Coming up on five years since I posted this horribly gushy [redacted] item below. Quel embarras!
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I find the . . . site to be very impressive, with so many tools for communication. Props to the team.
I am coming to the faith that a truly free site . . . may be like a map of the world.
Looking out through the . . . window on my monitor, I do believe that
Off the top of my head
-- make posts regularly, at least once a day
-- make posts interesting
-- make posts comment-worthy
-- comment on what interests YOU
-- comment on popular OL topics and threads
-- link to interesting older OL topics and posts
-- do an interview once a month with an OLer
-- regular 'Friday Nite at the Corral" type chats?
I tried an experiment with an inline IFrame that inserts a live chat widget inside a post. Click link for the result. Kind of cool. Now I would like to see if I can raise some interest for a reasoned discussion/debate of Global Warming issues . . .
Principles cannot be property. An identification of "what is" or "what should be", once it has been shared with another person, is "free for all." The formulation of a number of identifications into a system of ideas is the intellectual property of the person who does the formulating.
Objectivism as formulated in Galt's Speech (in For the New Intellectual, the speech is introduced with the words "This is Objectivism") is Rand's intellectual property.
Objectivism as formulated by Nathaniel Br
On February 3, 2002 on the old Atlantis email list, R. Christian Ross asked: "what, if any, ought to be the goals of Objectivism? If you were CEO of Objectivism Inc. what would you do? What is Objectivism 404?"
Here are several theoretical topics in Objectivism that have long interested me, and which I think are crucial to its future viability:
1. Rand's Trichotomy. Starting with his lectures on Objectivism in 1975-76, Peikoff has warped the intrinsic-subjective-objective trichotomy, due to hi
Welcome to my blog on Objectivist Living!
As some of you already know, it has been my intent for over 40 years to propose and promote improvements to Objectivism, the philosophy developed by the Russian-American novelist, Ayn Rand, and her two chief spokesmen, Nathaniel Branden and Leonard Peikoff.
I have done so through numerous essays published in magazines and journals since 1970, and I continue to write material for forthcoming essays and at least two books, one on false alternatives in ph
These commentaries on Atlas will be relatively tongue and cheek. You've been warned.
Marx was Right
Many thinkers have noted the foundations of Rand's ideas rest a great deal on Marx. While I am no expert one immediate similarity is striking. Marx wrote that Capitalism reduces human relationships to cash transactions in the market. Old ideas like caste, chivalry, christian charity and everything else that impedes business has been wiped out. Rand capitulates and encourages this point with full
I have been wanting to write something like this for a while and after having done a bit of thinking on Anthemgate, and looking at Art in modern society I have decided to finally put my thoughts down.
One of the greatest problems in the Objectivist world today is stagnation. Put quite simply up until the election of the Emperor Mrs. Rands books and books to do with Objectivism were slowly growing in sales, however since Rand herself there have been NO major contributors to the Objectivist world
There is a Latin saying when it comes to prayer "Lex Orandi, Lex credendi" this is often translated as the law of prayer is the law of belief. It may seem odd to speak of prayer in an atheistic context such as Objectivism, however this is to ignore the fundamental question of what is prayer. According to dictionary.com pray can mean anything from "to offer devout petition" to "thanks", "to make petition or entreaty". These definitions however are not an accurate description of what it means to p
That this even needs to be stated is a sad commentary on discourse in general. I have not found a standard formalization for defining the default scopes and definitions of terms and statements, so I am creating my own. This is all in an effort to thwart misunderstanding or intentional disruption. I'll modify the list over time.
- The primary general rule is to assume the best and ask for clarification. Jumping to some conclusion will make you look silly. Getting me to clarify something dub
As I write my first blog entry (ever!), I am reminded of the scene in "The Jerk" where Navin (played by Steve Martin) finds his name in the phone book: "Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now!". This is not meant to disparage or diminish the postings of others, but to provide context for my own. That context is that I try not to take myself too seriously. If I manage to say something truly unique or insightful, I'll be as surprised as anyone.
The purpose of making postings here is sim
This was my very first story idea as a sophomore in HS. Our regular English teacher had to take a leave of absence to care for her sick daughter. She was out for the full year (a blessing in disguise as her and I did not see eye to eye on how I should write). Ms. Lind was our substitute and stayed with us the entire year. She was a blessing.
A couple months into the class, after completing a few writing exercises, she assigned us the task of writing a short story. A fault of mine is being
I think we'd all agree that the American justice system is a tattered one. Laws upon laws the either build and shore up other laws, or undercut others has led our society to lose faith when seeking justice. Celebrities, on most counts, get a slap on the wrist while your run-of-the-mill citizen gets the book thrown at them. This is circumstantial and differs from judge to judge. The levels of impartiality come into question as well.
This concept came to me while on shift work in Tampa. It s
This was a project that I started out with a few friends back home. Again, this story has some heavy influence with my gaming background. Many new platforms have formed this way and my friends and I wanted to capitalize a bit on it. What started out prior to my entering the Air Force has been on the back burner ever since...we've all married, had kids, etc. But we still hold out for a day where we can all collaberate this as a priority. What's even better is that our ideas and ideals for th
Since as long as I can remember, I've abhored,to a certain degree, jotting down ideas. This relates to a feeling or notion I have that if it's written down and lost, then it's lost for good. I've never been a good note taker, a deficiency of my time management skills. But having been a member here for quite some time, I feel things are in order from a server backup perspective. I can relax a bit knowing there's a good chance my work here won't be "lost" after jotting down ideas. So here goe
We have recently had the deaths of Corin & Lynne. I think only Vanessa is left.
They were all leftists and could be counted to support whatever bad cause was around. They were also very good actors. I'll enjoy their movies but wince when they give their political positions.
They had Elizabeth Taylor as a step-mother.
Jeopardy is have its Celebrity Tournament of Champions and I think Michael McKean will be the big winner.
Michael McKean is one of the best proofs that the intelligence of actors should not be judged by the roles they play.
McKean played one of two stupid guys on a show "Laverne & Shirley" that had several dumb people. Almost of his other roles he has played a lot smarter
The Fantastics ran for over 40 years off Broadway. It has a very small cast. I believe the cast is less than ten people. A huge number of high schools have done it. It is based on a play by Rostand.
A good number of the actresses who played the girl went on to become big names. The first El Gallo was Jerry Orbach who was on Law & Order.
This lady was one of the best character actresses. She appeared both in Vertigo and The Maltese Falcon. She was Mrs. Topper in the show with that name. She never got to be a star but she did good work.
John Stossell had Lou Dobbs on his show last week.
I realized that Lou Dobbs does not think that there are individuals acting. Because we speak of trade as between countries we do not see that trade is not between countries. It is ultimately between individuals. I decide I want a new car so I get a car that is Japanese but I as individual make that decision.
I think this maybe that people like Dobbs are always seeing collectives.