Philosophy Archive

  • The other day I was engaged in one of the most important activities a man can pursue, digesting a Red Robin Bleu Ribbon burger, when the conversation mysteriously turned to […]

    The Rule of Four Part 1: Cats, Bumper Stickers, and Tattoos

    The other day I was engaged in one of the most important activities a man can pursue, digesting a Red Robin Bleu Ribbon burger, when the conversation mysteriously turned to […]

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  • Bear with me folks, I’m going to take one of my rare dips into semi-topical stuff, so if you are reading this in a few days (the Internet equivalent of […]

    AOL is the anti-Fox; News is the new fast food

    Bear with me folks, I’m going to take one of my rare dips into semi-topical stuff, so if you are reading this in a few days (the Internet equivalent of […]

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  • Recently, a fellow brainlazer and I were discussing a current scandal. I won’t say what the scandal is, for reasons that will soon be made clear, but suffice to say […]

    The Koala Technique

    Recently, a fellow brainlazer and I were discussing a current scandal. I won’t say what the scandal is, for reasons that will soon be made clear, but suffice to say […]

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  • There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

    Living On The Edge

    There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

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  • Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

    Wikileaks

    Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

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  • For most of my childhood I spent about one month out of every year in Vermont. Now, Vermont is a great place, but not exactly an entertainment hot spot. Sure, there is skiing, but I was up there in August, so that’s out. There are also cities there like anywhere else, but we went to family property in Starksboro. I think that we doubled the population when we visited. Seriously, our annual visit was a red letter day. They would come and visit “The Family From Jersey.” One time they brought us a pie! So for them, it was a big deal. For us, it was five people sleeping in a barn for a month. Our entertainment was lighting a pile of tree pieces on fire, staring at it, and exploring a particular set of topics.

    Campfire Topics

    For most of my childhood I spent about one month out of every year in Vermont. Now, Vermont is a great place, but not exactly an entertainment hot spot. Sure, there is skiing, but I was up there in August, so that’s out. There are also cities there like anywhere else, but we went to family property in Starksboro. I think that we doubled the population when we visited. Seriously, our annual visit was a red letter day. They would come and visit “The Family From Jersey.” One time they brought us a pie! So for them, it was a big deal. For us, it was five people sleeping in a barn for a month. Our entertainment was lighting a pile of tree pieces on fire, staring at it, and exploring a particular set of topics.

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  • In case it hasn't been made entirely clear already, we here at BrainLazy love the indie community. Our primary focus is on games, but indie movies and music are great, too. The only problem is that being an independent maker is tricky. Not only do you have the obvious monetary and marketing hurdles to overcome, but you have to live in constant fear of losing your following by becoming too successful; the dreaded "Selling Out." So you must keep your interactions and products carefully moderated and limited. But I want more! And I want to see what you can do with serious resources. So I propose a solution. Don't sell out, rent out.

    Indie Makers: Don’t Sell Out, Rent Out

    In case it hasn't been made entirely clear already, we here at BrainLazy love the indie community. Our primary focus is on games, but indie movies and music are great, too. The only problem is that being an independent maker is tricky. Not only do you have the obvious monetary and marketing hurdles to overcome, but you have to live in constant fear of losing your following by becoming too successful; the dreaded "Selling Out." So you must keep your interactions and products carefully moderated and limited. But I want more! And I want to see what you can do with serious resources. So I propose a solution. Don't sell out, rent out.

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  • There are some people out there who are ruled by reason. They make their decisions based on logic, carefully weighing the facts and coming to conclusions that have sound, realistic foundations in reality. Others opt for a more... subjective interpretation of reality. These folks like to believe that things like emotion and fairness have an effect on physical phenomena. It is not above them to, in some cases, assume that reality will adjust itself to fit their whims or expectations, rather than vice versa. In extremes, neither point of view is terribly workable. And when they clash? There can be only one outcome.

    The Shovel of Logic

    There are some people out there who are ruled by reason. They make their decisions based on logic, carefully weighing the facts and coming to conclusions that have sound, realistic foundations in reality. Others opt for a more... subjective interpretation of reality. These folks like to believe that things like emotion and fairness have an effect on physical phenomena. It is not above them to, in some cases, assume that reality will adjust itself to fit their whims or expectations, rather than vice versa. In extremes, neither point of view is terribly workable. And when they clash? There can be only one outcome.

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  • A few months have passed, and I've once again formulated a short list of questions that are more or less impossible to ask in civilized society. So I call upon you, the anonymous masses of the Internet, to weigh in. We'll consider these questions asked and answered anonymously.

    Questions I Can’t Ask

    A few months have passed, and I've once again formulated a short list of questions that are more or less impossible to ask in civilized society. So I call upon you, the anonymous masses of the Internet, to weigh in. We'll consider these questions asked and answered anonymously.

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  • Oriech returns for the most off topic BrainLazy Uncut yet. From politics to mass murder, GOG to Demolition Man, nothing is off limits. As always, if you hear the phrase Spoiler Alert, be wary.

    BrainLazy Uncut – September 21st, 2010

    Oriech returns for the most off topic BrainLazy Uncut yet. From politics to mass murder, GOG to Demolition Man, nothing is off limits. As always, if you hear the phrase Spoiler Alert, be wary.

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  • It should be clear by now that there are an awful lot of things that drive me nuts. My mindless rants are about 85% of the content of this site. I realize, though, that most of it is off the wall, pointless, unwarranted nonsense. That's why I get so excited when something comes along that completely justifies my hatred. These are people and groups that have buried their message so deep under layers of madness and blind fervor that their lunacy is clear to anyone that isn't drinking the Kool-Aid. Let's look at a few, shall we?

    PETA, Fox News, and Fundamentalists: Justified Hatred

    It should be clear by now that there are an awful lot of things that drive me nuts. My mindless rants are about 85% of the content of this site. I realize, though, that most of it is off the wall, pointless, unwarranted nonsense. That's why I get so excited when something comes along that completely justifies my hatred. These are people and groups that have buried their message so deep under layers of madness and blind fervor that their lunacy is clear to anyone that isn't drinking the Kool-Aid. Let's look at a few, shall we?

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  • Hatred is an ugly thing. It consumes the mind, twists the soul, and leads you make astoundingly idiotic forum posts. Everybody hates something. Some people are able to keep it to themselves, other people spray hatred out of their very pores like a demonic sprinkler system. The worst part, though, is the fact that hate makes you blind to some things that are clear to anyone who isn't so emotionally invested. Namely, that it is almost the same thing as love.

    Love Hate Relationship

    Hatred is an ugly thing. It consumes the mind, twists the soul, and leads you make astoundingly idiotic forum posts. Everybody hates something. Some people are able to keep it to themselves, other people spray hatred out of their very pores like a demonic sprinkler system. The worst part, though, is the fact that hate makes you blind to some things that are clear to anyone who isn't so emotionally invested. Namely, that it is almost the same thing as love.

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  • An uncharacteristically serious look at opposites and extremes, and the human perception.

    The Half of Reality that Exists

    An uncharacteristically serious look at opposites and extremes, and the human perception.

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