Lou Reed, R.I.P., Redux

From First Thoughts

Much venom has been spent against the recently departed Lou Reed. He apparently was emblematic of all that was wrong in America. He was the poster boy of popular musical artists in terms of drug addiction and sexual deviance. And apparently it feels good to point out and condemn his deviance. I for . . . . Continue Reading »

Core Competencies Does Not Mean a Diary

From First Thoughts

Whenever someone you don’t really know tells you that you must not do such and such, it often provokes a desire to do that very same such and such. It’s like an itch on a random body-spot that must needs scratching. You try to overcome such a base urge, but scratching it is only solution . . . . Continue Reading »

Rant on Obamacare

From First Thoughts

So I have no answers about the current stupid shutdown, but these are my thoughts on Obamacare. The bill that the Congress didn’t know the details of what was in it was signed and made law by the President whose Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service as a consequence of such . . . . Continue Reading »

Nothing Should Be On Demand

From First Thoughts

Video On Demand is not something that needs words to be spoken in its favor. It has plenty of advertising, and it is something good for a few bucks on a boring night. That said, in one day I was able to watch two movies on VOD directed by two highly regarded directors from the past days when movie . . . . Continue Reading »

Bazinga!

From First Thoughts

As the hugely successful CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory moves toward the conclusion of its sixth season, I thought I’d link to Ken Masugi’s recent blog post on the show. In it he relates this intelligent and funny show to some of the philosophic concerns of modernity as discussed in James V. . . . . Continue Reading »