“The photographic portrait is no longer linked to milestones like graduation ceremonies and weddings, or exceptional moments such as vacations, parties or even crimes. Photography has become part of a daily, if not minute-by-minute, staging of the self. Portraits appear to have been eclipsed by self-portraits: tweeted, posted, shared.”—“Who Me? Narcissism is Back in Fashion,” Frieze Magazine (via curator-of-curiosities)
“A suspect in an early morning break-in Tuesday at the Brick Oven Pizza restaurant was taken into custody thanks to Balu, a member of the Police Department’s K-9 unit.
Upon reaching the suspect, who was already being detained by police, Balu made what police say was a positive identification by nudging and jumping on the suspect.”—Dog IDs suspect in pizzeria break-in - Connecticut Post
“FERGUSON: To me, America is like baseball. If I swing at a pitch and miss, what am I going to do, give up the next two pitches? If I swing and miss at this pitch, that’s just a swing and a miss. There’s no morality attached to failure. Failure morally has a moral component, but failure in a creative or professional sense is just information. That’s one of the big things for me about the U.S. Our kids, by the time they’re five years old, know that if they can hit a ball three times out of 10 pitches, they’ll go to the Hall of Fame. They know that seven misses or seven failures are no disgrace. That’s just playing the game. Beat that attitude!
PLAYBOY: That’s an infectious argument.
FERGUSON: It’s the core of my patriotism. And it’s a patriotism that has nothing to do with geography or even history. It’s a philosophical patriotism. It’s about “Okay, we screwed up. Let’s try it again.””—Playboy Interview: Craig Ferguson
“In the end, the old coach could not live up to his own ideal. In a moment that called for courage, Joe Paterno was all too human. He lost his nerve. I wish I knew what he was thinking, but I don’t. All I know is that what he did wasn’t enough.”—Joe Paterno’s Code, by Chris Raymond - Esquire
Bad and mediocre people are tempted to sin by their own habitual weaknesses. The earlier lies or thefts or adulteries make the next one that much easier to contemplate. Having already cut so many corners, the thinking goes, what’s one more here or there? Why even aspire to virtues that you probably won’t achieve, when it’s easier to remain the sinner that you already know yourself to be?
But good people, heroic people, are led into temptation by their very goodness — by the illusion, common to those who have done important deeds, that they have higher responsibilities than the ordinary run of humankind. It’s precisely in the service to these supposed higher responsibilities that they often let more basic ones slip away.
“We’re not sure what the hot toy for the holiday season will be this year, but retailers have their favorite: the supply chain manager action figure, an iconic hero who slashes inventory and leaves no goods available for discount sales by the end of the year.”—
“The Barrow Journal article on Oct. 17, about the fall subsistence whale hunt in Barrow, Alaska, misstated a greeting exchanged between the captain of a crew that killed a whale and a crowd onshore. They shouted “aarigaa” at each other — an Inupiaq word meaning “very good.” The captain did not shout, and the crowd did not respond, “Ah ah ha!””—