Work is insisting now on having ID badges visible and above the waist. I habitually wear mine on a belt loop, which makes sense, because that's the height of the access things on door. I do think people should always wear their identification and I would always have to, anyway, being in a secured area. Lots of people are lax about it and I don't like it. But, c'mon, belt loops should be fine. I hope I don't have to start wearing it on a lanyard. That would be weaksauce.
I grabbed Consider the Lobster on my way out the door. DFW really is a good essayist. I really liked his essays on Kafka and Dostoevsky. They make me want to look at that expansive literary biography of Dostoevsky.
Italian soccer practice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ukFUEI5qz8
I like this review of a new Marcus Aurelius biography written by somebody hostile to Stoicism (clarification: the biographer is hostile to Stoicism, not the reviewer). http://incharacter.org/review/stoicism-is-just-so-yesterday/ I'm not a fan of Stoicism, in that I am a Christian and not a Stoic, but I am a fan of Stoicism over, say, Nihilism. I wish Stoicism had the cache in the West that Buddhism does. I also wish more of the people who think they're kind of into Buddhism and all that were serious about it. Same with Christians, really. But there's a sense in which, for a WAS-former-P to claim to sort of be Buddhist, you kind of expect some level of actual adherence to it, whereas you don't need to expect as much Protestantism from a WASP. If a Thai person said they were a Buddhist but were evidently rather lax on the whole thing, I wouldn't care much. NOTE: I have a white coworker who sort of says she's a Buddhist or something and such and I am not referring to her. I am referring more to my contemporaries who don't know that the Vedas are not Buddhist scriptures and don't know much beyond what would be mentioned in an "Intro to Religion" class at your local community college.
I suppose Stoicism has the taint of its popularity in the Victorian era, whereas Buddhism and other Indian philosophy has the excitement of not being Victorian, which explains its popularity and emergence in literature in the early 20th century. I'm looking at you, TS Eliot (Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.). Yes, some translations of Indian literature came out, too, at the time, they also trickled out in the 19th and 18th centuries (Goethe famously, as has been discussed before in these diaries, liked Kalidasa) and had similar effects.
Anonymous Online Posters: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2010/06/20/inside_the_mind_of_the_anonymous_online_poster/?page=full I really don't like the comments sections on newspaper websites. They add little value, are hard to read, and are plagued by the nasty sort of comments mentioned in the article.
Crap, I have once again let myself make it to noon before getting lunch. Lunch at noon rather than 11:30 means fighting crowds.
Tonight: picking up heavy things.
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