Sunday, May 19, 2019

Before the Show

New York Times – " His Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: George R. R. Martin Talks ‘Game of Thrones’"
Interview with Dave Itzkoff (April 2011)

(Photo from early 1990's according to Reddit)


"I didn’t do anything, ultimately, except lick my wounds. I did do other pilots after that, a pilot called “Starport,” a pilot called “The Survivors” – all shows that to this day, I think, ah, that would have been a great show. It would have been fun to work on that. So in some alternate world, maybe I became Joss Whedon or J. J. Abrams."


"So then I would go in and I would start cutting. I would combine characters and trim out giant battle scenes, make it produceable. Although the later drafts of those scripts were always more polished, because I’d revised them several times, my favorites were always the first drafts, which had all the good stuff in it which I had to take out because it was too expensive and too big. When I returned to prose, which had been my first love, in the 90s, I said I’m going to do something that is just as big as I want to do. I can have all the special effects I want. I can have a cast of characters that numbers in the hundreds. I can have giant battle scenes. Everything you can’t do in television and film, of course you can do in prose because you’re everything there. You’re the director, you’re the special effects coordinator, you’re the costume department, and you don’t have to worry about a budget.

Of course the irony of all this is the project that I thought most unlikely to ever be filmed – the project that was actually unfilmable – is now going to be this big show on HBO."

George R.R. Martin's Original October 1993 Pitch Letter

New Yorkers React to the NBA Lottery

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The End of the Oakland Warriors

New York Times – "The End of the Warriors as We Know Them"

"Can something move and remain the same? Can anything be replanted without changing the landscape?

No place tries like California, a mind-set as much as a place. California always leans toward reinvention. It is closer to the future than anywhere else. Nothing feels permanent, even without earthquakes and fires. So it is with the Warriors.

It is so California to come up with something cool and coveted, and at its peak try to lift it to something bigger and better, risking all that made it cool in the first place.

It is why In-N-Out Burger expanded to Texas, why Levi’s made Dockers, why skateboarding is joining the Olympics.

Will Apple, with origins in a suburban garage, ever be as loved as it was before it grew big enough to build a $5 billion headquarters that looks like a spaceship? Will the San Francisco skyline ever be as beautiful as it was before the Salesforce Tower rose like a middle finger to the city’s low-slung aesthetic, amid a rising fist of preening (and leaning) towers?"

The Bjarke Ingels Group Plans for the Oakland Athletics

Designs for Revitalizing Notre Dame

New York Times – "Glass, Golden Flames or a Beam of Light: What Should Replace Notre-Dame’s Spire?"

The Lottery for Zion

(Photoshop by @justin_meduri)

ESPN – "The education of Zion Williamson"
By Mina Kimes

2019 NBA Draft Lottery
Tuesday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m. EST

New York 14.0%
Cleveland 14.0%
Phoenix 14.0%
Chicago 12.5%
Atlanta 10.5%
Washington 9.0%
New Orleans 6.0%
Memphis* 6.0%
Dallas** 6.0%
Minnesota 3.0%
Los Angeles Lakers 2.0%
Charlotte 1.0%
Miami 1.0%
Sacramento^ 1.0%

* = This pick may be conveyed to Boston
** = This pick may be conveyed to Atlanta
^ = This pick will be conveyed to Boston via Philadelphia or to Philadelphia