Very excited to be joining @peretti, @scottlamb,@mattstopera & to hire some great reporters to build the first true social news organization
— Ben Smith (@benpolitico) December 12, 2011
If two's a trend, then holy cow. Ben Smith is leaving Politico for Buzzfeed and Don Van Natta is leaving the Times for ESPN (after 16 years!). (Bonus: from just the other day, here is a Ben Smith blog post about Don Van Natta.) This means a thing, and it's different from recent hires like "Tina Brown offering people oodles of money" or "Bloomberg View offering people oodles of money," but I can't [...]
"Most people aren't accustomed to seeing mood lighting. If you're in a bad mood, the lights will go red, and they'll go blue if you're in a good mood… There's some kind of sensor, like I guess a mood-ring sensor thing. I really don't know, I still can't figure out how it works, but it's amazing. They're all done in fiber optics. When they're off, you can't tell they're in the house." -Guess what Vanilla Ice is up to? Right! He's renovating houses for resale. He decorates in earth-tones to "keep it neutral, warm and welcoming," and, apparently, installs magical emotional detectors.