Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sartor Retardus

with a completely boring, navy-blue, polyester-wool blend black-buttoned blazer, an extremely boring nearly monochromatic tie, a tedious pair of pants, a nondescript belt and an utterly unimaginative shirt -- preferably cotton/polyster blend -- a pocket-square has a faint chance to work. If the blazer has brass buttons, the tie has any character at all, the pants are pleated or made from nice fabric, even if the shirt has shell buttons, it is already too much. The message has to be "everything about my wardrobe says that I am a beaten man, but -- look! -- I have some nice silk in pocket! maybe there is hope!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When people ask for a seat at the table, they are not asking a new menu

In an unjust world, it is considered an injustice to be blocked from participating in the general injustice. The meek are blessed for a reason.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why selfish people think more efficiently

Consideration imposes a cognitive tax, so it is the difference between a multi-threaded and a single-threaded application.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Overheard on the El

Why would I pay a restaurant to cook "Fusion" food? If I want "fusion" food, all I gotta do is not go grocery shopping for a week, and then mix together whatever condiments are left over in my pantry and refrigerator.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Being interesting is the easiest way to get people interested

Chicago is filled with great composers -- so why did the Riccardo Muti choose "composers in residence" who are not already residents? Believing that local talent deserves to be on a global stage is a symptom of parochialism -- but choosing an overblown, anodyne marketing genius like Mason Bates over people who would genuinely stretch the orchestra and audience is a missed opportunity.

benign inversion

In most times and places, being "in the know" was a proxy for wealth, power or social fluency. In our internet-connected world,  isolated, impoverished people are often the most up-to-date on the newest trends and cultural developments -- consequently, being "cool" ain't what it used to be.

Master Chef Junior recap

The structural contrasts in "Master Chef Junior" were marvelous: West Coast Asian versus New York Jewish parenting; the pampered percenter versus the neglected prodigy; the triumph of confidence over genius. The judges chose a winner whose cooking would easily fit into their mediocre restaurants -- selecting the real winner would have challenged their entire business model.

A world of shits, dicks and schmucks, with too few mensches.

A shit takes pleasure or profit from other people's problems.

A dick takes his own problems and makes them other people's problems.

A mensch takes other people's problems and makes them his own problems.

A schmuck willingly accepts a dick's problems, and then asks a mensch to help.

The "Citizen's United" ruling removes the false dichotomy between the economic and the political. Now we only need to extend the Equal Time Rule to counteract the influence of money on politics.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

ut aiunt

People say: "I may be critical of you, but I am twice as critical of myself."

This is like a masturbator saying it is totally fine to rape people.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

success equals failure

Members of the tea party score lower on IQ tests than most liberals, but that only confirms the tea party's suspicion that the criteria of modern technocratic success have been designed to exclude their specific style of intelligence and thinking.
Some say the renaissance in live performance is a consequence of people recognizing the limitations of CGI and screen life, but the sense of the possible in live performance has been thrillingly expanded by computer assisted visuals.