Today in very unlikely things: a goalkeeper was sent off in the 118th minute of a Champions League playoff. The match went to penalty kicks. The central defender who took over the goal saved TWO kicks and won the match for his team. Also, his name is Cosmin Moti. Great name.
"I did examine myself," he said. "Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free."
The Economist reported last week, in an article on armed U.S. police, that “last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times.” The number three resonated when the private autopsy of Michael Brown, the teenager killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson this month, concluded that Brown was shot at least six times.
THESE ARE HUMAN BEINGS. AND WHAT THE FILM POSTULATES IS THAT WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HUMAN BEINGS WITH VICES, AND PERSPECTIVE, AND ANGER. IT’S PART OF OUR HUMAN NARRATIVE. AND EVEN NOW, THERE IS A FIGHT TO SHAPE THE NARRATIVE OF WHO MICHAEL BROWN IS AND THE EVENTS THAT LED TO HIS DEATH. HULK CAN GUARANTEE THE NARRATIVE WILL CHANGE MORE.
WHICH BRINGS US TO THE CRUX OF THE ENTIRE POINT:
NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE FOR SUCH NORMAL HUMAN FAULT.
JUST AS NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE FOR PLAYING THEIR MUSIC TOO LOUD.
Do the Right Thing came out 25 years ago. At the time, reviewers and critics publicly condemned the release of the movie for the possibility of inciting audience riots. In 1999, the Library of Congress selected it for inclusion in the National Film Registry, just one of five movies to ever be selected in their first year of eligibility.
According to research by David Eagleman, it takes about 80 milliseconds for the brain to generate consciousness, to take all the information flowing in and construct a model of reality from moment to moment. You interact with that 80-millisecond-old model, the afterglow. Everything you think is happening now already happened 80 milliseconds ago, and you are just now becoming aware of it over and over again. As George Musser explains at Scientific American, sounds that occur more than 30 meters away take longer than 80 milliseconds to get to your ears, and so those sounds don’t arrive in time to get stitched together with the visual information. It’s called the 80-millisecond rule. That’s why you usually see the lightning well before you hear the thunder. You live in the center of a sphere about 60 meters in diameter. In the center, sounds and sights line up perfectly. Anything farther out does not. It’s also why you can snap your fingers and it seems like the sound waves are moving at the same speed as the light waves. They aren’t. It’s a lie, a representation of reality that’s more useful than the truth.
Wylie Dufresne is the mad genius behind the famed New York restaurant wd-50, and the kind of chef who remind you why the guys in the kitchen wear white coats. Whether you take your eggs scrambled, in an omelet, or over-easy, he’ll outline the proper…
Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I like and respect you, and it is clear to me that you’ll know how to apply it wisely: When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”
People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.