“Dude go and price out a Dell Cat. Once you add all of the advanced features the iCats come with by default you’ll see that they’re not actually any more expensive. Also you’re paying for the guts of the iCat, not just the common hardware. iCats don’t get hairballs.”—x-virge in the SA Mac Megathread (via)
"[Quirk] can quickly go from an effective narrative tool to an end in itself." I think of TAL as more of an great story show rather than a documentary. Kinda sounds like boomer bitterness but interesting points about Judd Apatow and Wes Anderson movies (rushmore FTW).
“I wrote a thesis: Literary Progeria in the works of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner. Let’s just say that, during my discussions with Pauly Shore, it doesn’t come up much.”—Conan O’Brien’s Harvard Commencement Speech (via TD)
Wonderful comedy writing, easily the best speech of its kind that I have ever heard/read.
"Kubrick’s films were landmark events - majestic, memorable and richly researched. But, as the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less was seen of the director. What on earth was he doing?" he also talks typography.
I usually ignore online dating horror stories. Often they are pretty predictable (wait? the picture he used wasn’t really him? no way!) but this is the most insane story I have ever heard. links to the full story in Wired.
“The national tragedy in Iraq is taking place against a political culture personified by the departed Karl Rove: tactically brilliant, strategically blind, polarized into highly partisan bases and orthodoxies endlessly repeated through the mass media. You don’t often hear it mentioned, but this might be one of the most important differences between Vietnam and Iraq.”—George Packer in his blog for The New Yorker
“[The song] ‘Close Call’ was nearly five pages that involved a rival Gypsy gang and a ceremonial burning of the pier in Brighton that inspires the heroine to flee for California and willfully enter into the sex industry. The challenge for me is the simplification of the story so that it fits into a pop structure.”—Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis on distilling all her ideas into a three-minute pop song [LAT via Vulture]
“The way to purchase an engagement ring on The Hills is to go to some store in some mall called “Ice,” and ask for “the high-end stuff.” When you have located a ring that is too ridiculously massive for J.Lo and also purple, you are ready to propose!”—The Hater
"Canada raised the stakes in the battle to claim ownership of the Arctic by sending Stephen Harper, prime minister, on a three-day trek to the region, just days after the Russians planted a flag on the seabed at the North Pole."
"Nor is all ethanol created equal. In Brazil, ethanol made from sugar cane has an energy balance of 8-to-1 — that is, when you add up the fossil fuels used to irrigate, fertilize, grow, transport and refine sugar cane into ethanol, the energy output is eight times higher than the energy inputs. That’s a better deal than gasoline, which has an energy balance of 5-to-1. In contrast, the energy balance of corn ethanol is only 1.3-to-1 - making it practically worthless as an energy source. "Corn ethanol is essentially a way of recycling natural gas," says Robert Rapier, an oil-industry engineer who runs the R-Squared Energy Blog."
"But the biggest problem with ethanol is that it steals vast swaths of land that might be better used for growing food. In a recent article in Foreign Affairs titled “How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor,” University of Minnesota economists C. Ford Runge and Benjamin Senauer point out that filling the gas tank of an SUV with pure ethanol requires more than 450 pounds of corn — roughly enough calories to feed one person for a year.”