Sunday, October 21, 2018

Pay For Your Own Goddamn Beach House

My tax dollars. Your luxury properties. Written by Kyle Magin If you choose to live in a glass-walled beachfront home with a cutesy name like ‘Sandy Bottoms’ on the Outer Banks or Big Pine Key or any of America’s thousand other coastal retreats for Baby Boomers, you’d think you’d have to assume the risk of climate change-fueled tides ripping that sumbitch...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Want to know why sh*t’s so messed up? Look no further than the state of local journalism.

Because nobody should pay for content, and the people who generate it should work for free, right? By Andrew J. Pridgen One week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, a pair of New York’s biggest digital-only local news orgs, popped $5 champagne from the CVS in victory—they had just voted to join a union. On Thursday,...

Turns out, they all cheat and lie and steal

The Paradise Papers prove what most of us already knew: it’s all a fucking scam. The rest of us shrug and go about our day. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m an adult. At least I see an adult when I look in the mirror. So I should know better. I know people. I seek out the best but expect the...

PAC 12 football coaches take a stand against the NCAA’s early signing period …for all the wrong reasons

You know, it has everything to do with what benefits the program and nothing to do with what's good for the student. By Andrew J. Pridgen Leave it to college football coaches to take a stand and do the right thing ...but only in the name of self-aggrandizement. Thursday, Pac-12 coaches and program surrogates got together in Hollywood for a preseason...

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....

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part I: The 20th Century

Part 1 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system are conspiring to join previous...

The Big 12 is STILL so stupid

Do you have a pulse, a checkbook, and college aspirations? Kansas wants you! Written By Kyle Magin We’re in the second year of our annual probably-not-totally accurate academic ranking of the power five college football conferences by acceptance rates: the percentage of high school applicants each university admits. Click here to see how schools ranked last year. I’m sensing a broken-record scenario here,...

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

Slouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lady

About halfway through Monday’s presidential debate, I expected to see Hillary dancing off rooftop tiles and vaulting from the tops of trees. That didn’t happen, though she did get Donald to say: “I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very,...