Blogging is so over...
...even Pepys has stopped. He had a good run, though.
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
...even Pepys has stopped. He had a good run, though.
Innocent people, artists and musicians, are shot dead in Seattle yesterday at a Cafe Racer, a place I know well; then I made the mistake of glancing at the newspaper comments. Droves of obsessive gun aficionados responded to intense personal grief with extremist political aggression and delusions of victimhood.
Here is Toma, my all time favorite.
The Top Gear men, in their review of the up-gunned Jensen Interceptor, decided to do a title sequence for one of those 1960-70s British detective/spy shows, a la Sabotage. It's enjoyable, though of course not up the the Beastie Boys' exceptionally high standard.
Hey! I just noticed that the Republicans keep comparing America to Rome and Germany. I think that's their problem, because we're not a militaristic dictatorship intent on world domination. We're the United States of America, a country with an elected government that offers universal suffrage, basic rights to all and a judicial system largely based on English common law.
How have you been? Say I was on my computer the other day.
From the early 1870's by Timothy O'Sullivan.
Americans are still good.
This bassist has no equal, except for perhaps The Laird.
If you have a sunroof and access to a pleasant enough stretch of road, this may be for you:
Matthew Yglesias calls it like he sees it, regarding the JP Morgan board's risk management committee:
These are all eminently respectable board of directors types. But obviously this is the kind of Risk Committee you put together if your organizational goal is to (a) have a risk committee, (b) have it filled with eminently respectable board of directors types, and (c) have it not actually do anything to manage risk.
From a review by Tom Shippey in The Times Literary Supplement:
The dangerous [metaphor] as regards English, I would suggest, is language as threatened female, whose “purity” is continually being “violated” or “polluted” by vulgarisms, Americanisms, anything one doesn’t happen to like. If one pursued this image, one would have to say that English, far from being a pure maiden, looks like a woman who has appeared out of some distant fen, had more partners than Moll Flanders, learned a lot in the process, and is now running a house of negotiable affection near an international airport. But metaphors can be taken too far.
Tony Soprano explains Romney's Bain capital.
I've followed the work of John Cheese for some time, partly out of personal interest after this incredible essay and partly because I had a strong sense he was going to up his game. Here we can see the transformation well underway, his lungs filling with oxygen, his eyes clearing (poor Gwyneth Paltrow)...
Where a celebrity says or implies that people who work that hard need to slow down and enjoy the small things because they're missing out on life. They can't imagine a world where people work themselves into exhaustion because they have to -- not because they want to. They don't live in a world where someone can show up and take your fucking car because you couldn't make the payments. Where one missed rent check plus one intolerant landlord equals instant homelessness.
"What could have been more divisive than, when President Obama was inaugurated, for a number of Republicans, friends of mine, and a number of commentators to say, 'We're going to destroy him. We're going to destroy him'?"
Brad DeLong explains, no one listens.
Thunder 3 - Lakers 1, Spurs
Chelsea, on Bayern's home pitch, equalizes with almost no time left, wins the shootout, takes the Champions League Final. I have be for Chelsea, right? Oh, except my team (or at least the team most of my friends like), Tottenham Hotspur, is now screwed.
There's no shame in finishing fourth in the Premier League. It's how Spurs finished fourth, though, that has left fans bitter and stunned. A top-three finish was Tottenham's to lose just three months ago, and lose it they did in spectacular fashion. Spurs were even given new life during the first weekend of May when Arsenal stumbled at the Emirates. Tottenham couldn't beat lowly Aston Villa in a "win and we'll be in" match, though, and their fate was no longer in their hands. While Chelsea were a team of destiny, Spurs were more style than substance, more headlines than actual results. What will forever be the season of what might have been could also be the beginning of the dismantling of a squad that was untouchable just this past fall.Well, at least we'll suffer with the The Damned United.
...and is disappointed.
xkcd has it.
In a post on his blog:
When future historians write about the fall of the American Republic, they will of course lay primary blame on the extremists of the right, who set out deliberately to destroy it. But they will also lay heavy blame on all the “centrists” and Serious People who not only refused to admit what was happening, but ostracized and silenced anyone who tried to point it out.
Why are we consulting the tribal customs of prehistoric goatherds as an authoritative basis for our civil government?
D.S.M.-5 promises to be a disaster — even after the changes approved this week, it will introduce many new and unproven diagnoses that will medicalize normality...
Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.
Severe cognitive dissonance here.
The Man in Seattle. Maybe not this year. Maybe not next year. But it's gonna happen.
Here's an essay about major artistic accomplishments by Charles Murray, or, as I call him, The Prince of False Causes.
The Los Angeles Clippers, formerly the San Diego Clippers and the Buffalo Braves, have amassed 1,247 wins over the past 42 years. Unfortunately they have also amassed 2,149 losses, giving them a .367 winning percentage. In those 42 years they have finished above .500 just seven times, and above .600 just once.
For in the end, Spain and others do have an alternative to endless austerity, one that may be forced on them by events: exit the euro, with all the financial and political fallout that follows. And on the current course, that’s what’s coming.
So now, after all this time they expect us to be interested in Diablo 3, which will be released on May 15th. Well I'm not interested at all. Couldn't care less.