Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Plumbers and Priests http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:47:09 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5601 I don’t know how I got to the point where I’m inclined to disbelieve anything an academic claims. I’m not anti-intellectual. I read stuff. I even hold a PhD, and a Master of Fine Arts on top of that. I can show you mathematically why a single-member plurality voting system tends to yield two major …

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Reading round-up http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:44:40 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5591 Now that Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, I’m pondering what I might cut down, burn, plant, fix, and build, which—because I am more reader than farmer or carpenter—turns my mind to books. So here’s a few books, essays, and stories I’ve enjoyed during my winter hibernation that I think might interest …

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Slow your roll, Science http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/23/slow-roll-science/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:52:30 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5582 The recent tragedy of a driverless Uber car killing a pedestrian in Arizona is raising questions about the future of this technology. I think we should ask some more fundamental questions, like where scientists get the chutzpah to work on driverless cars in the first place, especially when there are so many more important projects to which …

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Shepherds and wolves http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:34:43 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5576 Another revelation of systematic, years-long sexual exploitation of girls in England, and the accompanying failure of men whose jobs are to protect the vulnerable. A failure driven by ineptitude, class bias, and fear of racism accusations amidst a judicial machinery that responds more reliably against thought crimes than actual crimes against children. You can read …

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Guide to Managing Your Internet Provider http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:23:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5568 Trying to get your internet provider to fix a problem can be dreadful, so based on recent experience, I offer you this handy little guide. Feel free to print it at no charge and keep it by your phone during the long hours ahead. When you signed up for service, you were quoted a speed. …

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On the barricade http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:52:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5557 I’m not accustomed to being called a Nazi, at least not before 7 a.m. on a Monday. I was standing in front of the Supreme Court when it happened, holding a sign. My interlocutor was an administrator from the City University of New York. He held a different sign, along with the conviction that people …

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Those responsible http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/20/those-responsible/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/20/those-responsible/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:40:37 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5553 Since the day Cain raised a rock to Abel’s head, men have been about the business of slaughtering one another. Oceans of blood spilled and still something pierces our innermost hearts when it is a child who does the killing, when his victims are other children, when his motive seems nothing other than to fill …

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Amor fati http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/14/amor-fati/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/14/amor-fati/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:27:43 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5547 The thing about babies is they don’t care about your big plans. This past year I’ve had occasion to laugh at myself many times, a man like me, middle-aged and rooted in habit, suddenly a father again of newborns. Yes, that’s plural. Twins. Boys, of course, because for the rest of my life it seems …

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Life’s Instruction Manual, Chapter 83 http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/09/life-advice/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:44:56 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5541 My oldest son’s English teacher had this great idea, corresponding with the class reading Hamlet, for we parents to pen whatever wisdom we’ve tried to impart to our children and give it to them, so they have the option of sharing some of it when the class goes over Polonius’s advice to his own son …

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The Gratitude Inoculation http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/05/the-gratitude-inoculation/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/05/the-gratitude-inoculation/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:16:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5526 I’ve not been what you would call a grateful person. The truth is, for most of my life I’ve been a surly, critical, stew-on-the-inside-when-things-don’t-go-precisely-my-way kind of person. In the movie Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam’s character Doyle indicts himself as “assholish.” Yeah, that shoe fits. I probably don’t have to tell you ingratitude is like a …

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