@voyou SMH this degrowther wants us to wash our clothes so we can reuse them. https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/paper-dresses https://twitter.com/Leigh_Phillips/status/1614307941859086336 18 Jan 23 Reply Retweet Favorite

Britney, or, The New Heloïse

For my part, I am convinced that it would be as easy to change a blonde into a brunette as a fool into a man of genius.

— Rousseau

Britney Spears has changed her hair color In other Britney news, nice to see the Daily Mail targetting her for a bit of health-as-discipline propaganda.

“On the highest physical good”

Given this blog’s title, it seems appropriate to quote Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View:

But in this judging of laziness, one can often do much wrong to a human being. For nature has also wisely placed the aversion to continuous work in many a subject, an instinct that is beneficial both to the subject and to others … for, if laziness did not intervene, indefatigable malice would comit far more ill in the world than it does now.

Anniversary celebrations

It’s pleasing to see that, 5 years after the event, people are still writing variations on “Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics.” Today’s contestant is Ron Hassner who, apart from gaining bonus points for the always-popular “more in sorrow than anger” posture, manages to flawlessly pull off one of the more advanced variants, “Why 9/11 Means That We Must Put Politics Aside and Support My Politics.”

Never lost his hardcore

Except, in a baffling and depressing turn of events, I do appear to have lost my happy hardcore CDs. I was writing a post, and I thought I should upload a particular track to illustrate it. So, I start looking through my CDs, and there’s no DJ Sy, no Hixxy, no Unknown And The Evolution. I can’t really explain it. Did I leave them in England? Did I really prepare to move a couple of thousand miles by discarding these CDs, pausing only to rip a copy of Raver’s Choice No. 7? Or perhaps they were stolen? Did the people who pinched my laptop also rifle through my CDs looking for mid-90s dance music from the north of England? Neither explanation is very satisfying.

Les bee-dogs sont un humanisme

Man is what he is not, and is not what he is.

— Sartre

And, of course, infinite thought’s recent extraordinary idea is not just TV gold, but also an exemplary humanism-beyond-humanism.

Saw something on Wikipedia just now

Paris Hilton has reached the attention of the Indian film industry. She has been invited to play Nobel Peace prize recipient Mother Theresa in a film partly written by Pope John Paul II. The film will include the talents of other notables of her stature such as Pandit Ravi Shankar. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to give his blessing to this film.

Actually, I’d already heard about this. Astonishingly, I’d managed to forget all about it.

Meanwhile, Ian Penman channels Julie Burchill , and is of course entirely right.