Author Archives: Mike

“reality and fantasy weirdly and dangerously blurred and commingled”

Back in September The Atlantic published a fascinating long-form article that I just got around to reading. It’s titled, ‘How America Lost Its Mind‘, and it was adapted by a book written by Kurt Anderson: America was created by true believers and passionate dreamers, and by hucksters and their suckers, which made America successful—but also […]

Pretending to play a UFC fight.

This genius streamed a pay-per-view UFC match by pretending to play it: A streamer broadcast a live pay-per-view UFC match on multiple platforms, including Twitch, by pretending it was a video game he was playing, as spotted by EuroGamer. AJ Lester streamed the UFC 218 match between Max Holloway and Jose Aldo in its entirety […]

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 […]

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 […]