Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Good-Character Test

New Zealand Examines Matt Lauer’s Ranch Purchase After His Firing: The ripples from the firing of Matt Lauer as the co-host of the “Today” morning news show have hit the world of New Zealand property, where officials are already scrutinizing the role of foreign buyers in an increasingly expensive market. A New Zealand government agency […]

William Gibson

Abraham Riesman interviewed William Gibson for Vulture and they talked about dystopias: How do you account for the recent surge in popular fiction about the collapse of civilization into dystopia or Armageddon? This could be a case of consumers of a particular kind of pop culture trying to tell us something, alas. Seriously, what I […]

Bruce Davidson

One of my favorite albums from my youth is Ill Communication by the Beastie Boys. This is the cover: The photograph was shot by Bruce Davidson. I didn’t know about him until now, but after some quick Google Image searches, I’ve discovered he’s an amazing photographer (he’s still alive at 84):

Podfasters

Meet the People Who Listen to Podcasts at Super-Fast Speeds: Rachel Kenny started listening to podcasts in 2015 — and quickly fell behind. “As I started subscribing to more and more podcasts, they started stacking up, and I couldn’t keep up at normal speed,” the 26-year-old data scientist in Indianapolis told BuzzFeed News. “I also […]

Automobile News From Around the Web

Below are some automobile-related links I’ve accumulated over the last few months. Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn: Arizona has since built upon the governor’s action to become a favored partner for the tech industry, turning itself into a live laboratory for self-driving vehicles. Over the past two years, Arizona deliberately cultivated a rules-free environment […]

It’s All Made Up

Mashable Sold at Fire-Sale Price of $50 Million to Ziff Davis: Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it’s not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for. Ziff Davis, a tech, gaming and healthcare publisher, is buying the New York-based company for about […]

Artemis

The Verge interviewed Andy Weir, author of The Martian, about his new book, Artemis: I started by developing the city itself. I really wanted to write a story that takes place on humanity’s first off-world home, the beginnings of humanity’s colonization of the Solar System, that kind of thing. I wanted to define the city […]

Chiara Obscura

California Today: An Analog View of California: John Chiara does his photography from scratch. Even as taking pictures has gotten simpler, Mr. Chiara, 46, constructs his own box cameras — known as camera obscuras — that draw in light through a small hole onto photographic paper. His biggest camera is the size of a small […]

America’s Retail Apocalypse

America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning: The reason isn’t as simple as Amazon.com Inc. taking market share or twenty-somethings spending more on experiences than things. The root cause is that many of these long-standing chains are overloaded with debt—often from leveraged buyouts led by private equity firms. There are billions in borrowings on the […]

Arch Motorcycle

Who knew Keanu Reeves has been customizing bikes since 2007. A lot of celebrities serve as figureheads or brand ambassadors for companies they contribute little to, but it’s clear from Wired’s video that Reeves is very hands-on in the design process. Prior to this bike discovery, Reeves was impressing me with his weapons and martial […]

Louie

Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say: In 2015, a few months before the now-defunct website Defamer circulated rumors of Louis C.K.’s alleged sexual misconduct, Ms. Corry also received an email from Louis C.K., which was obtained by The Times, saying he owed her a “very very very late apology.” When […]