Visitors Center at Florida Southern College iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

School & Pantheon

School & Pantheon iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Visitors Center at Florida Southern College

Visitors Center at Florida Southern College iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright

Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.




Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

If you read one brief op-ed piece this year, surely it must be Of Crudeness and Truth by Andrew Klavan in City Journal. “For Nurse Ratched, read Hillary Clinton, CNN, The New York Times, Yale University, Twitter, and Google/YouTube —— all the tender ministers of polite silence and enforced dishonesty. If Donald Trump’s boorishness crashes like a bull through the crystal madhouse of their leftism — well, good. It’s about time.” Like other forms of tyranny, at first we found political correctness amusing. One consequence of it: this risky presidency.

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

When Google analysed their hiring, they were surprised to find that “among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last.” Instead, “The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills.” One smart commenter points out that since everyone will have the STEM skills anyway, these other things are the only differentiators.

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Jonathan Haidt lists the centrifugal and centripetal forces acting on American society in his essay Age of Outrage. I learned a new word: “intersectionality”.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

“The press takes [Trump] literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.’ Salena Zito in this September 23 article in The Atlantic. What a thing.

Also Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

And What I learned after 100,000 miles on the road talking to Trump supporters by Chris Arnade in The Guardian.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fascinating research into the five types of UK school heads — philosophers, surgeons, soldiers, architects, accountants — and that the wrong type is being rewarded.


Monday, October 17th, 2016

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Possibly the world’s most important story at the moment? American middle-class impoverishment, or as the author—himself afflicted—calls it, financial impotence.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Weekly Standard visits Jerusalem’s new Shalem liberal arts college.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The great secret of education is to use exercise of mind and body as relaxation one to the other.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Hanna Rosin writes on the iPad and young children. The beginning could have appeared anywhere, the middle in any number of magazines, the end in only a small handful. And a rather relevant topic at the moment in this house, where Good Morning is spoken as “Where the iPad gone!”

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Surely the definitive article about internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz. Only eating white or yellow food seems a glaring sign that not everything there was quite right.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012


Jean-Jacques Rousseau


What did I learn from this? I’m not sure. I love Rousseau’s inimical style, even translated. It seems what I imagine Latin would be: pithy. Like Emerson, it’s witty, profound, but I can’t remember the ideas. This however is due to my own shortcomings, not the book’s.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Paul Graham PyCon US 2012 keynote
wherein he spells out some of the big ambitious start-up ideas on our collective mind. Be the next Google. Fix email. Be the next Apple. Replace universities. Ongoing diagnostic healthcare.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

“We don’t have castles and noble titles, so how do you indicate you’re part of the elite?” Wicked piece on TED by Benjamin Wallace.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Scotland’s early industrialisation produced great wealth and great poverty and after two centuries is yet to tackle that fundamental inequity. Lesley Riddoch compares Scotland’s failure and Finland’s success.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korea

Guy Delisle


Nice and enjoyable but could have been a lot longer. This should have been chapter 1 of 4 or 5 or so. What about the rest of the country? I know you can’t get there but still.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Jakob Nielsen tests reading usability on the iPad and Kindle and reports that they’re almost as good as reading on paper. People didn’t like reading on PCs — it reminded them of work.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Could Americans get yob disease? (Comments are more insightful than the article itself.)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Beginning of Wisdom

Leon R. Kass


The book of the Book. I am biased but there is just so much here, and the good doctor is such graciously juicy writerly company. I especially like the Babel treatment.

Friday, December 25th, 2009

200 years that changed the world, a fascinating 5-minute video that feels like 2 minutes.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Climategate so far.
Just how close were we to catastrophe at Copenhagen?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The Cameron Way: What American conservatives should learn from the British Tory leader, by Joseph Loconte in National Review.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Valuable lessons learned in 4 nasty days at Deep Springs College [via Brian]. I was there for 9 months and didn’t get it as clearly as the author does.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

On the bullying of and subsequent sad decline of the SAT. Yet another story of American self-immolation.



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