“To me, NBA franchises are like pieces of art. There are only 30 of them. They aren’t always on the market, especially a franchise that would have been such a natural fit. … If you just looked at the Cavaliers in terms of revenues, profits and balance sheets — and you paid this amount for it — people would say ‘You’re insane! You’re nuts.’ But if you look at all the tentacles, the impact on our other venues, it makes tremendous sense. We have now opened a Cleveland office [of Quicken Loans] and that’s tremendously successful. Our employees love it that we’re associated with the Cavs and can come to games — that helps us attract and keep better people. There are a lot of nonprofit things that can be done with pro sports. It brings an unbelievable amount of excitement.”—Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, quoted as a footnote in Gladwell’s latest piece on NBA economics.
“I won’t presume to call writing “art,” but I will say this: if it’s science, we’re the rat. We are not the one with the plan or the map, we are down in the shit, learning through mistakes that are not our fault, cruising for rewards which are sadly therefore not to our actual credit.”—Dan Harmon
“They used hammers to smash all the ticket readers into the station except the one for bicycles and wheelchairs, and then turned their sights on the flower stall of Joanne, the woman who’s been selling flowers at BART for years. They pulled down and smashed some of her lights, at an unknown cost to this small business owner.”
Stop and buy some flowers today! As a bonus, you’ll get some awesome flowers!
…where, I suspect, no one reads the comments because they are grayed-out.
As long as the protesters continue to use their BART disruption tactics, the main effect will be pissing-off people who depend on a quick and reliable means of transportation to get to and from work. These people DO NOT CARE about a one-time free ride; their transportation is already factored into their budget. Guess what — they will not be pissed-off at BART. They will be pissed-off at people who appear to not have any serious, daily responsibilities, yet feel a need to express their personal moral concerns at the expense of those who do.
Yes, children, you are costing BART money (guess where that money will be coming from), but you are costing workers — and your credibility — much more.
I am old enough to remember when protests were about something huge — bigger than big — like whether or not the USA should be building empire (or “guaranteeing” democracy, if you will) in South East Asia, and whether or not American youth should be enslaved by a military draft to enforce that policy. Well, we know how well that worked out. And now I see all this amazing technology being rolled-out by the current generation of protesters to demonstrate against the use of deadly force against one deranged hobo, and I think, “Holy shit! Why didn’t we have that stuff, back then? Why was it us against the machine, in those days? Why couldn’t it have been our machine against them, as it is now?”
Big Daddy Drew dropping science. I haven’t bought his new book The Postmortal yet, but I’m sure it’s great.
“When I go to see “Real Steel” (and I won’t), I’m going because I want to see a movie about BOXING ROBOTS. I don’t want to see a movie about fathers and sons. There are fathers and sons all over the place. If the movie is all about fathers and sons, then I’m gonna feel shortchanged out of all the robot boxing I was shown in the trailer.”
Just reblogging and quoting this as a stand-in for the lengthy post I never wrote about TRON: LEGACY and why “the absent father” has somehow become a mandatory trope in sci-fi films.