“Michael [Johnson] then used Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his head in his hands. Gower goes “What’s going on?” “I just don’t know what to do next”, the choreographer goes. Gower replies “Well do something, so we can change it!”. And that’s a fundamental Pixar idea, just keep moving, just keep trying, and something will come up.”—Michael Johnson Talk Report - Upcoming Pixar (via buzz)
“New York City, when I was young, was falling apart, and the rest of the country was clean and functioned smoothly. Now New York is a marvel of efficiency, a rich city with busy people. But there are huge problems everywhere else.”—Scripting News: Nation-building at home
“C: Conveniently knowing everyone Jim’s sister and his college friend just happen to be connected to the BP oil spill! Maggie just happens to know a staffer for Jan Brewer! Neal just happens to have been on one of the trains on 7/7! His girlfriend’s dad just happens to have been killed on 9/11! Lisa just happens to have gone to high school with Casey Anthony! So many fortunate coincidences.”—The Newsroom Frustration Almanac: From A to Z — Vulture
Pitchfork: There’s a shot of you crowd-surfing in the new LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits.
AA: James Murphy is a good friend. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but that was crazy. I’d never crowd-surfed before, and my friend was just like, “Let’s run down into the pit. This is their last concert, let’s not fucking sit up here like idiots in the stands.” As soon as I ran down, people were like, “Aziz!” and lifted me up immediately. I was like, “Ahhh! Oh, this is fun.”
“If you try to locate the moment of a major paradigm shift, in the moment, perhaps by calling your album “Hip Hop Is Dead,” as Nas did in 2006, you’re slipping into weatherman territory. Will it rain tomorrow? Will another great rap album pop up? … If I had to pick a year for hip-hop’s demise, though, I would choose 2009, not 2006”—
Sasha Frere-Jones, in 2009. As Slate points out “It’s been fully five months since Rihanna took one of her thundering club-bangers to the top of the Hot 100, nearly a year since a rapper had a No. 1. (And Pitbull barely counts as a rapper.)”
“It’s simply the case that the key to a happy marriage, a well-functioning family, and a productive place of work lies in carefully calibrating the ratio of Chaos Muppets to Order Muppets within any closed system. That, and always letting the Chaos Muppets do the driving.”—
“..then they surrender the track to Andre 3000, who just plain slaughters it. “Can we get an Outkast album now?” Zane Lowe asks as the song fades out, which is pretty much what everyone is thinking after this one.”—
“I think our generation is obsessed with the moon. When we were children, we were told that in the year 2000 we’d be in spaceships and living on the moon. Nothing like that happened. We felt betrayed. Now people stay home in front of the screen. But when we were kids we were supposed to be out of our home, out in space. So I feel like when I make records, I keep the dream alive.”—Air’s Nicolas Godin on A Trip to the Moon, Working With the Dead, and Space Travel — Vulture
At base, I object to any system that makes me feel like a store clerk in “High Fidelity.” Those guys are not my guys. I mean, I don’t follow basketball statistics. I watch the Oscars for the starlet meltdowns and I don’t expect the “best movie” to be the best movie. I black out when I try to calculate the tip. Please don’t make me tell you the best television show of the year.
Although the answer is obviously “Breaking Bad.”
Emily Nussbaum rants against the top ten list. I’m a lover of top-ten lists, it’s usually my favorite thing about the Internet - a month long retrospective into why the past year was awesome. A well cultivated top-ten list helps frame the zeitgeist of the year, and helps uncover great music, tv, and movies you might have missed. For the critic, I can imagine it to be a tiresome effort to weed through all the competing lists, but to the reader, it’s a year-end compilation that helps make sure you didn’t miss something beautiful or fantastic.
“It is astonishing to think that in the 21st century people still think there is a distinction between style and substance. The two are not the same. The better it looks the more you want to use it the more function you get out of it anyway.”—Great quote from Stephen Fry buried about 3/4 of the way through a somewhat average BBC documentary on Steve Jobs.
“If there is one difference today it’s that things are happening a lot faster. A transition that took a decade is happening in three years today, even though the entire market is orders of magnitude bigger.”—The big bang theory of computing | asymco