In hindsight, my high school Algebra teacher may have been certifiably insane. The first day of class he wandered off on a tangent about a Medieval prince who loved his sleep. This prince loved his sleep so much he decided to sleep five minutes longer every night: 8 hours, 8 hours 5…
“I need some advice on a few things, do you want to have lunch?” my friend asked me.
My friend, who I will call Tim, was in a rut. He just graduated NYU and had trouble finding a job. Not only that, his major was something he took on to make his parents happy, he really wants to do design.
n. an emotion you haven’t felt in years that you would have forgotten about completely if your emotional playlist hadn’t been left on shuffle, a feeling whose opening riff begins pulling all your other neurons after it like a dog on a leash waiting for you to open the door.
“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives…and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”—Hunter S. Thompson (via bellavita5)
President Shalala and the University of Miami continue to receive praise for the recent ranking in US News & World Report. Sunday the positive news was FRONT & CENTER in The Miami Herald. We have posted a image of the front page and pasted a portion of the text below… It’s All About the U
n. the satisfaction of lists, a series of bullet points being fired into the air as if to celebrate victory against the complexity of a universe that bombards us with five exabytes of data that would paralyze us if we didn’t connect random dots into constellations of dippers, hunters, and sexy ways to please your man.
Its interesting to see what jobs have survived over the years, and what jobs haven’t — particularly those jobs that would have been so widespread and popular that they would be instantly recognized by a child — so much part of the common culture that the initial letter of the job’s name could be used to help children learn the alphabet.
This version of commonplace employment found in a child’s alphabetical primer around 1850 lists the following professions:
Some of these professions are just gone (47 of the 59 are still around, he notes). Another book introduces children to occupational rhyming couplets, as in the “Amusing Alphabet for Children.” Elsewhere, he uncovers and terms the “Dada Alphabet,” monuments to quiet bits:
[N]on-sequiturs taken out of context and which — once placed on a their own stage and on their own easel in the strong Borges tradition of the reader making the book.
These come from a self-teaching book for German vocabulary in 1879 and stand as unexpected, strong, and a favorite.
[Image: Kantner’s Illustrated Book of Objects and Self-Educator in German and English, 1879 via]