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  1. Anti-Virus Software

    I swear by AVG. (Maybe one day I'll try Avast--it sounds good too.)
  2. Dog will do Tricks for you

    The dog rejects a lot of commands. Here's a chicken that does most anything. It's quite amazing!
  3. Rex Barks

    They're all PNs; the answer key is wrong--it's clear-cut. Some examples are not so obvious: "The color of her gown was such a red as made the eyes ache." In this case, "red" is a noun, so it's a PN. (The gown had the quality of red, but the color is red.)
  4. This inability to edit is really annoying! Rand
  5. This might be even more pertinent: Music with an Ayn rand Connection
  6. Some Sparkling Lehar for Sunday Night

    Thank you. I had been looking for a complete version of this aria on YouTube. Franz Lehár is my favorite composer, and this is one of my favorite songs by him. See this article I wrote: Evaluating Music--and Franz Lehár
  7. Jolie confirmed as playing Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged Movie

    Assuming the movie continues to face years of delay, here's my vote for the role of Ragnar:
  8. Spell Checking Others' Posts

    I almost always correct typos, and at times even punctuation errors, but only if I am absolutely sure it is a mistake. I take the side of caution with punctuation--but most people do not know how to punctuate (I'm a professional editor).
  9. Why is Free will an axiom?

    The concept of "subjective" is most properly used in contradistinction to "objective." For example, suppose a man does not acknowledge the flaws in his wife's character because his love for her colors his judgment. We would say he is being subjective--that is, his perception is subject to an influence that does not have cognition as its goal. What he needs to do is be objective. The term "subjective experience" by this definition of the adjective is meaningless. Precisely speaking, it would mean that the experience does not actually exist, or that it is not truly striving to gain knowledge. But of course, an experience is simply something that one undergoes, and we cannot find fault with it the way we can with a goal-directed process. Even the term "personal experience" is somewhat of a redundancy. An experience, by its very nature, can only be had by a single person. I realize this is a side issue to the ones raised in the original post, but I thought I'd weigh in anyway.
  10. ... it's spoofed ... respectfully

    I almost wish this story were true! And now, for the rest of this thread, it might be amusing to nominate passages from the novel that we would like to hear shrieked. This one gets my vote: "WE NEVER HAD TO TAKE ANY OF IT SERIOUSLY, DID WE?"
  11. Atlas Shrugged Movie On Hold

    It is worth noting that Ayn Rand never implied that Galt's speech convinced the country's leaders to abdicate. Rather, it was the strike--the withdrawal of the men of the mind--that forced them to. This is basic Shrugged. So I too am glad that this project has been put on hold. In fact, I find myself wishing that it would be abandoned entirely by this crew.
  12. Is this really Hillary Clinton talking?

    The way I see it, she is trying to co-opt the increasingly acknowledged observation that "liberal" has come to mean the opposite of liberty, and confuse the issue so that this reversal remains safely in place.
  13. About sweet-faced young women

    Absolutely disgusting.
  14. On February 1, 2004 I posted this on a few boards. I have no reason to think anything has been done about these problems. Anyone care to update? ------------------- All who are interested in the textual integrity of Ayn Rand's work should note the following. Between the time of the first edition of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and the 25th anniversary edition (hardcover), the text was reset and NOT PROOFREAD CAREFULLY ENOUGH. Some of the errors are quite serious, but they are not really typos and so are unlikely to be caught unless someone checks the later book against the earlier one, word by word. I only caught the ones listed at the end here because I had a good memory of how the original sounded, and several things seemed "off." (I should say that none of these differences between the 1943 and the 1968 version seem to be edits by Ayn Rand.) How many other mistakes would be caught by a meticulous comparison? See the very end of this message for a list of the errors. It is reasonable to assume that these errors will be carried forward into ALL FUTURE EDITIONS, since, due to modern electronic publishing, it is no longer necessary to reset text in order to change its format. (I would appreciate it if someone who has the latest versions of the paperback and hardback could confirm that the errors still stand. I'm pretty sure they do.) I also wonder: Was ATLAS SHRUGGED ever reset? If so, how carefully was it proofread? No one at ARI has replied to the following email, sent three times to various persons, which is why I have decided to "go public": ------------------------------------------------- I hope that you will pass this information along to whomever is responsible for preserving the textual integrity of Ayn Rand's THE FOUNTAINHEAD. I have compiled a [...] list of typographical errors and missing words in the 25th anniversary edition of the novel. Reading that edition, several things did not seem right and so I checked them against the original edition of 1943. I'm pretty confident that none of them represent intentional changes between the two editions. I'm talking about missing punctuation, misspellings -- including of major characters' names -- plurals changed to singulars, and -- as I have said -- missing words. Over time, an accumulation of such mistakes will inevitably lead to significant degradation of the text. I wrote earlier about this, but did not receive any reply. I do not remember to whom I wrote, but if you will direct me to the appropriate person, I can send the list as an attachment. ... I only noticed these errors because I'm professional editor with a sharp eye, and because I had a good memory of certain passages from earlier editions; I wonder what a line-by-line comparison would have found. If an entire sentence, or even an entire paragraph, were missing, how many people would notice? I would suggest that all new editions of Ayn Rand's works be spot-checked extremely carefully for signs of unannounced retyping. Formatters are supposed to tell you when they retype things, but from experience I know that they often do not. They are very confident of their own accuracy, or merely cannot be bothered. Rodney Rawlings 416-960-0086 "Music, Melody, and Songs" Click to hear my RECONSTRUCTION ON GROUND ZERO: Click to see my ANTHEM for concert band: ------------------------------------------------- ERRORS IN THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF AYN RAND'S THE FOUNTAINHEAD (FOUND BY COMPARING WITH THE 1943 EDITION) (Page numbers of the errors refer to the 25th anniversary edition) MISSING WORDS Page 134, the 1968 edition says "Don't mind saying it," but page 126, first edition, of 1943, has "Don't mind my saying it." Page 426: "the effort of himself" on line 2. 1943 edition has "the effort he demanded of himself" on page 438. WRONG WORDS Page 219, 13th line from the bottom, "never know to be like this" should be "never known to be like this." Page 242, a bit below the middle of the page, "Does he listen if others discuss any ... idea with him?" Should read "ideas." See 1943 edition page 253. Page 322, the middle of the page, "Then the pact if off?" instead of the word "if" should be the word "is." Page 435, the line "of course he had" should read "of course she had." See 1943 edition page 448. Page 451, the line "Was the building worth the statue?" should read "Was the building worthy of the statue?" SPELLING MISTAKES Page 118, the word "advance" is misspelled. Page 119, a bit below the middle of the page: the sentence "His mouth remained open a little, in astonishment." The word "astonishment" is misspelled. Page 157 just below the middle of the page, "But you can't sit still," the first word is mistakenly spelled as "Buy." Page 173, first line of 4th paragraph. The word "elevator" is the misspelled. Page 187, the last full paragraph, the name "Dominique" is misspelled twice, with a missing letter. Page 226, 16th line from the bottom, "man who looked as if he could break through the steel plate" the word "could" is misspelled. Page 243, second paragraph from the bottom, "the edge of her eyelid," the word "her" is misspelled. Page 251, a bit below the middle of the page, the word "perspective" is misspelled. Page 282, the paragraph that begins "Tea parties" -- in the sentence "I thought that was tops," the word "thought" is misspelled. Page 318, just about that the middle of the page, the word "straight" is misspelled. Page 331, first paragraph after section break, on the second line the word "originality" is misspelled. Page 338, at the middle of the page, "Mallory saw Roark's hand begin to shake." The word "begin" is misspelled. MINOR TYPOS Page 193, there is a double space after the word "if." Page 389, "Good morning, Peter" lacks a period at the end. Page 473, on line 3, there's too much space before the word "like." =================================== The preservation of THE FOUNTAINHEAD as written is very important to me, and so I am going to send this to as many Objectivist message boards as I can find. SOLO is the first (even though I said in an earlier private email to SOLO that I would not post here any more). Rodney Rawlings -------------- How are things now? Rodney
  15. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    As the second line in every 3rd chapter, and in all the diagrams.
  16. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    First line in book.
  17. Objectivism Research CD

    Another direction for preservation of text has occurred to me; I don't know whether anyone else has had or is pursuing the idea. Namely, why not also improve the technology for producing durable, even indestructible hard copy? One component of this might well be using a storage medium that would be made up of combined soft and hard copy--that is, the ultra-strong pages have their total digital equivalent embedded in each displayed letter.
  18. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    I'm curious: where did you get these original electronic versions?
  19. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    That strikes me as no good, since now someone will have to proofread your typing, or the OCR, in toto!
  20. 'If'

    I love Kipling's muscular, direct style. I think the accepted punctuation is different at a few points: Those are ones that jumped out at me.
  21. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    Wow, those are bad! Thanks for the links. If my copies had had those errors in them, I think I would have noticed them. Regarding this: --I'm willing to bet that some dull editor thought this passage was a typo and silently corrected it!
  22. Textual mistakes in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

    Thank you for that information. By the way, there are typos in even in my own message! However, they are not substantive. I was relying on a voice recognition program, and I did not take the time to proofread my own message carefully enough. I am less worried nowadays about textual corruption in Ayn Rand's works than I was in 2004. Although the errors may still be carried forward for years to come, there exists enough scholarly interest in Rand that eventually, I am sure, "definitive" editions will be published. Maybe even annotated ones like other classics, noting valid alternative readings where they exist. Another person, one Dennis Lee Wilson, actually posted a list of errors in Atlas Shrugged shortly after I made my post on one of the boards. Here are links to archives that contain our conversation, which have a bit more information: The two links have the same content, but I am presenting them both in case one of them goes dead, so that all of this information may be kept alive.
  23. Arts Cruise announcement

    This is great news, as I had heard he had left show business entirely to concentrate on composing. Linda, the announcement does not say what Robin will be presenting. Is there anything you can tell us?
  24. Introducing Robin Field

    Glad to know he's still kicking! (By the way, if he thinks some of the excerpts in my review are too lengthy, I will gladly have them truncated. While writing the analysis, I tried to reach him, but could not and didn't want his work to be forgotten.)
  25. Introducing Robin Field

    I would like acquaint you all with the work of composer and erstwhile performer Robin Field. A lengthy discussion and analysis of his Objectivism-infused "philosophical oratorio" Three Questions (later retitled Reason in Rhyme: A Philosophical Primer) is at: Robin Field, the Peter Pan of Reason by Rodney Rawlings (It appears that certain members of this board already know of him. My article describes how I came to meet him, and how he was part of the impetus for my own “Errors of Modern Science”—A Philosophical Magic Act.)