Gentlemen, just don’t do it.
Nice little read on BB. One thing that always kind of annoys me is people who call BB a genius and then hold it against him when he makes wrong decisions or his team loses. I simply prefer to think of him as one of the best football coaches of all time, and we can save the “genius” label for those who actually deserve it.(via patspropaganda)
Props on the Finnegans Wake reference. This is some high brow football commentary.
— Eckhart Tolle (via mindofataurus)
On the list of things I need to keep in mind.
The first US trailer for acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, has debuted online. While the trailer may not convey a clear sense of the movie’s plot, it gives a great look at the spirit of awe that Miyazaki — the director behind Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro — is so often able to imbue in his films. The Wind Rises is said to focus heavily on the joy of flight, though as a piece of historical fiction inspired by a World War II-era Japanese aircraft designer, it does appear to delve into the horrors of war as well.
Last night I saw Cut Copy in all their 80s synthpop glory. I’ll be bopping for days.
You want a world-class conversation about the future of global health, the vanguard of philanthropy, and the divide between ignorance and data-driven knowledge? Bring in the Bills. Gates and Clinton, that is.
They share much more than a first name. Both pivoted from spectacular first acts to second careers devoted to tackling some of the biggest problems on the planet. To do this, they have capitalized on their previous roles, their connections, and their brainpower.
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I’ve been trying really hard to keep my opinions on this whole Rob Ford mess to myself. The internet has a tendency to get hysterical at the drop of a hat and I’d rather wait until Ford has received due process of the law before really putting a lot of energy into analyzing this situation. Ford has acted atrociously, the media has acted childishly, and there’s a whole lot of truth and evidence that still needs to see the light of day before we can know for sure what our mayor has been up to. I did, however, come across this article which really struck a chord with me. I don’t agree with the generalizing of an entire cross-section of the populace based on a sample size of one politician and his/her base of supporters. It is both unfair and illogical to paint every suburbanite with the same brush based solely on the fact that many suburbanites support Ford. Reading this, however, reminded me of a particularly potent quote by Isaac Asimov:
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’."
It’s apt. And I think that this debacle with the mayor of Toronto highlights that it applies to both sides of the border. So long as intellectualism and reasoned thought are allowed to be vilified we will continue to receive the toxic, destructive governments we deserve.
Just realized that Bradley Whitford was on The X-Files.
Rep. Mike Michaud’s (D-Maine) opponents started a whisper campaign that the gubernatorial candidate is gay. So today, he published this op-ed that says, “Yes, I am. Why should it matter?”
He continues: “That may seem like a big announcement to some people. For me, it’s just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation mill worker or a lifelong Mainer. One thing I do know is that it has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine.”
Spot. On. Response.
Whatever gets LePage out of office!
The comedian wants his ideas to be taken seriously in the political world, but his call for revolution doesn’t deserve it.
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Monday: Motorola actually announces it’s running with the idea under a different name. That still doesn’t mean it’ll succeed, but it does mean it has Google’s resources behind it all of a sudden.
I’m seriously cheering for this idea to succeed.