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James Camien McGuiggan
Attended University of St Andrews
Lives in Southampton, England
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How to fix Google Reader white space, line spacing, fonts, etc. Dustin Luck is my new hacker hero. His “Google Reader Absolutely Customizable” script for Firefox (works on Chrome too) allows you to za...
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Will strangers with nothing apparent in common with me please stop adding me to their circles or whatever. Discerning that we have nothing in common and then ignoring the friend requests is a labour-intensive chore I have no interest in.

Don't take this personally, as a slight on your character, or as an indication that I don't like you.
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You were on someone else's shared Philosophy circle. I'm a philosopher based in the Philippines and have been looking for philosophers to follow. :) But the point is taken; removing you now.
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I had the most extraordinary lunch today: scrambled eggs, beans on toast, a cup of tea, some cold fruit juice; all while listening to Bach violin suites. To write it makes it seem simple and trivial; but that tea was perfect, the Bach sublime, the eggs, lightly salted, incredible. The fact really is worth spreading.
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Man, I'm Irish, there's no need to stress the importance of tea to me, or of how important it is to have it just perfect: my incredulity stemmed from, first, the thought that there could be an interpersonally perfect cup of tea, and second, the thought that there could be a body whose function was to standardise stuff.
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Is this true? It sounds convincing, and makes me feel like I understand the issue! I love it! (+Brendan Markey, this is for you particularly.)
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Derek Matravers asks: "How can two things as disparate as our emotional lives and our perception of an ordered structure of tones come together [in an experience in which one’s consciousness is filled with music shot through with emotion]?"

But surely this isn't at all strange! Our perception of the ordered structure of tones isn't even an experience apart from its emotional import! Matravers may as well wonder at our ability to experience shapes in vision "shot through" with a sense of their being coloured.
Aaron Ridley has some words to say about this sort of thing.
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Southampton, England
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St Andrews, Scotland - Ballymore Eustace, Ireland - Galway, Ireland
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A philosopher and a musician
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I'm a philosopher and a musician. Philosophically, particularly I'm interested in aesthetics (on which subject I'm studying for a Ph.D.). As a musician, I'm primarily a composer, but also a classical guitarist, rock guitarist and pianist.
Education
  • University of St Andrews
    Philosophy, 2009 - 2011
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Philosophy and Music, 2005 - 2008
  • St Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Philosophy, 2008 - 2008
  • University of Southampton
    Philosophy, 2012 - 2015
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I should first of all note that I did work here, part-time, for two years. But I'm in the South of England now, and have no vested interest in Taste doing well. I first arrived in St Andrews for a Master's in 2009, and found Taste pretty quickly; I stayed there for hours, talking shop with classmates and working on papers for hours on end; I soon fell in love with the place and it really felt like home. I started working there because I really wanted to as much as for the money. It never lost its warm, relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, and I never felt that there was any of the snobbery or social closedness this type of café is liable to have: there are plenty of student hipsters, to be sure, but it is a favourite haunt of everyone who doesn't mind the limited seating. The coffee - three grinds, which change periodically - is as good as you'll get outside of an artisan coffee shop, and, depending on your barista, can be every iota as good. All the sandwiches and a lot of the cakes are made in the upstairs kitchen, and are fantastic every single time, because Jan - the cook and manager - loves food, and doesn't cut any corners with it (he even uses, for example, organic butter, because he thinks it tastes better - but he never advertises this, informally or formally, because he does it for the love of the food). I can't wait to go back!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The walls in this shop are absolutely covered in CDs and records. Regarding the records, I only know that there is an awful lot of them; but I've gone through all the CDs on many occasions, and the collection is broad and deep. There is classical music, jazz, world, fusion, prog... and within, say classical, you can easily find fairly obscure composers' CDs for very good prices. (And if you are looking for classical music, be sure to ask the bloke behind the counter to look through an enormous stack behind the counter, because there's hundreds more there.) If you want to have a CD played, or if you want to find a CD the name of which you don't know, then the assistant is always helpful and friendly. The only downside is that there are some fairly well-known CDs which they don't have, presumably because they rarely have more than one copy of a given CD.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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