HUNTER S. THOMPSON

Greetings,

I wasn’t going to comment on the Lord of The Gonzo departing this earth for hopefully saner pastures yesterday, but I’m gonna say it anyway. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll post if I want to…

Let’s get one thing straight on Thompson before we move forward: the guy wouldn’t want your pity or sadness over his death. The creator of Gonzo Journalism (a.k.a. the other strain of the New Journalism that emerged in the 1960’s through writers like Tom Wolfe) was simply an amazing writer. He knew exactly how to write a sentence, convey atmosphere and make you feel like you were really there.

FIREFOX AND THE BLACK DEATH

Greetings,

What can I say – my blog entries are cheery. Anybody else would have mentioned the Black Death first, but not Greg Hughes.

FIREFOX: Wired Magazine had a piece on the newest (and best) web browser out there these days – Firefox, an open source browser that is far and away the fastest, most secure web browser out there. If you haven’t tried it or you’re just merely fed up with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, go download it here – trust me, you won’t be let down.

Here’san interesting piece on a new book about the 14th century pandemic known as the Black Death. Just imagine AIDS spreading to its current sphere of infection in a matter of weeks, not years. Then imagine death happening in a few days, not years. Then you get an idea of how serious this disaster really was.

HERE BE BLOGGING

Greetings,

It’s been awhile since I posted on my blog. I’m too busy, yadda-yadda, is the reason you’re expecting when it comes to justifying my absence. Well, the better reason is because there’s not much to say.

So here are two items of inconsequential interest.

STRONGBAD. My brother introduced this web cartoon to me last year and Mark Pineo, radio tech guy in The Radio Room showed it to me again earlier this school year. It’s actually kind of funny, provided you’ve got a sense of humour that borders on nonsensical.

N.H.L., R.I.P. This coming Tuesday will mark the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season, marking the first time in North American professional sports history an entire regular season and playoffs have been cancelled due to labour troubles. Cancelling the season will effectively end the N.H.L. as we know it.

AYN RAND

Greetings,

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s birth. Normally I wouldn’t be commenting on a “philosopher” such as Rand, but I’ll explain why.

My friend Peter Jaworski (who’s at the London School of Economics at the moment) got hooked on Rand’s theories in second year at Queen’s. Her theories – free-market capitalism, objectivism – really spoke to him, so I got introduced to her via Peter’s readings.

I don’t agree with Rand’s views on most anything. She talks about the virtue of selfishness, and most of her economic arguments are pretty naive and fall into the realm of academic myopia. She thinks capitalism will somehow save us all (a ridiculous argument that only has validity if you assume humans are inherently rational and produce and consume resources, money and other tenets of capitalism at equal rates proportional to fellow individuals).

The one aspect of the libertarian/objectivist strand of thinking I can accept is their argument about the state not being involved in any way in the affairs of individuals in the civil society. I suppose that’s my liberal bias talking, but I can’t help it: I think there’s a place for government to create positive change in a society, but there should obviously be limits on where the state can go in our lives.

TWO MONTHS LEFT: Classes end here at King’s on April 8th. Crazy stuff – this program has completely raced by.