Sunday, February 28, 2016

The World's Most and Least Powerful Passports

Quartz - "It’s good to be German: The world’s most powerful passports"

The State of the US According to the Oracle of Omaha

New York Times - "Warren Buffett, in Annual Letter, Rejects Candidates’ Message of U.S. Decline"

"... the babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history"

Working at the Office

New York Times - "The Post-Cubicle Office and Its Discontents"

"In 1980, the futurologist Alvin Toffler predicted that with increases in telecommuting technology, offices would soon become irrelevant. Downtowns would be emptied, and everyone would be connected through ‘‘electronic cottages’’ dispersed throughout the countryside. Digital advances in the years since have constantly threatened to make Toffler’s fanciful vision a real one. It has come true in one sense: We do often work at home. But we also work at work, before going home to work more. Commuting and telecommuting exist in an unholy alliance. The office has persisted, becoming even bigger, weirder, stranger: a symbol of its outsize presence in our lives."

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

T-Rex - "Windows"

One of my favorites from the SOHH Internet days circa Late Registration.

Post Malone - "White Iverson"

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Quote of the Night

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."

- Aristotle

(via swissmiss)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Half Man Half Amazing Collection

Mitchell & Ness

The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?

Amazon - "The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?"
Wikipedia - "Advanced Genius Thoery"

"The Advanced Genius Theory, hatched by Jason Hartley and Britt Bergman over pizza, began as a means to explain why icons such as Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Sting seem to go from artistic brilliance in their early careers to "losing it" as they grow older. The Theory proposes that they don’t actually lose it, but rather, their work simply advances beyond our comprehension. The ramifications and departures of this argument are limitless, and so are the examples worth considering, such as George Lucas’s Jar Jar Binks, Stanley Kubrick’s fascination with coffee commercials, and the last few decades of Paul McCartney’s career. With equal doses of humor and philosophy, theorist Jason Hartley examines music, literature, sports, politics, and the very meaning of taste, presenting an entirely new way to appreciate the pop culture we love . . . and sometimes think we hate. The Advanced Genius Theory is a manifesto that takes on the least understood work by the most celebrated figures of our time."

Michael Mann Cinematography

BuzzFeed - "44 Of The Most Breathtaking Shots In Michael Mann Movies"

Peak Nostalgia Levels: TGIF

EW - "Thank goodness! An oral history of ABC's TGIF" 

Full House
Family Matters
Step by Step
Boy Meets World

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Trevor Noah on the Super Bowl

Prop Bet Origins

The Atlantic - "How William 'Refrigerator' Perry Changed Betting Forever"


Super Bowl 50 Prop Bets:

(Sources: SI MMQB, USA Today FTW, ESPN)

How many times will announcers say dab/dabbing: Over/under 1.5.

Color of the liquid poured on the winning coach?

Orange 5/4
Blue 3/1
Clear 4/1
Yellow 4/1
Red 6/1
Green 10/1
Purple 10/1.

Number of times Archie Manning is shown during broadcast. Over/under 1.5.Over/under total

Number of television viewers: 117 million.

Will Ted Ginn drop a pass? Yes/no.

Will Peyton Manning announce his retirement in the postgame interview?

Yes 5/1
No 1/10

If Steph Curry is shown on TV during the broadcast what will he be wearing?

Personalized Carolina Steph Curry Jersey 1/1
No Jersey 2/1
Cam Newton Jersey 3/1
Any other Carolina Jersey 5/1

Will the Panthers player who scores their first TD give the the football to a boy or girl?

Boy 1/2
Girl 3/2

How many times will the Golden State Bridge be shown during the broadcast?

Over 0.5 1/3
Under 0.5 2/1

Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first?

God 2/1
Team 2/1
City/Fans 6/1
Coach 15/2
Family 15/1
Does not Mention Anyone above 9/4

Which song will Coldplay play first during the Halftime Show?

Adventure of a Lifetime 2/1
Fix You 7/2
A Sky Full of Stars 9/2
Viva la Vida 5/1
Clocks 15/2
Speed of Sound 9/1
Head Full of Dreams 10/1
Paradise 10/1

What color will Beyonce's footwear be when she comes on stage for the Halftime Show?

Black 3/2
Gold/Brown 5/2
White 11/4
Silver/Grey 19/4
Any Other Color 7/1

Will there be a penalty for excessive celebration?

Yes 5/2
No 1/4

Will Denver win Super Bowl, Peyton Manning Retires, San Antonio Wins NBA Championship, Tim Duncan retires? (Yes 20/1.)

What will be higher: Tiger Woods 1st Round score at 2016 Masters or Emmanuel Sanders Receiving Yards?

What will be higher: Arsenal Total Goals on Feb. 7th or Peyton Manning TD Passes?

MVP of Super Bowl 50?

Cam Newton 5/7
Peyton Manning 7/2
Jonathan Stewart 15/1
Greg Olsen 18/1
C.J. Anderson 20/1
Demaryius Thomas 25/1
Luke Kuechly 25/1
Von Miller 25/1
Emmanuel Sanders 25/1
Ted Ginn Jr. 25/1
Josh Norman 40/1
Corey Brown 40/1
Ronnie Hillman 50/1
Owen Daniels 50/1
Devin Funchess 100/1
Graham Gano 100/1
Brandon McManus 100/1
Aqib Talib 100/1
Demarcus Ware 100/1
Kurt Coleman 100/1
Danny Trevathan 200/1
Field of all others 10/1

Player to Score First TD
Jonathan Stewart 8/1
Cam Newton 8/1
Greg Olsen 8/1
Ted Ginn Jr. 10/1
Corey Brown 12/1
Devin Funchess 15/1
Jerricho Cotchery 15/1
Mike Tolbert 15/1
Ed Dickson 40/1
Demaryius Thomas 10/1
Emmanuel Sanders 10/1
C.J. Anderson 12/1
Ronnie Hillman 12/1
Owen Daniels 12/1
Jordan Norwood 20/1
Andre Caldwell 30/1
Vernon Davis 30/1
Peyton Manning 50/1
Field of all others 6/1
No TD scored 200/1

Super Bowl Airbnb

Condé Nast Traveler - "Don’t Have Super Bowl Tickets? Watch the Game from a Carolina Panther's Home Instead"

"In the listing, aptly title "A Panther's Dream Den," Harper invites potential guests to “Kick back on my sofa while watching Super Bowl 50 on our 70-inch TV. Upon arrival, feel free to check out our outdoor junior Olympic pool with an expansive deck and deluxe courtyard, or our 4,000 s.f. spa-inspired health club with yoga room and complimentary fitness classes. As evening approaches, prepare your football finest and take advantage of the kitchen—it's where I sic spend most of the time preparing for big games!” A quick click through images on Airbnb reveal spectacular views of the city, a modern-man living room (with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the game from the couch) and, perhaps its most charming feature—a bathroom with a Hello Kitty bath mat. Harper is such a fan of the home sharing site that he has decided to skip the team hotel in San Francisco and stay at an Airbnb while in town.

One night will cost you $5,000, with all proceeds (which will be matched by Airbnb) going to Harper’s Hope 41 Foundation, a nonprofit for underprivileged youth established by the player. Harper has also promised to throw in an autographed football, making this a score in every sense of the word."

More Skyscrapers Than Ever

Quartz - "We built more skyscrapers in 2015 than ever before"

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Magazine Covers

Playboy - "The First Non-Nude Issue of Playboy is Here"

Monday, February 1, 2016

One of David Benioff's 10 Favorite Books

New York Times - "My 10 Favorite Books: David Benioff"

"“The Holy Bible”

Sure, it’s uneven. For every Book of Job there’s a Book of Leviticus, featuring some of the most boring prose ever written. But if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would better reward long study? And has there ever been a more beautiful distillation of existential philosophy than the Book of Ecclesiastes?"