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Ominous Parallels on Sargon of Akkad

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2017-08-22 02:11

Sargon just posted a video reading straight from Ominous Parallels. Check it out!

Recent Comments:
The Two Related Movements Are Natural Allies — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-09-03 21:56
revolution — by Brant Gaede on Sun, 2017-09-03 15:22
What Caused the Rise of Fascism and Nazism in the Early 1900s — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-09-03 00:07

Scheduled Outage: Saturday, November 8th at 8PM PST

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2014-11-05 17:52

Our hosting company, Dreamhost, will be upgrading the operating system on the server where we host the website (Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM NZ time).


FaceBook Integration (and Twitter)

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2011-11-13 22:12

Just wanted to share that I added FaceBook login capabilities. New users can create an account using their FaceBook login.

Recent Comments:
I'm wondering... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2011-12-08 09:34
Good one! :-) — by Marcus on Mon, 2011-12-05 11:36
Assbook — by Luke Setzer on Mon, 2011-11-14 22:37

Dr. Edwin Locke's Comments on Burns

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2010-12-08 16:14

Comments on Jennifer Burns’s Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American
Right can now be found on Dr. Locke's website. I have not read the book and these and other comments/reviews have only confirmed the rightness of my decision.

Recent Comments:
Too Much Time — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2010-12-16 17:31
I think he'd be back if SOLO — by Aaron on Thu, 2010-12-16 15:00
Chris — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2010-12-16 13:05

New User Moderation

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2010-11-10 10:51

Due to the unprecedented level of SPAM I've set it so that all new users are now moderated. If someone joins after this post they will be moderated until such time that they put a picture in their profile, post something thoughtful, and Linz or I chooses to unmoderate them. Direct all questions to the webmaster email or comments below.

Recent Comments:
Well, let me ask more — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2010-12-04 18:32
Agreed — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2010-12-04 02:02
But even strong ad hominem — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2010-12-03 18:50

Objectivist Answers

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2010-10-13 02:20

Greg Perkins has started a site, ObjectivistAnswers where anybody can ask and Objectivists can answer questions about Objectivism and its application, Ayn Rand, and other related topics. I've moderated a few posts over there and prodded some to ask questions. Greg has been a great moderator of Objectivism Seminar and has taken on this new project with passion.


Danielle Morrill on Website Traffic to Objectivist Blogs

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2010-10-13 02:10

At today's #OLists happy hour on twitter, Danielle Morrill pointed out some interesting stats on

Recent Comments:
Yes, not a bad result at all. — by Sam Pierson on Wed, 2010-10-13 09:46
You bet me to it. SOLO has an — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2010-10-13 02:31
Wow! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2010-10-13 02:27

Voting Enabled (now disabled)

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2010-06-04 14:47

Starting today we are letting logged in users rate forum posts, blog posts and audio. You will notice average ratings on the front page teasers.

Recent Comments:
Votes by user? Yeah, that — by PhilipD on Sat, 2010-06-05 12:41
Voting disabled — by wngreen on Sat, 2010-06-05 11:55
You're right ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2010-06-05 08:37

Downtime Scheduled

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2010-05-31 21:36

Over the last week we have experimented with a higher cost private server solution offered by DreamHost.

Recent Comments:
Firefox — by wngreen on Tue, 2010-06-15 00:15
I wasn't able — by Olivia on Sun, 2010-06-13 05:48
Testing ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2010-06-12 01:29

Robert Mayhew on Ayn Rand Answers

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2010-03-30 16:24

Dr. Mayhew KASSes on NoodleFood

In the early 2000s, I edited and prepared for publication a selection of Ayn Rand's answers to questions, mostly from question periods following a number of her lectures. The result was Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q&A (Penguin-New American Library, 2005).

In her "Essay on Sources", in Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford University Press, 2009), Jennifer Burns writes that Ayn Rand Answers is among those works that "are derived from archival materials but have been significantly rewritten"; and like Journals of Ayn Rand, she says, "they should not be accepted at face value" (pp. 292-93). She does not explain or illustrate what she means by "significantly rewritten".

Recent Comments:
OL — by Brant Gaede on Mon, 2010-04-12 03:45
Looks like ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2010-03-31 23:09
Agreed... — by Robert on Wed, 2010-03-31 17:59

Benfield Brass Band on Brasscast

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2010-03-07 19:48

Benfield Brass (I play Solo Alto Horn) was featured on this weeks Brasscast!.


Hine e Hine

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2010-03-04 02:09

Linz asked me to post this video, taken from deep within the super secret practice sessions of the Benfield Brass Band this was out first read though of a piece familiar to you Kiwis. Linz tells me it used to be the Goodnight Kiwi sign-off on TVNZ.

Recent Comments:
Here it is — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2010-03-04 03:24
Aw, so cute! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2010-03-04 03:03

Technological Innovation: The Road to Prosperity

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2010-02-15 20:20

Crosspost from ProudlySelfish

My first assignment in my Technical Innovation class I was tasked with a 'concept diagram' with my view on the importance of technical innovation. I wasn't the only one to take a more philosophic bend on the task though I was the only one who quoted Rand Smiling


British to American Music Terms

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2010-02-15 14:10

Crosspost from ProudlySelfish

Many of you who follow my twitter feed have probably watched one of the videos with me practicing my Alto Horn. I play in a British Brass Band. We have had the pleasure over my 4 year tenure to be visited by composer/conductor Nigel Horne. Getting the British style just right is changeling for any group and Nigel's passion and demand from the podium always leaves us playing one notch better then we though possible and about 300x better then where we started at the beginning of practice!

For an odd reason Nigel and us in the band often run into major communication difficulties. I'm not talking about the typical torch/flashlight stuff -- British musical terms come from a wholly different musical tradition then our common musical terms in America. For the most part we keep the frustration level low by staring at each other blankly as someone in the section quickly figures out what Nigel is talking about. I'm no musical linguist (Alton Brown style pause...) so here are my translations for some of the terms I've heard before stolen from various parts of the interwebs.


The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics out July 6th

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2010-02-12 02:04

David Harriman's book The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics will be released on July 6th. He is a general session speaker at OCON 2010. I've pre-ordered the book (Hat tip, Diana at Noodlefood) and you should too!

From the back cover:

Recent Comments:
Cromer Added to Amazon Wish List — by Luke Setzer on Mon, 2010-02-15 00:04
Luke, that is very — by John Donohue on Sun, 2010-02-14 21:20
Egyptians versus Greeks — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2010-02-14 12:48

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Stop the Maslow Madness

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2010-02-04 14:46

I'm tired of every class ramming Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs down my throat.

Recent Comments:
Confession — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2010-02-10 13:16
Luke — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2010-02-09 21:45
Maslow Has Limited Use — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2010-02-09 15:30

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Music: Bourgeois's Serenade

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2010-01-12 01:49

Here is the Black Dyke Mills Band playing Derek Bourgeois Serenade. We might play it this year in our British style Brass Band

Recent Comments:
Time Signature — by wngreen on Tue, 2010-01-12 12:54

Sam Tsui

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2009-12-20 04:02

I don't know anything about "High School Musical" from which the song "Breaking Free" comes from, but I did enjoy this cover. I like Sam Tsui's voice.


Update: Server Move

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2009-11-13 03:26

Update: The move will happen in the next 24 hours (by MON 1800 EDT). Downtime should be minimal (minutes) though some folks may experience problems since our old server may be 'cached' by your ISP. If you have any problems, give it an hour and try again, and contact the webmaster@solopassion.com. In the case of withdrawal symptoms please seek advice from your doctor!

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Our server hosting company, DreamHost, has asked to move our website to another server because of all the issues we have had over the last few weeks with downtime and slow performance. I asked them to give me as much notice as possible, but I figured I'd tell everyone now it is happening "soon". I'll post the exact time as soon as I have it. It should be a simple thing that takes an hour or two.

Recent Comments:
Done! — by wngreen on Tue, 2009-11-17 12:33
I gather ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2009-11-16 09:46

OCON 2009

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2009-07-10 04:30

If you've been following on twitter (http://twitter.com/#search?q=%...) OCON 2009 has been an exciting and stimulating event.

Recent Comments:
William — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-07-10 04:52

Utilitarian Arguments in Action

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2009-03-11 01:02

The following argument with a friend of mine on Facebook illustrates the 'thinking' of a utilitarian pretty well. I could only take so much argument from authority before I gave up but it is an interesting read. The discussion started on this piece about Rush Limbaugh being bad for the Republican party since he adovcates a return to 'Reagan Conservatism'.

Recent Comments:
The crux of it — by atlascott on Thu, 2009-03-12 02:04
Pragmatists! — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2009-03-11 22:35

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Why should managers be ethical?

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2009-03-11 00:55

As part of my grad school studies in technical management (which has kept me too busy to catch up on the site or post lately) I had to write a short web discussion on the question "Why should managers be ethical?" which I thought might be an interesting post. The end notes don't translate well so all credit to Tara Smith's "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics" and in a few places Peikoff's OPAR.

Recent Comments:
wngreen — by 0 on Wed, 2009-03-11 19:48

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$500K to Inform African Americans on Global Warming

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2009-03-02 19:34

"A group led by four former Senate Majority Leaders gave a think tank $500,000 to inform African Americans about the alleged dangers of global warming."


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Scheduled Outage This Week

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2009-02-24 23:08

We've outgrown the server our hosting company has us on and they have offered to upgrade us for free to one of there shiny new servers. We have of course accepted their offer.

Recent Comments:
Looks like! — by wngreen on Wed, 2009-02-25 23:26
Best be sure... — by Robert on Wed, 2009-02-25 23:05
Ah, but I learned long ago — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2009-02-25 22:35

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Unscheduled Outage

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2009-02-10 01:47

We had an unscheduled outage today during the Messiah's speech. I was minding my own business editing some content and exposed a (thankfully) known bug.

Recent Comments:
Ah-ha...! — by Jameson on Tue, 2009-02-10 01:52

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NZ #2 in promiscuity

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2008-12-26 17:26

NZ is ranked number two in sexual promiscuity. The Great Satan is #22. (Hat tip, Diana)

Recent Comments:
Disillusioned! — by Ptgymatic on Wed, 2008-12-31 20:09
Michael — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2008-12-31 19:15
Mr. M — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2008-12-30 06:23

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ARC: Capitalism Without Guilt: The Moral Case for Freedom

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2008-11-14 13:54

They have posted the video from the talk I attended in DC on Oct 22nd.

Recent Comments:
+1 on must watch recommendation — by 0 on Sat, 2008-11-15 22:07

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Iran's Preconditions

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2008-10-22 12:03

So much for Obama's diplomacy.

From the WSJ

Recent Comments:
Precisely, Scott. — by Sandi on Thu, 2008-10-23 23:21
Even the irrational — by atlascott on Thu, 2008-10-23 13:32

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Copyrights and SOLO Posts

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2008-09-17 00:43

Catching up today on everybody's posts I noticed we have had a few of the new folk post whole articles from other sites as posts onto our own site. This practice violates the content owner's copyright, even if you provide a link back to the site you got the content from.

Recent Comments:
Links — by wngreen on Sun, 2008-11-09 16:19
JR — by wngreen on Sun, 2008-11-09 16:17
Links are okay, though, I imagine... — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2008-11-07 00:23

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SOLO-US Press Release: What About My Rights?—Mad MADD and the Drinking Age Debate

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2008-08-20 01:53

A proposal by more then 100 University administrators to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 has created a firestorm among all the usual suspects, notes SOLO spokesman William Green.

Recent Comments:
Well, in the NY area, even — by Urban Parks on Wed, 2008-08-20 16:21
Submitted to Real Clear — by Lance on Wed, 2008-08-20 06:22
New Zealand did this years — by 0 on Wed, 2008-08-20 02:26

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