Posts tagged "Etc."

Things ideas should have so they stick.

1. Simplicity

2: Unexpectedness

3: Concreteness

4: Credibility

5: Emotions

6: Stories

From.

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Oct 30

"Gradually, a lot of Dunham’s material has come to reflect his exhaustion with political correctness."
Can we please not pretend like this is a thing? The fight against political correctness is such a nonsensical throwback argument to the early-’90s. No one is pushing for “political correctness” as a decontextualized blindly dogmatic philosophy. What people are pushing for is not pretending that racism and homophobia and misogyny and anti-semitism don’t exist, or trying to camouflage these things as “jokes.” Suggesting that hate speech is offensive and upsetting and dangerous if used in an unilluminating and…well, hateful way is not “politically correct,” it’s just correct. If Jeff Dunham wants his puppets to “say” the word nigger, or whatever, he should just do it. That’s his constitutionally-protected right. But please, let us not pretend that it has anything to do with a non-existent, hyperbolic, media-created movement from 15 years ago.

-Gabe, What We Talk About When We Talk About Jeff Dunham

I don’t know who Jeff Dunham is, but this quote is so on point. Guaranteed, 90% of the time someone says “I hate political correctness,” they’re really saying “I hate being called out on being a gigantic asshole.”

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Nov 03

Dunham trotted out his dummy for whoever would hire him, or at least tolerate it: doing an oral book report on Hansel and Gretel in third grade or retelling bible stories at church; performing at Six Flags as a summer job, or at fund-raisers for the Christian summer camp his mom sent him to. In high school, he did commercials for a Datsun dealership and each year posed for his yearbook photo with one of his dummies. He and a dummy named Archie Everett also co-wrote a column for the school paper.

-NY Times

Actually, I seem to remember this being the synopsis of a Goosebumps book.


SADY: Yowza. I mean: leaving aside this dude’s one (RESTAURANT-SPECIFIC) rape fantasy, I get that people’s fantasies, in general, are weird. I knew a girl who worked at a phone sex operation and one guy would call her up, constantly, to discuss his fantasies about the cast of “Friends.” She would play Rachel, and sometimes maybe Phoebe; he would be Chandler.

AMANDA: wow. this guy fantasized about being chandler! chandler would make some hilarious ironic comment about this, were he here.

This exchange is better than about 90 per cent of “Friends.”

(From here)

Nov 13

Says existentializzy:
Dear Moro Islamic Liberation Front: You really really really need to do something about your name.(thanks to @runefrancisco for the picture)

(via tomewing)

Says existentializzy:

Dear Moro Islamic Liberation Front: You really really really need to do something about your name.

(thanks to @runefrancisco for the picture)

(via tomewing)

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Nov 13

The banalities come from a gimmick that can be called the Straw We. First Gladwell disarmingly includes himself and the reader in a dubious consensus — for example, that “we” believe that jailing an executive will end corporate malfeasance, or that geniuses are invariably self-made prodigies or that eliminating a risk can make a system 100 percent safe.

Steven Pinker, “Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective,” The New York Times

This concept — the Straw We — is something every writer should be wary of; I’m sure I use it too often. Whenever we say “we,” we should be thinking, “Do I really mean ‘I’?” (Whenever I say “we,” I should be thinking, “Do I really mean ‘I?’”) Our (my) experiences aren’t universal and we (I) should not try to pretend they are.

Yet I must defend Gladwell here; these do actually seem to be examples of received wisdom.

(h/t justinlam)

Nov 16

The Uncanny Valley: perceived humanity vs creepiness.
(stolen from wikipedia)

The Uncanny Valley: perceived humanity vs creepiness.

(stolen from wikipedia)

Nov 16


I should say it is the most complicated photograph I have ever made. It shows position of the Sun on the sky in the same time of a day during one year … 

Analemma - a trace of the annual movement of the Sun on the sky - is well known among experts of sun-dials and old Earth’s globes as a diagram of change of seasons and an equation of time. Between August 30th 1998 and August 19th 1999 I have photographed the Sun 36 times on a single frame of 60-mm film. The pictures were taken exactly at 5:45 UT (Universal time) of every tenth day. 
From here, h/t Heidy

I should say it is the most complicated photograph I have ever made. It shows position of the Sun on the sky in the same time of a day during one year …

Analemma - a trace of the annual movement of the Sun on the sky - is well known among experts of sun-dials and old Earth’s globes as a diagram of change of seasons and an equation of time. Between August 30th 1998 and August 19th 1999 I have photographed the Sun 36 times on a single frame of 60-mm film. The pictures were taken exactly at 5:45 UT (Universal time) of every tenth day.

From here, h/t Heidy

Nov 29

This pretty much explains exactly why I think children are stupid.

(h/t Erin.)

Dec 02

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge

from a comment on this post Tenacity

(via fred-wilson, via amyd)

This is all fine Cal, but that’s how you get that banal bureaucratic evil of the hard worker, the Lumbergh type, the Rawls (“The Wire” ) type. Let’s hear it for us genius* fuck-ups, y’all.

*Yes, I said it. I don’t deny my arrogance.

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Dec 17


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