Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. (via @raphaelbastide)
Whale fall is the term used for a whale carcass that has fallen to the ocean floor. Whale falls were first observed in the 1980s, with the advent of deep-sea robotic exploration. When a whale dies in shallow water, its carcass is typically devoured by scavengers over a relatively short period of time—within several months. However, in deeper water (depths of 2,000 m/6,600 ft or greater), fewer scavenger species exist, and the carcass can provide sustenance for a complex localized ecosystem over periods of decades. (via tsixestixe)
Ryan Adams:I did the Gap ad, because who says no to $30,000 an hour? I don't! I'm sorry if that's selling out, so be it. Yes, I sell out. I do Gap ads so that I don't have to work in a factory. Also, I don't mind their clothes. But maybe the number one main reason is because Willie was doing it and I was supposed to do it with him, and you don't say no to Willie Nelson.
“I’m ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court,” Strazzullo said. “Our Founding Fathers wrote ‘The Federalist Papers’ under pseudonyms. Inherent in the First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously. Shouldn’t that right extend to the new public square of the Internet?”
i bet the founding fathers would’ve had snarky fashion blogs if the technology had only been available.
I do not agree with what you say on the internet, but I will defend to the death your right to say it without consequence.
To begin with, I wanted that truth to life to possess a concrete reliability, and rejoiced most when the poem seemed most direct, an upfront representation of the world it stood in for or stood up for or stood its ground against. Even as a schoolboy, I loved John Keats’s ode “To Autumn” for being an ark of the covenant between language and sensation; as an adolescent, I loved Gerard Manley Hopkins for the intensity of his exclamations which were also equations for a rapture and an ache I didn’t fully know I knew until I read him; I loved Robert Frost for his farmer’s accuracy and his wily down-to-earthness; and Chaucer too for much the same reasons. Later on I would find a different kind of accuracy, a moral down-to-earthness to which I responded deeply and always will, in the war poetry of Wilfred Owen, a poetry where a New Testament sensibility suffers and absorbs the shock of the new century’s barbarism. Then later again, in the pure consequence of Elizabeth Bishop’s style, in the sheer obduracy of Robert Lowell’s and in the barefaced confrontation of Patrick Kavanagh’s, I encountered further reasons for believing in poetry’s ability - and responsibility - to say what happens, to “pity the planet,” to be “not concerned with Poetry.”
Missing white woman syndrome is a vernacular term for the disproportionately greater degree of coverage in television, radio, and print news reporting of a missing person case involving a young, attractive, middle or upper middle class white woman, compared with cases concerning a missing male, or missing persons of other races or classes. These features are said to provoke discrimination in the reporting as news of the disappearance of a young white woman, and so to increase public interest in her disappearance.
Wow, it’s just hit me that A) This decade is almost over. B) I’m old and don’t want to be nostalgically reminded of what I and my friends were all listening to when I had just started college. C) I may have listened to way too much music over the past 9 years.
A dead cat bounce is a figurative term used by traders in the finance industry to describe a pattern wherein a spectacular decline in the price of a stock is immediately followed by a moderate and temporary rise before resuming its downward movement, with the connotation that the rise was not an indication of improving circumstances in the fundamentals of the stock. It is derived from the notion that “even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height”. (via @yjon)
"On the other hand, your average Southern gent, of which I was a touching example, believes in his heart of hears and despite of his rough and tumble ways, in fair play—and remains a fool for any kind of romantic adventure that requires chargin…g the canon to demonstrate his pure and constant allegiance to some lost cause, which, often as not, turns out to be one of them beautiful Southern girls"
—Henry Adams, i think
"John Hughes movies—the good ones, those five or six gems he wrote and directed in the mid-to-late ’80s, before he stopped directing altogether and became a producer and writer of hack comedies—persist in the collective memory of a certain demographic (say, anyone born between the Kennedy assassination and the Watergate hearings) as foundational texts of adolescence. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club were to the 1980s what Rebel Without a Cause or Catcher in the Rye were to the ’50s. If that sounds grandiose, well, grandiosity has long been essential to the representation of teenagerhood: James Dean’s lovingly cultivated sneer, Holden Caulfield’s self-defeating purism, Judd Nelson’s raised fist in freeze-frame at the end of The Breakfast Club. Each generation learns to express its alienation in the fashionable pose of its time. That the pose is an imitation doesn’t make the need to strike it any less real.”