We presume it'll be "mildly expensive" (not like NetJets expensive!) but starting today, the Standard Hotel plane is available for public bookings! It's an eight-seater Cessna water plane, and they're doing a 300-mile range. In case you're aboard and scared of dying, reasonably, the airplane's stall speed is 106 km/h, so keep one eye on your coke and another on the pilot's dials and you'll be fine.
My new favorite game! The New Yorker headline/byline shuffle!
Oh no, work stopped, it's the Find Where In The World This Google Street View Shot Is From Game! Goes nicely with this gallery of Google Street View shots by Michael Wolf.
"I don't come to refute Gladwell's strawman argument…." -I've been waiting for someone to take a swing at Malcolm Gladwell's argument about how Twitter… isn't… the Civil Rights Movement? Well here we are, with your host, Anil Dash.
Today until 4 p.m. Eastern Time, the Biblioracle will tell you what book to read next if you tell him the last five books you have read. Handy! (In other local news, there is a lost corgi puppy in Bushwick, should you happen to find one.)
There are now two conflicting 2010 and 2012 election narratives. (Well, three, really, if you count the "Mayan disaster" narrative, in which, in '12, everyone in politics is killed when the Mayans RELEASE THE KRAKEN.) One is the Republicans' "resist and repeal and refuse and other words that start with 'r'" about how they will use the giving of health insurance to the working class to get the Demoncrats out of office. And now, well, this is different: the Dems and their labor union pals think they can crucify the five Democrats who switched their votes on health care reform to "no." Basically Nancy Pelosi is going [...]
“Killing them all is the answer?”
“They’re terrorists!” Andrea says.
“They didn’t start out as terrorists!”
“They invented suicide bombing!”
—How the New Yorker destroys lives.
What do NBA players do to blow off steam after practice? Apparently, it's put on Halloween masks and have a dance-off to Rick Ross' remix of Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in the Paint." Kevin Garnett really does go hard in the paint! This is great.
"Shopping for food and keeping a good conscience is hard. To help you out, the team at the WONDER-TONIC Organic Approval Committee have released a downloadable set of 16 stickers to let you label your favorite foods, books, and appliances as organic. Just print them out, stick them on, and start feeling good about yourself!"
I am really, really pre-enjoying the coming chapter of the battle-saga of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times-way too much. I love that there are two rich men, Arthur Sulzberger and Rupert Murdoch, both delightful and wacky in their own ways, who have staked out both an ideology and a business practice and now they are going to get all Greco-Roman about it-and will drag their deputies into it, too. (New Times spokesbot (not doing too well so far!) Big Bob Christie v. Robert Thomson (mean as can be!).) So this is the perfect curtain raiser for the coming bloodbath. Here's Thomson's latest: "My advice [...]
Awl Chief Drawing Person Amy Jean Porter has a new t-shirt for sale, from the series North American Mammals Speak the Truth and Often Flatter You Unnecessarily. It's from this drawing and it's got a jaguar who compliments you on your handwriting! In other news, Amy is finishing a very exciting book right now but she'll return here before you know it.
Tonight! Unless you're going to The Hairpin's drink session tonight in New York, then you must be in Los Angeles, because no one lives anywhere else, and so good news!
• 7:00p.m.: Matthew Gallaway reads at Book Soup, plus a Q&A with Natasha Vargas-Cooper, 8818 Sunset, West Hollywood.
Oh this is great, great great, the story of the lawsuit brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, hosts of the Gay Softball World Series. I don't even want to summarize and spoil anything for you, but the issue at hand is: how many straight people, if any, can play on a gay sports team? (There are of course a number of sub-issues, including "Are White People Racist" and "Do Bisexuals Exist?" Which, oh God, really people?) Anyway, the phrase GAY TRIBUNAL comes into play.
The Daily Beast turns two years old today and its honcho interviews herself.
You have been accused of having your finger on the Zeitgeist. So where is it located right now? What do people want to read and consume? Sexy brain food. Give us something to make us smarter, but for God's sake don't make it feel like work. People are in such a glum frame of mind they are looking for confidence, audacity, practicality, and FUN.
This photo tour of the offices of Etsy is a dream-nightmare! It's wonderful! It's slightly heinous! I'm incredibly jealous! I want to go craft now.
The fight between the Newsweek Tumblr and CNN/Washington Post octopus Howard Kurtz is my favorite thing ever. Kurtz wrote a really iffy piece that rests, ultimately, on What It Means That Newsweek Is Keeping Secret About Its Potential Bidders, which… unlike every other sale process in history, which is oh-so transparent? Now he calls Newsweek "thin-skinned and defensive" for ripping on his piece. More fun please!
Knifecrime Island Stabber-In-Chief Gordon "One-Eye" Brown went off to the Queen for her permission to dissolve Parliament, and now the elections are on for May 6. Most are predicting a hung Parliament (you can learn what that means here!), and it's not unlikely that the Conservatives will win a narrow majority; also, they are running on a platform of "hope" and "change." (That means something different in England, though, since they're already a socialist monarchy.) The English are excited, of course: "Quick! Gordon Brown is in Kent! Lets go raid his fridge!!" is how the kinder Twitters are going. (Fridge is slang for "face" and raid [...]