Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2012

The Poor Artists Cupboard, Circa 1815, Charles Bird King

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2012

This morning, I finished reading Online Reputation Management for Dummies.  It is a solid overview for someone new to the subject.  There were some pointers that were worth reading.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.  I also checked the Twitter and Facebook account for the library.

I have been doing more ordering.  While looking through the Baker and Taylor Forecast, I came across a book that seemed interesting called The Zero Waste Lifestyle: Living Well by Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst.   The book is coming out on December 26. I think it should be interesting.   Reducing the amount of stuff we consume also reduces spending.

On the way home, I read some more of On Politics by Paul Ryan.  I rather like the idea from Aristotle that slavery would end when the plow could pull itself.

It is different than a favorite quote I have from the Greek philosopher Aristotle in around 320 B.C..

And so, in the arrangement of the family, a slave is a living possession, and property a number of such instruments; and the servant is himself an instrument which takes precedence of all other instruments. For if every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others, like the statues of Daedalus, or the tripods of Hephaestus, which, says the poet, of their own accord entered the assembly of the Gods; if, in like manner, the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not want servants, nor masters slaves. (From Book 1, section IV of Aristotle's Politics, as translated by Benjamin Jowett.) 

Some people view this as the first historical example of thinking on automation.  It can be interpreted that technology would eventually end slavery.

  There are a lot of ideas that seem simple in this book, but have much deeper meanings.  For example, Paul Ryan reminds us that the modern republics owe more to the Roman republic than Athenian democracy.

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