1. A couple of superb podcast hacks from Slate: how to listen in your shower, in your car and on your bike without buying anything you don’t already have.

  2. Just one of the hundreds of amazing products available to you in Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff. Available for pre-order now, and in bookstores October 21st.

    Just one of the hundreds of amazing products available to you in Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff. Available for pre-order now, and in bookstores October 21st.

  3. The Bad Impressions Show

    The kind folks at New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth invited me on their Bad Impressions show to talk about how clothing can help make a bad impression. I tried not to be too intolerant, but did speak out against muscle shirts. Specifically, I said that generally speaking, I don’t want to be able to look sideways into a man’s shirt.

  4. The foxy blonde front row center is Diane Rehm. DEAL WITH IT.

    The foxy blonde front row center is Diane Rehm. DEAL WITH IT.

  5. "I’m so tired of the “She was wrong too!” nonsense. The ONLY way it could’ve been close a “fair fight” is if she had picked up ‪Ray Rice‬ and hit Ray Rice with Ray Rice."
    W. Kamau Bell
  6. NICK OFFERMAN AT THE LARGO

    rarebirdlit:

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    Don’t miss Nick Offerman in conversation with Jesse Thorn on Sunday, September 14th. Nick & Jesse will be discussing Nick’s upcoming book Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. Each ticket will receive a paperback copy of Nick’s book.

    Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:30PM.

    Tickets available at: Largo at the Coronet

    Sunday, September 14, 2014
    7:00pm – 10:00pm

    366 N La Cienega Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA, 90048

  7. Hey FOX - Michael Sam is Gay. You can say it out loud.

    I watched the 49ers drub the Cowboys today, which was a great pleasure for me, a lifelong Niners fan. There was one off note, though.

    About a third of the way in, Joe Buck, the FOX play-by-play man, took a moment to acknowledge Michael Sam, standing on the sidelines of his first regular season NFL game.

    Now, Michael Sam is openly gay. In fact, he’s one of the first openly gay players in American pro sports, and the first openly gay NFL player ever. So this was a pretty momentous day, even if Sam wasn’t suited up (he’s on the practice squad, so he wasn’t eligible to play).

    But Buck, in a twenty or thirty second cutaway, did not mention Sam’s role in sports history, or his courage or anything that even came remotely close to describing why anyone should care about a rookie on the practice squad. Instead, he simply rattled off a few college and pre-season stats and a bit of his transaction history. The chyron underneath Sam didn’t read “NFL’s First Gay Player.” It read “SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.”

    Seriously: they cut away to Michael Sam and discussed him for thirty seconds without even a single glancing allusion to him being important or special. The closest thing to an explanation for the cutaway was Buck highlighting the fact that (like every other player in the NFL) he was a star in college. I got the feeling that if Jackie Robinson was making his debut in 2014, the FOX broadcast team would tell us all about his bus ride in from Montreal.

    The fact is: Michael Sam is a gay NFL player. That is what makes him important. He is a brave pioneer and a hero. Because he’s gay, and out, and in the NFL. That’s why he was the subject of a cut-away when he wasn’t even eligible to play in the game. They certainly didn’t cut away to any straight guys on the practice squad.

    So why pretend otherwise? Why pretend that he’s just another football player? Why is the whole gosh-darned league doing that, repeatedly, every time a journalist asks them about it?

    Because if you pretend he’s just another football player, you pretend that the fact that he’s gay isn’t important. You exonerate the league, you exonerate yourself, you exonerate everyone involved.

    "He’s just another football player" essentially means "we were cool with it all along. Those silly gays were afraid of nothing."

    It’s like claiming you don’t see color. Even if you somehow become perfectly personally bias-free, the system is problematic. Improving, thanks to people like Michael Sam, but problematic.

    To be clear: I don’t think Buck or FOX did this out of malice. I have no reason to believe he’s anything other than the decent guy he seems to be on-air. He even mentioned “having a chance to shake hands” with Sam before the game, which is something, I guess. I certainly would love to shake hands with Michael Sam. But it doesn’t have to be malicious. Absence of malice is not the right defense here.

    Look: you have to believe there was a meeting about this. It didn’t happen by accident. Nothing this complicated and non-game-action-related in an NFL broadcast happens by accident.” A producer said: “Michael Sam is too big of a story to ignore. We’ll cut away to him. But this is about football, not politics, so just talk numbers.”

    The truth is: the Michael Sam story isn’t about stats. Sure, he’s a great football player, or he wouldn’t be in the NFL… but the Michael Sam story is simple.

    Michael Sam is gay and out and he plays in the NFL.

    I’ll repeat, in case you missed it.

    Michael Sam is gay and out and he plays in the NFL.

    So next time, maybe they’ll have the courage to say it out loud. Even if it bothers the bigots.

  8. "It’s an abstract and largely oppressive designation, mostly applied to whichever rappers best manage to uphold a certain loosely defined conservative leaning set of cultural and aesthetic values while simultaneously telegraphing their intelligence and/or morality to listeners who are insecure about their own intelligence and/or morality."
  9. hodgman:

Buzz marketing: APPROVED for Loaf Bakery of Durham, NC. I sure hope that country ham scone had a roofie in it!

Country ham scone? I am JEALOUS of the Judge!

    hodgman:

    Buzz marketing: APPROVED for Loaf Bakery of Durham, NC. I sure hope that country ham scone had a roofie in it!

    Country ham scone? I am JEALOUS of the Judge!

  10. daveshumka:

They were all out of “sensitive to negative internet comments like daddy.”

    daveshumka:

    They were all out of “sensitive to negative internet comments like daddy.”

  11. WISDOM

    (Source: slendertroll)

  12. "Quality is better than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles."
    Steve Jobs, who was a nerd who did not understand baseball, a sport in which two doubles is almost invariably better than a home run.
  13. The Raiders’ Maurice Jones-Drew - a touchdown capped with a “Hands Up - Don’t Shoot” pose.

    “I am raising three African American boys,” Jones-Drew told the Chronicle. “Whenever you see things like that … and it’s not just Ferguson, I was in Jacksonville when Trayvon Martin happened, I was in Jacksonville when the gas station shooting over the loud music happened. Those things touch home.

    “I definitely wanted to show the people out in Ferguson and around the world that as athletes, we understand and we try to do whatever we can to make a statement. If we could do more, we would.”

    A little more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  14. nprshopped:

Roman Mars, 99% Percent Invisible (Forum of Nerva, 85 AD)

    nprshopped:

    Roman Mars, 99% Percent Invisible (Forum of Nerva, 85 AD)