"Allowing two pigeons to the square yard, we have one billion, one hundred and fifteen million, one hundred and thirty-six thousand pigeons in one flock." A billion-plus, perhaps two billion or more—who could really tell, and with such massive number of birds, whatever they might be, who could really worry? What mattered more to most people on the ground was the opportunity to kill pigeons by the thousands, and accounts of the eager anticipation of the pigeons shoot, became almost a literary staple of antebellum nature writing.
— Gregory Nobles, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
Which is Alia Crum's statement... she says, anything that you do and experience, but especially stress, is the consequence of that thing and what you believe about that thing.
— Andrew Huberman, "Andrew Huberman: Focus, Stress, Relationships, and Friendship | Lex Fridman Podcast #277"
One day waiting in lines at Magic Kingdom visualized
— @jenniferxdaniel
A Norweigian forest cat allowed to roam freely through the building and grounds of the institution, cared for by a democratically elected University art student, who is provided with full bursary for tuition fees and living costs to account for its care. Funded with the investment of the entire budget of a public art commission associated with the institution, awarded to the artist."
— Ryan gander, wall text for "This is Public Art/Hands in empty pockets with nothign left to lose, 2022," @ryanjgander
Generally, my mistakes were always my good ideas that I enthusiastically pursued ot the detriment of my great ideas that required 150% of my attention to prosper.
— Michael Saylor, "Michael Saylor: Bitcoin, Inflation, and the Future of Money | Lex Fridman Podcast #276"
To the legal obstacle, Audubon found a creative and surprisingly simple solution. His first engraver, William Lizars, had made him aware of a British copywright law of 1709 specifying that any book published in Great Britain had to be depositied for free in nine of the nation's libraries. Given to the significant expense of Birds of America, Audubon had no intention of giving so many copies of his work away gratis, and to avoid doing so, he took a very strict constructionist view of the definition of "book" in British law. If any publication that contained printed text qualified as a book, Audubon decided not to have any: he would publish The Birds of America as a collection of illustrated images, with just a title page for each volume. Even that caused him some concern.
— Gregory Nobles, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
The Jolly Flatboatmen by George Caleb Bingham.
— Gregory Nobles, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
Underscores an important point: whoever lives longer gets the last and most self-serving word.
— Gregory Nobles, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
The comedian claimed he met Kennedy Onassis at a cocktail party, before delivering the line: “I went up to her and wanted to break the ice … So I said, ‘Do you remember where you were when you heard JFK was shot?’ ”
— Andrew Court, "Gilbert Gottfried’s most shocking jokes: From 9/11 & ‘Aristocrats’ to Aflac scandal," New York Post
Show faces
— Stranger on Omegle
“Writing something long,” she said in the 2013 television appearance, reflecting on Ms. Morrison’s greatest lessons to her, “is all about the timed release of information.”
— Nicholas Kulish and Rebecca R. Ruiz, "The Fortunes of MacKenzie Scott," The New York Times
Just be careful someone doesn't grab it and cook it.
— Emily on Lily's earrings that look like pasta
There's no protocol or procedure for citing conversations with your friends, or walks you go on to procrastinate.
— Neta Bomani
And a collection of hot-air balloons in fantastical designs — one shaped like the Sphinx, one like a bust of Beethoven, one like a Fabergé egg, one like the chateau in Normandy.
— Willy Staley, "How Many Billionaires Are There, Anyway?," The New York Times Magazine
“DALL-E is good at avocados,” Mr. Nichol said.
— Cade Metz, "Meet DALL-E, the A.I. That Draws Anything at Your Command," The New York Times
Isaac's cup.
— Mason figuring out what bit of the image I made bigger.
Tromp l'oeil
— @cynthia_talmadge
A private journal. This one contained some of his worst handwriting, which may explain why so few have given it any attention.
— Donald Worster, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
There was a grain to this earth, or rather a multitude of grains, which the ice had laid bare. "Every carpenter knows that only a dull tool will follow the grain of wood. Such a tool is the glacier... Mighty as its effects appear to us, it has only developed the predestined forms of mountain beauty which were ready and waiting to receive the baptism of light."
— Donald Worster, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
And however you go about it, Mr. Wright, try to make it sound like you wrote it that way on purpose.
— Bill Murray, The French Dispatch