Category Archives: Neat stuff

How to be Civil

by Leveret

Via Diane Ellis we have George Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation’ – a long list compiled by the second Cincinnatus, by derived from the writings of French Jesuits, of how to behave towards others.

The full, modernised list after the jump.

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The Beloved Chairman of Pop!

by Leveret

The PLA band trades in Song of the Long March for Beat It.

Never use two spaces after a full stop.

by Leveret

Monday morning must read:

Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. It’s one of the canonical rules of the profession, in the same way that waiters know that the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork and fashion designers know to put men’s shirt buttons on the right and women’s on the left. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period.

(via Hot Air Headlines)

Why do we like music?

by Leveret

Our recent discussions about scientism and logical positivism remind me of something I have been thinking about for a long time. What is the empirical basis for admiring beauty? In recognizing the beauty of other humans, the answer is easy – the things that we look for (symmetry, good skin etc) are markers of good physical health and good genes.

What, however, is a comparable basis for our appreciation of music? Continue reading

A link to end the week

by The Rhetor

It’s Friday and I am stuck for ideas, so instead of reinventing the wheel here is a link to a series on rhetoric at the Art of Manliness. AOM is one of my favourite sites and has a good range of articles on all things Manly.

Prime Minister hires A-Team

by The Rhetor

A mysterious Chevrolet panel van has appeared in the grounds of Premier House. Photos obtained at great risk show the van in question parked at the Thorndon residence.  Unobservant individuals would be mistaken if they attributed the van’s presence to the erection of a set of scaffolding at the house; indeed the only reasonable conclusion is that the scaffolding is an elaborate ruse conceived by Colonel ‘Hannibal’ Smith in order to conceal the work of these fugitive mercenaries.

What could be the Prime Ministers reasoning behind employing the U.S. military’s most wanted men? Perhaps this is a result of the recent defence white paper.  A crucial piece of evidence suggests not. There are two requirements to obtaining the A-Team’s services: you have to find them, and be able to afford them. The latter is well beyond the capability of our nation’s finances.