Pet Dragons & Novelty

Pet Dragons & Novelty


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My publishing schedule was disrupted this week due to illness, a two-day conference and also because I went and did something really silly.

But, as a result of the two day break, in which I didn’t touch any of my writing projects -including this blog- something strange happened.

The meat for my pet dragon was replenished.

“Writing in this space is the most gratifying job I’ve ever had, but also the toughest. It’s like owning a pet dragon: I feel lucky to have it, but it needs to be fed high-quality meat at regular intervals . . . and if something goes wrong, there’s a substantial risk of being blasted by fire.”

That’s from a fantastic little sign-off in the New York Times and it relates to the whole practice of writing as well as the necessities for taking some time off. Check it out.

The other link is a bit heavier but absolutely worth a few moments of your time if you’re in a lazy Saturday afternoon state of mind. More intelligent individuals are more open to new experiences.

Hope you are all somewhere warm and sunny.

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  1. 1
    Ron

    It is interesting that the article on Novelty concluded that more intelligent men will favor monogamy and less intelligent people will give their children unusual names. Doesn’t say much for Frank Zappa I guess.

  2. 2
    Gordon

    Hahaha. Guess not.

    There’s a great chapter about that exact issue in the first Freakonomics book.

    Isn’t it fascinating how modern mental health aligns so perfectly with the values of the dominant orthodoxy… Wait a minute.

  3. 3
    Ron

    “Isn’t it fascinating how modern mental health aligns so perfectly with the values of the dominant orthodoxy… Wait a minute.”

    Yes mostly but not always.

    I have also read of a number of studies which concluded that liberals were more intelligent than conservatives. Funny.

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