Tuesday, August 30, 2022
The so-called "tromp l'oeil" genre is typical of the Baroque era with its interest in witty illusionism, metaphor, and allegory. The genre was popular with princes and heads of states throughout Europe. The works were good conversation pieces when entertaining dignitaries from abroad.
— Wall text at Statens Museum for Kunst
Monday, August 29, 2022
“If you spend your whole life studying the worms that live on nodules, then you get very attached to that,” Mr. Lodge said.
— Eric Lipton, "Secret Data, Tiny Islands and a Quest for Treasure on the Ocean Floor," The New York Times
Sunday, August 28, 2022
“Both Israel and another country are working to make Iranian clouds not rain,” Brig. Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, a senior official in the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, said in a 2018 speech.
— Alissa J. Rubin, "Cloud Wars: Mideast Rivalries Rise Along a New Front," The New York Times
Saturday, August 27, 2022
— Eritech Lightning Event Counter inside of beam at the top of Loen Skylift
Friday, August 26, 2022
Never take an unnecessary chance just to get a good photo.
— Bullet point on sign at Storsæterfossen
Thursday, August 25, 2022
We’re both urologists.
— Spanish couple that we hitchhiked partway down the road with
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
— Group of people after someone said "hip hip" (repeated a few times)
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Which is roughly the poundage of three babies.
— Simen on a big bible at the Nordic Bible Museum
Monday, August 22, 2022
How do we relate to death?
— Wall text, "TO DIE," Munch Museum
Sunday, August 21, 2022
So we could find it one day or lead someone else here.
— Note Lily wrote describing the page numbers she added in the book where she wrote a note, part of the exhibit "I Call it Art," Oslo's New National Museum of Art
Saturday, August 20, 2022
We drive through all triangles.
— Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Friday, August 19, 2022
If you don't die properly all the time, well it's cancerous outgrouths and like it's a very fine balance between productivity on the biological front and the culling of that, right. Life is a real balance between growth and death.
— Jordan Peterson, "Jordan Peterson: Life, Death, Power, Fame, and Meaning | Lex Fridman Podcast #313"
Thursday, August 18, 2022
A modern clock that displays time through literary quotes every minute.
— "Author Clock: A Novel Way To Tell Time," Indiegogo
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Putin, he remembered, always spoke so quietly that his interlocutor had to make an effort to hear what he was saying. In one sense, this was an aspect of his obsessive self-control, he almost never raised his voice no matter how angry he was, but like his chronic lateness, it was also a way to put the other party psychologically at a disadvantage.
— Philip Short, Putin
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
When you go through the Hall of Fame of cultural transgression, what you'll find is that each bad boy and girl rests their claim of transgression not necessarily on the work itself, but on the censorship of that work as evidence. In the public's mind, transgression doesn't lead to censorship so much as being censored is what leads to being considered transgressive.
— Brad Troemel, "the KAYFABE report"
Monday, August 15, 2022
You are right that people smell bullshit, but here's the thing. If you come in smelling like goat shit, you still smell, but you don't smell like bullshit so they don't count you out right away... One of the secret sauces of CIA, when you look and act like a spy, people think you're a spy, if you look and act in any other way, you know what they never ever think you are, a spy. They might think you're an idiot, they might think your trailer trash, they might think you're a migrant worker, but they never think you're a spy... If you're trying to take your boss's job, as long as you don't ever look like the employee who's trying to take the boss's job, the boss is focused on all the employees who are trying to take his job. Everybody's prioritizing whether they know it or not, the goal is to just not be the one they’re targeting... When they meet you, they put you in a bin, and if you want to avoid being put in a particular bin... just show some kind of characteristics that bin you in some other way.
— Andrew Bustamante, "Andrew Bustamante: CIA Spy | Lex Fridman Podcast #310"
Sunday, August 14, 2022
A blue stenciled sign on the side of the building stated "Citizens: during artillery barrages, this side of the street is more dangerous." Beneath it was a white marble plaque stating that the sign had been preserved to commemorate the heroism of Leningraders during the blockade. It was actually a replica. Similar signs warning that the northern side of the streets should be avoided because the German battery was up to the southern side of the city, had been put up in several districts to remind the younger generation of what their elders had been through during the war.
— Philip Short, Putin
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
His tendency toward embellishment extended to everyone around him. And he rarely resisted the temptation to introduce Roger Stoller, for instance, as "a famous surfer," which subtly undermined his actual achievements. His own granddaughter felt this acutely as she entered her late twenties. Decades later, Alexandra recalled, "I did not like the way my grandfather perceived me."
— Alec Nevala-Lee, Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller
Thursday, August 11, 2022
So first of all, it looks like the most expensive book report you can ever imagine. It's got its own binder. It's all very high-end. It feels important, it looks important. It's not like a cheap Trapper Keeper.
— Andrew Bustamante responding to Lex Fridman's question "What does the PDB, the president's deaily breif, look like?," "Andrew Bustamante: CIA Spy | Lex Fridman Podcast #310"