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Philosophy Now

The magazine "Philosophy Now" seems by turns provocative, silly, and deep; it features diverse, short, highly-readable articles with cute, mostly-relevant illustrations. Particularly valuable are essays that explore useful terms for important concepts (e.g, "promiscuous realism" in an interview with John Dupré, and the unfolding of theodicy in "The Good, The Bad and Theodicy"). Philosophy Now helps readers think, and especially to:

Ask Better
Questions

(cf Good Mistakes (1999-09-06), No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed (2003-10-13), Question Answers (2016-10-09), Think Better - Three Keys (2019-06-05), ...)

- Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 07:37:55 (EDT)


2019-07-29 - Leave No One Behind

~5.1 mi @ ~13.4 min/mi

"Abandon you? What do you mean? This is Dawn Patrol — we leave no one behind!" Yeah, somebody's sick, got no sleep last night, has a long day ahead, and then apologizes for cutting today's trek slightly short? No way! "Next time tell us right at the start — so we can mock you for the entire run, not just the final mile!"

"You want a tall hot blonde?" At Starbucks Roadkill confirms Keymaster's coffee order; K2 opts for iced. We circle Tysons, consider drawing a GPS trackfile image of spectacles or a bow tie, but defer that until another day. Reports of weekend activities include upholstering a headboard and showing tourist attractions to out-of-town friends. And, of course, running ...

(trackfile)

- Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 06:12:51 (EDT)


2019-07-28 - Riley's Rumble Half Marathon

~13.1 mi @ ~9.6 min/mi

happy ice water at mile 10 - photo by Bridget Fox"Must ... resist ... temptation ...", says Roadkill at mile ~3 where runners turn back for the 8k option. Butterflies flit among flowers; corn stands tall in the fields. Temperatures are in the 70s, unusually cool for the Riley's Rumble half marathon.

"Go Roadkill!" Vixen cheers. Her photo at the mile 10 aid station captures a moment of joy, as runners sips ice water before facing the final climbs on a hilly course.

Preliminary results: 217th place of 506 finishers, 5th of 14 in the 65-69 year old male cohort, chip time 2:05:24 (gun time 2:05:40). Mile splits, roughly corrected for GPS error: 8.5 + 9.2 + 9.3 + 9.3 + 10.0 + 9.6 + 9.6 + 10.4 + 9.9 + 9.4 + 9.6 + 10.4 + 10.3 minutes, plus a sprint for the final fraction.

Riley's Rumble Results:

(trackfile)

- Friday, August 16, 2019 at 09:10:32 (EDT)


S.P.Q.R.

Prof Mary Beard's history S. P. Q. R., offers a well-written large-scale systems view of ancient Rome that refuses to be distracted by ephemeral events, crazy-Emperor anecdotes, or just-so storytelling. Beard frames her analysis with discussions of citizenship and how it grew to finally include all residents in the territories controlled by the Empire. She turns a critical eye toward ambiguous evidence and presents alternative explanations when appropriate — a multidimensional view of a civilization, unlike the monocular squint that some of her critics offer. SPQR is especially valuable for the concepts and metaphors it offers, many of which illuminate other societies including our own.

(cf Gibbon - Table of Contents, ...)

- Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 22:42:57 (EDT)


2019-07-27 - Les Macarons

~4.9 @ 13.1 min/mi

"And I didn't say a word to him for two days!" K2 tells of an expired-passport misadventure that, in retrospect 25 years later, turned out ok. R2 describes law students in panic mode about upcoming bar exams. Sakurako explains the black compression apparatus around her legs after last weekend's run. We loop through downtown Bethesda, then take an out-and-back along the Capital Crescent Trail. Upon return Roadkill passes the torch to Danger Man. At Paul, the French bakery, les macarons sont exquis.

(trackfile)

- Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 04:45:11 (EDT)



For back issues of the ^zhurnal see Volumes v.01 (April-May 1999), v.02 (May-July 1999), v.03 (July-September 1999), v.04 (September-November 1999), v.05 (November 1999 - January 2000), v.06 (January-March 2000), v.07 (March-May 2000), v.08 (May-June 2000), v.09 (June-July 2000), v.10 (August-October 2000), v.11 (October-December 2000), v.12 (December 2000 - February 2001), v.13 (February-April 2001), v.14 (April-June 2001), 0.15 (June-August 2001), 0.16 (August-September 2001), 0.17 (September-November 2001), 0.18 (November-December 2001), 0.19 (December 2001 - February 2002), 0.20 (February-April 2002), 0.21 (April-May 2002), 0.22 (May-July 2002), 0.23 (July-September 2002), 0.24 (September-October 2002), 0.25 (October-November 2002), 0.26 (November 2002 - January 2003), 0.27 (January-February 2003), 0.28 (February-April 2003), 0.29 (April-June 2003), 0.30 (June-July 2003), 0.31 (July-September 2003), 0.32 (September-October 2003), 0.33 (October-November 2003), 0.34 (November 2003 - January 2004), 0.35 (January-February 2004), 0.36 (February-March 2004), 0.37 (March-April 2004), 0.38 (April-June 2004), 0.39 (June-July 2004), 0.40 (July-August 2004), 0.41 (August-September 2004), 0.42 (September-November 2004), 0.43 (November-December 2004), 0.44 (December 2004 - February 2005), 0.45 (February-March 2005), 0.46 (March-May 2005), 0.47 (May-June 2005), 0.48 (June-August 2005), 0.49 (August-September 2005), 0.50 (September-November 2005), 0.51 (November 2005 - January 2006), 0.52 (January-February 2006), 0.53 (February-April 2006), 0.54 (April-June 2006), 0.55 (June-July 2006), 0.56 (July-September 2006), 0.57 (September-November 2006), 0.58 (November-December 2006), 0.59 (December 2006 - February 2007), 0.60 (February-May 2007), 0.61 (April-May 2007), 0.62 (May-July 2007), 0.63 (July-September 2007), 0.64 (September-November 2007), 0.65 (November 2007 - January 2008), 0.66 (January-March 2008), 0.67 (March-April 2008), 0.68 (April-June 2008), 0.69 (July-August 2008), 0.70 (August-September 2008), 0.71 (September-October 2008), 0.72 (October-November 2008), 0.73 (November 2008 - January 2009), 0.74 (January-February 2009), 0.75 (February-April 2009), 0.76 (April-June 2009), 0.77 (June-August 2009), 0.78 (August-September 2009), 0.79 (September-November 2009), 0.80 (November-December 2009), 0.81 (December 2009 - February 2010), 0.82 (February-April 2010), 0.83 (April-May 2010), 0.84 (May-July 2010), 0.85 (July-September 2010), 0.86 (September-October 2010), 0.87 (October-December 2010), 0.88 (December 2010 - February 2011), 0.89 (February-April 2011), 0.90 (April-June 2011), 0.91 (June-August 2011), 0.92 (August-October 2011), 0.93 (October-December 2011), 0.94 (December 2011-January 2012), 0.95 (January-March 2012), 0.96 (March-April 2012), 0.97 (April-June 2012), 0.98 (June-September 2012), 0.99 (September-November 2012), 0.9901 (November-December 2012), 0.9902 (December 2012-February 2013), 0.9903 (February-March 2013), 0.9904 (March-May 2013), 0.9905 (May-July 2013), 0.9906 (July-September 2013), 0.9907 (September-October 2013), 0.9908 (October-December 2013), 0.9909 (December 2013-February 2014), 0.9910 (February-May 2014), 0.9911 (May-July 2014), 0.9912 (July-August 2014), 0.9913 (August-October 2014), 0.9914 (November 2014-January 2015), 0.9915 (January-April 2015), 0.9916 (April-July 2015), 0.9917 (July-September 2015), 0.9918 (September-November 2015), 0.9919 (November 2015-January 2016), 0.9920 (January-April 2016), 0.9921 (April-June 2016), 0.9922 (June-July 2016), 0.9923 (July-September 2016), 0.9924 (October-December 2016), 0.9925 (January-February 2017), 0.9926 (March-April 2017), 0.9927 (May-June 2017), 0.9928 (June-October 2017), 0.9929 (October-December 2017), 0.9930 (December 2017-March 2018), 0.9931 (March-April 2018), 0.9932 (May-July 2018), 0.9933 (July-September 2018), 0.9934 (September-December 2018), 0.9935 (December 2018-February 2019), 0.9936 (February-April 2019), 0.9937 (April-July 2019), 0.9938 (July-August 2019), ... Current Volume. Send comments and suggestions to z (at) his.com. Thank you! (Copyright © 1999-2019 by Mark Zimmermann.)