Monday, October 27, 2008
In any case, the downside to charging admission for a movie experience that only recently was free-ish is that, as Dunham reminds, "as something becomes more expensive, demand falls."
"How those forces play against each other is going to determine how the movie does," Dunham says.
yahoo news: "Zac Efron…and the Giffen Paradox!?"
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Bastiat's wiki entry
“Can the law – which necessarily require the use of force – rationally be used for anything except protecting the rights of everyone? I defy anyone to extend it beyond this purpose without perverting it and, consequently, turning might against right…It must be admitted that the true solution - so long searched for in the area of social relationships – is contained in these simple words: Law is organized justice” (35).
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sony Bravia "Domino City" from Film Construction on Vimeo.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Herbs can also be grown indoors for year-round enjoyment. Growing herbs indoors is no more difficult than growing them in the garden.
Indoor plants will need essentially the same conditions as herbs grown outdoors -- sunlight and a well-drained soil mix that is not too rich.
Select a south or west window. Different herbs have different light requirements, but most need a sunny location; in winter, "grow lamps" or fluorescent lamps are helpful in supplementing light.
When planting, mix two parts sterilized potting soil and one part coarse sand or perlite. To ensure sweetness of the soil, add a cut of ground limestone per bushel of soil -- or 1 teaspoon of lime per 5-inch pot. There should be an inch of gravel at the bottom of each pot to ensure good drainage.
Consider the water needs of each herb. Growing plants need more water as do plants in clay pots or hanging baskets. Misting and grouping the plants on a tray of moistened pebbles will help keep them in a humid condition. Don't drench herbs -- avoid getting herb roots soggy.
Annual herbs can spend their full life cycle in a pot indoors. Perennial herbs, however, will do better if you place them outdoors during the summer. Plunge the pot in soil up to its rim, or keep it in a protected location on the porch or patio.
Herb plants need sun during the summer months, so place them accordingly. To prevent the loss of foliage and avoid plant damage, bring herbs indoors before frost. A light frost is helpful on mint, chives, and tarragon; it tends to induce a rest period and make the resulting new growth firm and fresh.
You can maintain an indoor herb garden indefinitely by periodic light feeding, yearly repotting, renewing annuals, seasonal moves outdoors for perennials, and occasional pruning. Water plants as needed. Use several planters or a divided one to allow for different moisture needs of plants."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
How do cutting and non-suicidal self-injury fit into the history of how humans have dealt with pain?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is stolen from Jeff's blog, but I thought it was such a great resource that I had to stick it up on mine:
“To begin with, we need to ask why the ideologies arose when they did and what are the preconditions for their coming into existence. First, we must be aware of the long tradition of political theorizing that stands in back of the ideologies, which can be said to recycle much of the material of these ancient theories. For example, it is sometimes thought that liberal individualism is an unprecedented philosophy that would have been unthinkable prior to the Enlightenment or perhaps the Renaissance. In its modern form this is certainly true. Yet if we look back to the post-Aristotelian philosophy of Epicureanism, we are struck by the similarities between this philosophy and that of, say, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), who lived two millennia later. Individualism, as it turns out, is not so new after all. The modern ideologies have thus received much of their content from these older theories. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. Not surprisingly, then, the inventors of an ideology rarely create ex nihilo its intellectual ingredients; they have simply recycled them from earlier ideologies and political theories.” (Political Visions and Illusions p.23)
“…I view ideologies as modern types of that ancient phenomenon idolatry, complete with their own accounts of sin and redemption…Like these biblical idolatries, every ideology is based on taking something out of creation's totality, raising it above that creation and making the latter revolve around and serve it. It is further based on the assumption that this idol has the capacity to save us from some real or perceived evil in the world. This is a book about political ideologies; the ideologies we shall discuss here have to do with politics and its place within human life.” (Political Visions and Illusions by David T. Koyzis, p.15)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element."
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Over the past thirty years, Wall Street has honed the art of creating and selling financial products with an increasingly tenuous connection to reality. It has been an extraordinarily creative period - a modernism of money, with an equivalent trend toward abstraction. Relatively simple derivatives evolved into ever more arcane contrivances. The risk and the leverage piled up, and, in the short term the billions rolled in. This is over now."
Friday, October 10, 2008
My genius friend Jessie is currently unemployed and wanted to go to St. Louis Fashion Week ($35/ticket) and so called up the organizer and volunteered herself all week. I got the opportunity to volunteer last night and saw the miacro, Wrath Arcane, and Humanity for All shows for free.
miacro (women) and Wrath Arcane (menswear) were stunning and really exciting. Humanity for All was stupid in the Juicy Couture/Ed Hardy way.
The cutest thing of the night was talking to a miacro model after the show going home with her parents. She couldn't have been older than 16 and still had braces.
I was talking to a girl at the (free) bar who works for Clear Channel and she said that she had been to a show earlier in the week called Goodwill. The designers took all clothing from Goodwill stores. You can see a slideshow (here).
My roommate Sharon was there last night and is going to the Apple Bottoms show on Saturday. Unfortunately I can't make it, and can't fulfill one of my life dreams of meeting Nelly.
The whole thing was overseen by Attilio D'Agostino, owner of ALIVE Magazine.
Probably the most exciting thing of the night was seeing how cool and legitimately fashionable St. Louis can be. This kind of stuff renews my hope in my backward, racist city.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
"Where else are we going to go?" asks Nicolette. "There aren't a lot of places where we can hang out.""