Ross Barlow

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About Ross Barlow

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    Ross Barlow
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    Zen-Objectivist mountain climber. Veteran, US Marine Corps (Vietnam, 1969-70). Former teacher: history & philosophy. Eagle Scout. Born in 1950.
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    Guns for Fun, Protection & Liberty: straight-shooter Objectivists
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    MUSIC: The Blues, Rock and Roll, Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Thai traditional, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven. MOVIES: The Eiger Sanction, The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Jeremiah Johnson, Casino Royale (2006), The Horse Whisperer, Whale Rider, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Casablanca, The Emperor’s Club, Equilibrium, Life of Brian, Groundhog Day.
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    Kingdom of Thailand
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    mountain climbing (rock, snow & ice), Buddhism (Zen & Theravada), history, philosophy, libertarianism, Objectivism, movies, reading, bivouacking, Moon-watching.

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  1. Here is an interesting article from Science Dailey. For what it’s worth. It reminded me of Rand’s historical reconstruction of human epistemological development, and I think she would have been pleased and vindicated to hear of this research. (And it also reminded me of you folks here on Objectivist Living, whose company I do not seek out nearly enough.) -Ross Barlow.
  2. Brant, I don't give a fuck either, but I do thank you for giving me this opportunity to laugh my fucking ass off. -Ross Barlow.
  3. This is a very interesting thread that I only stumbled upon today. (I’ve been out of the loop, as usual.) Ellen, you have been recommending Doris Lessing to me for many years now. Can you suggest where to start reading? Thanks in advance. -Ross Barlow. .
  4. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a wonderful work to browse for nuggets of wisdom. When I lived Stateside and taught high school history and philosophy, I had a great quote of his attached off to the side of my desk, something I read every morning before students arrived. (I have temporarily misplaced my copy here, so I won’t try reciting it from my aged memory; maybe later.) The quote had to do with living with dignity, effectiveness, and benevolent tolerance as a true “man”/human amongst others who may vex us and try our patience (surely of importance to a teacher of many public scho
  5. Whiplash is the best film I’ve seen in the past year. It is intense with great acting. J.K. Simmons (a favorite character actor of mine) plays an uncompromising studio jazz band leader at a top music conservatory, and he comes off as a raging Drill Instructor from Hell – demanding complete perfection and even more from his students. He is obsessed with mentoring and driving students until he produces a true jazz legend. Damien Chazelle, the writer/director, is said to have been inspired by the intense and unforgettable drill instructor character in the first half of Stanley Kubrick’s Full
  6. For me as a young man, Nathaniel’s The Disowned Self, along with Breaking Free, were absolutely liberating and probably life saving. Stumbling home in 1970 as a shattered wreck out of the military, I was really, really fucked up. And it wasn’t just recent war trauma that had me by the throat. I had long been fucked up philosophically as well. I have frequently been too much of an idealist (perhaps an artifact of my evangelical Christian childhood). I had taken Objectivism, which I had studied enthusiastically while in high school and then when in the military, as a vision of absolute perf
  7. I will always remember Barbara for her consideration. I was only a remote online acquaintance of hers from these e-lists, so I was surprised to get an email from her immediately after the 2006 military coup here in Thailand. She remembered that I had moved here, and she asked if we were all okay. That touched me. -Ross Barlow.
  8. L’homme qui rit, (2012), French language with English subtitles . If you are a big Victor Hugo fan, you may be interested in this one, even though it is a low budget film. . I read Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs 40 years ago – on Rand’s recommendation – and I had left my copy Stateside. I routinely keep track of the movie schedules down in the Bangkok theaters, even though I usually cannot make it into town to see them. It blew me away when I saw The Man Who Laughs listed in the coming attraction websites. A Victor Hugo classic! . I quickly downloaded a translation of the novel to my Kindle an
  9. Friends, . I have known a lot of folks on this forum for many years. Here is a recent note on the flooding here in Thailand: . I try to update that blog daily if I'm able. I think I will lose electricity soon. . -Ross Barlow. . Two blogs: . “Zenwind”: this is my primary site for recording more perennial stuff, e.g., accounts of my greatest climbing adventures, reviews of movies and books, favorite poems, and important personal thoughts. Click on “Index” links to navigate categories: . “
  10. I would recommend The World of Jeeves, a collection of 34 short stories of Jeeves and Wooster. It starts out with the story “Jeeves Takes Charge,” where Bertie first meets Jeeves, and it goes right on from there. It also contains the story mentioned above, “The Great Sermon Handicap,” but I haven’t gotten to that one yet. . I bought this volume when I noticed that a local Bangkok bookstore had many Wodehouse books, and I’d like to read the entire Jeeves canon eventually. I first ran into Wodehouse books in my high school library in the 1960s, and I became an addict. I only got to see a c
  11. I am going to have to look back over some of my lists of favorite movies, because I know there are many that fit this thread. For the time being, there are two movies that have been discussed earlier in separate threads on OL that have not yet been mentioned on this thread. . The first is Equilibrium (2002), and, if this link works, you should be able to read the thread (and my review) here. As a teaser, I’ll just say here that there is a statue of Atlas struggling to hold the world up – in a society where, by law, no art works are supposed to exist. . The second film is The Lives of Oth
  12. Thank you to Brant, David, Bill, Shane, Angie, Michael et al for the warm welcome back. This is a great website with friendly and knowledgeable people, and I have really missed the discussions here. . -Ross.
  13. . George, . The quote you mention is in the 1938 Flynn “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” It is said to the villain Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) by one of his knight/henchmen as they are walking down a stairway in the castle: . “Our men can’t lay a hot iron in the eyes of a tax dodger without getting an […] arrow in the throat. It’s an outrage!” . That’s what the subtitles say (without my ellipses), yet subtitles are often inaccurate. It almost sounds as if another word is sounded before “arrow” and the article sounds like an “a” rather than an “an.” It might be “a black arrow,”
  14. I agree that this latest Ridley Scott movie of Robin Hood is very much worth seeing. . And I also agree that Errol Flynn’s 1938 role set an impossibly high standard for the character, and it remains my favorite. I really like George’s earlier quote of Marian saying, “Why, you speak treason!” and Robin replying with a huge smile, “Fluently!” Absolutely classic libertarianism. After seeing the new movie in a downtown theater I immediately bought a DVD of the 1938 Flynn flick. I can enjoy many levels of this story and many versions. . As for the new Robin Hood film, go see it. It has som
  15. . I think that it’s been about a year since I was last active reading or writing here on Objectivist Living – as well as on all other Objectivist or libertarian websites or e-lists (such as A2). I am sorry for being out of touch with many longtime online friends here. I was very ill a year ago and decided to stop participating in all online discussions because I tend to get too angry for my own good health. . In the last year I have been reading a lot – but using that archaic technology made from trees, once called “books.” Jeff Riggenbach had recommended some fiction many years ago on A2