Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Primetime Purple

Vikings Announce #PrimetimePurple Jerseys for Thursday Night Game

"The Vikings have worn the combination of purple jerseys and pants five times in team history, although the first time — Oct. 11, 1964 — wasn’t intentional.

The squad has traditionally featured purple jerseys in home games and worn white jerseys on the road. Occasionally, the Vikings wear purple jerseys in road games, particularly early in the season when the home team opted for a white jersey to counteract high temperatures and most recently in Week 4 when Chicago wore white throwback jerseys in homage to the Bears 1936 season.

In 1964, however, the Vikings elected to wear white jerseys and purple pants for some home games. A miscommunication created a problem when the Lions and Vikings both arrived at Metropolitan Stadium wearing white jerseys.

The Vikings truck driver drove to Midway Stadium in St. Paul, where the Vikings practiced, to fetch their purple jerseys, but he didn’t make it back to Bloomington before kickoff. The Vikings changed into purple jerseys during the second quarter right on the sideline."

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Alex Honnold's Daily Diet

GQ – "The Real-Life Diet of a Badass Rock Climber... Who's Vegetarian and Lives in a Van" (2015)

Muesli with flax meal, banana, hemp milk.

On-the-wall snacks
Avocado sandwich (fresh avocado on bread)

Macaroni and cheese with spinach, red peppers and yellow squash, topped with pumpkin seeds

Kawhi Leonard's On the Road Diet

Peyton Manning Breaking Down Russell Wilson Game Tape

ESPN+ Detail

Kobe Breaking Down Kawhi Leonard Game Tape

Marathon for Speed

New York Times – "For Speed, Chicago’s Marathon Is Second to None"

"The New York City Marathon has marketed itself as the world’s marathon, bringing in tens of thousands of international runners to the city’s biggest block party. The Boston Marathon has positioned itself as the most prestigious marathon in the world, a Super Bowl for amateur runners where meeting the race’s stringent qualifying standard provides a lifetime of bragging rights to runners of all ages. And the Chicago Marathon has become known as the racetrack — where runners go looking for their best performance."


Primal Created and Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars)

Onward Trailer

Onward Teaser Trailer

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Coors Light – The Official Beer of Chill

Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 2010's

Pitchfork – "The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s"

The Lisa Frank Hotel Room

Popsugar – "You Can Stay in This Lisa Frank Hotel Room, Where the '90s Nostalgia Runneth Over"
People – "You Can Relive Your ‘90s Childhood in This Insane Lisa Frank-Themed Hotel Room"
TODAY.com – "This Lisa Frank-designed hotel is the perfect slumber party destination"
Curbed LA – "Rent the multicolored Lisa Frank room of your dreams for $199 a night"
Adweek – "90s Style Icon Lisa Frank Brings Nostalgia to Travel With Rentable Dream Room"
Refinery29 – "This Lisa Frank Hotel Room Is Here To Make All Your Tween Dreams A Reality"
New York Post – "Lisa Frank hotel room surrounds guests in psychedelic rainbows"
Fast Company – "This Lisa Frank hotel room is a time capsule for ’90s cool kids"
US Magazine – "This Lisa Frank Hotel Suite Features ’90s Snacks, Cabinets Filled With Stuffed Animals and More Colorful Surprises"
Thrillist – "This Lisa Frank-Themed Apartment Is a '90s Kid's Rainbow-Filled Dream & You Can Stay in It"
House Beautiful – "Lisa Frank Just Designed an Entire Hotel Room And It's a Neon Dream"
BuzzFeed – "The Lisa Frank Flat Will Make Every '90s Girl's Dreams Come True And You Can Actually Stay There"
Elite Daily – "Hotels.com's Lisa Frank Flat Is The Colorful Retreat Of Your '90s Dreams"

Brooklyn Nets Gray Court

NBA.com – "Brooklyn Nets Unveil New Court"

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Trailer

October 23, 2019
"Chef David Chang is taking his insatiable curiosity about food, culture and identity on the road, with A-list stars along for the ride. In Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, David travels around the world with Seth Rogen, Chrissy Teigen, Lena Waithe and Kate McKinnon as they dive into different cultures, eat new food and share new experiences."

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Detroit Pistons Teal

The Athletic – "A wacky oral history about the origin of the Pistons’ teal jersey, horse logo and Hooper"

"Tom O’Grady, NBA creative director in the 1990s: The Charlotte Hornets started it all. They were the leaders. Alexander Julian, the fashion designer, who was kind of an outsider in that category and in that business in 1988, came up with that concept, but that predated me — I wasn’t even there yet. But that was the one that really set the world on fire when it came to teal, and everybody else was an imitator. The Marlins, the Sharks and the Jaguars. The Grizzlies were turquoise, so the Grizzlies were not teal if you look at their color carefully. It’s a different shade altogether."


"O’Grady: I think the NBA made a big mistake. I think when Nike came on board, they started overthinking all this stuff and forgot that they’re in sports entertainment and worry too much about the precision of a backstory and a hype video and, you know, how they’re going to sell the merchandise and how they’re going to reduce the manual manufacturing costs. So, I think Nike screwed up about a 15-year era for NBA uniforms. I think everything is so bland and predictable and nothing that, you know, energized the eyes. Basketball, more than anything, is the most sports-entertainment brand on the planet. I mean, I felt like they were going into this intramural style for a sport that does not need that. That’s not who they are."

Why the Sonics Left Seattle

The Ringer – "The ’90s Made the Sonics Iconic—and Planted the Seeds for Heartbreak"

NFL Wide Receivers from #80s to #10s

The Ringer – "The Era of NFL Wide Receivers Wearing Jersey Numbers in the 80s Is Officially Dead"

"As the NFL approached modernity, though, jersey-number standardization became the norm. In 1973, the NFL installed uniform restrictions that have more or less remained unchanged to the present day. Per those 1973 rules, receivers were only allowed to wear numbers between 80 and 89. However, teams were allowed to break the rules during training camp, when rosters expanded beyond the 53-man regular-season limit, making it hard to fit every player into the proper slots.

That was the situation for Keyshawn Johnson when the Jets drafted him first overall in 1996. No. 19 had no special meaning for Keyshawn, who wore no. 3 during his college career at USC. (While the NCAA rule book “strongly recommends” certain uniform numbers for position groups, the only hard-and-fast rule is that offenses must go into every play with five linemen wearing numbers between 50 and 79.) When Johnson was drafted, the Jets had already issued every number from 80 to 89, though, so he was assigned no. 19. (Hey, 1996 Jets equipment staff: Maybe prioritize getting your no. 1 pick the number he wants? Sheesh.)

In a strange twist, Johnson loved the number, deciding to keep it even after numbers in the 80s opened up. An old ESPN article explained that neither the NFL nor the Jets could fully remember why Johnson was allowed to keep wearing no. 19 into the regular season—just that Johnson was “very persistent” about it. Johnson was a perfect trendsetter, a brash superstar with dynamic skills and a legion of haters. His number was yet another representation of his iconoclastic ways. Other players wanted in, but the league remained steadfast in forcing every other receiver to wear numbers in the 80s for almost a decade.

Until 2004, that is, when the league made its first change to its uniform numbering policies in 20 years by opening up nos. 10 through 19 to wide receivers. There was good justification for the change: The passing game had grown significantly in importance over the course of three decades, and the majority of teams were rostering at least five receivers. Factor in the presence of three tight ends (also required to wear numbers in the 80s) on many rosters and the fact that some franchises had retired the jersey numbers of a handful of receivers, and teams were simply running out of space. Left unsaid was the other reason: Players wanted to be like Keyshawn.

It soon became a prerequisite for any young incoming star receiver to wear a number in the teens. In 2004, the first year after the rule change, the top three wide receivers taken in the draft (Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, and Reggie Williams) all chose to wear no. 11 to begin their NFL careers. In the 15 drafts since, only four times has the highest-drafted receiver chosen to wear a number in the 80s (Calvin Johnson, Thomas, Cooper, and Davis)."

The Streaming Poker Scandal

The Ringer – "The Cheating Scandal Rocking the Poker World"

Monday, September 30, 2019

Plant-Based Meat

New Yorker – "Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?"

"“What I learned from Pat was ‘You have a certain amount of time on the planet—you should work on important stuff.’ ”"

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Gender Reveal

Uncut Gems

December 13, 2019
Written by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie (Good Time)
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield

AMC Theaters Airing NFL Games

MediaPost – "AMC Theatres Starts Pilot Program Airing NFL Games"

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Future of the Internet

According to BuzzFeed News Senior Reporter @broderick.

Shipping Through the Great Lakes

New York Times – "From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea"

"The lock is part of the oldest and most traveled inland waterway in America — a 2,300-mile corridor that connects the Atlantic Ocean with all five Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. Since deep draft navigation opened on the St. Lawrence in 1959, more than two and a half billion tons of cargo, worth around $375 billion, have traversed the seaway."


"After picking me up in Montreal, the Equinox’s captain, Ross Armstrong, told me the ship would cross Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Superior and drop me in Thunder Bay, Ontario — six hours north of Duluth, Minn. The trip would take six days."


"The Great Lakes basin spans 10 degrees of latitude and 18 degrees of longitude — set almost exactly between the Equator and the North Pole. The circumference of all five lakes combined is 10,500 miles, nearly half the distance around the world. An average of 200,000 cubic feet of precipitation falls somewhere on the lakes every second."


"The job is more demanding than it looks, he said. The lakes sit in a lowland between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians, creating a vortex of dangerous weather. Winds can blow 40 to 50 knots and whip up waves 25 feet tall. The slender and flexible lakers seek shelter or heave-to to survive these storms. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum estimates that 6,000 ships and 30,000 lives have been lost on the lakes. The most famous wreck, Edmund Fitzgerald, sank a few hundred miles ahead on our route."


"Seeing a Great Lake for the first time, I understood how French explorers, who discovered “the sweet seas” and essentially blazed the border with Canada, assumed that the lakes led to the Pacific — and China. Most 17th-century mapmakers estimated that North America was only 300 miles wide, and every indication on the edge of Lake Ontario suggested that the lake went on forever."

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Floating Soccer Field in Koh Panyee, Thailand

Via @BRFootball.

Two Professional Sports in Less Than 24 Hours

Deion's Double Play ESPN 30 for 30

Donuts and the City of Los Angeles

1843 Magazine (The Economist) – "How donuts fuelled the American Dream"

"No one truly knows where donuts come from, who first brought them to California or why they remain so popular here. But you can always find a donut shop in LA, no matter which exit you take off the freeway. Donuts are the soul food of a place that is often accused of lacking a soul. They are the sticky, messy, waist-expanding ying to the yang of Southern California’s sun-kissed beaches and taut-and-tanned infatuation with wellness. They are the fruit of thousands of freeway entrance-ramp deep-fryers, eaten on the run by late-shift junkies and early risers with one hand on the steering wheel. Put your eye to the hole in a donut and you might glimpse the answer to the mystery of how Los Angeles continues to cohere, even as the languages and cultures of Angelinos multiply."

The Origins of Mole

The Atlantic – "The Colonial Origins of Mexico’s National Dish"

Watchmen (TV)

October 20, 2019
Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost)
Based on Watchmen by Alan Moore Dave Gibbons
Starring Regina King

The Recording of Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation in 1989 Minnesota

MSP Magazine – "Why Janet Jackson Recorded Rhythm Nation in Minnesota"

Fans in Control

New Yorker – "Superfans: A Love Story"

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Morning Show

November 1, 2019
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Steve Carell

Kevin Durant's Headspace

Wall Street Journal – "Kevin Durant’s New Headspace"

"Producer Brian Grazer, a creative partner, says Durant is one of the most original, idiosyncratic minds you’re likely to meet in the world of sports. Grazer recalls a talk Durant gave at a Google retreat in Sicily. During the Q&A someone asked what made Durant so great. Coolly, Durant replied: “Paranoia.” "


"What matters more than continuity, more than happiness, more than titles—more than anything—is the search. Durant is one of the few NBA players who speaks of the game as a vehicle for gaining wisdom.

The rapper Q-Tip recently sent Durant an old black-and-white clip of Bruce Lee, which Durant devoured. Lee put it so beautifully, telling an interviewer about the secret of martial arts. “All types of knowledge,” Lee says, “ultimately mean self-knowledge.” The more you know about martial arts, the more you know about yourself, and the more you can then express yourself with your body—especially in “combat.” On any given night he has things to express. Angry things, scary things, joyful things, about his story. "


"Laurene Powell Jobs, who helped Durant establish a multimillion-dollar program in Prince George’s County to help college-bound kids ready themselves—scholastically, emotionally, financially—says Durant is “a deeply integrated individual,” which makes him rare among all people, let alone celebrities. Integrated people, she says, “keep all the knowledge of their experience and bring it to their current awareness.… They use it as a source of knowledge, of power, and want to effect change that’s informed by their experience.”"


"Durant says he’s decided to wear No. 7 in Brooklyn because it stands for completion in the Bible. (God rested on the seventh day after creating Heaven and Earth.) Clearly the completion of his career is on his mind. In which case, what next?

Kids, he says, maybe.

How many?

He throws out numbers. Maybe five. Maybe one.

First he needs to find a woman who can handle this crazy life.

He used to think that wasn’t such a tall order. But, as with so many things, his thinking on that has evolved.

“I thought this life was pretty simple,” he says. “But it’s not as simple as I thought it was.”"

Friday, August 30, 2019

Missy Elliott's MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award Performance

Early Oscar Hype

Marriage Story
November 6, 2019
Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta

Dolemite Is My Name
October 25, 2019
Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Directed by Craig Brewer
Starring Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes

Directed by Bong Joon-ho

"They thought they'd send me here to die"

Sports Illustrated – "Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders"
By Ben Baskin

"Beckham was heading to a restaurant in Paris when he got the call from Gettleman. He didn’t want to answer. He knew he was getting traded; he just didn’t know where. The conversation, he says, lasted seconds.

In a situation like his, Beckham says, a star player will often get a chance to discuss his preferred trade destinations. But he was never asked. In fact, he claims to know that the Giants received better offers and still chose to send him to Cleveland, out of spite, hoping to stain his career with the enduring stigma that comes with playing for the Browns. “This wasn’t no business move,” he says. “This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die.” (The Giants declined to comment on Beckham’s exit.)"

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Mandalorian

November 12, 2019
Streaming on Disney+
Written by Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
Starring Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi

"The Mandalorian is an upcoming American space-opera web television series scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series will take place a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter beyond the reaches of the New Republic."

Gizmodo – "In the First Mandalorian Trailer, a Lone Ranger Survives on a Galaxy's Edge"
Uproxx – "Jon Favreau Addresses Whether Or Not Boba Fett Will Pop Up In ‘The Mandalorian’"
EW – "The Mandalorian: 5 new character details revealed"
The Ringer – "The ‘Mandalorian’ Trailer Is Our First Look at a Side of ‘Star Wars’ We’ve Never Seen Before"

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Climate and Food

New York Times – "Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns"

Santana's Set at Woodstock

New York Times – "How Santana Hallucinated Through One of Woodstock’s Best Sets (His Own)"

Q: I assume that in 1969, Jerry Garcia’s mescaline was pretty potent.

A: Oh, it was. I’d been dosed by them a year before. It took me two to three days to coordinate after that one. I’d been baptized into consciousness expanding, I’ll call it, so that didn’t scare me.

We knew already they had a reputation for dosing other bands and since we were opening for them in Las Vegas, I made sure to carefully wash this Coca-Cola can I was going to drink. But what I didn’t know is, they knew how to put a syringe in the soda can. So we played our set and left, and on the way from the airport to the plane, the hall kept getting longer and longer. The colors in the carpet and in the wall started oozing like lava. I said, “Uh oh, they got me.” When I sat down on the plane, I looked out the window as we were taking off, and the Vegas lights looked like Aztec hieroglyphics. [Laughs] I said, “This is going to be intense.”

Q: When you were onstage at Woodstock, were you hallucinating?

A: Oh totally. You can tell by my body language. I’m wrestling with the guitar — not wrestling in conflict, but like a surfer, wrestling to maintain and sustain a balance. That’s the key to everything in life. Whether you’re straight or on mescaline, maintain your composure and your balance.


Q: Who played the best sets at Woodstock, and where does Santana rate?

A: There was only three bands I recollect that were putting it all on the line. You’re playing like Buddy Rich or Miles Davis; you’re playing for your life. Sly and the Family Stone for me is No. 1. Jimi Hendrix is No. 2. Everybody else has to fight with us for No. 3.

What we brought was basically African rhythms and melody. After Woodstock, every band all of a sudden started getting congas. Miles had congas. The Rolling Stones had congas. Because they saw that mixing congas with guitars is a win-win situation — especially with women!

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

"Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.

Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet."

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Super Bowl

Odell Beckham Jr. to GQ:

"Who does not get into this game to be 11-and-5 or 12-and-4 every season, to win their conference, to win the championship, to go to the Super Bowl? What else would you do this for? Every year at the Giants, when they'd ask me, "What are your goals this year?" I would say to win a Super Bowl. There's no sugarcoating it. Even if you feel like your team can't do it, the goal is to win the Super Bowl. I don't understand what else I'm playing for. Playing to have a good season? No, bro. I'm trying to win the Super Bowl."

We were born to run

GQ – "Meet Joe Holder, Creative Director of Your Better Self"

"“Human bodies are made to move. So for me, being able to run—moving my body as one unit, without pain—is the best indicator of physical proficiency. We've gotten so far from what our bodies are meant for. When you had to start running from a lion, you weren't like, ‘All right, guys, let me warm up my hammies.’ Obviously we're not worrying about predators much anymore, but you should be able to run down a cab without hurting yourself. That's what being in shape is. It's not just about body composition or how you look. It's: Can you move? That's why I believe everyone should have a base level of running. It will help you be in the world.”"

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Irishman

Q4 2019
Written by Steven Zaillian
Based on I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Complex

Los Angeles Times – "Clippers reveal renderings for proposed 18,500-seat Inglewood arena"

The Planned Venues for the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Internet on Language

New Yorker – "Is the Internet Making Writing Better?"

Wall Street Journal – "Yes, You Actually Should Be Using Emojis at Work"

Did we ever really need cars?

New Yorker – "Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?"

"For years, I counted this inability to drive as one of many personal failures. More recently, I’ve wondered whether I performed an accidental kindness for the world. I am one of those Darth Vader pedestrians who loudly tailgate couples moving slowly up the sidewalk, and I’m sure that I would be a twit behind the wheel. Perhaps I was protected from a bad move by my own incompetence—one of those mercies which the universe often bestows on the young (who rarely appreciate the gift). In America today, there are more cars than drivers. Yet our investment in these vehicles has yielded dubious returns. Since 1899, more than 3.6 million people have died in traffic accidents in the United States, and more than eighty million have been injured; pedestrian fatalities have risen in the past few years. The road has emerged as the setting for our most violent illustrations of systemic racism, combustion engines have helped create a climate crisis, and the quest for oil has led our soldiers into war.

Every technology has costs, but lately we’ve had reason to question even cars’ putative benefits. Free men and women on the open road have turned out to be such disastrous drivers that carmakers are developing computers to replace them. When the people of the future look back at our century of auto life, will they regard it as a useful stage of forward motion or as a wrong turn? Is it possible that, a hundred years from now, the age of gassing up and driving will be seen as just a cul-de-sac in transportation history, a trip we never should have taken?"

Queen & Slim

November 27, 2019
Written by Lena Waithe (Master of None)
Directed by Melina Matsoukas
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny


September 13, 2019
Written & Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Based on "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler
Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lizzo, Cardi B

Friday, July 26, 2019

Prescribing Time Outdoors

Outside Mag – "The Nature Club – Inside the Health Revolution That Could Change Your Life"

"For health care providers, there are two reasons to prescribe nature. The first has to do with what it may do for us. Exposure to nonthreatening natural stimuli, scientists have discovered, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress-hormone levels, promotes physical healing, bolsters immune-system function, raises self-esteem, improves mood, curtails the need for painkillers, and reduces inflammation. One leading theory is that these stimuli—the scent of plants, the sight of trees swaying in the breeze, the sounds of birds, streams, and rustling leaves—combine to activate the unconsciously controlled “rest and digest” functions of our bodies, which are regulated by our parasympathetic nervous system. These functions are suppressed when a threatening stimulus, whether a venomous snake or an aggressive work e-mail, triggers our sympathetic “fight, flight, or freeze” system. If that response stays active long enough, our immune, digestive, reproductive, and psychological health suffers. In an increasingly urbanized world, in other words, nature cues our brains to shift us from a depleting to a restoring state. “The environment of our original adaptation is all outdoors,” says Chao-ying Wu, a pediatrician in Bellingham, Washington. “It just makes sense.”"