Shut up and drill

I got an email from our energy company yesterday. Here’s the whole message: Hi GregWe are in the middle of a peculiar time, and Danish gas prices are at a record high level. This can cause concerns for your gas bill for the coming months when it gets colder and we use more gas for…

How stupid are we?

“The bite on which I gagged the most,” writes Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, “is not the knowledge that life itself requires hostility and death and torture-crosses—but once I asked, and I was almost choked by my question: What? does life require even the rabble? Are poisoned wells required, and stinking fires and soiled dreams and maggots in…

“The bare necessities of life will come to you…”

There’s an old Danish maxim that “necessity teaches naked women to sew.” (Nød lærer nøgen kvinde at spinde). It’s actually to spin, not sew, but teaching naked women to spin is weirdly ambiguous in English—it might just as easily be a reference to pole-dancing classes. A figurative translation is better: necessity is the mother of…

Winter is coming

Would you give a friend the keys to your car if he or she were obviously drunk? Would you let a toddler play with a loaded gun? Would you give your child a set of carving knives to practice juggling with? I’ll assume that you either answered no to all three questions or you decided…