Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for “Philosophy”

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Things and Thoughts

Posted upon the 1st of July, 2009

First up, an unexpected honour – our wedding has been featured on Rock ‘n Roll Bride! Thanks very much, Kat! Now, I thought might make a small abstract observation. In the theories of Kantian, or transcendental, idealism, all knowledge is the product of the interaction of two mutually reliant but apparently opposing forces; the free, […]

It is finished

Posted upon the 1st of June, 2009

Today, my minor thesis was printed (in duplicate,) bound (in duplicate,) and submitted (in triplicate. Digital copy.) I’m not out of the woods yet, but I can see the village lights through the trees. This thesis having taken me away from FrillyShirt for so long, I thought it only fair to share what might or […]

Quotes and Pomes

Posted upon the 24th of May, 2009

In times of adversity, I take a certain amount of solace in the words of greater minds than mine and nimbler tongues. Which includes that phrase, in fact, from Steve Earle’s “Warrior”. I’m feeling adverse, so here’s something from my present study, and an old favourite which always soothes. “The production of a work of […]

Ethics & Reminiscences

Posted upon the 17th of February, 2009

I’ll happily tell you, even at risk of sounding hackneyed, that I was always somewhat wary of deontological ethics. Morality achieved through following abstract logical imperatives rather than attending the visible needs of others? It seemed so cool, so dispersonal. I reacted by pushing in the opposite direction. I went through a real wild period […]

The Fop and the Dandy, a Guest-Parable

Posted upon the 8th of December, 2008

It is my great pleasure to present a guest-post by my friend Melanthios; a story… well, I shall let his own words be all the introduction it needs, other than to say that I think he has reached the heart of the truth of things. I am a Taoist Fop. It has come to my […]

How to be Transcendental

Posted upon the 27th of November, 2008

“His business taught him expedients to husband time: in our victimizing climate he was fitted for storms or bad walking; his coat must contain certain special conveniences for a walker, with a note-book and spy-glass, – a soldier in his outfits. For shoddy he had an aversion: a pattern of solid Vermont gray gave him […]

Hanging Gardens

Posted upon the 21st of July, 2008

It’s hard to avoid the subject of environmentalism these days – there’s an environmental issue in the news every day, and it’s reached the point where only the lunatic fringe dismiss it as a lunatic fringe issue. As astute readers will be aware, I’m all for it, and think (in my optimistic moments) that ecologists […]

Two Men Operating Under Pseudonyms

Posted upon the 17th of June, 2008

I’d like to take a moment to discuss gonzo journalism and superheroes. Hear me out here, there is method in my mandrills. I never quite understood the scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where Hunter S fires his photographer, Lacerda. Sure, Lacerda’s annoyingly chipper and chirpy, but it just seemed petty and mean-spirited. […]