Oh, Stuff

This blog is so neglected, the fact that you're even looking makes it hum with titillation.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Can't keep quiet

It's pretty ridiculous that this is what I'm writing after having abandoned this blog for months, but here goes:

Nick and I were emailing back and forth today about the politics of Critical Mass, the massive bike ride that takes over the streets of downtown San Francisco the last Friday of every month, and we agreed to disagree about a few things, noting, of course, that this wasn't by any means a concession that both viewpoints were equally valid. The word "equipollence" -- familiar to me from questionable translations of Sextus Empiricus -- came up:
[from dictionary.com]
equipollent:
1. equal in power, effect, etc.; equivalent
2. Logic. (of propositions, propositional forms, etc.) logically equivalent in any of various specified ways.

Granted, 2. is pretty damn vague. For me, it means that our arguments are equally convincing; in other words, the only option is continued skepticism -- either in a healthy, resigned way ("I can't know, so I won't bother myself with wondering"), or a frenetic, hampster-wheelish way ("I gotta keep thinking about this 'til one argument reveals itself to be the persuasive, and therefore true, one").

For Nick, "equipollence" brought to mind something entirely different: horse semen. And if you think about the etymology for even a few seconds, it makes sense. And that made my day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mungote Refugee

A photo by Joey Shemuel
Mungote Refugee, originally uploaded by jsgraphicdesign.

One of a short series of refugees from the Mungote camp in North Kivu Province, DRC.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trattoria Tenor

Finally starting to put up pictures from my family's travels in Italy and France this summer.

A photo by Joey Shemuel
Trattoria Tenor, originally uploaded by jsgraphicdesign.


Via Flickr:
Through the open window of a restaurant in Verona, around midnight. One of my favorite shots from Italy '11.

Monday, June 6, 2011

New Mix: "Lonesome"

Check it out:


It's one of my more eclectic mixes (decade and genre-wise). Some of these songs are pretty well known (like Thomas King's track from the O' Brother soundtrack), while others are more obscure (e.g., the Dylan bootleg or Grier's Engagement Waltz). I've been listening to a lot of downtempo music lately, so I figured I'd make a mix of it. The Jerry Douglas song is new to me, a real gem. My only regret is that I didn't have any Stuart Duncan to include.

No, Sufjan Stevens didn't make the cut. Next time...