Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This is one of the funniest things I've read in awhile.
Also, an awesome word: "unwieldy." The word itself is what it means. It also makes your mouth do funny things when you say it. (Insert dirty jokes in the comments.)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
1) Last time I checked, docking bonuses for bringing down THE ENTIRE ECONOMY was not considered an "arbitrary adjustment." It's a very rational adjustment.
We cannot attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to lead and staff the A.I.G. businesses — which are now being operated principally on behalf of American taxpayers — if employees believe their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury.
— Edward Liddy, chief executive, American International Group
2) As others have said, these are the best and the brightest? Clearly not, what with the whole BRINGING DOWN THE ENTIRE ECONOMY thing.
3) I think I know a finance guy who is in need of a job. His name is EVERYONE WHO USED TO WORK AT BEAR STEARNS. Let me see if I have his number around here...
Monday, March 16, 2009
The show was sold out and fantastic. The main floor was a mass of wriggling testosterone, with bodies squwanched together up against the stage, a circle broken open in the middle for dancing, and the rest of the crowd in the back just trying to enjoy the band. Then there were the people up in the balcony, myself included, who had a perfect bird's eye view of the band and the stinky mess of humanity below. I feel a bit too old to be down there, legs numb from standing on tip-toes to see the band.
First off, every single member of that band looks like they are all of 25. They're not.
Second off, the bass player Todd wore gym shorts for the show. Gym shorts! No hip, too-tight pants, no attempt at looking nice. Gym shorts. I loved it.
And lastly, they played Anti-Manifesto, which is one of my favorite songs of all times.
Friday, March 13, 2009
(Not shown in the drawing: my scaled-down decorating budget.)
That pretty much sums up my life right now:
Best of times: new apartment in Astoria, moving in with Drummer Dan, less rent.
Worst of times: layoffs at work, benefit cuts, possibly salary cuts.
Less applicable is my actual favorite part of the opening: "...it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." I just really like the words "epoch" and "incredulity." I could probably write an entire entry on words that I like, but I doubt anyone would find that interesting. (Preview: "catalyst" and "sarcophagus" Bored, right?)
[Updated floor plan to come, once I figure out how to scale it in InDesign. I can't do proportions any more. My Mathlete sister is disappointed in me.]
Monday, March 9, 2009
Click to see it bigger.
The solid shapes are things that are already there. The outlined shapes are things we will be moving in with or (hopefully) purchasing.
Green are doors. Yellow are windows.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The apartment's real charm is its proximity to something more important: people we like.
...and the subway.
p.s. to The Drummer: eeeeeeeeeee