Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Lingua Franca" is a Latin Phrase


And the lingua franca is now English. Talk about a fucked up phrase.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Personology is a Bunch of Crap

Personology is a field which seeks to explain personality through facial traits. This assumption might be valid, but the people who work in the field seem to do a crappy job at proving it.

The truth in personology might be in the fact that the way you see yourself affects your attitudes. If you have the appearance of a strong leader, your personality will grow in that manner.

Personology, however, isn't very scientific. It's not a peer-reviewed field. All of the information available on it are on websites where people are trying to make money. Additionally, there's too many variables. If there are some 200 traits to define a person, the personologist can selectively choose traits to define the person.

It's a field that could have value but--as of now--is poorly executed.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fads and Legends

The difference between fads and legends is that fads get attention quickly and fade, but no one talks about them or remembers afterwards. Legends begin the same, but steadily they are talked about more and more, steadily becoming discussed and reaching a limit, a threshold, to be forever remembered. Fads are remembered, but they very rarely and irregularly come back to memory.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Why People Can't Handle The Truth

The truth is difficult. It may be simple, but it is difficult. For example, Aristotle's Golden Mean. It is a simple idea to balance the various aspects of one's life, but it's a difficult one. Often one wants a little more of something: a little more food, a little more beer, a little more fun. But these all disrupt the balance, and that's what makes the truth so difficult.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fuck Your Experience

So experience is what Presidential candidates need, eh? Hillary's got experience, she was in the White House for eight years.

Since that's the case, let's put all of our candidates in the White House from birth. That way, they'll have all the experience they need; they'll be prepared for the job.

There already is a system of government that does that. You know what it's called?


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why People Hate Cops

Back in the day, cops used to walk around and patrol their "beats." Since they were on foot and probably got bored, they'd stop and chat with people. They had a social investment in their community, and the people in their community had a social investment with them.

Today, cops drive around in cruisers. The same white cars, the same men with crew-cuts in black uniforms staring out the windows. There's no social investment, just these uniformed men inside uniform cruisers, staring out their windows, peering into people's lives and business.

The only time a cop gets involved now-a-days is when a crime has been committed. Seeing a cop on foot is a bad sign. Before, they were part of the community. Now, they intervene when something is awry.

If you're socially invested with a cop, you're not only in trouble with the law, you're embarrassed. People aren't embarrassed to commit crimes anymore.

Why People Love Barack Obama

Barack Obama is so good at being a politician that he's convinced everyone he's not a politician.


Friday, February 08, 2008

A Warning to Sexy People

If this is you right now, this could be you someday.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

History's Impossible

Historians to seek the truth regarding what's happened in the past. How can you even do that when you can barely know the truth of what's happening now? You're living through it, and you still don't know the truth. To know it with a series of broken facts and biased documents... nearly impossible.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Why We Abuse the Present Progressive

People do something funny in English. No other language I can think of or have heard of does this so often as us, and I've just realized why.

In English, we abuse the present progressive. That's where, instead of saying "Timmy runs," one says, "Timmy is running." English speakers use this enough that Facebook made the prefix to the status always "is" along with the person's name. That way, the essence of what Facebook was looking for people to post in their status was captured, but it remained completely versatile.

The meaning of present, however, is different in English than other languages. This doesn't really make sense; present is always the same in every language. The English present has come to refer to things that are static or happen all the time. For example, "Timmy procrastinates," means that Timmy always procrastinates, or that Timmy is a procrastinator. On the other hand, "Timmy is procrastinating," means Timmy is currently procrastinating, but at some point he'll start his work... this is a one time thing.

Perhaps this reflects our attitudes. The present, becoming something constant, is abolished for temporary things. Or maybe we just like "to be."

Monday, February 04, 2008

You Know You're a Reincarnated Roman When...

I. Fuck Carthaginians
II. Sometimes you wear a toga, just because.
III. Out of all the alcoholic beverages in the world, only one satisfies you.
IV. You want to speak Latin... you may even speak Latin.
V. Your children are getting Roman names.
VI. You'd rather eat with your hands.
VII. Athletes aren't supposed to get paid; they're slaves!
VIII. If you like it, take it. That includes languages, too.
IX. Pants are for barbarians.
X. Carthago Delenda Est