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February 19, 2006

Dwarfs, Little People and the M-Word (headline entry for my weblog post)

Roger Ebert - Dwarfs, Little People and the M-Word (xhtml)

I am an actor that you have reviewed neither favorably nor unfavorably in two different movies: one was %u201CDeath to Smoochy,%u201D the other 'Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her.%u201D I have absolutely no objection to you trashing a film or lauding it. I do object to the use of the word 'midgets' in your review of %u201CDeath to Smoochy.%u201D"

Too lazy/busy to blog today, so I offer you this classic Roger Ebert meditation on height and bigotry.

February 4, 2006

what we can think

The mind uses a taxonomy—a set of categories—into which it squashes the somewhat messier occurences of life, that not only shapes what we think but what we can think.

Brain Clouds: Out of Box Experience. Terence McKenna was talking about the same thing when he said that culture is provisional:

Beneath the level of culture there is lurking this erotic, time-and-space-bound, feeling-defined, pre-linguistic mode of being, which is real being.

February 2, 2006

"just face it - you look dodgy"

The only way to find out, I decided, was to grow my first proper beard, and so started my four-month journey.

The results were immediate and very intense. People were moving off Tubes to get away from me; I would sometimes have a whole carriage to myself.
Rajesh Thind grows a beard after the London bombings. His diaries are here.

February 1, 2006

Awwwww strich

The Huffington Post's Contagious Media Festival launched today, and my early favorite is Awwwwstrich. It's only thirty seconds and well worth your time. In fact, I would wager that if you watch it twenty times it's a good use of ten minutes.