Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christmas Eve Has Come – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 3

Today’s Christmas Carol (and all the rest though teh 25th) is from a 1999 collection by the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner entitled My Carols for the End of the Century (Moje kolędy na koniec wieku). He wrote the music … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and Wafers – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 2

Today’s modern Polish Christmas Carol is from Grzegorz Turnau one of the leading practitioners of the old sung poetry genre accompanied by the operatic soprano Ewa Małas-Godlewska. The song compares the snowflakes (płatki) falling on the grey city with the … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on the Myth of Immigrants

Content note: This is not going to be tremendously coherent, a lot of it is thinking with my fingers. Sometime after working out a preliminary typology of people who move to other countries to live a thought occurred to me. … Continue reading

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When Christ is Born – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 1

I’ve decided to re-run the posts I did last year of modern Polish Christmas Carols. I’ll clean each one up a tiny bit and maybe tweak my translations. The first is a modern arrangement of one of the most popular … Continue reading

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I Don’t Understand Normies #217

Over at Marginal Revolution the question is raised as to why sexual reproduction is limited to pairs and not three party reproduction. In the comments a number of people offer explanations but all seem to assume that the question is … Continue reading

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Poirot and Marple on Screen

Of Agatha Christie’s two most famous detectives, I prefer Miss Marple by a wide margin. The Poirot stories and novels (I haven’t read all of them) are all too focused on Poirot himself, a character I have a hard time … Continue reading

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De-skilling and Disappearing Journalism

Both my parents were involved in journalism to different degrees (my father longer and more intensely). At one point I edited a student newspaper and started studying journalism but while I liked being around newspaper people I hated the study … Continue reading

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The Problem with Firefox…

Firefox has become my new symbol of what’s happened to the internet and home computing. I used to love Firefox, it was easily the easiest most convenient internet browser ever. But the trend in the internet is for terrible things … Continue reading

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When Will We Reach Peak Weinstein?

The current hysteria about the sexuality of powerful men seems to have slowed a bit but is still moving steadily on. It’s failed (and will continue to fail) it’s primary aim of taking down Donald Trump by creating a groundswell … Continue reading

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It’s Human Nature

In most of the world (the exceptions being parts of Europe, North America and Northeastern Asia). The single most important value is group loyalty. The particular group that one should be loyal to differs from society to society. It might … Continue reading

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