“Growing up, Bynum cracked open telephones so he could examine the circuitry and put them back together. At seven he was in the chess club at his local Barnes & Noble. At 14 he was installing Microsoft Windows on broken laptops his mother found in her office. His favorite subject in school was physics. He only considered colleges where he could major in mechanical engineering. His plan after graduation was to land a job as a computer programmer…. “I want to master everything,” Bynum says. “I want to understand what the hell is going on.”—
Well, shit. Now I’m going to have to root for the Lakers.
“Since 1993, according to our research, at least 70 athletes have been suspended, dismissed, put on probation, or forced to withdraw from their teams or the school after running afoul of the honor code. Fifty-four of them, or nearly 80 percent, are minorities. Forty-one, or almost 60 percent, are black men….[A]round 23 percent of the athletes are minorities, according to the university.”
“In Stanley Kubrick’s motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey, Heywood Floyd, chairman of the National Council of Astronautics (NCA), orchestrates a false flag alien artifact discovery. The alleged discovery of a black monolith buried 40 feet below the surface of the moon is in fact staged by Dr. Floyd and fellow members of the NCA as justification for the continued support of the NCA’s monolith-chasing missions, including the Discovery mission to Jupiter.
This article pieces together symbols deliberately embedded into the film to show that the monolith is really the movie screen rotated by 90 degrees. This insight is the gateway into understanding what may be Kubrick’s ultimate point of the film: Our perception of significant real-world events (such as the lunar monolith discovery) are often times false flag operations carried out by small groups of people, by metaphorically projecting their image of the truth onto the movie screens of our minds in order to control and manipulate the population at large.”—
“After a couple years at Facebook, Hammerbacher grew restless. He figured that much of the groundbreaking computer science had been done. Something else gnawed at him. Hammerbacher looked around Silicon Valley at companies like his own, Google (GOOG), and Twitter, and saw his peers wasting their talents. “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” he says. “That sucks.”—
I’ve got jury duty Wednesday. I’ve been called 3 times in six years and always had to appear. In 2005 I spent close to two months on an asbestos jury. It was a reasonably good experience — I learned a bunch of things, oddly enough, and made some friends that I still keep in touch with. (We started going out drinking every night during our week-long deliberation.)
But six years down the line, I’m feeling a little bit like I’ve paid my goddamn debt to the SF Superior Court system.
I have a pretty good video of my son (nearly two) and I reading “Goonight, Moon” together, with him shouting most of the nouns and me reading the rest. But the last 30 seconds of it is just him shouting “GOODNIGHT COCK” over and over again, so, nope, nobody gets to see it.
From my time there, I felt that Europe was a continent that got shit done. At Intermache, a large French super market chain, there are no plastic or paper bags for your groceries. You have to bring your own bag and if you don’t bring your own bag, you look like an asshole. I didn’t want to be an asshole so I bought an Intermache bag. In California, we’ve been trying, for who knows how long to get rid of the plastic bag and to make bringing your own bag a thing, but it’s never really caught on. You know, why don’t we look to our neighbors in Europe and just stop providing or carrying plastic bags or even paper bags altogether? Sure, the move will affect the plastic bag manufacturing industry, but can’t the very same people work in a cloth bag factory or the other type of durable bag? You know, we could make changes instead of just talking about how we have to do these things in order to save the environment. We can do it. We don’t have a special week of programing on NBC with environmentally themed episodes of “30 Rock” and “The Office,” we can just fucking do it.
If you’ve never read the Superman 2000 pitch, by Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer, I can’t recommend it enough. Someone sent me a copy a few years ago, but now it’s available online for everyone, especially you.
Most of the ideas and themes ended up in my two favorite Superman stories, Waid’s Superman: Birthright and Morrison’s All Star Superman (for my money, the best first and last stories of the Man of Tomorrow), but in this failed pitch to take over the Superman titles, you can see just how far ahead of the game these guys were on how to write Superman, what he means to humanity, and their general methods for tackling any of the decades-old, global icons that have sprung from American superhero comics.
The phrase “include and transcend” has been like a secret mantra for me, ever since reading the Superman 2000 pitch. It contributed greatly to how I approached my own little failed pitch. It’s like a little key guide off to the side that makes sense of all your favorite creators’ mainstream comics and points out how to make them yourself.