Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mental Food [Meat My Millionaires]

Camel toe 3rdarm

You know I’ve always found them appealing myself. I browse through quotation anthologies. And so I ask that question, “Why do people like this so much?” If you go on the web just to look at Amazon, to look up quotation books, there are just endless thousands in print at any given time. I think it’s partly that we make a self, we make a culture, out of the words of others. We develop by learning what our parents have said, what our teachers have to say, and we repeat them. Gradually they become ourselves. Our self is the quotations we have learned and have made so much our own that we don’t recognize them as our own. The same thing happens with language. We no longer put quotation marks around say, foreign words, and neologisms that someone coined, because we don’t even feel they’re quotations anymore. A word like sociology, which somebody had to coin, it’s just part of our language. You could almost say that language is former quotations. And we all sense this, this is how, it’s our mental food. We assimilate it. We become it. It becomes endlessly fascinating to us.

-Gary Saul Morson, professor of arts and humanities at Northwestern University, speaking with Tom Ashbrook: On Point, How Great Quotes Shaped Our World

Body language 3rdarm

I think the men in L.A. are very rugged, good-looking. Men in New York look metro with their manis and pedis and their Bruno Magli loafers, but inside they’re very masculine — aside from the Meatpacking district. The problem is the men in New York are five to one: five women to one man. [New York] women are city snobs. They won’t go outside to the suburbs to find true love, even though in a down economy men buy real estate. They’re really stupid women in New York. I’m going to say they’re the stupidest women in the world. Here’s my quote: “Smart in business, dumb in love.” If I told you your husband lives in Lawrenceville or Connecticut or you had to go to Pennsylvannia, you’d get on a train tomorrow. No, they’re like, “No, I only want to be in my own zip code in the Upper West Side or downtown.” They’re dumb. They’re bright, they have an education and they have breeding and they went to Harvard and Yale, yet they can’t get around the block to find their love life. For the women in California, they’re just downtrodden because they’re so gorgeous here. Every hot cheerleader comes to California to make it. The men don’t want to get married, they’re lazy lions. Matthew McConaughey is their poster boy so they can procreate and live on the beach in the trailer and have kids and have money and be hedonistic.

-Patti Stanger, originally from New Jersey, speaking with the Huffington Post, on the differences between coastal types

Havin’ A Summah

Last summer 3rdarm

A woman in line had a small symbol tattooed in black on her upper arm. “What does it mean?” I asked her. “Consciousness,” she replied. I pulled up my sleeve and showed her my lemur. “It’s a monkey smoking weed,” I said. “I figure that means about the same thing.” She proceeded to order a chicken sandwich.

This summer 3rdarm

I go to the farthest extremes and put the worse case scenarios out there. Because if I say what the worst case scenarios are then I am not as afraid of it. And after I say the worst case scenario, you refute it, and then we talk reasonably about the realistic scenarios, the middle scenarios. Most everything that happens to me usually falls between the worst case scenario and the best case scenario, somewhere in between. But the best part of arguing is saying the worst thing first. Sometimes I think there is something destructive about me but the best feeling is sometimes destroying, so that I can no longer be afraid.

Shortcuts / A Baby Jay

The counter elephant at Cemitas Puebla

Maybe Xoco is the way of the future:

In contrast to the world of white tablecloths, margins in its category, “limited service,” are as high as 13 percent. According to the National Restaurant Association, profit margins in “full service” restaurants, with an average check of $25 or more per person, range from -2 percent to 6.8 percent, with a median of 1.8 percent. “Think about a business where each one does not have a chef, or a pastry chef, or a dining-room manager, or a maître d’, or a florist, or a linen company, and you start to notice that a lot of the cost structure that goes into a fine-dining restaurant is missing. . . . From a cost-structure standpoint, it’s a good way to go.” Danny Meyer as profiled in Moveable Feast: Danny Meyer is on a Roll

“A very important part of Pret is you see four, five, six to nine people on till,” says Mr. Schlee, using the Britishism for cash register. “Pret a Manger does mean ready to eat — kapow! — not ready to wait.” Pret A Manger, With New Fast Food Ideas, Gains a Foothold in the United States

Day of 7 Billion is coming

the future 3rdarm

In the 1970s there was a belief that 75% of all the people who had ever lived were alive in the 1970s, which would have put the total number of people who ever lived as of the 1970s as less than the number of people alive today. This view was eventually debunked.

Deaths Door

“Search is still essentially a Web site finder. It’s all nouns. But the future of search is verbs — computationally discerning user intent to give them the knowledge to complete tasks.” Qi Lu, president of Microsoft’s online services division

“The goal has always been the same. The progression is from data to useful information to knowledge that answers questions people have or helps them do things. Knowledge is the quest.” Amit Singhal, a computer scientist who leads Google’s search team, responding to Microsoft’s claim that Bing is a decision engine

locked 3rdarm

“The future always so clear to me had become like a black highway at night. We were in uncharted territory now, making up history as we went along.” -Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 Judgment Day, last week’s midnight movie, directed by James Cameron, 1991