I thought Casino Royale was tremendous. I thought his action was quite extraordinary—he did more action in the first 30 seconds of the film than I did in 14 years of playing Bond. To me, he looks like a killer. He looks as though he knows what he’s doing. I look as though I might cheat at backgammon.
Roger Moore on Daniel Craig.
As I awkwardly crawled over him to get off the couch, I stumbled a bit. “Sorry,” I asked, “Did I just sit on your dick?” (NOTE: I am an eternal romantic). “No,” he answered, “…but why don’t you do that before you leave?” And, there it was: the reason his wife left.
I might not be the best boyfriend on the planet, but I think I look pretty darn good compared to some guys. (from The Dangers of Getting Too Excited After the First Date)
Apple’s products say “no” a lot. No, you can’t have that hardware keyboard or removable battery. No, you can’t install that app. No, you can’t have that feature. [...] As Apple has grown, so has the number of people who have fallen on the wrong end of its opinionated product design.
Marco Ament on the strange levels of anger Apple seems to create. He is immediately called out by angry Android users who blame, naturally, Apple.
Some will think that I have strayed from scripture – that I am no longer an evangelical. I have formed my view, however, not out of any disregard for the Bible’s authority, but by way of grappling with it and, through prayerful reflection, seeking to take it seriously.
Rev. Steve Chalke, an evangelical pastor, on why he supports gay marriage.
The truth is that in a chaotic situation, even highly trained police officers often kill bystanders. The idea that some accountant who spent a few hours at the range would suddenly turn into Jason Bourne and take out the killer without doing more harm than good has no basis in reality.
from Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They’re Wrong.
One thing I never figured out or become familar with while living in the US was the American gun culture. Chalk it up to culture crash or whatever. It’s not like most of my friends had assault weapons lying around. The Sandy Hook killings are horrible, but sadly not unique. From my outsider’s point of view, at least, it seems more and more ridiculous to insist that laxer gun laws will make everyone safer, when evidence of the contrary makes itself painfully clear every few months.
Sitting for a picture is morbid business. A portrait doesn’t begin to mean anything until the subject is dead. This is the whole point. We’re doing this to create a kind of sentimental past for people in decades to come. It’s their past, their history we’re inventing here. And it’s not how I look now that matters. It’s how I’ll look in twenty-five years as clothing and faces change, as photographs change. The deeper I pass into death, the more powerful my picture becomes. Isn’t this why picture-taking is so ceremonial? It’s like a wake. And I’m the actor made up for the laying-out.
from Mao II by Don DeLillo.
It’s hard for technology people to understand, but there are a lot of people who actually just want to make phone calls on their cell phones. As sick and depraved as that sounds.
via John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site.