Fnd your beach. The construction is odd. A faintly threatening mixture of imperative and possessive forms, the transformation of a noun into a state of mind. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it. On the one hand it means, simply, “Go out and discover what makes you happy.” Pursue happiness actively, as Americans believe it their right to do. And it’s an ad for beer, which makes you happy in the special way of all intoxicants, by reshaping reality around a sensation you alone are having. So, even more precisely, the ad means: “Go have a beer and let it make you happy.” Nothing strange there. Except beer used to be sold on the dream of communal fun: have a beer with a buddy, or lots of buddies. People crowded the frame, laughing and smiling. It was a lie about alcohol—as this ad is a lie about alcohol—but it was a different kind of lie, a wide-framed lie, including other people.
If you have been following the Chinese-restaurant scene in the San Gabriel Valley in the last few years, you probably know about Chengdu Taste, the restaurant that showed California the world of Sichuan cuisine that lay beyond mapo tofu and twice-cooked pork — if only for the famous two-hour wait for a table on weekends.
and here is the yelp page. why am i going through this before bed? this is a terrible idea. i am so hungry right now.
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
Revenues derived from college athletics is greater than the aggregate revenues of the NBA and the NHL,” said Marc Edelman, an associate professor at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust law. He also noted that Alabama’s athletic revenues last year, which totaled $143 million, exceeded those of all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams.
Texas is the largest athletic department, earning more than $165 million last year in revenue — with $109 million coming from football, according to Education Department data. The university netted $27 million after expenses.
“Hey, how’d he get that ride? His uncle bought it. How did his uncle buy it? Paid cash. Paid cash, how’d he do that? Shit, we don’t know, but here’s the receipt where he paid cash, and now y’all ain’t got shit. Go tell the NCAA you think we’re cheating because this kid’s uncle bought him a used Tahoe in cash, you racist.”—SB Nation ”Meet the Bag Man”
“This episode was triumphant, then, not because it had more climactic events but because it had the right kind of events — the minor character Arya killed another minor character, and it was SO AWESOME, because, as Phil wisely says, it showed “full and rich narratives” taking place “in the margins” of the story. It’s not a protagonist’s grand plot or epic quest that sways us, as viewers — it’s the rich texture of small character’s emotions and daily lives.”—LA Review of Books
finally given up on trying to learn how to use tumblr. today i just unfollowed everyone except people i know IRL. too many damn boring pretty pictures and things that were just loud and not really that funny. maybe i never found the right blogs.
this very good article on the jennifer lawrence backlash is almost a week old and i’m sorry i didn’t see it until today. there also was a good discussion today on slate’s xx factor blog that makes some further good points. also relevant (and sadder) but not discussed is kim novak.
after the oscars last sunday i met up with some friends at norm’s. unsurprisingly, at some point the topic of jennifer lawrence falling on the red carpet came up. however, i was totally surprised at how generally displeased the reaction was to that seemingly innocuous incident…i mean are we that cynical now that we’d honestly believe she’d been coached to fall?
still i had to consider whether it was time for me, as a large shareholder of jennifer lawrence stock (NASDAQ: JLAW), to immediately short-sell it, or risk being left the greatest fool and losing my shirt. but then i thought about it some more and was like, seriously who am i kidding? i love jennifer lawrence - i wish she could make five more movies and i would want to watch them all right now.
anyway the larger point is, i’m really loving all the counter-backlash to the backlash. i love that we now live in a world where michael sam and jason collins can come out and receive generally positive responses. and in the days following the michael sam announcement i was prowling the internet, expectant for troll pieces, and honestly didn’t really find any. i’m sure the stodgy old people were out there, but i think they knew better than to speak out and face the wrath of a thousand bloggers. i love this direction that society/technology are heading where you’re going to have a lot of smart and vocal people out to call out people out on their shit, and where it’s not okay to just be misogynistic or homophobic. i’m cautiously optimistic think we’re making real progress here. and maybe even IRL we can stop cut it with all the stupid misogynistic and homophobic shit we say, of which i am the greatest offender.
so hate on all you haters. as the great benjamin graham wrote (paraphrasing), in the short run stocks are like a voting machine but in the long run they’re like a weighing machine. i’m buying long.
A gathering of 3000-5000 spinner dolphins, known as a megapod, is filmed underwater for the first time for a BBC series, Dolphins â Spy in the Pod. Two robotic ‘spy creatures’ with cameras in their mouths and eyes view the dolphins gathering to socialise in the nutrient-rich waters off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica Dolphins â Spy in the Pod, BBC One, from Thursday 2 January, 8pm
Yesterday, the US Postal Service (USPS) made a strange announcement: anybody who wants to turn a quick profit at its expense will have an opportunity to do so come January. What it actually said is that on January 26 next year, it wants toÂ hike the price of a first-class stamp from $0.46 to $0.49. Stamp…
Mortal companies have quarterly earnings reports. Amazon is required to file the same paperwork as everyone else, but they barely mention earnings. Jeff Bezos cares not for the profit motive. Headline: Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales Up 22% to $15.70 Billion And so they are. That’s 22 percent relative to…
something i slowly began to notice over the years is how it’s a lot harder to be a girl than it is to be a boy in aacf.
this may be difficult and unpleasant to hear, but i am talking about covert misogyny in the fellowship and in the church. and i think we do have a covertly misogynistic culture in aacf. of course, i doubt anyone here is a stereotypical woman-hating, ignorant male supremacist. we all hate that guy. i mean something more insidious here—the sneaky, subtly sexist attitudes and behaviors that we tolerate and we participate in, encouraged by both larger society and by the church, especially magnified in reformed circles.
“The transition from being at war as a day job and moving seamlessly into civilian home life is said to be incredibly jarring. Unlike soldiers in the field for whom war is the current normal, drone operators are expected to navigate between bombing suspected terrorists and picking the kids up from soccer practice over the course of an afternoon. This represents a significant context shift.
War is no longer physically located in a single space. There is no front if on one side combat pilots mingle with their civilian neighbours after hours and on the other side explosive ordinance may fall from the sky anywhere at any time, launched by nothing at which to return fire.
this is a really hard, uncomfortable, and emotional post - maybe that’s not such a bad thing. and maybe church shouldn’t be such a boys club.
adorno told us that writing poetry after auschwitz was barbaric, and i am inclined to agree. i think we ought to not rush to provide any narrative after tragedy, including “God knows best.” That is literally the most banal story you can tell. we will never have an answer for why an allegedly good God allows for evil & suffering. anyone who says they do is either a liar or a damn fool.
yeah, i realize he deleted the tweets later and offered an amazing non-apology. i am not impressed.
having bernanke as your commencement speak must be truly awesome, and he summarizes some really important stuff that everyone should read. i consider tyler cowen’s the great stagnation to be one of the most eye-opening books that i have ever read.