It’s The Thought That Discounts

Stay out of my head, Mom.Title: “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children”

Author: Shefali Tsabary

Rank: 37

Blurb: “In Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting… children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child ‘know it all’ approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.”

Review: “If you are ready to experience your children as special agents on your spiritual journey, this book is your gospel.”

Customers Also Bought: “Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire”

Footnote: This is what happens when you make “parenting” a verb.

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Just make sure you’re not sitting anywhere near me with your spawn on an international flight.

Noje, you might get a laugh out of this. Why we hate professors of philosophy. Clearly the man needs to be punched in the face. Hard. He’s like that character in Uncle Vanya who finds the solution to everyone’s problems by selling their home out from under them. The vanity is breathtaking.

@Benedick: Your link didn’t survive transit from mind to body.

Sounds like somebody got into the kid’s stash.

@Benedick: IOW, your link is borked, sir.

Anybody who thinks they are going to achieve spiritual fulfillment through their child will just end up shelling out a lot of money for therapy for the kid.

This is how Sports parents/gigantic assholes live.

Or in my case, academic parents. My dad tried to live through me his crushed dreams (by his idiot brothers) of becoming an academic. Didn’t work. Somewhat poisoned the relationship between us for a decade or two. I have made peace with him, but it wasn’t easy.

There is something vaguely creepy about this whole thing.

Speaking of Batsignals, that’s our new SFO Datacenter acting up. Network Geeks are on the case.

Oh dear God. You’re all such divas. Happy?

@nojo: Why you gotta blame SF for crazy hamsters?

@SanFranLefty: I figured there was a Google Bus protest in front of the SF Habitrail.

@Benedick: John Searle? Can I have a stiff drink first?

@Benedick: “How can there be an objective fact that this piece of paper is money, but it’s only money in virtue of our subjective opinions? That’s a big question I have tried to answer.”

Or, as we would say in seminar, “I’m not sure there’s a problem here.”

Unless you create arbitrarily restrictive definitions of “objective” and “subjective”, of course, in which case you’re not doing philosophy, you’re just making shit up.

@Benedick: As it happens, I was thinking how Anglo-American philosophy — philosophy as a subject of research — ended with Wittgenstein, who showed the fly the way out of the fly bottle (his metaphor) by demonstrating that philosophical questions are poorly constructed, misunderstandings of language (thus Searle).

Philosophy as mental discipline remains highly valuable, but that’s a different beast. And we’ll leave Existentialism to another conversation, since it’s something else altogether — “philosophy” as civilians understand it, as opposed to academics.

Searle is the problem that Wittgenstein hoped to leave behind — all this ontological hooey about objective and subjective and what constitutes a fact in the world, where money becomes an issue when you look at it with squinty eyes, blaming it for not fitting your categories when your categories are the problem. Sometimes wanking is just wanking.

@nojo: this is why I thought mathematical logic was a more fruitful area of study, until I ran into Kurt Godel’s work. BTW Kurt’s old buddy Alonzo Church taught at UCLA while I was there — a first-class nutter.

@nojo: In the words of the immortal Larry Hart:

Beauty’s truth,
Truth beauty.
Gabriel blow your root toot tooty.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the house martens who built a nest on the porch have two, I think, chicks. The adults don’t sleep in the nest, they sleep on top of a window frame instead.


Along the same lines – an oldie but goodie:

“To be is to do”—Socrates.
“To do is to be”—Jean-Paul Sartre.
“Do be do be do”—Frank Sinatra.

Here the complete historical provenance and attribution for this quote, including original public restroom stall sources.

@nojo: Sometimes wanking is just wanking.
An immortal quote, sir. I lost patience when I got to the “how do we know this table exists?” morons. Um, because I bruised my leg when I bumped into it, genius. How about we work on real problems?

Note to Catt: I’m in Hong Kong (humid, oy!) and the Not The MSNBC Ad is for an Asian male dating service.

@Dodgerblue: Don’t inflame him. We just got him hosed down.

@SanFranLefty: Supreme Court news break: Barry loses the recess appointments case 9-0. Hey, hey, ho, ho, Eric Holder’s got to go.

@Dodgerblue: Since we all duly fretted about Holder’s nomination, what’s the line on him six years in?

@nojo: You know who would have been a great AG: Hillary.

@Dodgerblue: Hillary’s fine anywhere. With supervision.

@SanFranLefty: @Dodgerblue: Overheard in Dupont Circle (where the crowd was bananas) toward the end of the match (to the tune of “Yankee Doodle”):

Come on, U.S., score a goal,
It’s really fucking simple,
Put the ball into the net,
And we’ll go fucking mental!

Better than that “I believe that we will win” nonsense which Colbert had fun with the other day.

@Dodgerblue: Belgium. Meanwhile, Mann Coulter knows nothing about soccer/football and can go have Drudge suck her dick.

Game Note: I was at the sports bar by my office for a whopping 15 minutes (after coming in to work from 6:30-8:45 am to offset my absence from 8:45-11:00) after my boss summoned me back to write an urgent nastygram to send to opposing counsel. I listened to Univision streaming the game, as I was doing work, which is always fun but not the same. On Tuesday, I’m calling in sick if that’s what it takes. Maybe I’ll join Libertarian Tool at McTeagues.

@SanFranLefty: In honor of our trip to the Sweet 16, I’m going to put away the Chimay and polish the Shiner.

Because I am a patriot.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: We can respect their beer while beating the crap out of their soccer team.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Let me fix that for you:
“Because I am a patriot. Texan.”

@Dodgerblue: I will save it for the end of the game (match? What do they call it exactly?), when I will pour a glass and say to all the Flemish and Walloons:

“I drink your Lambic! I drink it up!”

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