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  1. My Poetry

    The validity of these "mistakes" was examined above. In the full context of his post, and of the rationality (or rather lack thereof) of the "errors" he claims to identify, I do not find the form of his criticism benevolent. John
  2. My Poetry

    Comments of a benevolent and rational nature, Ray; I did not specify this, I do so now. For example, some of B. Royce's "insights" (let's see if I can take less than 180 seconds on this): "-the phrase "lost to" implies the person or thing which values that which is lost. She is lost to us, or me, or the living. She is not lost to Death. On the contrary, Death has found her. One could say, 'lost in'---that would make sense." Lost "in" death? Or to be "found" by Death?! Lost to death is the correct form. "Line 8---here the rhythm is lost. A minor reversal fixes it; to wit---"Would lost seem in black night." Note here that you use "" correctly." "Would lost seem in black night"? And he criticizes me for awkwardness. "Would seem lost in black night" is the preferable form. "Line 10 & 11---the "myself" in line 11 cancels the meaning of "self" in line 10." No, it does not. "Line 12----a lamp does not 'end'; it flickers, goes out, is snuffed. One could say, 'the smoke of my own lamp', the smoke implying that the light of the lamp---its life---has been snuffed out." By the "end of my own lamp", the speaker means: in a sense his life has ended with her death. "The smoke of my own lamp"? Good god, no. John
  3. My Poetry

    If a mind such as yours can post such comments here, I may make it so.
  4. My Poetry

    No, Brian. Not here. I consider this, in a sense, my thread, and request that all comments made here, if any, are of a benevolent nature. And I find none of your comments to be of value.
  5. It's Good to be Good!

    I look forward to ordering one of these.
  6. My Poetry

    To a Lost Love Now lies the form in which she lived Inert, without a breath. Now lies she still, and evermore Lost to the hand of death. O elements, that in you held! A soul that shone so bright! A sunlit day, with it compared Would seem lost in black night! O heart! O dearest wife and love! O self in female stamp! In losing you, I lose myself! The end of my own lamp!
  7. "Seeing the Light II" by Liron Sissman, an artist based in New York (
  8. iPhone

    I picked up my first iPhone yesterday, a black 8 GB 3G. To say I have fallen in love with it would be an understatement. I am unsure of how many here have the iPhone -- but am creating this thread for recommendations of all kinds relating to it, including applications (free or paid) available in the iTunes store. One free application that I downloaded is called Stanza, a book app that one can use to read any of ten of thousands of titles, both paid and free. I picked up Anthem (for $0.99 from Fictionwise), as well as Wilbour's translation of Les Miserables. Here is a list of the resources to which Stanza has access, with what description is provided: - BooksOnBoard eBook Shop ("New Bestsellers and Great Prices") - Fictionwise Book Store ("Shop for bestsellers and new titles" -- Consider this the paid book warehouse.) - O'Reilly Ebooks ("For tech professionals and every...") - All Romance eBooks ("All the romance you need from all ...") - Random House Free Library ("Free full-length books from your ..." - ("Free public domain, original book ...") - Harlequin 60th - Free Books! ("Celebrating 60 Years of Romance") - SmashWords ("Self-published books from indep...") - Project Gutenberg ("25,000+ free books from gutenbe...") - Books from Munseys ("Free Pulp, Classics, & Hard to Find ...") - Books from BookGlutton ("Curious books for varied tastes") - Pan Macmillan Tasters ("Sample chapters from hot titles at ...") - Now a Major Motion Picture! ("Free books that have been turn[ed into movies]") This last includes Sienkiewicz' Quo Vadis -- and many, many more, all of which can be downloaded to read, and all free. You can set the font -- the font size -- the color scheme. Stanza preserves one's current reading place in all books one is reading, not just the current one. When you pull up any book, you'll be returned to the page where you left off. At bottom is a progress indicator strip when you can view your place in the overall work. Touch the center of the screen to see one's place in the current chapter, as well as how far (in percentage terms) one is into the full work. You can search the full text of the work as well, and jump to any chapter you wish. Unfortunately Anthem is the only work of Rand's I've found. I very much look forward to paid versions of the major novels becoming available. Amazon's Kindle 2 is over $300. This app is free, and is on a piece of hardware that includes an iPod, phone, web browser and mail client. As said above -- to say I am in love with the iPhone would be an understatement.
  9. The first definition of sound given at is: "The sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium." This is the relevant definition when one speaks of a sound, e.g., "make a sound."
  10. The microphone picks up sound waves; but sound waves, i.e. vibrations in air, are not 'sound' (in the context of its definition as an instance of hearing; see above).
  11. Jokes

    Indeed, is no doubt littered with jokes that relate to the contradictions involved in postulating an entity without identity.
  12. Jokes

    The thrust of the joke is mocking the results of postulating something that does not have identity. (The problem results from this.)
  13. Jokes

    [A little boy, to his father:] "Daddy, if God can do anything, can he make a rock so heavy he can't lift it?"
  14. If a tape recorder is left on in the woods, and a tree falls nearby, does the tree make a sound? What actually is occurring? The vibrations impinge upon the recorder's microphonic equipment, and the relevant changes are made to its media. And that is all. So no, a sound does not occur. There is a sound when a man with the faculty of hearing plays the recorder.
  15. This fallacy is one the identification of which you may find to be of value. It is one that I know of through no source, but I am not yet an avid student of the history of philosophy. It is where one attributes a cause in the absence of just reason to do so. An example would be a woman of breathtaking form – but, in a state of limited knowledge (for example, a photograph), the cause cannot be precisely named. For example: She might perhaps pursue that form out of a radical pride in herself (and in her body); or instead she might pursue it out of a desperate need to secure the approval of others; or perhaps some other cause. The effect is the same – the cause can vary. And, in the absence of good reason to attribute the cause precisely, one cannot do so – to do so is a fallacy.
  16. It is a form of jumping to a conclusion, but there are other forms of this, e.g. hasty generalization.
  17. Of course. The fallacy would be attributing the cause of its motion to a bat without reason to do so.
  18. Another: End Credits from Cast Away. And though not at present downloadable on iTunes (or online elsewhere to my knowledge), there are two other remarkably beautiful tracks I will mention, both from the score to The American President by Marc Shaiman: Main Title, and End Titles. You can get a used copy of the soundtrack to the movie on Amazon ( at present for about $4 plus $3 shipping. Be well.
  19. Two were mentioned in my "Michael Kamen's Theme to 'Band of Brothers'" thread -- that in the title, and JMartins also mentioned 'Austria', from the same series. Here are a few more. Remember you can hear a 30 second preview on iTunes. North and South - Main Title The Rocketeer - To the Rescue / End Credits The Shawshank Redemption End Titles "Mr. Holland Begins" (from the movie Mr. Holland's Opus) I believe each of these is $0.99. Enjoy, and be well. John
  20. Jokes

    A little girl came home from school, and approached her father with a look of anxious concern. "Daddy, my teacher said today we can't be sure of anything." "That's not true," he answered. "You can be sure your teacher is an idiot."
  21. Stephen Hawking

    Albert Einstein said, "God does not play dice with the universe." The reference to a deity is not relevant here -- his intent and meaning was wholly valid. It can be elaborated as: The universe, and every part of it, has identity -- if something is, then it is what it is, and is not otherwise. Every thing that is acts and can only act in accordance with what it is. In nature, entities act (and interact) according to the fixed principles of what they are, and cannot act otherwise. And men can grasp what things are, how they act and interact, and can understand the world around them. Stephen Hawking is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of A Brief History of Time, which remained on the British Sunday Times bestseller list for a record 237 weeks. In an episode of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation, in a 'holodeck' poker game programmed by the android Data, he played a hologram of himself playing cards with (with Data) Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton -- a company that indicates the esteem in which he is held in the world in our time. A well-known quote of his, in response to that of Einstein above, was, "God not only plays dice with the universe, sometimes he throws the dice where they cannot be seen." I.e.: Not only does is the universe not governed by natural law, but there are things that are wholly closed to our understanding, things for which understanding is not possible. And this was said by perhaps the most well-known, and, as his company in Star Trek: The Next Generation would indicate, respected scientists in the world -- one thought by some to be one of the greatest minds in history. But science of course is founded upon the fact that this is not the case. And it is not the case. What is, is; what a thing is, it is; it acts (and interacts with other entities) in accordance with what it is, and cannot do otherwise. In the company of Newton, and Einstein? Without question, no. At least in the context of what he has said here (and I cannot imagine a statement with broader negative implications): He's a moron.
  22. Stephen Hawking

    As I said originally, I judge him to be so in the context of what he was quoted as saying above. When it comes to major philosophical errors, ewv -- well, they just don't get much bigger than these.
  23. Stephen Hawking

    Definitions of 'moron' from 1. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment. 2. Psychology. a person of borderline intelligence in a former classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69. Again, in the context of this quote, definition 1 without question applies. :-)

    From the fragments left of the work of the ancient (pre-Socratic) Greek philosopher Parmenides of Elea: "There is left but this single path to tell thee of: namely, that being is. And on this path there are many proofs that being is without beginning and indestructible; it is universal, existing alone, immovable and without end; nor ever was it nor will it be, since it now is, all together, one, and continuous. For what generating of it wilt thou seek out? From what did it grow, and how? I will not permit thee to say or to think that it came from not-being; for it is impossible to think or to say that not-being is. What thine would then have stirred it into activity that it should arise from not-being later rather than earlier? So it is necessary that being either is absolutely or is not. Nor will the force of the argument permit that anything spring from being except being itself. Therefore justice does not slacken her fetters to permit generation or destruction, but holds being firm."
  25. I will not respond directly to Mr. Hale, but do want to clarify something (should it be needed). When I write "Without one who sees, there is no sight," I am referring to 'sight' not as "the power or faculty of seeing" but rather "an act, fact, or instance of seeing"[1]. Be well. John -- [1]