson would argue these folks aren't going about finding an answer to the question scientifically.
Dec 3, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on On Purpose In the Universe.
In fact he didn't answer that question. He answered the question "Does the universe have a purpose vis a vis humanity?" To which, indeed, the answer is almost certainly no. On the other hand, the universe may well have a purpose of which we are just some odd side-effect.
Nov 17, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on The Husband of the Woman the General Fucked.
It is only by reading that I learn that there exist people in the world whose lives are very different from mine.
Aug 28, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on Two Very Different Takes on Crime Writing.
Also, Laurie Frankel today asking the question, why are the hot books of the summer about abusive relationships?

http://www.lauriefrankel.net/blog/2012/0…
Jul 15, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on Slog Bible Study: Isaiah 45:7.
@dlauri FTW
Jul 11, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on A Libor Is Not a Cross Between a Lion and a Tiger.
"...he had knowledge about a plot to basically steal money from the public."

There is no qualification necessary. The bankers didn't "basically steal" or "all but steal" or "use questionable methods to manipulate financial markets." They stole. They are thieves. They stole billions of dollars from millions of people. The fact that they stole an outrageous amount of money from an outrageous number of people instead of, say, ten thousand dollars from a freight company does not therefore make it necessary to attempt to lessen the impact of the language when describing it.
Jul 9, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on During the Spring, One in Every Five Books Sold in America....
It was one in every five adult fiction books sold. Still a sign of the coming apocalypse, but not quite to the scale of "1 in 5 of all books everywhere."
Jun 13, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on The Third Man in the Seattle Waterfront Ferris Wheel.
One of my favorite scenes in all of cinema. Joseph Cotton has been doing his thing more or less competently for the duration of the movie and then Orson Welles shows up and acts circles around him.

"Five hundred years of democracy and what did they produce? The cuckoo-clock."

Apr 6, 2012 Transient Gadfly commented on There but For the Grace of God Go I.
Theory: Republicans are Republicans because they are unable to forgive themselves (e.g. I was once a drug addict; I have not forgiven myself for it, ergo drug addicts must be punished). Discuss.