Re: Humans of New York

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over-sampling a certain kind of quirk and under-sampling bland-looking people

Absolutely, this will ruin his chances of getting his work published in any respectable journal of sociology.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 6:54 AM
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I think you're supposed to be overcome by the magicalness that is New York or something.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 6:54 AM
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That low-poly rave-y backpack is sweet.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 6:55 AM
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I associate HoNY with a libertarian FB friend from high school who, best I can figure, puts almost every single article he reads in a given day on Facebook. Accordingly, I have a definite Pavlovian annoyance with the site.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:10 AM
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I've been to New York a few times now, and other than seeing lots of Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights (go figure, right?) everybody has always just looked like regular folx to me. Same with LA, except the time when I turned a corner and almost ran into a couple of women who looked like they had just stepped out of a softcore porn film, tiny bikinis and everything. That was indeed a little weird.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:33 AM
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That's some kind of cufflink.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:50 AM
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I dunno, the pictures don't look all that aggressively quirky to me. Or, they look like the guy was looking for the most interesting person he saw in a given short period of time, but not like he'd have to look for more than ten/fifteen minutes to find the people he got.

I liked the father/daughter/Australian Shepherd shot -- with no actual resemblances, that could have been Buck, Sally and DogBreath.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:56 AM
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I think the web site is charming, and the OP oversamples reflexive contrariness.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:56 AM
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Perhaps the rest of the country just suffers from a lack of magic?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 7:59 AM
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9: Lack of magic is silly, of course, but I think it probably is a bunch easier to find people dressed a little oddly here than in the rest of the country. We've talked about this before in terms of tourist-spotting.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:02 AM
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So you're saying you're better than me?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:03 AM
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Define "oddly." I think you mean "oddly in a way that isn't obviously lower class."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:03 AM
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One thing I noticed when we were in Harlem in December was how many women seemed to have really long medium-sized extension braids, often tied in bun styles, and so I was happy to see some of that (this is a more extreme example) on the site. It wasn't a style I'd really seen locally, but a very fashionable young woman at church has had blue braids in that style for a few months now and then one of the teenagers had the same look at Easter, so I think it's filtering in.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:04 AM
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Or maybe not. Anyway, the pre-game wearing of Steeler jersey's by most medical workers who aren't doctors is pretty odd to me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:06 AM
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(I am actually a bit infatuated with New York, and if it weren't for the sound pollution, I'd enjoy living there.)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:09 AM
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15: You need to be somewhere that you can hear yourself toot.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:12 AM
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15: You should try Lincoln. Not much pollution, cooler in the summer than Texas, but nearly as sophisticated as New York (if you live you first 18 years on a farm).


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:14 AM
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I bet Lincoln's not actually that much cooler in the summer, and that the difference is that peak of summer just doesn't last as long.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:17 AM
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To be all technical, yes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:18 AM
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But in the winter, it is both colder and the peak of cold lasts much longer.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:21 AM
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12: Well, some of it's lower-class oddly, and some of it's middle-class oddly.

I, myself, went to work this morning in a sleeveless navy-blue shift with a little anchor on it, because the weather is gorgeous and I like pretending I just escaped from a cocktail party at a low-rent yacht club. I think that counts as middle-class oddly.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:22 AM
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20: To be all technical, yes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:23 AM
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21.2: I don't see what's odd about that. The dress, not the pretending.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:25 AM
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I'm still wearing pajamas. Soooooooo quirky!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:25 AM
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Yeah, what's odd about a navy shift dress with an anchor?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:28 AM
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23: The clown wig.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:28 AM
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I find that site neither interesting nor annoying. I don't think the people are unusually super quirky, though.

My vague general impression is that there's a narrower range of style of dress in NY than LA, that is to say people generally look more "the same" even if well dressed. That could be totally wrong though.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:29 AM
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No, mostly it's that I jumped the gun dressing for the weather rather than the calendar. People are mostly still in boots and scarves, despite it being in the seventies.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:30 AM
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Then it's them that are odd.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:31 AM
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My vague general impression is that there's a narrower range of style of dress in NY than LA, that is to say people generally look more "the same" even if well dressed. That could be totally wrong though.

I don't have a sense of LA at all, so I couldn't tell you. I think, though, this probably involves a restricted definition of 'people'. Like, professionally dressed middle-class white people might be a narrow range of style, but they're not all that large a chunk of the population on the street.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:32 AM
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Everybody here has switched to warmer-weather clothing. Being near a campus, it is very noticeable in really great ways.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:33 AM
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My ex-student who I mentioned recently as a FB trainwreck new mother posted some meme this morning about "APRIL UR DOIN IT WRONG!!" over a picture of heavy snow. She lives in San Antonio, where it was 88° yesterday. I find her so confusing.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:33 AM
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I do miss living somewhere where people are willing to dress flamboyantly. I loved that about Austin.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:36 AM
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I'm getting increasingly fascinated by the FB posts of a guy I went to grade school with. He's now doing tech support work in some department of the local university, but he posts to FB about every fifteen minutes, and it's usually a short sentence followed by a string of about 20 increasingly weird hashtags. #whatisthis #idontgetit #noreallywhat #facebookweirdness #idontunderstandpeople #yougettheidea


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:38 AM
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34 sort of to 32 and sort of to I am bored and should be working.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:38 AM
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33: Then you probably wouldn't like Lincoln at all. I don't know why you brought it up.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:39 AM
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I use the word "increasingly" too much.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:40 AM
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Well, compared to the rest of Nebraska I bet it's the most flamboyant, right?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:40 AM
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Omaha is the flashy place.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:42 AM
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On game days at UN-L, the stadium is the third biggest population in the state.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:43 AM
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And the range of fashion is narrower in the stadium than New York or LA.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:43 AM
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I kvetched about Humans of New York weeks ago and was given to understand that I was being a stick in the mud.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:44 AM
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Everybody here has switched to warmer-weather clothing. Being near a campus, it is very noticeable in really great ways.

"Teenage Girl Blossoming into Beautiful Object"?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:45 AM
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40: And because it's in Lincoln, it can never take second place unless it gets bigger than Omaha.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:46 AM
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43: I already said how ghastly that was, right? I can't think of another Onion article that's actually nauseated me that severely.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:47 AM
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I am actually a bit infatuated with New York, and if it weren't for the sound pollution, I'd enjoy living there.

That's more or less how I feel.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:48 AM
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"Humans" is twee -- why not call them "people"? And New York is overexposed. Aren't there other interesting cities for street photography?


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:48 AM
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"Humans" is twee -- why not call them "people"?

Because of "People of Wal-Mart"?

Also, as someone who occasionally refers to persons as humans, I am hurt, Bave. Hurt. You know I am not twee.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:50 AM
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Tweeflow makes sywup.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:50 AM
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Also, I like the pix [NO TWEEO], so I don't care if he's selecting to avoid the dull, the humdrum, the bland.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:52 AM
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45: I think you posted about it!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:54 AM
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"Humans" is twee -- why not call them "people"?

Not to wax excessively nerdtastic, I always liked the salutation in an '80s comic book, "Gentle sentients...."

OT: Anthony Weiner? Again? God, no. Kill it with fire opposition research and public opinion surveys.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:56 AM
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"Humans" is twee

SOME OF THOSE TWEE WERE MY FWIENDS.


Posted by: Opinionated Ent | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:58 AM
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Smoky the Bear, Ent Lover. Discuss.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 8:59 AM
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53 was not me, in case anybody just assumed it was.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 9:00 AM
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51: So I did. My memory's shot to hell these days.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 9:03 AM
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34 - that's his twitter feed posting to Facebook, isn't it.

I just spent ages looking through the last month or so - he has a lot of very appealing photos on there.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 9:05 AM
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52.1: Uh-oh, you've lit the helpy-chalk signal!


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 9:09 AM
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52: Better him than Quinn, though, right?


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 9:21 AM
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8 to 42, and also to 47. Whimsy is a fine thing, even if it makes you an easy target for cynics.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 10:16 AM
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over-sampling a certain kind of quirk and under-sampling bland-looking people

Or photographing people all on their quirkiest days -- the people themselves seem fairly average to me.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 10:54 AM
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How come Donald Trump doesn't pretend to run for mayor?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 10:58 AM
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I'm not sure what the distinction being drawn in 61 is.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 11:05 AM
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Or how you'd tell.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 11:06 AM
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You can see the blandness in their eyes.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 04-10-13 12:48 PM
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I miss New York.:-(


Posted by: Ile | Link to this comment | 04-11-13 1:37 AM
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Aw.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-11-13 1:40 AM
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Less self-consciously quirky than I'd expected. Although it's funny - NY has changed so much from when I was familiar with it (basically up through the 90s, with an interregnum from '80 through '85) that the pics don't grab me the way that any random street scene from anything filmed there during the first 30 years of my life does.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 04-11-13 12:11 PM
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Being near a campus, it is very noticeable in really great ways.

The first days of spring were always a firm reminder that Pitt girls really were significantly more attractive than their CMU counterparts.

I'm sorry if that's sexist, but I was a lot more sexist when I made that observation, 20-odd years ago.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 04-11-13 12:16 PM
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I dunno, the pictures don't look all that aggressively quirky to me. Or, they look like the guy was looking for the most interesting person he saw in a given short period of time, but not like he'd have to look for more than ten/fifteen minutes to find the people he got.

That's certainly my experience, though of course it depends in part where in the city you are.

This has been another installment of Sir Kraab's Belated and Non-Value-Added Agreement with Earlier Comments.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-12-13 8:48 AM
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Pitt girls really were significantly more attractive than their CMU counterparts.

Racist.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-12-13 8:52 AM
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