Much better than I remembered
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
BBC report words for feelings that have no English equivalent.
For a middle school assignment on the 70s, a supercut of trailers, show intros, clips and ads:
Whenever the subject of big data comes up, I just say this, in exactly that way.
Rob Sheffield's piece on Mary Tyler Moore is superb. (link)
|We're not so different, you and I.|
Contemplating the option of moving to a remote, uninhabited island (as one does) I was reminded of, and ordered a copy of Walter de la Mare's magnificent Desert Islands. It is a wonderful miscellany book containing an essay by de la Mare followed by dozens of excerpts on the topic. I love the book because it is hand-made, a labor of love, and not remotely linear. Point 'A' and Point 'B' are both included, but are nowhere near one another. There are a multitude of equally interesting points along the alphabet scattered more or less randomly through its pages.
I am told, that a Book without a Preface, is like a New Play without a Prologue, or a French Dinner without Soup; and tho' I cannot tell what to say, yet I am resolv'd to say something, tho' perhaps not any thing to the Purpose. So far I hope you'll allow me to be an Author. I shall give you, gentle Reader, (if you are so) Three of my Reasons why I publish these following Pages; which, I must confess, are not so well polish'd as I cou'd wish, but Truth is amiable tho' in Rags. The first and chiefest, to get Money; for tho' I have a considera∣ble Income, yet I can never bring both points together at the Year's End; but however, don't blame my economy, since I owe you nothing, and if I am beholden to any Body, it is to Honest Chetwood, my Bookseller; (I beg his Pardon if I miscall him, tho' I don't believe it will anger him in the least, for all Men love to be term'd so, whether they deserve it or no) being he will run the greatest Risque if my Book does not sell. Second, to save my Lungs, and a great deal of Trouble in repeating to my Friends these following Adventures, for now they may at a small Expence get 'em by Heart, if they will endeavour to stretch their Memories. Third and lastly, to appear in Print, which was, I assure you, a great Motive with me as well as with a great many others of the same Rank, that make Work for many Prin∣ters, tho' as little to the Purpose as my self. I could give a Catalogue of some of 'em, but that wou'd be making my Preface exceed the Bulk of my Book. Tho' I cou'd put the Booksellers in a Way to save Money in their Pockets, and that is to persuade a great many Authors to print their Lucubra∣tions at their own Charge, and that might make some of the poorest to desist; but for the richer Sort of Authors, there's no Help, it's like the Itch, and they must write to be scratch'd tho' the Blood comes. The follow∣ing Sheets, however extraordinary they ap∣pear, I assure you upon the Word of a Man are Truth, and I hope they will entertain you; but if they don't, and you should chance to slight 'em, you will not anger
Your Servant, R. Falconer.Canterbury, Nov. 7. 1719.
Tom Brady, man. The only quarterback in history to deliver seven playoff performances with a passer rating higher than 112...the first in 2005.
Pretty good Bollywood station in San Jose.
LA Kitten Rescue kitten-cam.
Once again the Army will select a foreign-made automatic pistol - not a steady, accurate, reliable sixgun - as its side-arm of choice. Trump says nothing. Sad!
Universal acceptance, however desired, has its problems. The critics and historians, as they heap on the praise and outdo one another in feats of analytical subtlety, can smooth out the quirks and complexities that give an artist’s work its stand-alone power. Richard Diebenkorn was beginning to receive this kind of bland adulation even before he died in 1993 at the age of seventy. His achievement, so full of surprises and perplexities, has been muffled and sanitized. His evolution from the jagged melancholy of the figures and landscapes that he painted in the 1950s to the quietism of his later Ocean Park abstractions has been fast-tracked into an Olympian ascent. He’s been enshrined in the museums. I worry that an artist of whom nothing negative can be thought, much less said, is an artist who doesn’t really matter.
[T]here’s a case that Rodgers’s 36-yard pass to Jared Cook that got the Packers to the Dallas 32 with three seconds left is the most impressive throw in playoff history. Not most dramatic, mind you — there’s always the Immaculate Reception or the Helmet Catch or even Fourth-and-26. But as far as being impressive goes? Rodgers’s throw is in the conversation for no. 1.
When the Green Bay Packers have won in the postseason under coach Mike McCarthy, they have mostly been able to take a knee at the end of the game and let those final seconds be their closing argument regarding which team was better.
When they have lost, however, more often than not it has been a major meltdown in which their ticket to the offseason was delivered on the final play of the game. Five of McCarthy’s seven playoff losses have occurred that way, four of them in overtime, and one in each of the last three seasons.I know this is a bit unfair, but the position you are applying for is Greatest Quarterback of All Time. Successful candidates for this position should not lose the big ones at the end.
Tom Brady got his 6th playoff 112, winning ugly with two interceptions, squeaking past the wire with a passer rating of 112.2.
As honeymoons go, Donald Trump’s wasn’t much to write home about. He was voted in as the most unpopular president-elect in modern history and got slightly less unpopular in the weeks that followed, as the goodwill flowed. Even then, though, he clearly remained the most unpopular president-elect in modern history. Again, that was the honeymoon.
via Ox Herding -
Wrapped, surrounded by ten thousand mountains
Aaron Rodgers throws a 125.2 passer rating at the Giants. That gives him five playoff performances in which he has had a rating of higher than 112. The people who have ever done this are:
This Aaron Rodgers escape = 😱😱😱😱😱— NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2017
This Davante Adams catch = 😱😱😱😱😱
Touchdown, @Packers! #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/OPkValU80X
Boasting a gait that can only be described as “berserker-esque,” Rawls carried the ball 27 times for 161 yards — a Seahawks franchise postseason record — and punched in a fourth-quarter touchdown. He finally provided that “beat the hell out of you” foundation Carroll wants but that Seattle’s offense has been badly missing for most of the season. For the first time in months, the Seahawks actually looked like the Seahawks.
I'm not quite sure when I acquired Georges Duby's William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry, but this slender volume (168 pages) delivers.
|Mostly martial prowess|
The churchmen work against us; they shave us too close. I have captured in my lifetime at least five hundred knights whose arms, horses, and caparisons I have taken for my own. If the Kingdom of God is denied me for this reason, I can do nothing about it. Would you have me yield it all up again? For God I can do no more than offer him myself, repenting of all the sins I have committed.
[When Henry II died] the legions of poor men were waiting at the bridge of Chinon, sure of one thing: they would eat. And there was nothing in the King's house, not even a crust of bread. [William Marshal] asked if there were any monies: no trace of such a thing. And on the bridge, they could hear the poor men's anger swelling, shouting against the scandal, and threatening to destroy everything. The poor had reason to protest. Shame to the dead king who did not feed his people.
On May 14, 1219, William Marshal fed the poor better than a king. It was a king who would speak his eulogy, a fact that gave his relatives no little pride... [King Philip II said]: "William Marshal was, in my judgment, the most loyal man and true I have ever known, in any country I ever been."
At the beginning of the 401(k) revolution, many employees were told 3 percent of their incomes would be perfectly adequate, as the Journal article reminds us. More recently, some, like Cindy Hounsell at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, have said as much as 15 percent. Since Americans currently put aside about 5.5 percent of their incomes, this presents something of a challenge...
Operation Rogue One remains controversial; critics note that Organa sacrificed the entire volunteer cadre, hundreds of troops and much of the Alliance fleet to acquire Designation Stardust intelligence, and that its ultimate success owed itself to her activation of a Jedi asset, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as she was captured by Imperial forces. Indeed, the coincidences behind her subsequent escape and organization of the defense of Yavin IV have been ascribed to the Force, singular tactical genius or pure luck – all ideologically fraught options.
As you have no doubt heard, there is a new man for our era, a quarterback who - finally - can be compared to the great Joe Montana. I ordinarily take up this topic only once per year, after the playoffs, when we can review the various claimants (solely) on the basis of their playoff performance. I do it this way on the theory that the playoffs are real football, and we ought not to base our assessment of a quarterback's quality on his ability to shell the Cardinals in a meaningless late season game.