Stewart is sometimes too glib and superficial in his interviews of politicians. He seems too awestruck to ask hard questions. He does a good job with Pelosi. She's the one who comes off as glib and superficial. The fact that he had to explain his concerns several times before she seemed to get it was just bizarre.  (A. If you believe government can make things better, then don't fuck up when you launch new programs. You undermine your argument when you do that. B. Government policy is for sale, by both parties. Don't do that.)

Her inability to grasp the first argument struck close to home. I've been having a disagreement about a particular program in my little car club. It's a program that used to be a major source of income for the club. It's now a sink hole, and has been for two years.  It's come to the point that I wrote a little manifesto on the subject in an attempt to drill past the superficialities. The conversational circles seem to go like this ...

"We just need to quit making this one particular mistake."

"Yes, you do. But that's not the core issue. The problem is more fundamental."

"Okay, we should stop making this other mistake."

"Yes. Stop doing that one. But that's still not the core issue."

"We do a lot of things right."

"Yes, keep doing them. But what I'm talking about is what you are doing wrong."

"Okay, we promise won't make that one partiucular mistake any more."

"Fine. But god fucking damn it, that's not the core issue. There are some fundamental problems. Stop re-arranging the deck chairs on this Titanic, and let me explain again."

I need to study Mr. Stewarts performance to prepare for the next board meeting. 

wil he ever get his due?

names of ny

come for the volvo, stay for the cronuts. seinfeld and tina fey in his coffee chat series.

I can't find the thread in which I talked (ranted?) about multiplication tables, so I'll start a new one. This is very, very bad. Bad teacher, no apple! To have memorization trump conceptual understanding is a fundamental failure to understand what mathematics is all about. Besides ... commutitative property of multiplication!!! Even Wolfram Alpha know this.

Google dumps Motorola phone unit for about $3B. They previously dumped the Cable TV unit for $2.35B. They paid $13B. So they got a stack of patents for almost $8B. I still remember talking to a key guy involved in Mot's ill-fated tablet. "Oh, video really isn't important." I can't say I'm shocked that Google wanted out.

Stephanie Theadore's tweet about confronting some parents who were letting their kids climb on a Judd stack at the Tate Modern is getting its fifteen minutes

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In 1982, the Forest Agency of the Japanese government premiered its shinrin-yoku plan. In Japanese shinrin means forest, and yoku, although it has several meanings, refers here to a “bathing, showering or basking in.” More broadly, it is defined as “taking in, in all of our senses, the forest atmosphere.” The program was established to encourage the populace to get out into nature, to literally bathe the mind and body in greenspace, and take advantage of public owned forest networks as a means of promoting health. Some 64 percent of Japan is occupied by forest, so there is ample opportunity to escape the megacities that dot its landscape.
a talk with Lori Ellison

So many restaurants I have not heard of like Benu is SF, Manresa in Los Gatos, Saison in SF, and Coi in SF....

All look exciting and in need of rolls of cash to eat there....

Maybe I'll save up for my 60th birthday SF extravaganza, though these might be closed, no longer good, or spun off a legion of new Michelin 3* joints...

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art school / school art

the futures so blight....

havent watched any basketball this season but i like to check out the scores now and again. just saw that carmelo anthony has 43 points 3 minutes into the second half. how many players have scored 60 points in a game?

This feat has been accomplished 62 times in NBA history. Twenty different players have scored 60 or more points in a game. Only four players have scored 60 points on more than one occasion: Wilt Chamberlain 32 times, Michael Jordan five times, Kobe Bryant five times, and Elgin Baylor four times.

remember those simpler times when you could ogle scarlett johansson and drink your bubbly water in peace?

the last of the 80s tv opening credits recreations with adam scott and paul rudd reenacting bosom buddies.

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just happened to notice that jimmy fallons guest tonight are jonah hill, dick cavett and wylie dufresne.

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