“Skip has a unique ability to at once inspire and infuriate, all the while attracting viewers. However, we also have talented sports personalities like Jemele Hill, Stephen A. Smith, Rob Parker, Jon Ritchie, Eric Mangini and others who have strong opinions and are able to back them up with knowledge and facts.”—ESPN Front Row admits, inadvertently, that Skip Bayless does not have opinions that can be backed up with knowledge and facts.
The island nation in the South Pacific had announced earlier this year that it would switch from being on one side of the International Dateline to the other, putting itself in the world’s earliest time zone instead of the latest.
To achieve this change, Samoa has to lose a day. So even though today is Thursday, tomorrow won’t be Friday. Sorry, Rebecca Black! Friday is canceled, as is the date of Dec. 30, 2011.
“The newspaper of the future is going to be where you touch the picture and the picture turns into a television screen and you hear the sound. We as journalists are going to have to get out of thinking that we are print journalists or broadcast journalists that we work on the internet or we work on cable. … The half of you in this room that are the better half; you’re going to have better jobs, people will be able to see your output, see the fruits of your labor. Unfortunately, the other half of you are going to be in real trouble.”—Michael Bloomberg in 1998 (via Poynter)
Cheetah was the comic relief in the Tarzan films that starred American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Cobb says Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller’s estate sometime around 1960.
“There are as many domestic workers in London now as in Victorian times.”—These days domestic workers are more likely to be self-employed, well-qualified and well-paid than their 19th century counterparts. Yet in some respects the industry has changed surprisingly little. (via theeconomist)
“Here is the simple truth about Cary Grant: he was the best and most important actor of the last hundred years. He didn’t reinvent acting like Brando, he didn’t fatten himself up like Robert De Niro or starve himself like Christian Bale. He wasn’t burly like Gable, and he didn’t smolder like Mitchum. Instead, he played slight variations on the same character for the majority of his career, he wore a suit better than anyone in Hollywood, and he made acting seem like living.”—Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Cary Grant’s Intimate Bromance | The Hairpin
“If all the official stories of monotheism, from Moses to Mormonism, were to be utterly and finally discredited, we would be exactly where we are now. All the agonizing questions that we face, from the idea of the good life and our duties to each other to the concept of justice and the enigma of existence itself, would be just as difficult and also just as fascinating.”—
The key here, to me, is that being nonreligious isn’t an end in itself. For doing so doesn’t answer anything; it just means you’ve got to work harder than ever. Hitchens did that where much of the snarky commentariat hasn’t (yet, perhaps).
“People just get things wrong. They read them wrong, or remember them wrong or the way they want to, or the information they read right was wrong in the first place. You hear the same a fact a thousand times, but if you track down its origins, you find out all the repeaters are using the same source, and source zero was just guessing, or citing a highly questionable source or study. Or misciting a highly questionable source or study. Or confusing the details, so that by now, everybody’s under the erroneous impression that a shot of espresso contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee.”—What Is Good Fact-Checking? | Mother Jones (via rubenfeld)
“It is now the month of December, when the greatest part of the city is in a bustle. Loose reins are given to public dissipation; everywhere you may hear the sound of great preparations, as if there were some real difference between the days devoted to Saturn and those for transacting business… Were you here, I would willingly confer with you as to the plan of our conduct; whether we should eve in our usual way, or, to avoid singularity, both take a better supper and throw off the toga.”—Seneca The Younger, from a letter referencing Saturnalia (via wwnorton)
“The cartoon has been reprinted and redrawn widely throughout American history. Variants of the cartoon have different texts, e.g. “Unite or Dead”, and differently labeled segments, depending on the political bodies being appealed to with a large wang.”—Someone is screwing around with the Wikipedia entry for Join, or Die - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, by referring to political bodies “being appealed to with a large wang.” Love it!
“I can recall a lunch in 1991, when I was editing The New York Observer, and he and Aimée Bell, his longtime editor, and I got together for a quick bite at a restaurant on Madison, no longer there. Christopher’s copy was due early that afternoon. Pre-lunch canisters of scotch were followed by a couple of glasses of wine during the meal and a similar quantity of post-meal cognac. That was just his intake. After stumbling back to the office, we set him up at a rickety table and with an old Olivetti, and in a symphony of clacking he produced a 1,000-word column of near perfection in under half an hour.”—Graydon Carter Remembers Christopher Hitchens | Culture | Vanity Fair (via felixsalmon)
“Critics are always complaining “This doesn’t challenge me.” Well, most people don’t want to be challenged. They had to work all day, and they’re tired. They want to see something that they enjoy. And they tune in because they know they’re going to enjoy it.”—Hey, “Two and a Half Men” is no benchmark of humanity’s brilliance. But Jon Cryer gets what a lot of the “smart” TV people don’t — most people watch what they enjoy and find relaxing. Comedy that puts its brilliance ahead of causal viewing enjoyment still has a place, but it’ll never get the ratings to match. Jon Cryer Interview - Esquire
“Winston Churchill put it very squarely when he defined the issue as, essentially, a wager. He was a lifelong sufferer from the depression that he nicknamed his “black dog,” but he could rouse himself to action and commitment and inspiration, and the brandy bottle was often a crucial prop. I have taken more out of alcohol, he said simply, than it has taken out of me. His chief antagonist, Adolf Hitler, was, I need hardly add, a fanatical teetotaler (though with a shorter and less wholesome life span). The most lethal and fascistic of our current enemies, the purist murderers of the Islamic jihad, despise our society for, among other things, its tolerance of alcohol. We should perhaps do more to earn this hatred and contempt, and less to emulate it.”—Christopher Hitchens on the virtues of alcohol (via felixsalmon)
“One of our lunches, at Café Milano, the Rick’s Café of Washington, began at 1 P.M., and ended at 11:30 P.M. At about nine o’clock (though my memory is somewhat hazy), he said, “Should we order more food?” I somehow crawled home, where I remained under medical supervision for several weeks, packed in ice with a morphine drip. Christopher probably went home that night and wrote a biography of Orwell. His stamina was as epic as his erudition and wit.”—Christopher Buckley remembers Christopher Hitchens, in the New Yorker
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.”—Deadspin: Kevin Garnett Made One Hell Of A Cooking Metaphor Today
“But the intensity of the derision strikes me as unwarranted, in that it outdoes anything directed at, say, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, accused repeatedly of sexual assault, or other players actually convicted of burglary, gun possession and other crimes. In a league full of blithe felons, Tebow and his oppressive piety don’t seem like such horrendous affronts at all.”—Frank Bruni, correctly pointing out that the well-meaning zealot, though we may find him unbearable, is usually better than the creepy maybe-rapist.
“There are ways that companies can try to minimize the damage when they eliminate jobs. For instance, don’t announce that you’re cutting jobs without identifying who’ll be affected; that makes every employee (including your best performers) anxious and exacerbates the damage. Companies that behave humanely—by providing generous severance packages and allowing displaced employees to say goodbye to colleagues rather than marching them out the door—are likely to see a smaller hit to morale. Well-run companies also communicate clearly about why they’re eliminating jobs, and share the pain by cutting senior executives, not just front-line workers.”—The Case Against Layoffs: They Often Backfire - The Daily Beast
“When I cranked up the amp I also cranked up the surface noise, all the clicks and pops. Someone younger might yearn for that stuff, but it’s a turnoff for me. Once you put a needle to a vinyl record, it’s never as good as the first time, and the more you love it, the more it wears out. I can see there being something romantic and analog about that fact, something that makes this YOUR record, but frankly, I just want to hear the artist’s intent and not my turntables imprint on it. My guess is that people buying vinyl these days are buying objects to have and to hold, but more often listening to the free downloads that come with the record.”—NPR’s Bob Boilen/Vinyl’s Not Final : All Songs Considered (via lookhigh)
“So deadline is closing in fast and furious at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and we’re waiting for the obituaries to be typeset so we can throw a house ad on the page and ship the starter. The composing foreman builds everything in, throws in a half-page house ad promoting our classifieds, and the news editor on duty initials the page and stamps it out as it’s run down to the press. The next morning, obituary readers are greeted with ad chatter about getting rid of those pesky outdated appliances, a large photo of a vacuum cleaner and these words in 60-point type: ‘See ya, sucker!’ Ouch.”—
Just one of the many awesome newspaper bloopers that Jim Romenesko collected from readers back in 2000. Yes, 2000. He’s was online then, still going now.