January 19th, 2019

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There’s been some noise online about a new Gillette ad campaign (haven't seen), which made me realize that I haven’t yet heard the original version of Gillette’s slogan — the one that was translated into Russian as Gilette, лучше для мужчины нет. The English version used to be Gillette, the best a man can get, which, I imagine, can have two readings: either the best a man can have, or the best a man can become (the Russians got the first version).

The new ad campaign, which has changed the slogan to the best men can be, seems to remove this ambiguity. If indeed there ever was any.

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The beginning of Rogan’s conversation with Jonathan Haidt where they talked about Boghossian’s hoax papers reminded me that the papers themselves, both published and not published, as well as the peer reviews they received, are available on Google Drive. They are fascinating in the sense that they are really expertly written. The articles are large; the argument is well developed; the text abounds with references to other articles. They look legit. Whoever wrote them has studied a fair share of those disciplines to then be able to faithfully reproduce their discourse. When Rogan says that these papers "are almost like an article from The Onion", it means he clearly hasn’t looked at them and hasn’t tried to read them.

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Wow, Hardcore Henry is very cool. Stupid cool, braindead cool, but still much better than so many action films. A world-class mainly English-language film made by a largely Russian team, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.