This cartoon recently sparked a lively debate on The New Yorker’s Facebook page between those who felt it slighted Italian heritage, and those who felt like cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, that it was “an adult appreciation of absurdity”.
Click-through for more from Bob Mankoff on why we’re able to enjoy derogatory jokes and disparagement humor: http://nyr.kr/LCcAxJ
Another worry is that Britain’s banks and hedge funds have written multibillion-pound insurance contracts – credit default swaps – that would be triggered if Greece defaults.
Erik Britton, director of City consultancy Fathom, said: “It’s not the direct exposure, it’s the indirect exposure and the implications of an unruly default that I would be worried about. French and German banks bought Greek bonds, and they took out insurance against default. Who did they take out that insurance with? The US and UK banks. There has to be a loser – who’s the loser?”
“Where did she find that hat, in a bin? It’s atrocious. There’s a word for those two sisters, but I’m not going to say it.”
Karl Lagerfeld commentated on the royal wedding for French state teevee.
I expect “telephoning” to become as obscure as “faxing” within the next ten years.
The Renewed Mind Is the Key, Obviously
Kitten heroically tries to kill its first canned cat food before eating it.
OpenID simply stands no chance. It is like saying to people, “Hey, I notice you have a lot of keys on your keyring. Wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could unify them all so you wouldn’t have to carry all those keys? (sounding pretty okay here so far…) All right, here, instead of using those keys, you should take this extremely convoluted and foreign-looking mobile phone, into which you have to insert all of your keys, type in a special password, and then oh, well, it works on most locks but not all of them, so you’ll only be able to replace some of your keys with it, so now you should carry this new weird mobile phone on your keyring too. Also, it doesn’t work as a phone. And it has other companies’ brand names printed all over it. And it calls one of those companies whenever you use it.”