Saturday, April 13, 2019

Our Planet

New York Times – "Watching ‘Our Planet,’ Where the Predator Is Us"

"“One Planet” appeals to the sense of wonder as viscerally as any of its predecessors, but to a purpose. Here is this beautiful, rare thing, each episode says. It didn’t used to be rare! But it is now. And here is how we’re responsible. And here is a tangible thing we might do to fix it. The arc of each installment runs from beauty to loss to a concrete, hopeful example of a battered ecosystem that’s recovered."


"The understatement is potent. Attenborough describes a mating scene in a lush Madagascar jungle with typical verve, then drops a bomb: “Since these pictures were recorded, this forest, and the unique life it once contained, have disappeared altogether.” That celebration of life you thought you were just watching was, in fact, a funeral.

His voiceover is paired with images of destruction that are as breathtaking in scale as any mass migration footage. Satellite images of verdant green shrink to desiccated brown over and over. The rain forests episode closes with an aerial image of the wild Amazon tree canopy butting up against a homogeneous sea of agricultural palms, as sterile and monotonous as a computer-generated pattern."


"The last episode, “Forests,” winds up, of all places, in the ruins of Chernobyl, still depopulated after the 1986 nuclear disaster. The accident was a catastrophe, of course, for humans. But not for everyone.

The camera pulls back from an empty building, its Cyrillic letters crumbling — and there are trees growing from the roof. Everywhere in this desolated settlement, the forest, whose decline the episode had just detailed, is reclaiming its space. Hares and lizards scamper about the ruins. A fox creeps through an open entryway. A moose strides past a sign marked with the radiation symbol. Herds of endangered Przewalski’s horses roam wild.

Reader, I laughed. This vista was horrible, of course, apocalyptic, something from “The Walking Dead.” And it was amazing. We were gone, and life was springing back without us. This was the happy ending.

Whether a happy ending is still possible with us is the question “Our Planet” will leave you to sit with long after it ends."

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

Business Insider – "Here's the original 3-page outline George R.R. Martin wrote for 'Game of Thrones' in 1993"
The Ringer – "What Might George R.R. Martin’s Original Story Pitch Tell Us About the End of ‘Game of Thrones’?"

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (Teaser)

December 20, 2019
Written by J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio
Directed by J. J. Abrams

The Remake of Dune

November 20, 2020
Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert
Written by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Shooting in Budapest, Hungary and Jordan

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
Zendaya as Chani, Fremen
Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
Javier Bardem as Stilgar

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Minnesota Direwolves

The Direwolves are Coming.

"In partnership with HBO and Game of Thrones, the Timberwolves will take place in a battle of the North on the 9th day of April and unleash the most powerful breed known to thee: the Direwolves. Their existence will be tested, the squadron will be challenged, but they will fight together with all eyes north.

Rep the Pack and stand as a ruler of the realm with special Direwolves gear only available at the Timberwolves Team Store. This is #ForTheThrone! "

The Big Business of Mickey Mouse

Fast Company – "How Disney grew its $3 billion Mickey Mouse business–by selling to adults"

Thursday, April 4, 2019


New Yorker – "The Day the Dinosaurs Died"
By Douglas Preston

"One day sixty-six million years ago, life on Earth almost came to a shattering end. The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory.

But eventually life emerged and blossomed again, in new forms. The KT event continues to attract the interest of scientists in no small part because the ashen print it left on the planet is an existential reminder. “We wouldn’t be here talking on the phone if that meteorite hadn’t fallen,” Smit told me, with a laugh. DePalma agreed. For the first hundred million years of their existence, before the asteroid struck, mammals scurried about the feet of the dinosaurs, amounting to little. “But when the dinosaurs were gone it freed them,” DePalma said. In the next epoch, mammals underwent an explosion of adaptive radiation, evolving into a dazzling variety of forms, from tiny bats to gigantic titanotheres, from horses to whales, from fearsome creodonts to large-brained primates with hands that could grasp and minds that could see through time."

2019 Women's World Cup Kits

New York Times – "Women Finally Get Their Own World Cup Soccer Style"

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
June 7 – July 7

U.S. Women's National Team's Discrimination Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer

1978 Scoring Title Finale

Victory Journal – "Do or Die"

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Last Blockbuster in the World

New York Times – "Meet the Curiosity-Seekersand Die-Hards at the Last True Blockbuster"
By Tiffany Hsu and Ian C. Bates

"David Brehm, a local building inspector, remembers when Bend was just a mill town with fewer than 20,000 residents. Now, the population is closer to 100,000.

Over the years, Mr. Brehm, 61, has chatted with Blockbuster workers during his weekly visits about their dating lives, then their marriages and, eventually, their children. Rather than crowdsourcing movie recommendations from Facebook or Twitter, he asks store employees what they think he should watch.

“This is my social media,” he said. "


"Ms. Hunter, an assistant manager at Deschutes Brewery, said she found it easier to browse for movies there than on Netflix, which she compared to a dating app.

“You’re on it for hours,” she said. “It’s almost overwhelming.” "

10 Things I Hate About You Twenty Years Later

New York Times – "‘10 Things I Hate About You’: When Heath Ledger Was Just Breaking Through"

The Ringer – "The 50 Best Movies of 1999, Part 2"


Bleacher Report – "The Ballad of Dirk and Dwyane"
By Howard Beck

"Even after the 2006 collapse, Nowitzki recalls thinking, "We're gonna be back in the Finals here from now on. This is our time. … And we didn't really notice I guess after '07 our window was closing right in front of our eyes."

Nowitzki had bounced back with his finest season, earning MVP honors while leading the Mavericks to a franchise-best 67 wins…only to lose to the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs in one of the greatest upsets of all time.

That made two soul-crushing defeats in 10 months. Disconsolate, Nowitzki retreated to the Australian Outback with his longtime coach and mentor, Holger Geschwindner, for about five weeks in the summer of 2007.

"I take losses obviously very serious," Nowitzki says, reflecting on the moment. "If I'm one of the franchise players and obviously the best-paid player, I felt like if we don't win and we come up short, it's mostly my responsibility. That's how I always looked at it. And '06 was tough, and [after] '07, I was so frustrated I had to get away. So I wanted to get as far away as possible."

Nowitzki references a Geschwindner adage: "In doubt with yourself, always choose the world"—meaning, he says: "Don't stay by yourself; get out and do something. Experience something. Otherwise, you get frustrated and depressed. That's what we did that year. It was great for me. … Once I cleared my mind, I was ready to go again.""

The Legacy of Phantom Menace

The Ringer – "‘Star Wars: Episode 1–The Phantom Menace’ Is the Most Important Movie of 1999. Seriously."
By Justin Charity

Melting Ice Sculpture of Harbin, China

The Atlantic – "The Temporary Ruins of Harbin’s Melting Ice Sculptures"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Teaser Trailer

July 26, 2019
Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry

First Look at Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Stranger Things 3 Trailer

July 4, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Speed vs. Endurance

Grantland – "Is the Fastest Human Ever Already Alive?" (2011)
By Chuck Klosterman

"There has never been a time when being the fastest man in the world* was worth so much money (particularly in the 100 meters, where the difference in notoriety between who's #1 and #2 is especially vast).

*Contradictory side note: We should not overlook the large contingent of long-distance runners who find the whole question of "the fastest man alive" patently ridiculous, simply because humans are all relatively slow (at least compared to most other mammals). Humans are designed for distance running. Christopher McDougall, author of the best-selling book Born to Run, actually thinks this debate is borderline sexist. "My bedrock feeling about sprinting is that we only get excited about it because boys are better than girls. Men set the entertainment agenda, so we pick the events that give us an edge over women. As a species, we're awful sprinters. Really bad. The average amputee dog can hold his own against any high school track star ... It takes a really prosperous, secure society to perfect frivolous pursuits. In a way, our quest for speed isn't far removed from [the MTV show] Jackass. But I'm a grouch." Daniel Lieberman at Harvard (who, coincidentally, was Weyand's anatomy instructor) makes a similar point, albeit for different reasons: "It's useful to keep in mind that we should not be too impressed by Bolt and other speedsters. By mammalian standards, they are comparatively slow. Most decent quadrupeds out there—dogs, horses, zebra, lions—can run about twenty meters per second, twice as fast as Bolt, and they can do so for much longer (up for a few minutes). No Olympic sprinter could ever outrun a lion. We humans gave up the ability to run fast by mammalian standards many millions of years ago when we became bipeds and lost the ability to gallop. Instead, what humans excel at is endurance, especially on a hot day." Of course, if we took all these arguments at face value, the Olympics would be pretty bizarre."

U.S. Women's National Team's Discrimination Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer

ESPN – "USWNT suing U.S. Soccer for discrimination"

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Long Shot

May 3, 2019
Written by Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah (The Post)
Directed by Jonathan Levine
Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis

Mike D's Malibu Home

Architectural Digest – "Mike D of the Beastie Boys Lives in This Modern Malibu House"

BuzzFeed the Newspaper

Adweek – "BuzzFeed Goes Offline With Its First Printed Newspaper, Distributed Today in New York"

How to Eat a Pineapple

Pineapple "the King of Fruits"

Breaking Down the GOT Season 8 Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

Product Design Engineering

Logos Re-Designed in Bauhaus

Adweek – "Here’s What Today’s Brand Logos Would Look Like If They’d Been Designed in the Bauhaus"

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Art of Shaping a Bonsai Tree

The Career Arc of Kevin Garnett

Back Picks – "Backpicks GOAT: #8 Kevin Garnett"

The Value of Bryce Harper

Via @BriMcCardle.


GQ – "Houston Is the New Capital Of Southern Cool" (August 2018)

New York Times – "A Day in Houston: 3 Meals, 3 Cultures, One City"

"Houston is widely considered to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. According to the city’s planning department, 48 percent of residents speak a language other than English — and more than 145 languages are spoken in the city. Twenty-nine percent of the population is foreign-born."

Chicago Tribune – "Chicago's population down third year in a row — but we're still ahead of Houston: census" (May 2018)

Atmos sneakers

Via Hypebeast:

"atmos is a prominent Japanese streetwear and sneaker boutique based in Tokyo, Japan, founded by Hidefumi Hommyo in 2000. Alongside its sneaker and streetwear offerings, atmos also sells its in-house label both in-store and online. atmos initially began as a miniscule retail store in the narrow backstreets of Ura-Harajuku in Tokyo before gradually expanding over the years in influence, stocking major brands such as Nike, adidas, ASICS and PUMA. atmos was formalized several years later, quickly establishing itself in the nascent Japanese streetwear scene with a number of highly coveted collaborations. atmos currently has six shops in Tokyo and one in Osaka, as well as its only international outlet in New York City."