Archive for September, 2010

Philosophic Pride

September 29th, 2010

One of the things I’ve been finishing off this Summer is the book project that’s been kicking around for far too long, Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and the Politics of Self-Love from Lipsius to Rousseau.

And for entertainment and instruction, here’s a slightly-squished Wordle of the full manuscript, so you can see what it’s about. (Click on it for the full-sized, less-squished version.) I like Wordles.

43rd Labour Blog

September 7th, 2010

Despite barely posting here over the last year or so, I learn that the Virtual Stoa is now the 43rd “top Labour blog” in the latest meaningless blog poll awards thingummy.

On the one hand, this is my highest placing in this particular contest. On the other hand, last year I was both 67th and 86th, whereas this year I seem only to have just the one ranking, which I think is a setback of sorts.

UPDATE: Jamie K has had the rather good idea that those of us who find themselves on this silly list might want to acknowledge it by linking to Tim Ireland’s recent Dale-themed post here.

Andy Coulson, etc.

September 5th, 2010

From the New York Times Magazine‘s long piece about News of the World phone hacking:

A draft of the paper’s unpublished article about [chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association Gordon] Taylor’s alleged affair indicated it was based on a voice mail message he had received from his assistant. Lewis [ = Taylor’s lawyer] said the message went: “Thank you for yesterday. You were great.” The paper assumed “she was talking about shagging,” Lewis explained. In reality, she was referring to a speech Taylor gave at her father’s funeral.

Tweeting Blair’s Journey

September 4th, 2010

Over the last three days, I’ve been reading Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey, and tweeting.

Twitterfeeds can be fiddly creatures, especially since things appear in reverse order, so, for easy reading, I’ve reproduced the results below the fold in a more sensible format.