Monday, October 19, 2009

So my computer crashed...

After four months of mortal kombat with the "Windows Antivirus 2010" virus, it finally crashed my system a week ago today. I'm fortunate enough to have a highly trained friend working on the problem -- something of which he is intimately familiar -- and his prognosis is optimistic. But that's beside the point.

I curse anyone who circulates the vicious trojans, worms, malware and viruses that permeate the Internet. And because going on a longwinded tirade is a waste of cyberspace, I will simply say to anyone reading this post (because I've yet to tell practically anyone about my blog) that I hope for The Eccentric Conservative to be up and running once more in the very near future.

Monday, October 12, 2009

In the Sunday paper...

I've felt for some time that The Commercial Appeal here in Memphis is a reasonably fine newspaper. Sometimes derided for having a "slant" in one direction or another, it seems that Chris Peck (editor) endeavors to avoid the partisanship that governs the majority of other metropolitan newspapers.

Each Sunday in Viewpoint, the CA features a "Think About It" section that offers some tidbits of info that most other papers would likely avoid printing. Here are a few of the most recent that stuck out:

1 in 2: Chances that an American will suffer from a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in his or her lifetime.

4 in 5: Chances that a U.S. conservative displays an "implicit preference" for white over black people in a psychological study.

3 in 4: Chances that a liberal does.

2 in 5: Chances that an African-American does.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday quotables

Having decided to follow through with this writing thing once more, I've opted to start each week with a set of quotes. And befittingly, I will draw this time from "A Writer's Commonplace Book" by Rosemary Friedman, which I recently completed and suggest without reservation to anyone looking for a penetrating set of reflections from some of the greatest minds of all-time:

"We do not receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
-- Marcel Proust [1871-1922], French novelist

"Genius is partly a matter of choice."
-- Colin Wilson [1931-], British writer and philosopher

"Education has produced a vast population able to read, but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."
-- George Macaulay Trevelyan [1876-1962], English historian

"Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic."
-- Jean Sibelius [1865-1957], Finnish symphonic composer

"Television is a fantasy which destroys everything."
-- Malcolm Muggeridge [1903-1990], British journalist, author, and satirist

I'm gettin' the band back together

For a blog that got off to a relatively strong start, it fizzled just as quickly. Things happen and they're hardly worth mentioning, but I've decided to resurrect my own little piece of the Internet (after five months of nothing) and make into something worthwhile.