“West delivers a tongue-in-cheek lyrical narrative within “Gold Digger” in which he critically depicts the disastrous life of a man married to a woman who manipulates him for financial gain. However, another story arises within the third verse, which illustrates a once destitute black male who earns a fortune and decides to leave a loyal, unselfish girlfriend for a white girl.”—
New hobby: looking up rap songs on Wikipedia and chuckling at proper English descriptions of their subtexts, while quietly thinking to self, ‘Ohh, so that’s what he refers to in that third verse lyric!’
“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I’ve viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. But where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy’s eatin’, I’m working. While the other guy’s making love, I mean, I’m making love, too. But I’m working really hard at it.”—Will Smith
“By executive order of President Harry S. Truman the U.S. dropped the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed by the detonation of “Fat Man” over Nagasaki on August 9. These are the only use of nuclear weapons in war.”—
Only today did it struck me that the U.S. was the country which deployed the only Nuclear bombs ever used in war; no other country has done it since. It’s funny to think that the only country to have ever used a weapon in history is now the one that governs the world about it.
I wonder how most Americans feel about Hiroshima/Nagasaki today. Ask Germans about Hitler or the Holocaust, they’ll undoubtedly condemn it. I have no doubt most Americans must too, but I can only imagine that there may be a certain portion who may still think today that the bombs were necessary to end the war.
If it was just something used as a military strategy that weakened the opponent (and harmed only/mostly the opponent’s military defenses), you could have an argument, but I think no kind of attack that kills 200,000+ innocent civillians could ever be justified.
The greatest paradox of science is that while we ourselves are convinced we are different from everyone else in this world, and thrive on our individuality, all research ever conducted has focused on generalizing us in a way that is meant to make us believe that in our large groups, we are all the same.
To take it a step further, what about rats, birds, and everything else that is studied in a lab? If you’re a pet owner, you know your dog or cat is like no one else in the world, and you could probably spot it out of a herd of its own kind. And yet, when a scientist experiments with a rat, it is supposed to represent the entire spices.
Anyway, however interesting this paradox is, the article’s better. Read it.
I love epic pieces, and most of the time, Jason Calacanis’ write-ups satisfy my thirst for them. Reading this, you will be convinced Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are the root of all evil and could lead to the downfall of the Internet.
I hesitantly concur. If only ‘everyone else wasn’t doing it’, I’d delete my profile in an instant.
When I was a kid, I always thought this is how animated movies were made. Watching Toy Story and A Bugz Life, I thought you could literally buy a software like this which had different kinds of stages and actors and props, choose your camera angles, make everything move in the right place, and you had a 3D movie. Only when I got into 3D programs did I realize this wasn’t the case. Turns out that in the near future, a kid who thinks like I did might actually be proven right (or at least not completely wrong).
What’s interesting about Twitter is that because you’re limited to 140 characters … it’s actually a great comedy-writing tool. There’s this economy of words. So I’m constantly writing things, and I run them past [Blair] and he’ll say that’s actually three words over. That forces you to look back at the sentence. It forces you to crystalize your comedy idea, which is fascinating.
I couldn’t agree more. As crazy as it may sound, some days I spend hours rethinking a funny tweet idea and how I can best express it in 140 characters. Comedy aside, Twitter is a great tool to improve your writing itself. If you value your followers, you’ll value your words, which, if you start doing, will make you an able writer in any medium.
Reading the title or the one-paragraph snippet of the article, one would think this is a first-time exclusive insider interview with the wife of the Times Square bomber. But instead, it turns out to be one of the most weird ‘insider pieces’ you’ve ever read.
It’s literally a blow-by-blow ‘social breakdown’ of her Orkut profile. You’ve got to read it to believe it. The author basically goes through each of the lady’s interests, TV shows, movies, scraps and interactions listed on her Orkut profile and tries to prove how much of a ‘normal’ background she had before this thing broke down.
If I was the wife of a suspected terrorist bomber, I’d seriously deserve better than this hack job anyone who is familiar with South Asian culture could put together.
When he was younger, he says, the only thing he wanted to do was please everybody around him, from his fans to the media. But after his disastrous showing in Athens in 2004, Bolt sussed out the heartless calculus that underpins critical and public opinion: “I figured out that as long as you’re not doing good, they’re going to criticize you, and if you’re doing good, they’re going to love you.” The epiphany was a liberating one, in that it allowed him to disregard basically everything — from the dizzying adulation to the steroid speculation — that people have thrown at him since then. “I figured it out, and I was like, okay … I’ve gotta put me first. And then I just started enjoying it.”
“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.”—
Borrowed from Lewis Kahn, referring to the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge in Ken Burns’ “America: Brooklyn Bridge.” Arthur Miller from the same documentary, “See, the city is fundamentally a practical utilitarian invention and always was. And suddenly you see this steel poetry sticking out, and it’s a shock. It puts everything to shame, and makes you wonder what else we could have done that was so marvelous and so unpresumptuous — that carries its weight, that does what it’s supposed to do. …. So it makes you feel that you too could create something that could last and be beautiful.” Then, Kathy Siera on why it’s up us.
The 26/11 terrorist, Ajmal Kasab from Pakistan, was found guilty recently. Two Indians suspected, however, weren’t. In this quote, the judge rejects their supposed involvement in preparing the maps for terror targets. I don’t know what part of this story is more awesome. The fact that the terrorist who everybody knew was guilty was finally found guilty, or the fact that an Indian high court judge cited Google Maps.
“That’s because doormen stay doormen for a very long time. After all, it’s a well-paying, working-class job. Doormen earn an average of about $40,000. They get medical and dental care for themselves and their families, as well as vacation, 10 paid sick days, pensions and tips. Under the new four-year labor contract, negotiated just past midnight Wednesday morning, workers will get a pay increase of nearly 10 percent, and benefits will remain unchanged.”—
On a serious note, doormen have always fascinated me. Whenever I see one, I instantly (and naturally) can’t help but imagine what their lives must be like. Opening doors. All day. Getting good money for it. Feeding their family. And this New York Times piece finally gives them the moment in the public consciousness that they deserve; a much ‘welcomed’ change, I bet, from the millions of curt glances they get everyday.