Monday, January 25, 2016
Intellectually restless throughout his life, Professor Minsky sought to move on from mathematics once he had earned his doctorate. After ruling out genetics as interesting but not profound, and physics as mildly enticing, he chose to focus on intelligence itself.“The problem of intelligence seemed hopelessly profound,” he told The New Yorker magazine when it profiled him in 1981. “I can’t remember considering anything else worth doing.”
— Glenn Rifkin, “Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88,″ The New York Times
Sunday, January 24, 2016
And I must push my barrow all the day.
— The Decemberists, “Eli, the Barrow Boy”
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Each of these are individual snowflakes!
— Lily in a big pile of snow
Friday, January 22, 2016
And then I thought, if chicken’s in it, how bad could it be?
— Sid the Kid on Wednesday’s cabbage soup
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
But the beginner should not think that he will recognize the full beauty of these examples right away. Only after long study and practice in copying does one grasp the vital importance of each detail and of the specific shape of a letter in relation to the entire alphabet.
— Jan Tschichold, Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering
Monday, January 18, 2016
We have made ever effort to make this the best book possible. Our paper is opaque with minimal show-through; it will not discover or become brittle with age. Pages are sewn in signatures, in the method traditionally used for the best books, and will not drop out, as often happens with paperbacks held together with glue. Books open flat for easy reference. The building will not crack or split. This is a permanent book.
— Disclaimer under “A DOVER EDITION DESIGNED FOR YEARS OF USE!,” back of Snow Crystals by W. A. Bentley and W. J. Humphrey (2453 illustrations)
Sunday, January 17, 2016
— Little Chinese girl to Lily at Jing Fong with Eli and David
Saturday, January 16, 2016
If I don’t work here it’s not worth living.
Friday, January 15, 2016
You never grow up.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
How do you handcuff a one handed man?
— Akshay out of nowhere
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
It’s parents who grew up on the old one who’ll be struck by how this show, which once taught them to find wonder amid the grime, now promises kids that they can uncover dirt in a sanitary, upscaled paradise. As Mucko Polo sings: “You have to go find it now/It won’t come to you!”
— James Poniewozik, “Review: HBO’s ‘Sesame Street,’ Fancy but Not Free,” The New York Times
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
True Wit is Nature to advantage dress’d.
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express’d.
— Sidney from Alexander Pope
Monday, January 11, 2016
Even classical composers like Philip Glass, who based two symphonies on Mr. Bowie’s albums “Low” and “Heroes.”
— “David Bowie Dies at 69,″ The New York Times
Sunday, January 10, 2016
They’re all about nothing, but they’re all fun to listen to. Why would they be fun to listen to? I don’t know.
— Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts for reading and listening
Saturday, January 9, 2016
— start to a tonal happy birthday that sounded like 2001: A Space Odyssey
Friday, January 8, 2016
One… Two… Three…
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
— Elise Rise at Umami Burger