Date: January 7, 2008
Subject: Thousand-year reich / editorial policy
Jim Newell referenced this January 2008 memo the other day, written when Gawker published Wonkette and I had just come back to the company as Wonkette’s sole editor. My comrade Max Read’s new Gawker.com ban on meaningless 10-year-old Internet slang shows that every several years, some brave website editor has to do this all over again to clean out the sewer pipes.
Greenfriar - Greenfriar.com -
It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.
And with that Ed Abbey quote as a motto, Greenfriar launched this week. Come on by and read some good stuff about hiking, endangered species, mountain cabins, desert hermits, backyard chickens, urban forests and other stuff that makes life worth living.
The Official 'Eat The Press' Financial Crisis Retro Reader -
Let’s look back to 2008 and briefly tally up the score: No one has been sent to jail, lots of you are still out of work, very few of the errors that led to the collapse have been corrected, and I’m guessing that most of you haven’t even gotten a thank-you card for that time you donated $4.7 trillion of your own wealth to save the world.
Five years into the continuing economic crisis, Jason Linkins has put together this guide to the books (including fiction), movies and other media that told the story of the collapse that turned so many middle-class people into poor people.
My book Dignity made this list, hooray, and I found a lot of stuff I missed when it was published, like this piece by Alex Pareene.
If you’ve ever tried to eat dinner at a restaurant, but you couldn’t figure out how to pay, and also you don’t have anyone to eat with, this app will maybe be for you, who knows. — —Sam Biddle, writing about modern problems and businesses.
William S. Burroughs and Joe Strummer, probably 1978?
Imagine being stuck on a plane with LIVE STAND-UP COMEDIANS -
Hoping to turn the only relaxing part of air travel—the flight itself—into a claustrophobic death of the soul, Virgin Airways is introducing live stand-up comedians to some of its flights. Try walking out on these no-talent schmucks.
I encountered this image some time ago while browsing (online) a delightful medieval book known as “The Queen Mary’s Psalter”. Made in England in the early 14th century, it contains some 1450 drawings and miniatures. Many of them are meant to bring a smile to the face of the medieval reader. This one transcends the centuries and does the same in our day, especially if you are a fan of Star Wars (as I am). There he is: Yoda, who traded his light saber for a spear and is charging towards a medieval Sith Lord on a sturgeon! May the force be with him - he will need it.
Pic: London, British Library, Royal MS 2 B vii. More information (and an additional 1440 images) are found here.