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The year we wanted the internet to be smaller - The Verge
“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political,” Laing concludes. “Loneliness is collective; it is a city.” The vast digital metropolis of the internet — that place that was supposed to make us feel never alone — failed us this year; we built what we needed on its outskirts.
internet  attention  identity  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia  email  humor 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
"It wouldn't be funny if you weren't telling something that violated some cultural assumption"
humor  from twitter
may 2014 by allaboutgeorge
Aziz Ansari gets candid about love: “elusive and sadly ephemeral” | Comedy | Interview | The A.V. Club
I weirdly do consider myself an optimist about love. In my Buried Alive show, I tell a story about a guy who meets his future wife when he goes to Bed Bath & Beyond to get Drano. They fall in love. And in the joke, I just talk about how amazing it is that all these random factors came together to make it possible for these people to run into each other at this particular moment in time, in a parking lot at Bed Bath & Beyond, and then fall in love. I’m an optimist—I feel like an amazing part of life is that at any moment, any of us could have that Bed Bath & Beyond moment.
love  relationships  longreads  humor  comedy  research  marriage  sex  technology  dating 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine if Mick Jagger responded to Keith Richards about his new autobiography. - By Bill Wyman - Slate Magazine
It's about rock 'n' roll, of course, and playing guitar, and his tenure, and mine, in our unusual coalition. It's also about heroin and everything else he can't stop ingesting. But again it's about Keith himself, who once started never did stop—through the fame, the songs, the concerts and the women and the drugs; and the violence and senselessness, the addictions and the deaths, the ruined lives, the petty and large-scale cruelties. At the end Keith got Wayne Shorter to do a sax solo that is itself almost an out-of-body experience, perhaps the loveliest moment on one of our records. It goes on and on over the last two minutes of a very long track, and the end is almost a … an exaltation, perhaps? I am lost there. It's something I'm not sure I ever saw evidenced in real life, and something that isn't in his book. It's the sound—or at least the closest thing Keith Richards will ever admit to it—of a conscience.
music  books  humor  life  rock 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Mashable: The Million Dollar Question: Why Does the Web Love Cats?
“When a dog gets in a box, it’s because he desperately wants you to think he’s cool. When a cat does it, it’s because it suddenly felt like the right thing to do at the time. More often than not, it totally was. I think it’s the very aloofness of cats that makes us want to caption their thoughts, or put them in front of a keyboard and see what happens. The many Keyboard Dogs were a failure not just because they came second, but because they were enjoying themselves far too much.”
media  internet  humor  cats  web  dogs 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
David Cross Pleads Mercy for Insulting Your Best Friend Jesus | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair
I don’t like the complete and irreparable erosion of the line between audience and performer. It’s gotten to the point—and I guess it’s always been there if you look at Shakespeare’s days and people throwing tomatoes at performers—where there’s a sense of entitlement that an audience has as a group. If they don’t like you and they don’t agree with you, they feel like they’re entitled to disrupt you. There’s a reason why somebody came up with the heckle comeback, “I don’t come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth.” It happened because somebody was telling a joke and a coward sitting in a darkened theater thought to yell back at him and basically say, “Look at me! I’m funnier than he is!” There’s this crazy sense of entitlement that the audience has that you just don’t find anywhere else.
comedy  acting  playwriting  humor  public  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Scott Adams Blog: Phone 09/03/2010
My suggestion, which I offer simply to prime the pump, is to call the phone your "head." This term recognizes that you are essentially a cyborg with a detachable brain. You offload a lot of your memory into your device, and it helps you communicate and gather information, just like the other parts of your general skull area.
humor  mobile  iphone  nokia  attention  information  data  humans 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sex Offender Week: Rivers Cuomo Messes You Up Forever - The Awl
I am not the world's leading expert on emotional maturity. I find that PJ Harvey song about mutilating dudes to be emotionally useful, on a more or less continual basis. But I will tell you this: The moment you, the female listener, break up with your internal Rivers Cuomo, the moment you renounce this particular mode of male expression and declare it no longer desirable or cute, the moment you no longer confuse the feeling of wanting to take a boy home and make him soup and somehow fix all his problems via blow job with love, is the moment that you're free. Because, at that point, you no longer care so much about his feelings. You still care, of course, about those. But never more than you care about your own.
feminism  music  humor  writing  nonfiction  1990s  relationships  love  men  women  rock 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Dispatches From a Guy Trying Unsuccessfully to Sell a Song In Nashville.
When we were doing our first living room recordings for our band, with a little four-track recorder, my friend John coached me to imagine I was John Mellencamp, and not try to "sing" like some Methodist choir member. He was basically trying to get me to Yell on Key. That advice and my admiration for mid-to-late-sixties Dylan are the main influences on the voice I use for my now perhaps-understandably-infrequent performances.

Demand appears to have ebbed over the years.

Still, you can't be a singer-songwriter unless you try to be both sides of that hyphen.
songwriting  creativity  music  livemusic  humor  writing 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
First Lady marks International Women’s Day with Hillary ‘President’ joke - Yahoo! News
The first lady also picked up on these ideas of stronger public recognition for women in her remarks on Monday, when the White House hosted its own event marking the importance of the March 8th holiday. "I get to speak while he stands and watches," the first lady announced, as the president looked on. She then told the president, "Look at me adoringly," to laughter from the crowd. He obliged with the reply, "I can do that"-whereupon she mock-chided him with the follow-up command, "With sincerity."
obama  president  women  humor 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Dan Grover » Toward a Grand Unified Theory of n00bs
So there are a lot of ways regular people are different from programmers, and in ways much more nuanced than simple "computer literacy." How do we solve the problems caused by these differences?
social  technology  education  humor  design  computers  software  attention 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Meet Das Racist, the Smartest Stupid Guys in the Room -- New York Magazine
“We could have written a structured treatise attacking corporate proliferation. Or we could just say ‘Pizza Hut Taco Bell’ over and over. That shit’s way funnier.”
music  humor  comedy  songwriting  newyork  business  corporations  attention 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge Life | It's hot! It's sexy! It's ... marriage!
We talk about our marriages so seriously and with such reverence; we talk about our sex or lack thereof in the same way. Maybe we shouldn't. Maybe we shouldn't treat the institution and its dirty little companion as some sort of precious Fabergé egg that is either shattered and worthless or pristine, untouchable and priceless. Maybe it's more like Silly Putty and the plastic egg it comes in. Sometimes the egg is open, allowing for hours of stretchy, flexible fun; sometimes the egg is closed and kind of boring, but as long as the Silly Putty remains inside the egg it's still full of as much potential as your imagination allows, and the value of the egg is not diminished no matter how often or vigorously the egg or its contents are fingered or played with. (And yes, I was staring at a Silly Putty egg on my dining room table when I came up with that extended metaphor.)
marriage  relationships  beauty  love  sex  writing  men  women  humor  comedy 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Brief Life as a Woman - Well Blog -
I was in the middle of treatment for an aggressive case of prostate cancer last winter, and it included a six-month course of hormone therapy. My Lupron shots suppressed testosterone, which is the fuel for prostate cancer.

When your testosterone is being throttled, there are bound to be side effects. So, with the help of Lupron, I spent a few months aboard the Good Ship Menopause with all the physical baggage that entails. It’s a trip that most men don’t expect to take.
women  men  health  humor  nytimes  cancer  identity  food 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Twilight of the Tummlers
“I don’t feel that I’m pessimistic,” says Allen. “That’s something I get called: pessimistic, nihilistic, cynical … I don’t see it that way. I just have a realistic attitude, and the hard facts are so brutal and terrifying that each person has his own way of rationalizing that it’s not so bad. But it is so bad. And the trick is to acknowledge that, and still get through.”

As Allen speaks those words, David starts laughing (where others might weep). “I agree with that,” he says. “I go through life feeling sorry for pretty much everybody. I’ll pass a toll, and I’ll think about the toll collector standing in there for eight or ten hours a day—how do they do it? How do they get up in the morning and go back? I feel sorry for everyone.”
death  identity  judaism  movies  film  cinema  writing  creativity  humor  comedy  religion  newyork  nyc 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Movie review: 'Observe and Report'
After all, truth in comedy is why we laugh - we're startled by it, and laughter is the response. Yet truth itself, in the sense of the public's perception of reality, is always evolving and shifting, and comedy always has to keep pace.
comedy  humor  film  cinema  acting  story 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why I've had enough literary sex - Telegraph
"It is even harder than writing comedy – it's all about pace and timing. And just as not everyone has the same sense of humour, not everyone has the same erotic triggers. But sex sells so sometimes the critical faculties disappear.

"It's the same with art. You can be the most amazing collector but when it comes to erotic pieces, the quality control goes out the window and you end up with something that looks as if it has come from Forum magazine circa 1970."
sex  writing  fiction  uk  humor  shortstory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
xkcd - A Webcomic - Sledding Discussion
"It depresses me that i'm too old to learn another language fluently. My brain's solidified."
language  technology  culture  humor  comics  education  relationships 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge | Gideon Rachman’s Blog | Covered in internet slime
If the newspaper industry really goes down the pan, I now have a business plan. I will claim to be a former member of the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Council on Foreign Relations/UN/Zionist establishment and write a book revealing the inside story of a plot to form a world government. It will sell millions.
humor  politics  religion  uk  newspapers  media  journalism  government  books  internet  reputation 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Real Advice Hurts | 43 Folders
Next time you find yourself staring at another re-packaged post about all the “resources” for becoming great at whatever you’re theoretically excited about, ask yourself for specific evidence — things you can point to that you’ve done or made — that reflect the improvement all those thousands of tips and resources brought you.
writing  humor  blogging  gtd  advice 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Schwarzenegger Says Palin Would Be Great VP - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"As you know, it's such a difference between when we have a normal discussion about something or when you are on the campaign trail. You sometimes end up talking like a machine."
humor  politics  california  palin  president  elections  campaigns  republicans  movies  film  cinema 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Stephen Fry on the road - Telegraph
"There is one phrase I probably heard more than any other on my travels: 'Only in America!' If you were to hear a Briton say 'Tch! Only in Britain, eh?', it would probably refer to something that was either predictable, miserable, oppressive, dull, bureaucratic, queuey, damp, spoil-sporty or incompetent – or a mixture of all of those. 'Only in America!', on the other hand, always refers to something shocking, amazing, eccentric, wild, weird or unpredictable. Americans are constantly being surprised by their own country. Britons are constantly having their worst fears confirmed about theirs. This seems to be one of the major differences between us."
usa  uk  travel  identity  aesthetics  reputation  politics  culture  humor  books 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge Ink Q&A - Nikolai Grozni
"Life is absurd — and so is enlightenment. Life is funny — and so is enlightenment. Life is larger than categories, absolutes, and dogmas. And so is enlightenment."
buddhism  religion  spirituality  travel  india  aesthetics  humor  ritual  memory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The White Stuff | The American Prospect
"They like running marathons and eating sushi, venerating Jon Stewart and bragging about not owning a TV. They talk endlessly about HBO's The Wire and dance self-consciously to '80s music. [...]"
class  race  racism  white  online  blogging  writing  humor 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hit comedian: 'I don't really know what I'm doing' -
"Getting known, I think, can be really dangerous to people. I think I'm too smart to get weighed down by that. Somebody said to me once -- I may have come up with this, I can't remember -- 'I want to be so famous I never tell the truth again.' "
comedy  humor  identity  celebrity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Firefox 3 Robot Themed Easter Egg | Laughing Squid
"UPDATE 2: George Kelly make a great sound about 'about:robots'." I've been Squidified!
robots  humor  songwriting  mozilla  firefox 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IOL: Truth in humour?
"I don't believe in black on black violence because everybody robs and kills people...It's not black on black but broke on broke, when people rob each other."
humor  comedy  poverty  crime  chrisrock  quotes  southafrica  africa  interviews 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Link by Link - This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix -
“You can draw something that appeals to 1 percent of the audience — 1 percent of United States, that is three million people, that is more readers than small cartoons can have.”
comics  humor  internet  nytimes  creativity  diy  art  code  computers  language 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
They Told You Not To Reply - Security Fix
AFAIK, the most trouble I've gotten from owning has been a few fake M_S___e IDs
security  news  humor  email  computers  technology  web 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory
Note to self: Send a couple of beers for linking to this short story.
comedy  fiction  history  humor  internet  wiki  wikipedia  time  shortstory  story  nazi  scifi  writing 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Logobama - Barack Obama Logo Creator
"As Obama says, 'we are the change we have been waiting for.' That’s what Obama is representing... someone who wants all of us to participate in changing the world. And together, we can make this change, one logo at a time."
2008  design  elections  flickr  humor  obama  politics 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
ShortEnd Magazine | A Few Ideas About Comedy & Discipline | Thoughts on Independent Film
"Essentially comedy, in a lot of ways, is a volume business. The more you put in there, and the more subtle it is, you have a greater chance to get people to latch onto certain things."
writing  comedy  creativity  humor  aesthetics 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
jwz - PSA: backups
"Option 1: Learn not to care about your data. Don't save any old email, use a film camera, and only listen to physical CDs and not MP3s. If you have no posessions, you have nothing to lose."
mac  macosx  osx  reference  security  humor  computers 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Judy Gold has '25 Questions for a Jewish Mother' - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch
“We did the gamut — reform, orthodox, conservative, black, white, gay, straight. ... The only thing they had in common is they were Jewish, they were mothers, and there was always food if we went to someone’s house."
judaism  parenting  women  religion  culture  food  comedy  humor 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge media blog » Blog Archive » Covering naked and jogging college students is good community journalism
"We must cover our communities as we really find them. We must use all available tools to reflect those communities back to our friends and neighbors in those communities. And then we must host the discussions that those reports encourage." Agreed!
newspapers  humor  media  journalism  massachusetts  public  social 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Personal Inventory: the erotic appeal of the Lands' End catalog -
"Who thought sixty pages of stylish-yet-practical clothing would employ models that are disturbing approximations of the lovely, thirty-something woman who doesn't want to put up with your shit anymore?"
humor  fashion  writing  men  beauty  marketing  aesthetics  sex 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
It's No Laughing Matter -
"Many editors like to think Pulitzer Prizes sell newspapers, but comics sell them too -- and probably more than Pulitzer Prizes."
business  comics  newspapers  media  journalism  humor  art  creativity  public 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Jerk
"It turns out Dad's a financial genius!" "All I did was take the money you sent home and embarked on a periodic investment in a no-load mutual fund."
film  comedy  humor  money  writing  fiction 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Puritan Blister #29
"BRYAN: You're not going to stop, are you? ROBERT: Said the inventor of smooth jazz."
pitchfork  bobdylan  fiction  jazz  humor 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
No One Admits To Singing, Writing, Producing Nation's No. 1 Song | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Somewhere out there, there are some folks who are deeply, deeply ashamed of what they've done. And after hearing a few seconds of that song, I can't really say that I blame them."
songwriting  music  humor  comedy  radio  pop 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Mule Design Studio's Blog: How To Visit San Francisco
"In San Francisco, should you make eye contact with someone and either nod or say hello you should expect them to turn their head slightly away from you, turn their nose up a bit and pucker their mouth as if you’ve just inserted a small lemon into it."
california  travel  bayarea  humor  sanfrancisco 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists - New York Times
“Some are so greedy they will do anything to restore the confidence of their intended victim, including pose with a fish on their head or have milk poured over them while holding a sign with a silly message.”
africa  internet  humor  books  nonfiction  communication  african  behavior  email  reputation 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
diesel sweeties: pixelated robot romance web comic
"Feminists don't hate men. We simply enjoy them on our own terms."
feminism  humor  comedy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NPR : Barbershop: What's The Buzz?
"The men in this week's Barbershop discuss recent Obama and Clinton campaign parodies, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's advice for Latinos, and comedian DL Hughley's controversial comments on former radio host Don Imus."
npr  radio  elections  obama  clinton  california  humor  politics 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why Was I Not Informed About Bruce Lee? | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"You say you love me, and yet there is a man who can jump like four feet into the air and kick a guy five times before landing—and you kept it from me. That can hardly be called love."
humor  laughter  pop  children  athletes  love  cinema  film 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 100-91 - Rec Room - The Phoenix
"To see who else made the unkindest cut, click below to get started. We advise, however, that you wait at least half an hour after eating your last meal, just to be safe."
humor  sex  men  beauty  aesthetics  celebrity  film  cinema  music  comedy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Proximity to Darkness
"Michaels's sentences, musical in their attention to rhythm and phrasing, were his greatest stunts and assets. 'She didn't like me,' a story begins. 'So I phoned her every day.' 'My name was Phillip, my style New York City.' "
story  writing  fiction  nyc  judaism  comedy  humor  aesthetics  language 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Class Consciousness-Raiser
"Humor in poverty? About people and sex. In the middle class? About situations. In wealth? About social faux pas. [...] The key question about food in poverty: Did you have enough? In the middle class: Did you like it? In wealth: Was it presented well?"
poor  poverty  class  education  academia  humor  wealth  food 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Sherman Alexie
"When you know music well enough — and I know it just well enough to hear the stuff inside the music — it's almost always the mistakes that are more interesting, the deviations, the errors, the recovery, the experiment inside the song."
writing  music  aesthetics  identity  race  humor  comedy  creativity  sex  books  novels  fiction  story  creativecommons 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Life in Rim Shots - Dick Cavett - Opinion - Times Select - New York Times Blog
“ 'He’ll screw it up, you know,' I said." "I know. The only way to get him to print a joke right is to tell it to him wrong."
comedy  humor  writing  journalism  story  nonfiction  memory  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ON THE JOB / The mystery of the daytime idle: Why aren't you working?
"Face time isn't such a thing anymore. What people care about now is whether you get the work done."
banc  sanfrancisco  culture  humor  work  jobs  leisure  urban  public  social 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News - AP News -- Craigslist Founder: Be More Like Colbert
"Newspapers have for too long taken ourselves too seriously - We need to take a lesson from the Stewarts and the Colberts. We could use some humor."
newspapers  media  journalism  community  humor  comedy  television 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The greatest living critic | Salon Books
"Humanism was a particularized but unconfined concern with all the high-quality products of the creative impulse, which could be distinguished from the destructive one by its propensity to increase the variety of the created world rather than reduce it."
criticism  creativity  writing  humor 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How can I, a middle-aged single woman, just enjoy the rest of my life? | Salon Life
"Time is warped in some way, we feel certain of that. You can get high enough to see over the horizon, but you can't get high enough to see the future. So you pack for the unforeseen. You pack the best you can."
women  travel  philosophy  humor  identity  counseling  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Anti-Gay Slurs: The Latest in Hilarity
"Do the millions of people in on the Borat joke really think they’re immune from even the smallest trace of bigotry?"
humor  cinema  drama  theater  gay  religion  judaism  aesthetics  identity 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work."
creative  english  fiction  humor  literature  memory  minimalism  poetry  reading  scifi  shortstory  story  writing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ilx: "Well I'm telling you they never got it right / Until they put out Undercover of the Night'
"Though there are many lesser gems in their earlier canon (and arguably some since?), all of these songs pre-1983 are merely building blocks towards this, the perfect summation of their ouvre."
rock  songwriting  aesthetics  uk  humor 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Ocean Drive: Brett Sokol's "The Death of Irony"
“Graydon was talking to me the other day about his notion of survivors, which was a word we made fun of instinctively at Spy. But when you’re in your 50s and you have a life and a career, it’s not so funny anymore."
journalism  media  magazines  nyc  humor 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters: Walking Away From It All: The New Great American Fantasy
"So how could McGruder give up the strip, and voluntarily relinquish some of the spotlight we’re all supposed to want? Didn’t he get the memo? Well, maybe he did. But maybe it was the same memo Dave Chappelle got."
aesthetics  identity  television  humor  comedy  fiction  newspapers  sustainable  creativity  work  jobs  copyright 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Psychology Today: Humor's Sexual Side
"Men taunt other men with clever nicknames and insults. That isn't something that women do. They don't tend to play practical jokes, or engage in humor that humiliates or puts somebody down."
marriage  friendship  comedy  culture  gender  health  humor  love  men  philosophy  psychology  relationships  science  sex  society  women 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: My Secret IMs With 'The Cowboy' / In the wake of the Foley sex scandal, Mark Morford reveals his chat with a "special" GOP friend
"I visited there once, Napa or something, rode in a big black Hummer with the Terminator! You ever look at him up close? Face like a tree trunk beaten by a bulldozer. Not pretty. Big thighs, tho. Big thighs and hands like giant warm mittens ..."
sanfrancisco  president  social  internet  fiction  humor  gop  politics 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
It's no joke: IU study finds The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to be as substantive as network news
"In an absolute sense, we should probably be concerned about both of those sources, because neither one is particularly substantive."
television  humor  newspapers  journalism  media  politics  research 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Reviewing Mike Judge's Idiocracy. By Reihan Salam
"Lead or follow. Getting out of the way is not an option. Failing that, you should at least try to outbreed the people you hate most."
humor  politics  society  cinema  behavior  futurism  reviews  usa 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The Raw Story | Dirty jokes
"And I recognize it is a bit odd to complain about my exclusion from juvenile locker-room type talk, but it is a form of bonding, a form of camaraderie. And if women are excluded from it entirely, it is just one more room we are shut out of."
men  women  gender  social  comedy  humor  public  story  culture  aesthetics  identity  relationships  power  love  pron  ritual 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wizard of the Crow - By Ngugi wa Thiong’o - Books - Review
“The life of even the least among us should be sacred, and it will not do for any region or community to keep silent when the people of another region and community are being slaughtered. The wealth of science, technology and arts should enrich peoples.
books  africa  story  politics  power  protest  humor  novels  society 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Kiss 'n' teach
"'I don't subscribe to that humble thing,' he says, embarking on another routine. 'I subscribe to the Muhammad Ali school of semantics, although I'm not anti-semantic.' He raises an eyebrow and peers at me over his shades. 'If you use that I want credit.'
rock  quotes  television  humor  identity  men  celebrity  education  uk 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
ChiTrib: Animals enjoy good laugh too, scientists say
"If you want to invite your dog to play using the dog laugh, say 'hee, hee, hee' without pronouncing the 'ee.' Force out the air in a burst, as if you're receiving the Heimlich maneuver."
pets  dogs  animals  humans  laughter  science  humor 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Jon Stewart, Again in the Crossfire
"They said I wasn't being funny. And I said to them, 'I know that, but tomorrow I will go back to being funny, and your show will still blow.'"
crossfire  dailyshow  humor  journalism 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Crooked Timber: Load the flying bats
"If X is a thing that makes your feet feel wet, how much more likely is X to be real than Y, if Y is a thing that doesn’t make your feet feel wet?"
humor  politics  technology  weblogs 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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