After a brief negotiation, we agreed that for $2,000, it could stay forever.
— Nathan Fielder, S2 E3: "Pet Store/Maid Service," Nathan For You
Paper creates this standardized clock at which archivists can work.
— Hilde on paper's known lifespan vs digital (potentially paraphrased)
I paid for it.
— Man with Rhode Island license plate GOD444
Since the last meeting of the Estates General had been in 1614-1615, there was no institutional memory of how deputies should be chosen and what procedures they should follow.
— Jeremy D. Popkin, A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution
Massiveness does not require long descriptions.
— Halim*
The blunt truth of Barabási’s work is that success isn’t really about the performer. Quite the contrary: Success is defined by the audience.
— Ian Thomsen and Lia Petronio, "Why there are no more Van Goghs," News@Northeastern
Please be sure to put your post cards in the mailbox.
— Wedding MC
Did you hear the news? My discount folding business just bought a discount packaging business.
— Lily
Designer Stew
— Stew label
That was a miss reading. As Putin himself later acknowledged, the primary purpose of the amendment had not been to prolong his time in power, althought that remained a possibility, but to prevent him becoming a lame duck.
— Philip Short, Putin
Life was from its begining a picture magazine managed by former writers, not by photographers. The publication's photographers, it has been said, were more like a thesaurus than authors.
— Brett Abbot, Engaged Observers
Differences between the generations were more pronounced in Russia than in Western Europe or America because the change of system after the collapse of communist rule in 1991 had been total. Putin's concern, however, was less with the behaviour of younger people – a tolerance which may have stemmed from his memories of his own truculent youth – than with their lack of a sense of national identity. He complained of their 'appalling' ignorance of their country's past and quoted his favourite historian, Vasily Klyuchevsky: '“History doesn't teach anything, but it punishes those who haven't learnt their lessons.”
— Philip Short, Putin
As flat as the surface of the Earth.
— Niels*
Notably, not a single person present in the room had been part of the ceremony the last time around, when Queen Elizabeth was proclaimed sovereign 70 years ago.
— Megan Specia, "In an ancient ceremony with a modern twist, King Charles III is formally proclaimed to his new role," The New York Times
The amount of information in this room that you could actually pay attention to is combinatory explosive. The amount of information you have in your memory, long-term memory, and all the ways you could combine it, combinatorial explosive. The number of possibilities you can consider, also combinatory explosive. The sequences of behavior you can generate, also combinatorial explosive. And yet somehow you're zeroing in. The right memories are coming up. The right possibilities are opening up. The right sequences of behavior. You're paying attention to the right thing. Not infallibly so, but so much so that you reliably find obvious what you should interact with in order to solve the problem at hand. That's an ability that is still not well understood... It's amost like a Zen koan, what makes you intelligent is your ability to ignore so much information... So I represent this as a cup. The number of properties it actually has, and that I even have epistemic access, to is combinatory explosive. I select from those a subset and how they are relevant to each other insofar as they are relevant for me. This doesn't have to be a cup. I could be using it as a hat. I could use it to stand for the letter "V." All kinds of different things. I could say this was the 10th billion object made in North America.
— John Vervaeke, "John Vervaeke: Meaning Crisis, Atheism, Religion & the Search for Wisdom | Lex Fridman Podcast #317"
I'm really tripping out cause my birthday is April 17th. And I see MVP on license plates... often. Rolled in here, right as I turn in, on the first car... 4... 17... MVP. Swear right hand to God.
— Robbin Stone, "S1 E3: Gold Digger," The Rehearsal
OMG In the Penguin Random House/S&S antitrust trial it was revealed that out of 58,000 trade titles published per year, half of those titles sell fewer than one dozen books. LESS THAN ONE DOZEN.
— @aprilhenrybooks tweet via @bradtromel
"An officer" he said, "had to handle any situation that arose when he was out of touch with home, which might include having to establish a naval base halfway across the world." Such work demanded very comprehensive men, and Fuller regarded himself as a member of the last generation to receive this education, which was rendered unnecessary after radio made it possible to transmit orders from a distance.
— Alec Nevala-Lee, Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller
Napoleon later recalled that when he reached Gap, "some of the peasants took five-franc pieces stamped with my likeness out of their pockets, and cried, 'It is he!'"
— Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life
All you need to do now is either unfollow 1956 people or follow 28,044 new accounts
— @belleboundbooks on how @ice_cream_books has 333 posts and 33.3k followers
Now I'm just an Astros fan I guess
— Lily
At the supposedly model town of Napoléon-Vendée he was so furious that the houses had only been built from mud and straw that he took out his sword and drove it into one of the walls up to the hilt.
— Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life
But not everybody’s happy. Many iPhone users complained about iOS auto-enhancing photos to the point of making them look terrible. Your iPhone may sometimes over-expose and over-saturate images. Unfortunately, no amount of editing can undo the damage and make your photos look normal.... The bad news is that you can’t directly disable photo auto-enhance on iOS. The photo enhancing algorithm is built into your iPhone’s chip. Your device automatically applies the filter to each and every photo you take. The culprit has a name: Deep Fusion. As a quick reminder, Deep Fusion is an image processing algorithm that Apple introduced with iPhone 11. The algorithm processes your photos pixel-by-pixel optimizing texture, and other image details.
— Madalina Dinita, "How Do I Turn Off Auto Enhance on My iPhone?," appletoolbox.com
ISRAEL
WOOD
HOUSE ?
Before 1845
— Plaque on Providence house
Kasparov versus the World was a game of chess played in 1999 over the Internet. Conducting the white pieces, Garry Kasparov faced the rest o fthe world in consultation, with the World Team moves to e decided by plurality vote.
— "Kasparov versus the World," Wikipedia via @depthsofwikipedia
Be like a submarine.
— David referencing something C.J. Chivers said
I hate to be a stickler, but why is Jesus wearing a cross?
— @chipfranklin tweet over painting of Jesus wearing a cross necklace
@norcalgidget his comment is intentionally ambiguous or we would have been more specific. Words mean things, context in this case should be unnecessary.
— @debbiemillman replying to @norcalgidget's Instagram comment "No. He is not wanting to bring back segregation. What he is pointing out that the court can decide one way and years later correct that wrong decision with a new one. Roe took the states/elections inability to make a decision on abortion. Dobbs brings the power back to the states. Brings the power to actually elected people. Not just a group of white guys who made the decision without an actual vote from the people. Just how Plessy saw people as sub-human, and it was corrected it's Brown. Roe saw babies as "blobs of tissues" and was corrected by Dobbs in seeing babies as humans also protected under the law. He is not calling for segregation." which was a reply to @debbiemillman's Instagram post of a screenshot of @JohnCornyn's tweet "Now do Plessy vs Ferguson/Brown vs Board of Education." which was over a retweet of @BarackObama's tweet "Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans." which @debbiemillman captioned "Folks this is real and this is happening. He wants to bring back SEGREGATION. Please TEXANS vote this devil off the face of the earth. How is this happening???? How? 🤬"
The marking was done on the back of the ballot with skimmed milk.
— William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
I don't have a really good answer, except for the fact that I'm finding that I'm an earnest person.
— I (potentially paraphrased)*
And what he learned in the end was what he had already known before he ever got there. The only difference, but it was a large difference, was that now he had seen it with his own eyes.
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
They suffer through the same ordeal, but three of them will live and one of them will not. Why? Not only does the question not have an answer, it has no meaning. Billy Hawkins dies. Mourn him by remembering him, remember him by mourning him. And then, if you happen to be a person who writes, put him in your story and if your story from 1897 is good enough, it will go on being read for a long time to come.
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
The weakness of such highly individual work lies in its sucess by surprise. The words which astonish, the phrases which excite wonder and admiration, come eventually to seem tricky. They lose force with repetition and come at last to be distasteful.
— Garland, via Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
If that is what existance requires, so be it.
— CR summing up my statement on 'meanings'*
And then Crane polishes off the sentance with this somewhat bizarre notion (made more bizarre by the fact that "juke" is probably a misprint of "duke").
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
Steak medium well.
— Mom's reply to "allergies or food restrictions?"
But the law had its comical aspects as well. In The Battle with the Slum (Macmillan, 1902), Jacob Riis reports on the invention of "brick sandwiches"—a single brick clamped between two slices of bread—which were placed on bars in mocking compliance with the statute.
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
A pun can live a long time and still have legs.
— L*
Former president Donald Trump initially used the Century II felt tip pen, but then -- like so many facets of his presidency -- broke with tradition, instead preferring a Sharpie.
— Leah Asmelash, "Why do presidents use so many pens to sign documents — and what happens to them?," CNN
To be absolutely honest, no one cares about the camera. They care about the flash. This flash handle is something special.
— @roadshowpbs, clip with Graflex flash
In The Bitcoin Standard, I present the argument that money is always whatever is the hardest thing to make.
— Saifedean Ammous, "Saifedean Ammous: Bitcoin, Anarchy, and Austrian Economics | Lex Fridman Podcast #284"
But even better is the last sentance of the article—"In the back room of the saloon, the man with the ruffled beard was silently picking hieroglyphics out of his whiskers"—which is surely one of the most beguiling, crackpot sentances Crane ever wrote.
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
Getting your money's worth.
— L*
A lot of people bounce off the surface, and some people peel back the layers.
— S*
Crane lacked Whitman's talent for advertising. The one stunt he came up with, as reported by his Sytacuse classmate Frank Noxon, was to hire four men "to sit all day in front of one another in New York elevated trains, reading and holding up the volume so that passengers would think the metropolis was Maggie-mad."
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
If not for his subsequent work, the Sullivan County cycle would have vanished from human memory, in the same way most writings by most writers have vanished since the begining of time.
— Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
Public speech can have great urgency and intimate import. Yet we know that it was addressed not exactly to us, but to the stranger we were until the moment we happened to be addressed by it.
— Michael Warner, "Publics and Counterpublics (abbreviated version)"
The main reason we call things one way or another is taxes.
— Papermaking guest
Is this for business?
— Bank teller
On the other hand, though, the enterprise was over, and "whatever works he might afterwords engage in, the great work of his intellectual life was finished."
— Gregory Nobles, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
Even when the printed matter in question is fiction, its bibliographical identity is factual or fixed: we trust that any printed matter at hand was published by the publisher indicated, authored by the author named, and addresses a reading public in an edition of like copies. When two people read “the same” book, they can each read different copies and be sure—even unthinkingly so—that they can compare notes. People are “on the same page,” we say, with confident approbation. Certainties like these help make modern texts self-evident, giving them that “air of intrinsic reliability” that today frames print media.
— Lisa Gitelman, "Near Print and Beyond Paper: Knowing by *.pdf," Paper Knowledge
"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
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
There's no protocol or procedure for citing conversations with your friends, or walks you go on to procrastinate.
— Neta Bomani
“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
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
The miscalculations demonstrate that even in an age of electronic intercepts and analysis assisted by fast data collection, human relationships still matter in accurately assessing the morale of a country or military.
The New York Times (part of an article that seems to have been taken off the web)
“We know that in Israel what is temporary becomes permanent,” said Avichay Buaron
— Isabel Kershner, "Ukraine War Ignites Israeli Debate Over Purpose of a Jewish State," The New York Times
Paper knows if you're in a rush.
— Daniel*
The crux of Morgenstern's argument was that any prediction would be acted on by businesses and by the general public, and their collective responses would invalidate it.
— Ananyo Bhattacharya, The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John Von Neumann
I don't know what it is about commitment that's beautiful.
— Lex Fridman, "David Wolpe: Judaism | Lex Fridman Podcast #270"
Today's Sunday right? Why's everybody running for. Just kick back and enjoy the song birds.
— Guy outside of Providence train station
And, my favourite, a question of almost scholastic profundity: what is the relationship between a great carver and a poor signature?
— Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
People who thought he was great so long as his fantasy coincided with theirs. But every time he pushed further—and he always pushed further—they became confused and resentful.
— Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Emilie Lemakis, Met Buttons, 2022
Each of the buttons reports a guard's years on staff at the @metmuseum and their hourly wage. via @nytimes
— @arthandlermag
My Vienna has thinned into other people's Vienna.
— Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
"The Texas-based collector donated her collection of over 3,000 ceramic pieces to Syracuse, New York's Everson Museum of Art with an unusual condition: that the works will be used at the museum's new resturant."
— @eversonmuseum
If I do not do it myself it will not be mine.
— Grant on writing his book, via Ron Chernow, Grant
Endurance lit by flares at night, a shot by Australian photographer Frank Hurley, ca. 1915.
— @publicdomainrev
Per Liga.Life, Elena was most concerned with correcting claims that the pickled vegetables were cucumbers. She said they were actually tomatoes with plums. "I don't know where the fables about cucumbers came from," she said.
— Mia Jankowicz, "A grandma in Kyiv says she took out a suspicious drone while Russia was attacking by throwing a jar of pickled tomatoes at it," Yahoo! News
We see as we are told.
— Ingrid Schaffner, “Wall Text,” What Makes a Great Exhibition, via Orit Gat, "Could Reading Be Looking?"
Still, endings have a disproportionate influence on any narrative.
— Ron Chernow, Grant
On Monday, TripAdvisor and Google Maps halted reviews at some locations in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus after pro-Ukraine volunteers targeted the sites to share uncensored information with the Russian public about the war.
— Kate Conger and Adam Satariano, "Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict With No One in Charge," The New York Times
It isn't really about the product.
— Daniel*
Today's the day everyone runs their "Putin's weird table" stories
— @emily_elsie
There are decades where nothing happens; and then there are weeks when decades happen.
— Vladimir Ilyich Lenin via @esaagar
Too many times do I hear a fiber artist talk about their work being about labor because their artwork took a really long time to make. This does not make one’s work about labor. Rather, I argue that oftentimes it is about leisure—that one has the choice to commit a large amount of time to making one’s art.
— Aram Han Sifuentes, "Steps Towards Decolonizing Craft"
At the same time, coveting the prestige of a temporary cabinet position, Washburne advanced a bizarre proposal: he wanted to serve briefly as a cabinet secretary so he could forever claim the title... Washburne would hold the post for only five days, leading one senator to wisecrack, “Who ever heard before of a man nominated [as] Secretary of State merely as a compliment?”
— Ron Chernow, Grant
Years ago, I was really stupid: In the book “Arthur’s Thanksgiving,” I put our home phone number in a little illustration of a bulletin board that says “Call Arthur at 749-7978.” Every Thanksgiving, the phone began to ring and ring and ring.
— Marc Brown, "Marc Brown on the End of ‘Arthur’ and His Favorite Fan Theories," The New York Times
Boy, that was a sick one. Let me write that down. "If their toes are strong enough they will not break."
Love Island
It's no more weird than a negative one.
— Donald Thornton on irrational numbers
I should comment "makes sense since they have no place to store their backpacks"
— Jonathan on #lockergate
By adopting the incentives of the algoritihm as our own, what M.S.I. has done is invert the relationships between humans and the technological tools we're meant to use. We have now become a tool used by the algorithm to perpetuate itself. It's not just that the algorithm is nudging us towards sharing more articles or posting more hot takes, we now enforce that logic on one another. The idea that digital silence equals violence is a perfect illustration of this dynamic, becuase it equates the life you share through the algorithm as being equivalent to your material existence. You are what you post, so you can never stop posting.
— Brad Troemel, "THE CULTURE WAR REPORT"
he's doing ok! finishing up his post-doc at upenn in philadelphia and applying to academic jobs/professorships around the country. hoping to visit him next month!
this past week was a bit of a roller coaster for both of us: last tuesday we learned we have four half-siblings, so we've been digesting the news together, slowly. it's been an emotional ride spanning shock, confusion, anger, sadness, excitement, anticipation, and joy.
— @sara.haven Instagram story reply to an ask me anything question "How's your brother doing?"
People won't add any because of masks.
— Lily on if I counted the number of noses in each room.
A fourth person — a lobbyist who has spoken with Republican aides to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Breitbart’s advocacy — expressed surprise about the company’s level of outreach to lawmakers, especially given most news outlets’ efforts to separate their business and editorial operations. “With the amount of contacts they’ve had on the Hill, it seems like they should be registering to lobby,” said the lobbyist, who was granted anonymity to discuss private conversations.
— Emily Birnbaum, "Split on the right: Breitbart joins Facebook and Google in opposing news media bill," Politico
One of the strangest things in the library's extensive collection is a vast array of menus.
— @nyplpicturecollection
Freud and his theories, the patient riposted, were manifestations of the same materialism that he himself completely rejected in his own work in logic and philosophy. The mind was based on far fewer physical foundations, and far more spiritual inflences, than the twentieth century wanted to believe.
— Stephen Budiansky, Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel
In a 2004 argument over whether the federal government could regulate homegrown medicinal marijuana, Justice Breyer imagined a farmer who “grows heroin, cocaine, tomatoes that are going to have genomes in them that could, at some point, lead to tomato children that will eventually affect Boston.”
— Adam Liptak, "With Breyer’s Exit, a Farewell to Marshmallow Guns and Tomato Children," The New York Times
The person who controls access to the president is to a degree president.
— John Milton Cooper, Jr., Woodrow Wilson
In China, before the explosions, a message now says the police foiled the plot, arrested the criminals and sent Durden to a "lunatic asylum". The new finale tells viewers: "Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding. After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012."
— "China changes Fight Club film ending so the authorities win," bbc.com
Wuhan
— @rishibagree's reply to @Delta's tweet "Name a city that changed your life."
OUR RAPID OCHRE CAT ROARS NEAR THE IDLE DOG
— @tomlxndr, This is Lazy Dog - a small text plaything made of card. Push and pull the sliders to create new variations on the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
It was unfortunate—perhaps tragic—that such great consequences could hang on such ordinary things as timing, fatigue, and personal engagements.
— John Milton Cooper, Jr., Woodrow Wilson
This wasn't even a human anymore. I think they called it like biological waste or something like that, and it was now the property of them. It was no longer my property, and that was just... I couldn't even accept that. They don't want you taking your leg, and, and mailing it to the president or something. So, um... there's a liablilty there, and it's understandable.
— Guy with prosthetic leg who has the bones from his original leg preserved as a model, "How To Throw Out Your Batteries," How To With John Wilson
This, Hawking’s final theory, is that the law of physics evolved in a Darwinian fashion
— Bit of an email explaining a book*
David Foster Wallace, I really like the thing he says about this, which is, "the key to life is to be unborable," and I do really like you saying that it's a skill.
— Lex Fridman, "Donald Knuth: Programming, Algorithms, Hard Problems & the Game of Life | Lex Fridman Podcast #219"
Better angle
— Steph sending me photos of license plates
He run 'til he come to Lord Daniel's gate, then he rattled at the bells and they rung, he rattled at the bells and they rung
— Doc Watson, "Matty Groves"
you've still got time to give
you still got time to give
To give to make this better
you still got time to give
you still got time to give
to make this better
Stands up to be counted
to be counted
To be counted to be counted
to be counted to be counted
Contrary to the bitter cold
What a way to give us meaning
You've given meaning to who we are
What a way to give us meaning
What a way to give us meaning
In it to make it to be counted for
in it to make it to be counted for
to be counted for In it to make it to be counted for
to be counted for In
— InferKit demo AI generated text responding to "Janet public art"
In thinking of how to counteract Turkey's blanket silence on the Arab Revolt in its early days, Storrs had struck upon the idea of issuing "Republic of Hejaz" postage stamps, a cheap and effective way to prove to the outside world that a break had occured... Storrs had then enlisted the help of his most learned Arabist friend, Lawrence, and the two spent a leisurely afternoon wandering the Arab Museum in Cairo selecting suitable motifs.
— Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia
Say hi to the peoples that's gone.
— Will Smith as Richard Williams, King Richard
CHRIS
Aquaculture '22
Sustainable Oyster Farmer
— University of New England advertisement at Back Bay station
The proposed legislation, which is expected to become law next year, would leave current smokers free to continue buying cigarettes. But it would gradually raise the smoking age, year by year, until it covers the entire population.
— Natasha Frost, "New Zealand Plans to Eventually Ban All Cigarette Sales," The New York Times
SO SHALL YE REAP
— Relief sculpture on Perkins Hall
Pointing to the ways that American and other Western societies have been torn by political, social and racial divisions and hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, China is also arguing that its form of governance has been more effective in creating prosperity and stability.
— Keith Bradsher and Steven Lee Myers, "Ahead of Biden’s Democracy Summit, China Says: We’re Also a Democracy," The New York Times
The Bronze Age in Britain lasted from 2,300 B.C. to 800 B.C., during a period referred to as prehistoric England, before there were written records.
— Jenny Gross, "English Teenager Finds Bronze Age Ax Using a Metal Detector," The New York Times
This data is a strong signal to make an effort to add far less emoji – especially specific, single-use types like flags and ferrets – and recommend more emoji that deliver on our established strategy.
— @jenniferxdaniel
By happy coincidence, however, Zin also figured prominently in the biblical Book of Exodus, the region that Moses and the Israelites passed through at the end of their forty-year flight out of Egypt. This provided a handy theological and historical explanation for why a Christian nation might want to explore the reigion, and when the British tried this tack on Constantinople—repackaging their earlier offer so that it was now to be an archaeological survey of biblical sites under the auspices of the respected Palestine Exploration Fund—the ploy actually worked.
— Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia
He didn't like what he felt
He got out of there rl fast
— Lily after I texted her a photo of pigeon footprints in concrete on a platform at Providence train station
1 hr till bingo
— Lily
Of course, there is nothing more endearing than attention.
— Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia
"The buildings I try to describe will last longer than we will, so it is only fitting that they should have the greater space." True to his word, Lawrence spent the rest of that letter imparting absolutely no information about himself.
— Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia
Faced with his inability to produce new work, Wilde began to elaborate a philosophy of failure. He claimed that artists might be sucessful 'incidentally' but 'never intentionally': "If they are, they remain incomplete. The artist's mission is to live the complete life: success, as an episode (which is all it can be); failure, as the real, the final end.
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
We used ice. As the ice melts, we can take out the straps and it will lower to the ground.
— Shelly Willis
The letter—with its references to Hyacinthus and Apollo—was indeed so effusive as to be more like a work of literature than a regular communication. Its artistic excess could be turned to advantage. Pierre Louÿs was asked to transform the text into a sonnet—a French poetic version of Wilde's "prose poem." It could then be published... By making the letter public, they sought to destroy its power. No one had ever been blackmailed over a published poem.
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
And with an inverted demographic pyramid, so you've got a lot more older people, and then fewer middle age people and then eventually just very few youngsters, and this will necessarily lead to resources being applied to taking care of the elderly instead of advancing science or advancing civilization. I'm quite worried about that one, becuase I see no reversal of the trend.
— Elon Musk, "Elon Musk speaks on Starship and SpaceX at National Academies of Sciences and Engineering with QA"
Indeed, Wilde thought that "a great deal of the curious effect that Maeterlinck produces" was due to the fact that French was not his first language. And he began to percieve that he might be able to achieve something similar. Freed from the demans of realistic dialogue, there was no reason why his own French would not be sufficient for the task. Oddities of expression would give a certain relief or color to the piece.
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
Swept from desert burrows, hundreds, if not thousands, of scorpions skittered into villages, stinging at least 503 people.
New York Times subheadline for "Plagues Strike Egypt: Sudden Floods, Then 4-Inch Scorpions Called Deathstalkers"
In many ways, you are already in the authoritarian state, you just don't know it. Many things happens today in US, is, can be compared Cultural Revolution in China.
— Ai Weiwei, The Firing Line with Margaret Hoover
Disappointing people makes me physically ill and I will work hard to avoid disappointing you. My mom loves me and in turn I strive to be a good son.
— Dillon Reisman, “Who are you? Why should I trust you?,” Analogue NFT, https://anft.cargo.site/explainer
Where Wilde was greatly impressed by a sign hung up in Pap Wyman's saloon that read "Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best." It was, he declared, "the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across."
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
Adorned with ornamental braid fasteners.
— Definition of "befrogged"
But if you chain the pen, then you know you can touch it.
— Paul Ramírez Jonas
They see what they've been told to see.
— Paul, Dune
Wilde's Oxford notebooks show him experimenting with epigrammatic formulae, condensing his knowledge, making his ideas memorable... In conversation he began to play with paradox.
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
It has been won by both Matthew Arnold and Ruskin (as well as by many wholly forgotten young men).
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
I don't want us to be infatuated with a false sense of completeness.
— Kelsey*
Wilde admired his skill, but recognized the danger in such purely imitative work.
— Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde
But Sierra's work significantly develops this tradition in its use of other people as performers and in the emphasis on their remuneration. While Tiravanija celebrates the gift, Sierra knows that there's no such thing as a free meal: everything and everyone has a price.
— Claire Bishop, "Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics"
The police not only allowed her to bedazzle the cameras but even paid her a couple of thousand dollars. "I realized that they could not hear me when I spoke as an artist," Magrid later said. "This had nothing to do with what I proposed but with who I was."
— Alice Gregory, "Body Of Work," The New Yorker
Derek once asked if I was aware that a frog died when the Challenger exploded. Nope. It's true, he said: the pet frog of the son of the teacher who was supposed to go to space. Derek said he hoped the son had a new frog now. He said he knew how bad it feels to lose a pet. (tears)
— @mcmubria
Also, the conductors do love chocolate cake, so if anyone has a piece of chocolate cake on their table it is subject to the conductors taking a piece.
— Amtrak Conductor
Your Ritual order at Thaitation (Jersey/Private Alley 925) has been accepted!
— Text
Miss Baker's gravestone frequently has one or more bananas on top.
— Image Caption, "Miss Baker," Wikipedia
A German friend said part of the reason for their generous benefits was that the state hoped to protect itself from fascism, which is typically born from desperate economic straits. I think about that a lot.
— @alexanderchee reposted by @dannygargallo
just watching the last inning last run they got in YouTube brought tears to my eyes
— Lily in a text about the Red Sox
You needn't sit and wonder why, babe
— Elvis Presley, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
But the meaning is not simply in those things, but it's in them insofar as they subvert our expecations, the expectations we brought to them which nobody has said anything about at all.
— Stuart Hall, "Representation and the Media"
Now what this means is in fact the process of representation has entered into the event itself. In a way, it doesn’t exist meaningfully until it has been represented, and to put that in a more high-falutin way is to say that representation doesn’t occur after the event; representation is constitutive of the event. It enters into the constitution of the object that we are talking about. It is part of the object itself; it is constitutive of it. It is one of its conditions of existence, and therefore representation is not outside the event, not after the event, but within the event itself; it is constitutive of it.
— Stuart Hall, "Representation and the Media"
The stacks have been moved to the old ice hockey arena while the Wallace is being remodeled.
— @frankcost
I don't like to dwell on crits after the thing is made. I like to do in progress crits so the thing can change.
— Janet*
Nagl and Yingling had written in their article, "The Army will become more adaptive only when being adaptive offers the surest path to promotion."
— Fred Kaplan, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
But he also wanted an opportunity—and there were few more captivating opportunities than an airplane ride—to talk with her.
— Fred Kaplan, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
What the infographic era signifies is the transformation of politics into aesthetics and those aesthetics into the same type of brand building content that previously thrived on selfies and Bruch posts. The reason infographics are so perfectly suited for influencers in an attention economy that runs on authenticity is precisely because they pretend to be a break from branded content. It’s as if to say “hey guys, I know I talk about a lot of silly things on here, but today lets talk about something real.” All the while, the engagement stats keep going up, and trust is established through the influencer's benevolent willingness to break character. It’s this routine of piety and self-sacrifice, the creation of a moral order where ‘actually some things are bigger than content’ that allows infographics to function so effectively as content.
— Brad Troemel, "PASTEL HELL: the definitive guide to millennial aesthetics"
You even take away from the opponent the piece they love to hate. They need that piece.
— Person in The Trial of Tilted Arc
In one of his earlier ceremonies, Petraeus had learned that Iraquis didn't quite believe an agreement was real unless it was stamped with an official seal. So he had some of his men design a seal, sending them into the local bazaar to find popular emblems and symbols with which to embroider it.
— Fred Kaplan, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
"Lessons of history" can be "misleading," he went on. It was well understood that the Cold Warriors of the early 1960s had distorted history when they likened the communist assult on South Vietnam to Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland or Czechoslovakia. Now, he wrote, the military cheifs of the mid-1980s were similarly "myopic" in seeing every third-world crisis as another Vietnam. He quoted Mark Twain on the broad issue of lessons: "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again—and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
— Fred Kaplan, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
MKULTRA was so highly classified that when John McCone succeeded Dulles as CIA director in late 1961, he was not informed of its existance. Fewer than half a dozen agency brass were aware of MKULTRA at any period during it's twenty-year history.
— Tom O'Neill, Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
WHERE THE STATION IS THE DESTINATION
— Café la France's Providence train station location tagline
It was more about the way that events, in all their messy reality, boiled down to the canonical fact. The way that a narrative becomes the narative.
— Tom O'Neill, Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
I moved so much that I stopped collecting things.
— Sun Ho*
That duality which is the very mark of art: the tension between the wish to say (explicitness, literalness) and the wish to be silent (truncation, economy, condensation, evocativeness, mystery, exaggeration).
— Susan Sontag, "Posters: Advertisement, Art, Political Artifact, Commodity," The Art of Revolution: 96 Posters from Cuba
The meaning of things can change on a dime.
— Janet*
Cooler & Warmer
— Old Rhode Island slogan
If Gournay wins, a page of Montaigne may also come to look simpler, for it could reduce the desire for the visually disruptive sprinkling of "A," "B," and "C" letters signifying different layers of composition. They would still be of interest, but they were first put in by editors working from the Bordeaux Copy whose motivation was partly to make their hard work fully visible.
— Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Isn't that what baseball's all about? Tradition? It's a museum masquerading as a sport.
— Alex Levy, The Morning Show
Cover the book in thinly sliced mortadella and walk out.
— David Horvitz, How to Shoplift Books
Sir, there is something on your chin.
— Note Biden held up
If she moved rapidly she could out sail news of the fiasco.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
President Richard Nixon was undone by his attempts to conceal and excise the official record. Mr. Rumsfeld knew better by the time he was serving under Mr. Nixon’s successor. The trick was to marginalize the record, to litter it with so many contradictions that a rebuttal to any future historian could always be found. His memos (known as “yellow perils” in the Nixon administration and “snowflakes” under Ford) would pile up in drifts, disguising the underlying historical landscape. It’s a level of genius that has not been acknowledged in the press — the founder of the Freedom of Information Act is the guy who figured out how to render it almost totally worthless.
— Errol Morris, "Donald Rumsfeld’s Fog of Memos," The New York Times
Not a junk cone.
— Emily