keyholez: “One consequence of the existence of assemblers is that they are cheap. Because an assembler can be programmed to build almost any structure, it can in particular be programmed to build another assembler. Thus, self reproducing assemblers should be feasible and in consequence the manufacturing costs of assemblers would be primarily the cost of the raw materials and energy required in...
One night I was out singing karaoke in Hell’s Kitchen with some friends. This isn’t a regular thing for me but every once in a while I’ll go along, and I do have a go-to: “Just What I Needed” by The Cars. Anyway we were leaving the bar and there was this kid, seemed like he was 18 or somewhere around there, propped up against the wall. He was surrounded with...
I’m in one of those bad situations where I have only like two seconds of a song in my head and I keep getting really close to remembering the rest of it but I just can’t do it. It’s like my conscious mind wants to know the rest of the song but my unconscious mind is like “don’t go there” and it shuts down my consciousness from remembering whatever additional...
The old, genuine, traveled, cultivated, pedigreed aristocracy of New York, stand...– Mark Twain in 1867 (via soupsoup)
keyholez: Nowadays, TV shows and movies are,... →
leoncrawl: Nowadays, TV shows and movies are, relative to the works of yesteryear, subtle and sophisticated. Characters are never all good or all bad. Physical humor takes a backseat to verbal humor. No screams, no chest-beating, no broad gestures. Plotlines snowball in complexity but always need to stay believable; the worst thing you can say about a new twist is that it seems contrived....
Don’t worry everyone, I still think you’re doing a great job!
Here’s mud in yer eye!
Back to basketball. You say you want to turn Knicks fans into Nets fans. Seriously? Who knows? You think you can pull that off, honestly? That’s a big thing to say. Who knows? — Tea Time With Mikhail Prokhorov. Paging @endasher.
Do you like pizza? It depends on the pizza. If it’s great, I like it. What’s good pizza for you? OK. Next time I come we will have a pizza together. — Tea Time With Mikhail Prokhorov.
fek: Goldman Sachs Tries to Uncover the New York Times’ ‘Shoddy’ Reporting, Fails Miserably That New York Times article on Goldman Sachs was very bad for a number of reasons, but one of the omissions in the story immediately sticks out. Here’s what the Times says: Although Goldman’s financial insight derived from proprietary dealings with A.I.G., and included facts...
In which Arthur Frommer makes a slew of uninformed... →
The pickiness is straight out of the world of online-personal ads, which reduce...– Maura Johnston for The Awl. Big day for the online persona.
American Apparel seemed to me a tweaked-out... →
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leoncrawl: BAKER FRERE-JONES GOTTLIEB SYLVESTER TAYLOR 6/18 — 8pm — Happy Ending
When you stop working hard, it is usually for only a minute. You hope during that time that you’ll never have to work hard again. That hope does not last long. Inevitably you realize you will have to hustle hard, and soon. Fortunately there is relief in remembering that you have to. It is the one thing that remains constant. You can never stop working, and you always have to work very very...
youngmanhattanite: Online petitions are worse than nothing because signing one makes us feel like we’ve actually done something and so become complacent. At least with nothing we feel guilty. Didn’t Thoreau say something similar about voting that one time?
My iTunes were on Shuffle and I just heard the first Animal Collective song I really like (“get”). It is called “Did You See the Words” off Feels. I don’t really care that much where this puts me on the wave of music appreciation (closed out, behind, down the steep slope straight off with no hope of a cutback). Just wanted to say that.
I recently changed all my passwords, but my computer’s auto fill-in still remembers the old ones. I like to think of this as a clever diversion against would-be hackers. They go, “Ha! The fool uses auto fill-in!” and then get way frustrated when it doesn’t work.