Green and Mean ?!

July 21, 2006

Tesla Motors has gotten a lot of press lately from Wired.com, CNET, Red Herring and others. They have built the first all electric performance roadster. 0-60mph in about 4 seconds, 250 miles per charge a top speed of over 130 mph and  a battery that lasts 100 000 miles.  No emissions.  135 mpg equivalent.  All this on a three -hour charge.  For only 80k.  Not bad.  The development story  at Wired.com is fascinating.  I will be passing the hat shortly, although they say that a sedan is in the works. 

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Cool Jews | Salon Arts & Entertainment

Leonard Cohen is a Jew. But he’s not just any Jew: He’s dark, mysterious, unabashedly prurient and eternally hip. This is a troubling prospect. Not because of what it says about Cohen himself, but rather because of what’s been left in his wake. Which is nothing. My interest in Leonard Cohen’s music was rekindled by “I’m Your Man,” a documentary and concert film that further entrenches the poet and songwriter’s status as one of the coolest dudes around. After reacquainting myself with a body of work that includes darkly beautiful and richly evocative classics like “Hallelujah,” “Bird on a Wire,” “First We Take Berlin” and “Famous Blue Raincoat,” I began to wonder where I could find some contemporary examples of Jew-man coolness. I didn’t know where to turn. Looking for poets, I found only pishers. Shmendriks abound, sex symbols are few and far between. Where have all the cool Jews gone?

A fresh start(ish)

June 27, 2006

This is the first post of on the new site.  The Philosopher Dad has switched homes, starting the gradual move to a private host…   The biggest reason for this move is that using categories in blogger is very complicated, and since I post about a wide range of subjects, I felt that a more sophisticated system would be better.  I have lost the ability to advertise, but since the number of people who read this site is small (but growing) I figured that it wasn’t a huge loss. 

Americans’ Circle Of Friends Is Shrinking, New Study Shows: “Americans’ circle of close confidants has shrunk dramatically in the past two decades and the number of people who say they have no one with whom to discuss important matters has more than doubled, according to a new study by sociologists at Duke University and the University of Arizona.”

I wonder a lot about things like social isolation. I got married young and so was in a different stage of life than many of my peers during grad school (that and frankly, the allure of binge drinking had worn off by the time I got there and pot makes me hide in a corner…). I never managed to form any close friendships there and many of my close friends from before had moved away, so I don’t get to see them very often. Now I teach at CEGEP (jr/community college) and have summers off, but none of my friends do. And now, I am the first in my circle of peers to have a kid. I don’t feel that I have too many people that I can turn to when things are tough. I’m not someone who feels that I can vent in a blog post and just send it out into the ether. Some bloggers are very open in their posting, and the readers can be very supportive, but is there any actual intimacy?

I see a lot of men get more and more isolated as they get older. Many of their friends are made at work, and when the job ends or changes, the friendships stop.

I wonder about the kinds of challenges that modern parents face in keep up their close friendships.