Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

apr
28
2011

I guess it’s better to have people think we’re trying to say something than to be quite sure we’re saying absolutely nothing.

— Tina Fey, on fans looking for meaning in '30 Rock' (source)

apr
18
2011

Produced on antique presses and characterized by heavily impressed lettering on thick paper, letterpress cards and stationery … are the graphic design equivalent of slow food.

— The New York Times Magazine, on letterpress (source)

apr
01
2011

The truth about baby carrots is they possess many of the defining characteristics of our favorite junk food. They’re neon orange, they’re crunchy, they’re dippable, they’re kind of addictive.

— Omid Farhang (Crispin Porter + Bogusky) on marketing baby carrots (source)

mar
22
2011

At that moment, though, none of us thought we were going to live. Steve tried to keep eye contact until they pulled the trigger. The rest of us felt the powerlessness of resignation. You feel empty when you know that it’s almost over.

— New York Times journalists Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks recount their recent capture in Libya (source)

feb
18
2011

Karma is a bitch. Unless you can’t say “bitch” in the Washington Post, in which case karma is, uh, a fickle strumpet or something.

— 'Jeopardy' champion Ken Jennings, on competing against a computer (source)

jan
13
2011

We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that’s entirely up to us. And I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.

— President Barack Obama, at a service for victims of the Tucson shootings (source)

dec
08
2010

What we have here is one of the great comeback stories in the history of competitive punctuation.

— Robert Fulford on the octothorpe (#), in the National Post (source)

nov
17
2010

It’s done in a second — and 34 years. It’s done in a second — and every experience, and every movie and every thing of my life that’s in my head.

— Paula Scher, of Pentagram, on her fast, instinctive design process (source)

nov
06
2010

What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.

— Ray Eames (source)

nov
05
2010

A large-scale concert on sale is, in essence, a denial-of-service attack.

— Ticketfly CEO Andrew Dreskin, on supporting online demand for high-profile concert tickets (source)

oct
20
2010

We lost a lot of the original fans when I stopped being miserable. But the only thing worse than being miserable is sentimentalizing misery as a desired state.

— Stuart Murdoch, of Belle & Sebastian, in a 2009 NYT interview (source)

oct
13
2010

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.

— Hunter S. Thompson, in a 1958 cover letter to the Vancouver Sun (source)

oct
05
2010

Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.

— Google CEO Eric Schmidt, on implants (source)

sep
29
2010

Live through this, and you won’t look back.

— From the song “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” by Stars (source)

sep
19
2010

He had a rare talent for finding the interesting parts of someone’s generally uninteresting comments so that, when speaking to him, you felt that you were an exceptionally interesting person with an exceptionally interesting life.

— From “Norwegian Wood,” by Haruki Murakami (source)

sep
17
2010

Someone actually designed this on purpose. This way.

— Jared Spool, citing a particularly awful website at An Event Apart DC (source)

sep
14
2010

Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred.

— Kurt Vonnegut, on writing with style (source)

sep
11
2010

Stories make sense when so much around us is senseless, and perhaps what makes them most comforting is that, while life goes on and pain goes on, stories do us the favor of ending.

— John Hodgman, on storytelling (9/25/01) (source)

sep
07
2010

[E]very future is someone else’s past, every present someone else’s future. Upon arriving in the capital-F Future, we discover it, invariably, to be the lower-case now.

— William Gibson, on envisioning the future (source)

sep
06
2010

Most people aren’t great storytellers in general, but if you stumble on the thing that really means something to them, you’ll get a great story out of them.

— Ira Glass on storytelling (source)