Not that impressed

Perhaps I’m another jaded American, perhaps my vantage point wasn’t good enough (though I did walk across it), or perhaps I just expected too much, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the Hoover Dam. Of course I’m glad I’ve seen it and touched it, but it just didn’t live up to the hype. However, I do deeply appreciate it from an engineering standpoint based upon the 4,456 documentaries I’ve seen on it.

Prostitution 1

I’m going to expand on this significantly when I get the time, but I’m adding this as more or less a reminder to myself. I would like to see some early discussion, however.

While in Vegas, the issue of prostitution of course came up. There seems to be little to no rational reasoning for making it illegal. The drugs, diseases, and crime that goes along with the ‘profession’ are all directly tied to the fact that the practice cannot be practiced under any actual regulation.

But again, this is a bit of a placeholder post. Discuss.

Thought of the day

Planning two major trips back to back probably wasn’t the best of ideas.

Make of it what you will

Another from Bryce. I’m sure it had a name, but it escapes me…

Thought of the day

The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins is a delight. Go buy it, read it, love it.

Incidentally, it’s subtitled A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (or “Life” rather than “Evolution”, depending on the copy). I had someone draw an issue with this. I was told that a pilgrimage is a religious or spiritual journey and that Dawkins can’t just go around changing words. I need not address the definition of the word but more than briefly since it is obvious that “pilgrimage” need not be religious, but I do want to note the narrowness I find with which many people (not simply this one person) view language.

I’ve said it before: language is expression, express it. We need rules, we need consistency, yes. This does not, however and of course, translate to shackles, to restraint. Even if Dawkins was using a religious word in a way that was itself not religious, that does not make him wrong. For example, say “pilgrimage” really was only religious. We still recognize it as meaning a significant journey that leads to something important. Even if the word is technically wrong (and it isn’t), context has informed us what is meant; clear meaning has been conveyed. That ought to be appreciated.

On another quick note, I’ve encountered several people who have said or implied Dawkins is not a quality writer in one way or another. Such statements and notions are risible.


Another from Angels Landing in Zion…

Thought of the day

The process of travel sucks.