Peter Thiel, genius and billionaire, offers some fresh advice in the Intercollegiate Review: “The Competition Myth.” Send the link to the young adults that you know.
Thiel is interesting. I wish that the elite captains who steer the ships of our social fleet were more like him—and that today’s Forbes list consisted of men like the Crosley brothers, Milton Hershey, Howard Hughes, Thomas Edison, Rockefeller . . . men of genius, vision, courage, and great will. Well, Silicon Valley is full of amazing folks, and there is Elon Musk, but America’s dominant class today largely reeks of cowardice and dishonesty. Such makes sense—for they lead a craven, lying people.
Happy feast of Saint Nicholas for those who follow the old calendar!
In September, I received a link to the following Thai commercial. The touching story is fitting to show on this feast of one of the more famous benefactors in the Lord’s employment.
May Saint Nicholas pray for us to become more generous and forgiving.
The Advent fast begins today. May your white lent be fruitful. I wish you the best in keeping the faith in this land of mammon.
Related to the ridiculous consumerism of contemporary society, I present you a funny article on Slate by Rebecca Watson, “The Pseudoscience of SkyMall.” Watson reviews the curious SkyMall catalogue that you find on planes and suggests a game that I shall play on my next flight. She imagines that she wins a contest where she gets to pick one item from each of the catalogue’s spreads. Watson ends thus:
If you’re playing Imaginary SkyMall Sweepstakes, definitely go with the Lord Raffles Lion Throne Chair on Page 91, because nothing says “class” like an ornate replica Medieval throne from an in-flight catalog. Or maybe the Bigfoot, the Holiday Yeti Holiday Ornament, depending on your personal tastes. Totally your call.
We are indeed a tacky people.
A few months ago, I read an interesting article in Forbes by Bret Swanson: “Jobs: Steve vs. the Stimulus.” The backstory of the article is that in his response to Obama’s State of the Union address, Governor Daniels of Indiana stated that Steve Jobs had produced more jobs than the monstrous stimulus act. Paul Krugman, lefty economist for The New York Times, then attempted to school Daniels by comparing the numbers. Contra Krugman, Swanson’s article defends Daniel’s assertion with a fascinating exploration of the dynamism in a free economy.
I am a fan of fonts, though I am obviously an amateur in the realm of typology when compared to some:
Are you enraged by these new fangled fonts? You may then wish to visit Ban Comic Sans to enlist in their crusade.
Alternatively, you may be interested in the documentary Helvetica, which examines that heartless typeface.
I actually dislike all sans serif fonts, though I suppose that Helvetica is less mind numbing than Arial. Seriously, who enjoys the minimalist, atheistic, hellish nothingness of Arial? We can all agree, I hope, that only Satan and his minions would inspire such a nihilistic font. It is the typological equivalent of grunting and pointing—conveying only the absolutely necessary without any regard to style, beauty, or, as the fellow in the video above notes, propriety for a given setting. Its deluded partisans may claim that it is clean, neat, and tidy, but their uncluttered utopia betrays the desert of their soul.
If you think that I am overreacting, just meet the anti-papyrites at I ♥ Papyrus and Papyrus Watch. The next thing you know, they’ll foment pogroms in the print shop.
I do understand font passion. I just wish that the various browsers displayed fonts the same. I have designed my pages according to how they look in Internet Explorer, as more people use Microsoft’s browser. However, it seems that the web elite (i.e. geeks) prefer Firefox. So, I wish that I could figure out how to make the site pleasant looking in both browsers. For I hate the way my page fonts look in FireFox; they assault the eyes and are hard to read. Any ideas?