It has occurred to me that I feel the same way about people who flash gang signs in their myspace pictures as I do about Jehovah’s Witnesses. I know they exist, and there is nothing I can do about that, but I’ll never welcome them into my home.
“We wanted to let you know that we recently had to pull down the Death Cab for Cutie videos .. because we were using the YouTube video player to display all video content on our website and these videos are no longer available on www.youtube.com. The removal of our videos caught us by surprise.”—
One of the things I hate about the first day of a new class is the introductions. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the point — It gets everyone comfortable with speaking to the class and breaks the ice. I appreciate when a professor goes outside the box, though, and asks more than the usual fare “name, age, major”. My leadership dynamics instructor prompted us the following:
"Tell me your name, what you want to be when you grow up, and what CD you’d take if you were going to be stranded on a desert island."
He started on the other side of the classroom, so I had some time to think. And I have to say after all that thinking, when it was my turn to speak, I announced "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips".
Members of the class either responded with complete confusion…or cheering.
“I can’t wait to hear what Obama has to say to all of us. Looking out, I’m also thinking I couldn’t afford this shot in a movie.”—Stephen Spielberg, at the inauguration via CNN. (via spitintheocean) (via propagandery) (via morgenstern)
“If all goes to plan, the Polaroid factory in Enschede, Amsterdam, will soon be making film again thanks to its new owner, an eccentric Austrian artist and businessman named Florian Kaps. Mr Kaps, 39, has dedicated the past five years to instant photography. He set up Polanoid.net, the biggest Polaroid gallery on the web, and the first ever Polaroid-only art gallery in Vienna, called Polanoir.
Now he plans to save the film. “The project is more than a business plan; it’s a fight against the idea that everything has to die when it doesn’t create turnover,” said Mr Kaps.
Dubbed “The Impossible Project”, the development of new film for Polaroid cameras launches today. Working with the Manchester-based black and white photography company Ilford, the machinery is in place to produce film of two exposure types, each compatible with both the classic SX-70 cameras popular with artists and the more modern 600 series.
Work has begun on a prototype. By hiring 11 of the original Polaroid team from the factory floor, Mr Kaps aims to mass produce both colour and black and white film under the Impossible label by December, coinciding with the projected date that existing stocks will run out…”
If this is true, I’m going to be so happy. I mean seriously…I’ve lost sleep over this.
“Consider the fact that for 3.8 billion years, a period of time older than the Earth’s mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your forbearers on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so. Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life’s quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result - eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly - in you.”—
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything (via jilllian)
I just downloaded a pirated copy of quicken to keep track of my finances. The program will likely reinforce my assumption that I can’t afford to buy quicken. There’s a glimmering core of irony here that I’m too lazy to put into words.