Friday, April 29, 2011
It really is very, very clever.
Note the end result of the bout: Who wins and who is declared the winner by the government and acknowledge by the press? Even Keynes is surprised by the declaration!
You bail out the losers, there's no end to the cost!
My favorite touch is the cornermen: Ickes (?), Malthus, Say, and Mises.
The civility of discourse is simply delightful against the background of what I generally find to be ugly yelling to rhythmic base line. The boxing - not to mention dancing! - economists are priceless.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The problem is the system that enables cruelty and a lack not just of law enforcement but actual laws.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The sarcasm that had repelled, the harshness that had startled me once, were only like keen condiments in a choice dish: their presence was pungent, but their absence would be felt as comparatively insipid.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
|Seen here with faux-tatoes, butternut squash, and chicken?|
|A perfect summer treat. It's incredibly creamy and delicious!|
|Still naming his small kitchen appliances, but this one asked for it.|
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.-- Josef Stalin
(1879-1953) Communist leader of the USSR
The education of all children,from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.-- Karl Marx
(1818- 1883) Father of Communism, Author of the 'Communist Manifesto'
Source: The Communist Manifesto
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.-- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin[Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870 - 1924), First Leader of the Soviet Union
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Section 4 Amends Section 118 (1)(h) to allow a dog to be seized should any owner fail to complete a basic obedience course with his or her dog.
Justification: The goal of this bill is: to minimize vicious dog attacks, the destruction of property and unnecessary human or canine deaths; to better acquaint dog owners with their dogs; to teach dog owners proper obedience techniques, which will help owners to have better control of their dogs; and to minimize aggressive dog behavior and negligent dog owner behavior.
At this point, I suppose I should be happy that it was only a dismissed-as-overreaching state proposal rather than an embraced-as-necessary federal one. For now.
Monday, April 11, 2011
|Devil's Alley (photo from Wikipedia Commons)|
Saturday, April 9, 2011
com·mer·cial·ism (kə-mûrshə-lĭz′əm) n.Enjoy this commercial which is as far from crass as sublime can get:
1. The practices, methods, aims, and spirit of commerce or business.
2. An attitude that emphasizes tangible profit or success.
I'll freely admit that this particular piece of music has long been quite close to my heart, but to use the unique sound properties of wood when trying to convey its familiar, textural comfort is brilliant. I don't know if it will help sell more units, but it certainly makes me want to touch the product.
Thanks to Christina for bringing it to my attention.
If you missed it before, be sure to check out the Words that Transcend Time series of commercials from UBS.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
There was a young man with dreadlocks pumping a thick wire rigorously down into the door of a car, while another button-down-shirt-wearing man bent over the front of car, looking anxiously through its windshield. I wondered aloud if the man peering into the car foolishly thought he was helping to direct the guy with the wire when the lock mechanism he was searching for was inside the door. Then, with the appearance of two ears and a tail, his concern with the interior became apparent.
“Ooooh. There’s a dog in there.” And so I became more invested in the vignette of the button-down man trying to get his dog out of the car. Questions ran through my mind: How long had it been in there? Why did the man call the local lock company instead of AAA? What would become of the pooch? Why couldn't that kid with crazy hair get the door unlocked?
Immediately, I pointed out that I probably wouldn't feel too reassured that the kid, apparently from a local lock company as indicated by the van parked behind the car, would be able to unlock my car. He was wearing a t-shirt and a mountain of sandy blond dreadlocks—a look I associate with being stoned (or veganism), not professionalism and competence. Did the lock company care that he looked more like a car thief than a locksmith? My concern for the dog grew in tandem with my distrust of the young Rasta-coiffed worker.
Sadly—or happily, depending on your point of view—we sat through another light cycle and got to watch the drama play out. The dreadlock dude finally released the lock—Et voila! In a plot twist that could be successfully orchestrated only by real life, we were shocked to see the button-down businessman return the wire to the van as the Rasta-man reached into to the car to retrieve Rover!
Mr. Dreadlocks was the owner of the car and dog, while Mr. Button-Down was the locksmith.
Why the men switched apparent roles is unclear, but I’m pretty sure they didn't do it for our amusement. Nonetheless, we laughed so hard at our initially understandable, but inclination-enhanced misapprehension of the situation that we almost missed the next green light.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I am currently reading Kate Atkinson's latest book, Started Early, Took My Dog. Of course, I had to look up the Dickinson poem that inspired the title. I enjoy the implied meanings and subtlety of her poetry, and like many of her other poems, this one seems sexually explosive.
What do you make of it? And what became of the dog?
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Actually, I could care less about holding the fort, and it bothers me that I've used it incorrectly in the past, but I won't make that mistake again. It's the could care less that makes me crazy when I hear it!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
By the way things look, as well as the way they perform, our homes acquire new grace, new glamor, new accommodations expressing not only the American love of beauty, but also the basic freedom of the American people which is the freedom of individual choice.
Is it any wonder that I love mid-century modern design? Yes, the very idea that Americans have cornered the market on love of beautiful design is ridiculous, but the pride in having the freedom of choice and the embrace of modern convenience is what makes me want to tie on my polka-dotted apron and celebrate it every time I encounter it.
Some of the cool beans designs shown:
Eames rocker and chairs (and cards)
Barcelona chair (German)
Troppo table (looks like a new design)
And tons of other Danish designs.
And then there's Zooey Deschanel.
Click on the speaker icon to hear my favorite designer