Quote of Yesterday

“Why are we talking about this?” Jeter asked.

via Derek Jeter responds after new Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine mocks the Yankees’ captains ‘flip’ play  – NY Daily News.

What we should  be talking about, I think, is: Doesn’t this photo (see below) make Jeter look a little schlubby? I know it is spring training and everything, but it looks a little like he phoned it in that day. Untucked T-shirt and everything. What is next? Skipping his biweekly haircuts? Taking up with fringe actresses before they get a failed TV show?

The Captain, on Thursday.


This Is Why Everybody Hates Landlords

At cocktail parties, I say, “I’m a landlord.” People hate that. Everybody hates landlords.

via Life as a Landlord – NYTimes.com.

This is why everybody hates landlords: Because they say stuff like this, in the newspaper(!):

  • The riskiest tenants are bartenders and servers. They often come home late…
  • [He] moved out of my apartment without killing or raping again.
  • I moved her belongings into the basement and locked the basement door.
  • Nobody paid rent as a child. Renters think apartments should be free, like the wind, rain and baby food.
  • I spend a fair amount of time peering in apartment windows for cats, to charge pet fees.
  • The good tenants, you don’t remember. You have to look them up.

What You Missed in Today’s Times

It is easy to forget that Mr. Obama’s stimulus wasn’t the first.

via Republicans Malign a Stimulus, but the Plausible Options Were Few — Economic Scene – NYTimes.com.

The sculpture, which is five feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, is one of a pair of scowling athlete-combatants in intricate headdresses from the mid 900s who were positioned in battle-ready stances and come from one of Koh Ker’s temples; it is about 200 years older than the famous sculptures at Angkor Wat.

via Sotheby’s Caught in Dispute Over Prized Cambodian Statue – NYTimes.com.

A gallon of gas had dropped to $1.89 when Mr. Obama took office in 2009, in large part because of the fall in oil demand caused by the financial crisis, and has almost doubled since.

via Rising Gas Prices Give G.O.P. Issue to Attack Obama – NYTimes.com.

First-World Phenomena: The Reeling Rich

“People who don’t have money don’t understand the stress…”

via Wall Street Bonus Drop Means Trading Aspen for Discount Cereal – Bloomberg.

From a Bloomberg article that promises to be well-read, the suffering of short-sighted, well-paid people who only now are realizing they are living beyond their ample means.

  • One complains that his $350,000 salary “doesn’t cover his family’s private-school tuition, a Kent, Connecticut, summer rental and the upgrade they would like from their 1,200-square- foot Brooklyn duplex.”
  • A “Wall Street headhunter” said his declining income had induced him to eschew expensive ski vacations and check newsprint circulars for bargains on cereal and salmon (we don’t recommend heavily discounted seafood).
  • One man’s children share a bedroom, and the family is forced to wash dishes by hand and make do without a guest bedroom.

In Other Words, for Example

[12:19 PM] Bob : Yeah …OK…the matter at hand…when writting…the use of …i.e ….and…e.g.…what are the rules…I will be argueing with a pompus Phd. Type

[12:36 PM] Bob : To late…don’t bother…what is your day off…anyway next time lets be a little more…oh say….reliable…I might as well go get a smart phone myself if you are going to start limiting my access to yours…turd-perch ‘er….

[1:16 PM] Me: I know you said don’t bother, but this particular matter lends itself to a nimble solution. Use e.g. (exempli gratia) when giving an example, e for example. Use i.e. (id est) when clarifying, i for in other words.

[2:34 PM] Me: Lesson 2, Use etc., et cetera, to mean “and other things.”

[5:38 PM] Me: Lesson 3, Use et al., et alii, to mean “and others.” Note the difference.

[7:55 PM] Me: Lesson 4, It is O.K. to use vs., versus, when referring to a lawsuit. Otherwise, spell it out.

[7:57 PM] Me: Lesson 5, Some people can tolerate ibid, ibidem, in your footnotes if you are using the same source in consecutive citations. It means, in the same place.

[7:59 PM] Me: Lesson 6, But don’t be a douchebag and use any other Latin abbreviations, OK? Q.E.D. and pro tem are off limits until you become a lawyer.

[7:59 PM] Me: You’re welcome.

Tips From Errol Morris

“It went like this,” Morris explained. “He’d knock on a door, sometimes of someone not even connected to the case they were investigating. He’d flip open his wallet, show his badge and say, ‘I guess we don’t have to tell you why we’re here.’ “And more often than not the guy starts bawling like an infant, ‘How did you find out?’”

via Errol Morris: The Thinking Mans Detective | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine.

The Inevitability of Mr. Darcy

Her focus is on how her characters react to events, not on their capacity to cause them, and the happy endings, like the intermediate trials and tribulations, are always dei ex machinis. The plot is author driven – according to what Austen wants to say, not what her characters want to do.

via The Philosophers Beard: Reading Jane Austen as a moral philosopher.

My Bucket List Just Got Shorter

“In 1989 when I first climbed Everest there was a lot of snow and ice but now most of it has just become bare rock. That, as a result, is causing more rockfalls which is a danger to the climbers,” he told AFP.

via Climate Change May Make Mount Everest Unclimbable : Discovery News.

This Is Where We Are Headed

Logistically speaking, the white-knight scenario is a stretch… Even if such a savior won all five states, he would be far away from the 1,145 delegates necessary to secure the nomination. But given the proportional nature of many of the contests in March, April, and May, there’s a decent chance no one else would obtain that number, either. Meaning Republicans would be staring down the barrel of a brokered or contested convention in Tampa this summer.

via The Lost Party.

From The Times

If we posted 10 new archival pictures every weekday on Tumblr, just from our print collection, we wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935.

via The Lively Morgue – A Treasure House of Photographs.