Talks at Google Tom Standage is The Economist's digital editor; his latest book, Writing on the Wall, is out this month and describes the history of social media from the Romans to the Internet.
What attracts a player to a certain team? Is it the history of the club? Champions League football? The manager? The answers to these questions will probably become a little clearer around Old Trafford over the next nine months as David...Show More Summary
Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize the cannabis trade: The law, effective from next year, will allow registered users to buy up to 40 grams of marijuana a month from a chemist’s; registered growers to keep up to six plants; and cannabis clubs to have up to 45 members and cultivate as many as […]
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AT&T has finally kicked off its gigabit Internet service in some parts of Austin, and is offering people high-speed fiber access “for as low as $70 a month.” See those two stars? They’re kind of important, as the only way you’re getting that $70 price is if you sign up for a program that gives AT&T access to your web … [More]
One of modern history's most beloved children's illustrators tackles one of modern history's darkest subjects. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.
Television history is chock full of spin-offs that completely flunked. Last month, we took a look at some of the best spin-off shows of all time — b ut let's face it, not all spinoffs are met with success. After all, who can forget "...Show More Summary
The amazing Twitchy.com family (from L to R: Sarah, Jenn, Lori, William, Jesse, Doug, and Brett) With fellow history/tinkerer nerd, Glenn Beck It’s been a hectic couple of months at Casa Malkin! As many of you have noticed, I’ve been absent from the TV airwaves since the summer. That’s because I’ve been immersed in research […]
In 2013 we have Barack Obama, a two-term African American President, hundreds of other black men and women elected to state and local offices, and a country that officially celebrates Black History Month. Even more, no white official would dare publicly use a racist slur. Show More Summary
Almost every doctor I went to see seemed to just go ahead and assume I was crazy before I even sat down, probably because I wrote or circled things on my forms like "Celexa, 40 mg daily," "Buspar, 30 mg daily" and "history of substance abuse." Read more
``Among the litany of other classic features of a speculative bull market peak, margin debt on the NYSE has surged to the highest level in history, and at nearly 2.5% of GDP, exceeds all but two months in 2000 and 2007. The amount being borrowed to buy stocks on margin is now 26% the size of all commercial and industrial loans in the entire U.S. Show More Summary
Last month Journal of the American Revolution editor Todd Andrlik organized what he called a “RevWar Schmoozer” for anyone in Boston involved in Revolutionary history—researching, preserving, interpreting, reenacting, writing, teaching, guiding, whatever. Show More Summary
With the month of December officially in full swing, there is no denying the onslaugh of the winter holidays. From Hanukkah (which just passed) to the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New... Read Full Post
The ignorant hayseeds at White American History Month — currently working their way through a bout of masturbatory frenzy over Nelson Mandela’s death — spent some time yesterday celebrating the work of the noted non-white supremacist Norman Rockwell. Since I have a tangential family connection to Rockwell, and since nostalgia is a suitable affliction for [...]
In Texas Monthly, Jenny Kutner writes a long and arresting account of her eighth-grade year, when the 14-year-old Kutner met the 23-year-old middle-school history teacher Trace Lehrer (a pseudonym). Mr. Lehrer talked with Kutner after...Show More Summary
Tomorrow’s group stage draw will set the scene for six months of speculation and prediction, as well as shaping the concerns and expectations for a whole host of competing nations. The prospect of a Group of Death has been mooted extensively...Show More Summary
Last month, Democrat Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayor's race by the largest margin for a non-incumbent in the city's history, leaning heavily on a "tale of two cities" message about income inequality. His landmark victory did not occur in a vacuum. Show More Summary
Good news, prurient ones: Real Sex is back—hopefully. The news comes from Vulture (which ran a great oral history of the show a few months ago). Chris Moukarbel, whose credits include Me @ the Zoo, is making a pilot for a reboot, titled SEX // NOW. It'll run January 2 at 11 p.m, and the subject is cam girls. Read more...
Billy Joel, Kennedy Center Honoree, has made history by becoming Madison Square Garden’s first “artist in residence.” Translation? He will play a concert at the venue once a month, forever, or until he gets tired of it. (Rolling Stone) Farewell, Sam Champion — the weatherman celebrated his last day Wednesday as the “Good Morning America” […]
By TheCarConnection.com: By Marty Padgett Americans spent more money on new cars last month than in any November in history, driving new car sales to more post-recession highs. Nearly all the major automakers that sell vehicles in the U.S. Show More Summary