May 2010


I speak fluent German and got about 30% of this.

via that’s how it happened (Skero seems to be the Austrian Asher Roth….).

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Claims to be safer than other forms of communication. I suppose it may be true in any instance where the airbag is not being deployed.

This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I’ve read it several times.  A copy was purchased at auction recently and covered nicely by the ever-wonderful Cataloguer’s Desk.  The pictures of the Moroccan spine and full map of Utopia and the Utopian Alphabet are simply gorgeous.

Most significantly, Utopia is More’s reconciliation of Christian morality and humanist idealism with the messy business of governance. Because rulers could not be trusted to act justly of their own accord, it was necessary for principled advisers to subtly guide them.

He rose to the post of  Lord Chancellor, only to fall from favor and face execution in 1535 after taking a moral stand against Henry VIII’s  divorce and usurpation of Papal authority. More’s public life and death demonstrated his commitment to the ideals he had espoused in Utopia, and it remains his most influential and popular work, inspiring later thinkers such as Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, and Jonathan Swift. In its grappling with issues of morality, justice, and power it is as relevant today as when it was first published.

via Cataloguer’s Desk.

I wish they had really dressed a bit better knowing they would be passed around like this, but man, I’d buy their album.

Yeah, men sitting in suanas until they can’t stand the 261 degree heat.  I’m so all over that.

I promised myself: When I get to the point where I can no longer stand it, I’ll count 60 seconds and go.

Four seconds later, I decided I could no longer stand it.

So I started counting. One, two, three … It was the longest minute of my life. At 60 I went barreling out. Watching other heats, I’d wondered why even losers came out grinning and raising their hands in victory, but now I knew. The cool air was so beautiful, so redeeming, so life giving. You could French-kiss Osama bin Laden.

I looked at the clock. 3:10? That was it? When did the first guy bolt? “2:40,” I was told. Which meant I’d counted my 60 seconds in 30.

via ‘Sports From Hell’ by Rick Reilly book excerpt – ESPN.

The whole video is really charming and sweet.  But the first few minutes talking about this sitcom are hilarious.

It’s not hard to see why this is Conan O’Brien’s favorite video on Youtube.

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