Monday, August 2, 2021
If I die, your word "treachery," is almost as important as my wound, since you alone survive to make meaning of my death. War is a contest of injuries and of interpretation. As the literary critic Elaine Scarry has argued, war "differs from all other contests in that its outcome carries the power of its own enforcment."
— Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Ruin value (German: Ruinenwert) is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Oil paintings are lovely but so hard to fit in your pocket.
— Connecticut Historical Society Museum wall text about portrait miniatures
Friday, July 30, 2021
Sir, there is something on your chin.
— Note Biden held up
Thursday, July 29, 2021
This is his claim to fame.
— Dad on the information written about Thomas Leach only saying "• Captain Leach, who sailed out of Salem, died at sea in 1828 • Took son at age 9 out as a cabin boy and chastised him for wearing mittens"
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
William F. Galvin has held the office since 1995.
— "Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth," Wikipedia
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Mr. Hirst is selling a collection of 10,000 NFTs, each of which corresponds to a physical dot painting, for $2,000 each. A year from now, the collectors of the series, called “The Currency,” will have to decide whether to keep the NFT or the painting; whichever one they don’t choose will be destroyed.
— Paul Sullivan, "A Painting or an NFT of It: Which Will Be More Valuable?," The New York Times
Monday, July 26, 2021
That's a lot of points.
— Lily on how many Alexa "question of the day" points we have
Sunday, July 25, 2021
The South Korean broadcaster MBC showed photographs associating pizza with Italy, Chernobyl with Ukraine and Count Dracula with Romania in its coverage of the opening ceremony.
— Subhead for "Broadcaster Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Images Aired During Olympic Parade," The New York Times
Saturday, July 24, 2021
More mud my man.
— Phrase Isaac and Mason repeated over and over while they played in a pool of water dug on the beach
Friday, July 23, 2021
Lots of you mentioned the cost of analog photography as being a critical aspect of the appeal (the price tag gives it worth)
— @emily_elsie over passage from Nathan Jurgenson's The Social Photo, "Analog images are seen as slow, pricey, and rare to the degree that social photos appear quick, cheap, and abundant. That an old photo could survive as long as it did grants it an authority that the equivalent digital photo taken today may never achieve."
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Pa. High School's Resemblance To The Millennium Falcon: 'It's Really Uncanny'
— CBS Philly headline, google result after looking into "Suggested for You" Star Wars Fans United post on Facebook
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Because Han Solo says "I'll see you in Hell" in Empire Strikes Back, there's an entire mythology for what Hell is in the Star Wars universe.
— "Suggested for You" Star Wars Fans United post on Facebook
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Any cover that had a number on it sold better than covers without
Monday, July 19, 2021
Morgan Freeman wears earrings that are worth enough to pay for a coffin in case he dies in a strange place.
This is actually an old sailor's tradition.
— "Suggested for You" UberFacts post on Facebook
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Mr. Rosen added that the company’s data showed that 85 percent of its users in the United States had been or wanted to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
— Cecilia Kang, "Facebook Tells Biden: ‘Facebook Is Not the Reason’ Vaccination Goal Was Missed," The New York Times
Saturday, July 17, 2021
The prosecution of the war stalled. An uneasy truce may have settled over the battlefield. Theban dominance in the eight southernmost provinces was absolute; Herakleopolitan rule over MIddle and Lower Egypt remained unchallenged. And so it might easily have stayed, but for the fact that a divided nation was anathema to the ancient Egyprian world view. Any king worthy of the name had to be Lord of the Two Lands, not merely a provincial potentate.
— Toby Wilkinson, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Friday, July 16, 2021
The IBM technologists were frustrated by the complexity, messiness and gaps in the genetic data at the cancer center.
— Steve Lohr, "What Ever Happened to IBM’s Watson?," The New York Times
Thursday, July 15, 2021
— Lily doing a perfect imitation of Jeremia knocking and saying "package"
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
A poem, whatever its uses to historians or social scientists, is only secondarily a political or societal document. What it seeks is validation as a source of value in itself.
— Harold Bloom, The American Religion