the only thing less popular than the truth is the person delivering it.
previous: February 2006
|idea of the day||2006.02.28|
|idea of the day||2006.02.27|
as someone who has purchased books by pimsleur, you might like to know that pimsleur swahili will be released soon.
the amazon recommendation system has obviously lost touch with me if they’re going to send swahili book updates and fail to mention things like the 2006 sports illustrated swimsuit issue.
|the things they carried||2006.02.23|
a week long ski trip in the rocky mountains: special.
leaving your two kids under three years old at home: even more special.
the amazing hospitality of the vance family and completing a new book: priceless.
from the author: the only certainty that summer was moral confusion. it was my view then, and still is, that you don’t make war without knowing why. knowledge, of course, is always imperfect, but it seemed to me that when a nation goes to war it must have reasonable confidence in the justice and imperative of its cause. you can’t fix your mistakes. once people are dead, you can’t make them undead.
and more: a true war story is never moral. it does not instruct nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. if a story seems moral, do not believe it. if at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. there is no rectitude whatsoever. there is no virtue.as a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.
|idea of the day||2006.02.10|
its been a while since i’ve had a good idea so i’ll be taking two weeks off to see if i can come up with anything fresh. in the mean time pay attention to the who’s not being sworn in during congressional hearings…
|idea of the day||2006.02.09|
last night i made dinner at 10:30, not because i got home that late or was hungry then – it has just become too much effort to cook when the kids are awake…
|idea of the day||2006.02.08|
if you happen to see natalie or i driving down the road i’d suggest steering clear… apparently we are both going tired blind and probably won’t see you.
|idea of the day||2006.02.07|
given my willingness, some may say even eagerness, to engage in conflict at work you would be surprised to know the lengths i go to attempting to avoid it at home.
|idea of the day||2006.02.03|
unsolicited stock tips are all of the sudden showing up in my email inbox – i’m going to retire early and rich after all, yeah!
|idea of the day||2006.02.02|
mark twain noted: “familiarity breeds contempt–and children”.
the happy people bastardized this to “unfamiliarity breeds contempt”.
to which i would add “unfamiliarity breeds contempt and familiarity assures it”.
|idea of the day||2006.02.01|
alix our friend from cleveland is getting married this weekend. ethan is obsessed with alex the lion from madagascar. he thinks the wedding we’re attending this weekend is for alex the lion. no amount of explaining has convinced him otherwise.
i guess we’re about to find out how he deals with disappointment.