Author Archives: Mike

LeBron will never be as iconic as Jordon.

Scottie Pippen: LeBron James’ Stats Have ‘Probably’ Passed Michael Jordan’s: “The numbers don’t lie. He’s right there,” he said. “He probably will never catch him in terms of MVP, but in terms of statistics, LeBron is right there. And when you look across the board—not just scoring—check his assists, check his rebounds … he’s probably […]

Net Neutrality Dismantled

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules: The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality […]

What Ed Lee Didn’t Do

How Mayor Ed Lee remade San Francisco in Big Tech’s image: It was for the have-nots, too, but not in the same way: many have found themselves economically banished from San Francisco. At the dawn of Lee’s tenure, nobody foresaw the explosion of tech industry job growth in this city and region at its present […]

Mayweather in the UFC is a cute idea.

Morning Report: Floyd Mayweather says he has multi-fight offer with UFC, can ‘make a billion dollars’: Appearing in a live stream on Instagram captured by Fight Hype, Mayweather told his fans that he has a multi-fight offer with the UFC that would make him “a billion dollars.” “You already know I’m a money-getting motherfucker,” Mayweather […]

“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 […]