27 August 2014

Convictions are More Dangerous Enemies of Truth than Lies.

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
-from Nietzsche's Human, all too Human, s.483, R.J. Hollingdale transl.

To me, this means that if one is so convinced of their "truth" (rather "beliefs") they will never take the time to try to find the truth.  Or bother to ask themselves if their "beliefs" really are the truth. 

I see this as a warning to those who see in absolutes.  That if we believe with complete certainty what we have learned without investigating it and thinking it out completely, we become closed to the option that it could be wrong.  

And this is dangerous to humankind as those that are too certain of their "righteousness" will spread those thoughts in a self-assured way.   

25 August 2014

There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

from Nietzsche's Nachlass, A. Danto translation

I'm hoping to study and understand Nietzsche's philosophy. Nietzsche was a 19th Century German philosopher and an important forerunner of the Existentialism movement. Looking at some of his quotes and trying to find the meaning in them is my plan for the next string of blog posts.  

Of course this will be the most basic of interpretations as I have no freaking clue about anything.  If my brain feels like it will explode then I can always do a perspective on the fashion styles of philosophers through history. 

There are no facts, only interpretations.

What I believe he is saying here is that facts are actually the subjective result of information.  The only thing that is true about them is how you interpret them.   The interpretation of the word is reliant on the one observing. 

To Nietzsche, it is much less important whether we understand how the world works and more important to develop an interpretation of what works for us.  Individualism is key. 

21 August 2014

Cash at Handset

Cell phones have made the public phone booth irrelevant and caused many headaches for Superman who is in need of a new place for a quick change.  The eradication of the stands doesn't affect us much here in America, but in Britain, where the iconic red booths are part of their cultural identity, it's a sad comment on history.   
So as of a few hears ago, banks like BT have saved the red boxes from street extinction by converting them into ATMs.  They even kept the phone apparatus on the alternate side.   Why? Dunno.    I saw my first converted box in LLandudno, Wales.
That is, my first one in the UK- there is always this one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

20 August 2014

Don't Drink and Segway

A man was arrested for drunk driving in Oslo after several witnesses reported him for "strange behavior" as he struggled to balance on his Segway.  

Yes his Segway.  That mode of transportation for the annoying, ridiculous, lazy, and now, Drunk.    

This is the first arrest in Norway of this kind and Finn Erik Groenliveien - head of Oslo traffic police says "These are treated like any other vehicle when it comes to the limit on blood alcohol."

But Norway's classification of the standing-electronic-wheelchair-almost-thing is not the same as in Minnesota- where  Mark Greenman was charged with drunken driving last February after riding his Segway from a bar to his Medina home and failing a field sobriety test.  

He's standing free-foot for his mugshot.

According to courts there,  Greenman's Segway doesn't meet the definition of a motor vehicle under that state's drunken driving laws.

Maybe a Universal Definition of this means of conveyance is needed.  Or else, Norwegians can just come to the US for some good old drinking and segwaying. 

07 August 2014

Author of the Goldfinch Crowned as a Fashion Swan

Successful authors are usually praised for their mastery at storytelling but today one is lauded as a new fashion icon. 
Donna Tartt, author of the best seller "The Goldfinch" is now perched among fashion's most influential as she lands gracefully on Vanity Fair's Best Dressed list of 2014 -among style heavyweights Cate Blanchett and Vanessa Getty.
It's refreshing to see a respected wordsmith join the usual suspects of actresses, royalty, models and socialites in the world of Fashion. 
See the entire list (men and women) here at Vanity Fair's website  but here is a recap of the women's list.
Cate Blanchett:

Beatrice Borromeo:

HRH Crown Prince Mary of Denmark:

Michelle Dockery:

Audrey Gelman:

Vanessa Getty:

HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands:

Lupita Nyong'o:

Emmy Rossum:

Emma Watson:

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