Words, ideas, primary sources, history and a bit thrown in about writers.


I write and I read books. Either of those activities will inevitably lead you to think about the nature of the written word. Up until quite recently, it was the only way your thoughts and ideas could survive your death without any sort of distortion. Nobody was half-remembering, interpreting what you said or bending it … Continue reading

Internet security 2 : There’s a lot more going on than you’d think.


In a previous article here, I gave some information about what basic precautions you should take in order to enjoy the web safely. I’d like to drop down to a slightly lower level and tell you a few more simple things you can do to make surfing the web a lot safer. They won’t be technical … Continue reading

Some thoughts on fanatics and how to fight them.


I’ve always liked Churchill’s definition of a fanatic. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Once you get past the witty aspect of the definition, there’s a deep truth in it too. They simply can’t change their mind. I’ve seen a lot of debates in the blogosphere, where … Continue reading