Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FLG's Annual Who Wants And Can Afford To Wear This Shit? List

FLG starts looking at stuff on Mr. Porter around now because after the holidays come huge markdowns.  He pays particular attention to the Charvet, Drakes, Inis MeainJ M Weston and Loro Piana sections.   In truth, even discounted almost all of those brand's stuff, although exquisite, is too much for FLG.

Anyway, while pursing the site, FLG always comes across items and wonders, often aloud, Who the fuck is the market for this stuff?   Rap artists?   Coked-up Investment Bankers?   WHO?!   FLG WANTS TO KNOW!

A $12,000 cocktail shaker shaped like an airplane.

$17k and change for an ice bucket.

Over $800 for a sweatshirt with two dogs fighting.  It's a sweatshirt.   It's made of cotton, not cashmere.   It's $800.

This one is twice that.

FLG is pretty sure Serpentor is the only possible buyer of this one.

These sneakers are nice, but $600 is crazy.

These are $700 and have a lion picture on them.

These are hideous and over a thousand.

These boots confused FLG.

A grand for a camo backpack.   Camo backpacks can be found for pretty cheap.   Heck, you can get one made of kevlar for less.

If you have $1k and the balls to wear these velvet shoes, well, FLG says -- RESPECT.

It's cashmere, but really?

WHO PAYS $1,100 FOR A NYLON AND CANVAS BACKPACK that looks like it is from the school section at CVS?!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tips For Investment Bankers Operating In China Or Really Anybody At Anytime.

Matt Levine:
First of all: Traditionally the way to communicate a sneaky surreptitious intent is winking, not blinking. (Blinking is involuntary and therefore hard to use as a code.) Second: The reason to communicate by winking, or blinking if you must, is to avoid saying out loud the thing that you're not supposed to say. Actually saying "blink blink nod nod" defeats the entire purpose.Third: All of this is extra true over e-mail. It lasts forever. They can search it.


Don't be messin' with MCA's park! That shit ain't cool.

Monday, November 14, 2016

How Did FLG Not Know About This Years Ago?

For some reason, an Oscar Wilde quote popped into FLG's head today.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

And then FLG searched for more Wilde quotes and was reminded of this one:

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

And FLG thought to himself, hey, there is some Plato influence there.   A quick search for Wilde and Plato turned up a Platonic dialogue that Wilde wrote --  The Decay of Lying.

FLG is shocked he hadn't known about this sooner.  This passage in particular resonated given our recent election.

CYRIL. Lying! I should have thought that our politicians kept up that habit.
VIVIAN. I assure you that they do not. They never rise beyond the level of misrepresentation, and actually condescend to prove, to discuss, to argue. How different from the temper of the true liar, with his frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind I After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence. If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might just as well speak the truth at once. 

(Apologies for the lack of links and possible weird formatting, this post was written on an iPhone.)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Quote of the day

Journalists increasingly don’t even believe in the possibility of reasoned disagreement, and as such ascribe cynical motives to those who think about things a different way. We see this in the ongoing veneration of “facts,” the ones peddled by explainer websites and data journalists who believe themselves to be curiously post-ideological.
That the explainers and data journalists so frequently get things hilariously wrong never invites the soul-searching you’d think it would. Instead, it all just somehow leads us to more smugness, more meanness, more certainty from the reporters and pundits. Faced with defeat, we retreat further into our bubble, assumptions left unchecked. No, it’s the voters who are wrong.

To be clear, FLG, reluctantly, very reluctantly, voted for her.    But he certainly doesn't think the end of the world is nigh.   (Just as he didn't think the oceans would recede, the world would heal, and wars would stop when Obama was elected.)     However, that the media and smug lefty pundits will get a wake-up call, if they bother to pick up the phone instead of sleeping through it, is a huge silver lining.

FLG is currently listening to

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quote of the day

Thomas Frank:

Maybe it’s time to consider whether there’s something about shrill self-righteousness, shouted from a position of high social status, that turns people away.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jacksonian Democracy

Well, apparently, we still live in a Jacksonian Democracy, in that the Jacksonians, when they get good and fed up, are still the most powerful block in this country.  A lot of us, FLG included, seemed to have forgotten.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Siri, Writing, & Memory

Today, FLG said, "Siri, when was the Battle of the Milvian Bridge?"

Because he just couldn't remember the year.   Siri provided the answer via the Wikipedia page.

As he asked, this passage immediately came to mind:

At the Egyptian city of Naucratis, there was a famous old god, whose name was Theuth; the bird which is called the Ibis is sacred to him, and he was the inventor of many arts, such as arithmetic and calculation and geometry and astronomy and draughts and dice, but his great discovery was the use of letters. Now in those days the god Thamus was the king of the whole country of Egypt; and he dwelt in that great city of Upper Egypt which the Hellenes call Egyptian Thebes, and the god himself is called by them Ammon. To him came Theuth and showed his inventions, desiring that the other Egyptians might be allowed to have the benefit of them; he enumerated them, and Thamus enquired about their several uses, and praised some of them and censured others, as he approved or disapproved of them. It would take a long time to repeat all that Thamus said to Theuth in praise or blame of the various arts. But when they came to letters, This, said Theuth, will make the Egyptians wiser and give them better memories; it is a specific both for the memory and for the wit. Thamus replied: O most ingenious Theuth, the parent or inventor of an art is not always the best judge of the utility or inutility of his own inventions to the users of them. And in this instance, you who are the father of letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute to them a quality which they cannot have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.

iPhones really are amazing.    What people throughout history would have given to be able to be able to talk to pretty much anybody in the world instantaneously, pull up almost any piece of written work or really almost all human knowledge in an instant, perform complex calculations instantaneously, and all with something that fits in your pocket.   But something is lost when one doesn't HAVE to remember anything anymore.

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