Oct 2, 2014

One of those songs I actually did not understand for 20 years. “Pretty Baby” is his country.

(Source: Spotify)

Sep 24, 2014
He was especially good at being the patient, authoritative voice of reason, gently
 explaining to an idiot why he was an idiot, and why he had to stop being an idiot.
Jack Handey, on what made Phil Hartman so phenomenal on “Saturday Night Live,” for Slate. (via yourmandevine)
Sep 18, 2014

Above: An African migrant field worker works in Puglia, Italy during the tomato harvest. (Alessandro Penso/OnOff Picture/The Washington Post)

Below: Action Comics #1

Jul 31, 2014

How I Taught My Kindergartner To Use Her Screen Time For Good

I wrote this about a project I did with Bug. 

Jul 20, 2014
This is a jungle gym designed to show how Scandanavians travelled to North America generations before Columbus. #NORvsITA

This is a jungle gym designed to show how Scandanavians travelled to North America generations before Columbus. #NORvsITA

Jul 17, 2014

Coding recs?

Parenting project: tonight I’m introducing 6-year-old Bug to the “computer.” Does anyone have programs they that show young kids how to code or otherwise be constructive?

Jun 17, 2014

Reading Mike Hastings’ novel out today — and the section about soldiers being promised a Christmas at home throughout history, and needed to listen to this song.

(Source: Spotify)

May 24, 2014
Nope nope nope

Nope nope nope

May 21, 2014
"Yuppie," like "hipster," is a word that is as enraging in its overgenerality as it is guaranteed to be instantly understood by everyone. Both of these maddening words also have value due to the fact that those who best fit the description are those most likely to object to the use of these words.

Hamilton Nolan (via beekeeperssociety)

That’s because we’re connoisseurs of both, able to detect gradations in each much the way Eskimos differentiate types of snow.

(via flowisaconstruct)

May 21, 2014

Before 1969, stories in The Magazine had no bylines. There’s a single authorial voice, the voice of The Magazine, omniscient in its power observation, a fullness of perspective that transcends individual insight to bring the hefty weight on an institution. It works to much effectiveness.

But then 1969 happens. The Magazine catches up to the culture… Voices that are too institutional and too authoritative are suspect. Institutions inherently are co-opted by the immoral status quo, all slightly to massively oppressive, all involved in the insane desire of the Establishment…

The Magazine, to its credit, adopts positions throughout the 60s that start to border on the radical, at least compared with those of its competitor, Brand X. It is, as the editors see it, a time when smart business strategy and positive social policy converge.

In practice, though, it is undermining the labor movement. The Magazine writers don’t have a union. The writers live with the hypocrisy until 1971. The writers go on strike.

It is a brief moment in history: magazine writers will never have the chance to go on strike again.

The writers and reporters win an important concession: the byline.

The institutional voice of the magazine is never the same again.

… and then the writers and reporters go Twitter!

The above is an abbreviated history of Newsweek magazine from Michael Hastings’ forthcoming novel, The Last Magazine. It’s one of my favorite parts.

The progression in these fifty years — from writers absorbed into a brand to writers becoming bigger brands than the outlets they write for — is interesting to me, not least of all because those anonymous Newsweek writers in the early 1960s probably all got pensions.

This is something I tried to explain to Jamie Mottram when his post about Jay Glazer and Twitter got me thinking. But Mike, per usual, brought a lot more historical specificity to bear than I could.

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