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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Burj Khalifa: Pinnacle of Vanity?

Burj Khalifa

From the Stephen Bayley at the Telegraph:

Paradoxically, Burj Khalifa is not a truly modern building. It is a hangover of a demented spending binge. It is a subprime Great Pyramid. It is queasy nostalgia for a version of the future that looked old-fashioned a generation ago. It is kitsch retro fantasia, a glassy memorial to something not so much forgotten as never known.

The whole article does nothing but berate the architect and naysay the very idea of this building.  America has long been the country where dreamers and over achievers could accomplish amazing things despite naysayers like Steven Bayley.  Sadly it seems like that atmosphere is being lost here in America, and if it takes some moderate Muslim country halfway around the world to pick up the torch and ensure that the human race still progresses into the future, so be it. 

Don’t feel too bad about it though, I’m sure most of the money spent to build it originated from Americans buying oil, and the architect and the firm that built it were both American.  It’s just a shame they had to go there to find someone with enough balls to see a project like this come to fruition.

Disclosure:  I’m a huge fan of The Fountainhead.

U.S. Marine Captain: Aussie Women Dress Like Sluts

Slutty Woman

From Fox News:

The captain's letter to the editor was published in the Northern Territory News yesterday.

It raised eyebrows among many Darwin women, including nightclub dancer Lana Sandic, 19.

"He's got some guts to say that," she said. "Most Territory girls would say 'Put it where the sun doesn't shine'."

But Capt Campbell was adamant. "Ladies have been conned into thinking that just because you have it means you should flaunt it," he wrote.

"Come on ladies, don't send us mixed messages. That's what you do every time you dress with less than nothing on."

Translation:  “I am angry that I went out to a club in Australia and was surrounded by beautiful women who dressed like they should be easy but I still couldn’t get lucky.”

Now, I’m no Fox News hater, but you really have to wonder sometimes why they consider this stuff news.