As Rilke observed, love requires a progressive shortening of the senses: I can...– William H. Gass
Important to remember how close this was. They did not uphold the mandate under the commerce clause. Well the liberals did but that doesn’t matter because Roberts only upheld it under congress’s taxing power. That’s it. That’s how we got to five. And did you see how the dissent starts? “In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its...
After oral arguments I was literally 100% certain the court was going to strike down all of Obamacare 5-4 with Roberts writing the opinion for the majority. I was certain of it. Part of me wanted to hope that they would only strike down the mandate but keep the penalty. Which would basically allow the law to still work. But my gut said they’d put it all down. However on Monday I had the weirdest...
I just saw a man with one leg jogging. Jogging fast. He had these super fancy crutches and was working them so hard while he hopped on his one leg. The whole thing blew my mind. My two legged lazy ass never runs and I saw this dude fucking blaze by.
Doesn’t the Mpemba effect seem like a ready-made metaphor for what ends up happening with certain kinds of friendships and romantic relationships?
The Mpemba effect is the observation that warmer water can sometimes freeze...– Wikipedia, Mpemba effect
Part of the genius of Game of Thrones is the sense of long term tension that’s built in. There’s walkers and the long winter coming. Real evil. Something to be afraid of beyond all the intrigue or even wars that may be about to start. Real darkness on the way.
That was so awesome! They just killed that fuck by pouring gold on him!
Sword teacher on Game of Thrones just said: There is only one god and his name is Death. And the only thing we say to Death is: “Not today.”
Just a bit of tidying or maintenance or whatever about this blog: If anything on this blog ever appears between quotation marks it is absolutely not something I said. I am presenting someone else’s words. I do not always attribute my quotations. But I am not trying to pass them off as my own. The reasons I don’t always attribute them go something like this: One, I think there is a...
Is Scalia reading the wrong constitution? →
If you have been thinking about Scalia today, read this. If you care about what is happening with the supreme court in general, you should read this whole thread and you should keep reading it in the coming days, because Thursday is going to be beyond important and these people’s insights, hunches and questions are amazingly helpful.
There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African...– Paul Theroux.
Let us now quote a famous man:
From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few. For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do, they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities. We are cruel enough without meaning to be. There is no pleasing New Englanders, my dear, their soil is all rocks and their hearts...
Now, according to an article published yesterday... →
My favorite animal is steak.
Yesterday Scalia brought up laws southern states used to make about their escaped slaves as a precedent for the right for states to create immigration policies beyond those established by the federal government? I must be misunderstanding that.
Troy: One word, two syllables. Jeff: Please don’t say Charades. Abed/Troy: Yahtzee! Jeff: Is Charades still on the table?
Mac & cheese. Wine. Workaholics. I love my life.
My attempts at combining Cormac McCarthy parody and NBA commentary have proven decidedly unsuccessfull.
This blog is the blog my other blog would have bullied back in blog high school. If you know what I mean.
So there’s a chance that today will be the day both that the Affordable Care Act is struck down and that LeBron James becomes a champion.
I think the kind of person who would follow this... →
He had a happy canine way of seeking approval without seeming insecure.
“So, what, you got cigarette burns, too?” Gitanes said. Chip showed his palm, “It’s nothing.” “Self-inflicted. You pathetic American.” “Different kind of prison,” Chip said.
I am obsessed with the band Fitz & The Tantrums. It’s like Hall & Oats drank a tall glass of funk from the future!
#GPOY Actually Isn't Gratuitous At All →
“‘Looking for someone?’ she asked. ‘Just waiting.’ ‘For Lefty or for Godot? It makes a difference.’ ‘For Lefty Godot. The pitcher.’ ‘The pitcher in the rye?’ ‘He prefers bourbon.’”
Money costs too much.
Sprezzatura (Italian pronunciation: [sprettsaˈtura]) is an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”. It is the ability of the courtier to display...
Opening The Objectivist Newsletter at random, our hero stumbles upon an article titled: Excerpts from Ayn Rand’s lecture, America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business
This strange thing must have crept Right out of hell. It resembles a bird’s foot Worn around the cannibal’s neck. As you hold it in your hand, As you stab with it into a piece of meat, It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird: Its head which like your fist Is large, bald, beakless, and blind. — Charles Simic
One of things that bothers me about tumblr is this feeling that people are trying to score easy points. Do you know what I mean when I say that? I feel like we all have a sense of the community and which side of a particular question hasn’t been articulated yet, so if you’re savvy you can then make that not-yet-articulated point. I am sure I’ve done that. It’s a way to...
If genuinely funny people think Adam Carolla is funny, how do we figure out anything?
Link to an amazing magazine article upon which... →
I like looking at geniuses, and listening to beautiful people.
What passes for moderation in the Senate today is John McCain’s vote last month...
If a man treats life artistically, his brain is in his heart.