digesting daily news


Can you imagine being the, I’m going to go out on a limb and say grad student, who had to dress up like a car seat and drive a car around pretending to be a self-driving car? 

Like, I can imagine someone deciding to just do this for a lark, but this guy was doing it for science.

The Myth of Apple's Great Design
The company’s new “spaceship” headquarters shows how its beauty has always been skin deep.
By Ian Bogost

I’m not particularly for-or-against Apple; I was raised using PCs at home and Apples at school, so I’m reasonably familiar with both, though using PCs for work has tipped those scales a little. 

But what I do love is a really well executed hit piece, and The Myth Of Apple’s Great Design is an amazing screed against Apple and its tech philosophy. Well worth a read for the sheer satisfaction of watching someone dismantle an icon so thoroughly. 

Ronald Lauder, Advocate of Art Restitution, Says His Museum Holds a Clouded Work
The art collector, seeking to bolster provenance research at the Neue Galerie, says a work might be returned to people who claim to be the rightful owners.
By Serge F. Kovaleski

Applause to the Neue Galerie, however belated its work; I can’t wait to hear what the work is and see it returned to its heirs.

Uber Board Member Quits After Cracking Sexist Joke During Meeting on Sexism
TPG Capital co-founder David Bonderman has resigned from the board of Uber Technologies Inc. after uttering a sexist comment during a meeting intended to address rampant internal gender bias.

“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” Huffington said, according to a person who heard the exchange but was not authorized to discuss it.

“Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking,” Bonderman said. Among the Uber employees in the room, there were audible gasps and blank stares, according to another person at the meeting.

Jesus Christ.

His apartment is conservatively and formally decorated, according to an article about collecting carousel animals in which he was interviewed. He owns a seven-foot mythical serpent which is prominently displayed in his living room.
—  One of our donors collects animal sculptures from carousels and other amusement park rides. I’m intrigued by what “conservative and formal” means to someone writing about collecting carousel animals. 
The NBA's secret addiction
The NBA is covered in experts, obsessed with peak performance -- and still this pillar of grade-school cafeteria lunches is the staple snack of the league. An exorbitantly wealthy microclique, backed by an army of personal chefs, swears by a sandwich whose standard ingredients boast a street value of roughly 69 cents.

Hard-hitting journalism from ESPN this morning. 

I’ve been working on some projects today which include reading up on Chicago’s crime/murder clearance rates and how they compare to some other cities, which combined with happening to see some old reblogs about how desperately Trump hates Chicago has me thinking that if people are right about a fake terror attack ala the Reichstag, it’ll probably be here. 

Chicago hasn’t traditionally been a terror target, but we have the Futures Market/Mercantile Exchange, a local Federal Reserve outpost, a Trump tower, the stadium of the most recent World Series champions, and a well-known marathon. We also have a large Muslim population, and the Nation of Islam is headquartered here. And boy does Donald Trump hate us, and the feeling is mutual. 

Keep your eyes on us. 

No cash for hate, say mainstream crowdfunding firms
Online fund-raising sites are turning their backs on activists looking to offer financial support for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter-protesters at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

Good for the crowdfund firms, and shame on RootBocks for raising money for hatemongers and murderers. 

Oooooh so for work one of my jobs is to read local news every morning and while usually I filter it down to stuff that’s super-relevant to us, I’ve been following this story because something smelled about it from the start – it’s a shooting at a “gender reveal” party in Ohio, and the awkward terminology surrounding it is visibly frustrating the people who have to write the story, which was also entertaining. 

Anyway, these two dudes just randomly showed up at the party and started shooting, and one person was killed and several people, including several children, were injured, and the woman who was throwing the party claims that after being shot in the leg she lost the baby…




And it seems heavily implied by the narrative that she may have hired these random unmotivated gunmen herself. 

It’s like watching a particularly trashy true crime documentary from like Wives With Knives or Behind Mansion Walls unfold in real time *eats popcorn* 

[He] always carried a stack of foreign currency and American dollar bills, which he would fold into intricate origami figures of birds, cows and walruses and present to his delighted friends.
—  I’m researching a millionaire who died in 1999, and this is probably one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen in connection with anyone who worked in New York real estate in the 80s and 90s. 
Their 10,000 square foot home was custom-built and is based on an Edwardian manor house, featuring a formal English garden, an extensive collection of antiques, and hidden passages leading to secret rooms.
—  Sometimes I have to write shit that makes me unsure whether I’m an enraged commie or just an envious tool of capitalism. 

In reality, The Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism seems to have some pretty cool and lofty if probably misguided goals, but also “THE COALITION FOR INCLUSIVE CAPITALISM” sounds like a group of dystopian megacorporations lobbying for compulsive slave-labor employment in a Welles-inspired novel from the sixties. 

Sam Explains It All

In the last two days I have written four different Guides To Doing Things:

– Travel: Don’t Fuck It Up! 
– Safer News Reading Is For Everyone
– How To Calculate Investment Bank Salaries (Hating Capitalism In Style)
– How To Do Data Updates So I Don’t Have To

They all have less interesting names in reality. I am estimating that the travel and data update guides alone may save me as much as two weeks per year internal screaming.