Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Blog Has Moved

My blog can from now on be found here.

I've decided to integrate a Wordpress personal homepage with my blog, and I will likely migrate some other websites of mine into the Wordpress format, thus making all my sites compatible with mobile phones and tablets. That should help in having them read, and indexed by Google. It may also simplify maintenance, design, and so on. Let's see how this change takes shape.

In a first step, I did manage to export blog posts from blogger and to import them into wordpress, without much effort. Understanding the various quirks of Wordpress default designs takes more time.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The US Police and Justice System

Warning : violent video content.

The state of the police force in the United States of America :

Tamir Rice : Police arrives, and shoots a 12-year old boy seconds later.

Walter Scott : Scuffle followed by a man running, shot lethally in the back, multiple times.

Eric Garner : "I can't breath.", says the man under choke hold.

Mr. Horse Rider : A random example of police brutality that might not lead to a dead man.

The list is endless, and statistically significant. Indeed, any statistical analysis of the police and justice system in the US shows the dire state of the union.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Postponing judgement (2)

Coachella, or the Burning Man are good exercises in postponing judgement, as well as in civility, as are so many interesting alternative music gatherings. These festivals have been a hallmark of western youth throughout the sixties until now, and are a unique form of education that is too easily underestimated.

Academics in Fiction

The portrayal of academics in fiction is surprisingly rare. Recently, I've read two portraits. One is "Stoner" by John Williams. While the relationship of Stoner with his wife and daughter may be most central to the novel, his academic demise as a consequence of his objective evaluation of a mediocre student with exceptional linguistic bravoure is a hilarious illustration of the hypocrisy of academia. "Pnin" by Nabokov is equally funny in its depiction of a an alien academic, lost in the world, and even in the academic world that, not by any fault of its own, finishes off our hero without pity.

"But the required survey of English literature troubled and disquieted him in a way nothing had ever done before. "

John Williams, Stoner

“...If he failed the first time he took his driver's licence test, it was mainly because he started an argument with the examiner in an ill-timed effort to prove that nothing could be more humiliating to a rational creature than being required to encourage the development of a base conditional reflex by stopping at a red light when there was not an earthly soul around, heeled or wheeled. He was more circumspect the next time, and passed...”

Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Piketty's Le Capital au XXieme si├Ęcle is a must read

The statistics laid bare in Piketty's easy-to-read but thick Capital are essential reading for politicians and citizens alike. One conclusion that one cannot espace is that we should tax the super rich. Now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Journalism under attack in France

Flanders in Troublesome Waters

"Uit de mails blijkt dat er vroeger bij de N-VA een clubje bestond dat zich de VNV’ers noemde, de Vlaams-nationalistische vrienden. Die naam is een knipoog naar het in de Tweede Wereldoorlog collaborerende Vlaams Nationaal Verbond (VNV)." Een knipoog !? WTF.