From the ancient Greek for equality in freedom of speech; an eclectic mix of thoughts, large and small
The Lion’s Gate
Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Steven Pressfield has embraced his (secular) Jewish heritage and written a new book about the Six Day War, The Lion’s Gate. He discusses the process with his agent, and this bit on MiG-killers and the death burst caught my attention:
James James: Software is non-rivalrous but it is certainly excludable. (Copyright law and DRM are not perfectly enforced, but they exist.) Software is therefore not a public good but a club good. If software becomes less excludable, the problems the article hints at may become more serious. (As regards software’s non-rivalrous nature, it may even sometimes be an anti-rivalous good: https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Anti-rival_good )
Garrett: Ah, but you forgot to include the biggest secret of Po’s kind: pandas are carnivorous. Who knows what they’re capable of when they go off the bamboo. A parable for our time.
FNN: Search “Bearcat Wright” plus “Gene LeBelle” for an earlier famous “screwjob.” Wright wouldn’t give up the local title at the appointed time. Promotion enforcer Gene LeBelle had to be called in to remove the problem.
Slovenian Guest: It’s kayfabe everywhere. At least in wrestling they go home with broken bones and concussions; it’s real in that regard. There’s more kayfabe on CNN than on the Wrestling Channel. It would be only fair to rename the damn thing to KFB already. The lamestream media is basically one-third native advertising, one-third scare mongering, and one-third outright government propaganda, all held together by said kayfabe. Barry O. even reads responses to hecklers from the...
Grurray: A notable instance of kayfabe being broken was the infamous Montreal Screwjob. The interesting part about it was McMahon committed the screwjob, thus breaking the kayfabe, but then rolled it into a larger kayfabe that included the backstage fight and subsequent feud. It lasted years until they reconciled a few years ago. Fans and aficionados are still debating to this day who knew what and when, what was planned or not, what was real and what was fake. In many ways it was probably the peak of...
Slovenian Guest: And better subversive than ruined! How Disney Ruined The Little Mermaid
Barney Pell: I think this post explains why I liked the film so much. It is indeed subversive!
Faze: “Broadcasters̶ 1; as they used to be called, once cultivated fine voices. I suspect that many men nowadays don’t want the responsibility that comes with having a strong, resonant voice. You have to choose your words carefully, and you’re sort of expected to be in charge.
Faze: These guys are too young to remember Werner Erhard and EST – the 1970s bootcamp-style self-improvement binge. EST was famous for not even allowing its attendees to go to the restroom. How does this harshness help these programs succeed? (There’s actually much to admire among the Less Wrongers.)
Handle: Serling is refreshingly articulate in that interview. You don’t often see someone like that on television these days.