a glimpse into cryptic thought of the reticence
Sunshine Cleaning - Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist - My Blueberry Nights.
Also, female character studies.
01 Dec 2015 | social media, the wire
I have a friend who controls her own image online with an iron fist; she hates encountering pictures of herself taken without consent. She often scrolls through Instagram and Facebook untagging every candid image, like a burglar wiping off fingerprints. I used to think this was a bizarre eccentricity, but after living in the world of selfies for a while, I understand it.
People in your own time might not see it that way. They will call you narcissistic for giving birth to hundreds, maybe thousands, of fractured little selves. They will wonder why you need so much confirmation, so much attention, so much visibility. They will experience your face as an assault. Pay them no mind. Your selfie has already ventured off to the future, where all of us are dead.
We like socio-technical systems of reputation because they empower us in so many ways. People can achieve a level of fame and notoriety much more easily on the Internet.
There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.
19 Nov 2015 | habit
When you get answers that don’t fit together, it can make you feel like you’re not very good at thinking. Or, if you’re the kind of person who feels like you’re good at thinking, it can make you think that the space doctor’s numbers must be wrong. But a lot of the time it’s not you or the numbers—instead, it’s the picture that’s wrong in some small way.
It’s only once you’ve stopped that you realize how hard it is to start again, so you force yourself not to want it.
Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.
19 Nov 2015 | piracy
I believe this is important because people like stability and assurance with what they are downloading. By adding consistency to a reasonable file-size, we have filled a spot in the community, which seemingly has a lot of demand.
I’m an insomniac. You’d be surprised what I get into late at night.
15 Nov 2015 | kate earl
Always make sure you’ve got time for somebody’s heart. That’s the key to life.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’
Also, odd friendship. And Megan Phelps-Roper.
15 Nov 2015 | shattered, the state of harmony
I haven’t ever really found a place that I call home. I never stick around quite long enough to make it.
I used to think about one day, just not telling anyone, and going off to some random place. And I’d just disappear. And they’d never see me again.
When you’ve given everything, what do you have left?
20 Oct 2015 | inside out
Our record for sitting in a room together and not speaking to each other is six-and-a half hours. He said it was a magical evening.
11 Oct 2015 | dilbert
Well, the funny thing about being smart is that you can get through most of life without ever having to do any work.
11 Oct 2015 | weeds
I like Tom. He doesn’t do a lot of work around here. He shows zero initiative. He’s not a team player. He’s never one to go that extra mile. Tom is exactly what I’m looking for in a government employee.
I’m always willing to go the extra mile to avoid doing something.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
09 Oct 2015 | utopia
A man becomes a critic when he cannot be an artist, the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
The endgame, in terms of academics, should not be a grade. It should be understanding.