Friday, February 28, 2014
RAMIS: When we were shooting the big climactic scene on Central Park West and 65th Street, we stopped traffic in 90 percent of Manhattan.
LASZTO KOVACS: This limousine kept trying to make a left turn. And a police sergeant moved him on. A half an hour later, he’s back. The policeman got so mad because the guy rolled down his window and started arguing. Another cop came over, and they pulled the guy out through the window of the limousine. The cop then said, “Now, you walk.”
GROSS: I saw a cop draw a gun on a cab driver who wouldn’t listen.
Posted by John at 5:55 PM
Outtakes from Nick Denton's recent interview:
No, we never lost money. That’s the crazy thing. I’d seen all the people in 2001 run out of money slowly, like just their blood draining onto the sand. And that was not going to happen. So within two or three weeks of Lehman, we cut like 30% of the costs just like that. It was a terrible thing, but an amazing achievement and also pointless all the same time. It was cruel to the people who were fired, probably unnecessarily, because we ended up having enough money. It was admirable in the sense that we weren’t taking any chances with the rest of the jobs in the company or with our future and we made decisions that had to be made. And it was pointless in the sense that actually our revenues increased by 30% and it was the first time we ever generated significant profits.
Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix
Posted by John at 1:05 PM
@ModernSerling A shuttle full of Microsoft employees find that every time they stop, they're at the same building they got on at.
— Mike Robles (@michaelrobles) February 28, 2014
Lola refuses to take off her OculusRift saying she's made friends inside. Her bf is stunned when he takes it & finds people asking about her
— Modern Twilight Zone (@ModernSerling) February 28, 2014
A brave sandwich artist at one @SUBWAY discovers a hidden room with Jared clones growing in tanks labeled ham, turkey, and roast beef.
— Modern Twilight Zone (@ModernSerling) February 25, 2014
Posted by John at 1:04 PM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Concluding paragraph of an article looking at potential lawsuits against food companies for making people fat:
These sorts of lawsuits do suggest dire things about the future of one industry: trial law. As the great money machine that was asbestos finally grinds to a halt, having bankrupted nearly every firm that ever touched the stuff, the trial lawyers will have to find more promising territory to launch mass torts from. If this sort of thing is the best they can come up with, then they’re in real trouble.
Struggles for human rights always begin with brave men and women who stand up, isolated, against the forces of oppression. But, in the United States, victory really arrives on the glorious day when the people with money decide discrimination is bad for business.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
George Washington’s alcohol consumption was, at times, prodigious. That consumption by Washington and his fellow founding fathers has been whitewashed—literally—from American history by the intervening Temperance movement, whose effects still drive us. For instance, the classic picture of Washington taking his farewell from his troops at Fraunces Tavern in New York—which, of course, involved a toast—was painted with a serving flask clearly visible. This container was painted out of these same pictures later in the nineteenth century, reminiscent of Soviet photos with purged former leaders excised.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Most of the rorqual skeletons were complete, well-preserved, and belly-up. There was even a group of two adults and a youngster, log-jammed together and beautifully preserved. All of this suggests that they died at sea and were washed onto tidal flats, where they were quickly buried. And since the fossils were found in four separate layers, these mass strandings happened repeatedly in this same place.
What killed such a diverse group of animals, time and again? “Every explanation must work across all the taxa, and must also satisfy what you see about the bones and their arrangement,” says Pyenson. “And it has to explain the pattern four times.”
Pyenson says there is only one cause that fits all the available evidence:
–OK, to the larger issue: What specifically has caused the tension between Harbaugh and Baalke?
I’ve written a lot about the strains and frictrion, but while doing some radio interviews recently it became clear to me–thanks to some very good questions–that I haven’t really detailed how and why this might’ve happened, incident to incident.
First off, only Baalke and Harbaugh really know exactly why they went from hill-running inseparables in March 2011 to dealing with each other suspiciously and only when necessary in November 2013…
But after talking with people who know them, I can fill in some of the picture, I think…
Monday, February 24, 2014
Inceptor is a board game that takes place in the dream world. The board represents the inside of a dreamer's mind, who is known as the Mark. Each player is trying to plant an idea in the Mark's dream, hoping that when he wakes, he will carry out their chosen task. The key is to make your task seem achievable to the Mark and to make sure he believes it was his own idea from its inception. In order to do this the dream needs to be so real, that when the Mark wakes up, the planted idea sticks and he performs the mission without a second thought.