Author Archives: Mike

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 […]

Making Friends Over 30

Over at The New York Times Alex Williams explores why it’s so hard to make friends over 30: As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends. No matter […]

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 […]