Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why does the America’s Cup fucking suck so bad?

What's up America's Cup? By Andrew Pridgen That's an actual question, not the rhetorical kind. It's like what the fuck is up with you? For starters, and I'm not even gonna mess around, like could you take the word America off your title? I checked with Obama and he's like "unless they can come up with a more American sport than sailing...

I’m scared to be an American

...and I'm not the only one. By Andrew J. Pridgen I read last week that the first newspaper I worked for, the Contra Costa Times, is folding. This came as no surprise to me. My first beat was reporting for a handful of weeklies under that paper’s umbrella in the late-1990s with a bunch of other aspirational Woodwards and Bernsteins, or...

The craps table is full of assholes: This and other musings from 28 minutes at a casino on New Year’s Eve

These scenes are a reminder of how adept we’ve become at pretending the glue-gunned feathers holding together our economic and moral fabric are going to hold. By Andrew J. Pridgen I come from gambling stock. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a degenerate Scandinavian card player who died in a trailer outside Vegas back when Vegas was more holes in...

The hero you need most is you

What the onset of the Trump administration looks like for the common American. By Andrew J. Pridgen The good news is the world isn’t likely to end in the next four years. The bad news is your world as you know it just might. If you have been convicted of a crime, if you have been unemployed recently, if you have been foreclosed...

San Diego voters get the rare opportunity to say ‘no’ to a billionaire on Election Day

A trick from a decades-old playbook, NFL owners on the West Coast are attempting to use public funds to build NFL stadiums but on this Election Day voters can turn them away the same way the league has turned them off. By Andrew J. Pridgen If Stanford economist Roger Noll is to be believed—and there’s no way he shouldn’t...

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,...

Electors are you taking notes? There will be an important test on Monday.

A quartet of early morning tweets Thursday once again showcase Trump’s rejection of reality, harmfully fragile ego and inability to form cogent (or grammatically correct) thoughts. By Andrew J. Pridgen In one hour Thursday morning president-elect Donald J. Trump participated in what has seemingly become a daily routine of mercilessly displaying his disqualifying characteristics. He warmed up by attacking the free press,...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

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...

Mashable welcomes Millennials to writing careers by laying off editorial via Slack

Delete. Delete. Delete. By Andrew J. Pridgen Well, it happened. On Thursday, Mashable, the place you go to find out whether your dog is popular or to hear abortion stories, laid off all the editorialings in the immediate wake of Turner’s $15 million investment in the Buzzfeed-inspired media stream geared toward the generation that constructs sentences out of cartoon thumbnails. Layoffs suck....

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