Google alerted me to this list because King Dork is on it.
On the subject of North Korea, sort of: one of these days I'll type up an account of my roommate in the dorms at Cal, who was living there using a stolen ID/reg card and thieving from all the students. When they kicked him out, and as he was gathering his final things, he told me he was a North Korean spy and that he had been sent to UCB to get keys to all the departments. He complained about capitalist decadence and drinking. Other stuff, too. He was a nut, but it wasn't a bad story.
Found in North Oakland.
I don't find the mild hypocrisy outlined in this A. Barton Hinkle article on "cognitive dissonance" and gun control to be all that remarkable, or at all surprising. And I'm not even sure it qualifies as hypocrisy -- there's nothing unusual about valuing some rights and values more than others, or approving of the flimsier arguments if they support your own interests; arguing against this is like arguing against human nature.
The interesting thing, to me, is that people engage in this behavior without realizing that that's what they're doing, i.e., they genuinely believe that the post-hoc rationalizations for conclusions pre-determined by cultural loyalties are in fact rational arguments that led them independently to the conclusions. I think this kind of thing happens nearly 100% of the time to some degree, and I find it fascinating.
Anyway, this seems to me to be completely right:
To a much greater degree than we would like to think, we choose up sides first. Then we align our conclusions with what our side thinks about a particular issue. Then we adopt the arguments that best suppor the conclusions our side favors—even if we dispute those same arguments in other cases.
The comments have been broken on this blog for some time now, and I find it really inhibits my posting. Posting mainly happens when I have some lengthy comment to make on something, or when I want to post something here so that I can link to it from facebook or twitter where people can comment.
That is fine really, but I wonder if I'll still think it's fine in a year or so when I want to find a link or some other thing I vaguely remember from the past year. I use the search box here all the time to refresh my memory on things like that. It's kind of the timeline of your life, when you've posted a lot. Now, it's still there but there are a lot of gaps.
(And don't tell me facebook is just as good. You don't tend to write very well in the little box, first off, plus have you ever tried to locate a specific "status update" you remember typing from two years ago on there? Pretty difficult.)
So yesterday, I did this kind of throwaway comment on twitter to the effect that I never realize how grandiose my plans are till I've realized they're all set to fail. I guess a lot of people liked it, for some reason, because it "blew up" slightly. So I was thinking, wow, that's my first ever successful twitter aphorism, maybe I'll want to remember what it was a few years down the road, and who knows if you can search twitter for stuff like that or even if so if I'll be able to figure out how to do it.
So I'm posting it here:
I never realize how grandiose and outlandish my ambitions are till I get close to failing to fulfill them.— Frank Portman (@frankportman) April 3, 2013
Hey, remember when the Queers had this T shirt that was just a picture of Joe's phone bill, and it said "Blabbermouth"? I just found one.