Nikkie Finke is back, or nearly back, which is a cause for celebration. Yes! It was easy to get distracted by the politics of the weird Deadline situation, or the specifics of her big blowout fights with Jay Penske and Sharon Waxman, and to forget that Nikki Finke is a consciously destabilizing force in every environment where she operates, and that that's the point: She's a filterless killer of a type that barely seems to exist on the internet, especially now. Kate Arthur writes that Hollywood, and the media, has largely moved on. Maybe for Finke [her absence has] been difficult — but it’s been a joyful time for [...]
The port-a-potty situation is universally humbling. The brand is Honey Bucket, which is so gross and psychosexually radioactive a name that the excreta deposited and vacuumed out of them gains a strange and terrible power over our imaginations. Retching sounds and maniacal laughter alike drift from the banks of plastic shitboxes scattered throughout the camping area. A mysterious chalk homage to the waste receptacles appears at the venue gate. Legends spread of Honey Buckets where the filth rises above the level of the toilet seat. Pissing in the thick heat of one, I'm suddenly able to hear, from some far-off stage, the distinct and chipper chorus of Avi Buffalo's [...]
The End of the 00s: Top 10 Jobs I Lost This Decade: Failing Up, Sometimes, but Mostly Sideways, by Jackson West
I've been looking for, finding and losing jobs since I was 14, the legal working age in Washington State. The first job I was fired from, after just a couple of months, was a filing job at a pool equipment supply company in Seattle. I did get former Supersonics All-Star power forward Shawn Kemp's old home address out of the deal, so that's something. But that was the dawn of the 90s, and while I'm sure I gained and lost at least ten more jobs in that decade, I'm pretty sure it couldn't compare to the volatile 00s. I wasn't always fired, mind you-straight-up firings, lifetime, I can count on [...]
• "Nikki Finke has been fired from the blog she founded, Deadline Hollywood, and will be leaving the company as soon as this week."
• "As you may be aware, Sharon Waxman at TheWrap has just published a libelous, false, and defamatory story on her blog, in which she claims amongst other things that PMC has fired Nikki Finke from Deadline."
• "According to people close to Finke, her PMC contract has a window, opening this month, that allows her to leave Deadline."
• "Right now I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske. Why? [...]
Move to Portland, Oregon for your business, suggests Fast Company! "In 2004, Jive Software, which makes social marketing tools, decided to move from pricier New York City to this laid back west coast city. Five years later, it posted annual revenue of $30 million." Finally, an answer to that vexing middle step in the business plan. 1. Start Neato Company. 2. ??? Move to Portland. 3. PROFIT.
When I was a kid we'd escape the Seattle winter gloom and rain and roll down Interstate 5 to California. Descending from the Shasta National Forest into California's Central Valley, I'd always put down the window and stick my hand gleefully into the warm, rushing air. "It feels like California, mom! It feels like California!" Not long ago but many years later, I found myself traveling that same stretch of highway. Windows down, a hot and dry wind tousled my hair as I reached my hand out into the sun. It sure felt like California alright, and I couldn't help but notice that this realization had left a very [...]
James Fallows found this happening in the "Marina/Cow Hollow" neighborhood of San Francisco. It may be the case that in exchange for a yoga mat drop-off, they are sending money to Haiti! Maybe. (And it may be the case that your old yoga mat will be used for as bedding for "use" in "overcrowded hospitals"!)