A big thing of quotes. I rather like this one:
Taste is not stable and peaceful, but a means of strategy and competition. Those superior in wealth use it to pretend they are superior in spirit
The newspaper industry was once deemed indestructible. Then this thing called the internet came along and took away their classified business. The problem wasn’t really that their classifieds disappeared. It was more that they had accumulated a ton of debt and had over invested in physical plant and assets that could not adapt to the new digital world.
When revenue fell the debt was still there, as were all the big buildings they had purchased, all those presses they had bought and the acquisitions they had made declined in value, but the debt accumulated to pay for them never went away. They were stuck with no easy way out.
The exact same thing is happening to our 4 year schools. You can’t go to a big state university and not see construction. Why?Very smart point on newspapers. I did not know they had huge amounts of debt. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Even with the internet, I don't see how newspapers or at least the very basic model of news, is necessarily threatened. People still need information. They will pay for good information or at least watch ads for it. Look at ESPN. You're telling me that thing doesn't make a shitpile of money from their website? From their channel? And that's just sports news.
"Not every guy can afford it," Reed said. "But teams can, and the league can. It's a billion-dollar business. You've got guys upstairs making $10 to 12 million just to sign papers and to fine people. We're talking about the wrong things sometimes."Yes, maybe I've gone a little gay for Ed Reed tonight. I wouldn't be the first. But the man makes a point: the NFL and the advertisers are making plenty of dough off the violence in the sport to be sitting around board rooms feigning outrage.
In time, Reed grew comfortable around Hall and her husband, Walter, who worked as a foreman at a nearby oil refinery. They had four children of their own, and Reed soon bonded with each of them. His life at home with his parents wasn't anything he wanted to run away from, but he understood the Halls offered a discipline he needed if he wanted to get to college.
"One day he asked me, 'Do you think I could come stay with you? Because I know I'll get up and go to school every day if I'm here,'" Hall said this week, recalling the conversation while sitting on a bench outside Destrehan High School. "I said, 'You know what, baby? You're here at the house all the time anyway, you might as well bring some clothes and move in.' And once Edward gets in your life, he's in your life forever."
It didn't matter that they were white and he was black -- the Halls soon became a second family to him, and Reed's parents supported the move. Each night, Reed would labor over his homework, pondering math equations with the same intense focus he would one day use to study NFL game film. One evening, Hall recalls, she was doing the dishes while Reed sat at the kitchen table, finishing up an assignment. She looked over his shoulder to double-check his work, and he shooed her away.
"No, no, no, I got this Ms. Hall," Reed said. "I got it."Of course, this is similar to the Michael Oher story in the Blindside. Difference being, in the article, it sounds like Ed Reed's family was fairly normal - middle class - both parents worked and were around vs Michael Oher's mother who was a drug addict. I'm not sure what I'm missing here...but it's something...a child going to live with another family in town seems like a gigantic choice, one that a "regular" family wouldn't make. Let's put it this way: most, if not all, families I know would not consider this an option. How common a thing is this? You hear this same story about two athletes on the same pro football team, imagine all the other people where this situation goes down or could go down. I suspect this is a thing in the African American community...right? Or is this a thing that happens in poor communities? Strikes me as something to be figured out more deeply, although I can see it being something people don't talk about.
OBAMA TAKES SWIPE AT FOOTBALL: After presenting his new gun control proposals, President Obama sat down for an exclusive interview with The New Republic In the wide ranging interview, he took a swipe at football: “I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”
Years later, she was still attending the same parties, "all parties, bad parties," and only looking back was she able to appreciate her mistake: "You will have perceived by now that I was not one to profit by the experience of others, that it was a very long time indeed before I stopped believing in new faces and began to understand... that it is distinctly possible to stay too long at the Fair."I always felt like Facebook was a bad party to begin with.
My advice for young researchers at the start of their career is… Work on your own ideas, not your advisor’s ideas (or at least in addition to her ideas). And spend more time thinking and less time reading. Too much reading leads people to think of small variations on existing studies. Admittedly my strategy of writing the paper first and only then reading the literature (or, more likely, letting the referees tell me what they think I should have read) is an extreme one, but it is better than trying to read everything. Try writing the first paper on some topic, not the tenth, and never the 50th.Might be worth taking this advice for movie making. In my short time in the movie biz, I've noticed a little "have-you-seen-itus" when every time you come up with an idea, everyone thinks you need to see every other movie or every other spec screenplay that tried to play in that territory. I wonder at a certain point whether the return on time is diminishing.
The Gambler (1974) - WriterWhat would you call such a filmography? There is no linear progression from this-to-this-to-this, like with many filmmakers. No big hits. No big breakouts or comebacks. He goes from different forms - screenwriter to writer/director, back to writer, to documentary. There are big time gaps and then little ones. Movies no one watches or talks about and then medium hits that are occasionally referenced. There is "James Toback" element to all the films, though, as if this is vital and perhaps important to the selling of the movie (as opposed to Irving Thalberg or Robert Towne or others who have 'mysterious' uncredited influences on tons of movies).
Fingers (1978) - Writer/Director
Love and Money (1982) -Writer/Director/Producer
Exposed (1983) - Writer/Director/Producer
The Pick-up Artist (1987) - Writer/Director
The Big Bang (1989) - Writer/Director
Bugsy (1991) - Writer
Two Girls and a Guy (1997) - Writer/Director
Black and White (1999) - Writer/Director
Harvard Man (2001) - Writer/Director
When Will I Be Loved (2004) - Writer/Director
Tyson (2008) - Writer/Director/Producer
The only way I see Manti Te'o redeeming himself now is if he announces he's gay. It would be the fastest fall from grace and subsequent redemption in sports history, with two possible outcomes: He is gay and he becomes the gay Jackie Robinson. Or, he isn't gay and still becomes the gay Jackie Robinson, but is forced to live the rest of his life pretending to be gay in the worst lie gone wrong ever. Either way, I think there may be enough here for a "Fourth-and-God Part III" movie.If he announces his gayness, at least the entire story will make sense. It was a cover to throw off his teammates that inadvertently exploded into a national new story. Woops! But then he can't tell the truth without revealing he's gay now that he's become a national football icon. Tough situation. And because he is a dumb 21 year old he comes up with the "she died of leukemia" story even though no one dies of leukemia anymore.
I call it the tyranny of consumption smoothing, an underreported theme in welfare economics.Which means what? The poorer you are, the more risky and dumb decisions you will do money-wise because poverty and debt encourages such behavior.
For many years, Thomas viewed Yale with undisguised hostility. The gist of his complaint was that he was admitted under an affirmative-action program -- and, as a result, suffered from a stigma that tainted his judicial career. ...Tough to say Thomas hasn't done well in his career, only reaching the highest court of the land.
Loved Amy’s dig at the Titanic and Avatar director who’s probably the most hated homme in Hollywood: “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent 3 years married to James Cameron.” Tina’s on the mark when calling Quentin Tarantino the stuff “of my sexual nightmares”. Great line from Amy announcing that Meryl Streep is a no-show: “She has the flu. And I hear she’s amazing in it.”I'm a fan of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
"It's a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape. She seems -- it's like -- I don't want to see that," Stern chuckled on-air, explaining how he'd recently been clued into the show by wife Beth Ostrosky.
"I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she's such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on." "My opinion, if I was a producer on that, I'd say, 'Honey, you're a little too close to the project. You need to allow the other characters to breathe a little and let us get invested in them,'" he continued, adding the backhanded compliment: "Good for her. It's hard for little fat chicks to get anything going."
It is the mounting empirical evidence that race preferences are doing more harm than good — even for their supposed beneficiaries. If this evidence is correct, we now have fewer African-American physicians, scientists, and engineers than we would have had using race-neutral admissions policies. We have fewer college professors and lawyers, too. Put more bluntly, affirmative action has backfired.The irony: colleges know it. Numerous studies show the same thing -- being mismatched in academic credentials with your college decreases student performance and frustrates their academic and career progress. This applies to not only minority students given admission advantage, but also legacy students. The logic is not difficult to understand.
Texas, however, takes the position that it needs "critical mass" not just in its student body as a whole, but in each classroom, program, and major. Under the "top 10%" policy, Texas had likely already achieved a "critical mass" of minorities across its student body. Classroom-level "critical mass," however, requires much more extensive preferences; it could conceivably justify racial discrimination in course registration and other more aggressive discriminatory practices.Rational people knew affirmative action was a hoax and now there is a data to support it. But it continues, not because it works, but because it is a political litmus test of your liberal credentials, and because it "feels" like justice. Racial justice on the cheap.
That's why it isn't much of a solution to the problem of distinguishing yourself in the labor market and gaining access to a limited number of highly sought-after jobs. And teaching yourself to go after what you want, and accept the inevitable rejection that comes with that, will add more to your earning power than anything they you could possibly learn in class.Learning to handle rejection and knowing when to move on and give up -- incredibly valuable skills.
8. Your friends are your health insurance. As health care costs keep increasing, you will have to get a higher and higher deductible. This is where friends come in: people who have friends are more likely to be mentally healthy, and mental health brings physical health. And the Framingham Heart Study has shown that if you pick healthy friends, you’ll be healthy, too. And if they’re really good friends, you can use their health insurance policy instead of getting your own.I've yet to go to a dinner party where someone fixed a torn ACL, but maybe I hang with the wrong crowd.
I’ll get up very early, 5:30 or so, and write some, then maybe three or four days a week I’ll go play nine holes of golf, come back, write some more and have lunch with my wife, Sue. Two or three days a week I take a 45-minute nap, work some more, then spend time with Sue and Jack for the rest of the evening. That’s it, seven days a week.I haven't read any of his books, nor do I plan to.
Hip is like “cool”, whose power I wrote about not long ago: a general sense of tapping into the popular youth culture of music, fashion, food, electronics, easy left-wing politics, and adolescent habit. Hipness is a tool designed to justify enjoying the riches and leisure produced by the American brand of Western market capitalism by poking fun at it, teasing it some, dressing it up a bit to suggest ambivalence over its benefits without ever seriously either understanding their source or, much less, losing them.
Hip is a sort of Neanderthal mentality that is terrified of serious thinking, and thus substitutes the superfluous for the profound.When you're right, you're right.
“High information readers” and “High information viewers” consume limitless propaganda while thinking themselves “engaged,” “enlightened” or Internet “smart.” This includes film critics who award Zero Dark Thirty and those pundits and politicians, such as Senators John McCain and Diane Feinstein, who disparage it. Both sides want confirmation of their feelings about Obama’s unmentionable war on terror; they see in the film what they want to find.White - as usual - is half genius and half full of it. Love the guy.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing about all this is the fact that, as with the demise of Borders, the demise of B&N has nothing to do with what its customers actually wanted, what’s best for mother literature or free speech, or anything other than made-up trends covering for killer capitalism. There’s still plenty of evidence that people like bookstores, for example, and even sales of hardcovers — let alone print books — are holding on. And so the lust for higher margins — whether from Godiva chocolates or ebooks — turned into fool’s gold for B&N. It’s perhaps a typical death in the Free Trade era, when companies lose all sight of their identity in the blinding light of the bottom line … but it’s the wrong death for a bookseller.The Atlantic has a new article - hat tip, Phil - about how internet dating is problematic for creating healthy couples.
But what if online dating makes it too easy to meet someone new? What if it raises the bar for a good relationship too high? What if the prospect of finding an ever-more-compatible mate with the click of a mouse means a future of relationship instability, in which we keep chasing the elusive rabbit around the dating track?The fucking internet is a ruse. It offers this bullshit, utopian promise of something better. And we cannibalize the good things in our world for this delusion. Disgusting. The Atlantic article is onto to something, but it fails to realize the scale. This touches more than relationships - the very building blocks of the species - but everything: culture, commerce, government, employment. This internet - and we are letting it - will throw us into a state of perpetual despair. Not everything should or can be free. We must pay for things for them to exist - books, movies, information, news. Nothing good will come from these delusions. What is at stake? Everything that is important. What are we selling it for? Pennies.
Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.I guess I can't begrudge Gore for wanting to sell in order to avoid paying more taxes, but then again, isn't it the Democratic Party who wants to raise taxes on precisely this level of doing business? And how is this not totally creepy -- an environmentalist news channel being sold to an Arab propaganda network? I mean, come on... ...and who the hell would pay $500 mil for Current TV? Does it have ANY viewers?
In some ways the anti-white-man rhetoric that has become standard and acceptable lately is the worst sign of all. If the term “hate speech” has a meaning, it most definitely would apply to a great deal of what has been said recently about that despised group. Those who are first to shriek “racism” and “sexism” when criticism is launched against a group defined as oppressed (blacks, women) are turning the tables and dissing white men with impunity. It is both hypocritical and vile, and especially offensive when cloaked in the sanctimony of those on the left who believe they occupy the moral high ground (that would be everyone on the left).I do hear "white people" thrown around as a pejorative a lot these days.
Nevertheless, he is worried about the number of people going into finance. “I think about this a lot: you’re young, you come from a smart, wealthy family, you’re somehow supposed to show that you’re successful quite quickly. Banking, law, consultancy allow you to do this; engineering, science and entrepreneurship less so. Your friends expect it, your parents, your potential mates do ... So we see so many talented people very quickly having to signal how smart they are but that may not be the longest-term social productivity.”Yes.