Thursday, February 21, 2019

News aggregator sites share in the splendor of L.A. Times Pulitzer Prize win by running headline: ‘Here’s what we know about actual newsrooms’

Mashable, Uproxx and Buzzfeed and all the other things take part in historic win for the Times by re-re-posting the Times’ staff work on their sites. By Andrew J. Pridgen Piggybacking on the good fortunes of the L.A. Times newsroom for grabbing a Pulitzer in Breaking News Reporting Monday for its coverage of the San Bernardino attack, news aggregator sites lit...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

The greatest gift of 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem

Has Kobe Bryant found a new career as a writer? Surprisingly, maybe. By Andrew Pridgen I have much to be thankful for when reflecting on the year that was in sports: The collapse of the dreaded Santa Clara 49ers and the faithful waking up to the York family boondoggle. The continued marketing juggernaut the San Francisco Giants have become and how...

#YallQuaeda: To What End?

Dear Marginalized, undereducated, Fox News-watching, gun-toting white boy in Oregon blaming government regulations on National Forest land for your lot in life instead of blaming government de-regulation in trade and finance, I don’t know if any of you can access the internet to read this. Hell, I’m not sure you can read. What I DO know is that you should immediately...

JT Holmes posts ghostwritten ‘open letter’ at the behest of his Squaw corporate overlords

And we rebut Holmes' well-timed appeal to the public prior to Placer County Supes' Tuesday decision whether to let a private equity firm go forward with a tantalizingly horrible development plan for Squaw. By Andrew J. Pridgen Say it ain’t so JT. Like basically everyone else on this ever-revolting, ever spinning green and blue marble, I am a fan of JT Holmes...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

The connected but detached roles of the media, of celebrity, of Las Vegas in Lamar Odom’s third act

Found last weekend overdosed on a cocktail of cocaine and performance enhancers in a brothel 70 miles outside of Vegas, former NBA star and Kardashian-in-law Lamar Odom is hospitalized with a prognosis uncertain. Personally, I hope he pulls through because nobody, beyond fictional characters, deserves to have their narrative stitched into the fabric of the saddest of all American...

Things a first-round pick should never say just after being selected to join the NFL

April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST the NFL Network will broadcast its annual National Legalized Slave Auction Day. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get jumped into the league, here’s a primer of some thoughts you might just want to keep under that flat-billed hat at your first presser. By Andrew J. Pridgen The difference between playing college...

Is Twitter REALLY how we’re going to discuss the most important things over the next four years?

Trump's tweet show should make everyone fear for their lives and the sanctity of this country during his presidency. By Andrew J. Pridgen I joined Twitter in 2009, an early(ish) adopter. I thought it was a fun aside but something to easily tire of, like Farmville. Little did I know it would become a monster. But that’s what happens to a...

Why House Democrats’ ultimate troll would be to vote in Trumpcare

If it didn’t mean the certain deaths of millions of Americans, this bill would be the perfect piece of rope for the Trump Administration and the GOP to hang itself by for election cycles to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The GOP, front-row hecklers for the last eight years, have had seven trips around the sun to come up with...