Longing is painful. Every work of art is an attempt to bring into being the...– Jeanette Winterson, “In Praise of The Crack-Up.” (via ewilcox) [Suggestive but not definitive.]
When I originally thought of New Orleans, I was conditioned by the press to...– Andres Duany, an urban planner who grew up in Cuba. Sure, easy laugh. But read the rest of the Atlantic’s story on architectural experimentation in New Orleans. (via sazerac) I marked this page in my AM to remember to post this exact quote. So true. -M (via mandalay)
Display of superior knowledge is as great a vulgarity as display of superior...– And what of intelligence? I believe intelligence is no more laudable than athleticism, morally; it makes one good at some things and not at others. It is not a moral virtue; it is not a mark of goodness; someone cannot be faulted for not possessing it; and Fowler is right: we should regard the...
The “//” in URLs was a Mistake, Says Sir...
oasi: rispostesenzadomanda: mumblemumblr:bolso:fonblog: Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, modest creator of the internet, has a confession to make. When confronted with the question, “if you could go back in time and change anything along the way to inventing the internet, what would you change,” Sir Timothy hedged. Well, he said, you cannot in fact see what would have happened if you had made...
There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and...– Milan Kundera, Slowness. (via mills) [Or consider: a man wants to remember something. Automatically he stands up and starts walking, leaving the distracting preoccupation of his work behind. Or, a man wants to forget something. He rushes in, sits down, and buries himself in work. ¶ But this...
What's That Bug? The Argiope Aurantia, or Writing... →
Pæan to the Argiope.
There have always been programmers who never liked COBOL, and I am one of them....– Petzold Book Blog - Reading “Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age” [Rather how I feel about SQL.]
The film can’t end, despite buckets of blood and gore, until Benjamin...– Common-place: Common Reading
Sarkozy’s recommendation to use pay to attract and retain recruits in a country...– http://nightwatch.afcea.org/NightWatch_20091016.htm
Marie Harriman Gallery opens with exhibit of paintings by Cezanne, Renoir,...– News from 1930: Wednesday, October 15, 1930: Dow 196.70 +3.65 (1.9%)
Ironic process theory →
dailymeh: Ironic processing is the psychological process whereby an individual’s deliberate attempts to suppress or avoid certain thoughts (thought suppression) render those thoughts more persistent. A classic example is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s quote from Winter notes on summer impressions: “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will...
Neither PBS nor the Marine officer noticed that a significant portion of the men...– http://nightwatch.afcea.org/NightWatch_20091013.htm
If interpretation is more like getting a joke than it is like dissecting a frog,...– Leithart again (from Deep Exegesis) (via wesleyhill)
The young Goethe, driven to contemplate suicide after a failed romance, would...– When Falls the Coliseum » Life is more than a series of defeats
I’m waiting for the day that the bankrupt International Space Station is taken...– Outer-Space Electron-Beam Fab | Beyond The Beyond [Counterpoint.]
This will be how all space stations are built: Not as one piece, but accumulated...– The Technium: Evolution of the Space Station [Point.]
The Last Town on Earth: An Interview with Thomas... →
dailymeh: The Last Town on Earth was named the Best Debut Novel of 2006 by U.S.A. Today – who describe it as “an absorbing depiction of a utopian town that attempts to keep the 1918 flu epidemic at bay” – and it won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Excellence in Historical Fiction. We spoke to Mullen about his novel, about the historical research that informed it, and about the moral...
Suddenly, at the second part of the tune, the fiddle would leap into an upper...– Stu Jamison (via smut-to-go)
I have a horror of sentimentality, and I cannot forget that its name is...– - Claude Debussy (via symphonyno2ineminor) [But then I hear Danse Macabre and all is well.]
the life of borodin
symphonyno2ineminor: the next time you listen to Borodin remember he was just a chemist who wrote music to relax; his house was jammed with people: students, artists, drunkards, bums, and he never knew how to say: no. the next time you listen to Borodin remember his wife used his compositions to line the cat boxes with or to cover jars of sour milk; she had asthma and insomnia and fed him...
*At this point I’m wondering if maybe HADOPI deserves a try just because...– Sarkozy political ops people pirate Sarkozy DVDs | Beyond The Beyond
It’s even more amazing if it’s more than one of those in combination...– Cyclopedia Square: Little Things
Google’s neglect of the Usenet archives.
It takes certain psychological disconnection to succeed head and shoulders above...– i’ve been shot! - tim rogers - Kotaku
The one story I like to tell people more than any others is actually one my...– i’ve been shot! - tim rogers - Kotaku
Ensembles—a trio, a quartet, a quintet, even a sextet, depend for their drama on...– Peter Hall on Mozart in Exposed by the Mask (via smut-to-go)