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February 18, 2014 8:07 am
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But some are given more days than others, and I think of dying at 17, in my loudness, in my vanity, which is to say in my human youth, and I tremble. I was barely anything. I understood barely anything. When Michael Dunn killed Jordan Davis, he obliterated a time-stream, devastated an open range of changes. And somewhere on that American jury, someone thought this was justice, someone believed in the voodoo of shotguns and teleportation. Michael Dunn killed a boy, and too robbed a man of his chance to be.

And this will happen again, must happen again, because our policy is color-blind, but our heritage isn’t. An American courtroom claiming it can be colorblind denies its rightful inheritance. An American courtroom claiming it can be colorblind is a drug addict claiming he can walk away after just one more hit. Law and legacy are at war. Legacy is winning. Legacy will always win. And our legacy is to die in this land where time is unequal, and deeded days are unequal, and blessed is the black man who lives to learn other ways, who lives to see other worlds, who lives to bear witness before the changes.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the killing of Jordan Davis. (via theatlantic)

Jesus. TNC consistently brings it into perspective. The whole long narrative of race, experience in America, and why this keeps happening. And that’s helpful, and for a moment it makes it seem better — we can’t help ourselves, it’s nurture. But after a moment’s consideration, it really just makes me more upset that we are so stupidly pathological. And I sometimes wish TNC would just get pissed.

(via theatlantic)

February 4, 2014 6:08 pm
America's Shame: Our Ketchup Packets

Oh my god tell me about it. Why make a normal-sized, user friendly ketchup packet that contains enough for your fries when you can grab 10 horrible packets?
BAH

(via theatlantic)

November 4, 2013 10:11 pm
"Millennials living in Omaha describe the city as inhabiting a sort of sweet spot, big enough to support a great local music scene and plenty of cheap bars, but small and intimate enough—about 415,000 people in the city proper—that it’s easier to stand out."

The first of our 9-part series, “Where Millennials Can Make It" takes us to Omaha, Nebraska. (via theatlanticcities)

Because this is what millennials want? Cheap beer, music and a low bar for popularity?

(via theatlantic)

April 23, 2013 11:47 am
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After last season ended with a woman hitting on Don Draper, and Don Draper giving her—and us—that “I’m up for it” look, I feared we’d get a season just like the one we now have. I know the shot was meant to be ambiguous, but it never really struck me that way. I’ve written quite a bit about my annoyance with pop culture’s current obsession with cynicism, darkness, and anti-heroes. It’s not so much that I pine for naiveté, as I pine for something different and new—especially in the same series. Watching Don Draper in his sixth season, I can’t escape the feeling that I’m watching Don Draper in his third season.

Except he’s lost something. Don is a beautiful philandering stud. That was always there but it was wrapped in so much more—his role as father to a young daughter (gone thus far), his role as a kind of father to Peggy (gone by necessity of plot), his relationship with Roger as some future image of himself (also gone), his relationship with Anna (gone to the grave), his fear of unmasking (seemingly also gone.) What’s left is a dude who makes adultery look beautiful.

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More evidence, to me, that Don Draper is going to the big bar in the sky come the end of the season/series.  All those little devices and distractions that kept him on his toes — and gave his character depth — are gone.  Now it’s just him and his misery.

(Source: The Atlantic)

February 23, 2013 10:06 am
"She and Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead guitarist, played Frisbee in Golden Gate Park. “I would sit with these guys on Sunday afternoons at the Fillmore dance parties. I was so shy, and Jerry Garcia wouldn’t talk a lot either. We just sat there eating hot dogs.”"

This is absolutely perfect. Sally Oren, wife of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, and former bohemian extraordinaire.

(Source: The Atlantic)

January 24, 2013 11:00 am
"If white artists don’t portray characters of color, they’re whitewashing; if they do, they’re appropriating or misrepresenting. That both criticisms are valid makes it even harder to imagine a way forward."

The most thoughtful response to the lack of non-white characters in primarily white television/film/art that I’ve read.  I think these filmmakers and show writers are under greater scrutiny simply because their output is visual.  Do we skewer authors for failing to include non-white characters in their novels?  No, they’re writing what they know.  Which is exactly what Lena Dunham is doing.  

(Source: The Atlantic)

January 23, 2013 8:29 pm
Oh California schools…your predilection for Asian students knows no bounds.  But actually, interesting charts in here.  Top schools are doing well integrating hispanics, not so much with blacks, and the white population is steadily falling.  

Oh California schools…your predilection for Asian students knows no bounds.  

But actually, interesting charts in here.  Top schools are doing well integrating hispanics, not so much with blacks, and the white population is steadily falling.  

January 16, 2013 11:00 am
"In her experience, women have proven more successful with off-cycle requests, meaning they seek opportunities to negotiate outside of year-end reviews. The best time, Schroth strongly believes, is in the wake of an achievement. Instead of looking for a new job outside the company, where the same problem may come up again, look within. Women should focus on developing skills, which might mean switching departments internally. Regardless of the means, Schroth argues that listing achievements not only makes a woman’s case stronger, but allows her to feel more comfortable in the discussion."

How to fix the gender pay gap.  Interesting comments in here — especially how women are very good at advocating for their employees, but terrible at doing it for themselves.  

(Source: The Atlantic)

January 15, 2013 10:00 am
"I’m about 95 percent certain,” he says, “that if I’d met Rachel offline, and if I’d never done online dating, I would’ve married her. At that point in my life, I would’ve overlooked everything else and done whatever it took to make things work. Did online dating change my perception of permanence? No doubt. When I sensed the breakup coming, I was okay with it. It didn’t seem like there was going to be much of a mourning period, where you stare at your wall thinking you’re destined to be alone and all that. I was eager to see what else was out there."

Interesting.  The dark underbelly of online dating: promiscuous dating lives!  Who knew?!  Good piece, though.
January 12, 2013 12:00 pm

Japan is a weird and beautiful place.

January 11, 2013 11:00 am

Last year, Americans likely spent more than $6 billion in baggage, cancellation, and change fees, on top of their ticket price, in 2012.What conclusions can we draw from these graphs… 
(1) Delta and US Airways are the worst. Maybe you knew that already.

This graph is one of those things you already knew but never really wanted to see quantified, because you knew it would just piss you off.  

Last year, Americans likely spent more than $6 billion in baggage, cancellation, and change fees, on top of their ticket price, in 2012.

What conclusions can we draw from these graphs… 

(1) Delta and US Airways are the worst. Maybe you knew that already.

This graph is one of those things you already knew but never really wanted to see quantified, because you knew it would just piss you off.  

January 10, 2013 7:09 pm
Just gorgeous.  And heartbreaking.

Just gorgeous.  And heartbreaking.

December 17, 2012 12:37 pm
"There are an estimated 280 million to 300 million guns in private hands in America—many legally owned, many not. Each year, more than 4 million new guns enter the market. This level of gun saturation has occurred not because the anti-gun lobby has been consistently outflanked by its adversaries in the National Rifle Association, though it has been. The NRA is quite obviously a powerful organization, but like many effective pressure groups, it is powerful in good part because so many Americans are predisposed to agree with its basic message."

Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in this month’s Atlantic is both extremely ill-timed and extremely well-timed.  A lot of thoughtful insights in here, valuable because they were not made in hindsight to Friday’s tragedy.   

(Source: The Atlantic)

10:00 am
"When you look the globe over, women are 44 to 45 percent of the world’s Internet users. They spend more time online than men—17 percent more a month. If you look at social-networking sites on a global scale, women are the vast majority on most sites, with the exception of Linked-In. Facebook is an extension of social communication, which has often been the realm of women."

Intel’s Genevieve Bell.  As the most recent election just highlighted — to ignore women is to do so at your own peril.  

Other interesting stuff in here — the unfounded fascination with young users, the strange American-specific fear of artificial intelligence, the ways in which technology has yet to engage its users (think of cars “When you sit in a car, look at all the different ways you have to engage with the machine.”).

(Source: The Atlantic)

December 14, 2012 4:23 pm
"Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (via theatlantic)

I am so sick of this shit.   

(via kateoplis)