“The vast majority of bloggers out there are responsible correspondents doing fine work in niche reporting fields like “Gilmore Girls Fan Fiction” or “Cute Thing Their Cats Do” or “Photo-shopped Images of the Gilmore Girls as Cats.”—Stephen Colbert
Knocked Up director Judd Apatow is on a mission to put penises in every movie he makes—and end America’s fear of male members.
The filmmaker placed a penis behind actor John C. Reilly’s head in an orgy scene in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and watched as audience members stormed out of a test screening in disgust.
"I’m gonna get a penis in every movie I do from now on. When this writers strike ends, that is my dream. It really makes me laugh in this day and age, with how psychotic our world is, that anyone is troubled by seeing any part of the human body; that is amusing to me."
“I started tumbling at the same time as a few of my friends and I have met lots of good people through Tumblr. If someone only reblogs or links to things, it does not give you a full picture of their personality, but many of the best tumblrs throw in enough original content that I do feel as though they are “sharing themselves” with me.”—dalas verdugo, zetahydrae: The problem with tumblelogging
Other people’s moblog type posts and little notes are some of my favorites, they are a big part of what gives tumblr the personal feeling that dalas talks about.
“I guess I, when I was in my twenties, like deep down underneath all the bullshit what I really believed was that the point of fiction was to show that the writer was really smart. And that sounds terrible to say, but I think, looking back, that’s what was going on. And I don’t think I really understood what loneliness was when I was a young man. And now I’ve got a much less clear idea of what the point of art is, but I think it’s got something to do with loneliness and something to do with setting up a conversation between human beings.”—David Foster Wallace, from a 1996 Bookworm interview (via Kottke)
“Earlier this year, a secularist group offered $1,000 to the highest-ranking politician in the land who would publicly proclaim no belief in God. This turned out to be Peter Stark, a Democratic congressman from the San Francisco area. He is the only congressman, of 535, who professes no belief in the Almighty.”—The Economist, America’s atheists: Believe it or not
“The idea came to me when walking through Manhattan while listening to my iPod. When you’re walking while listening to music, something weird happens: your reality shifts drastically from everyone else’s. If the song is uplifting, you notice the majestic skyscrapers. If the song is depressing, the overflowing trashcans seem perfectly poetic. If the beat is close enough to your pace, it seduces your gait. Your contact with the sidewalk, timed to the drums, synchronizes the physical world to your private soundtrack. Your vision, bouncing at the same pace, puts you on center stage: the song, chosen by you, is affecting all the spacial senses.”—Jakob Lodwick on the orgin of lip dubbing.
I love doing what Jakob describes so perfectly. It works especially well with sound isolating headphones. You are the star of your own private movie.
“According to a recent U.N. report, Britain is the worst nation for children among 21 economically advanced countries around the world. The report found that Britain ranks worst in the number of kids who smoke, abuse alcohol and drugs, have unprotected sex, and get pregnant at a young age. It also found that kids in Britain have poor relations with their parents and friends, and that nearly a third have no desire to do anything but unskilled work. What’s more, 3.8 million kids in Britain are living in poverty, despite extensive government antipoverty efforts.”—Foreign Policy: The List: The World’s Worst Places to Be a Kid
"if this trend continues, and the cost of storage continues to decrease, we estimate that somewhere around 2020, all the world’s content will fit inside an ipod, and all the world’s music would sit in your palm as early as 2015"
“But the rise in prices is also the self-inflicted result of America’s reckless ethanol subsidies. This year biofuels will take a third of America’s (record) maize harvest. That affects food markets directly: fill up an SUV’s fuel tank with ethanol and you have used enough maize to feed a person for a year. And it affects them indirectly, as farmers switch to maize from other crops. The 30m tonnes of extra maize going to ethanol this year amounts to half the fall in the world’s overall grain stocks.”—Economist | Food prices- The end of cheap food (via FPP who titled it “The stupidest policy on the face of the earth”)
“Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom… Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.”—MItt Romney How come more people aren’t talking about this part of the speech? Why isn’t it the lede?
“A questioner wanted to know whether the candidates believed in the Bible’s literal truth… Three decades of creeping sectarianism had made it impossible for Romney or any of the other Republicans on that stage to denounce the irrelevance of the question, as Kennedy would have. Religiosity—as opposed to religion—now completely infects our politics. Democrats have to swear that they believe; Republicans have to swear that they believe literally. In 2008, Kennedy’s brand of secularism would be torn to pieces by pastoral commissars, fretful advisers, and a shallow press corps.”—George Packer: “Romney’s Religous Test”
“Tolstoy can seem almost childlike in his simplicity, because he is not embarrassed to do the kind of thing beloved of children’s and fairy-tale writers when they read the emotions on the face of a cat or a donkey.”—James Wood - The New Yorker: Movable Type
“Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives’ mouths.”—Bertrand Russell. The female hysteria wikipedia article reminded me of this.
"Yes, I know it’s a year late, but a funny thing happened to me on the way to compiling a list of the best films of 2006. I checked into the hospital in late June 2006 and didn’t get out again until spring of 2007." It just wasn’t the same without Ebert.
“Keith and I caught an early screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood tonight, and several hours later I’m thinking that not only did I see the best film of the year—in a walk—but maybe one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.”—OMG, There Will Be Blood | The A.V. Club