The Jeffery McDaniel Show
I walk into a candlelit room. All the women I’ve ever dated are passing around the love poems I gave them, and guess what? It’s the same poem — My sweet [Put Your Name Here] if I was God I’d make flowers smell like the back of your neck, trees with trunks as soft as your thighs. When we kiss I feel like a cheerleader being crushed to death by a giant pom-pom. Then Alex Trebec...
Brooklyn Intimacy Chart, circa 2012
From Least to Most Intimate Making out in the back of a cab. Sustained eye contact. Oral. Dates with plans more specific than “hang out.” Facebook friends. Sex. Meeting friends. Holding hands. Right?
Drawception is Hilarious →
The Case Against Google →
At some point in the recent past, the Mountain View brass realized that owning the Web is not enough to survive. It makes sense—people are increasingly using non Web-based avenues to access the Internet, and Google would be remiss to not make a play for that business. The problem is that in branching out, Google has also abandoned its core principles and values. Many of us have entered into a...
The Man Who Broke Atlantic City →
Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino. Not long before that, he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million. Here’s how he did it.
Enjoy this terrifyingly depressing game →
williebhines: Press spacebar to jump from building to building. You can’t stop. At one point you die and it tells you how old you were. Typical ending “You ran for 34 years before dying alone.” This is fantastic. Discovered: You can kill your wife with a poorly timed jump. Then you die alone.
Chinese Leader: Cultural Revolution Coming to... →
“Without successful political structural reform, it is impossible for us to fully institute economic structural reform and the gains we have made in this area may be lost,” he said on Wednesday morning in Beijing. “The new problems that have cropped up in China’s society will not be fundamentally resolved, and such historical tragedies as the Cultural Revolution may happen again.” Mao Zedong’s...
halphillips asked: Gimme Romney, Santorum, Paul, and Gingrich from first choice to last choice.
Who are you friends?” Georgette asked. “Writers and artists.”...– Ernest Hemingway on 1920s Paris and present-day Brooklyn in The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Did the worst scene of my life tonight!
I hung out after improv nerds to do the jam tonight, and completely crashed and burned in a scene. I gave a lousy initiation and then froze. My brakes locked. I skidded into the wall. I think I told my scene partner, verbatim, that he didn’t know what I was talking about. Oof. Thank god someone did a walk on that salvaged what was left. But oof. It’s kind of cool that no...
This American Life retracts its Foxconn story,... →
chrisreblogs: I don’t have time right now but this issue, along with the Kony2012 thing and a recent On The Media piece about the book The Lifespan of a Fact, has me thinking a lot about the issue of journalism and how important it is to be clear about what you are presenting. Truth is a tricky business. This is kind of a bummer. I’ve been a fan of Daisey for years (performing a...
Europe's Real Crisis →
Italy’s fertility rate has actually been inching up from its 1995 low of 1.19 children for every woman, but it is still only about 1.4—well below the number needed to replenish its population (2.1). As a result, even with some immigration, Italy’s population growth has been very slow. It will soon stall, and eventually go into reverse. And then, one by one, the rest of Europe’s nations will...
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see...– Laura Vanderkam (via swissmiss)
parislemon: Pretty damning description of “New Google” by James Whittaker, a former Google employee who recently jumped ship. Essentially, he spins a tale of a once idealist company getting drunk on ad dollars and selling their soul to push monetization above all else. And that has directly contributed to the Google+ situation, which Whittaker more or less says is already a failure. And it’s...
Using Graph Theory to Predict the NCAA →
To find good teams, I computed each team’s eigenvector centrality in the network. For those who like math (if not, skip ahead to the next paragraph): any network can be modeled as an adjacency matrix. The dominant eigenvector of this can be found by using power iteration. The score assigned to the team associated with the i’th row of the adjacency matrix is given by the i’th...
The Case(s) Against Law School →
I’ve kicked around the idea of law school enough to be quite thankful I didn’t go at this point.
Foot in Mouth Disease
Jesse: dude youre getting pummeled on tumblr Me: Thanks I hadn’t noticed. For a moment, I was afraid I’d lost my magic touch of getting all my friends incensed at my politics. Nice to see I’ve still got it, I suppose. I really didn’t expect my drunken political rambling to be the swift kick to a hornet’s nest they were, but that’s my fault and I need to...
If, at the end of all this, we’re left with a society that thinks there’s an inalienable right to free contraceptives, I’m going to demand an inalienable right to free tacos because, at present, that is a much more useful right for me. If we’re just making up rights, I’d like to be on the payout.