Philosophy & Comedy – Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up”

I just finished reading Steve Martin's autobiography Born Standing Up - a comic's life, an honest and direct memoir about his youth and early life experiences which shaped the development of his unique comedic style.   The book covers the time from his childhood through to his 30's when he walked away from stage performing to do movies and other media.  I am old enough to … [Read more...]

Christian Realism and Holy War

"Christian Realism" -- even Christians ought to struggle with David Brook's latest invention. How delightful to juxtapose other-worldliness and practicality! But to really understand it, replace "Christian" with "love" and "Realism" with "War." Meaning, "I love war, but I wage it only out of love." It's almost a self-parodying confirmation of Nietzsche's critique of the human … [Read more...]

Podcast Equipment Nerdfest

After some problems with atrocious audio quality, I went a little overboard on a new mic/accessories: Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone Samson SP01 Shockmount Spider Mount for Condenser Mics On Stage Tripod Microphone Stand (7701B) OMNITRONICS EPF-15A Cad Mic Pop Filter … [Read more...]

Episode 12: Chuang Tzu’s Taoism: What Is Wisdom?

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Discussing the "Chuang Tzu," Chapters 2, 3, 6, 18, and 19. It's the second-most-famous Taoist text and the most humorous, with anecdotes about people singing at funerals and jumping out of moving coaches while drunk. What could it possibly mean to "make all things equal?" and how is the Taoist sage different from our other favorite paragons of virtue (hint: magical … [Read more...]