As the saying goes, quantity has a quality all its own.
— Admiral Samuel Paparo, "Is the Navy ready? How the U.S. is preparing amid a naval buildup in China," 60 Minutes
Did you see Molly's new haircut?
— Lily on neighborhood dog we know
What Happens on Page 76 in This Season’s New Books?
New York Times Style Magazine column
Eloise Blondiau: Manshel notes that some novelists vying for highbrow prizes didn't want to date their work with tech that would seem old in just a few years.
Alexander Manshel: If you are a literary novelist, you are interested in having your work not only be read right now, but having it last, having it survive to be read in the future. And so when writers set their work in the historical past, they're also in a way claiming a kind of timelessness.
— Transcript, "On The Media: How Historical Novels Can Help Us Remember," WNYC
Donald Evans was an American artist, who was known for creating hand-painted postage stamps of fictional countries. Evans died in a fire in the Netherlands in 1977.
— Google's snippet of Wikipedia article on Donald Evans
Museums Rename Artworks and Artists as Ukrainian, Not Russian
New York Times headline
I love their feet. They would make nice coasters.
— Lily on geese.
last nights @colophonclub talking by Charlotte Priddle about the inherent permanence of books
— @zachclarkis
When one of the very last steps in your glass process is drilling holse, there can be a little heartbreak.
— @tau_au
Bernardini said he stole the books because he wanted to read them.
— Elizabeth A. Harris, "Why Would Someone Steal Unpublished Manuscripts?," The New York Times
Doll Hospital
— Section of American Girl Doll store
Common Herbarium Pests & Visitors
— Sign
Giving the Middle Finger Is a 'God-Given' Right, a Quebec Judge Says
New York Times headline
It's almost impossible not to go back in time anymore.
— Lian on digital file backup systems
The human mind is not, like ChatGPT and its ilk, a lumbering statistical engine for pattern matching, gorging on hundreds of terabytes of data and extrapolating the most likely conversational response or most probable answer to a scientific question. On the contrary, the human mind is a surprisingly efficient and even elegant system that operates with small amounts of information; it seeks not to infer brute correlations among data points but to create explanations.
For instance, a young child acquiring a language is developing — unconsciously, automatically and speedily from minuscule data — a grammar, a stupendously sophisticated system of logical principles and parameters. This grammar can be understood as an expression of the innate, genetically installed “operating system” that endows humans with the capacity to generate complex sentences and long trains of thought.
— Noam Chomsky, Ian Roberts and Jeffrey Watumull, "Noam Chomsky: The False Promise of ChatGPT," The New York Times
Do not underestimate objects, he advises... Do not leave objects out of account. The world, after all, which is radically old, is made up mostly of objects.
— David Foster Wallace via Tim Carpenter, To Photograph Is To Learn How To Die
— Ski Run
A hike.
— Lily
The point is that for Harry Callahan photography has been a way of living—his way of meeting and making peace with the day.
— John Szarkowski via Tim Carpenter, To Photograph Is To Learn How To Die
“Sure, that’s my grandma from the photo album,” Noë explained in our most recent conversation. “But if you take it out of the context of the photo album and put it on a wall in a gallery, what the heck is it anymore? It’s no longer clear what it is, what it is trying to show or what it is for — what it is a tool for doing.”
— Blake Gopnik, "The Supreme Court May Force Us to Rethink 500 Years of Art," The New York Times