The Attitude of Eachother

Oh, Still.

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael Atallah on December 12, 2011

Dan Knishkowy is a philosophy student at Hamilton college. I met him at the Angel Deradoorian show at the Opus café. Hamilton College. He opened up for her. This clip was shot somewhere in the grey area between Clinton and Utica New York. 25 degrees, hands numb and snow trickling down. Enjoy.


Rufus Corporation

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael Atallah on December 11, 2011

I’d look into the early 20th century Russian vanguard of Supermatism with respects to the alignment of post modern thinking through the square. Other than that, this is a bathroom in a loving home I had the privilege to spend Thanksgiving and my birthday. East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It was 2010 and I was a couple of weeks away from setting out for Rio de Janeiro. Days after this photo was taken I wrapped up my assignment in New York, darted across the continent to San Clemente, packed, then took a flight to South America.

Stay tuned to this site for further reading on my bizarre stories threaded with love, loss, lessons and cinematic storytelling.

white on white

Extract from Nassim Taleb

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael Atallah on November 29, 2011

An afternoon of feijoada and picanha.

Nassim Taleb is a Lebanese born Economist Philosopher. I was introduced to his work not long ago and have since found great pearls in his blog: FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS. A diary of notes and equations.

Here is an extract.

132- Life’s Barbells –The Barbell Heuristic

(Barbells are more robust than monomodal strategies.)

Walk most of the time, sprint as fast as you can on the occasion; never jog.

Fast for long periods of famine, then feast; never diet.

Endorse Nick Clegg & David Cameron, in combination, never labor.

For social life, a linear combination of Fat Tony & philosophers outperforms the frequentation of middle brows.

Go for city-states under loose empires, never nation-states.

Be a flåneur, lounging most of the time; then work as intensely as possible for a maximum of one hour; never work at low intensity –the 4-Hour Workweek.

Do nothing most of the time, then workout like a nut as intensely & unpredictably as possible.

Invest mostly in close to no-risk, (cash inflation protected, 80-90%), and maximal risk securities (10-20%); never in medium risk.

Read trashy gossip magazines and classics or sophisticated works; never the New York Times (or something even more aberrant, Newsweek).

Talk to graduate students or the highest caliber scholars; never, never, never medium academics.

Lose all your money, never half of it.

Respect those who make a living lying down or standing up, never those who do so sitting down.

Separate the holy and the profane.

Do crazy things (break furniture once in a while), like the Greeks and stay “rational” in larger decisions.

If you dislike someone, leave him alone or eliminate him; don’t attack him verbally.

The photo above is me preparing gaucho style sirloin on an open flame. Utica – NY
Current location: San Clemente