Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Nothing But the Youth

"They were suppler, showed greater manual dexterity and sat taller ... Perhaps most improbable, their sight improved. Independent judges said they looked younger." How did these test subjects become younger? They acted younger. In the NYT Magazine, Bruce Grierson examines the science related to one of life's most hopeful adages: What if age is nothing but a mind-set? Youth is wasted on the young. Maybe I'll finally get to waste some of it on myself.


Hands Down?

"Hands up, don't shoot." It became a mantra in Ferguson and across the Internet following the shooting of Michael Brown. "But a forensics expert says Brown's official county autopsy suggests the teenager may not have had his hands raised after all when he was slain."


Ottawa Shootings

"I was locking my bike up, and I heard four shots. I saw one of the soldiers laying on the ground." Officials in Ottawa report several shootings inside the Parliament and downtown. One soldier and one of the gunmen are dead.

+ Vox: Shooter in Canadian Parliament and Ottawa on lockdown: What we know.

+ "Canada has just lost her innocence."


The Editor

"Younger people watching the actor Jason Robards's portrayal of Bradlee in All the President's Men can be forgiven for thinking it is a broad caricature, an exaggeration of his cement-mixer voice, his cocky ebullience, his ferocious instinct for a political story, and his astonishing support for his reporters. In fact, Robards underplayed Bradlee." David Remnick on the legendary WaPo editor Benjamin Bradlee, who died at the age of 93.

+ "It was hard to explain the full force of his personality to people who never met him. He really was one of those guys you'd take a machine-gun bullet for. You only meet three or four of them in an entire lifetime." The Washington Post on the newspaper's greatest editor.


Company Town

Oren Dobronsky is known for his little hummus shop in Palo Alto. But this particular hummus shop is on University Avenue, one of the hotspots for Internet startup deals. So Oren is also a seed investor (and he's in at least one good deal), and has launched his own app (and it sounds like it's pretty good). This is, in many ways, the ultimate story of what the Bay Area has become: In Palo Alto, Even the Hummus Guy Has an E-Commerce Startup. (If only all the other Internet startup founders had a decent hummus recipe to fall back on.)

+ Related: In case you missed it, here's my guide to how to raise $10 million for your tech startup.

+ Sometimes it feels like the Bay Area has become a tech company town in the way LA is a entertainment company town. Well, almost. Introducing the headshot truck.


Face the Face

You take a quick glance at someone's face and you make snap judgements. If they look competent, they're more likely to become CEOs. If they look trustworthy, you're more likely to invest money with them. But here's the rub. Theere's not much evidence that your snap judgement was right. From James Hamblin in The Atlantic: The Introverted Face.

+ Maybe you can't tell much from a person's face. But I'm guessing you can derive everything you'd want to know from the unique microbial aura that travels with each of us, wherever we go (along with a couple tubs of Purell).


A Campaign Supernova

"I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork." If you live in a contested state, you're likely getting hit with nonstop political ads. From NPR: The 2014 campaign ads that you just can't stop replaying. (Unless you're a hog.)

+ The Daily Beast: America's most important (and wackiest) referendums this November.


Game Over

"I want them to think of all the amazing things that video games have done, and can do, because that means we get to keep playing more games. But as long as you hemorrhoidal gunt stains continue this asininity, they won't, and it makes me want to pick you all up collectively and shake you until your rectum leaks out what little brains you possess because you're so effing dumb." Former NFL player (and longtime gamer) Chris Kluwe would like to explain why Gamergaters piss him off. (And I probably pulled his most family-friendly quote.)

+ Clickhole: "A summary of the Gamergate movement that we will immediately change if any of its members find any details objectionable."

+ Pew is out with its latest findings related to online harassment. "Fully 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it." And 12% of people who have experienced online harassment said it involved a family member. (And it's almost the holiday season!)


See Me Roar

The winner of the 2014 wildlife photo of the year is an amazing shot of lions resting on a rock. Cat photos are even big offline.


The Bottom of the News

"I'm so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest." Bryan Cranston can complain all he wants, but Toys R Us is pulling the dolls based on characters from Breaking Bad. (I'm glad I got my Cheech and Chong dolls before everyone got so uptight...)

+ No seriously. Enough with the coconut water.

+ Taylor Swift hit number one on the Canadian iTunes charts with eight seconds of static. (You'll have to insert your own joke. My kids read this.)