Mar 25

A boy in her class loaned her Alpine The Reindeer and she loves him.

A boy in her class loaned her Alpine The Reindeer and she loves him.

Mar 23

“John A. Frascotti, the chief marketing officer at Hasbro, pointed out other reasons for these toys’ growing popularity.
“It’s the coming of age of the Title IX mom, who grew up as an athlete in her own right,” he said, referring to the gender equity law. “And men, who have grown up in that environment, who have daughters, want their children, both boys and girls, to have equal opportunity to play.”” — The Times’ front-page piece about girls’ new love bows and arrows.

Mar 16

I remember the last thing I ever made of Lego, far later into adolescence than I should admit. It was a robot that, thanks to double-jointed hinges, could continually reconfigure itself without being disassembled. And in this sense it was anti-Lego, capable of being remade without being unmade. I knew that it was the most I could ever do in the medium, and the end of an era. It drifted back into that bucket.

A quarter-century later I saw the same bucket opened and overturned by a young nephew. And there, like a time traveler, was this same robot. Mostly just its legs, standing Ozymandias-like in a pile of bricks. I reached for it, but not faster than my nephew, who, recognizing an accretion of especially useful pieces, instantly dissolved it with his hands.

” — Thomas de Monchaux, "an architect who is writing a book about trucks, forts and dinosaurs."

Mar 14


Mar 11

Tape deck #lifehack

Tape deck #lifehack

Mar 10

David Carr’s description of Netflix life.

David Carr’s description of Netflix life.

Mar 09

Odds for the ‘True Detective’ Finale

None are spoilers if you’ve watched the first seven episodes:

All the Way

For my birthday, my lovely wife took me to see Bryan Cranston as LBJ in “All the Way.” A couple things that stuck with me:

  1. Yes, Cranston has at least one scene where he screams at someone while wearing a button down shirt and his underwear.
  2. Cranston’s performance is a hell of a physical undertaking. The show is 3 hours long and he is yelling in just about every scene.
  3. Like ‘Lincoln,’ the story is about force of will and compromise. Cranston’s LBJ is wrestling with the limitations of the country: Seat one black person on the Mississippi Democratic delegation, and it shows you’re kowtowing to MLK, which shows that blacks are running the country now, goes the thinking of millions of Americans LBJ is worrying about. He is a man navigating ugly, ignorant forces, because they control reality.
  4. Contrary to ‘Lincoln,’ LBJ is just a son-of-a-bitch who happens to be on the right side of history when it comes to the Civil Rights Act. He has no self-awareness, no empathy, he is surrounded by toadies, and he’s certain no one will ever think of him as anything other than a son of a bitch. So he might as well get things done.

It was a very good play which unfortunately never contained his advice that, “If the circumstances make it such that you can’t fuck a man in the ass, then just peckerslap him."

Mar 04

High fashion

High fashion