TWC goes to Comcast. This chart helps put it in to perspective. pic.twitter.com/XmlAZvOE3Y
— James Gross (@James_Gross) February 13, 2014
That chart above went around a bit last night, with the news of the purchase of Time Warner by Comcast for $45.2 billion. It compares the "market value" of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google v. the "market value" of CBS, Viacom, Disney, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. You know, the new establishment v. those stupid old dinosaurs. Hmm, how else could we compare these companies?
Oh right, how about by that crazy out-of-fashion metric: by the money they make? I made you a chart! Here's that [...]
Flappy Bird Think Pieces Dot Tumblr Dot Com has helpfully aggregated segregated all the long pieces of writing about the short-lived app sensation Flappy Bird, so that they will not appear anywhere else on the Internet and you won't be disturbed by them. LOOK ONLY IF YOU DARE. An emotional winter is coming. No but seriously, the trick is picking the good one!
The amazing Exene Cervenka is selling all her crap? YES, starting Thursday, in Santa Ana, California, a four-day estate sale will begin at which you can grab the legend's vintage dolls, Victorian childrens' clothing, Old Carnival Chalk Prizes and "much much more." (I sense a theme.) But not the guitars!
yes i'm having a cool sale… but the guitars pictured in the onion are not from my sale!!! i don't know where that pic came from!!
— Exene Cervenka (@exenecervenka) February 11, 2014
She is downsizing, something we should probably all be doing. Unless we're homeless. (via)
Be the change you want to something in the something, right? Last night, a friend deleted Secret, the new app for… sharing secrets and I realized: oh, I could do that as well! These apps do not own me! (Yet.)
It's a fascinating experiment, and I'm curious about where it will go. But. Opening Secret was like walking onto a trading floor where a pack of goons were desperately displaying the contents of their wallets and/or underwear. It was like carrying a portal to a heinous world of male status anxiety. So much equity terror, so many tepid sexual fantasies unfulfilled. In the future, if I need someone [...]
In which we discover things in our work chatroom.
A Man: My roomgirl works at [REDACTED] so just killing time before I go to an all-you-can-eat sushi place.
Choire: …so that's what they're calling it now.
Another Man: Wait. What's a roomgirl, is that like a wife… or a Roomba.
A Man: Roommate-girlfriend, which is different than girlfriend you live with.
Choire: It's all about Which Came First.
Another Man: Still confusedddd.
A Man: Right. So if you room with someone and make the mistake of marrying them they are forever a RoomPerson.
Another Man: Oh! I'm doing a similar thing: my now-girlfriend was a roommate first but [...]
Amazon’s entry into publishing has created an awkward divide, giving some book people a second or a third chance in an imperilled industry while tainting them in the eyes of others. The literary agent, contemplating the future of the editors currently at Amazon, said, “You’d have to consider the time you spent with Vichy when you’re looking for work after the occupation.” Benjamin Anastas, a novelist who couldn’t find an American publisher for his third book, told a friend that he was going to publish his fourth, a memoir called “Too Good to Be True,” with Amazon. The friend, a novelist who had once worked at Harcourt—the house that [...]
"At 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio donates blood. He’s hoping you do, too, as supplies are running low. Here’s how.
After his post-bloodletting cookie, the mayor makes an announcement at noon, then receives former members of Pussy Riot at City Hall in the evening."
—Being mayor is clearly weird enough. But then you also have to admit that you meet the criteria to donate blood? Very personal! Anyway, you should give blood too, if you can. I'll just be over here, enjoying all my blood. (video via)
What If I Said You Could Learn Everything You Wanted To Know About Turkey In Under 30 Minutes… For Free? Is This Offer Too Good To Be True? You Tell Me
Joke on Turkish social media is that PM Erdogan wants to raze this Twitter thing to build a replica of an Ottoman Barracks in its place.
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) February 5, 2014
Taksim, in the center of the city’s European side, is considered the heart of Istanbul. The square itself surrounds tiny Gezi Park and is covered with concrete and filled with traffic, but the absence of buildings offers at least a sense of free space. Erdogan wanted to close the square to cars, build tunnels for them beneath it and replace Gezi Park and its rows of sycamore trees with a giant shopping center designed to [...]
In a new interview over at Wag's Revue, Sandra Bernhard discusses The Terrible Stupid Horrible Way We Internet Now.
Honestly, because of the Internet, because of people’s stupidity, because of people’s either fake political correctness, or the right-wing fake concern about people using language that they would use in their bedroom (but in a derogatory destructive way), it’s not even worth saying certain things anymore because you just don’t want it taken out of context, and you don’t wanna defend it because the minute you have to start defending it, that means you’re explaining your work, and the work that I do can’t be explained, and I don’t wanna [...]
Once the "society truffle-pig" of New York City, rooting out trends and snuffling up excitement, Moby, graduate of Darien High School and brief attendee of Connecticut College, was the ultimate Lower East Side fixture. But there is only so much vegan food one can eat at expensive yet crappy places on First Avenue! And so the Christian has departed happily for the other coast. Is New York City actually New York City without Moby? It's unclear.
His argument for Los Angeles? Everyone's allowed to fail there. A writer’s screenplay may be turned into a major movie, but there’s a good chance her next five screenplays won’t [...]
A very lucky Setsubun to you and yours, and the Times points us on this snowy morning to the city's hilarious snow-shoveling laws, which include an exemption from shoveling snow if it is all frozen terribly hard, in which case you may cause your sidewalk to be "strewed with ashes, sand, sawdust." But more importantly: Q: Do I have to clear the whole sidewalk? My sidewalk is very wide!
A: No. You have to clear a path just “wide enough for pedestrians and to allow for wheelchair and stroller access,” the city’s Law Department said.
Q: Can I shovel snow into the street?
A: Please don’t. [...]
I ask myself everyday, why am I doing what I am doing, and what does it matter? Let work flow from there.
— Latoya Peterson (@LatoyaPeterson) January 29, 2014
"Five days on, the commentariat continues to drop anvils on Tom Perkins, who may have written the most-read letter to the editor in the history of The Wall Street Journal. The irony is that the vituperation is making our friend's point about liberal intolerance—maybe better than he did."
Michael Grimm, the former Marine and FBI agent who 1. spent an infamous 17 minutes in a bar bathroom in Bay Ridge, 2. does real estate business with a crook, 3. worked at a customer-gouging Wall Street outfit, 4. ran a restaurant that refused to pay workman's comp and was accused of not paying minimum wage, 5. was investigated by the FBI for fundraising with a dodgy Israeli mystic, 6. once allegedly held a club full of people hostage while waving around a gun (he claims it was in the line of duty, and was never charged), and 7. claims he never told said night club [...]
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The race was on for viral heat during the Grammys last night. The viral marketers were very, very busy! And yet one man, with fewer than a thousand followers of his own, outdid them all. Perhaps there is some hope for America and/or the Internet.
— Gain Laundry (@Gain) January 27, 2014
Be gone satan pic.twitter.com/edrbyywLxL
— MALEEZUS (@_Shikor_) January 27, 2014
No we don't know who the 8000+ people who'd retweet a LAUNDRY DETERGENT are either, but bless this Maleezus fellow anyway.
— Stephanie Theodore (@TheodoreArt) January 26, 2014
— Roberta Smith (@robertasmithnyt) January 26, 2014
And what did you do with your kids this weekend? Did you let them use an eight-figure Donald Judd as a jungle gym at the Tate?