ood Morning! Do you like my new drop cap? Get your own at this fun new tumblr: DailyDropCap.com. According to the site, The Daily Drop Cap is an ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere.
A seriously thorough, entertaining and useful site for NY restaurant reviews. I’m most impress by their categorization list - birthdays, date night, byob, good vibes, buffalo wing fix, people watching, and tons more. I’ll for sure be visiting Immaculate Infatuation for recos often.
In this op-ed, David Brooks questions the notion that each of us has an inherent, stable character by exploring the philosophical and psychological interpretations of self. He concludes that the only way to truly attain virtue and harmony is to focus on things outside oneself - to be “other” centric.
Funnily enough, this is exactly what the rabbi teaching my Genesis class said last week.
Bill Maher has always been an opponent of the ridiculous child-proofing of our society, our need to bend over backwards to accommodate children even in very adult situations. I’ve always agreed with him, and this movie review of Where The Wild Things Are (which reads more like an Onion article) is a perfect example of the way we’ve handed our society to infants.
I haven’t seen the movie, but from the previews anyone can see it’s a quiet, muted-tone, indie-licious Spike Jonze / Dave Eggers movie made for nostalgic twenty-somethings to reminisce over, blog about (meta?), and possibly cut themselves to, I’m surprised the soundtrack was released on anything other than pre-distressed vinyl LPs and I imagine dudes in ksubi jeans will be lined up around the block to place VHS bootlegs on Dash Snow’s headstone on the 25th anniversary of The Goonies… because, you know, relevance is relative in nostalgialand, and everything from your sister’s slap-bracelet to your Nevermind CD to your mom’s Pontiac Transport you listened to it in to the fall of the Soviet Union is the same level of “EPIC!” to our generation, and that’s why this movie was made for us and given the indie / “nu sincerity” street cred of Karen O and Spike Jonze. I can imagine if this movie does well, Darren Aronofsky and Band of Horses are signed on for the remake of Fraggle Rock.
So that’s that, and it has nothing to do with this review, but I think it needed to be said. The review opens with the headline, “Parents upset, bored by ‘Where The Wild Things Are,’” which makes me wonder, on a scale of 1 to “put a shotgun in my fucking mouth, please” how they would rate 2 hours of the usual shit that entertains their 1 to 4-year-olds, things like staring at ceiling fans, pissing themselves and drooling a lot, a ball of lint, the new Black Eyed Peas record… that sort of thing. One man said that his 20-month-old kid “can’t get enough” of the book but was bored by the movie, like spending ten minutes flipping through colourful pages with a familiar face talking at you and sitting still in a dark theater for 101 minutes are even remotely similar experiences, much less for a kid that prefers elmers glue to Le Bernardin, or the sound of a car alarm to Ready To Die. The reviews continue to warn against taking children younger than 5 to see the movie, lest they be bored - again, I haven’t seen the movie, I doubt I ever will, and I haven’t talked to any five-year-olds lately - but really do we need to be told this? Kids don’t know what’s good or bad, you could read them Mein Kampf in a sing-songy librarian voice and show them bright drawings and they would love it, this was never positioned or promoted like that, as a kids movie - yes it’s a kids book, but it was aimed squarely at the facebook / pitchfork / tumblr audience, so why are parents surprised? PS, I know this makes no sense.
"My sources have confirmed that Apple and Verizon have been testing a CDMA iPhone on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Yes, you read that correctly, Verizon and Apple have been testing the first 4G phone on Verizon’s 4G network. The tests have been taking place for the last couple of months but with no confirmation on the release date. If you read the article by Reuters above, it would make good fiscal sense for Apple (and Verizon) to release the first CDMA iPhone right here in the United States running on Verizon’s new 4G network, with announcement expected in 2010 at Apple’s WWDC."
Bono’s NYT guest op-ed on Obama’s peace prize is poignantly honest and beautifully hopeful. He offers a fresh, enlightening perspective on why, sometimes, popularity contests do count. I’ve heard so many disdainful, cynical takes on the Nobel Prize controversy; it’s inspiring to read Bono’s description of how Obama is changing the world’s view of America.
In the midst of the mire that the recession has dredged up, it’s easy to become narrow minded, even xenophobic. But as important as it is to focus on domestic issues, neglecting international relations would be disastrous for the U.S. in the long term. We need strong relationships around the globe to conquer the huge challenges we face. We cannot fight terrorism, global warming and poverty alone. As Bono writes, “an America that’s tired of being the world’s policeman, and is too pinched to be the world’s philanthropist, could still be the world’s partner.”
Many of us are hurting at home right now, and it’s easy to be sore that while we face a trudging economy, our President faces Europe’s standing ovation. But Obama is building these relationships overseas to ensure our future – a future where we are not the world’s greatest superpower, or the world’s richest economy, or the world’s most erudite population (all accolades on a steep decline long before Obama became President, I’m sorry to say), but one where we are nonetheless respected, admired and loved as a beacon of freedom, hope and innovation.
While I desperately hope that Obama can fix the deep problems this country faces, and remain fearful of his icy countenance toward Israel, after eight years of watching Bush tarnish America in the world’s eyes, and as a publicist all too familiar with the perils of a bad reputation, I am incredibly grateful that Obama is restoring America’s image. International goodwill is a vital resource that should not be dismissed as mere vanity.
Help alleviate hunger by skipping lunch tomorrow and donating the money to the World Food Program, playng the vocab game at FreeRice.com (10 grains of rice to the hungry for every question answered correctly) or writing to your represenative to support H.R. 2817 (The Roadmap to End Global Hunger and Promote Food Security Act of 2009) and H.R. 3077 (The Global Food Security Act of 2009), and for your senators to support S. 384 (the Senate version of the Global Food Security Act of 2009).