“From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort, Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.”—Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
“C’mon, none of the women leading the firms I mentioned above would survive having an inappropriate relationship with a vendor, hide it by lying on expense reports, subject the enterprise to an harassment suit, be allowed to resign with a multi-million-dollar package, negotiate a settlement with the plaintiff without notifying the BOD, be defended by pundits and other CEO’s and then land a new C-level job in less than 60 days at a competitor. No, it takes balls to have a run like that and still have anyone of merit defend you.”—CEO Archetypes: #7 Joan of Arc, by Nancy Householder Hauge | Model View Culture
““Most startup mixers are like, “Let’s go to a bar and get f—ed up.” Here, there’s a mechanical bull. There’s an arcade. This is actually how people make deeper connections. After this, they’ll be like, ‘Yeah, man I fell off the mechanical bull before you did,” Saari said.”—
It’s Thursday, which means that you can turn to network television tonight to see the most sympathetic, realistic portrayal of grown-up nerds currently airing. Or you could watch The Big Bang Theory instead.
For quite some time now, Parks And Recreation has quietly been proving itself to be the best show about nerds (and the nerds who love them) on television. There are no cheap shots, no assumptions that all nerds share identical interests, no condescension in the guise of celebration.
“Uniforms and surviving Chi-beria notwithstanding, fashion is faddish. And our wearing areas are pretty full already. The FitBit Flex and such were lucky to find radiocarpal room freed up when Livestrong fell out of favor. Whoever thinks “Always-on wristbands that know who you’re with — and their preferences — could become vehicles for location-based restaurant advertising” is unclear about what makes a nice bracelet.”—Ready to Wear — Medium
Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. […] No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date.
I rewatched this over the weekend after it was named on a list as the Best Stand-Up Special of 2013, and it’s true. It is probably the finest stand-up set I’ve watched all year. It’s one of those amazing shows that transcends stand-up into proper one-man storytelling theatre.
Fire up your Netflix account and watch. If nothing else, you’ll hear the words “homemade carnival salsa”, and for that you can thank me later.
With the 50th anniversary of the show having just passed, there’s a lot of buzz about “Doctor Who” out there, especially among people who haven’t ever gotten into the show.Fifty years of history is pretty daunting, so if you’re on the outside looking in I can see how it would be a bit intimidating to take on such a project….
I heartily endorse all the recommendations of this article. In particular, if you’re just a smidge Who-curious, “Blink” is the place to start. A stand-alone story that is gripping, imaginative and beautifully scary.
“But circumstances in the Tenderloin are not normal. And San Francisco is not a normal city. Barring a seismic shift in city politics, the TL is not going to gentrify the way that similar neighborhoods have in other cities. Not next year. Not in five years. Maybe never. For better or worse, it will likely remain a sanctuary for the poor, the vulnerable, and the damaged—and the violence and disorder that inevitably comes with them. The thousands of working people, seniors, and families, including many Southeast Asians, who make up a silent two-thirds majority of the Tenderloin’s 30,000 residents will remain there. And so will the thousands of not-so-silent mentally ill people, addicts, drunks, and ex-cons who share the streets with them—as well as the predators who come in from the outside to exploit them. The Tenderloin will remain the great anomaly of neighborhoods: a source of stubborn pride for San Francisco, or an acute embarrassment—or both.”—
“The third-party tools Twitter gave to developers were being harnessed by hundreds of companies and apps that used Twitter’s content (Twitterrific, Twitteroo, Twitterholic, Tweetbar, Twittervision, and Twadget, to name a few).”—
“Rabble often sat programming with one hand, scratching his testicles with the other.”—Highlighted by Rod Begbie in Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
“With colleagues at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School, I recently conducted a study that involved video pitches for new companies that used slides, an identical script, and a voice-over from either a male or female “founder.” It turned out that companies pitched by men were about 40 percent more likely to receive funding than those led by women. In a follow-up experiment, we found that evaluators particularly favor pitches from attractive men, and that attractive women do worse than unattractive men and women.”—
“One Saturday morning, Jim asked Kenworthy to join him for a meeting with a Swedish filmmaker who hoped to hire the Creature Shop to construct realistic-looking animals for a foreign film called Animal Farm—though as the pitch unfolded, and the director described a story of a nubile young girl who spent her summer tending to animals on a farm in the country, it was clear the filmmaker was not planning to film the George Orwell novel. Kenworthy was ready to dismiss the project outright, but noticed Jim listening with real interest. “Why not just use real animals?” Jim asked earnestly. The foreign filmmaker shrugged. “The sex scenes will be more difficult to do with real animals,” he explained. A horrified Kenworthy nearly erupted in outrage at the idea of building creatures for an X-rated film, but Jim merely kept nodding and hmmming. “It sounds like an art film,” said Jim to Kenworthy, “and I think it could be interesting. Besides, don’t we need the money for the Creature Shop?” Kenworthy blanched. “It all sounds tawdry to me,” he finally spluttered—and Jim exploded into his high-pitched giggle, unable to contain himself any longer. Laughter erupted from just outside the room, where Muppet performers had been hidden just out of sight, witness to—and videotaping—the entire elaborate prank.”—Highlighted by Rod Begbie in Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones