Turkey Hash: This is the delight of all connoisseurs of the holiday beast, but few understand how really to prepare it. Like a lobster, it must be plunged alive into boiling water, until it becomes bright red or purple or something, and then before the color fades, placed quickly in a washing machine and allowed to stew in its own gore as it is whirled around. Only then is it ready for hash.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Turkey Recipes
The use of that last phrase, “style over substance” has always been, as Oscar Wilde observed, a marvellous and instant indicator of a fool. For those who perceive a separation between the two have either not lived, thought, read or experienced the world with any degree of insight, imagination or connective intelligence. It may have been Leclerc Buffon who first said “le style c’est l’homme – the style is the man” but it is an observation that anyone with sense had understood centuries before, Only dullards crippled into cretinism by a fear of being thought pretentious could be so dumb as to believe that there is a distinction between design and use, between form and function, between style and substance.
— Stephen Fry
September 6, 2011 at 6:52pm
Lucky · Us, I mean; lucky to be alive just now, watching these big games play out. Billions of dollars are at stake but that’s a sideshow. We’re working out ways for the people of the future to talk with each other. There are lots of possible outcomes; the ones that seem likely to me look mostly pretty decent.
— Tim Bray on Google+
These two images were side by side in my feeds this morning, and I couldn’t help from mashing them together. But the question remains — who is ASTOUNDING ANTOINE?
Those old books suggested a certain fertility, an Ohio soil, as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in. I heard the bellowing of bullfrogs and the hum of mosquitoes reverberating through the thick embossed covers when I had closed the book. Decayed literature makes the richest of all soils.
February 22, 2011 at 7:55pm
Apple can, of course, do both things - build great products and cut contract throats. But with this 30% thing, the 30% I’m really interested in is, will Apple eventually see 30% of its revenue come from various cuts, percentages, deals, and obligations? If so, that means a different focus for the company - a focus on things and people farther removed from me and you. And that makes me a bit bummed out.
— Neven Mrgan
But one argument that Apple should care about: this policy will prevent many potentially great apps, from many large and small publishers, from being created on iOS at all.
The discussion shouldn’t be whether Apple can enforce this policy, but whether they should.
— Marco Arment
The overall requirements for enhancing and innovating social management are to stimulate vitality in the society and increase harmonious elements to the greatest extent, while reducing inharmonious factors to the minimum.
— Hu Jintao, poet apparent.
February 14, 2011 at 12:41pm
Ahmadinejad to Egypt:
“You will be victorious…. the Iranian nation is your friend and it is your right to freely choose your path. The Iranian nation backs this right of yours,” he said.
This week, the Iranian judiciary rejected a request by Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to hold a rally Monday in support of the protests in Egypt and Tunisia, saying only pro-government forces could march.
Reports have also surfaced about fresh waves of arrests of opposition activists. On Thursday, Karroubi’s website said he had been placed under house arrest.
And just this morning:
Security forces fired teargas to scatter thousands of opposition supporters marching toward a Tehran square, a witness said. There were also clashes between police and demonstrators, resulting in dozens of arrests, in Isfahan in central Iran, the country’s third largest city, another witness told Reuters.
Where the hipster says “no, no, no” to everything, pre-emptively, Gillis twists the screw a perverse turn further. “I want to like everything until I’m convinced why not,” he tells me. He and his friends will “ride each other for not being into things. ‘You didn’t buy the new Katy Perry record? What? I’ve got two.’
— The NYT profiles Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk