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A House to Look Smart In
The most interesting part of this article is the lack of an ironic and mocking tone. If I wrote that article it would read “look at these status-obsessed weirdos who buy books by the foot that they’ll never read.” And most other articles about the books-by-the-foot industry do exactly that.
What Read the rest
The Atlantic discusses:
[Merida] goes to extreme lengths to avoid having to marry one of the three noblemen that her parents have chosen for her… watching Brave’s tomboyish heroine shoot arrows, fight like one of the boys, and squirm when her mother puts her in girly clothes, a thought might pop into the head
Plot: little princess Merida doesn’t want to marry any of the suitors, she wants to ride horses, shoot arrows, be free. Mom sternly disapproves. “Sit up straight.” An evil bear tries to kill everyone.
Brave appeared to be the feminist Hunger Games– this would be a movie about a girl with a bow that was Read the rest
Jeff is lonely. He “did the only logical thing” and posts a flyer about it. And that’s news.
One narrative of technology is that it bridges gaps. It connects us via skype, facebook, dating services, and message boards. By calling Jeff we can express ourselves in ways we believe we can’t in person. However, this narrative is Read the rest
“Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio. On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds…”
Three ways to play:
1. This is a story for Americans: “the Taliban are Read the rest
If you get to Prometheus early, say, 40 minutes early, you get to see commercials for upcomng TV shows.
Synopsis: sexy New Yorkers argue and fornicate in a demonic apartment building run by a demonic couple. 666. Get it? Cue religious protesting groups.
In the trailer I saw, there was an interview with Vanessa Williams:
It’s one part Rosemary’s
Nightclub photographer Kirill posts pics of women… see above.
Obviously, if it’s your daughter in a champagne vs. real facial, you’re going to hope it’s 11% ABV not .5 BAL. The point here isn’t which is “worse” but their erotic significance.
“They aren’t explicit. It leaves something to the imagination.” But what, exactly? Her. Read the rest
Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and
Seen this trailer? I can almost guarantee that anyone who likes this film has a Tolstoy novel on their shelf that they either haven’t read, or after the first 50 pages gave up when they couldn’t remember whether Karpovoloskaya was the doctor, the maid, or the corporal.
After watching the trailer, my trigger finger got sweaty in a quasi-erotic Read the rest
China spends $1B to build a clone of Hallstatt, Germany, as a kind of theme park.
Which means China just got to 1990, welcome to post modernism. The construction of a fake world orients the people to “this is fake,” which solicits its own cognitive response: therefore everything else is real. The problem is “everything else” is Read the rest
It’s everywhere. 4chan. Reddit. Facebook. Tumblr. You name it.
What is it that makes it so easy and fast to do? It’s such an expedient thing. You get a funny picture of a squirrel or some white-washed black guy and put some funny observation that everyone can relate with. That’s what makes memes so spreadable. Read the rest
I found a story in The Economist about how experiments in psychology may be flawed because of their overreliance on white college students, usually Americans; and it described an experiment repeated in different cultures, finding very different results.
Thing is, I already knew that psychology experiments are catastrophically flawed to the point of Read the rest
This is the new Father’s Day ad for JCPenney, tag line “First Pals” and the captions read, “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer, hug giver— all rolled up into one. Or two.”
I’ll point out that all of those except bike fixer are euphemistically homosexual/pedophilic, but I will refrain from Read the rest
It’s easy to criticize the theories and interpretations of a society long gone– not because we know more, but because our context is radically different. Regardless of what you think you know, the “language” of our culture makes previous cultures’ understandings just sound… stupid.
Every paradigm is informed by its contemporary society, even if they seem unrelated. The go-to Read the rest
“America uses 99% of the Vicodin in the world.” Yes, but the question is how.
From 2000 to 2010:
So what is happening Read the rest
A reader sent me this (in reference to the post on Time’s breast feeding issue).
She’s pro-gay marriage, so I was wrong about that, but:
Okay, here is where I may lose everyone:
I think polygamy and polyandry should be legal. I have thought this for years, and people mistakenly assumed I was referring