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“Oh housebuilder! Now you are seen”*…

 

Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio’s Malibu dream house hit the market on Friday, listing for $10.95 million. Leo purchased the midcentury California bungalow (can you still call something a bungalow when it costs more than $10 mil? The jury is out!) back in 1998, and the three bed, two bath home is a beaut. It’s on star-studded Carbon Beach, the views are killer, and the interiors are gorgeous.

But the truth is, life is probably meaningless and there is a strong chance that we all die alone. Could buying this house change any of that? Is it possible that life at 21844 Pacific Coast Highway, with your own private hot tub and large ocean front deck, could actually offer a reprieve from the agony of being a human in the world? Or, is it certain that “we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish,” as John-Paul Sartre once put it? Great question!…

An existentialist interview with Leonardo DiCaprio’s real estate agent: “Leo DiCaprio’s $11 Million Malibu Beach House And The Soul-Crushing Agony Of Being Human.” [via the always-illuminating Pop Loser]

* Gautama Buddha

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As we sigh, we might send nihilist birthday greetings to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; he was born on this date in 1844.  A philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist, Nietzsche is probably best remembered for his concepts of the “death of God”, the Übermensch, the eternal recurrence, the Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy, and the will to power… which, among them, have had an extraordinary impact on thinkers as diverse as Martin Heidegger and Ayn Rand on the one hand, and Michel Foucault (whose birthday this also is) and Jacques Derrida on the other.

When someone hides something behind a bush and looks for it again in the same place and finds it there as well, there is not much to praise in such seeking and finding. Yet this is how matters stand regarding seeking and finding “truth” within the realm of reason. If I make up the definition of a mammal, and then, after inspecting a camel, declare “look, a mammal’ I have indeed brought a truth to light in this way, but it is a truth of limited value.

– Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinn (On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense), 1873

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Written by LW

October 15, 2016 at 1:01 am

“Well, real estate is always good, as far as I’m concerned”*…

 

A Tumblr devoted to “inexplicably bad property photographs”…

Oh so many more at Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs.

* Donald Trump

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As we ponder the purport of property, we might recall that it was on this date in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln signed the (first) Homestead Act into law.  The legislation allowed qualified applicants to claim freehold title to up to 160 acres (1/4 section, 65 hectares) of undeveloped federal land outside the original 13 colonies.   The offer was open to anyone who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government (including freed slaves and women) and was 21 years or older (or the head of a family)… anyone except the Native Americans who were cleared from the land to make way.

Homesteaders headed out to stake their claims

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Written by LW

May 20, 2014 at 1:01 am

Location, Location, Location…

From WalletPop, based on FBI data collected at NeighborhoodScout.com, the “25 most dangerous neighborhoods 2010” with the highest predicted rates of violent crime in America…

This year, Chicago takes the not-so-coveted top spot from Cincinnati, while Atlanta has the highest number of neighborhoods making the list (four).

As we rethink relocation, we might recall that it was on this date in 1934 that serial bank robber and “Oklahoma Robin Hood” Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot and killed by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio.

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Written by LW

October 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

For that little princess in one’s life…

From the ever-inventive folks at Think Geek:

Pâté is passé. Unicorn – the new white meat.

Excellent source of sparkles!

Unicorns, as we all know, frolic all over the world, pooping rainbows and marshmallows wherever they go. What you don’t know is that when unicorns reach the end of their lifespan, they are drawn to County Meath, Ireland. The Sisters at Radiant Farms have dedicated their lives to nursing these elegant creatures through their final days. Taking a cue from the Kobe beef industry, they massage each unicorn’s coat with Guinness daily and fatten them on a diet comprised entirely of candy corn.

As the unicorn ages, its meat becomes fatty and marbled and the living bone in the horn loses density in a process much like osteoporosis. The horn’s outer layer of keratin begins to develop a flavor very similar to candied almonds. Blending the crushed unicorn horn into the meat adds delightful, crispy flavor notes in each bite. We are confident you will find a world of bewilderment in every mouthful of scrumptious unicorn meat.

Product information, recipes, and ordering instructions here.

As we rethink our panini preferences, we might recall that it was on this date in 1808 that John Jacob Astor incorporated The American Fur Company. One of the first great trusts in the U.S., American Fur had come to dominate the fur trade in North America, and had become one of the largest businesses in the country by 1830.  Astor, who traded in real estate and opium as well as furs, became America’s first multi-millionaire.

Photogravure from oil portrait by Gilbert Stuart

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