Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Smoke on the Water Riff comes from…

Richie Blackmore, original band member of Deep Purple, wrote one of the most famous guitar riffs ever- the intro to Smoke on the Water (bom, bom, bom, bombom babom….). How did he come up with it? It’s a form of inversion: Start at about 3:32 for the explanation. I didn’t listen to the whole clip, […]

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Essays and Articles Worth Reading

Worth Reading and/or Rereading: The Six Lesson Schoolteacher, by John Taylor Gatto Why Schools Don’t Educate, also by John Taylor Gatto The moral obligation to be intelligent, John Erskine From 1996, the hubris of politics.  Quote: Too many people in Washington think nothing happens — or should happen — in America except at their behest. In […]

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Isaac Watts on Books and How to Learn From Them

Previously Subtitles are mine. It does matter what you read The world is full of books, but there are multitudes which, are so ill written that they were never worth any man’s reading; and there are thousands more which may be good in their kind, yet are worth nothing when the month or year, or occasion […]

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The Idea of a University

This is worth reading.  Here’s a taste: Aristotle often evaluated a thing with respect to its “telos” – its purpose, end, or goal. The telos of a knife is to cut. The telos of a physician is health or healing. What is the telos of university? The most obvious answer is “truth” –- the word […]

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Importing rapists in the name of compassion

This story is horrifying. A 20 year old refugee raped a 10 y.o. old boy in the bathrooms at a swimming pool, then casually went back out and practiced his dives on the diving board. The boy called the police and the man was charged. The child was injured and had to be treated for […]

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