So much above, click click, but also here’s the outtakes I just couldn’t work into the piece:
On Adaptations He’d Want To Do For Film:
You know what I wanted to adapt so bad and I was so sad when It got snachted up? Candyland. I wanted to adapt Candyland so bad! For an adaptation it has to be really fun. Little Leftover Witch, which I adapted for Disney, was so fun. I don’t think I could ever adapt something like Art of War.
On Who He Wants To Work With:
Tim Burton, for sure. I feel like I’m a living, breathing Tim Burton character. So I’m just waiting for that phone call.
On What Song Was Banned At The SBL Afterparty:
Last night at the afterparty I specifically banned Single Ladies because I didn’t want to do it. Because when they play it, I have do it!
On The Town Of Clover:
I grew up in Clovis, and I will say I rat on it all the time, but it really is a nice town. There’s certain things that could be changed, there’s a lot of conservative mindsets can be altered, but overall it’s a nice place to live. But I feel like as a teenager there’s never a nice place to live, you’re like ‘I don’t want to be here, I want to be there.’ For Clover I wanted to show a town that was understandably why you wanted to get out of it. That way the character who have no aspiration to get out of it, it’s like, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ Even if you’re happy living your simple life, why do it here?
On If Carson Has An Internet Life:
I think he definitely checks stocks for no reason, and he checks the New Yorker blogs and all that. He had a computer and a watch, that’s kind of all the technology he has. The story follows him and his mom, and I think it relates to both kids and adults on similar paths, and I think a lot of older audiences would probably not identify with the whole blog situation, and I didn’t want anyone to have any confusion. Like, “I blogged it, I tweeted it —” well what are you doing? What’s the difference between any of those?
Always lead with the news: I’ve decided to leave my position at Newsweek and accept a job at Tumblr. Though this is cliche, it is indeed true that this has been a difficult decision for me. I have been and continue to be a loud and persistent defender of Newsweek, and this is not (mostly, anyway!)…
In this episode of the KoPoint Comic Book Show Jeff Newelt, Jon Lazar, and Dan Patterson tackle the phenomenon of mainstream ‘event books.’ From Avengers vs. X-Men to the New 52 to the Dark Phoenix Saga the KoPoint round table
I was happy to read Richard MacManus’s article about stagnation in the RSS reader market. He said the market is in “disarray” but I believe that’s the wrong word. Disarray would imho be a good thing, because it would mean users have lots of choice, there would be competition, we’d be learning…
Albert Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc2, remains difficult for me to grasp fully. But I feel I have come to understand something of the man — his expansive spirit, his relentless curiosity, and his reverence for the beauty and order of nature and thought….
We talk (possibly too much) about 12-year-old Rob’s bedroom. We wonder if Helium is the only thing discovered elsewhere before on Earth. There’s ice on Mercury, chevrons on Jupiter and oxbow lakes near Yorkshire.
Chris has been reading poems. Rob is concerned about dark skies.What does is take to be a Space-Faring Nation, and does it help if you put whisky in space? We talk about gravitational waves, open access journals and Chandra poetry.
Not only is this two time Derringer nominee one of the most well-published crime fiction short story writers around with over 80 short stories published in such magazines as Alfred Hitcock Mystery Magazine, he’s also a really nice guy.
On the dance floor at Club Nur in Los Angeles. (photo: Andrew Khouri)
“The hookah breaks the ice,” said the man behind the bar.
A collection of old, silver-painted water pipes styled as light fixtures hang above his head, bathing in gold a crowd of men as they puff away on flavored tobacco below. The pulsating beat of Arabic music wafts onto the outdoor patio from inside the bar, where throngs of gay men dance together, and scantily clad male go-go dancers gyrate on stages.
A similar scene of rhythm, smoke, and liquor plays out nightly throughout Los Angeles, a city revered for its immigrant and gay cultures. But for party-goers at this weekly romp, the atmosphere was a new one. Most hailed from the Middle East, where homosexuality carries social and sometimes even legal punishment. In Saudi Arabia, homosexual sex carries a maximum penalty of death, and even in Lebanon, which has a burgeoning gay club scene, “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” is illegal.
This week’s show with Anthony Appiah is many things at once: thought-provoking, funny, intellectual, and a kind of a relief. He has enormous wisdom about human resistance to change and how it then really happens. But he also makes the point that reaching across contemporary divides of difference need not be the great moral struggle we tend to make it. It can be about mundane points of human connection; these count.
While we were in production with this show, I heard surprising echoes of his point in a wonderfully pleasant and also moving piece on the BBC about how modern Germans are flocking to choirs. There are choirs for people who can sing and who can’t; they’re bringing people together who would rarely be friends or even acquaintances otherwise. There are even German-Turkish choirs that get Germans learning Turkish words in a way that school and culture would not — and that do so with joy.
You can listen here, and scroll down the page to “Chapter Four.” Enjoy!
About the image: The Rundfunkchor Choir from Berlin. (photo: Matthias Heyde)
His sweaty red face contorted into an animal snarl, he jabbed a Doc Marten-booted foot into my shin at speed. I staggered a little, but didn’t fall or cry out. Every muscle I had was clenched, and my fourteen-year-old mind a storm of fear and rage. But I didn’t cry out. I knew this bully couldn’t…
I live in a rented New York City apartment. The only outdoor space I have access to, besides the sidewalk, is the paved alley alongside my building. And, like many of my neighbors, I use this shared outdoor space for all sorts of…
Grantland is a big kid’s club, run by writer Bill Simmons, the biggest kid of them all. The well-known “Sports Guy” columnist at ESPN set out a year ago to create a different kind of site: a place where long-form content that centers on the things he loves: sports and pop culture. Named after the revered sports columnist Grantland Rice, the site is a bit of an odd duckling at ESPN.
It’s an interesting marriage. Simmons has at time chafed at working for ESPN, taking thinly veiled shots at his employer from time to time. And yet with Grantland, he’s got a site that by all indications is doing quite well, mostly thanks to its ESPN parent, which funnels traffic and advertisers to Grantland. Indeed, Grantland, according to Comscore, gets 37 percent of its traffic from ESPN.com.
Grantland taps into ESPN’s sales army that works with advertisers. The outlet says it doesn’t work with ad networks mainly due to the power of ESPN. Having a rich, powerful parent helps in other ways. Grantland started off, as a site with no history and no traffic, with two yearlong sponsorship deals with Unilever and Subway in its pocket. It has been able to add other high-end advertisers like Lexus, Google and Blackberry. Those aren’t deals a niche site, even one headed by a well-known columnist, would likely land without ESPN. But Simmons does have cache, most recently evidenced by his sit down with President Obama.
“What Grantland has going for it, in terms of a viable media property for ad buyers, is you have quality of contributors and the reputations they have and the backing of ESPN,” said Chris Paul, svp of media at Digitas.
Update: On June 10th, 2011, Tumblr announced a new version of their site that removed the ability to import RSS feeds unless you were previously using that feature. Since this Last.fm Weekly Top Artists feed was dependent on that feature, I’m afraid…
“Forget Instagram’s billion-dollar payday. Forget IPOs, past and future, from Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and the like. And ignore, please, the online ramblings of attention-hungry venture capitalists and narcissistic Silicon Valley journalists with the off-putting habit of making their inside-baseball sound like the World Series. Their stories, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, but signifying very little about the impact of technology on most of our lives.”—
The vast majority of books and magazines are typeset using hyphenation and justification (written as H&J from here on in). In print, it’s everywhere: All lines of text except the last lines of paragraphs are stretched out to the same length. Flush left and flush right. Hyphens are used to break words at the end of lines to help prevent gaps in word spacing.
Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek.
I’m incredibly biased, of course, but based on that last paragraph, I think we geeks sound like pretty awesome people to be around. So why, then, the lingering social stigma?
Great little analysis on the changing social stigma of “geekhood” … the detail-oriented passionate pursuit of very specific knowledge. I think networks like Tumblr and Facebook let people find that social connection that used to be missing from their once-lonely passions.
In this connected age geeks aren’t outcasts, because their allies don’t have to be right next to them. They can be thousands of miles away, never meet, and know each other completely.
Wore this around town to grab lunch and an ice cream cone. Enjoyed the sunny day (after lots of rain) in this multicolored skirt and blouson style top. Pinks look so lovely against apricot, this is one of my favorite color combinations. My search for the perfect pair of espadrilles ended once I found these wedge sandals by Brian Atwood. Hope everyone had a great weekend! xx
Top: ASOS, Skirt: Forever21+, Bag: Kate Spade, Glasses: Jimmy Choo, Shoes: Brian Atwood, Necklace: Anthro
Have a few hours spare and fancy getting to know Clojure and ClojureScript?
Sometimes all you need to get learning a new programming language is the right size problem. Nothing too trivial or too daunting. Fortunately, while reading NN Taleb’s book “The Black Swan”, I got a right-sized idea.
Starting today, I’m leaving my steady, full-time job, and starting work on taking the suck out of so-called “smart phones.” I know, everyone’s pretty thrilled with their new pocket ‘puters, but to a user experience/ social experience nerd like me, we’ve just started taking baby steps towards what…
“At the same time, IT job security is often dependent on making things hard, slow, and complex. If the Exchange Server didn’t require two people to babysit it at all times, that would mean two friends out of work. Of course using hosted Gmail is a bad idea! It’s the same forces and mechanics that slowly turned unions from a force of progress (proper working conditions for all!) to a force of stagnation (only Jack can move the conference chairs, Joe is the only guy who can fix the microphone).”—37 Signals Blog (via kingsley2)
About two months agoIn January of 2011, I decided to try something new.
I am a computer teacher at a private school in New York City. I teach mainly first and second grade as well as the occasional high school elective. Students come into my computer lab and spend 40 minutes completing whatever…
As many users have observed, Tumblr has recently given users a choice to uninstall Missing e or revoke techincal support for your account. Your blog and posts will be safe, but you may not be able to contact Tumblr’s support team.
The reasons they give for suggesting that you uninstall Missing…