Archive of August 2009
Glee page on iTunes. I’m really looking forward to this show.20 August 2009 - 21:44 | Tags: tv, glee
The ship spotters do not respond to the objects of their enthusiasm with particular imagination. They traffic in statistics. Their energies are focused on logging dates and shipping speeds, recording turbine numbers and shaft lengths. They behave like a man who has fallen deeply in love and asks his companion if he might act on his emotions by measuring the distance between her elbow and her shoulder blade. But in converting a passion into a set of facts, the spotters are at least following a pattern with an established pedigree, most noticeable in academia, where an art historian, on being stirred to tears by the tenderness and serenity he detects in a work by a fourteenth-century Florentine painter, may end up writing a monograph, as irreproachable as it is bloodless, on the history of paint manufacture in the age of Giotto. It seems easier to respond to our enthusiasms by trading facts than by investigating the more naive question of how and why we have been moved.
— Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
They inspired this book, which the author hopes might function a little like one of those eighteenth-century cityscapes which show us people at work from the quayside to the temple, the parliament to the counting house, panoramas like those of Canaletto in which, within a single giant frame, one can witness dockers unloading crates, merchants bargaining in the main square, bakers before their overs, women sewing at their windows and councils of ministers assembled in a palace—inclusive scenes which serve to remind us of the place which work accords to each of us within the human hive. I was inspired by the men at the pier to attempt a hymn to the intelligence, peculiarity, beauty and horror of the modern work place and, not least, its extraordinary claim to be able to provide us, alongside love, with the principal source of life’s meaning.
— Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.
I was too young for Charlie’s Angels, so I never got introduced to Farrah, but this photo is amazing. I love the shoes.11 August 2009 - 09:59 | Tags: photo, farrahfawcett
I wonder if this is from the 70s. Probably not - just photoshoperated to look that way. But I wish it was.11 August 2009 - 09:57 | Tags: photo, summer, beach
I have no idea where this photo is from, but I love it completely. I want to believe it is Ellen Page and Paul Rudd dancing.11 August 2009 - 09:56 | Tags: photo
My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that’s going to make him blind. And [I ask them], ‘Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all-merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who’s full of mercy’.
— David Attenborough