You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious. — When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials arent’ buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)
(Source: bostonreview, via jesswanderlust)
How the price of paint is set in the hearts of dying stars -
Why are barns painted red? Because red paint used to be cheapest. But why is red paint cheaper than other colors? Ultimately, nuclear physics. Yonatan Zunger explains. For more on stellar nucleosynthesis, see: we are all made of star stuff.
“The fact is I really do respect the press. I recognize that the press and I have different jobs to do. My job is to be President; your job is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I’m doing my job better.”
In a well-known 1929 letter to Ernest Hemingway, he described himself as an “old whore” whom the Post now paid a premium “$4,000. a screw” because “she’s mastered the 40 positions [when] in her youth one was enough.” For Fitzgerald, the short story was a means to an end: it allowed him to finance his novel writing, which he considered the preeminent art form. Yet as his graphic metaphor suggests, he also resented the story market for enticing him to prostitute his talent. To command courtesan prices, he had to know how to his please his audience – and that meant recycling familiar themes, employing stock characters and scenarios, and tugging the heartstrings. — The Love Songs of F. Scott Fitzgerald | OUPblog (via oupacademic)
Glenford flowers #upstate #springtimes (at Glenford, NY)
This chart has one misleading bit. You don’t really overdose from cocaine. The vast majority of deaths from cocaine occur from an impossible-to-predict fatal heart rhythm. You snort some coke and your heart stops beating normally and you die. Cocaine is an interesting drug in that this rhythm can occur in anyone at any time and it’s not associated with the dose. It can happen the first time you do coke or the 1,000th. It can happen with just a small amount or it can happen after your 4th hit that night. It’s just sheer bad luck. Note that cocaine kills more people than heroin every year.
In case you were wondering: this is why I don’t do coke.
(Source: pushthemovement, via strle)
There’s always money in the banana stand. #arresteddevelopment #sotasty (at Ample Hills Creamery)