A Personal Philosophy for Michael the Belgian Beer Connoisseur

This Personal Philosophy was commissioned by a Ms. Jennifer Dorsey for her friend Michael S. for his birthday. Apparently, he likes Nietzsche and Belgian Beer. You can have one too if you’re into that kind of thing. A Personal Philosophy for Michael the Belgian Beer Connoisseur* Did you know that according to Herodotus, the ancient […]

A Personal Philosophy for Kevin the Nice Canadian

This here Personal Philosophy was commissioned by a Mr. John Williamson for his brother Kevin on the occasion of his birthday. You too can order one for yourself, a friend, a loved one, enemy, celebrity, co-worker, someone you want to do, and/or your pet. Why would you delay in doing this? I can imagine no […]

A Personal Philosophy for Lucy Lawless

Longtime readers may recall a flurry of so-called Personal Philosophies let loose from this site ’round the end of old ’10. While every one of these was cherished and beloved and wrapped in a special extra-thick paper and put in the bottom of an ornate chest and filed under “H” for “heirloom,” that does not […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) That Depressed Guy

This is for that guy… the one who’s depressed. Maybe it’s you. The Personal Philosophy of That Depressed Guy* I don’t know. Maybe none of this is worth it. Maybe I should just… no, that isn’t worth it either. It’s just that I’m… well… you know. It’s like the world is a metaphor and I’m […]

Personal Philosophies Wrap-Up (for the Moment)

As promised, here are the noted Personal Philosophies of (i.e. for) Seth and Wes respectively. During the period of this fund-raiser thingy, we got maybe a half-dozen nice donations, including those you’ve seen written about in this series plus another couple. I’ve not totaled up the cash intake, but given our modest expenses, it will […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Kyle Walton’s Mom

We received another donation, this time from noted personage Kyle Walton, so that means it’s time for another custom crafted Personal Philosophy! Kyle would like to dedicate this to his mother Sylvia, who has of late gotten interested in Kierkegaard. Kyle’s Mom’s Personal Philosophy* Many mothers would be upset that their son is… well… different. […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Danny C.

This feature will henceforth occur no more often than weekly, if that, unless this new policy suffers recursion problems, in that the policy itself as as adjunct entity to this type of post is by leakage subjected to that same policy and and so is only enforceable on a weekly basis, in which case additional […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) The Atlantic’s Jared Keller

Atlantic associate editor Jared Keller attracted our oracular, magnetic Personal Philosophy pen by asking someone who tweeted about this series for more information. Does this mean he’ll write a Pulitzer-winning article about us as the inevitable end point of the juxtaposition of high culture and the Internet? Only he knows for sure! (Well, Santa too.) […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Kathleen M. Ryan

Perhaps best known (by me) for being the person on Facebook who complained about all these Personal Philosophy postings (see inset), Ms. Ryan is also known for her excellent sense of humor and her facility with plastic explosives. This personal philosophy has been commissioned for her by an elderly billionaire who is too shy to […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Lee Abramson

A while ago, I reviewed my ex-bassist Lee’s project Rumi Music, which is just one of several albums he’s finished since being knocked out of the bass-playing (and walking and talking) business by ALS. His latest shtick is a 2012 Presidential run, so as a speech-writer audition I thought I should create a personal philosophy […]

Philosophy of the Future Book of Matt Gantner

Mr. Matt Gantner of Gantner Creative Media (a company with no web site Google has heard of) has donated more money to P.E.L. than anyone not actually on the show, despite our not knowing him personally or having provided him any quid pro quo philosophical favors like putting in a good word for him with […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Mike “Mr. Murph” Murphy

Today’s Personal Philosophy is sponsored by Melissa Murphy and created expressly for her handle-bar mustachioed high-school-physics-teaching husband. Michael K. Murphy’s Personal Philosophy* I believe that we need to act now to preserve our fragile ecosystem. I also believe that robots are our future. Giant robots with rockem’ sockem’ type arms and lasers that shoot out […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Salon.com’s Laura Miller

So far none of the select celebrities whom I have gifted an ultra-personal Personal Philosophy have sent me so much as a dry-cleaning coupon, which I guess means that they’re not Internet-obsessed, self-Google-alerting, must-personally-respond-to-everything-associated-with-their-names kind of people, unlike, say, me. But what about journalists? Will Laura Miller, writer about books for salon.com, notice without my […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Frank Conniff

I hope it’s obvious from my inclusion of this MST3K alum, given my past comments on MST3K, that I am not slamming these needy celebrities by creating for them spiffy brand new personal philosophies (give one today to someone who’s name you’ve drawn for secret Santa!). I am not implying that such celebrities do not […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Callum Keith Rennie

Donating another philosophy to a needy minor celebrity, this time the guy who played the most sensitive cylon and other roles. For y’all just tuning in, read this to learn how to order your own special personal magical cool-ass philosophy. I have to credit my dad, noted children’s performer Mr. Bob, for giving me the […]

The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) Martin Starr

We have received an actual donation now with a commission to create a personal philosophy, but I’m working with the donator and trying to figure out the result, and I don’t want Gigi Edgley to feel unfairly singled out if she somehow gets ahold of the link, so I have identified another needy celebrity to […]

Special Offer: Your Own Personal Philosophy for $20

Are you confused? Directionless? Tired of trying to figure it all out? Does the thought of slogging through the history of philosophy trying to figure out what does and doesn’t make sense to you depress and/or intimidate you? Well, now there’s an answer. For a mere $20 donation to the Partially Examined Life podcast and […]

Mark’s Inspirational Speech

Responding to a listener request, here’s the text of the inspirational speech from the end of episode #14, so you can have it tattooed or mounted or embroidered or perhaps written in frosting on a birthday cake. I have rendered it in BOLD MAGENTA #3 (C031C7) for your pleasure: What you see before you, i.e. […]