A clumsy attempt to be—not appear to be but be—a gentleman is admirable, because the ideal of the gentleman has moral content. A clumsy attempt to be cool is ridiculous.
Quote taken from this comparison (which I liked) of the concept of the gentleman with the concept of cool. I endorse the point as far as it goes — coolness is an ideal of style without moral content. Unlike other amoral excellences, coolness has always struck me as a bit of a fraud. It lacks not just moral content, but any content. Coolness can be standing there in sunglasses, having a counter-intuitive band name, whatever. Is there something in there more than personal magnetism, more than a kind of grift?
business idea: new theme parks for the prosperous, where they won’t risk bumping elbows w/ the riffraff at all RT http://t.co/snD754cQ5I
soccer’s fundamental problem is that the signal-to-noise ratio is too low
New product idea, spray-on rust to keep your bicycle from being stolen
Even less faith in the google news/weather app since my forecast location became “Manhatten”
Damn I’ll be more circumspect w/ the negronis now that I’m aware there’s a backlash http://t.co/AhZh6uV6vQ
.@AmericanApparel ads say “if u r young & hot, crap photogs shoot u in crap clothes & u still look hot.” sadly irrelevant for 90%+ of buyers
There are finance people where I wonder if their ATM receipts are just like “∞”
Don’t get all this self-driving car talk. Sure the tech works; sociologically, you might as well propose universal castration
Got Trader Joes Himalayan Pink Salt (origin: Pakistan). Pkg says “color from the earth’s elements” but I like to think its blood of infidels