trivial virtue

“People who don’t use Twitter derisively joke about people tweeting what they had for breakfast. But it isn’t a bug; it is a feature. Takes the pressure off of having to have something epic to say.”

– Stephen Carson,

desert-island books

If I could only have one book on a desert island, I’d have a hard time choosing between Stanley Lombardo’s translation of the Iliad and my leather-bound Iliad & Odyssey, translated by Samuel Butler.

If I could take a second book, I’d probably want a heavily annotated and cross-referenced edition of the King James, but I haven’t found such a thing in print. Does anyone have anything to recommend? It’s hard to imagine how people studied the Bible before there were so many great online tools. I really like this cross-referenced Bible:

If I could take three books, I’d take the scholar’s edition of Human Action. (You might think Rothbard, but Mises is the source.) Of course, I’ve only read the first half of it; maybe it gets awful in the second half. I hope I don’t get shipwrecked before I finish the book and can know for sure.

ABCT in the Gospels

Tower of Babel by Gustave DoreFrom Luke 14:

  1. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
  2. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
  3. Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

(ABCT == “Austrian Business-Cycle Theory”)


A.W.A.D asks, “Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?”




verb tr. : To put off until the day after tomorrow.

verb intr.: To stay at a college for an extended time.


From Latin perendinare (to defer until the day after tomorrow), from perendie (on the day after tomorrow), from dies (day).


The word procrastinate is from Latin cras (tomorrow). So when you procrastinate, literally speaking, you are putting something off till tomorrow. Mark Twain once said, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” In other words, why procrastinate when you can perendinate?

Mark 12 with Legos

I continue to find wonderful (and much less stuffy than you might expect) Bible resources online, e.g.,

hip-hop messiah

Theme song to The Boondocks:

I am the stone that the builder refused,
I am the visual,
the inspiration,
that made lady sing the blues,

I’m the spark that makes your idea bright,
the same spark,
that lights the dark,
so that you can know your left from your, right,

I am the ballot in your box,
the bullet in the gun,
that inner glow,
that lets you know,
to call your brother “son”

The story that just begun,
the promise of what’s to come,
and imma remain a soldier,
til’ the war is won …

the stone that the builder refused

I love the first 12 lines of Mark 12. In it, we have (it seems to me) Jesus summarizing the Gospel of Mark itself:

  1. And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
  2. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
  3. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
  4. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
  5. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
  6. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
  7. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
  8. And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
  9. What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
  10. And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
  11. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
  12. And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.