What I've been thinking about...
Some of my birthday gifts from the family!
Snap-Circuits: I’d looked at this kids’ electronics kit about a hundred times at various toy stores, and I would always say “we should really get this for Gavin sometime”, probably adding in about how much I would have liked to have one when I was little.
My insightful wife Joanne realized that I probably wanted to play with this myself just as much as I wanted to get it for our son. So I got it for my birthday, a complete surprise that I must say totally made my day! (And besides being fun, I’m hoping this toy will fill in some actual gaps in my knowledge - kids toys and books are actually an incredible education resource adults overlook).
Coffee and Beans - I got some flavoured beans, which I’m always glad to get, and a travel mug (it only looks like a paper cup) to use in the car. As you can see in the second photo, the travel mug was filled with jelly beans.
Well done family, well done!
Is This Boulder Free?
I’ve been thinking about free will lately. People have been “content to agonize” over free will for such a long time because there is a lot of tension in the idea. On the one hand, the idea of free will doesn’t seem to stand up to close examination. Every good philosopher I know either rejects it outright, or changes the definition before accepting it. On the other hand, we can’t help referring to free will in real life. We mean something by it, and it’s tied up with our notion of responsibility.
So here I am still thinking about it!
I think it’s true that there’s some overlap or confusion between the notions of Free, and Unimpeded, and this is what got me thinking about the Boulder…
"Happy Homemaker (exerpts)"
The Age of Persuasion from CBC Radio
This “classic” add for Folgers coffee will leave you shaking your head in disbelief, but as Terry O’Reilly explains, the pressures it applies to women are not gone today, only changed.
The clip runs 2.5 minutes, taken from “The Happy Homemaker” episode of The Age of Persuasion (AOP). The full episodes can be downloaded here. For those who haven’t heard it, the opening credits for AOP are included, because they’re hilarious.