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Ritland Daily Ramble #14

Quote of the day
The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Don’t be an Asshole: The Ballad of Richard Sherman
After the NFC Championship game Seattle Seahawk’s cornerback Richard Sherman went on a hilarious rant about how great he is. Some called it disgraceful, others simply an athlete overcome by his emotions in the heat of the moment. In my take, which you can read here, I explain how both sides miss the point.

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John & George on an attic in HamburgPicture of the day
Today I listened to the Meet the Beatles! album, not knowing that it’s the 50th anniversary of its release. It is the copy my Dad originally bought back in 1964. Needless to say it skipped more than once.

The raw power of the Beatles’ early material is unprecedented. Too often people write it off as simply “oldies” but there’s nothing, especially that was coming out around that time, that sounded anything like it.

This picture, from a couple years before the albums release, finds George and John looking particularly badass.

Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.