February 28, 2005

The Gates

Pictures from my trip to the Gates.

The Gates

Posted at 04:15 PM

February 22, 2005

Of Laws and Men

Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty.

Jeremy Bentham
--Principles of Morals and Legislation

And another take

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.

John Stuart Mill
--On Liberty

And Hume's view

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.

David Hume

Finally look in the quotes category for one by Lenin where he says Liberty is so important that it must be rationed and state controlled!

Posted at 08:38 AM

February 21, 2005


uno...dos.... tres.....catorce (1...2...3...14).

Whenever I listen to Vertigo by U2 I find myself trying to determine the next number in the sequence. Given my lack of ability at math and incomplete information in the series I find this an impossible task. The following strip illustrates my apathy past the initial thought quite appropriately.

Posted at 08:49 AM

February 16, 2005


'He's a slave.' But he may have the spirit of a free man. 'He's a slave.' But is that really to count against him? Show me a man who isn't a slave; one is a slave to sex, another to money, another to ambition; all are slaves to hope or fear.
- Seneca --Epistulae Morales

Posted at 10:20 AM

February 14, 2005

The B'day Trip

Total Distance Traversed: 1800 miles
Total Time Elapsed: 60 hours
Cities visited: Lubbock, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Alberquerque, San Angelo
Speeding Tickets: 1
Collectibles Purchased: (In lieu of shot-glasses, postcards, etc I buy a used book at an independent book store): Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading purchased at Nick Potter's bookstore.

Books on Tape covered:

1. (6/8 CDs) The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
A little Hume, Berkeley, Comte, Spinoza. A lot of Schopenhauer, Kant, Nietzche. Way too much Spencer

Hume: Word Bro! Out omnibus disputantem-ed Descarte. Made us re-think how we view causality.
Kant: a wuss. His "greatest achievement": restoring hope to epistemology after Hume's brilliant attack.
Schopenhauer: Pessimists such as us are always misunderstood. We are happy to be wrong!
Nietzche: He really should have listened to his own aphorism: If you look into the abyss too long, it looks back at you.

To Ponder: Which philosopher's death is better: Die at breakfast like Schopenhauer? Or like Camus in a car crash, pages of manuscript aflutter in the wind?

2. (4/8 CDs) Bride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
How did these guys [the British] rule the world? And still have time for tea and cricket and the occasional ball?

Notable Pictures:

Adobe style architecture. I think this was the fine arts museum.

Stained glass window at a church.

Santa Fe's artist scene. This was on Canyon road. I'd imagine you'd need a large garden to accomodate such a piece.

Vistas in O'Keefe country. I went for a drive in the area she lived in.

Who knew San Angelo was such a pretty town: Art Museum and River. Their visitor center and city facilities are very impressive. I suppose this is old oil money? I wonder what they have now.

The San Miguel Church - Oldest church in the US. They had some pictures of the church taken in the 19th century - roof blown off, etc. Very interesting.

I visited an Indian puebla. The ruins were not anything recognizable so I ended up taking a picture of this flower. The missionaries built a church in the puebla to coerce the "unsaved" souls.

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February 11, 2005


I've often marveled at the ability of German words to capture complex emotional, organizational concepts. But this morning I realized that I do in fact live weltschmerz on a daily basis. This phenomenon has been going on for at least 3 months now and there remains dim hope of it dissipating.

Posted at 09:41 AM

February 10, 2005

Art Museums

Here is a running list of art museums I've visited.

Chicago Art Institute
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York
Musuem of Modern Art - New York
Guggenheim - New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Minneapolis Art Institute
Kimball Art Museum - Fort Worth
The Modern - Fort Worth
Milwaukee Art Museum
Getty Museum - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
O'Keefe Museum - Santa Fe, NM
Bellagio Art Gallery - Las Vegas, NV
Boston Museum of Fine Arts - Boston,MA
Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, WA
Austin Museum of Art - Austin, TX
Blanton Museum of Art - Austin, TX
Menil - Houston, TX

Posted at 01:53 PM

February 08, 2005

Malraux quotes

André Malraux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness
The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves - is what I call hell
Posted at 10:34 PM

February 07, 2005


To the right, books; to the left a tea-cup, In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.


Posted at 12:12 PM

February 04, 2005


To be a philsopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor een to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

- Henry David Thoreau

Posted at 09:00 AM

February 03, 2005

clomp clomp

Clomp clomp the monk's feet through ice and dark drawing sweet water

- Basho

Posted at 08:00 AM

February 01, 2005

Tyger Tyger

Understanding William Blake's "The Tyger"

Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes!
On what wings dare he aspire!
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee
Tyger, Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Posted at 08:49 AM

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