Jul 15

Stash Pad -

Andrew Rice:

And so New Yorkers with garden-variety affluence—the kind of buyers who require mortgages—are facing disheartening price wars as they compete for scarce inventory with investors who may seldom even turn on a light switch. The Census Bureau estimates that 30 percent of all apartments in the quadrant from 49th to 70th Streets between Fifth and Park are vacant at least ten months a year.

30 percent. That’s insane.

Hard to know what a good solution is. A law requiring you to be present for a certain amount of time seems too restrictive. So does one requiring you rent it out full-time. So maybe Airbnb? I’m only half kidding.


“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” —

Warren Buffett

(via stoweboyd)

Jul 14


Geologic Map of Mars


Geologic Map of Mars


“I know I’m supposed to cry for these people, but they had a chance to survive and in fact thrive in today’s digital book publishing world, but they haven’t. And now they are going the way of the eight-track. Bon voyage.” — Vincent Zandri, an Amazon author, on the incumbent book publishers. To be fair, this quote is a couple years old, and his view is now slightly more nuanced.

How HBO plans to keep its hits rolling -

Jason Lynch:

HBO is bringing three dramas to a close over the next several months: True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom. “We think the right thing is to end with creative integrity so that the viewer and creator feels satisfied,” said Lombardo, who admitted that HBO made “a mistake” in canceling Deadwood after three seasons, before the story’s natural end, which angered viewers.

The cancellation of Deadwood was a major (rare) mistake for HBO. Here’s hoping they still do a movie to conclude the series one day…

I remain intrigued by how they’re going to handle the Game of Thrones situation. There’s no way the books are done before the television series is. Unless they decide to take a few years off, as they do with Curb Your Enthusiasm — a very different show, obviously. Or, if they do a movie to conclude the show as well…

Jul 13

"I’m coming home."

"I’m coming home."

Nike and Manchester United Set to End Partnership -

Chad Bray:

Several news outlets reported that Adidas, the German sportswear maker, was likely to succeed Nike. The Financial Times reported that such a deal could be worth up to £750 million over 10 years, making it one of the most lucrative equipment sponsorship deals in sports.

Crazy. Though perhaps not as crazy as the fact that American car-maker Chevrolet will be the main sponsor of the team starting this year (that deal cost $599 million over eight years).

Yes, Man U will be wearing jerseys with a giant Chevrolet logo on the front. (Nike will still be there this year since that deal ends next year.)

Jul 11


Welcome Back LeBron !

Such a great graphic.


Welcome Back LeBron !

Such a great graphic.


“I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.” — LeBron James, announcing his return to Cleveland.

"I'm coming back to Cleveland" -

LeBron James:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

As someone from Cleveland, I find this to be a pretty perfect letter. As bad as LeBron’s “Decision” was four years ago, that’s as good as this is.

Jul 10

“LeBron is the girl who hangs out with you all night. And you buy all the drinks. And at the end of the night, she went home with the jerk.” — Shawn Brewster, a Cleveland barkeep, on the potential of LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers.

iTunes Movie Extras *Finally* -

Matthew Panzarino:

One of the most intriguing components of the new iTunes Extras system is that they aren’t set in stone. Because they’re based on a flexible framework that Apple offers to studios, and they’re served from the cloud, they can be added to over time.

There is potential here to create a living library that allows additional content to be served to your existing library. That’s a big selling point for digital purchases over physical ones, just as many studios are finally getting on the digital bandwagon.

For me, this truly is a “finally”. Like Panzarino, I was a huge DVD buff — not because of the format itself, but because of the extras included with the films. Apple started to include them long ago, but only in a half-assed way, and oddly not on the Apple TV.

Scanning over the extras highlighted by Apple, I still am a bit saddened to see only a few titles with commentary tracks. Those were hands-down my favorite extras. But, as noted, studios can add additional content over time, and Apple ensures it will be available for free.