i’ve felt it coming on for the past year or so but i thought it was something i can manage like my semi-fear of oyster mushroom. today, following a non-minor panic attack, i’d like to make it official. i have an irrational fear of baby corn.
awww… would you look at that. your nose bled right into that bowl of rigatoni in marinara sauce. and yet there you are still looking at it and trying to decide as if some screwed-up, auto-vampiric version of the 5-second rule is in effect.
“Writing to his daughter in 1784, Franklin offers wry comments on the Society of the Cincinnati. He finds their newly-minted medals “tolerably done,” but notes that “all such things are criticis’d,” some faulting the Latin, the title, or the bald eagle. “For my own part,” he adds, “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country; he is a Bird of bad moral Character.” Franklin was in fact pleased that the eagle on the Cincinnati medals looked more like a turkey, since “the turk’y is in comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.” Though “a little vain and silly,” the turkey remains “a Bird of Courage,” who would quickly attack any British grenadier “who should presume to invade the FarmYard with a red coat on.””—Seal of the United States « Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
“And as to Lion itself, quite honestly, I don’t see the advantages - perhaps yet, perhaps never. Cutting and pasting the iOS UI onto a desktop fails to impress or excite me, both due to my preference for a clean desktop and to the existence of Spotlight. Granted that a good many people still have trouble grasping the notion of folders and other mundane conventional UI elements, but I see little point in duplicating those as app groups and whatnot, or in messing about with Spaces and Exposé to create what appears to be (without the benefit of usage) a somewhat confusing mongrel that breaks spatial references and overlays yet another window management metaphor on top of the existing ones.”—The Tao of Mac - Of Lions and Apples
“jan 9th. in the grocery section of sabo department store i saw a whole chicken priced at the equivalent of 44 dollars. this seemed excessive until i went to another department store and saw 14 strawberries for 42 dollars. they were pretty big but still… 42 dollars… you could almost buy a chicken for that.”—david sedaris
“I have developed a belief about what happens in these moments and it goes like this: Kindness is like a breath. It can be squeezed out, or drawn in. To solicit a gift from a stranger takes a certain state of openness. If you are lost or ill, this is easy, but most days you are neither, so embracing extreme generosity takes some preparation. I learned to think of this as an exchange. During the moment the stranger offers his or her goodness, the person being aided offers degrees of humility, indebtedness, surprise, trust, delight, relief and amusement to the stranger. […] When the miracle flows, it flows both ways. With each gift the threads of benevolence are knotted, snaring both giver and recipient.”—kevin kelly