The title and description here actually have nothing to do with my journal, I'm just using them to let people know that I'm fooling around with my profile right now. ^_^
SO NO COMPLAINING, INDI D:<
Here's an excerpt from one of Paul Graham's web essays, on good taste:
"Good design is often slightly funny. This one may not always be true. But Durer's engravings and Saarinen's womb chair and the Pantheon and the original Porsche 911 all seem to me slightly funny. Godel's incompleteness theorem seems like a practical joke.
I think it's because humor is related to strength. To have a sense of humor is to be strong: to keep one's sense of humor is to shrug off misfortunes, and to lose one's sense of humor is to be wounded by them. And so the mark-- or at least the prerogative-- of strength is not to take oneself too seriously. The confident will often, like swallows, seem to be making fun of the whole process slightly, as Hitchcock does in his films or Bruegel in his paintings-- or Shakespeare, for that matter.
Good design may not have to be funny, but it's hard to imagine something that could be called humorless also being good design."
I like this idea, it kind of shows that if you're good at something, you don't have to act like it, or defend it. It's just there. It also relates to something else I've read... "The phrase 'I'm not stupid!' is never uttered except to prove its own inaccuracy." I don't completely agree with this one... But I have noticed a certain truth about it in several situations.
Also: "Those who know don't say, and those who say don't know" kind of combines both of the above ideas..