Friday, July 26, 2013

Narciso Furtive

Through the power of the internet, we can combine the visual intensity of the Pacific Rim Jaeger Designer with the poetic magic of the Carlos Danger Name Generator.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

this just in

The New York Times is reporting that Nate Silver is leaving The Times to join ESPN.
- USA Today
This just in: Grays Sports Almanac replaced by .

Friday, July 19, 2013

the rolling stone cover

"Lurking in these conversations is the implication that publishing an attractive picture somehow diminishes the magnitude of what Tsarnaev stands accused of doing. It does no such thing.  Far more disturbing is the fact that against all biases of what evil 'should' look like, an attractive, modest, apparently well-liked person committed this terrible crime."

- Matt Spots, S.J. in The Jesuit Post
I agree with this. What is inherently disturbing is that the alleged terrorist looks like a normal kid. And this is what is most disturbing about domestic terrorism by Americans. It's hard to make an us-vs.-them distinction as easily as it is about people who look malicious, threatening and different (daresay "other", for p.m. fans out there).

Context is largely the reason why the cover image story is making waves. We expect to see glamorous, sexy rock stars on the cover of Rolling Stone, to be desired and idolized, and the image suggests the same treatment. And if the image is indeed being used to make a point about the face of evil, the caption doesn't do a great job calling that out to the casual newsstand customer, despite describing the alleged bomber as a "monster". If Rolling Stone does desire to make a point about the new face of domestic terrorism, it's unfortunately too subtle compared to what we're used to them delivering.

It would be a whole different story, perhaps even a non-story, if the image were on the cover of The Economist, with the caption "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: the new face of domestic terrorism".

Things people say about 'The Wire', but with the phrase 'Two and a Half Men' inserted instead.

On's daily newsletter, Dave Pell mentioned "But it's impossible to take the Emmys all that seriously when Two and a Half Men has nine trophies and The Wire has none." In that vein, here's a list of things people say about The Wire, but with the phrase Two and a Half Men inserted instead.

  1. The show's creator speculates that Two and a Half Men underperformed in the Nielsen ratings on account of its plot complexity and predominantly black cast.
  2. You will never find a more accurate depiction of urban American local law enforcement and institutions than Two and a Half Men.
  3. Unlike other shows in its format, Two and a Half Men only scratched the surface of its main characters' personal lives, focusing instead on the gritty details of their professional work.
  4. In its second season, Two and a Half Men's focus shifts to working class stevedores.
  5. Oh my God. You have got to watch Two and a Half Men.

Borrowed freely from The Wire's Wikipedia page.

Monday, July 15, 2013

when to resign as head of an American intelligence agency

If you head an intelligence agency in America, you probably won't have to consider resigning if:

- During your tenure, 29 year old contractor steals documents that could allegedly cause more damage to the U.S. government than anyone has in history.

But I guess you have to consider it if:

- You have an affair with your biographer.

Friday, July 12, 2013

seeking advice for romantic comedy characters

This was the headline for a post in a LinkedIn screenwriting group.

My advice for romantic comedy characters would be as follows:

If female:
- Stop dating that jerk that you know is bad for you, and focus instead on that guy whom you know is really sweet but you've never legitimately considered as a relationship interest.

If male:
- Recognize that your existing job, while seemingly comfortable, is actually extremely dissatisfying in the context of your true ambitions and life goals. Take more proactive role in realizing your dreams and accomplishing those goals.

Also, move the alarm clock to a more convenient position so that you don't have to blindly reach for it with one arm from under the bed covers.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013