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The Timaeus

Great literature grows with you as you move through life, a generally appreciated phenomenon. You notice more, and hence enjoy more. For example, this jumped out at me as I was rereading the Timaeus:

“Revised by order of the Jowett Copyright Trustees, Oxford, 1953.”

This line protects a 19th century translation probably through 2048. I apologize, that last sentence is slightly wrong… it’s a revised 19th century translation. Revision ordered by copyright trustees. But our laws are to protect creative endeavor, right?

Ahh, the classics.

Who’s Adam Kissel?

This page is concise, interesting reading for those interested in education. Or, if you’re interested in your own education, back up to his main page and surf the links, or get ideas from the reading lists.

Many salient passages, but this one stood out to me:

Undoubtedly, fine associations, fine buildings, green grass, good food, and exercise are excellent things for anybody. You will note that they are exactly what is advertised by every resort hotel. The only reason why they are also advertised by every college and university is that we have no coherent educational program to announce.

esoteric obit

Not that any of you have heard of him, but this week the social sciences lost quite a good thinker… Ralf Dahrendorf. I recommend sleuthing up an article by him or something…

AF, this is for you

Warning: link to opinion blog follows.

Once again, the Internet is an idiot: Marginal Revolution: Who should be bounced from The Great Books series?

I wish I had read more Plotinus instead of reading that post.

I think therefore you’re dumb

I suggest enrolling Basya in the ten-year-old course and I think Dina would like the “Why do people treat animals like slaves?” course.

Wikipedia Releases Offline CD

via slashdot:

WikipediaOnDVD, with cooperation with the Wikipedia community, has released its first offline test version. The articles were selected by Wikipedians and reviewed for accuracy, vandalism, and importance. Nearly 2,000 core Wikipedia articles will be sold on compact disc to give people without a net connection access to highlights of the popular web resource. The CD can be purchased or downloaded online via their site or the torrent.”

Seriously? I think its a great idea to have “fixed” versions of wikipedia articles approved by staff, just like many software authors distribute both stable and beta releases of their work. So I could go to wikipedia and click on “see last community board approved version of this document”. But offline? Seriously? Unless they’re intended for time capsules.

insults

they just don’t make insults as they used to

Maximizing MBA ROI

At Chicago, even the peer pressure is based on quantitative research, as evidenced by this link sent out to recruit for TNDC (Thursday Night Drinking Club).

wikiality

this is what yosefblog was born for: Stephen Colbert takes on Wikipedia, dies.
Stephen doesn’t know the true secret of wikiality: if it’s completely untrue and irrefutable, no one can stand in your way.

Thus Ate Zarathustra

Woody Allen article in the New Yorker

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