Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Darwin's Cat: Making a Difference is What We're All About

In a post about a month ago, I mentioned the prolific science fiction icon Isaac Asimov, providing a link to his Columbia University biography so that all might know and wonder. I sent a copy of that post to his niece -- if this blog had a motto it would be that of Undershaft: UNASHAMED -- who understood that, like a mind, a link is a terrible thing to waste. She clicked through only to discover her uncle's alma mater had the date of his birth wrong. She pointed this error out and:

Dear Ms. Asimov,Thank you for writing to C250 regarding the correction to the Isaac Asimov entry. We have made the correction and it can be viewed through the following link:

And so under the sponsorship of Darwin's Cat the light shines a little deeper into the dark forest. When I was growing up fundamentalist Christian, one of our favorite mantras was "Hate the sin but love the sinner." I never really got this until long after I had shed my Christianity and, looking back at my former coreligionists, it occurred to me that it was time to "Hate the stupidity but love the stupid." (A softer version is "Hate the ignorance but love the ignorant," but that's not nearly snarky enough.)

If these aren't words to live by get out of here.


Anonymous said...

I showed your picture to Marvin who was bartender at Ace's. He said it could be you if you wore a beard. He said you used to come in and look around mean. If you caught somebody's eye and they didn't look away, you'd kiss your knuckles like you wanted a fight. He said nobody ever did because there was something about you warned people off. He doesn't believe that stuff about you running around naked.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

You may remember when I carried a knife in my boot when the gang drank at the old M&M. This, of course, is no joke. Ask Arkansas Jay if you don't remember. At some point I decided carrying a concealed weapon was not a good idea.

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