NY Coffee Cup


New York is a hell of a town; the most pretentious people in the world cram themselves into studio apartments to become martyrs to whatever trendy art form they moved here to practice/blog about, and use that fact to feel superior to the rest of the country.

Gallagher, B. (2013, March 15). 10 Most Overrated Cities in America. Retrieved from http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/03/overrated-cities-in-america/new-york

Inspiration Porn

And in the past few years, we’ve been able to propagate this lie even further via social media. You may have seen images like this one: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Or this one: “Your excuse is invalid.” Indeed. Or this one: “Before you quit, try!” These are just a couple of examples, but there are a lot of these images out there. You know, you might have seen the one, the little girl with no hands drawing a picture with a pencil held in her mouth. You might have seen a child running on carbon fiber prosthetic legs. And these images, there are lots of them out there, they are what we call inspiration porn. And I use the term porn deliberately because they objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people. So in this case, we’re objectifying disabled people for the benefit of nondisabled people. The purpose of these images is to inspire you, to motivate you, so that we can look at them and think, “Well, however bad my life is, it could be worse. I could be that person.”

Young, Stella. “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much.” TED. April 2014. Lecure. Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much?language=en


The Technical

The technical is an improvised fighting vehicle.  That’s just a fancy term for “pickup truck with a machine gun mounted on it,” or as I like to call it, a Texan Parade Float.

Far Cry 3 Survival Guide. Retrieved from http://farcry.wikia.com/wiki/Technical


Adult Swim

Everyone seems to agree that “Bojack Horseman” had a predictable start that suggested a run of one-off eps with snark and pop-culture references and a few celebrity voices and the usual Adult-Swim vibe, where nothing matters and everything is beneath contempt – except for you, you smart discerning viewer who gets all the jokes and understands why the bad jokes are supposed to be bad!

Lileks, J. (2014, September 26). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/14/0914/092614.html



I never worked so hard to feel so empty.

Grand Theft Auto V. Houser, S., & Humphries, R. Rockstar Games. 2008. Video Game.


Vertically Integrated

Several weeks ago, Vidra communicated the new vision to the staff in what I am told was an uncomfortable stream of business clichés ungrounded in any apparent strategy other than saying things like “let’s break shit” and “we’re a tech company now.”

His memo to the staff predictably uses terms like “straddle generation” and “brand.” It promises to make TNR “a vertically integrated digital media company,” possibly unaware that “vertically integrated” is an actual business concept, not a term for a media company that integrates verticals.

Chait, J. (2014, December 4). A Eulogy for The New Republic. Retrieved from http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/eulogy-for-the-new-republic.html

Aggressive Cluelessness

The Last Psychiatrist makes my head hurt, and not in a ‘it really makes you think’ way, but in a ‘You’ve obsessively over-analyzed your own personal neuroticisms, and then attempted to generalize them as something universally applicable’ way.

leotrotsky (2014, Dec 17). Re: Sealioning Explained by The Last Psychiatrist and Louie [Reader Comment].
Retrieved from http://www.metafilter.com/145406/Sealioning-Explained-by-The-Last-Psychiatrist-and-Louie#5860048


The Market

Regulated markets in this way became contaminated by the bad practices of a non-regulated market, to the disadvantage of those who operated within the regulations.

It’s an important point because it sums up the sociopathic nature of a market system that encourages those who don’t abide by the rules to exploit those who do.

Kaminska, I. (2014, October 31). Why banking got out of control in the digital age. Retrieved from https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/31/2025592/why-banking-got-out-of-control-in-the-digital-age/?mhq5j=e1


Catalog of Compromises

“The Secret Life of Pets” is adequate animated entertainment, amusing while it lasts but not especially memorable except as a catalog of compromises and missed opportunities.

Scott, A. O. (2016, July 7). Review: “The Secret Life of Pets” Amuses, but Misses Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/movies/the-secret-life-of-pets-review.html


RadioShack is a corporation dedicated to the prolonged destruction of the individual, so it tripled our staff right before Black Friday, ensuring that no one would make any money.

Bois, J. (2015, December 2). A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire. Retrieved from https://www.sbnation.com/2014/11/26/7281129/radioshack-eulogy-stories


Drug of Choice

Walter: Booze isn’t really your drug of choice. You’re addicted to chaos.

Robinson, P. A. (Director). (2002). Changing Lanes [Motion picture]. USA: Paramount Pictures.


Rabid Alpha

I’d like to think that when I hear that someone is an expert at fighting online fraud, they are protecting everyday consumers from malfeasance by large corporations that reap mass profits by fraudulently adding overcharges that they know the average customer either will not notice or will not have the skills or time to dispute. A champion for the Little Guy.

Instead, we get an egotist who doesn’t care if he risks putting a small local restaurant he enjoys out business, so long as he gets them to submit to his angry will. An over-educated, over-privileged rabid alpha dog.

DrMew (2014, Dec 9). RE: Oh and the food? “It was delicious.” [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from http://www.metafilter.com/145192/Oh-and-the-food-It-was-delicious#5850070


Miller Time

Mike Ehrmantraut:  You know, I can foresee a lot of possible outcomes to this thing, and not a single one of then involves Miller Time.

Gilligan, V. (Writer). (2012, July 15). Live Free or Die [Television series episode]. In Breaking Bad. AMC.



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