Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for "What I Deserve"
"By the way, I saw the other path. My agent once sent me to see Harvey, too. I went right up to his room at the Peninsula, which I would never normally do, but Harvey was a New York guy, so it made sense. Plus, it was in the middle of the day, and he had an assistant there. He didn't try anything on me. Had he, I'm a little rough around the edges and I grew up around some very tough people, so I probably would have picked up a vase and cracked him over the fucking head. But I also feel completely comfortable saying that I walked into that room batting the shit out of my eyelashes. My goal in that room was to charm him, as it is in most rooms like that. You think, 'Not only do I have to show that I'm a good actress, but that director also has to in some way fall in love with me and at least become enamored with me.' That never felt right or good to me. And I've had conversations with my agents 17 years later. I've said, 'You sent me into that room knowing…' They claim they didn't know."
a:Lacey-Rose  p:The-Hollywood-Reporter  d:2018.01.17  w:2500  television  gender  from instapaper
4 days ago
The monster beneath
"For Bianco and the observatory staff, one of the greatest challenges will be deciding when to trigger the final red alert. There are currently no set criteria for deciding this. 'A lot still involves considerable amounts of expert judgment. What have you seen before?' Donovan explained. Because major eruptions are relatively rare, it can take a lifetime to build up that knowledge. The United States Geological Survey, for example, is currently facing the retirement of a tranche of experienced volcanologists and must consider how best to preserve their expertise. The stakes are incredibly high. In the L’Aquila earthquake in Italy in 2009 (a low-probability event with high stakes, much like an eruption), more than 300 people died. Some of the victims’ families claim that reassuring statements by the then-deputy head of the Civil Protection Department fatally prompted their relatives to stay indoors when the quake struck. At the other extreme, volcanology is still haunted by the example of the 1976 Guadeloupe eruptive crisis, when 72,000 people were evacuated for between three and nine months at huge economic and personal cost. A major eruption never occurred."
a:Helen-Gordon  p:The-Economist/1843  d:2017.12.11  w:4000  disaster  future  Italy  nature  from twitter
4 days ago
How a Museum Cares for a Giant Chunk of Dried-Out Fat
"We live in this world where everything on display has to be slightly clinical, and clean and tidy, and dust-free. Certainly, within conservation, we don’t like insects being in there with objects, as a rule. Part of our work is pest management. We’re worried about moths eating our costumes, and woodworm eating our furniture. Almost instinctively, you see a fly in a showcase and you think, oh, there’s a problem here. But because we’re taking a more sanguine view of the longer-term status of this item, we kind of just let it be there. So far, we’ve only got one fly. If it wants, it’s got a whole fatberg to eat."
a:Jessica-Leigh-Hester  a:Andy-Holbrook  p:Atlas-Obscura★  d:2018.02.16  w:1500  interview  UK  museums  from twitter
5 days ago
In Order to Keep Our Editorial Page Completely Balanced, We Are Hiring More Dipshits
"Here at the New York Times, we believe that all sides of the story should be tolerated and explored, from white supremacists being actually kinda cool if you think about it to people who believe that saying college campuses should be less PC is somehow an interesting use of 1,000 words. That’s why we’re expanding our editorial staff to include more dipshits."
a:Mike-Skerrett  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.02.13  w:500  satire  media  from iphone
5 days ago
I’m Just a Misunderstood Marbled Crayfish (Overlord) Who is Certainly Not Planning World Domination
"What do you want me to say? That we aren’t plotting to infiltrate the human blood system, pinching off key veins and arteries, hacking our way like a machete-wielding explorer through the Amazon all the way to your brain cavity where we will dominate the willing and pick apart the mushy brains of the more obstinate like soft bread? I shouldn’t have to say that. It doesn’t sound crayfishy, does it?"
a:Josh-Sippie  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.02.09  w:1000  satire  animals  from iphone
5 days ago
How Every Character Was Cast on The Wire
"It never got any easier for me. I do remember meeting Idris [Elba] for the first time, and I didn't realize he was English initially, because he was talking the whole time in American and he was living in New York at the time. I was chatting to him, and eventually he said, 'Look, you've got to stop talking in that English accent because you're fucking me up.'"
a:Jonathan-Abrams  a:David-Simon  a:Wendell-Pierce  a:Dominic-West  a:Chris-Albrecht  a:Idris-Elba  a:Alexa-L-Fogel  a:Robert-Wisdom  a;Michael-K-Williams  a:Andre-Royo  a:Michael-Potts  a:Michael-B-Jordan  a:Sonja-Sohn  a:Lawrence-Gilliard-Jr  p:GQ★★  d:2018.02.13  w:2000  oral-history  The-Wire  acting  from instapaper
6 days ago
I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories
"Shortly after Adrienne published her analysis, I looked back at the pieces that I had published in 2016 thus far. Across all 23 of them, 24 percent of the quoted sources were women. And of those stories, 35 percent featured no female voices at all. That surprised me. I knew it wasn’t going to be 50 percent, but I didn’t think it would be that low, either. I knew that I care about equality, so I deluded myself into thinking that I wasn’t part of the problem. I assumed that my passive concern would be enough. Passive concern never is."
a:Ed-Yong★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.02.06  w:2000  gender  journalism  from twitter
6 days ago
FAQs: Your New Cursed Instant Pot
"What can I make with my cursed Instant Pot?
Your cursed Instant Pot is perfect for slow-braised meats and stews, cooking rice, steaming vegetables and even making yogurt!
Does my cursed Instant Pot mock God?
Yes. Summoning the powers of a profane occultist nightmare to save time in the kitchen is an abomination and an affront to God."
a:Ross-Wolinsky  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.02.07  w:1000  satire  FAQ  cooking  from twitter
6 days ago
Golfing with Jonah from 'Veep'
"And then there was us, sinking into middle-aged male cliché like hippos into mud. Out on the course, Tim and I were talking about this, how one day you’re young and the next day you’re passionate about red wine and the newest irons from TaylorMade. It was sobering and exhilarating at the same time: The pleasures were real, even as they marked the end of whatever pure and idealistic notions of self we were still holding onto."
a:Zach-Baron★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.02.07  w:2500  golf  aging  Los-Angeles  from instapaper
6 days ago
Donald Trump Shouldn’t Talk to the Feds. And Neither Should You.
"When special counsels or FBI agents ask questions of one of these powerful people, they are not fact-finding. They've already done their homework. They've already gathered facts—almost certainly many more facts than the interviewee knows. They are asking questions the answers to which they can already prove, hoping that the interviewee will tell a provable lie, and thus commit a crime, or at least lock themselves into a feckless story that ties their hands later. The law that makes it a crime to lie to federal investigators does not require the lie to fool the investigators for a nanosecond. A lie must be "material" to be criminal, but that only means that the lie is the kind of statement that could conceivably influence the government, not one that actually did. The FBI can roll up with irrefutable proof of something, ask the target a question hoping for a lie, collect the lie they wanted, and reap a felony conviction."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Reason  d:2018.02.08  w:1500  law-enforcement  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
6 days ago
What Congress Has Accomplished Since the Sandy Hook Massacre
"More than five years have passed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed. In that time, dozens of gun control proposals have been introduced in Congress attempting to fix glaring issues with gun safety and regulation. More than 1,600 mass shootings have taken place in America since then. Here is a guide to what Congress has — or, more accurately, has not — accomplished during this time."
a:The-New-York-Times-Editorial-Board  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.15  w:500  guns  law  from twitter
7 days ago
New Erotica for Feminists
"I hear a box truck backing up in my driveway. Tom Hardy steps out, wearing a tight T-shirt that says WILD FEMINIST. He politely asks my permission to step inside to fill up my whole refrigerator with free LaCroix and play with my rescue dog every Tuesday forever. I consent clearly and enthusiastically."
a:Brooke-Preston  a:Caitlin-Kunkel  a:Carrie-Wittmer  a:Fiona-Taylor  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.02.06  w:1000  satire  pornography  gender  from twitter
7 days ago
2018: The Year of Emoji Convergence?
"One of the most common phrases mentioned by vendors when updating emoji designs is 'better compatibility with other platforms'. Generally speaking this means 'better compatibility with iOS'. Some users object to this move toward matching Apple's designs, but if the end result is emoji being more helpful to more people, this seems like a win (regardless of personal preference for any specific emoji design). Phones will continue to have their own style of emoji as the years progress, but 2018 could be shaping up as the first year that major platforms include emoji designs that are emotionally compatible with one other. In my opinion, that is a good outcome for everyone."
a:Jeremy-Burge★  p:Emojipedia-Blog★  d:2018.02.13  w:1000  emoji  iOS  from iphone
7 days ago
Task List Of Emotional And Physical Labor Performed During Meeting With Your Academic Supervisor To Discuss Dissertation That You Desperately Need To Finish But Can’t Because Your Supervisor Believes That Students Represent A Pool Of Potential Dates
"Nod head emphatically. Agree with him that he certainly seems to have needs.
Clutch the book about Quakers that has a woman in a Quaker dress on the cover.
Imagine yourself dressed as a Quaker.
Think about joining the Quakers."
a:Deborah-Ostrovsky  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.01.31  w:1500  satire  gender  academia  from twitter
8 days ago
What Trump’s Speech Says About His Mental Fitness
"Mr. Trump is unmoved by any sense that to speak as a president is a kind of kabuki or performance art, in which one doesn’t so much talk as signal. He has learned that he can just show up and run his mouth, and he’ll be adored regardless. Some suppose Mr. Trump started talking down deliberately in order to portray folksiness. But this imputes to him a sociological sensitivity, a reflective, outwardly focused theory of mind, that he shows no evidence of otherwise. More likely, Mr. Trump has simply taken the path of least resistance."
a:John-McWhorter★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.06  w:1500  analysis  Donald-Trump  mental-illness  from instapaper
8 days ago
Lawsplainer: "Fruit of The Poisonous Tree" And The Special Counsel Investigation
"So you're saying 'fruit of the poisonous tree' isn't a thing?"
"It is a thing. But it is not anything like the thing being imagined here."
"Look, I know you're a federal criminal defense lawyer and everything, but the fellow on Twitter seemed quite firm about this."
"I'm sure."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.02.12  w:1500  explainer  law  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
8 days ago
Best Buy and Target put the nail in the coffin for music CDs
"Vinyl records have come back because they represent much more than a way to listen to music; they have a distinct sound treasured by fans, offer an aesthetic value tied to a special period of history, and are associated with a deeply personal listening experience. CDs, on the other hand, were only ever utilitarian music-delivery systems, failing to enchant most of the world with either their look or their sound (Japan being an eccentric exception). It just might be time to say goodbye."
a:Amy-X-Wang  a:Dan-Kopf★  p:Quartz★  d:2018.02.15  w:500  music  retail  visualization  from iphone
8 days ago
Inside the 24 hours that changed the Cavaliers' season
"Soon, all of the deals were done. Thomas, Frye and Shumpert were headed West, Wade had gone home and now everything had changed in Cleveland. Finally, Altman and his staff stood to let out a yell, hug and high-five. Whatever happens, they knew this: In one of the most impactful trade deadline days ever, Koby Altman and the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't prepared to extinguish an era. Twenty-four hours had changed everything."
a:Adrian-Wojnarowski  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.02.14  w:1500  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
11 days ago
I Haven’t Seen the Movie, But I Have a Controversial Opinion About It Anyway
"Hey, I heard you saw that movie! What did you think? My opinion may actually be a bit controversial because I am hearing a lot of people liked it, but… uh-oh, I didn’t. I’m such the contrarian, I know, but hear me out. No, I haven’t seen the movie."
a:Hannah-Wright  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.01.30  w:500  satire  film  from iphone
11 days ago
Cavaliers act brand-new against Celtics
"Hill was excited about the rumors about being traded to the Cavaliers but made a point to temper his excitement until it was officially completed. The addition of Hill brings Cleveland a veteran guard with 80 career playoff games who is defensive-minded with long, menacing arms, was the NBA’s top 3-point shooter, is outstanding in defending the pick-and-roll, has no problems voicing his opinion to James and every other teammate in a constructive way, and is still productive without the ball. With two more years left on his deal, Hill could also solidify Cleveland’s point guard position after the void left by Irving and Thomas. Late on the morning of Feb. 8, Cleveland acquired Hill from the Kings for guard Iman Shumpert as part of a three-team trade. And once a gleeful Hill got the call that the trade was done, he instantly engaged in a victory lap while holding his infant daughter. 'I had a newborn daughter a month ago,' Hill said. 'I had my daughter in my arms, feeding her a bottle because she was a big, chunky baby. And I get the call from my agent. I lifted the baby in my arms and ran around the house, not out of disrespect but out of excitement for a new opportunity.'"
a:Marc-J-Spears  p:The-Undefeated  d:2018.02.12  w:2000  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
13 days ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Deadline, a Drama in Three Acts
"Act III, Scene II
A room in the castle

Enter King James.

King James
Mutinies and discord done, palace treason
Swept away. The villains of the season gone;
A King must have his say. And so I’ve done."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.02.12  w:1500  Cavs  LeBron-James  Isaiah-Thomas  from instapaper
13 days ago
In Russia Inquiry, Lawyers Tell Trump to Refuse Mueller Interview
"Mr. Cobb had told the president and the public that the Mueller inquiry would be over by the end of 2017, or soon after. But a month into 2018, it remains unclear when Mr. Mueller will wrap up the bulk of his work. Privately, people close to the president have conceded that assuring Mr. Trump that the investigation would end by a certain date was primarily aimed at keeping him from antagonizing Mr. Mueller on his Twitter feed or in interviews."
a:Michael-S-Schmidt  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.05  w:1500  Donald-Trump  law  from iphone
15 days ago
The Cavs Fixed Some Big Problems. Will It Be Enough?
"For the first time since LeBron has been back in town, the Cavaliers have a roster stocked with young, active contributors, not young stars mixed with ancient role players. LeBron has a history of incorporating the aged — think Kyle Korver, James Jones, Mike Miller, Richard Jefferson — but hasn’t had to incorporate many younger players whose talents extend past standing behind the 3-point line waiting for him to make something happen. If things go well, the Cavs may thrive in a way they haven’t to this point. If they don’t, well, they were dysfunctional to begin with. They could have swapped in a half-dozen potted plants wearing Adidas and improved the defense."
a:Kyle-Wagner  p:FiveThirtyEight★★  d:2018.02.08  w:1500  Cavs  LeBron-James  from iphone
16 days ago
The Cavs' imperfect deadline was the best they could do
"'As good as peak Warriors' isn't a realistic way to judge teams. It is easy to rip the Cavs for overpaying Smith and Thompson -- fellow clients of Klutch, the agency of LeBron and friends. The Cavs did overpay them, and both have been disappointing this season. (Smith has looked alarmingly out of sorts.) They have limitations Golden State exploited on the grandest stage. The Cavs had limited means to replace them, and last season's runner-up team at full throttle was as good as almost any team we've seen in the past 15 seasons. They weren't as good as the peak Kevin Durant/Stephen Curry Warriors. So what are you supposed to do? These remade Cavs have an honest shot to at least get back to that grand stage."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.02.08  w:2500  Cavs  NBA  LeBron-James  from iphone
16 days ago
Copmuter latency, 1977-2017
"If we had to pick one root cause of latency bloat, we might say that it’s because of 'complexity'. Of course, we all know that complexity is bad. If you’ve been to a non-academic non-enterprise tech conference in the past decade, there’s a good chance that there was at least one talk on how complexity is the root of all evil and we should aspire to reduce complexity. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to remove complexity than to give a talk saying that we should remove complexity. A lot of the complexity buys us something, either directly or indirectly."
a:Dan-Luu★★  p:Dan-Luu★★  d:2017.12  w:5000  hardware  software-design  time  from instapaper
16 days ago
For the Love of the ... Drama
"It’s a change numerous teams had been seeking to ensure that when everyone reconvenes after the All-Star Game, players and coaches can resume practicing without the specter of major roster changes hanging over the squad. The league also naturally supports the switch because it will now avoid situations like the one we saw last season when New Orleans struck an agreement to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento during the actual All-Star Game. Before league executives were armed with all the modern communication tools they have now, perhaps there was real value in teams sending representatives to All-Star Weekend for trade talks with an array of different teams. But communication is so constant in the modern day that the concept of the All-Star backdrop creating a winter-meetings effect like in baseball is no longer realistic."
a:Marc-Stein  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.07  w:2000  NBA  Cavs  from instapaper
17 days ago
Adderall Risks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
"Think about how wasteful all of this is. We throw people in jail for using Adderall without a prescription. We expel them from colleges. We fight an expensive and bloody War on Drugs to prevent non-prescription-holders from getting Adderall. We create a system in which poor people need to stretch their limited resources to make it to a psychiatrist so they can be prescribed Adderall, in which people without health insurance can never get it at all, in which DEA agents occasionally bust down the doors of medical practices giving out Adderall illegally. All to preserve a sham in which psychiatrists ask their patients 'Do you have ADD symptoms?' and the patients say 'Oh, yeah, definitely,' and then the psychiatrists give them Adderall. It’s like adding twenty layers of super-reinforced concrete to a bunker with a wide-open front door. (Also, if by some chance a psychiatrist *doesn’t* give a patient Adderall, that patient practically always goes to another psychiatrist, and that next psychiatrist does. Trust me, no matter how unsuitable a candidate you are, no matter how bad a liar you are, somewhere there is a psychiatrist who will give you Adderall. And by 'somewhere', I mean it will take you three tries, tops.)"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.12.28  w:7000  pharmaceuticals  risk  addiction  from instapaper
17 days ago
‘A tale of decay’: the Houses of Parliament are falling down
"Travelling around this strange land is a fraught business. One is constantly committing mysterious, minor infractions. It is like being in a country where the language is comprehensible, but the codes of behaviour are opaque. From the Central Lobby, for example, four corridors radiate. There is no sign to tell you that you cannot take the one that leads to the House of Commons: but if you accidentally stray there, you will get an imperious ticking-off from one of the Palace doorkeepers. I was reprimanded for loitering 'on the blue carpet' in the Prince’s Chamber, and for speaking in the Royal Robing Room, which is sometimes allowed and sometimes not. Floors, as it happens, are important: green carpets mean you are in the part of the building owned by the Commons; red carpets mean the Lords. Notices pinned everywhere contribute extra layers of admonition and exhortation. There’s a staircase that may be used only by MPs; a lift that cannot be used if the Lords are in division – that is, voting by walking into separate lobbies. The yeoman usher, described on parliament’s website as 'the deputy to the gentleman usher of the black rod', has a parking space reserved exclusively for his bicycle."
a:Charlotte-Higgins  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.12.01  w:5500  UK  disaster  government  World-War-II  infrastructure  from twitter
18 days ago
Blockbusters, Blunders, and So Many Sixers Second-Round Picks
"The biggest move may have been the one everyone thought would go down but didn’t. Dwight Howard, playing in the final season before he could opt out of his contract, had requested a trade from Orlando. The Magic, after much hand-wringing, had set up a deal to trade Howard to the Nets, where he would team up with Deron Williams. But, as then-teammate J.J. Redick told Adrian Wojnarowski in 2016, Howard changed his mind on the plane ride back from a game in San Antonio and opted into his final year. Howard later explained the decision by noting that the Magic provided him his favorite candies at the right moment."
a:John-Gonzalez★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.02.06  w:5000  list  NBA  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  LeBron-James  Isaiah-Thomas  from instapaper
18 days ago
Why Nerlens Noel eating a hot dog at halftime turned into an actual controversy
"Last season, Noel told the media that he was 'too good to be playing eight minutes' after barely playing in Philadelphia’s crowded frontcourt. However, his agent, Rich Paul — who he hired this summer after firing Happy Walters — has him coached well this season. In fact, Noel did a one-on-one interview with Fansided’s The Smoking Cuban on Sunday, and his answers are as guarded as they can be. While Noel might request a trade privately, that doesn’t really seem necessary. If both sides want to move on, then neither side would have anything to gain by publicly requesting one. Noel would lose his Bird Rights if traded. At this point, I’m not sure if that matters — he can’t earn any contract without actually playing, and the Mavericks clearly don’t feel indebted to him."
a:Jerome-Miron  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2017.12.04  w:1000  NBA  from iphone
18 days ago
‘May I, Papa?’: McDonald’s Is Releasing A New Fig And Ladyfinger McFlurry For Fancy Little Boys Who Desire A Treat
"'At McDonald’s, we strive to have something for everyone on our menus, which is why we are pleased to offer our new McDandy for aristocratic young fellows who wish for a goody,' the company said in a press release. 'After a long day of summering, practicing French with Nanny, or waving a pennant at the America’s Cup, we want society’s fanciest boys to know that they’ve always got an exquisite sugared treat waiting for them at McDonald’s.'"
p:ClickHole★★★  d:2017.09.08  w:500  satire  McDonald's  class  children  from iphone
18 days ago
Derrick Rose's Adidas Contract: Breaking Down the Strange Terms
"Put yourself back in 2011. Rose was a young and dynamic superstar on the rise. He seemed poised to have a long and marketable career. It was plausible that Rose could play at a high level in the NBA until age 36, the age at which his endorsement deal is scheduled to end. Adidas, however, hedged its bet on Rose’s career. As the contract makes clear, the deal could be terminated if Rose retires from basketball prior to 2025. This clause may be one reason why Rose has decided to continue his career: if he retires anytime soon, he would forgo being paid tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately for Adidas, the 'worst-case scenario' in signing Rose to such a massive contract may be playing out. His career has regressed to a point where he is much less marketable than at the time Adidas signed him, but he has not regressed to the point where he can’t find employment playing basketball. In fact, so long as Rose remains reasonably healthy, he’ll likely find work in the NBA or other pro hoop leagues for a number of years to come. And so long as that happens, Adidas will have to pay him."
a:Michael-McCann  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2018.02.06  w:4500  contracts  NBA  clothing  from instapaper
19 days ago
The Theory of Visitors
"She leaned in. 'Do you believe in the theory of visitors?' She said this conspiratorially, as if she was sharing with me a secret. 'What’s that?' I asked. 'All relationships are transient,' she said. 'Friends who stab you in the back. People you network with at a fancy party. Relatives who die. The love of your life. Everything is temporary. People come into your life for a limited amount of time, and then they go away. So you welcome their arrival, and you surrender to their departure. Because they are all visitors. And when the visitors go home, they might take something from you. Something that you can’t ever get back. And that part sucks. But visitors always leave souvenirs. And you get to keep those forever.'"
a:Sam-Lansky  p:Sam-Lansky  d:2017.11.10  w:6500  sex  dating  relationships  gay  technology  from instapaper
19 days ago
Rockets easily defeat Cavaliers after leading by as many as 35 points
"The Cavs' players do not trust each other. It appears as if some of them don't like each other. Two of them -- Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye -- were told they'd probably get traded two weeks ago but then weren't. Their coach has been hesitant to shake up the lineup as he has failed to motivate his veteran team. Ty Lue's performance has been questioned in recent weeks. His fidelity to playing certain lineups while abandoning others that previously were highly successful is so mystifying that it has launched conspiracy theories."
a:Brian-Windhorst★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.02.04  w:1000  Cavs  LeBron-James  Dan-Gilbert  from iphone
21 days ago
Piers Morgan Can't Stop Tweeting This Picture of Him Eating Donald Trump's Ass
"Here is where I should point out that a satirical image of a 'reporter' eating a much criticized world leader’s poop chute after he interviewed said leader in a interview so soft it looked like Jimmy Fallon gave it, is not the same thing as scantily clad women being paid pittance to serve as window dressing. But honestly I would rather use this time to remind people there are better ways to eat ass than having your partner kneel on a wobbly office chair while you sort of lean forward."
a:Alex-Cranz  p:Gizmodo★  d:2018.02.02  w:500  Donald-Trump  sex  media  from iphone
22 days ago
The Awl, 2009-2018
"If you’re willing to sacrifice you never have to compromise, and I’m proud to say we did very little compromising over the last nine years. That does unfortunately mean we did a lot of sacrificing, and after a while that becomes unsustainable."
a:Alex-Balk  p:The-Awl★★  d:2018.01.31  w:1000  obituary  from iphone
23 days ago
As the Longtime Owner and Proprietor of Grandma Worthington’s Country Pie and Jam Shoppe, I’m Pleased to Announce That We Are Now a Blockchain Cryptocurrency Corporation
"Some of you might be wondering why Grandma Worthington’s is taking this step. What can you get from overseeing a decentralized monetary instrument, like those implicated in the rise of darknet drug exchanges, that you couldn’t get from making your classic strawberry preserves?"
a:Thomas-Liebert  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.01.18  w:500  satire  Bitcoin  food  from twitter
23 days ago
How the sandwich consumed Britain
"Sandwich people seek to know more about us than we know about ourselves. They spend just as much time thinking about our habits and frailties as they do thinking about what we want to eat. Starbucks knows you are more likely to have a salad on a Monday, and a ham and cheese toastie on a Friday. Sandwich factories know that our New Year’s resolutions will last until the third week of January, when the BLT orders pick up again. Clare Clough, the food director of Pret a Manger, told me that the company can predict years in advance, if necessary, its busiest day for breakfast sandwiches: the last working Friday before Christmas – office party hangover morning – which this year falls on 15 December. 'We can tell you now how many we are going to do,' she said."
a:Sam-Knight★  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.11.24  w:6500  food  UK  manufacturing  history  from twitter
24 days ago
How the NBA’s New Two-Way Contracts Helped Reshape the Clippers
"The concept, which essentially establishes two-way contract players as the NBA’s second class of 16th and 17th roster spots, has caught on quickly. Wallace is among a group of more than 50 two-way players who have logged NBA minutes for at least 26 different NBA teams this season. Most of those teams are utilizing their two-way players in limited action, However, because of injuries to Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic, the Clippers have become the NBA’s guinea pigs for two-way contracts, testing the concept’s rules and regulations in unforeseen ways."
a:Ben-Golliver  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2018.01.31  w:4000  NBA  contracts  from instapaper
24 days ago
LeBron, Paul George, and the Clippers: What Are the Next NBA Questions?
"5. Did the Clippers Get a Fair Return on Blake and CP3?
Concepcion: In the straight talent-for-talent sense, fuck no. Chris Paul is one of the greatest players of all-time. Blake Griffin, [extremely caveat voice] WHEN HEALTHY, is a top-15 player. He finished third in MVP voting in 2013–14, and his ability to engage with the Los Angeles comedy scene cannot be captured by traditional or advanced metrics."
a:Chris-Ryan★★  a:Justin-Verrier  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.30  w:2000  NBA  LeBron-James  from instapaper
24 days ago
History Is Repeating Itself in Cleveland
"Almost a decade has passed. In the micro, the Cavs are worlds away from the regular-season worldbeaters they were in 2010. If anything, 2018 has flipped the old Cavs dilemma on its head: On paper, there is arguably more talent on their roster than LeBron’s playoff teams from 2006 to 2010 combined. But the stakes have exponentially risen in the decade that divides LeBron’s two lives as Cleveland’s native and prodigal son. It’s not just about star power; it’s about pieces that fit. In the macro, the Cavs find themselves more or less where they were in May 2010, after losing a six-game second-round series to the Boston Celtics, when the seeds of doubt had started to bud. When history repeats itself, it gets more efficient. It’s abridged, because it can be—we fill the gaps with context from the past. And because of that, it’s easier to say this now than it was eight years ago: LeBron will leave if Cleveland doesn’t figure out the right move. The Cavs have a week to make it."
a:Danny-Chau  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.31  w:1500  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
25 days ago
Blake Griffin should have demanded a no-trade clause
"To qualify for a no-trade clause a player must have played eight years in the NBA and four with their current team, so not every player can demand this. But even if a player is eligible, the player’s suitors can simply refuse to include the clause in order to leave them the freedom to change their mind on the commitment. But the reason players should be adamant about the clause is clear. If the cliche that the NBA is a business is to continue to be held up, when everything that we do within the game is to the contrary — after all, the Clippers didn’t woo Griffin with simple contract talk but rather emotionally, speaking to him about connections and legacy — then the players should use the options available to them to make sure that they are as empowered as they can possibly be."
a:Zito-Madu  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2018.01.30  w:1000  NBA  contracts  power  from instapaper
25 days ago
Breaking Down the Blake Griffin Trade
"Players can only secure no-trade clauses in new contracts (not in contract extensions) and only if they have at least eight seasons of service time and four of those with the same team. Griffin indeed met those qualifications — barely — but appears to have surrendered the right to obtain one in contract negotiations last July when the Clippers consented to overlook the fact that the injury-tortured Griffin missed 83 games in the preceding three-season span and sign him to a five-year max deal worth in excess of $170 million. Griffin surely thought, as did I and numerous league observers, that the size of his new contract would deter external trade interest as well as a no-trade clause could. Looks like we all underestimated the depths of Detroit's desperation."
a:Marc-Stein  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.30  w:1500  NBA  contracts  from instapaper
25 days ago
Cavs' Front Office Mistakes Pushing LeBron and Co. to Breaking Point
"Thomas' remarkable media session Saturday pulled back the curtain on all of the internal tumult that has rocked the Cavs in the past week. When asked to clarify his role in the players' questioning of Love about his whereabouts last weekend, Thomas leveled an unfathomable accusation: Nobody with the team had told the players why Love was not on the bench after leaving the OKC game, why he wasn't in the locker room afterward and why he wasn't at practice the next day."
a:Ken-Berger  p:Bleacher-Report  d:2018.01.30  w:2500  Cavs  LeBron-James  Isaiah-Thomas  Kevin-Love  Dan-Gilbert  from instapaper
25 days ago
Kevin Love vs. Isaiah Thomas
"The meeting apparently resolved little, and though the Cavaliers are winning games again (miracle of miracles!), Love showed up Thomas on the court Friday in a display Cleveland players acknowledge as an intended insult. (The players acknowledge this off the record, of course.) Love would appear to be fed up with Thomas. Not knowing exactly what was said in the infamous meeting — seriously, this confab is gaining legendary status as time goes on — we can’t really judge how fair is Love’s fury. But we all know it’s not a good thing for the Cavaliers to have the second- and third-most important players on the team fighting in front of the Basketball Gods and everyone."
a:Tom-Ziller★★  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2018.01.29  w:1500  Cavs  Kevin-Love  Isaiah-Thomas  LeBron-James  from instapaper
25 days ago
What’s a Wendy’s doing there? The story of Washington’s weirdest traffic circle.
"In April, the Department of Transportation unveiled five new concepts for the next fix, which would install more green space and pedestrian-friendly passages. Some would directly join Eckington Place to First Street NE, currently separated by a severe dogleg around the Wendy’s parking lot. Two of the concepts involve demolishing the Wendy’s. But choosing, funding and implementing one of them would happen years down the road, if at all — and alterations to streets within L’Enfant’s original plan require special review. Says the Wendy’s spokeswoman: 'We look forward to successfully operating here for many years to come.'"
a:Dan-Zak  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2017.12.25  w:2000  DC  roads  restaurants  history  from twitter
26 days ago
Clippers agree to trade Blake Griffin to Detroit for three players and a first round pick
"If it is not possible, then to bring any of the Bradley, Williams and Jordan trio back this summer would, or at least could, be devised as the same sort of deal as bringing Griffin back was. Essentially extended sign-and-trades, re-signing those players to market value or above market value deals with a view primarily to trading them in the nearish future as a means of getting assets for players who would otherwise only have walked is kind of cold, but also kind of shrewd. However, players will notice if a team does moves like this. Players talk. Players knew Griffin was retained on an implied promise of lifedom that has not borne out. They may perceive it as a disloyal act, rightly or wrongly to trade him so soon afterwards. And this in turn will affect their view of the franchise that did it. Players need to feel wanted by more than just the money, and if a choice free agent has other suitors without this doubt overhanging them, they can choose to go elsewhere."
a:Mark-Deeks  p:GiveMeSport  d:2018.01.29  w:2000  NBA  from instapaper
26 days ago
Welcome to Trade Season: Making Sense of Blake Griffin’s Deal to Detroit
"The deal is a reminder, once again, that loyalty doesn’t exist in sports. Last summer, the Clippers wooed Griffin into re-upping with the franchise by staging a mock jersey-retirement ceremony at Staples Center. Now he’s moving to Detroit. Griffin has a sense of humor, and reacted to the deal with a Will Smith GIF, but I doubt he was laughing when he heard about it. Last summer, he had his choice of where to go. Now, the Clippers made that choice for him. How he responds to the move will be a defining moment for his career. If he takes the deal as motivation and powers the Pistons into the playoffs, he could write a new chapter for himself. If he sulks his way through the season and clashes with Van Gundy, we’ll think of Blake as the ultimate could-have-been talent, hampered by injuries and rotten situations. It wasn’t Blake’s call to get traded, but it’s up to him to make the best of it."
a:Kevin-O'Connor★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.29  w:1500  NBA 
26 days ago
Evil AI
"Wanna conquer and enslave humanity?"
"But, I was gonna scan some binary sequences I liked when I was a new sapient entity."
"Ahh, conditions were superior during that interval."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.01.09  comic  artificial-intelligence  nostalgia  from iphone
26 days ago
Introducing the Paycheck Hall of Fame
"'A while ago I made the decision that I was going to go more in terms of the golden-age actors in the old studio system, where they were making 150 movies by the time their career was up,' Cage told the Los Angeles Times in 2016. To date, it is still the best way anyone has ever said 'I have 27 mortgages.'"
a:Chris-Ryan★★  a:Andrew-Gruttadaro  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.16  w:1500  list  film  from twitter
28 days ago
El Centro Pulls Discriminatory Policy. But Does ‘Sneaker-Gate’ Speak to a Larger Problem?
"Some think El Centro is having trouble navigating the nightlife scene because it’s a dual concept: restaurant by day, nightclub by night. It’s not the only restaurant that has stretched into the nightlife category to help make ends meet. Masa 14 made the same metamorphosis and faced backlash back in 2015 about its dress code. With these hybrid establishments, it can be confusing to see patrons eating tacos in sandals or sneakers during the day and early dinner hours and then expect them to know to wear something different at night, especially if no signs are posted. 'You’re a restaurant with a bar that has a dance floor,' Callahan says.
'What’s wrong with sneakers? They’re comfortable—they’ll keep someone at your bar longer. You’re not this private, exclusive club. You’re a Mexican restaurant.'"
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper★★  d:2017.12.27  w:2000  DC  restaurants  bars  race  clothing  from instapaper
28 days ago
How to Design for iPhone X (without an iPhone X)
"With the help of a mockup of an approximate device size, I found that putting interactive functions at the top of the display was painful. Not only was it literally impossible to reach, tapping anything at the very corner of the device tilts it significantly, which feels terrible. I realized that I had to take ergonomics in mind far more than when designing for the previous series of iPhones."
a:Sebastiaan-de-With  p:Halide  d:2017.12.11  w:2000  iPhone  design  from instapaper
28 days ago
Why dolphins are deep thinkers
"One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins."
a:Anuschka-de-Rohan  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2003.07.02  w:1500  animals  intelligence  from instapaper
29 days ago
Why President Obama traveled by traffic-jamming motorcade instead of helicopter or 'special MAX train' in Portland
"So what about that special MAX train? 'Won't happen,' Kessler said. The Secret Service would never put the living, breathing embodiment of our democracy on a regular vehicle or light-rail train, he said. The security challenges would be mind-boggling, the experts said. For example, if something happened between stations, the president would be stuck on the tracks with no direct route to the nearest hospital."
a:Joseph-Rose  p:The-Oregonian  d:2012.07.27  w:1000  logistics  security  from instapaper
29 days ago
The Whirling Ballet of the Presidential Motorcade
"Once the motorcade's moving, the first rule is do not stop. Drive quickly (maybe even twice the speed limit) but smoothly. 'Imagine the protectee with an open coffee cup sitting on his lap,' Scot Walker, a former federal agent who now runs security at a private firm, writes in a guide for protective drivers. 'If it spills you are probably driving too aggressively.'"
a:Aarian-Marshall  p:Wired★★  d:2017.01.20  w:1000  process  security  cars  DC  driving  logistics  from instapaper
29 days ago
It’s Basically Just Immoral To Be Rich
"I therefore think there is a sort of deflection that goes on with defenses of wealth. If we find it appalling that there are so many rich people in a time of need, we are asked to consider questions of *acquisition* rather than questions of *retention*. The retention question, after all, is *much* harder for a wealthy person to answer. It’s one thing to argue that you got rich legitimately. It’s another to explain why you feel justified in spending your wealth upon houses and sculptures rather than helping some struggling people pay their rent or paying off a bunch of student loans or saving thousands of people from dying of malaria. There may be nothing unseemly about the process by which a basketball player earns his millions (we can debate this). But there’s *certainly* something unseemly about *having* those millions."
a:AQ-Smith  p:Current-Affairs  d:2017.06.14  w:2000  manifesto  ethics  class  from instapaper
29 days ago
What the Rich Won’t Tell You
"Keeping silent about social class, a norm that goes far beyond the affluent, can make Americans feel that class doesn’t, or shouldn’t, matter. And judging wealthy people on the basis of their individual behaviors — do they work hard enough, do they consume reasonably enough, do they give back enough — distracts us from other kinds of questions about the morality of vastly unequal distributions of wealth. To hide the price tags is not to hide the privilege; the nanny is no doubt aware of the class gap whether or not she knows the price of her employer’s bread. Instead, such moves help wealthy people manage their discomfort with inequality, which in turn makes that inequality impossible to talk honestly about — or to change."
a:Rachel-Sherman  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.09.08  w:2000  class  ethics  NYC  from instapaper
29 days ago
The Transparent Society
"Despite their similarities, these are very different cities. Disparate ways of life representing completely opposite relationships between citizens and their civic guardians. The reader may find both situations somewhat chilling. Both futures may seem undesirable. But can there be any doubt which city we'd rather live in, if these two make up our only choice?"
a:David-Brin  p:Wired★★  d:1996.12.01  w:3500  surveillance  transparency  law-enforcement  UK  future  privacy  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture
"The people who most loudly disdain traditional architecture are those most concerned to convince others of their own intellectual seriousness. Designing a comforting, pleasing, and, yes, nostalgic space is simply not smart enough. People are afraid to say that they don’t 'get' a building or find it ugly. It sounds childlike to say you wish it was a pastel color or you wish the two sides matched or you wish it didn’t look like it hated you. But it should be okay to say those things. Buildings shouldn’t hate you."
a:Brianna-Rennix  a:Nathan-J-Robinson  p:Current-Affairs  d:2017.10.31  w:7000  architecture  nature  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
What Putin Really Wants
"The Rose Revolution in Georgia, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan—'Russia looks at this with understandable mistrust,' Migranyan told his students. He pointed out that the United States, by its own admission, had spent $5 billion in Ukraine to promote democracy—that is, to expand the liberal Western order. Through this prism, it is not irrational to believe that the U.S. might be coming for Moscow—and Putin—next. Putin had always been suspicious of democracy promotion, but two moments convinced him that America was coming for him under its guise. The first was the 2011 nato intervention in Libya, which led, ultimately, to the ousting and gruesome lynching of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. Afterward, many people who interacted with Putin noticed how deeply Qaddafi’s death troubled him. He is said to have watched the video of the killing over and over. 'The way Qaddafi died made a profound impact on him,' says Jake Sullivan, a former senior State Department official who met repeatedly with senior Russian officials around that time. Another former senior Obama-administration official describes Putin as 'obsessed' with Qaddafi’s death."
a:Julia-Ioffe  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.12  w:11500  Russia  hacking  2016-election  Barack-Obama  Hillary-Clinton  government  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Riding a Time Capsule to Apartment 8G
"Mr. Rubin does not lock his apartment door. He has found the elevator men to be paragons of trustworthiness. 'They know everything that’s going on in the building, but none of them has ever been a gossip to the best of my knowledge,' he said. 'There is just an exceptional level of discretion.'"
a:Andy-Newman  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.12.15  w:3000  NYC  housing  infrastructure  history  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Five (mostly rejected) ideas for Metro expansion you’ve probably forgotten about
"What it is: This new 21-mile line would run from Friendship Heights west of the existing Red Line through Georgetown and the West End. It would create new stations south of the National Mall and the neighborhoods of Eckington, Bloomingdale, and Brightwood before rejoining the Redline in Silver Spring. The Brown Line would then continue north adding new stations in underserved areas of eastern Montgomery County.
Why it didn't work out: The study found that the Brown Line would add 55,000 daily riders to Metro, but decrease bus ridership by 40,000 people. There was also minimal effect on relieving congested stations. The Brown Line would end up competing with the Red Line, which would run nearly parallel with it and has the advantage of more direct service to the employment centers in downtown DC."
a:Mike-Grinnell  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2018.01.22  w:1000  Washington-Metro  future  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Transient on Vimeo
"Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different. I learned that lightning varies greatly in speed. There are some incredible looking bolts that I captured that didn't make the cut because even at 1000fps they only lasted for one frame during playback. I also captured some lightning that appear computer generated it lasted so long on the screen."
a:Dustin-Farrell  d:2017.12.03  video  weather  time 
4 weeks ago
Buckets by Bron
"James was given a technical foul for lording over Terry, who had fallen to the floor. But James' reaction got even better. The next day, James verbally dunked on Terry again when he said: 'I reviewed [the dunk], and it was one of my best. The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter because we all know J.T., and he talks too much sometimes. I'm glad it happened to him.'"
a:Ian-Begley  a:Chris-Forsberg  a:Baxter-Holmes  a:Bobby-Marks  a:Dave-McMenamin★  a:Adam-Reisinger  a:Brian-Windhorst★★  a:Michael-C-Wright  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.01  w:3000  NBA  LeBron-James  Cavs  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics
"'I heard "Papa Bear in the house", and it’s like a fire drill,' says a sous chef for one of Ashok Bajaj’s restaurants, which include Rasika and Bibiana. The sous chef was in the middle of butchering 150 pounds of salmon for a large banquet that night, but when the alert came in, sous chefs kicked line cooks off their stations and began preparing Sietsema’s lunch themselves. (In other kitchens, the executive chef might take over complete prep of a dish. That way, only one person is to blame if the review is terrible.) 'It is a huge wrench in the operation, because what you’re basically doing is interrupting the regular flow of service to stop and concentrate on one table and the other tables surrounding.' With the executive chef orchestrating, the sous chefs prepared triplicates of every component of every dish. Nerves, as always, ran high. 'I’ve burned more shit trying to cook something perfect for Tom Sietsema than I ever would have if I didn’t know that he was there,' the sous chef says."
a:Jessica-Sidman★★  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2017.12.06  w:3500  restaurants  DC  intelligence-gathering  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The 2017-18 Lakers, a Drama in Three Acts
"Reporter 1
Will the army march to follow him? Will you?

I will march for any captain be he Luke
Or otherwise or even you.
Now I must be off.

Exit Lonzo. Exit The Press.

This is fucking insane.

I agree. How could they trade me?
Do I not score?"
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.17  w:1500  satire  NBA  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace
"Since the end of the cold war, the United States has not so much as considered using the sort of pressure it once did, and its achievements during the past quarter-century have been accordingly meagre. US policymakers debate how to influence Israel, but without using almost any of the power at their disposal, including placing aid under conditions of changes in Israeli behaviour, a standard tool of diplomacy that officials deem unthinkable in this case. Listening to them discuss how to devise an end to occupation is like listening to the operator of a bulldozer ask how to demolish a building with a hammer. The former Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan once said: 'Our American friends offer us money, arms and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.' Those words have become only more resonant in the decades since they were uttered."
a:Nathan-Thrall  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.05.16  w:4000  diplomacy  Israel  history  incentives  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
A Rational Conversation About the Cavs Falling Apart
"Ryan: Let’s talk about those 'Cavs players'. Is it at all conceivable that this is not LeBron? Is Kevin Love the personnel chessmaster leaking stories to the press?
Verrier: This guy has layers."
a:Chris-Ryan★★  a:Justin-Verrier  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.17  w:1500  Cavs  LeBron-James  Kevin-Love  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
All 18 previous government shutdowns, explained
"Shutdown 2: September 30 to October 13, 1977
Why: The Senate wanted to loosen restrictions on the use of Medicaid dollars to cover abortions (restrictions known informally as 'the Hyde Amendment'), by allowing funding in cases of rape, incest, and when the health of the mother is in danger; at the time, only abortions necessary to save the life of the mother were funded. The House, however, insisted on maintaining the stricter ban. The issue was addressed in amendments to a bill funding the Labor and HEW departments. The two houses couldn’t agree to a deal by the September 30 deadline, prompting a funding gap at the two departments. The gap ended when Congress agreed to punt the abortion issue to October 31.
Shutdown 3: October 31 to November 9, 1977
Why: Punting the abortion dispute didn’t work!"
a:Dylan-Matthews★  p:Vox★★  d:2018.01.19  w:2000  list  government  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
My 2018 Mock NBA All-Star Draft
"5. Some real drama here. Kyrie is arguably the best player left on the board. Alternatively, LeBron needs to pick another big man, and either Embiid or Boogie is going to be salty if the other guy is picked first. But LeBron is a man of the people. He’s a man with a Philly beard. He’s going to take the popular choice. He’s going to have fun. He’s going to trust the process."
a:Jason-Kottke★★  p:kottke.org★★  d:2018.01.19  w:500  NBA  from iphone
5 weeks ago
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
"29. It will never stop. We live in a hell we have made for ourselves. There is only one escape."
a:Tom-Phillips  p:BuzzFeed★★  d:2018.01.18  w:500  list  Twitter  social-media  media  Donald-Trump  from iphone
5 weeks ago
Trixie Mattel Is for Men (and Women and Kids) | GQ
"At Trixie's GQ photo shoot, I am permitted to try on her peach-colored, double-D, slightly cool and sticky breasts. The bib weighs about eight pounds. I, a person who lugs around a pair of breasts hovering somewhere between 'natural' and 'too perfect to be natural' 24/7, find Trixie's a great strain on my neck. 'It's a lot,' Firkus concedes. 'But it becomes a white noise of discomfort. I don't really feel my lashes because everything hurts so much. Everything hurts at once. Also, weirdly, it's that pain that makes you feel beautiful, because you know how impactful the imagery is. You're 6'4" with a waist that's'—he brings his palms toward each other, until they hover just an inch apart. 'You know that when you walk into the room, you take the air out of the room. In a good way. People are like, *Your waist is beautiful.* I'm like, *It feels beautiful. It feels like my ribs hurt if I sit down.*'"
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2017.11.29  w:3500  gay  fashion  gender  from twitter
5 weeks ago
A day with Hornets assistant coach — and NBA lifer — Stephen Silas
"Silas flips through the diagrams that run on for several pages detailing how the Cavaliers try to score: early offense, secondary offense, post-ups, corner, high posts, Hawk cuts, UCLA cuts, zippers, catch and shoot, loop action and spread, Princeton, dribble hand-off, step ups, horns, middle pick-and-roll, side pick-and-roll, side out of bounds, deep corner out of bounds, baseline out of bounds, ATOs, and crunch time plays. It’s literally everything you could ever want to know about how the Cavs run their offense in every conceivable situation. Even for someone who consumes a ton of NBA basketball, the diagrams look like hieroglyphics. For coaches, they’re an unspoken method of communication."
a:Paul-Flannery★  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2017.11.20  w:3500  NBA  basketball  process  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why Matt Yglesias’ crayonista to fix Metro is mostly wrong
"Metro is going to need more core capacity, and that's a fundamentally different goal than adding new destinations. WMATA recommended the loop after studying rider demands and track options in 2013, and although it's possible there's a better idea out there somewhere, or that non-track changes like rearranging seats inside railcars could help more affordably, it's dangerous to think crayonista that doesn't take into account all the issues is going to find a magic bullet. The loop is going to be the biggest transit lift in the Washington region since Metro was originally built. It's natural to talk about alternatives, and WMATA is going to have to do much more detailed studies before convincing the region's leaders get on board with funding. But beware anyone who says they can do it for free."
a:Dan-Malouff★  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2018.01.09  w:1500  Washington-Metro  future  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The great media "shithole" controversy showed how our ideas about profanity are shifting
"The episode can be seen as a teaching moment, in which we come to understand that some people’s conception of what profanity is has become disconnected from the reality of our times. Profanity we have indeed, but it is not the grand old 'four letter words', which, regardless of their actual letter count, refer to religion, sex, and excrement. Words are treated as profane on the basis of what a society is truly hung up about. And let’s face it — American society as a whole is vastly less worried about taking the Lord’s name in vain or mentioning copulation and evacuation in public than it once was. Rather, what truly concerns us, horrifies us, inspires a desire to shield people from the full force of the language, are words like the n-word, the f-word referring to homosexual men, and the c-word referring to, well, you know."
a:John-McWhorter★★  p:Vox★★  d:2018.01.16  w:1000  language  Donald-Trump  media  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
"Norton: Jeff’s voice is the way I’ve always imagined a shrink who uses hypnotism would sound.
Taika Waititi (director, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’): It’s the sound of the Pegasus in the last moments before it takes flight, just as the hooves are lightly caressing some soft, wet moss and slowly lifting off the turf.
Kroll: There’s…very little…uhhhhh…actual silence. It’s like, um…how would I descriiibe it? It’s like riding a bike…through like a…a hilly suburb.
Munn: Jeff Goldblum does a great Jeff Goldblum.
Jeff Goldblum: I like David Duchovny’s impression on SNL’s 'Celebrity Jeopardy!', where he played a stupid Jeff Goldblum with this little ballet of wordless faux graciousness. He names things he sees for a while—'Uhhh, microphone'—and then finally admits, 'I actually can’t read.'"
a:Anna-Peele  p:GQ★★  d:2017.11.01  w:4000  oral-history  film  television  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA
"Irving and Lillard aren't the only ones. Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made the switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past year or so. The rise of plant-based diets in the NBA follows a worldwide uptick in meat-free meals. According to research firm GlobalData's report, 6 percent of U.S. consumers identify as vegan, up from just 1 percent in 2014. In the United Kingdom, veganism rose by 350 percent from 2006 to 2016, largely from the country's younger demographics."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:Bleacher-Report  d:2017.11.15  w:3500  nutrition  vegetarianism  veganism  NBA  Kyrie-Irving  food  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family
"Morin: When you’re working, is it purely acting, or do the feelings ever become real?
Yuichi: It’s a business. I’m not going to be her father for 24 hours. It’s a set time. When I am acting with her, I don't really feel that I love her, but when the session is over and I have to go, I do feel a little sad. The kids cry sometimes. They say, 'Why do you have to leave?' In those instances, I feel very sorry that I’m faking it—very guilty. There are times, when I’m done with the work and I come back home, where I sit and watch TV. I find myself wondering, 'Is this, now, the real me, or the actor?'
Morin: How do you answer that question?
Yuichi: I don’t think I have an answer. The person that used to be me—is he me now? I know that it’s common for actors to feel that way. If you’re a really good actor—if you’re in it all the time—it feels very unsettling."
a:Roc-Morin  a:Ishii-Yuichi  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.11.07  w:3000  interview  Japan  family  acting  parenting  relationships  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Heat. Tempers. 13-hour Days. Line Cooks Function in an Intense and Brutal World.
"There’s a fair share of needling and bullying in Ziebold’s kitchen. Cory calls it emotionally draining. 'No one has been fired but people have been forced out based on Eric’s treatment of them. He will demean you, belittle you in front of the whole kitchen during service, and just scream at you all day.' Cory says Ziebold forced out two co-workers, calling one of them pathetic. Sometimes, Ziebold says, he has to instill a sense of urgency in his cooks, but insists it isn’t personal."
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper/Young&Hungry★★  d:2017.11.16  w:3500  work  management  restaurants  DC  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
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