Friday, April 18, 2008

going semi-anonymous

When I first started this blog, I was in a position where no one in my business life was likely to google me and where my personal reputation was not likely to effect my company. Since the risk was small and since the risks were all mine, I decided to be open about my identity. But I say a lot of controversial things on this blog, make some off-color jokes and generally behave in an unprofessional manner, so there was always some risk in doing so.

Recently my duties at work have changed and as a result I'm far more likely to be the subject of a google search by a customer or partner, and my reputation is now more likely to effect my company. I don't want someone doing such a search to see this comment of mine: "what a couple of pricks" as the first or second result. That's what they would have seen this week. Also, there are people out there who would discriminate against my company because of my religious or political views. As I said, when it was just myself at risk, I didn't care so much, but I have a responsibility to my company not to let such things effect them.

So, I'm changing my by-line to "Doc Rampage" and going underground. I'm not taking any extraordinary steps to hide my identity, just trying to make so that casual google searches on my name do not find this blog.

most influential movies and TV

Over at Maverick Philosopher a few weeks ago, I was asked for a list of what I thought everyone should watch in order to understand popular American culture. I'm probably not the best person to make such a list, but I do see a lot of TV and movies, and I tend to catch allusions when I hear them, so I'm not the worst either.

These aren't shows that I personally enjoy or even think are good; rather they are shows that seems to have effected popular culture by giving us canonical characters, events, and situations to refer to, or just memorable phrases. I've tried hard to not just choose the best example of a genre. For exmaple I've left off great westerns like "Unforgiven" because I can't think of how it has effected popular culture outside the discussion of westerns and I've left off great T.V. shows like "W.K.R.P in Cincinnati" because it seems to be mostly (and sadly) forgotten.

Here's the list:

Western movies:
Rio Bravo
High Noon
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Comedy movies:
The Three Stooges movies
the Marx Brothers's movies
Mary Poppins
Ghost Busters

Dramatic movies:
The Sound of Music
Gone with the Wind
The Maltese Falcon
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Rocky and Rocky II
Fatal Attraction
The Wizard of Oz
Dracula (the original movie)
Frankenstein (the original movie)

Action movies:
Godzilla (the original movie)
King Kong (the original movie)
The Wizard of Oz
One Million Years B.C.
Planet of the Apes
The three original Star Wars movies
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Terminator
Dirty Harry
Jurassic Park
Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome
James Bond movies
First Blood and Rambo
Bridge over the River Kwai
The Matrix

Chrismas movies:
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol (various movies, which are better known than the book)
A Christmas Story

Animated T.V.:
Warner Brothers shorts (Bugs Bunny and friends. Many of these were originally shown in the big screen but they became well-known through Saturday-morning T.V.)
Charlie Brown specials
The Simpsons
South Park

Western T.V.:
Kung Fu

Comedy T.V.:
I Love Lucy
The Andy Griffeth Show
All in the Family
Gillighan's Island
I Dream of Jeanie
The Adam's Family
The Mary Tyler More Show
The Brady Brunch

Drama T.V.:

Action T.V.:
The Twilight Zone (T.V. series)
Lost In Space (T.V. series)
Star Trek
Mission Impossible

Variety Shows:
The Tonight Show with Johny Carson
The David Letterman Show
Saturday Night Live

Thursday, April 17, 2008

another blog I've been meaning to blogroll

This one I've been intending to link for a year or more but never have gotten around to it. Cree Tees is the blog of the famous nk.

defense mechanisms of gun-banners

Here is an interesting essay by a psychiatrist named Sarah Thompson on the psychiatry of anti-gun feelings. The first defense mechanism she brings up is projection. I thought I had invented that idea. About fifteen years ago I was having an argument with someone who said that he didn't think that people should own guns because they might get in an argument and shoot someone. At first I laughed and told him that was ridiculous. No one normal person is going to lose his temper and shoot someone. Then I thought a moment more and told him that on second though if it sounded at all plausible to him that a normal person might lose his temper and shoot someone, then he should definitely not own a gun. After all, you expect of others what you think you would do.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

the ethics of morality

The words “ethical” and “moral” are synonyms. Recently college-semi-educated people have come to believe that they mean different things because of the different contexts in which they are generally used. The word “moral” is typically used by religious people while the word “ethical” is typically used by scholars –not because it means anything different but because it sounds more scholarly.

So people who read about the Moral Majority and then go attend their class on social philosophy and ethics get the idea that “moral” implies something different from “ethical”, but it doesn’t.

(I originally posted this a comment over at Patterico).