Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday Things

It has been the best of times, it has been the worst of times:

  • A day since I came across it (via), but it still strikes me the same way: what a colossal asshole Steve Fuller is. Who is Steve Fuller, you ask? Don't bother spending much time on that before taking in his obituary to Norm Levitt. Readers of this blog will know that I am something of a student of asshole-ishness, but Fuller's effort exposes me as a rank dilettante.
  • A far-flung correspondent reports to me from the Tulsa Run 15K that the event is rife with religious signs and religious music; three guesses as to the religion, and the first three guesses don't count. My correspondent also reports an odd excess of female participants in full facial makeup. Weird.
  • Jason Rosenhouse:
    It is completely unremarkable that so many people think evolution renders Christian belief unreasonable. There is a reason so many highly educated people must write at book length just to show that major Christian claims about the world (that humans hold a privileged place in creation; that the world is superintended by a God who is all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful; that the Bible is inerrant and sacred) are not quite impossible in the light of evolution.
    I believe "not quite impossible" is today's best example of damnation by faint praise.
  • Here is the amazing finish of the 10k in the 1964 Olympics -- apparently TV used to look this way:


Elizabeth said...

Billy Mills!

Dale said...

Elizabeth, yes. Billy Mills! What a kick.