A couple of quotes/passages I’ve read recently really struck a chord with me.
One way to define the difference between a regular belief and a sacred belief is that people who hold sacred beliefs think it is morally wrong for anyone to question those beliefs. If someone does question those beliefs, they’re not just being stupid or even depraved, they’re actively doing violence. They might as well be kicking a puppy. When people hold sacred beliefs, there is no disagreement without animosity. In this mindset, people who disagreed with my views weren’t just wrong, they were awful people. I watched what people said closely, scanning for objectionable content. Any infraction reflected badly on your character, and too many might put you on my blacklist.
– Aurora Dagny
Now, what gets someone so worked up that they not only develop a hard-line point of view, but find any objection to be irrational?
Continue reading Sacred Beliefs and Our Capacity for Rationalization and Moral Surrender
Brouwer and Ovi pose for me.
It’s always fun covering autograph signings with the Caps. Recently, I was there for an Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer signing (which was very rare, considering it was Ovi’s first in three years), and a not-rare John Carlson and Karl Alzner signing. Fans often ask me for the photos I took, and I’m happy to give them. And I always get an article or two.
Continue reading Covering the Autograph Signings
This is a small, but fantastic statue from WETA. I wish I could get the larger version – Smaug the Terrible – but it’s super expensive, takes up way too much room and looks highly breakable. This guy will have to do.
Continue reading Smaug – King Under the Mountain
Recently, I got to interview the Caps’ Jay Beagle for The Post. This is one of my favorite articles I got to write, alongside the article I wrote about Bruce Boudreau.
Here are a few photos of me skating at Nats Park on Jan. 3 before they tore everything down after the Winter Classic. (More photos on Caps Outsider)
Continue reading Skating at Nats Park
I went to the Winter Classic at Nats Park.
A few cool things I’ll remember:
Continue reading 2015 Winter Classic
Former Cap and longtime Caps TV color commentator Craig Laughlin and I have known each other for several years now, as I’ve written quite a bit about him, and he’s given me some great information for articles. Then I realized I really wanted my photo taken with him, and he happily accepted. Happy New Year, Laughlin!