My grandfather shot himself in that Buick.
— Percy Becker, No Hard Feelings
Too puffy.
— Bella (new barber) on my eybrows
Parker liked the idea of something that happened in a split second but that could also be made to have a durational aspect to it.
— @stephenellcock on Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991
Hearst, wrote S. N. Behrman, “was what Duveen termed an accumulator, rather than a collector."
— David Nasaw, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
Every single time he'd go to "Pick a point in the future where we're both happy. 10 years, 20 years from now, and lets work our way back."
— Chris Voss, "Chris Voss: FBI Hostage Negotiator | Lex Fridman Podcast #364"
In hindsight, it's exactly like building flying machines. People spent a lot of time wondering about how do birds fly, you know. And that turned out to be really hard. Have you seen the TED Talk with a flying bird?... Yeah, it flies around the audience. But it took 100 years longer to figure out how to do that than for the Wright brothers to build the first airplane because it turned out there was a much easier way to fly.
— Max Tegmark, "Max Tegmark: The Case for Halting AI Development | Lex Fridman Podcast #371"
Now I am looking back, so whatever I say about Edward at 15 is colored by my, you know, all my experiences that happen in the meantime, my current views and so on.
— Edward Frenkel, "Edward Frenkel: Reality is a Paradox - Mathematics, Physics, Truth & Love | Lex Fridman Podcast #370"
It's been inventoried.
— General Gibson, Asteroid City
There's a famous web comic that's titled Cytogenesis, which is about how something, an error is in Wikipedia, and there's no source for it, but then a lazy journalist reads it and writes the source, and then some helpful Wikipedian spots that it has no source, finds a source and adds it to Wikipedia. And voila, magic.
— Jimmy Wales, "Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia | Lex Fridman Podcast #385"
Today’s sense of unease is a stark contrast with the heady triumphalism that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. It was a period when a theorist could declare that the fall of communism marked “the end of history” — that liberal democratic ideas not only vanquished rivals, but represented “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution.”
— Patricia Cohen, "Why It Seems Everything We Knew About the Global Economy Is No Longer True," The New York Times
Lily probably shouldn't read beyond the last post.
— Dad in a text as he shares story of how a snake got into the birdhouse
You could buy 6 BigMacs with 1 hour of minimum wage in 1980, but today you can't even buy one, despite minimum wage more than doubling.
— @wallstreetbets
There are days where motivation is in short supply and I wonder out loud what the hell I'm doing with my life moving piles of junk from one flat surface to the other. Then there are days when a miraculous survivor of a 3-foot panoramic photograph of the floor of the 7th National Baptist Convention lands in my lap.
— @midwesternamericana
Sage Gloss
— Tile
Before aerial bombs and synchronized machine guns were perfected, aviators had few weapons which could harass the enemy on the ground. One weapon occasionally used was darts. They were most effective if dropped in small quantities from about 1,000 feet by the observer in observation airplanes. Dropped over a column on the road or trenches, the darts were noiseless and did not warn those on the ground to take cover. The idea was revived during the Korean War with slightly heavier darts for use against enemy motorized convoys and troop concentrations. They were dropped in very large quantities from bombers at great height, and had enough energy to crack an engine block.
— Item description, "French Dart, World War I," West Point Museum
I feel like I'm inside of a snow globe that's inside of a closet.
— Lily
The measure of a commercially successful newspaper is not simply how well it reports the big events, but what it does when there are no dying statesmen, bloodthirsty desperadoes, or heinous crimes to write about. Hearst succeeded in New York not only because he knew how to report the big stories, but because he was a master at constructing news from nothing. News is not a phenomenon that exists in the real world, waiting to be discovered. Wars have been fought, tornadoes have raged, and hundreds of thousands of innocents have been slaughtered without ever becoming “news.” An event becomes news only when journalists and editors decide to record it. More often than not, what determines whether an occurrence is newsworthy or not is the ease with which it can be plotted and narrated so that readers will want to read about it.
— David Nasaw, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
You may not win the race, but you'll always be my horse.
— Morris saying a Buck Offit quote
A Portrait of David consists of 75 life-size photos of men and boys named David. One David of each age from one to age 75 was selected from those who responded to my call for Davids which was placed in the local newspapers.
— @micahlexier
For years, I've been collecting the dust on buildings as a historic record of the atmosphere. Preservationists typically throw out this dust layer as "insignificant". Yesterday we collected some of the dust directly from the air at the Preservation Technology Lab @columbiagsapp @columbia.
— @oteropailosstudio