“And throughout, he has become unquestionably the most vividly athletic player on the team. Garnett is an emotional cyclone and Allen has his spun-gold jump shot. Pierce has a dozen ways to score he hasn’t tried yet. But it is Rondo who brings people out of their seats. Defensively, he appears to be possessed of the same kind of athletic clairvoyance — in reality, a kind of hyperattuned anticipation — that Bird once had on offense. There were plays in which Bird would throw a pass, and the lane that he saw instantly was visible to the casual viewer only in the slow-motion replays. Flashing for an interception, Rondo can be just as sudden and startling.”—The Undeniable Greatness of Rajon Rondo
“Betting on the success of Hollywood releases has long been a parlor game for moviegoers. In 2001, Cantor Fitzgerald bought the Web site HSX.com (for “Hollywood Stock Exchange”), where users can place bets with play money on a film’s box-office success; smart traders win little more than satisfaction. Mr. Jaycobs said that he hoped to lure a sizable portion of that site’s 200,000 active users to the real futures exchange.”—A Place to Bet Real Money on Movies
“If not the best novelist of his generation, then certainly the most anxious—eager for fame, but hostile to the people who confer it—Jonathan Franzen has excelled most conspicuously at worrying about literature’s potential for mass entertainment. It’s a fair worry to have, if vain, but he’s been a strange and angry contender for the role, and the results have been spectacular, depressing, and confusing all at once.”—Why experimental fiction threatens to destroy publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and life as we know it (2005)
“Sometimes the planets align and you start seeing the same idea discussed by different people everywhere you look, as if your brain had stumbled late at night across a niche cable station broadcast by the universe itself. For me lately the show has been all about the relevance of poetry, as in: Is poetry relevant? Even among poets there seems to be a nervous consensus that it’s not.”—Does Poetry Matter?
“The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.”—Umberto Eco, “The Holy War: Mac vs. DOS” (1994)
“Apple has released many new products over the last decade. Only a handful have been the start of a new platform. The rest were iterations. The designers and engineers at Apple aren’t magicians; they’re artisans. They achieve spectacular results one year at a time. Rather than expanding the scope of a new product, hoping to impress, they pare it back, leaving a solid foundation upon which to build. In 2001, you couldn’t look at Mac OS X or the original iPod and foresee what they’d become in 2010. But you can look at Snow Leopard and the iPod nanos of today and see what they once were. Apple got the fundamentals right.”—Jon Gruber, “This is how Apple rolls”
“For anyone who has dreamed of creating his own glossy color magazine dedicated to a hobby like photography or travel, the high cost and hassle of printing has loomed as a big barrier. Traditional printing companies charge thousands of dollars upfront to fire up a press and produce a few hundred copies of a bound magazine. With a new Web service called MagCloud, Hewlett-Packard hopes to make it easier and cheaper to crank out a magazine than running photocopies at the local copy shop.”—Do-It-Yourself Magazines(MagCloud.com)
“Artists love this book, the definitive guide to capturing facial expressions. In a carefully organized, easy-to-use format, author Gary Faigin shows readers the expressions created by individual facial muscles, then draws them together in a section devoted to the six basic human emotions: sadness, anger, joy, fear, disgust, and surprise. Each emotion is shown in steadily increasing intensity, and Faigin’s detailed renderings are supplemented by clear explanatory text, additional sketches, and finished work. An appendix includes yawning, wincing, and other physical reactions.”—The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression
“Yes, it is the Celtics, not the Cavs, who are advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. A postseason of improbables layered upon implausibles continues for Boston. In the space of six days, the Celtics went from the ultra humiliating, a 124-95 loss at home, to the ultra exhilarating, a rousing victory in Game 6 and a sweep of the last three games of this series.”—It all came together for the Celtics
“With the economy in a shambles and Generation Y’s ambitious dreams dashed up against the wall, many of my peers have turned to nihilism or sought refuge in grad school. The baby-boomers, like pimps waiting in the shadows to pounce at our time of greatest financial weakness, have set to work young people as their digital Sherpas to guide them through the treacherous new media landscape to the perceived “monetized relevance” on the other side.”—Aaron Lake Smith, “The Social Networking Job”
“Long story long, I think that this article on Cometbus is absolutely fantastic, but I disagree that one day historians, anthropologists, and cultural excavators will look at Cometbus, laugh, and put his zines back on the shelf. Instead, they will ask, why were only 12,000 copies of his zines made, when his work so accurately conveys the frustrations of the Americans of this generation. And then, they will be onto something.”—Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis; or How to Break Your Own Heart, A Tragedy in 24 Parts
“There are two basic challenges that have confounded social scientists’ efforts to analyze how we’re influenced by our peers. First, our peers don’t drop from the sky—we tend to associate with others who are like us to begin with or those whom we’d like to emulate. Friends may pressure friends to do drugs, or friends may become friends because they share a rebellious streak that involves doing drugs. Friends also tend to read the same magazines, shop at the same stores, attend the same classes—so if they act the same, it may not be because they pressure each other, but because they are both swayed by the same influences.”—The Right Kind of Peer Pressure
Christina Kelly was one of Sassy magazine’s top editors, Jane Pratt’s right-hand weapon, and an arbiter of cool. She was the Oprah of the alternative teen magazine world — if she gave your album or zine a glowing review, you were bound to succeed.
She was the writer who, in 1990, got Johnny Depp to talk about his love for Iggy Pop, Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks, and his 18-year-old fiancée, Winona Ryder. Kelly interviewed Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love for Sassy’s April 1992 cover story, before they got hitched and right when Cobain was blowing off Rolling Stone and the New York Times. To her readers, Kelly was more than just one of the publication’s biggest bylines. She inspired thousands of young readers who aspired to be just like her.
“What do Reese Witherspoon and Tavi, a self-proclaimed “tiny 13-year-old dork”, have in common? They’re both cover stars on glossy magazines and get free clothes from critically-acclaimed fashion labels, for a start. Tavi – or Style Rookie, as she’s more commonly known – is part of a growing movement of fashion bloggers that has been gaining momentum and influence over the past three years.”—Rise of the e-con: the internet style icon
“She’s obsessed with the way time passes, and especially with what it means to be young—to feel your youth draining from you in a way that feels like both a punishment and a reward. Coming from someone so young (she’s 28) this inevitably reads as a little annoying, but it also feels utterly true. Gould is attuned to the way things around and inside her are shifting and changing, and she can’t stop herself from testing certain boundaries, pushing against her surroundings to see if there’s any give—even as she knows this is a cliché.”—Who’s the Narcissist?
“Dunbar’s number is a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number, but a commonly cited approximation is 150.”—The Rule of 150 (also entry on social network is great)
“We enter relationships because the other person becomes part of ourselves, and that expands us,” Dr. Aron said. “That’s why people who fall in love stay up all night talking and it feels really exciting. We think couples can get some of that back by doing challenging and exciting things together.”—The Science of a Happy Marriage
“In 1988, Ulay and Abramović decided to make a spiritual journey which would end their relationship. Each of them walked the Great Wall of China, starting from the two opposite ends and meeting in the middle. Ulay started from the Gobi Desert and Abramović from the Yellow Sea. After each of them walked 2500 km, they met in the middle and said “good-bye”.”—What is Abramovic doing? and Who is Ulay?
“Have teenagers observed what happened to people like Chen, Gould, and McCain and decided to keep their personal lives off the internet? It’s possible. People just a micro-generation younger than Chen are wise to the downside of overexposure and already seem less inclined to reveal themselves. According to a recent Pew study on Internet habits, only 14 percent of teens now blog, down from 28 percent in 2006. Even on social networking sites like Facebook, millennials are becoming protective of their privacy: Most have put privacy boundaries on their online profiles, and a New York Times article from last month discussed the lengths to which striving high schoolers go to keep their Facebook activity hidden from college admissions officers. Just this past weekend in an article called “The Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Off-Line,” the Times discussed the myriad ways in which teens are keeping their online profiles squeaky clean.”—Why Is a Former Sex Blogger “Rethinking Virginity”?
“The telephone was an aberation in human development. It was a 70 year or so period where for some reason humans decided it was socially acceptable to ring a loud bell in someone else’s life and they were expected to come running, like dogs. This was the equivalent of thinking it was okay to walk into someone’s living room and start shouting. it was never okay. It’s less okay now. Telephone calls are rude. They are interruptive. Technology has solved this brief aberration in human behavior. We have a thing now called THE TEXT MESSAGE. It is magical, non-intrusive, optional, and, just like human speech originally was meant to be, is turn based and two way. You talk. I talk next. Then you talk. And we do it when it’s convenient for both of us.”—
“I refuse to be stereotyped,” she says. “I think it’s very comforting for people to put me in a box. ‘Oh, she’s a fluffy girlie girl who likes clothes and cupcakes. Oh, but wait, she is spending her weekends doing hardware electronics.’ ”
Yet, despite whatever frivolity might attach itself to her, Ms. Mayer, 33, plays a pivotal, serious role at Google. Almost every new feature or design, from the wording on a Google page to the color of a Google toolbar, must pass muster with her or legions of Google users will never see it. She is one of the few Googlers with unfettered access to and influence over Mr. Brin and Mr. Page, and Valley wags wonder whether Google’s familiar white home page will even look the same if she leaves the company.
“[Gary] Dakin heads up Ford +, which is pretty much the only plus-size division that matters in the New York market. (Wilhelmina’s is a distant second.) And over the past year, as a series of discrete Special Issues has slowly morphed into a trickle of regular editorial coverage and runway spots for non-straight-size models, he has seen something very unusual take form.”—Jezebel, “Meet The Man Behind The Plus-Size Revolution” (and Times Online article about Dakin)
“What else happened over those two years? I got better at sentence-level writing. I got better at critiquing other people’s work. I met wonderful guest writers and got their input on my writing. I put together a solid portfolio of short stories as well as taking workshops in poetry and playwriting to round out my perspective on language. I saw a one-act play I’d written produced onstage, I served as a litmag editor, and I took courses in literary journalism, translation, and literature. I had incredibly positive and incredibly negative workshop experiences and both kinds taught me things I needed to know.”—Writer Unboxed, “Do You Need a MFA?”