The article does note that men are required to wear a jacket and tie, so it may not be fair to make the “burqa” comparison — which comes up enough in gender discussions that it’s an honorary corollary to Godwin’s Law at this point.
“I get the whole ‘desert’ and ‘higher power’ thing, but you shouldn’t have done 9/11. That wasn’t nice. You shouldn’t do anything to anybody that you wouldn’t want them to do to you. …Right? Would you want anybody to do a 9/11-y thing to you? I guess what I’m saying is, and maybe I’m oversimplifying things, but I think that 9/11 was a bullshit move? I don’t mean to offend you, but I think you’re an asshole.”—
whydoihaveablog: ‘Louis CK is the funniest person on television right now. And if you haven’t watched Louis CK: Shameless, then your life is lacking. It’s one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen. He really finds comedy in every little aspect of everything that is awful, and I love it.’
“According to the lawsuit filed Friday, children as young as 3 were forced to play a game called “Ring of Fire,” where they were taught to punch each other in the face, chest or stomach until one child cried.”—
“Roger, we love you, but this grudge against the Japanese, it’s gotta end. World War II, that was what, between forty and three-hundred years ago? Sure, you lost a lot of friends in the fight, but how long are you going to lick those wounds? You won that war! Business is business. Honda makes great motorcycles and adorable little cars that are like motorcycles with doors. (Plus windows so you can see your brains spattered against them when it crashes, just like Lane Pryce quipped.) Smile and take their money — U.S. dollars, not yen — then use it to drink away the pain. It’s the American way you fought so hard to protect. And fucking pull yourself together, Pete Campbell is Glo-Coating the floor with you. It’s embarrassing.”—Mad Men Power Rankings: Roger Sterling, #3 • Lisanti Quarterly
“It will consist of four quarter-pound Whopper patties, mozzarella cheese and pesto-flavored mayo. It will include a nine-and-a-half-inch bun. It will cost $12.99. It will kill you.”—Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel, who’s got a beef with BK’s new Pizza Burger.
“Incidentally, although I love Obama, I hope my reaction would have been as vehement if the heckler had said the same thing about W, who I did not care for. Here’s something I believe that nobody else seems to believe: people are doing the best they can. They’re trying to make good decisions, and instead of seeing everybody who disagrees with us as the enemy, we should first take it at face value that they are doing their best. Even when we think they’re fucking morons.”—From Gawker.tv’s interview with Michael Ian Black about his kind of having lost his shit over the weekend. Amen, brother. (via daveholmes)
“I believe that net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time. Unless it’s freedom of religion, which, until last week, I thought we had kind of worked out.”—Sen. Al Franken had some choice words on the Verizon/Google proposal. (via harharhar) [Edit note: And NBCU and Comcast.]
“Some gestures are more casual. Before he created “Mad Men,” Matthew Weiner worked as a writer on “The Sopranos,” where he put the name of a former employer who had wronged him on a gravestone in the background of a cemetery scene.”—
If a TV writer doesn’t like you, he won’t say it to your face. He’ll kill you off on his show
“Now, you might think Blount’s punch would lead to a suspension or a demotion or a great gnashing of the teeth about sportsmanship in our day and age from Mike Lupica or something horrible like that. But Blount found out yesterday that the NFL is wayyyy cooler about that kind of stuff than college football people are.”—Old Dog: Blount Punches Titans Teammate
I watched The Room again last night, and let me say that I wouldn’t recommend anyone see that movie while exhausted. After finishing it, I wanted to get away from the pretty awesome people I was with because I couldn’t process words anymore. I was so disoriented. I had this mild terror that everything I have ever said was nonsense, and hilarious, moronic nonsense at that. That every serious emotion I have ever felt was poorly acted, completely transparent to anyone paying attention, and silly enough to deserve mockery. My life was filled with boring events that had nothing to do with each other - people entered, said and did things that were completely inappropriate given the circumstances, and left for reasons that would never be explained. Any hooking up I’ve ever done has been gross and gone on way too long. All the while, bizarre music has played. Life was worse than meaningless - it was really, really dumb.
I’m pretty sure that Brecht and Kubrick and Auster have all tried to go for this effect and failed. Go figure - a robot from Eastern Europe did it by accident.
In some corners of the Internet, the reaction to her race was visceral and unforgiving — outbursts sometimes untempered by thoughtful consideration. Some of the hurt arose from the harsh reality that there’s a scarcity of women of color in top jobs anywhere in the fashion industry. Some saw the Essence position as the one guaranteed perch from which a black woman’s fashion vision could shine.
Also mixed into the stew of emotion was the inference that a white woman couldn’t fully comprehend a black woman’s often-fraught relationship with her hair, body and sexuality — as her feelings about her appearance sometimes carry the echoes of history and racism. And finally, there was the unspoken irritation that once again, in the beauty competition, white trumped black — this time, on the home court.
Washington Post writer Robin Givhan on the outrage following the introduction of a white fashion editor at Essence. Givhan argues that the hire does not undermine the magazine’s longstanding mission to offer a source that ”celebrates, empowers and inspires black women to be bold and beautiful.”
She writes, “Instead of assuring her readers that nothing has changed, [Editor Angela] Burt-Murray should inform them that going forward, everything has. How bold it would be if Essence embraced the rise of Michelle Obama — a black woman who serves as a symbol of the American woman — and used that as a signal that it’s time for the magazine’s beloved “sister-to-sister” conversations between black women to be overheard by others, for them to include other voices.”
I’ve been discussing this with some folks and am curious about your opinion.
A lot of people who have planted their flag on Tumblr after establishing their brand outside of Tumblr tend to post a great deal of content that is basically just a link to content on their main website. This kind of misses the point of Tumblr.
What percentage of posts do you think should be links to the content on the main website?
I figure 25% is a good ratio, maybe smaller. Your thoughts?
What ProPublica has done is golden - it is a way to connect the brand of ProPublica (the art of investigative journalism) with something that Tumblr loves (quotes) without ever having to link back to ProPublica. This does not mean that ProPublica loses the opportunity to inject their voice, reblogs and commentary on the quotes allow for that. This is how news organizations should be using Tumblr. Find a concept that ties in to your brand and run with it.
A Facebook group called “SORRY BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUN CHIPS BAG” has attracted 29,949 fans, with many posting outraged comments. It’s “the worst when your stoned at 2am and trying to not wake up the house,” one person said.
“The thing is, you feel guilty about complaining since they are doing a good thing for the environment,” says Kathy Frederick, a 44-year-old computing consultant at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. “But you want to snack quietly and you don’t want everyone in the house to know you are eating chips.”
“For the moment, Facebook is the top mobile social network destination, especially among young people. But young people are fickle (see MySpace); and while time is on their and Facebook’s side (in terms of updating), the reality, as one social media expert/technology veteran put it to me, is that Facebook is “something for non-productive people to engage in.” If you’re actually busy, maintaining the site is simply too much work.”—Romensko nicely summed this up in a Tweet, “Trevor Butterworth believes Facebook is too difficult to maintain for busy people.”
“I am not mad that they thought I was corrupt. I’m mad that they thought i was stupid.”—Fmr. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) criticizing the press for its coverage of the probe into his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Justice Department announced an end to the investigation without filing charges against DeLay. (via officialssay)
"Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to “f— off”, the official said. The official said that Slater then got on the plane’s PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.
Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.”
“I said I was going to pitch it to her…I was just having fun. And then there’s 25 headlines on crappy blogs saying, ‘Jennifer Aniston To Do ‘Arrested Development’ movie… I hate talking about it. I simply politely answer the questions when they are asked. And inevitably, someone will take a line out of a perfunctory answer and try to make a headline out of it… And the readers get exhausted and I get blamed for trying to perpetuate a non-update.”—Jason Bateman explaining that Jennifer Aniston will not star in the “Arrested” Film.
Determining the “most wasteful” campaign is a subjective judgment of course, but it’s hard to imagine topping Prop 8. Consider:
$83 million was spent for and against Prop 8, making it the most expensive campaign in California history involving a social issue. (Campaigns on business issues have involved more spending).
None of that money made any difference in the outcome, according to this independent study. That’s right. Researchers found that for all the money spent on both sides, voters’ minds weren’t changed. Those who opposed Prop 8 going into the campaign opposed it at the end. Those who supported Prop 8 at the beginning of the campaign supported it at the end.
The victory of Prop 8 at the polls has now been overturned by a federal judge, who found the initiative itself is unconstitutional. If that decision is upheld on appeal, Prop 8 will be officially confirmed as a waste of time and money.
“The debate over whether an Islamic center should be built a few blocks from the World Trade Center has ignored a fundamental point. If there is going to be a reformist movement in Islam, it is going to emerge from places like the proposed institute. We should be encouraging groups like the one behind this project, not demonizing them.”—Fareed Zakaria, on why we should allow the Ground Zero mosque. Related: Zakaria’s letter to the Anti-Defamation League, and this week’s cover story, War Over Ground Zero. (via newsweek)