"I’ve got it, Don," he says, weakly, holding a fistful of loose Allen wrenches for some reason. "I fixed it last night."
"Pete," Don says. "I’ve got this. I grew up with this."
"Shhh." Now Don peels off his undershirt, sopping wet from the gushing water. "Hold this, too, would you?" He hands it to Trudy. It’s in her mouth instantly. Pete squeaks an inaudible disapproval. "I’m going to fix the sink now."
“DRM is a religion for old-growth media executives. Rational thought could lead them to this solution, but won’t, because they’re starting with an irrational bedrock assumption: that there can exist a technical solution to defeat piracy. Their belief in DRM is a matter of faith, not logic.”—John Gruber
“Your dad has a Nemo flag on his boat, but he’d never talk to you about it,” Julie said.
Stanton frowned and sighed. He’s grown close to his father in recent years, and even sports a similar beard. “To give my parents credit,” he said, “they did instill my love of movies. They took me to everything from ‘Jaws’ to ‘The Tin Drum,’ and it had a huge effect. I’m always trying to get an art-house feeling into a blockbuster.”
“Have you ever asked your parents what they think of your work?” I said.
“That wouldn’t count,” he said, horrified. “It has to be pure, unprompted praise.”
The critique from the right is that the continued steps to stimulate the economy are both unnecessary, given that the financial crisis has passed, and inflationary. Allan Meltzer, an economist and historian of the Fed, says Bernanke is trying to do what is beyond his powers. “The current high unemployment is not a monetary problem,” Meltzer says, meaning we are past the point where further rate cuts will stimulate hiring. Bernanke has been accused of trying too many remedies with poor odds of success. Possibly, he would plead guilty to this. He has said he admires Franklin Roosevelt’s catchall approach to fighting the Depression, which was less an ideology than an enthusiasm for enthusiasms.
Only rent a car, if you are a confident driver or quickly become one. Otherwise you might get a heart-attack on buzzing city roads, other drivers fooling you by either not using turn indicators or using them unexpectedly, cutting in and out not based on what’s allowed, but on what works. In other countries, two solid lines means no overtaking in either direction, here its a challenge to see if you can fit two small cars side by side without touching the lines. Our friend Theo (based in Rome…) once told us, “in terms of traffic lights, there’s always a bit of green in a red light”[.]
In 2007, the Save Darfur Coalition, a human rights advocacy organization, was called out by the London-based European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council, a group aligned with the government of Sudan. Save Darfur had been running full-page ads stating that 400,000 people had been killed in Darfur. The council brought a complaint to Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority claiming the figure was untrue. The regulators ruled that Save Darfur should have presented that figure not as fact, but as opinion.
It was a huge embarrassment for Save Darfur. Censured in an advertising court at the behest of the government of Sudan — “how much worse can it get?” says Ball. (He thinks 100,000 deaths is probably closer to the truth.) “A human rights group should never lose a factual challenge. Our moral legitimacy depends on speaking truth to power. People who want to dismiss us say we’re just making shit up. If they’re ever right when they say that, we’re in big trouble.”
“The mere process of conquering the extreme environment of space teaches us so many lessons that are eventually applied here on the ground. You may argue that we should innovate those solutions on the ground. It’s a false dichotomy though. It is the challenge of solving the unknown puzzles presented in this exploration that makes us look for radical new solutions. Solving the mundane problems on earth, though noble, does not really place the inadequacy of the current solutions on display tangibly. The challenge of the unknown forces us to abandon preconceptions. From that extreme exercise we will eventually find myriads of solutions to the unaddressed issues at home.”—Space Exploration: When there are so many problems here on earth, should so much money be spent on manned space exploration? - Quora
"Look. ‘Keef.’ I came here with a proposition. A business proposition. You think you’re above it. But you’re not. Art, like everything, has a price. Rock ‘n’ roll and a can of baked beans, at the end of the day, are both products. Products you and I are selling. If you’re not interested in using your product to help sell my product, fine. We’ll part ways here, and you can go on selling rebellion to lost 16-year-olds with bad haircuts, and I will go on selling canned nutrition to people stocking their bomb shelters. Separately. But what will not happen is you telling me to get fucked again."
Lie back in bed, trying not to move, but attempt to conjure the other person to wake up. It’s basically like you’re Matilda lifting a piece of chalk with your mind, except you’re you, willing a questionable decision from last night to rise. Pretty much the same thing. To clarify: You’re Matilda and the person next to you is a piece of chalk. Curse yourself for purchasing such a comfortable mattress that is causing this person to be in a deep slumber. Damn your impeccable taste.
When they finally do wake up, panic that you might have something in your nose, but try to keep calm. Resist the urge to cover your entire face with a pillow and smother yourself until you’re dead.
Southwest, which had approximately three hundred planes and 31,000 employees at the time, could act faster than other airlines. “While other carriers were cutting back on personnel, we hired 1,500 customer service agents,” says Jim Wimberly, who was the chief operating officer at the time. “We knew that given the short-haul nature of our business plan, we had to do everything to get the airport experience back to normal. We also took immediate advantage of cutbacks at our competitors. Our analysts would watch the computer systems of other airlines and notice that America West was canceling three flights from Phoenix to L.A. Where it made sense, we would just add and replace them. We were nimble enough to take advantage primarily because of the relationships we had with each other. There were no internal barriers. There were thousands and thousands of small decisions like that that were made every single day.”
Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” is supposed to be a diss track aimed at Lil Kim, but in the tradition of diss tracks, it’s pretty weak. Something like Jay-Z’s “Takeover” uses specific, personal information about the people involved, going so far as to propose a mathematical equation at one point. Even Lil Kim’s diss of Nicki, “Black Friday,” gathers together evidence about Nicki (she is weird, she has a large butt) and Kim (she is real, she has been around for a long time) to make its case. The diss track is a lawyerly form, accumulating exhibits and summarizing with a killer closing statement to produce a unanimous jury decision.
References are the currency by which CouchSurfing transactions are conducted. It’s a system that encourages aspiring travelers to host as many people as they can and treat them like kings. In Iowa one host took us up in a WWII-era plane over the Mississippi River, then bought us dinner. All he asked, he said, was that we write him nice references; he was planning on going to Europe.
If you find Halvorson’s Orange Acres Dharma Station through Craigslist, you’ll have to fill out a 77-item “psychoanalytic” questionnaire, with inquiries likes “Do you like fruit roll-ups?” and “Do you have any metal plates or screws in you[r] body or any other conditions that would make you sensitive to electro-magnetic energy?” But if you find it through CouchSurfing, you can just show up—provided you have at least three positive and zero negative references.
A negative reference is more or less a death knell. It’s also an exercise in mutually assured destruction. “DO NOT TRUST THIS PERSON. HE IS A FUGITIVE,” reads one counterattack.
A successful argument for a government manufacturing policy has to go beyond the feeling that it’s better to produce “real things” than services. American consumers value health care and haircuts as much as washing machines and hair dryers. And our earnings from exporting architectural plans for a building in Shanghai are as real as those from exporting cars to Canada. The economic rationales for a policy aimed specifically at shoring up manufacturing largely fall into three categories. None are completely convincing[.]
“We have the capacity to send every customer an ad booklet, specifically designed for them, that says, ‘Here’s everything you bought last week and a coupon for it,’ ” one Target executive told me. “We do that for grocery products all the time.” But for pregnant women, Target’s goal was selling them baby items they didn’t even know they needed yet.
“With the pregnancy products, though, we learned that some women react badly,” the executive said. “Then we started mixing in all these ads for things we knew pregnant women would never buy, so the baby ads looked random. We’d put an ad for a lawn mower next to diapers. We’d put a coupon for wineglasses next to infant clothes. That way, it looked like all the products were chosen by chance.
“And we found out that as long as a pregnant woman thinks she hasn’t been spied on, she’ll use the coupons. She just assumes that everyone else on her block got the same mailer for diapers and cribs. As long as we don’t spook her, it works.”
Cook your pasta in a sufficient amount of boiling, salted water.
How much is a “sufficient” amount? A good rule of thumb is 4-6 quarts of water for each pound of dried pasta. (Most boxes of dried pasta are 1 pound.) You can probably get away with using less, but I think that leads to a pot that feels too crowded.
Fill your pot with cold water from the tap. Hot water is more likely to pick up unpleasant stuff from the pipes. Salt the water until it tastes like the ocean. (If you don’t know what ocean water tastes like, please take a break now and find out. This blog post will be here when you return.)
“I couldn’t get a passion project of mine sold. With my track record, I couldn’t go to the networks and say, “This is a project I’m passionate about.” Because it wasn’t hooky enough. It was just about a father and a son. So a room bit started where I said, “You know what sucks? I can’t sell my passion project. But if I go to [ABC President] Steve McPherson right now and said”—and this was just off the top of my head—“‘I’ve got a Courteney Cox comedy, she just got divorced, she never had her 20s, and she’s gonna fuck younger guys, and it’s called Cougar Town,’ I could sell that without doing any more work than I just did.” And it became a joke in the writers’ room, where instead of having cuts between scenes, a claw would just rip it. Just rip the image right off the television.”—Bill Lawrence | TV | Interview | The A.V. Club
If you stay awake late enough, eventually you remember everything. All your usual defenses dissolve. Your mind is weary, and there is nothing in your white, silent room to distract it. Your exhausted brain can no longer apply the pressure needed to repress your memories, and they all come back, all of them, every one, and especially the ones that prove you are the worst version of yourself: the lies, the evasions, the unreturned emails, the shoplifted packs of gum. And, of course, every single ungenerous thing you have ever thought, no matter how fleetingly or how long ago, about the people you love most.