Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Making of Red Dead Redemption II

New York Magazine – "How the West Was Digitized: The making of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2."
By Harold Goldberg

"The final script for Red Dead Redemption 2’s main story was about 2,000 pages. But if he were to include all the side missions and additional dialogue, and stack the pages, Dan estimates the pile “would be eight feet high.” Bringing the script to life meant 2,200 days of motion-capture work — compared with just five for Grand Theft Auto III — requiring 1,200 actors, all SAG-AFTRA, 700 of them with dialogue. “We’re the biggest employers of actors in terms of numbers of anyone in New York, by miles,” says Dan. Before a motion-capture shoot that would last two or three weeks, there were meetings “four hours each day for four days. We want it as tight as possible for motion-capture because we’re burning a lot of money very quickly [at those sessions].”"

Cocktail or Dive Bars?

The Daily Beast – "Cocktail Bars vs. Dive Bars:A plea to end this spirited feud among modern drinkers."
By David Wondrich

Saturday, October 13, 2018

"Everything is so god damn public now"

The Athletic – "Exclusive: Kevin Garnett on the Jimmy Butler saga — ‘It’s a shit storm up there’"
By Jon Krawczynski

"“I’m a T-Wolf for life, man,” Garnett said. “I’m ‘Sota for life. I’ve always wanted better for not only the city and the franchise, but Wigs, KAT, those are my guys. I root for those guys. Gorgui Dieng. Those are my guys. I’m just hoping they can get through this rough patch and everybody can get on the same path and figure it out. It’s a shit storm up there.”"


"Garnett has been mentoring young players for years, a role that really blossomed during his final seasons in Minnesota, where he took Wiggins and Towns under his wing. Both responded much more favorably to Garnett’s leadership style than they have to Butler so far, but KG said it might be time for the pups to start asserting themselves even more.

“They’re good kids, but they’re kids,” Garnett said. “This is going to push them though. They got to speak up at some point.

“That’s probably one of the biggest raps in this young league is none of the young guys talk. They haven’t been taught how to converse. I think a lot of people speak for these young kids. I think you don’t hear enough from these young kids and they don’t know how to express themselves.” "


"The season after the Wolves were defeated by the Lakers one step short of the NBA Finals, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell went through bitter contract squabbles that cratered the team. Stephon Marbury’s inability to share the financial limelight with Garnett in the late 1990s broke up what many hoped was the next generation’s Stockton-Malone, and Tom Gugliotta also left that promising core because of ego-driven differences.

“I’m hopeful he and the Timberwolves can get on the same page and figure it out for the chemistry, which is more important,” Garnett said. “I actually like their team. They have a good team.” "


"“That’s my home. Ain’t nothing going to change that,” Garnett said. “Just know that just because I ain’t in the rafters don’t mean I ain’t in that building every night. I left my spirit and my soul in there. You can’t ever replace that. You feel me? That will always be, forever, as long as they have the Timberwolves in Minnesota.”"

Taste the Rainbow

The Ringer – "Tasting the Rainbow in 2018 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Skittles"

How would you like your steak done?

FiveThirtyEight – "How Americans Order Their Steak"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Da Bears

The Ringer – "Da Story of Da Bears: How an ‘SNL’ Sketch Defined Sports Fandom"

Cary Fukunaga to Direct Next James Bond Movie

Variety – "Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film"

Professional Snowboarder Turned Renowned Director Cary Fukunaga

The Romance is Gone

New York Times Styles Magazine – "With Cultivation, Have Oysters Become Too Perfect?"

"Yet in its new popularity, the oyster has lost something of its threat, its divisiveness and, therefore, its romance. They are bizarre creatures, hiding inside their rocky homes, holding their door to the world closed with every ounce of their strength. And so they have also become a kind of initiation into the realm of adult pleasures: “For I was fifteen / and eating oysters / and the child was defeated. / The woman won,” the poet Anne Sexton wrote in 1972 of her first. Through increasing refinement, they’ve become less dangerous and more predictable, no longer that dare we once knew. As we’ve done with many things in nature, we have sacrificed their weirdness for our own ease and pleasure. What was complicated is now merely delicious — because we made it that way."

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bangkok Airport by Duangrit Bunnag

Bloomberg – "It Won't Burn Down: Architect Defends Vision for Bangkok Airport"

"Bangkok’s main airport is planning to add a $1.3 billion terminal with extensive wooden cladding and a forested landscape, spurring concern about fire risk. Its designer says there’s no need to worry.

Tropical forests inspired the blueprint for the building and the aim is to give travelers a feeling of Thailand’s uniqueness, 52-year-old architect Duangrit Bunnag said in an interview. He rejected concerns from the Engineering Institute of Thailand that the structure could be a fire hazard.

“Airports tend to have similar features -- they’re white, cold and metallic,” Duangrit said. “I wanted a design that immediately gives travelers the feeling they’ve arrived in Thailand. It will be a metal structure covered with wood. Different treatments can be applied to the timber to ensure fire resistance.”"


Mashable – "17 gifts for people who don’t drink enough water"

"If you’re unlikely to take a water bottle with you because its very roundness doesn’t quite fit in your bag, you need a memobottle. Designed by Australian duo Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt, these Melbourne-made bottles are based on paper sizes — A5, A6, and the tiny, tiny A7.

They fit perfectly in the back of a plane seat, inside the document compartment of your backpack or sit flat on your desk. You can wrap them in leather cases, or customise them with the different coloured lid packs. Plus, every memobottle sold supports not-for-profit, providing one person with two months' access to clean water."

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Colin Kaepernick in 2018

New York Times – "Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Case Against the N.F.L. Will Advance"
New York Times – "Colin Kaepernick Is Not Going Away"
Adweek – "Colin Kaepernick Gets the Call, Fronts Nike’s 30th Anniversary of ‘Just Do It’" – "The NFL's 50 most fascinating people: Players, coaches, GMs to watch in 2018"
By Bill Barnwell

"50. Colin Kaepernick, QB, free agent

It's still impossible to talk about the most important people in and around the NFL without bringing up Kaepernick, whose protests against social injustice still reverberate and impact the league. The NFL has repeatedly bungled its attempts to establish some sort of policy surrounding the national anthem, an issue President Donald Trump has used to energize his base against the league.

The on-field story still hasn't changed. Kaepernick is overqualified for a job; there is no modern precedent for a healthy quarterback with Kaepernick's résumé failing to find work in the NFL. Every time a team has an opening during the season, it goes after and eventually acquires a quarterback worse than the guy who is freely available on the open market. The Packers and Texans tanked their seasons in 2017 with Brett Hundley and Tom Savage, passers who nobody could credibly say were likely to outplay the 30-year-old Kaepernick. Some team will make the same mistake in 2018.

There's no end in sight to the conflict between the players and the league. Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL. Eric Reid, the talented safety who knelt alongside Kaepernick during the 2016 season, also has filed his own collusion grievance. The grievance might prevent Kaepernick from finding work; the only team that expressed interest in him this offseason was the Seahawks, who reportedly declined to bring Kaepernick in for a visit after he refused to say whether he would kneel during the anthem if signed.

I've been covering the NFL for 10 years now, and in the course of that decade, I've met plenty of people for the first time and had that natural conversation about our lives and what we each do for a living. Before 2016, when I said I wrote about the NFL, it usually led to a conversation about a favorite team or player. Occasionally, it led to player safety. Since 2016, those same conversations have almost without fail led to the other person giving their opinion about Colin Kaepernick and how the NFL has handled his situation. Kaepernick and his decision to protest have become shorthand for political sides in these divided times. That's not going anyway anytime soon."

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Professional Snowboarder Turned Renowned Director Cary Fukunaga

GQ – "Cary Fukunaga Doesn't Mind Taking Notes from Netflix's Algorithm"
by Zach Baron

The Mouth of the South

ESPN The Magazine – "The Man, The Mouth, The Legend"
By Mina Kimes

Trevor Lawrence

247Sports – "Bovada updates Heisman Trophy odds for 2018"

"Off the board earlier this year, Clemson's true freshman signal caller is now tied for the second-most likely quarterback to win the award with several others. No one has seen a surge like Lawrence, who is expected to be the Tigers' No. 2 when the season starts behind Kelly Bryant. But as America's top-rated quarterback in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite, there's going to be pressure on Clemson's staff to play him early this fall. And considering Bryant's noticeable limitations downfield against Alabama in last season's College Football Playoff, perhaps Lawrence gets an opportunity to shine in big games long before the semifinals if the same issues persist."

The Front Runner

Hollywood Elsewhere – "Telluride Triumphs for Chazelle, Reitman"

November 7, 2018
Written by Matt Bai, Jason Reitman, Jay Carson
Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons

True Detective Season 3

January 2019

The True Detective Six Minute Tracking Shot


The Atlantic – "Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up"

Sunday, August 19, 2018

First Man

October 12, 2018
Written by Josh Singer
Directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land)
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

GoldDerby – "Oscar 2019 Predictions"

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Artist: Max Seckel


Young Alvin Kamara

Bleacher Report – "Chasing Alvin Kamara: The NFL's Reluctant Star"

"Kamara briefly stepped out of the section to dap up Falcons running back Devonta Freeman at his section, the only person he cared to genuinely acknowledge. Everyone else received half-hearted handshakes and head nods when they tried to spark up a conversation. He took a shot with Freeman before returning, one of two drinks Kamara had all night."


"The club lights turn on just after 3 a.m. Kamara flashes the flight itinerary on his phone that he procrastinated to book until after dinner. He has to jetset to Miami at 5:50 a.m, where he trains during the offseason to make it to his 11 a.m. workout at Florida International University. He's confident he'll make his workout as he leaves for the airport."

Juvenile – 400 Degreez

Pitchfork (retrospective album review) – Juvenile: 400 Degreez (1998)

Album cover artist: Pen & Pixel

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Romanoffs

October 12, 2018 (Amazon)
Written & Directed by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)


September 21, 2018 (Netflix)
Directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1, Beasts of No Nation)
Starring Jonah Hill, Emma Stone