Who decided to make vinyl records so heavy?
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here…
The lesson for today is how to be unhappy, but polite.
Any effort that has self-glorification as its final end point is bound to end in disaster.
The sweetest kisses are always stolen.
Don’t be humble, you’re not that great.
The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
Men often believe what they wish.
If my life is a cliche, what am I living for?
Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us. Not everything which hurts may be bad.
Why concern? — We cannot see
I do not know if I am a butterfly dreaming that I am a man or if I am a man dreaming I am a butterfly.
Both leaders ruled out issuing collective bonds, known as eurobonds, to share responsibility for government debt across member states, and they opposed a further increase in a bailout fund that will not be put into place until late September at the earliest. Mrs. Merkel repeated that there was “no magic wand” to solve all the problems of the euro, arguing that they must be met over time with improved fiscal discipline, competitiveness and economic growth among weaker states.
The keystrokes of a birthday greeting cost the person who enters them next to nothing, a penny in exertion and symbolic labor. But the Facebook greeting still carries something like eye contact, recognition and a smile — humanness. Which is, paradoxically, what people most fervently traffic in the shimmering cyberworld of the Internet.
But not everyone sees Facebook’s birthday-nomics as the creation of efficiencies in a marketplace of kindness and humanity. In Slate, not long ago, David Plotz decided that Facebook birthday greetings were fakery itself, and an attempt by people who offer them “to build social capital — undeserved social capital.” What was so obnoxious and opportunistic about the greetings? Plotz had an answer: “It’s all too obvious that the greetings are programmed, canned, and impersonal, prompted by a Facebook alert.”” —A Facebook Birthday - NYTimes.com
The idea he and his fellow dissident German economists have cooked up is to split the European Union in two, for financial purposes. One euro, a kind of second-string currency, would be issued for, and used by, the deadbeat countries—Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and so on. The first-string euro would be used by “the homogenous countries, the ones you can rely on.” He lists these reliable countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, and (he hesitates for a second over this) France.
“Are you sure the French belong?”
“We discussed this,” he says seriously. They decided that for social reasons you couldn’t really exclude the French. It was just too awkward.” —http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/09/europe-201109#gotopage16