19 Microlog entries tagged with ‘nyt’

What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs
Disappointing that this piece embellishes the valid criticism of Mayer’s tenure at Yahoo! by putting across her general distrust of people without a third-level degree (strangely irrational for an engineer, that) as a specific dislike of other women-with-currency like Gwyneth Paltrow, handbags at dawn and all that. It’s just one of a few asides and examples that lend this text an distasteful, condescending tone. #   ·

The New York Times on ‘The Rise of Beefcake Yoga’
I’ve been meaning to get in on the DDP Yoga thing for a while, because I’ve seen the results. #   ·

Wrestling Reporter Dave Meltzer Tries To Keep It Real
The New York Times profiles the legendary ‘dirt sheet’ writer and publisher. Other fandoms (as they call them now) have their zines, and a whole culture behind them that’s only latterly been celebrated more widely (oh, you hipsters), but wrestling has the dirt sheets, and Meltzer sets the standard. See also: Meltzer talks about his unique gig with Colt Cabana. #   ·

Always the Same Thing
“I don’t care what I eat so long as it is always the same.” Maybe Wittgenstein never said that, but that’s not as important as the notion that it’s totally plausible. A man after my own heart, that Ludwig. #   ·

The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero
What Jason Everman did after Nirvana and Soundgarden. #   ·

Mandy Patinkin: ‘I Behaved Abominably’
But he’s making up for it now. One of my favourite actors, this guy, and I can’t even tell you why. #   ·

Who Made That Soy-Sauce Dispenser?
That trademark Kikkoman spout is basically an inverted teapot. Sometimes the simplest things are the most marvellous. See also: HiLobrow’s rolling history of condiments. #   ·

Fanfare for the Comma Man
Thankfully an article about the sensible use of commas; that Oxford comma rubbish is for people who can’t be bothered rewriting their sentences to remove potential ambiguities. They’re usually the same kind who are prejudiced against the semi-colon. But I digress. #   ·

My Guantánamo Nightmare
The shocking story of one man’s abuse at the hands of a system (and a society) determined that ‘someone’ should pay for evil deeds done, whether they’re guilty or not. Utterly shameful. #   ·

David Carr #NYT and fearless journalism…
Deadline is the BBC Storyville title for Page One, which is on Netflix in Ireland and probably worth a month’s subscription alone. #   ·

Irish Palates, Enticed by Other Carbs, Are Losing Their Taste for a Signature Starch
I don’t know why people are so hung up over spuds. Get baby potatoes and steam them and they’re ready in no time, and you don’t lose as much of the nutrients either. #   ·

Giving the FBI What It Wants
A digital media academic takes the extreme approach when he learns he’s being watched by the Feds. I understand what he’s doing, but he’s very much missing the point, and doing a disservice to those who don’t have his technical nouse. #   ·

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami
Having now read 1Q84, I can say it’s been fiercer. See also: If Haruki Murakami’s New Book Were Sold Like a Video Game. #   ·

Eating Your Cultural Vegetables
My view? There’s nothing wrong with being a dilettante if you engage faithfully with the things you pick and choose. Also, the distinction must be made between things that people like because they’re good, albeit an acquired taste, and things that everyone says they like but are really rubbish. But yeah, that thing about missing the last episode of Treme? I dropped off The Wire before the end of season 4, and I’ve just kept missing that train ever since. #   ·

Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace
I’m no fan of DFW, but anyone familiar with this blog will know I’ve got no problem with conversational writing. But, you know, everything in context. #   ·

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: The Full List
Great list, but nothing released before 1988, and no foreign-language docs. There’s an opportunity to fill in the gaps here. #   ·

Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer
This is great fun! The computer quickly learns your patterns to anticipate your next move — and it’s also smart enough to figure out when you’re predicting its own moves [c/o @qikipedia]. #   ·

Overtime in Soccer City
A year on, and South Africa’s stadiums lie mostly empty. Can’t say this was unexpected. #   ·

Errol Morris: Did My Brother Invent E-Mail With Tom Van Vleck?
Part one of five, and every one worth proper digestion. #   ·

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