Sarah Silverman: "Nothing’s more attractive than an unending monologue about your shortcomings."
Carolyn Hax: "Sometimes surrendering to the awful is more useful than fighting it."
Graham Joyce: "why can’t our job here on earth be simply to inspire each other?"
Dan Harmon: "I believe in magic. I believe in mythology. I believe in shamanism. I believe that spells can be cast and I believe that random things coalesce and reveal themselves to be part of a plan we don’t control, you know."
Nora Ephron: "Never turn down a front-row seat for human folly."
McAlvie "The ultimate downfall of modern civilization won't be war; it'll be Twitter and Facebook."
Jenny Zhang: "A lot of writers swear by routine, but I swear by chaos. There’s enough fucking routine in my life. Every day I have to brush my teeth. Every day I have to smile at strangers. Every day I have to worry about money. Every day I want something I can’t have. Every day I find some way to go on! I know that writing every day for an hour would help me tremendously with writer’s block, but I also know that I need an element of wildness in my writing. I need to know that writing is something I do because it sets me free. It makes me feel golden with confidence. It gives me the gift of gab. I feel like a god. I feel like an entertainer. So write when you damn well please."
Joe Queenan: "If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find "reality" a bit of a disappointment. People in the 19th century fell in love with "Ivanhoe" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" because they loathed the age they were living through. Women in our own era read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre" and even "The Bridges of Madison County"—a dimwit, hayseed reworking of "Madame Bovary"—because they imagine how much happier they would be if their husbands did not spend quite so much time with their drunken, illiterate golf buddies down at Myrtle Beach. A blind bigamist nobleman with a ruined castle and an insane, incinerated first wife beats those losers any day of the week. Blind, two-timing noblemen never wear belted shorts."
LogicalDash: "Nobody of any age should have to fend off sexual partners. That such defense is assumed as a part of the cost of adult courtship is suggestive of some more fundamental problem than age difference and its effect on consensuality."
Keith Richards: "I had to invent the job, you know," he said, earlier. "There wasn't a sign in the shop window, saying, "Wanted: Keith Richards."
Caitlin Moran: "As I started to reassess my writing style, I thought about what I liked doing--what gave me satisfaction--and realized the primary one was just... pointing at things. Pointing out things I liked, and showing them to other people--like a mum shouting, "Look! Moo-cows!" as a train rushes past a farm. I liked pointing at things, and I liked being reasonable and polite about stuff. Or silly. Silly was very, very good. No one ever got hurt by silly.
Best of all was being pointedly silly about serious things: politics, repression, bigotry. Too many commentators are quick to accuse their enemies of being evil. It's far, far more effective to point out that they're acting like idiots, instead. I was up for idiot-revealing.
"I am just going to be polite and silly, and point at cool things," I decided. "When I started writing, I would have killed to have one thing to write about. Now, I have three. Politeness and silliness, and pointing. That's enough."
Carolyn Hax: "Unless 15 years’ worth of mail has misled me, no one has ever found love through complaining about the lack of it, and no lonely person has ever felt better for hearing, “You just haven’t found the right person yet.”
David Simon: "Change is a motherfucker when you run from it."
Joe Queenan: "People who read an enormous number of books are basically dissatisfied with the way things are going on this planet. And I think, in a way, people read for the same reason that kids play video games ... they like that world better. It works better, it's more exciting, and it usually has a more satisfactory ending."
Dan Savage: "There isn't someone for everyone. Some of us do wind up alone, and that just fucking sucks and sometimes that stings, and you don't know if you're one of those people who's going to wind up alone until you die alone....So you kind of have to live in hope and build a life for yourself that's rewarding and fun, has friends and pleasure in it, whether you're alone or not."
the painkiller: "I will not be tagged, pinned, circled, liked, tweeted, retweeted or numbered."
Steve Jobs: "Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Apple: "Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Miss Manners: "Please do not -- repeat, not -- make a hostile approach to knitters. Have you not noticed that they are armed with long, pointy sticks?"
Stephen Tobolowsky: "And of course, nothing is what I figured on in my life. That seems to be a recurring theme."
James Bulls: "When you find yourself walking a true path, you will know it because you will want to walk it no matter the burning Sun, freezing sleet, torrential rain, and treacherous ground. The risks become no less and the journey as always exhausts you, but your desire to brave the challenges never diminishes."
Amy Argetsinger: "Twitter is a disease, plain and simple. It makes people insane. A decade from now I expect the CDC and FDA will be issuing warnings."
Cary Tennis: "You don't have to "move on" either. Not until you're ready. People say, Oh, you should be grateful. They say, Oh, it's time for you to move on. I'm like, What are you, a cop with a nightstick? I'll move on when I'm done playing the blues on my harmonica, thank you very much."
Mark Morford: "It is 2011 and here is what we know: Reality is fluid, fact is malleable, cause and effect completely uncertain. We know what we don't know, but we also know the opposite."
Charlie Jane Anders: "Just remember, if you flinch from your destiny, you'll never achieve your true greatness — you didn't choose to be chosen, but being chosen means you have to choose."
Roger Ebert: "To put it bluntly, I believe the world is patriarchal because men are bigger and stronger than women, and can beat them up."
Myca: "Jesus is not the reason for the season, and there's no way I need to act like he is. Christmas is a stolen tradition. There's no reason we can't steal it back."
Lady Gaga: "I hate the holidays! I'm alone and miserable, you fucking dumb bit of toy!"
Dianna Agron: "I am trying to live my life with a sharpie marker approach. You can’t erase the strokes you’ve made, but each step is much bolder and more deliberate."
John Mayer: "It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art. And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well. Let me make sure that statement is as absolute and irrevocable as possible by buzzing your tower one more time: no artwork created by someone with a healthy grasp of social media thus far has proven to be anything other than disposable."
Vanessa, Something Positive: "I like 'em crazy. You hear insane rants, I hear a reminder that the sex is interesting. Oooh! Hear that? Tonight's gonna tingle."
Anonymous: “Your problem is that you want to be an artist. What you need to be is an artisan.”
Sugar: "Ask better questions, sweet pea. The fuck is your life. Answer it."
Wide Lawns: "Often very odd things happen to me. Usually they are not my fault and mostly beyond my control."
Anonymous reporter: “When weird shit happens around here, weird shit really happens around here.”
Anne Johnson: "Today some stranger sent me an email that said, "You are a nut case." Well, I must admit this never would have occurred to me. Everyone else is a nut case. I'm the sane one. I think."
Carl Mayer: "Whenever I start to feel like my life isn’t where I want it to be, “Cops” is there to put everything into perspective. Yeah, I haven’t made all the right moves over the last 34 years, but I’m not hiding from the police under a kiddie pool, either."
John Scalzi: "In retrospect, it’s a little weird to think that my entire future was falling into place as I obliviously tucked into the El Presidente chimichanga platter, but of course, that’s life for you — the most important days of your existence don’t always announce themselves in obvious ways."
Tart and Soul: "Indeed, love comes whether we have braced ourselves for it or not. But commitment offers a choice, tapping us on the shoulder to say, “sorry to bother you. Is this a good time?”
Okay, I thought this sounded freaking insane, but uh....these arguments are pretty good. (Note: apparently as I posted they've changed the title of this from the original, which is still the subject line here.)
"Any other actor would have kept a face like that as safe as possible, but not Harrison. Within a few years of leaving college, Ford crashed his Volvo into a telephone pole while fumbling with the seatbelt, which left him with that chin scar that you can see from space. A few years later, he was filming an episode of the TV Western Gunsmoke and fell on his gun. That little oopsy cost him his front teeth. His nose has been broken "three or four times," which is probably why his nose looks like it's trying to make a run for it every now and then.
Between constant facial run-ins with solid surfaces and his determined refusal to care what anyone else thought about him, Harrison Ford accidentally created the perfect Han Solo. A stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, in other words.
"Although I do my own running, jumping, and falling, I always try to keep myself from being hurt. So I know what will work and what won't." Except when he doesn't know when his plane will work and finds out the hard way."
"We can’t talk about buzzy Netflix shows because our schedules are out of sync. The rough expectations for knowing if your friends are on episode 12 or episode 1 have been destroyed. Netflix thinks it has performed a noble act by releasing the entire season en masse, but it has actually wreaked havoc on the best part of television: talking about television.
In attempting to fix something, technology actually broke something. Netflix broke the unbreakable social rules for how we talk about television in the age of social media.
Let’s just release all the episodes at once!, another suit offered.
Genius! People will love it!, the room cheered. To be fair, it probably seemed like a good idea.
It is not a good idea and people do not love it. Breaking the schedule broke how we talk about television. Television writers and recappers, in particular, are flummoxed about how to publish their writing — all at once? in groups of episodes? at all?
This, I propose, is what Netflix, Amazon, and HBO should do. They need to bring back the schedule, updated to modern lives. That schedule should be:
Every day, a new episode is released, always at the same time, and blind to time zones.
Imagine if House of Cards had played out over two weeks, like a mini-series. Today, we would be finishing up the 13-day marathon from when the show first dropped:
The conversation around this viewing window would be massive, almost unbearable. Fans would feel compelled to catch up every night, so as to be involved in tomorrow’s discussion. And if you missed a day or two, catching up would be painless.A resurrected, reconfigured schedule — modelled on the miniseries, but contemporized for real-time culture — would unleash the potential for conversation. The lost art of appointment viewing could return."
"Just because you haven’t finished House of Cards doesn’t mean society can’t handle the episodes all being released at once. It means YOU can’t. If you are so very, very worried that knowing a celebrity cameo will ruin the entire season of something for you, stay off Twitter until you get your shit together and watch the damn thing. Stop trying to fix this system and watch the damn show already. And once you do, please stop feeling bad that you got to the finish line before anyone else.
If you finished House of Cards, guess what? You are still entitled to nothing, least of all a change in Netflix’s content distribution model so you can control your bingeing impulses. Shit has already changed; we can’t go back to the way things were watched, nor should we. We can only go forward, letting the most devoted TV addicts among us drive the conversation, as we always have, towards the shows Worth Your Time.
When you make the time is still your call. Just please don’t ask that creative forces slow endure your finger-wagging lectures about spoilers when you are the one choosing to spend your energy on monitoring, not enjoying, this new moment in pop culture."
"To write publicly is to be judged and to be criticized and to be polarizing. If one avoids speaking on public issues in social media only out fear of alienating readers, all one does is possibly delay such judgment. Judgment will happen for what you say and also what you don’t say. Judgment will happen for what you write in your books and what people assume you meant when you wrote those words, regardless of your authorial intent. Judgment will happen based on who people think you are based on the fantasy version of you they have in their head, which is almost always more about their own fears and desires than anything that has to do with the actual person you are.
A plastics industry referendum to overturn the legislature's passage of the law, which was signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, has qualified for the ballot, the California Secretary of State's office stated yesterday. That means the ban can't go into effect until you've had a chance to vote on overturning it, which will happen in November 2016.
The prohibition on single-use plastic bags at markets and drug stores had been scheduled to take effect July 1."
I'm conflicted on this one. I live in a bag-ban town and frankly, I think it's a big ol' pain in the ass to deal with at times. I don't mind BYOB for one bag's worth of stuff, but trying to predict HOW many bags to bring in on the giant monthly grocery trip just sucks. Plus everyone stares at you funny (seriously) when you haul in a bunch of bags. Plus BYOB seems to either mean "pack your own shit, bitch" or "uh....how do I handle your bags? I don't understand!" reactions from the folks who would bag your food when they were providing the bags. Or "I don't want to touch your stuff!" (Um, it's fine?)
I'm fine with getting rid of plastic most of the time (though I find them useful at times), but how come banning the plastic means you have to be charged for paper? Feh.
"Honestly, if the Tweet had come from a Grand Wizard of the KKK, it would be obviously, painfully racist. If it had come from Sarah Silverman, it would be obviously not a joke at the expense of Africans, but a joke at the expense of white privilege. Sarah Silverman would be mocking the type of person who believed that, and she might also be mocking the fact that AIDS is still a death sentence in parts of Africa, while it's become increasingly treatable in Western cultures."
"Here the thing, if a person -- even an accountant -- messes up their taxes, there are clear and well known ways to fix the mistake. If its big and intentional, maybe jail and license suspension or disbarment. If it's less egregious, there's a new filing and a penalty or fine. There is no similar system for the internet, so all punishment is the same, and often incredibly severe."
"We seem to be really, really into making people object lessons these days."
There are also reports on scary experiments in schools on how easily things are retweeted or how fast a "private" Snapchat is sent around the world. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh.
In other news today, I discovered that a 20-year-old I know does not have Facebook. i am so proud of her.
Look, I don't pay attention to sports and I had not heard of this dude before tonight. I gather he is quite problematic at best. But for this act alone, he's kind of a hero to me today. Also, FINALLY SOMETHING WORKED TO STOP SOMEONE, eh?
"You could see at some point they all thought what the hell is he going to do to me and they got worse and eventually it got to the point where I said OK, I need to fix this.”
“A couple of these guys, this stuff will follow them around for the rest of their lives because I am going to make sure it does,” he added.
“No one is every allowed and OK to talk to you like this, in person or in private, ever. You better know that the opportunities for you out there are no different for you because you’re a woman. People like this are so intimated by you and your potential success that this is the only thing they got. That is one of the reasons why I taught my daughter self-defense. We live in a world that is — look across the ocean — we live in a world that in some cases despises women.”
"Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone…"
"I have belatedly, reluctantly, and sadly come to the conclusion that the Internet is ruining society."
"Actually, it's the other way around."
"I think the internet was great until the rest of society showed up."
"On the one hand, yay him! Anything that holds harassers accountable is great as far as I'm concerned. On the other hand, I'm not sure that she would have been able to get the same degree of redress if she hadn't had a famous father, and that's an issue. Women shouldn't need the support of powerful male relatives in order to be safe from harassment."
"And, frankly, is just another exhibit of the kind of privilege that Schilling has, that he can call up the baseball coach at a random college and get a kid suspended. Because if Gabby's father were random no-name Curt Schenkel, no way could he have gotten anything done to protect her (although TBF, she wouldn't have been singled out except for her father's fame)."
"I just hope that there are more cases like this where trolls suffer consequences, so that maybe women can say things on the internet, and when a person who might troll her is about post, they think, "oh, wait, will this come back to bite me?" And, yeah, hopefully that'll be the case Even when the women and their families aren't powerful."
"I think it is great that Curt Schilling is doing something about this. He has an audience, and it is one that normally isn't associated with fighting against this kind of thing. Some TV exec should give him a reality show where he is like the social media A-Team: Curt gets a call from someone who is being harassed online. They do a short profile on the victim and the harassment. To pad things out you could have eggheads explain why the trolling was so bad and the effects it has on victims. Curt could do 2 of these per show. Curt and his group of internet sleuths find the harassers and then he shows up at their door with a camera crew. The harasser has no idea what's going on, and maybe even thinks he's won a prize, why else would Curt Schilling come to his door with a camera crew right? Then BOOM! Curt tells him off for doing whatever trolling he was doing."
"It seems to me that ignoring the trolls and staying quiet has not done one whit against online harassment and bullying. There are comments on his blog along the lines of "he should have called the police." These people have clearly never been abused online. I'm tired of being told that this is just the internet and that I should just accept it. The more people who hear that this is not acceptable, the more likely it is that it'll be taken seriously."
Christ... I think this thread could be pretty digested down to 7 comments: 1 . Yay 2. But Schilling is often bad! 3. Boo and yay 4. Women shouldn't have to rely on $_male to solve the problem/the system sucks 5. Yes but... 6. [random assuming of bad faith] 7. wut?
"Is public doxing really the best response?" "What are the alternatives? Leaving aside illegal alternatives such as going to their house and punching them in the face (which I'm most definitely not advocating), what action can any one person take in such a situation armed with the knowledge that law enforcement doesn't care the tiniest bit about assault against women? I'm as concerned as the next person about possible wrong identification, but the situation has been pushed to a place where the rules of justice may need to be flipped on their head to even come close to working - it may just be that one person wrongly accused is the lesser harm when the alternative is hundreds and thousands going unpunished. In this particular case, it's only because the accuser is a male celebrity that the perpetrators have got even the relative slap on the wrist they have."
"1. Person X said really, really awful thing on Twitter about your daughter. 2. You do some digging to find Person X’s real name and profession. 3. You contact Person X’s employer and say: “Were you aware that Person X said this? And do you know how easy it was for me to figure out they work for you? If I figured it out, surely so have other people; do you want this sentiment associated with your business?”