Author Archives: Alabaster Crippens

About Alabaster Crippens

Learner. Guesser. Thinker and Stinker.

Do good things always have to come to an end?

It’s not just good things, you know. It’s everything. It’s okay, that’s the way the world works, and if it didn’t, then there’d be too much of everything everywhere for anything to really be. Endings are all part of the … Continue reading

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If you could invent a new orifice, what would it do and where would you put it?

I’m guessing we’re talking bodies, if only because that’s more entertaining, and stops me from saying something hippy like ‘a hole in the ground that spews peace’. Currently all my bodily orifices do pretty cool things. The input and output … Continue reading

Posted in Illustrations by Emma, Questions by Kier | 2 Comments

Do you think Chris Brown’s music should be judged solely on its own merits? (Regarding no star reviews for recent album because of brutality against Rihanna)

There’s a lot of issues at stake here, and its really hard to peel through all of them. Critical to everything are what you think about music, economics, justice and forgiveness. Music is something transcendental. It has a magic that … Continue reading

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Can you imagine an Olympic event you could realistically compete for a medal in?

Writing prevaricative five hundred word essays in response to random questions? And even then, on the only thing I’m well practiced in, it would very much depend on the judging criteria (I’d probably do better in a sprint than an … Continue reading

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In making decisions, what weight should we give to the interests of future generations?

I’m kind of tempted to say all of it, but I’m not sure to what extent that helps with a practical decision making process. When I’m deciding which jumper to wear, its hard to quantify the impact it will have … Continue reading

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Why is caffeine such a popular stimulant?

Legality? Tastiness? Although it is another one of those addictive substances you have to learn to enjoy. I think it’s indicative of the capabilities of social mystique to sell something to us that people end up drinking booze and caffeine … Continue reading

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What are the essential elements of a legal system?

The legal system is the shadowy underpinning of any large society. Even where the rule of law is absurd, reckless or disproportionate there are basic principles of civilisation that need something to stand on. If we could evolve to a … Continue reading

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