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May 16, 2014
vanityfair:

Remembering George Magazine | Cindy Crawford, 1995

Argument: If this was brought back as a website now, it would be amazing. There is more of a market for this idea in the age of Twitter. JFK Jr., eat your heart out.

vanityfair:

Remembering George Magazine | Cindy Crawford, 1995

Argument: If this was brought back as a website now, it would be amazing. There is more of a market for this idea in the age of Twitter. JFK Jr., eat your heart out.

22:27 // 2 months ago

This pail is essential to my existence.

21:56 // 2 months ago
21:52 // 2 months ago

This Taiwanese anchor found out that a colleague of hers died of an apparent suicide—while reporting it live on air. Jesus.

13:12 // 2 months ago
May 15, 2014

good:

The Beatles - Because (Slowed Down By 800% Remix)

Ambient 3: Music for Strawberry Fields

19:35 // 2 months ago

Console Wars

jkottke:

From Grantland, an excerpt from Console Wars, a new book by Blake J. Harris about the video game console battles of the 1990s between Nintendo and Sega. The excerpt is about the rise of Nintendo.

And just like that, the North American videogame industry ground to a halt. Hardware companies (like Atari) went bankrupt, software companies (like Sega) were sold for pennies on the dollar, and retailers (like Sears) vowed never to go into the business again. Meanwhile, Nintendo quietly glided through the bloody waters on a gorilla-shaped raft. The continuing cash flow from Donkey Kong enabled Arakawa, Stone, Judy, and Lincoln to dream of a new world order, one where NOA miraculously resurrected the industry and Nintendo reigned supreme. Not now, perhaps, but one day soon.

Harris is also working on a documentary based on the book. And Sony is making a “feature-film” adaptation of the book as well. Cool!

A highly-recommended read. It’s a good reminder that Nintendo failed a lot before the NES finally succeeded. Also, that Mario Bros. was a rip-off of Joust.

15:55 // 2 months ago
May 14, 2014
As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.
Why Jill Abramson Was Fired,” The New Yorker
19:13 // 2 months ago
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18:48 // 2 months ago
May 13, 2014
theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’
Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’

Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

22:57 // 2 months ago