Christgau “gets” Roxy Music

I rarely agree with Robert Christgau’s overall take on anything, but he has a real talent for the one-liner that’s way more insightful than any one-liner has any business being. The kind of insight that you learn something from, even if you don’t agree with it. Since Noah has been giving Roxy Music – one…

Moving

Sometime over the next couple of weeks I’ll be moving all of my web content to a new server (I’m using Linode now, which is so far exceeding my expectations!). It’s already running at languagemodule.com (not that there’s any content yet, mind…), though all personal content will be under joshuawherring.com. I don’t have any serious…

Gratuitous Marxism

Marx continues to be stupid 200 years on. Here’s a piece in Bloomberg by an evidently respectable economist who wants to claim that Marx was prescient after all, just maybe a little behind schedule. The wily philosopher’s analysis of capitalism had a lot of flaws, but today’s global economy bears some uncanny resemblances to the…

How not to fight Sexist Pronouns

I fully understand that there are two sides to the debate over whether “he” as universal pronoun in English is sexist. I also get that most people who care about such things (not necessarily the population as a whole) falls in the “it’s sexist camp.” Full disclosure: I’m in the “it’s harmless” camp, but I…

The Facebook Collectivist

Facebook has a way of bringing out the silly in people. Here’s a comment from an acquaintance I used to play poker with: Which financial genius thought it was a good idea to charge fees for not carrying a large enough balance? They don’t have much money…we should take the rest of it! Yeah, I…

Religious Bait and Switch – times two

This past week was something of a novelty for me – in the following way: I read no less than two intelligent arguments for the existence of God. One was a Reason piece, the other cropped up in the comments section to a Samizdata entry. Now, what’s surprising isn’t that there are intelligent people who…

Gmail and GMX with Getmail and Mutt

I’ve recently gotten a gmx account – mostly to keep a separate “professional” email address. Like gmail, gmx gives you IMAP access, so I can use it with my favorite mail client mutt. This is about the two (minor) snags that I ran into getting mutt to receive mail from both accounts. The first gotcha…

Belated Thoughts on the Latest Budget Crisis

Since I write a semi-regular blog that somehow or other seems to deal primarily with politics, I suppose I am obligated to say something about the recent debt ceiling debacle and subsequent credit rating downgrade. Here are some belated thoughts. (1) Obligatory Political Irony: One quickly notices that a lot of the same people who…

Make Zend give you a stack trace (the dirty way)

I.’m learning the Zend Framework and so have been working my way through the quickstart tutorial, modifying it slightly so that the example being set up broadly resembles the application I want to develop. The quickstart has you set up a basic Sqlite database table and render all the entries in that table. Problem for…