Sunday, May 28, 2017

My brief and torrid love affair with the iPhone 6s

We all love our handheld devices. Some a little more than others. By Andrew Pridgen Me: Hey. iPhone 6s: Hey Me: How’s it? iPhone 6s: Good. U? Me: Good. iPhone 6s: … Me: Sorry. I’m kinda new at this. lol. iPhone 6s: Don’t worry. I get it. Me: So, um. How does this work? iPhone 6s: ...Wow. No small talk? Me: I know what I want. iPhone 6s: Sounds like it. Me: So,...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

Old Dude is Still Figuring out Facebook, Blows Up Horndog Fest for Julia Mancuso

This week's social media equivalent of someone 'introducing' you to Modest Mouse. By Kyle Magin People who are sincere on social media are the best. A typically fun/sexy/I-live-in-sunny-perfect-places Facebook post from World Cup skier Julia Mancuso of she and bestie/rad snowboarder Hannah Teter paddleboarding in bikinis on Lake Tahoe this week produced this particular comment thread: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaMancusoUSA/photos/a.10151613204437693.1073741826.131459577692/10152906345252693/?type=1&comment_id=10152906353447693&offset=0&total_comments=124&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22} Robert Dwyer Perfect butt! ! Like ·...

The SEO Shakedown: Or, how to agitate for personal profit and bring an annoying end to creativity

Google has created its own world-wide hurricane-force storm of ephemeral information, the scattering of all letters and characters tossed into a Pacific Garbage Patch-sized mire of wordsludge and it built itself as the only lighthouse in the content shitstorm. SEO is the guide to becoming one of the beams of light glowing from a tower of boring math to...

Disturbing Bridger Bowl Gaper caper movie clip leaked online

Ed Note: In the first truly meta moment of the new year, a clip from a to-be-released film about a computer hacker who is set up by his bosses to meet his ultimate demise at a Montana ski resort leaked Monday. Below, the clip from the docudrama (working title: “Melt Down”) as well as the movie’s original pitch and...

Sorry bro, Olivia Munn did not break up with Aaron Rodgers to date you

...Just wanted to clarify before you go down a Google Maps rabbit hole to coordinate her location based on her last dozen tweets. By Andrew J. Pridgen This has happened throughout time. When Romeo and Juliet were on the rocks, Paris Paul Rudd was waiting in the wings. When Antony wasn’t quite seeing it Cleopatra’s way, Brutus and Cassius were there to...

HBO’s Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is objectively bad, but not for obvious reasons

The boy-king of sports and pop culture chat is now an older man who has run out of ideas ...and apparently wardrobe and set options. Update: HBO announced Friday, Nov. 4 that the last episode of the show, “Any Given Wednesday,” would be broadcast next week, just four and a half months after its debut. The show had poor...

Climber risks everything to be the first to catch a Pokemon Aerodactyl outside the 53rd floor of Trump Tower

Free soloing with suction cups now officially more popular than the Rio Olympics. By Andrew J. Pridgen A man who thus far is only identified as Steve from Virginia has been busy scaling Trump Tower on the building's East 56th Street side since 3:40 p.m. EST Wednesday. Steve — beyond showing the world how not-good a look shorts from the Dick’s sale...

Everything I needed to know about working, I learned from Bill Cunningham

Those who do not believe in a higher power may certainly be questioning the how-can-it-bes and the what-ifs of the great beyond this year as another of the our best and brightest bulbs has been unscrewed and permanently removed from the marquee. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Cunningham, The New York Times’s venerated street fashion photographer, died Saturday in Manhattan after...

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...

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