Irony, as we all know by now, is not interesting. We have all talked about irony for twenty years, and now we’re done talking about it. But lying is still interesting. And these two things remain connected, even though they feel so utterly different. An ironist is someone who says something untrue with unclear sincerity; the degree to which that statement is funny is based on how many people realize it’s false. If everybody knows the person is lying, nobody cares. If nobody knows the person is lying, the speaker is a lunatic. The ideal ratio is 65-35: If a slight majority of the audience cannot tell that the intention is comedic, the substantial minority who do understand will feel better about themselves. It’s an exclusionary kind of humor.
Well, once again I’m going to quote Chuck Klosterman, because he is a genius. This time it’s a part for Eating the Dinosaur (again). I reread this chapter a couple of weeks ago and I just find it amazing.
"The Unabomber writes that society evolves irrationally, which is probably how he justified mailing people bombs. But what would a rational society look like? He never explains that part.
When it’s warm out, I like to sit inside air-conditioned rooms. This feels rational to me. It seems rational to want to be comfortable. But is it rational wi expect to be cool when the outside temperature is 95 degrees? I suppose it isn’t. But why would it be irrational to build and use a machine that makes things cooler? Here again, that seems rational.
Yet what am I giving up in order to have a 70-degree living room in July?
Nothing that’s particularly important to me.
For the air conditioner to work, I need to live in a building that has electricity, so I have to be connected to the rest of society. That’s fine. That’s no problem. Of course, to be accepted by that society, I have to accept the rules and laws of community living. That’s fine too. Now, to thrive and flourish and afford my electric bill, I will also have to earn money. But that’s okay–most jobs are social and many are enriching and unnecessary. However, the only way to earn money is to do something (or provide something) that is valued by other people, what I do to make a living is not really my decision. So, in order to have air-conditioning, I will agree to live in a specific place with other people, following whatever rules happen to exist there, all while working at a job that was constructed by someone else for their benefit.
In order to have a 70-degree living room, I give up almost everything.
Yet nothing that’s particularly important to me.
When Kaczynski wrote, “Technology is a more powerful social force that the aspiration for freedom,” I assume this is what he meant.”
”- I suppose the heart knows something that we just don’t know. Or maybe the heart is just wrong.
- Oh, I doubt that. Love can be inconvenient, perhaps inappropriate. It can be dangerous. Make us do things we wouldn’t dream of doing. But wrong? That just depends on where we end up, doesn’t it?”
I remember when I started watching the show Dexter, it blew my mind. I don’t remember why I stopped watching it for more than 4 years, but I definitely remember why I loved it so much. The capacity of mixing an intense/controversial subject and people’s life. I’m still surprised there are so many great quotes in this dark show, but the one I posted above is one of the greatest I heard.
If we’re not together, I don’t expect you to have taken some vow of celibacy. It’s just, when I see someone look at you the way that I used to look at you, I fucking hate that. It makes me sick to my stomach.
So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
That’s what I’ll remember from this great movie. Also, it could have been named "How the Fort Pitt Tunnel changed my Life"
"I know I’m quiet. And I know I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time… you’d know what it really meant. How much we’re alike… and how we’ve been through the same things. And you’re not small. You’re beautiful." - Charlie
If I liked reading other books than Chuck Klosterman’s, I’m sure I would have read it already, because it’s kind of a sad story, and it’s what makes it great.
"…and I am sitting at a computer listening to "The Winner Takes It All" for the two hundredth or three hundredth or seven hundredth time, and I find myself continually shocked by how profoundly adult this song is. The chords are sonically limitless. The lyrics refer to judicial proceedings and express uncomfortably specific details about the end of love: I can think of no other pop song that examines the self-aware guilt one feels when talking to a person who has humanely obliterated your heart.
I don’t wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You’ve come to shake my hand
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
The message of ‘The Winner Takes It All’ is straightforward: It argues that the concept of relationships ending on mutual terms is an emotional fallacy. One person is inevitably okay and the other is inevitably devastated. There is a loser who metaphorically stays and a winner who literally leaves, and the individual leaving takes everything with them.”
It must be something insane, because I should not enjoy it as much as I do. I must be seeing something so personal and so universal that understanding this question would tell me everything I need to know about who I am, and maybe I don’t want that to happen. But perhaps it’s simply this: Football allows the intellectual part of my brain to evolve, but it allows the emotional part to remain unchanged. It has a liberal cerebellum and a reactionary heart. And this is all I want from everything, all the time, always.”
Well, I’m a big fan of music. I listen to new stuff all the time, so I decided that I’ll put each month a playlist of what I’m listening, whether it’s new or not. I will try to put between 15 and 20 songs, so it’s not too overwhelming at one time. Every genre.
(You can still find my all time hits on the right of the page)
So here is the January ‘13 playlist:
Breakbot (feat. Irfane) - Baby I’m Yours
Imagine Dragons - It’s Time
Knife Party - Internet Friends
Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts
The Pretty Reckless - Kill Me
Blink 182 - Dogs Eating Dogs
Asaf Avidan - One Day Reckoning Song
Imagine Dragons - On Top of the World
Fun. - Some Nights
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop (ft. Wanz)
Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio - When The Right One Comes Along
Shaka Ponk - Let’s Bang
C2C - Le Banquet (Feat Kentaro And Netik And Rafik And Tigerstyle And Vajra)
Here’s a question I like to ask people when I’m 5/8 drunk: Let’s say you had the ability to make a very brief phone call into your own past. You are (somehow) given the opportunity to phone yourself as a teenager; in short, you will be able to communicate with the fifteen-year-old version of you. However, you will only get to talk to your former self for fifteen seconds. As such, there’s no way you will be able to explain who you are, where or when you’re calling from, or what any of this lunacy is supposed to signify. You will only be able to give the younger version of yourself a fleeting, abstract message of unclear origin. What would you say to yourself during those fifteen seconds?
From a sociological standpoint, what I find most interesting about this query is the way it inevitably splits between gender lines: Women usually advise themselves not to do something they now regret (i.e., “Don’t sleep with Corey McDonald, no matter how much he pressures you”), while men almost always instruct themselves to do something they failed to attempt (i.e., “Punch Corey McDonald in the face, you gutless coward”). But from a more practical standpoint, the thing I’ve come to realize is that virtually no one has any idea how to utilize such an opportunity, even if it were possible. If you can’t directly explain that you’re talking from the future, any prescient message becomes worthless. All advice comes across like a drunk dialer reading a fortune cookie. One person answered my question by claiming he would tell the 1985 incarnation of himself to “Invest in Google”. That sounds smart, but I can’t imagine a phrase that would have been more useless to me as a teenager in 1985. I would have spent the entire evening wondering how it would be possible to invest money into the number 1 with one hundred zeros behind it.
It doesn’t matter what you can do if you don’t know why you’re doing it.