Archive for December, 2010

Winterval Greetings!

December 24th, 2010

Winterval greetings to all Virtual Stoa readers out there (assuming there are any left — I quite understand).

For those who are even more interested in the Winterval than I am, there’s what looks like the pretty definitive history over here, complete with 55-page appendix!

Traditional imagery via the Brick Testament, obviously.

Feliz Natal!

December 24th, 2010

I read in the directory bit at the end of the 2010/2011 Total Politics Guide to Political Blogging that the Virtual Stoa is a Portuguese blog. How exciting! And this, from the same people who in 2009 declared this blog both the 67th and the 86th top Labour blog…

Pissup. Brewery.

Thursday Beaver Blogging (One-Off Edition)

December 9th, 2010

This just in, via Josh:

The kind of difficulty both cases exemplify arises when something we encounter defeats our ordinary capacity to get our minds around reality, that is, our capacity to capture reality in language. That dislodges us from comfortably inhabiting our nature as speaking animals, animals who can make sense of things in the way the capacity to speak enables us to. The special kind of animal life we lead comes into question. It is as if a beaver found dam building beyond its powers.

That’s from John McDowell, “Comment on Stanley Cavell’s ‘Companionable Thinking'” in Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond, p. 302.

There’s also a new Mel Gibson film called The Beaver coming soon. “A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating”, apparently. The trailer is here. My brother Michael wrote to me to draw my attention to it, commenting that, “This looks as though it could conceivably be one of the worst films ever made.”

And, as a tribute to the late, lamented Leslie Nielsen, here‘s a link to the beaver joke from one of the Naked Gun films.

The Scottish beavers seem to be doing well. The latest news is here, and this story from a couple of weeks ago will also be of interest.

I think that’s about all for now. As you were.