search blog tags...
2 Live Crew 6 basic emotions 60 Minutes Achilles Last Stand agile Ai Weiwei Amy Hempel tamp amygdala Anna Karenina Arrested Development art criticism Art Reviews Athena aum B Roll bachelors degrees Backstreet Cultural Museum bacon badass Baxter Black Beevis and Butthead with Billy Dee Williams Bette Midler in a Bathhouse big om Bill Bradley Bill Moyers Bits Body Worlds bomb Bonnie and Clyde Brigitte Bardot Buckingham Forever Stamp bullet proof business management Canada book caparisoned Carl Perkins Carta Marina Cash cash-holding companies Cat On A Hot Tin Roof cayenne characters charcoal drawing Charles Seife Chattanooga Choo Choo Chicago chicken Christina Hendricks Chuck Berry collaboration collard greens colorblindness Columbia Center for the Arts Columbia River Gorge Commodores compromise conservatism Cordobas cow punching Days of Heaven Dead defiance denim desert island songs Detroit's The New Dance Show dinosaurs DRTV Scripts duets Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Elizabeth Taylor Elko National Poetry Gathering emo music entrepreneurship erasers Facts of Life Feynman film sequences film structure Five Easy Pieces flowering time formline art found art Fox Games foxgloves Frances Langford gadfly gambling Game Theory gaslighting George Carlin goddamn Gonzalo Lebrija Good Will Hunting Granito granito de arena Green Porno Bees Growing Up Fast guanxi Guatemala hambone Hank Williams Happy Birthday (the original version) happy families Harrowdown Hill have a coke and a smile hawks & doves Head of Comity Henry Clay High John the Conquerer Hollywood storylines Hottub Time Machine Iceman Gervin ideas versus moments If I Only Had A Brain Independent Film Industrious Poison Snowmen insight and the analytic mind Intern Labor Jack Daniel No. 7 jambalaya Japanese Jascha Kaykas-Wolff Jaws Jed Jo Joseph Campbell Kenny Rogers knight Kraftwerk Led Zepplin lemon Life Is A Highway Louisiana salt domes love story ma cher amio Martin Luther King Jr Maths Matt Taibbi Me So Horny medicine show Memphis Michelangelo mind turf Mississippi mojo mom and dad are fighting again mould Mr. T Muddy Waters murderous drifter Music myth marketing narcissism NCAA Tourney Never Sorry New Orleans Nicaragua Nicholas Brothers Nina Simone No Rain Obama Biden image Ogilvy on Ogilvy oil refining Old Crow Otium Pass That Dutch PDX Window Project Philosophy of Scientific Law Picasso piquance pitching line poem Working For Wages Polish Movie Posters political conservatism as motivated social cognition Prayer Song Pre-Columbian prisoners dilemma punchbowl Radiohead Raphael reach for it reaching out and touching the glory recipe Red White & Blue Dildo Richard Ford ripe fruit Robert Redford Rocky training montage Roger Hagadone Rolling Stones Royal Road r-values Sandy Skoglund Scoville Screenplays Sean Healy Sean Martinez septic tank shaman short film Short Stories Six Easy Pieces Slueth Socrates Socratic method Soldier Mountain somatic Squaw Valley Community of Writers St. Vincent Starvation Wages statistics statues steadicam smoothie Stitches STOCK Act submission cover letter template subplots Sundance Tater Tot Tennessee Songs Tennessee Williams Terrence Malick Texas Two-Step The Brigade The Cambio Man The Economist The Five Stages of Grief The New Yorker Life Coach cartoon The Original Lady Buckjumpers The Parthenon The Pieta the sequence approach The Stooges Brass Band The Unofficial Guide to Submitting Short Prose The Usual Suspects Thin Red Line This American Life this could be the one Thom Yorke Thor: The Dark World Tibetan Book of the Dead Timpanogos tobies Tom Waits Tommy Joseph totem poles Trinity turd turkey basketball Videos vision Werner Herzog when I was a boy back in Tennessee where p is whiskey white dog Whitespace who lit this flame Wilco William Burroughs winner take all economy winning Words Write Around Portland Writerly Issues
Thursday
Apr012010

Art Is Fitness

Researchers in university English departments have now begun to use cognitive psychology to validate literature’s existence. The news that literature has value is similar to the news that exercise has value: joggers already know it, and those who don’t jog aren’t likely to start because of it. It's tough to get in shape if you don't enjoy getting in shape. I suspect the use of medical imaging equipment contributes heavily to the enthusiasm. After all, the English department can now play with the big computers, giving them an academic clout beyond the tweedy study of texts or the recondite “-isms” of issue-based studies. The future findings in this new study of evo-literature will be fascinating, especially as applied to literature as an evolving art or benign pharmacology. In a grander view, it’s not just literary art that has an evolutionary root. All art serves a vital evolutionary purpose, and literature is just one tiny part of that. Literature professors may have only recently gone into the lab, but evolutionary psychologists like Geoffrey Miller have been snooping around the art department for over a decade. As it turns out, it does little good to kill your opponent (“survival,” as misinterpreted), if the opposite sex still doesn’t want to talk to you ("mating"). This is the big idea underlying art, music, literature and language that was mostly overlooked during the Darwinian revolution. It’s encouraging that literature departments (late to the party, no doubt) are finally gaining access to the technologies on campus and using them to save their budgetary hides.

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Mar252010

Lashes

A writer connects ideas to images using words.

It's the difference between a tree that has leaves and one that has eyelashes.

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Mar242010

Three Per Day


A store manager in Miami started the $5 fast food meal trend by lowering the price of sandwiches to boost sales.

Let's pencil some numbers on the back of the envelope:
U.S. Restaurant sales, (2010 est.): $580 billion
PLUS
U.S. Grocery retail sales, (2008): $547 billion
EQUALS
Total food budget in U.S.: $1.1 trillion per year
OR
$3 billion per day
DIVIDED BY
Price per serving: $5.00
EQUALS
Number of $5 servings: 600 million per day
OR
200 million, 3 times a day

U.S. population between the age of 15 and 64: also 200 million.

Derived fact: The money spent on food in the U.S. would buy three $5 footlong sandwiches for every American aged 15 to 64 every day of the year.

Twist: If we actually spent our money that way, it would more than double the U.S. rate of hunger from 1-in-8 to 1-in-3, because we wouldn't be feeding anyone under 15 or over 64.

Conclusion: Never eat three $5 footlongs in one day. If you find yourself reaching for a third meatball sub, stop and give it to a baby ... or a senior citizen.

Wednesday
Mar172010

Drive: Conjugated

Drive to move along or advance quickly as if pushed by an impelling force

impel to urge to action through moral pressure; compel

compel 2. to necessitate or pressure by force; exact

exact to force the payment or yielding of; extort

extort to obtain from another by coercion or intimidation

coerce to force to act or think in a given manner by pressure, threats or intimidation; compel

intimidate to make timid

timid shrinking from dangerous or difficult circumstances

shrink 4. to be reluctant to do or say something

reluctant unwilling; averse

aversion a feeling of intense dislike

intense 1. possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree 2. extreme in degree, strength or size 3. involving or showing strain or extreme effort 4. deeply felt; profound

profound situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep Deep extending far downward below a surface extending far backward from front to rear extending far inward from an outer surface extending from side to side from a center far distant down or in coming from or penetrating to a depth

extending a specific distance in a given direction far distant in time or space difficult to penetrate or understand; recondite of a mysterious or obscure nature very learned or intellectual; wise very cunning or crafty

of a grave or extreme nature very absorbed or involved showing strong feelings; profound

rich and vivid in shade

low in pitch; Resonant

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Ed., 1985.

Click to read more ...

Page 1 ... 17 18 19 20 21