Rafe’s Roundup 20 December

Breaking news. Fake translator hospitalized. BoltA in Tasmania,

World News. Pope gets up with the Hispanic vote.

Posts of the week. Lunatics in charge of the asylum, risk management rules! Getting spending under control. Andrew Bolt returns after the shortest break from blogging in history. Think of your family Andrew!

Books. For girls, for boys, more BOP covers, for cult followers.

Around the town: IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Around the town off shore. New Cato ebook. The Adam Smith Institute in London. The British Libertarian Alliance and Spiked.

Splendiferous images. The proving ring. Production functions. An amazing cathedral in Spain, an architectural and engineering marvel.

How we live. The fear of being watched by ducks. The most useless workouts.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Anthropological study of the tribes of the economists.

In the journals, with Peter Klein.

Join the Friends of Jacques Barzun, an invisible college of people who recognize real scholarship, as demonstrated by Jacques Barzun. Read some of his books and circulate them.

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23 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 20 December

  1. Rafe

    Beautiful! What a find! A bit wordy but a lot of fun. You have to be a bit worried about a man who claims to own several hundred dictionaries!
    Gary Larsen is probably my favourite thinker after Popper and Barzun.

  2. Rabz

    Has anyone climbed any of the Sagrada Familia’s spires? I did in 1996. One of the great European holiday experiences.

  3. Rafe

    Do you need to have a head for heights?

  4. Yes be very afraid. Pity they’re mostly useless…
    Also I agree about Larsen. Jokes are definitely shortcuts to logic.

  5. Rabz

    Do you need to have a head for heights?

    Yes. I’d be surprised if you can still climb them, though. The view is exhilarating.

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I think it is a really weird piece of architecture, Rabz. Haven’t climbed the towers but got a blister walking around it. Viva Barca though, eh?

    My favourite Larsen is a pic of an earnest student pushing hard on a door that said ‘pull’; above was a sign saying “School for the Intellectually Gifted”. Rather like that IRL tale of the four Nobel-prize winners who couldn’t figure out how to work the lift in their hotel.

  7. Infidel Tiger

    The most useless workouts has some howlers.

    Anyone who says squatting to 90 degrees is dangerous has no idea.

  8. Ant

    I liked this under ‘risk management rules’:

    Interview topics to avoid

    Like most organisations, Monash University is committed to promoting equal opportunity in education. Throughout your questioning and note taking during the interviews, please avoid the following “protected attributes” – Age, breastfeeding, career status, disability, employment activity, gender identity, industrial activity, lawful sexual activity, marital status, parental status, personal association, physical features, political belief of activity, pregnancy, or potential pregnancy, race, religious belief of activity, sex, sexual harassment and sexual orientation.

    No “protected attributes” for the mentally depraved or dunderheads. How negligent.

  9. Ubique

    If you’re suffering from anatidaephobia, the last thing you’d want to do is to see the quack about the problem.

  10. brett

    Has anyone climbed any of the Sagrada Familia’s spires? I did in 1996. One of the great European holiday experiences.

    Sure did, strangely enough in 1996.

    And even stranger, as we crossed the small bridge connecting the outer and inner spires, my wife bumped into an old friend who she hadn’t seen since lived in the UK many years earlier..

  11. From OHH’s link:

    The word “stop” for example is neither a noun, verb, nor adjective, until it is joined variously to the words:
    “organ”, “don’t” or “sign”.

    Wrong; “Stop!” is a perfectly understandable, complete sentence without another word.

    Though fond of a sesquipedalian term or two, some of my favourite words are monosyllabic: for example, ure—a damp mist—and yr—the back of an axe.

  12. Gab

    I’m never playing Scrabble with you, Deadman.

  13. Deadman, that doesn’t really contradict what I said. And I think you need context for even “stop!” to mean something.

  14. manalive

    Gaudi was a very eccentric and religiose gentleman.
    The building was only about quarter complete when he was knocked down by a tram and subsequently died.
    His work is often described as impassioned, savage, frenzied. Later work on Holy Family supervised by a variety of architects over the years has become more ‘architectural’.
    The story goes that he had a difficult time with the client for the Casa Mila apartments who complained that there wasn’t a straight wall to accommodate her Steinway and he told her bluntly to play the violin instead.
    Subsequently he had to sue them for his fees.

  15. MT Isa Miner

    Gaudi, talk about an original. I’d love to see his buildings.
    An Australian guy was chosen to finish his work, alright a Kiwi. It was a huge deal internationally.

  16. MT Isa Miner

    Rafe

    #1118131, posted on December 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful! What a find! A bit wordy but a lot of fun. You have to be a bit worried about a man who claims to own several hundred dictionaries!
    Gary Larsen is probably my favourite thinker after Popper and Barzun.

    Rafe, for years I’ve been avoiding your links about those last two guys because I thought my brain would probably blow up. But hey, I reckon Larson is a real philosopher so now you have a sale.

  17. Rafe

    Merry Xmas Miner! I used to think that it was evil to avoid my links on Popper and Barzun but heck, a guy who lovers Gary Larson can’t be all bad :)

    That’s a good one Liz, I often catch myself pushing on the door marked pull.

    One of my favorites is a picture of a big white whale in an open-topped car, behind another car where a dude with a wooden leg and a harpoon is getting out. The caption reads something like “250,000 people in downtown Manhattan and who do I have to rear-end?”

  18. Rabz

    Brett – awesome anecdote.

  19. old bloke

    I was suffering from anatidaephobia, but this phobia ceased when Gillard left office.

  20. Jim Rose

    rafe, thanks for the round-ups over the yea. always interested. have a good break over xmas

  21. Rafe

    Thanks Jim, if I decide to take a break it better be longer than Andrew Bolt’s holiday from blogging which lasted about one day, maybe two :)

    Actually I will be in Tasmania for a week in early January without cable so I might take that time off.

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