First up, depression evolved because it provided some advantage…
So what could be so useful about depression? Depressed people often think intensely about their problems. These thoughts are called ruminations; they are persistent and depressed people have difficulty thinking about anything else. Numerous studies have also shown that this thinking style is often highly analytical. They dwell on a complex problem, breaking it down into smaller components, which are considered one at a time.
They also believe that teens who take greater risks (drugs, sex, sexting, wearing jelly bracelets) are more mature…
If valid, the study has important implications for interpreting risk-taking in teens. It suggests that the brains of many teens who behave dangerously are maturing early: Reckless behavior might in fact be a sign of adultness. Some adults do risky things (speeding, drinking, having unprotected sex) quite commonly without causing great alarm. Automatically considering such behaviors to be more objectionable just because someone is young runs into what the researchers call in their paper “a conundrum of defining risk (or dangerousness) based not on the objective attributes of the activity but on the person engaging in them.”
One of these articles pertains to me specifically, and the other one doesn’t at all.
<HINT> I didn’t drink, do drugs, or have sex (not to mention sext) until I was in college.</HINT>
Sometimes “ugh” is worthy of being directed at yourself as well.
Yet despite these commendable individual steps, Mr. Obama and his political advisers continue to shrink from the broad investigation of the full range of his predecessor’s trampling on human rights, civil liberties and judicial safeguards that would allow this country to make sure this sordid history is behind it for good…
That will not be accomplished by investigating individual interrogators. It will require a fearless airing of how the orders were issued to those men, and who gave them. Only by making public officials accountable under the law can Americans be confident that future presidents will not feel free to break it the way Mr. Bush did.” —
While I am sympathetic to the idea of justice being served, does anyone really think this would actually become a reality if we can barely get through healthcare reform without the democrats being called Nazis?
Trying to prosecute the Bush administration would probably cause a shit storm so large, it would be hard to get to work on fixing all the crap Bush fucked up in the first place.
Hannibal Buress is writing for SNL now!
With him and John Mulaney on board, they are quickly becoming the home of the first big breaks of my favorite NY comedians.
That right after watching Mad Men on DVR, my first thought was, “Oh, boy! I can’t wait to read what Mad Men Footnotes has to add to this!”
Sorry, you used to be one of my favorite movies, and there’s just so much great stuff here, but the whole “42 year old ugly guy dating a beautiful 17 year old” as a sign of moral clarity is just too much bullshit to handle. It’s a shame.
That’s what they said about Lolita. Nevertheless, it’s the best movie of the 20th Century. His one movie with the perfect balance of comedy and drama, deft where Annie Hall goes for the slapstick (e.g., coke sneeze), brilliant framing and awesome cinematography, unabashed Manhattanphilia, super casting, and yes, the dialogue. Amazing moments: the four of them squirming in their seats at the concert. The car taking the curving GWB exit. The Planetarium scene. Tracy squeaking “I go to high school” when Diane Keaton, fresh off her pretentious rant about the “academy of the overrated,” asks her what she does. Donnie, Keaton’s analyst who calls her up weeping at 3am and later goes into a coma. The breakup scene. The Gershwin. The fireworks. Woody saying he’s just going through the lingerie ads when Keaton asks if he’s read some intellectual piece in the Sunday Times magazine. Of course, the park bench under the Queensboro bridge. Woody with the kid at the Russian Tea Room. Meryl Streep. You can’t ask anything more from a movie.
And of course, When Harry Met Sally completely rips off the ending.
I thought about Lolita after I posted this, and it seems like a fair comparison but I think that the moral difference between Isaac and Humbert is huge. Nabokov obliquely shows the horror of what happened to Lolita—her early marriage, poverty and death. Of course, Nabokov hated moralizing so he buries her death scene in a brisk aside at the beginning of the book (just like Humbert’s parents are killed off in two words in the funniest “death scene” in all of literature). But it’s there, even if he would deny it. Isaac is the moral voice of the movie. I’m surpised that Allen didn’t name him Jeremy. It’s just not intellectually (or morally) acceptable to find salvation erotically and spiritually in the beautiful face and unquestioning love of a 17 year old girl, unless you are 17 year old boy/girl. Otherwise, like I said, I was amazed at how well the movie held up.
Lolita is different because Nabokov, while possibly living out some fantasies (or at least that’s what some people say), still is satirical to a certain degree. Manhattan has satirical elements, but the ending seems pretty sincere.
On a side note, I heard that Kubrick wanted the film version to end with Humbert and Lolita marrying, but Nabokov objected and Kubrick respected his wishes.
So since I am a nerd, I spent my morning tweeting lame topical jokes. I’ve assembled them here:
Earlier this week the CEO of Whole Foods criticized health care reform. His major criticism? He won’t support anything that isn’t as overpriced as a box of organic cereal.
Drug use has just been decriminalized in Mexico. In other news, nothing changed in Mexico.
Schwarzenegger turned down Michigan’s offer to relocate prisoners away from California’s overcrowded penitentiaries. Apparently, it would hurt California’s economy to get rid of so many of it’s agents, actors, and musicians.
A court ordered Google to reveal the identity of the blogger who called Vogue cover girl a “skank.” In related news, a court just ordered Bing to reveal the identity of the only person actually using Bing.
So, that and watching The Simpsons was my morning.
Boo hoo! All my friends stink!
Friends would have been much more accurate if all the characters got shitfaced every night.
The Central Perk was a bar before it was a coffee house. I also used to be much more well read.
The design inside the show’s set is also based on this coffee house in LA. I believe the original name of the bar in the treatment bore the same name as the LA coffee house. It may have also been the name of the show at one point. I wish I remembered what it was. I might have the treatment lying around somewhere from my college days.
I once worked on something in college with Kevin Bright, one of the co-creators of Friends which is how I became an unwilling Friends expert (what a bad show!). It was kind of an awful experience.
Have you guys seen this Barney Frank video?! You should definitely search for it at webcrawler.com.
And another thing, this Star Wars kid is amazing! Best thing since that dancing baby.
How will they meet the love of their life in their mom’s basement?
She’s a snarky, cynical, feminist blogger who believes love is dead and nastiness is the new black.
He’s a sexist frat boy blogger who posts videos of people getting kicked in the crotch and pictures of women with boobs.
Will they find true love or will they both marry their boring non-internet fiances?
Blog Love. Coming out in 2010.
YouTube suspended Everything is Terrible’s account. Why don’t they like joy?!