John MacFarlane on stuff, things

Navigating the obvious.

David Byrne: Will Work for Inspiration →

Many of the wealthy don’t even live here. In the neighborhood where I live (near the art galleries in Chelsea), I can see three large condos from my window that are pretty much empty all the time. What the fuck!? Apparently rich folks buy the apartments, but might only stay in them a few weeks out of a year. So why should they have an incentive to maintain or improve the general health of the city? They’re never here.

— 6 months ago
#New York  #urban planning  #cities  #for.tumblr 
"What she had mistakenly assumed was her personality — driven, cranky, anxious and sad — turned out to be a deformative effect of her environment."
— 1 year ago with 1 note
#work 

translatingtheprintempserable:

A Great Thunder. An open letter to striking students. 

CHRISTIAN NADEAU, May 17, 2012

This letter was originally published in French here:http://journal.alternatives.ca/fra/journal-alternatives/publications/dossiers/opinions/article/un-grand-tonnerre-lettre-ouverte?lang=fr and distributed in the above video.

Dear students, 

I am writing you this letter in order to salute you and to humbly ask that you help us follow through with your endeavor. Your struggle is becoming the rebirth of of the left in Quebec, asleep for years thanks to the privilege of the few and dizzied by its own prefabricated rhetoric. You are liberty’s workers. You have denounced the sugary splendor of our artificial paradise. You have reminded us of what a nation is when it is at its best: a great act of confidence.

— 1 year ago with 21 notes
#politics  #quebec 
I would like to briefly honour my blue-and-black striped socks, which have accompanied me on many adventures over four (or so) years but which have reached the end of their useful lives. They were bought because they reminded me of a pair of socks I borrowed from Evan Kelly at his wedding and never returned. (It’s possible that those borrowed socks were subsequently borrowed by Omer Rashid — at any rate they disappeared without tribute.) The blue-and-black socks were never named, but they were my go-to socks for most occasions. Job interviews, conferences, meetings, other people’s weddings and my own. I darned them multiple times in order to extend their lifespan. The toes are ribboned with different colours of thread, and are relatively intact; in the end it was the heels that wore out beyond repair. They probably didn’t bring me luck, but maybe they did.

I would like to briefly honour my blue-and-black striped socks, which have accompanied me on many adventures over four (or so) years but which have reached the end of their useful lives. They were bought because they reminded me of a pair of socks I borrowed from Evan Kelly at his wedding and never returned. (It’s possible that those borrowed socks were subsequently borrowed by Omer Rashid — at any rate they disappeared without tribute.) The blue-and-black socks were never named, but they were my go-to socks for most occasions. Job interviews, conferences, meetings, other people’s weddings and my own. I darned them multiple times in order to extend their lifespan. The toes are ribboned with different colours of thread, and are relatively intact; in the end it was the heels that wore out beyond repair. They probably didn’t bring me luck, but maybe they did.

— 2 years ago
OccupyWallSt 9/30/11 (by jsmooth995)

OccupyWallSt 9/30/11 (by jsmooth995)

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
"If you think there is a vast climate conspiracy out to silence you, corrupting science and public discourse in order to accrue power, then why accept the result of an election? Why accept the findings of the IPCC or CSIRO, or the authority of the UN? And by extension, why engage with any criticism, which is ideologically motivated to begin with? It’s the ultimate political and intellectual cul-de-sac"
— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#environment  #politics  #ideology  #australia 
"It’s definitely my favorite film franchise that’s 80 percent boring."
Chuck Klosterman in Grantland on the Planet of the Apes films.
— 2 years ago with 1 note
#film 
"If there was human care involved, Sandler’s Happy Madison production company managed to do its signature detailing job to remove it, for maximum ease of consumption. And so Zookeeper plays like an amalgam of tics and bulging clichés, arranged in a vague narrative order and stretched out to an unconscionable 104 minutes."
From Michelle Orange’s Review of Zookeeper.
— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#film  #peeps 
"But self-publishing a blog should never be conflated with an unpaid internship. Unpaid internships are for chumps. They are a disgusting scam that ensures that the pipeline into the industry is clogged with wealthy college kids"
— 2 years ago
#writing 
The One-Percenters - Roger Ebert's Journal →

Why do middle and lower class Tea Party members not understand that they bear an unfair burden of taxes that should be more fairly distributed? Why do they support those who campaign against unions and a higher minimum wage? What do they think is in it for them?

— 3 years ago
"Really, if the old Penn Station had not been knocked down, at best it would have ended up annoyingly subdivided into a mall, like Union Station in Washington D.C., because that is the only thing that America can think of to do with its vast public spaces anymore."
— 3 years ago with 7 notes
#usa  #transportation  #urban planning  #cities