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Techmology and Scientism / New Life
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:28:10 pm »
This is amazing and wonderful and also happens to be one of the places we were stranded this summer:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Hey Geekdad
« on: December 01, 2010, 11:07:43 pm »
I have attempted to tolerate it for several days, but I am epileptic and your avatar enrages me. Fuck you. Go die in a hole.



The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Whoever the fuck
« on: November 24, 2010, 05:11:41 pm »
had the idea to arm airline passengers with batons and booze, I am stealing your idea thank you.

Back when I was a kid, which was a long time ago indeed, stuff that was cool was cool. It was cool to like stuff that was cool, and of course everybody thought the stuff they liked was cool. "Cool shirt, dude!" was not a condemnation, but an accolade. Nobody was embarrassed to admit that they were into something because they thought it was cool; a cool band, a cool car, a cool chick. Maybe, if you were a nerd, a cool computer or a cool calculator... computers and calculators were REALLY cool back then, because they were now, and damn if they weren't hot rats.

Back then, the opposite of cool was lame. You think Depeche Mode is cool; your best friend thinks they're lame. You think the Police are cool, and maybe Elvis Costello is cool, and Violent Femmes are definitely cool, but REO Speedwagon is fuckin' lame. Heshers and rockers are lame; punk and New Wave is cool. Of course, the heshers and rockers think New Wave is lame and will beat your ass every chance they get, which in your opinion makes them lamer.  Punks think everyone else is lame, and they beat up the heshers and rockers, but they leave New Wavers alone for some reason... probably because they know you think they're cool.

That band T-shirt is fucking cool, man, and that kid who got a T-shirt with a picture of himself on it is cool, and using a lunchbox as a purse is TOTALLY cool. It's cool to like these things because you think they're cool. You aren't sure if you're cool, but your friends are definitely cool. You would hang out with that one guy; yeah, he seems cool. Your best friend's little brother is pretty cool for a kid.

Somehow, though, cool isn't cool anymore. If you like something because you think it's cool, people will judge you and find you insincere, and probably therefore inauthentic. "You're only into them because you think they're cool" is an insult. People are afraid to look like they think something's cool, because they fear the labeling that comes along with it. You come across a Knight Rider T-shirt at Goodwill and at first your heart leaps... Knight Rider! That's so cool! But wait... if you buy it, people will think you're wearing it to be retro, because that's cool. Nope; must avoid the appearance of trying to be cool.

God fucking forbid anything or anyone be desired or admired because of being cool. EVERY FUCKING THING had better be "authentic", or YOU WILL BE JUDGED, AND FOUND WANTING.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Open Bar
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:50:01 pm »
It's that time again.

I swear that after this post I'm going to go into my studio.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Bijijoo again!
« on: November 11, 2010, 02:18:58 am »
This time, he has an interview in Salon, and he talks about me a little bit. :)

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Fun with autocorrect
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:00:06 pm »
Since "Damn autocorrect" is one of my most often-typed phrases on my iPhone, I can't stop laughing at this:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Creating a pention
« on: October 26, 2010, 04:56:56 pm »
I can't find the post that started that meme! Has it been archived? It's such a classic, and I wanted to show it to Mr. Language.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: DOK HOWL
« on: October 20, 2010, 09:04:29 am »

is now your theme song.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / HEY EOT
« on: October 16, 2010, 04:59:31 pm »
If you're not gonna wear that scarf I made you, you should give it back to me. Because it has like $100 worth of yarn in it and I don't want it to go to waste and get all moth-eaten.

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