The New Yorker
Life’s a beach.
Here’s a book about people tweeting about writing their novels
Maybe I should email people my tweets about me emailing.
Hotel WiFi Speed Test -
It used to be that hotel WiFi was a perk. Now it’s a necessity (one that insanely many hotels still charge extra for). But many hotels with WiFi offer service that is so terrible, you’d be better off having nothing. Hopefully this site catches on and shames those hotels into doing better.
The VP of Devil’s Advocacy
Trainspotting by Manel Cluny
The NBA Is Sort Of Like 'Shaq Fu' For LeBron -
Brian Windhorst looking into the notion that LeBron James may have a photographic memory:
"When we were growing up we used to play this fighting game on the Sega Genesis called Shaq Fu," says Brandon Weems, James’ lifelong friend. "LeBron was the only one who had memorized all the moves and so he’d win every time. We all thought he definitely was cheating."
I’m not sure which is more surprising: that LeBron memorized all the moves in Shaq Fu, or that LeBron was playing Shaq Fu at all.
2001: A Space Odyssey, US mini window card, 1968.
Spy shot of the new iPad.
Several sales reps admitted that they get people in asking about the iPhone 6 all the time, even on the Fire phone’s launch day. — Business Insider, after talking to several sales reps at AT&T stores around New York on the launch day of Amazon’s Fire Phone.
It’s still possible.
The New Typewriter
Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind -
I linked to this the other day, but what the hell, I’m linking again. David Carr:
For the last six months, my magazines, once a beloved and essential part of my media diet, have been piling up, patiently waiting for some mindshare, only to be replaced by yet another pile that will go unread. I used to think that people who could not keep up with The New Yorker were shallow individuals with suspect priorities. Now I think of them as just another desperate fellow traveler, bobbing in a sea of information none of us will see to the bottom of. We remain adrift.
I’m someone who used to rush home from school on days that I new the newest copy of a magazine I subscribed to was due to arrive at my home. I still subscribed to many of those magazines, on my iPad, and I basically never open them.
I really can’t remember the last time I read one. Maybe 18 months ago?
Time and time again, however, the Fire Phone has reminded me that there’s a difference between good ideas about phones and good phones. A big difference. — David Pierce, talking about Amazon’s Fire Phone, which The Verge, like basically everyone else, panned.
Today is national tequila day!
Only Steve Ballmer Thinks the Clippers Should Cost $2 Billion -
Ira Boudway on Steve Ballmer’s attempt to by the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion:
Ballmer, as the numbers show, is offering more than any previous NBA buyer—and more than any buyer would pay for an asset with this caliber of financial performance. Over the last five years, according to Bank of America, NBA teams have sold for an average of 3.4 times their annual revenue. Ballmer’s bid comes in at 12.1 times an estimated annual revenue of $164.9 million for the year ended in June. In other words: Donald Sterling’s hypothetical $5 billion buyer doesn’t exist, and there’s probably nobody other than Ballmer willing to go as high as $2 billion.
Poor Steve Ballmer. Not literally, of course. But he just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to his pursuit of an NBA team.