GPOY: Solution Mapping Edition

GPOY solution map

GPOY solution map

Among my friends there is a certain consensus of opinion, and they are unified in their belief that this is one of the smartest things I’ve ever said about myself: That, if I weren’t so confident in my ability to cope with crises, I’d put more effort into preventing them. Here we can see that principle expressed in the 21st Century’s highest art form, the Infographic.

Apropos of nothing, I will here list the words that I learned from the internet yesterday. You may find them amusing. Given my problem-solving style, I have no doubt I will find them critically useful at some point in the future.

As the great prophet Phyllis Diller once said, “I don’t merely believe in miracles. I rely on them.

  • auto-mythocredititis, otherwise known as believing all your own spin [from the Guardian]
  • opuloconfundosapiensis – the tendency to confuse having lots of money with being very clever [same source, and I can hardly wait to incorporate this into an attack on the 1% on a dilapidated cardboard sign for Occupy Vancouver]
  • mon-orchid, meaning having only one testicle. Not exactly sure how I will bring this into a political discussion, but then there is no low to which I will not stoop in the fury of a firefight, so who knows? I may even lay it on Christie Clark. [from a fascinating Fortean Times article on the blue dogs of Texas]

and yes, I do read an eclectic collection of sites recently. I got bored with the usual Gawker/Awl/Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr round and decided to branch out, starting with solid, hard news sites and ending with amusing ones. No idea why I’m so fascinated with portraiture lately, though.

This makes me happy and sad at the same time

Muppet Angst
Muppet Angst

“The notion of ambiguity must not be confused with that of absurdity. To declare that existence is absurd is to deny that it can ever be given a meaning; to say that it is ambiguous is to assert that its meaning is never fixed, that it must be constantly won. Absurdity challenges every ethics; but also the finished rationalization of the real would leave no room for ethics; it is because man’s condition is ambiguous that he seeks, through failure and outrageousness, to save his existence.”
~ Simone de Beauvoir, 1948, The Ethics Of Ambiguity, p. 129

Quote o’ the Day: Crowns and Carnivores

Governor General Michaelle Jean susses out the buffet

From Tuffy, on the recent Michaelle Jean sealsickle incident:

“That seal heart ain’t eatin’ itself.”

And a close runner-up, from Jenny Quelque Chose at Gawker:

“Eat your heart out, Palin.”

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Quote o’ the Day: The Man

Never Forget, Never Surrender

This is the smartest thing I’ve heard in ages. From tonight’s meeting of The Shebeen Club.

Me: “And I’m all, like, fuck The Man!

Ian: “You know, sometimes The Man just needs a little foreplay.”

quote o’ the day: Diogenes, on pleasures of the flesh

The pyramid of drunkenness

“What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.”