"buried in one of Anderson’s monogrammed suitcases is 10,000 euros in cash—about $14,000—an amount that may or may not be legal to carry, and that was given to the director by Bill Murray, who asked that the money be “delivered to Luigi.”" (via Kottke)
"Jack Spade held an impromptu fashion show in Bryant Park outside the giant tent where Fashion Week was happening, enlisting passersby to carry Jack Spade bags up and back on the sidewalk." This is really cool. I love the awkward runway attitude that the "models" (mostly random business men) take on when thrown into the situation. It’s funny how hard they seem to be trying to do it right. (via Kottke)
In a way, it doesn’t make sense to talk of “The Wire” as the best American television show because it’s not very American. The characters in American popular culture are rarely shown to be subject to forces completely beyond their control. American culture is fundamentally Romantic, individualistic and Christian; when it’s not exhorting you to “follow your dream” it’s reassuring us that in the eleventh hour, we will be saved. American culture is a perpetual pep talk, trafficking in tales of personal redemption and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. We don’t do doom. “The Wire” is not Romantic but classical; what matters most in its universe is fulfilling your duty and facing the inexorable with dignity.
I love the bit from David Simon’s DVD commentary for s01e01 where he says The Wire is
really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how… whether you’re a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you’ve committed to.
After a few minutes a very tall girl with long brown hair who I would later learn was a Parsons design student, broke social convention, turned to her fellow benchmates, and said, “My God, wasn’t today beautiful.”
"In short: PC manufacturers are really dropping the ball by pre-packaging spyware, promotional software and other BS and offering no easy way out. Drivers are also a huge pain. No excuse for this if Apple can do better with a beta product." - box of jack
“I’m sorry, but I thought that just said that the person responsible for administering Copyright law in the US doesn’t own a computer. Oh wait, IT DOES SAY THAT THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR COPYRIGHT IN THE US DOESN’T OWN A COMPUTER.”—Pattern Recognition » Technophobia or payola?
“As soon as I started releasing my songs, people started comparing me to Neil Young, and I’m like, I fucking hate Neil Young! But I hadn’t really listened to him at that point. I was thinking Neil Young is some old loser, then I started listening to the album Neil Young and was like holy shit, this guy’s like a genius!”—Chad VanGaalen
“I was watching a DVD the other day, and it had all this anti-piracy information at the beginning of it, you know? It was saying things like, “You wouldn’t steal a car, would you? You wouldn’t steal someone’s wallet, would you?” And I was thinking, “You know, that’s right! I wouldn’t steal a car.” But you know, if a mate of mine called me up and said, “Hey, I just got this new car, would you like me to burn you a copy?” I reckon I might consider it.”—Sam Bowring on “Last Comic Standing” (via Nick Douglas)
But here’s the thing: new polls by CBS and Gallup show that the Petraeus testimony had basically no effect on public opinion: Americans continue to hate the war, and want out. The whole story about how the hearing had changed everything was a pure figment of the inside-the-Beltway imagination.
What I found striking about the whole thing was the contempt the pundit consensus showed for the public – it was, more or less, “Oh, people just can’t resist a man in uniform.” But it turns out that they can; it’s the punditocracy that can’t.
“These Euros say they’re not going to rewrite their national boundaries just for a phone. I’m like, A phone? You think that’s what this is? A phone? Then you know what? I’m not even sure you deserve to get iPhone.”—Fake Steve Jobs - These European countries need to merge
Oh Cronenberg, you had me at Viggo Mortensen: naked knife fight. Eastern Promises sounds just as insane and brutal as A History of Violence, hopefully it will be as good. It has a score of 83 on metacritic.
“I think it does. You have all of the American culture already there in your head, but no loyal attachment to it, so you can make fun of it. And when you watch the news you don’t think, ‘Man we’re fucked!’ You think, ‘Man, they’re fucked!’ It’s great, like there’s an automatic fake moral high ground that’s just built in to whichever situation you’re in.”—Seth Rogen, responding to “Does being a Canadian in America make a difference?” Guardian Interview
“now the lounge is full of farmers for the 7:30 draw / teammates all left before they had to buy a round / when they pull the 50/50 and I’ve lost again I’ll go / maybe have one more brown one for the snowy road / all the championship banners going yellow on the wall / and my name when it gets closer to last call”—
The Weakerthans - Tournament of Hearts
The scene is so clear in my head, I’m sure it takes place in the local memorial rink built like a barn.
“We wanted to remove three parking meters in front of our new store in Montreal. We offered to pay the city the same amount they could collect from those meters. Answer: No. Reason: We’ve never done this before.”—Fake Steve Jobs (via Marco)
“you stare at the sky, colours reflecting in your eye, could it be, what they call the northern lights, but here and at this time of year, it’s like someone spilled the beer all over the atmosphere, it’s like someone spilled the beer”—Jens Lekman - Sky Phenomenon
“We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you know, everyone you love, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”—Carl Sagan