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Favicon petervidani: Enough of the doge shit I know, right? That creepy weird hat he wore during the...

petervidani:

Enough of the doge shit

I know, right? That creepy weird hat he wore during the Advance Guard? And the way he cracked under pressure when Aunt Muriel was going on and on about Rita Skeeter and Bathilda Bagshot? Like stick up for your bros, man. 

Favicon "In 2012, the Nobel Records were opened after 50 years and it was revealed that Durrell was among a..."

“In 2012, the Nobel Records were opened after 50 years and it was revealed that Durrell was among a shortlist of authors considered for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with John Steinbeck (winner), Robert Graves, Jean Anouilh and Karen Blixen.[9] It was decided that “Durrell was not to be given preference this year” – probably because “they did not think that The Alexandria Quartet was enough, so they decided to keep him under observation for the future”.[9] Also a candidate in 1961, Durrell had in the previous year been ruled out because he “gives a dubious aftertaste … because of [his] monomaniacal preoccupation with erotic complications”.[9]”

- Lawrence Durrell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Favicon "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and..."

“"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."”

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a quote without a source from a comment on A VC: The Limits of Capitalism (via fred-wilson)

Yeah that was 30 years ago. There is also Harry Potter and John Green now. Just a heads up. Except its Goblins, not orcs. 

JOHN GREEN BURN. I kid, I kid. 

Favicon blackfibergraphics: HOLY SHIT THEY ACTUALLY BUILT A FULL SCALE...



blackfibergraphics:

HOLY SHIT THEY ACTUALLY BUILT A FULL SCALE MILLENIUM FALCON FOR THE UPCOMING STAR WARS FILM.

Hahaha sorry. This is a print from Cedric Delsaux’s Dark Lens portfolio.

One of the best purchases I ever made, hands down.  

Favicon John, how do you deal with your own mortality?

Poorly.

Favicon "Uber isn’t just selling us car rides, it’s training us to expect car rides—to take it for granted..."

“Uber isn’t just selling us car rides, it’s training us to expect car rides—to take it for granted that, of course, a fleet of SUVs will mobilize with a tap, tap, tap. It’s not yet instant, and it’s not yet, anything we want, but it’s conditioning us to expect convenience—to feel frustrated, angry even, when we can’t get a car as soon as we want it. It’s shifting us into a society of technobrats, who delight in instantaneousness for its own sake, our iOS birthright. That sounds awful. In any other context, “give me what I want and give it to me right now” is a universally obnoxious thing to say. The answer would be “no,” and probably “get the fuck out of here.” But in Silicon Valley, that’s a CEO’s mission statement, verbatim. And we shouldn’t let him make us worse.”

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You Shouldn’t Want To Live in Uber’s Lazy Utopia

Another day, another retrogressive opinion from tech’s most insidiously conservative pundit. If I hadn’t linked to the post you’d think I was quoting Andy Rooney.

"Planes have conditioned us to feel like we can just fly anywhere in the world in a couple of hours." 

"Cell phones are turning us all into entitled babies. They train us to expect constant human contact." 

Valleywag is an absolute cancer. 

(via stryker)

I certainly have no problem feeling slightly queasy about SOMETHING about Uber, but this article is ridiculous. “In MY day, we had to call for a taxi on a TELEPHONE, like a REAL MAN.” 

We should also pause and think on the irony of this being published on a “news source” that doesn’t have editors review or assign stories, doesn’t proofread articles in advance, or even require an actual piece of news to exist before writing an article. This all the while ruining an industry that was good enough before. Because, you know, in my day we walked to the corner and picked up our newspaper from the sidewalk. Like real men.

Favicon "One attendee at the Dec. 4 FTC workshop, University of San Francisco law professor David Franklyn,..."

“One attendee at the Dec. 4 FTC workshop, University of San Francisco law professor David Franklyn, said that, according to his research, one-third of consumers simply don’t care if something is editorial or advertising content. “So what are we protecting the consumer from?” he asked.”

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FTC warns against confusing consumers with native advertising | Circa News

I dunno. THE OTHER TWO THIRDS WHO DO CARE?

Favicon andrewberg: This is one of my friend Kim’s amazing paintings....



andrewberg:

This is one of my friend Kim’s amazing paintings. Get one today.

(via Portrait of Master Yoda 8x10 in. Giclee Print by SciFineArt)

YES!

Favicon portraitsofboston: “The most important thing in my life is my...



portraitsofboston:

“The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God.”

“How long have you had that relationship?”

“Since 1991.”

“What happened then?”

“I drowned. I was born with epilepsy. One day I was swimming in a pond, and I had a seizure. There was also a sinkhole in the pond. From what they said, I was under water for 20 minutes. My friends knocked on people’s doors and one guy came to get me out. He looked for me for a while because the water was so murky. He found me on the fifth try. But during the whole time, I had an out-of-body experience. I remember everything. When I first went down, I knew I was dying. I asked God, ‘God, please don’t let me die like this.’ Next thing I knew, it was pitch-dark. And then there was a person with me under water. I couldn’t talk to him, but he told me I would be okay, and he showed me my mom by my hospital bed. That was the first thing I saw when I woke up later.” 

“Do you still have seizures?”

“No, that was the end of it. I never had another seizure again.”

Woah.

Favicon One day to go and it is 90% of the way there. Please consider...



One day to go and it is 90% of the way there. Please consider backing Hal Hartley’s New Film!

(via NED RIFLE by Hal Hartley — Kickstarter)

Favicon thisistheverge: Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad...



thisistheverge:

Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody

Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple’s distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody of Apple’s Jony Ive, who frequently appears in the company’s ads. “This is the magical new iPad Air,” says “Apple’s” British narrator, only to have his vague pronouncements rebutted by a twangy American Kindle proponent at every turn.

Remember when Amazon said advertising was a waste of money? I miss those days. 

Favicon "This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every..."

“This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. Economists, needless to say, are sharply divided on what would reappear in its place — and whether such a basic-income scheme might have some appeal for other, less socialist countries too.”

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Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive - NYTimes.com (via rickwebb)

The problem with this is that they can’t afford it. The Swiss budget is 62.8 CHF. They have 8 million people. That’s only 7,800 CHF each which is clearly not enough to make poverty disappear.

The fact that the Times didn’t bother to present this simple math shows how dumb the story is.

(via harryh)

There’s this part: “Evelyn Forget, a health economist at the University of Manitoba, has done some of the best research on the results. Some of her findings were obvious: Poverty disappeared. But others were more surprising: High-school completion rates went up; hospitalization rates went down. “If you have a social program like this, community values themselves start to change,” Forget said.”

That was $10,000/yr Canadian. 7,800 CHF is about 8,57 USD. Not too far off. 

Favicon "This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every..."

“This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. Economists, needless to say, are sharply divided on what would reappear in its place — and whether such a basic-income scheme might have some appeal for other, less socialist countries too.”

- Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive - NYTimes.com

Favicon My parents My sister Emma Emma’s mom, who sent me Emma’s favorite stuffing recipe My...

  • My parents
  • My sister
  • Emma
  • Emma’s mom, who sent me Emma’s favorite stuffing recipe
  • My friends
  • My lovely home
  • My health and the health of my loved ones
  • Our dear cat, Mrs. Fannybottoms
  • Text Messages and social media so I can wish my loved ones afar a happy thanksgiving while Emma and I spend our first thanksgiving alone together
  • That wedding planning is over!
  • All this wonderful food i learned how to make for this holiday
  • The internet for teaching me how
  • Getting married this year, our lovely wedding, getting to see all our friends and family in one place for one time in our life
  • Getting to play with my old band Rockets Burst from the Streetlamps this year - I missed that
  • Sean Drinkwater and Jussi Gamache
  • Secret Clubhouse, Ali and Schuyler for running it and all my lovely tenants
  • That the rain has gone away and it’s a lovely day and we have a lovely view of the New York skyline to celebrate with
  • My awesome coworkers @ Quotidian - Pedro, Jamie, Scott, Evan
  • Tumblr - David, Derek & Danielle
  • The guitar solo at the end of Rock Stone’s “To Bring You Blue Roses”
  • Soundcloud
  • Biff Bang Pow!
  • The new grocery store that opened just down the street from my house that I had to go to THREE TIMES to get everything I needed
  • FreshDirect
  • Brining Bags
  • Amazon.com
  • Rachel and Vincent, and Roebling Tea Room, where we shared a lovely Wednesday dinner last night almost completely alone in the restaurant
  • The quiet of a holiday Williamsburg
  • Our lovely little lake in Wasilla, AK and the lovely little house my parents live in sitting beside it
  • Non-carcinogenic nicotine delivery methods. They really have improved my life substantially
  • Public Education - especially West Valley High School and Tanana Jr. High, Fairbanks, AK
  • Amtrak
  • FIOS
  • Zevia all natural sugar free cola
  • Wi Fi
  • Ev Williams - Blogger, Twitter, Medium, Come on!
  • Zillow
  • JK Rowling
  • Amazon.com 
  • Bloom Energy
  • Solar Panels
  • Tesla
  • Anaïs Nin
  • Boston & Cambridge
  • Jason Pierce
  • Buster, Kellianne and Niko Benson
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Hannukkuh on Thanksgiving
  • Our doorman
  • Bourbon
  • Discogs
  • Netflix
  • Basters and meat thermometers
  • Not having to watch football today while Emma does
  • Factory, 4AD, Creation - my musical childhood
  • The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo and the Knitting Factory - what a great neighborhood for live music
  • Synology
  • Farfisas
  • Jes Owens and Katie Pavia
  • The 16 states I visited this year
  • Patti Smith
  • Muvman
  • Treadmill desks!
  • Dr. Who
  • Star Trek
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • New York City
  • Chris Hayes & Rachel Maddow especially for their both very good books
  • All the great shows I’ve seen since last thanksgiving: Especially Neutral Milk Hotel, MEDICINE, Future Bible Heroes, Sparks, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave, Pinback, Screaming Females, Japandroids, Hayden, Spiritualized, Mazzy Star, Blur, How to Destroy Angels, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Roses, Neutral Milk Hotel, Postal Service, Hot Chip, Dead Can Dance, Grinderman, J Spaceman, Low, Man or Astroman, Mark Kozelek, The Monochrome Set, Stars, Divine Fits, Two Door Cinema Club, Jim Thirwell & Zola Jesus, Chromatics, Daniel Johnston, Father John Misty, Grimes, Warpaint, Pulp,Yeasayer and Godspeed You Black Emperor.
  • The great bands that played our wedding: Freezepop, Lifestyle and Plushgun
  • Brian Eno’s lecture and 77 million paintings
  • Barack Obama, I GUESS STILL
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Road Trips
  • Vedah
  • Vanessa’s Dumpling House
  • St. Anselm
  • Walter Foods
  • Zablozki’s
  • Nita Nita
  • Kent Ale House
  • Plackers
  • All the wonderful handmade wedding gifts we got this year
  • My dishwasher and washing machine
  • This lovely hippie cat food that keeps our cat looking health
  • Doug Pfeffer
  • Harry and Alice, and their lovely wedding and asking me to officiate it
  • Scott and Fef at Dostuff
  • Noah and James @ Percolate
  • Caren, Mike and the gang @ Nestio
  • Black Box Recorder
  • The New Yorker
  • Emily and Abby
  • The Economist
  • All those hard core trigger warning, feminist, rape culture describing and privilege-calling lefties on Tumblr that keep me on my toes and questioning and improving upon my entrenched beliefs so I never end up like Alec Baldwin
  • The Star Wars franchise reboot
  • Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Dumont Burger, I GUESS STILL
  • The Chronicles of Meep
  • Seattle
  • Los Angeles
  • Seamless
  • That new 4AD book
  • Nick Bilton’s Twitter Book
  • SpaceX
  • Old Navy
  • Wikipedia
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • The EFF
  • The ACLU
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Oregon
  • Bianca and Mallory
  • Bill Murray
  • Popping Turkey Thermometers

Favicon mutt-r: "all i want is blackness. blackness and...



mutt-r:

"all i want is blackness. blackness and silence."

(SYLVIA PLATH)

Favicon Falling toy soldiers (at Radio City Music Hall)



Falling toy soldiers (at Radio City Music Hall)

Favicon "A 53-year-old man, BuzzFeed’s oldest ever employee, jobless and without health insurance? CUTE..."

“A 53-year-old man, BuzzFeed’s oldest ever employee, jobless and without health insurance? CUTE as a fucking bug’s ear. Not as CUTE: Making your advertising critic disappear posts that criticize the advertisements of big advertisers, which Ben Smith did to me on at least one ocassion. BuzzFeed has a “no haters” hiring policy and an overweening desire to draw big-name advertisers into its “community” of users, in exchange for money. Which makes ranting about ads professionally for the site a complicated endeavor. At which I FAILed.”

- TOP 10 BEST EVER WTF OMG REASONS BUZZFEED FIRED ME, LOL!

Favicon Wanna talk about an opening week lineup. Wow.



Wanna talk about an opening week lineup. Wow.

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