Note to Tumblr FFB: I dropped Adrian Peterson today. The rest of you can claim him off waivers on Sunday if you have any expectations there. I’m going to attempt to roll with what I’ve got through the year. My bench is a disaster zone of injuries. For now.
Btw Christina, I also dropped Boykin and didn’t bother to make a pickup because literally I just had no expectations for him at all.
“Chinese factory workers are not welcome at XOXO. This is a profoundly uncomfortable thing to say because it feels like punching down, but it is true. Chinese factory workers are not independent creators. What inspiration would they find in hearing John Gruber talk about Google Reader’s impact on his business model?”
To be fair, a lot of people in John Gruber’s business don’t find him very inspiring either
“What’s truly necessary is for white people to have hard conversations about injustice with other white people, not gratuitous arguments but challenges that count. I once sat aghast and silent at a dinner table as a white NYPD cop who worked in the Bronx and a white millionaire who was partly raised by servants of color found common ground in jokes about black incarceration and undocumented Latinos—jokes that reflected real choices they would likely make in their lives, choices that would actually hurt people. In retrospect, their racist solidarity and my silence were all one; silence like mine is what makes this kind of lethal solidarity possible.”—Briallen Hopper: White People Problems | Killing the Buddha
You know how sometimes a piece comes along just when you need to read it? This is very good and sobering, in light of the privilege of silence/tight-lipped “I don’t want to get into this” smiles/and deciding to “talk with them about it when the time is right”, which few of us (self included) are immune to. (via clambistro)
and LT raped a child and Ray Lewis DEFINITELY obstructed justice at the very least and almost 100% was part of a murder conspiracy and Kerry Collins is allowed to exist so
You know, Michael Strahan thanked LT in his Hall of Fame speech a month ago, so you know that means we need to suspend him and Kelly Ripa and the entire studio crew at FOX NFL SUNDAY and anyone who ever played for the Giants and…
The concerns about the behavior of elite individuals are absolutely warranted, and we need to address the behavior of certain individuals, but the moral panic is as bad as moral panics get
Reminder: an NFL player had his wife assassinated by a hitman some years ago and the media (mostly) covered it like this sordid thing that happened to a generally successful person, not as a pressing concern about the character of the National Football League (also the public was generally OK with that at the time)
You know that guy gets out of jail in 4 years, right?
SIFTON: The New York Times has been a trusted source for recipes since well before the days of Craig Claiborne. So you can go ahead and make that vague recipe for roast chicken that black-hatted its way up the search charts. Good luck with it.
On Wednesday, August 27, a fire broke out in a Peter Cooper Village building that had started in a microwave. No one was injured and the fire, at 4 Peter Cooper Road, eventually burned itself out, even before Public Safety officers quickly arrived with a fire extinguisher. As for why it happened, that hasn’t been determined.
However, the resident of the apartment, Karen Moline, said she believes it was due to a problem with a defective appliance.
According to her, when the fire started, the Microwave had been turned off with nothing inside. Though that might sound odd, Moline said this isn’t the first time she’s had a problem with the electrical appliances in the apartment, where she’s lived for 10 years. Once, her freezer started smoking due to the fan belt blowing out. There’s also the air conditioner in the living room…
If you were told in advance? Oh, then yes. Bad attitude is just bad attitude.
But I gotta say: Starting to really dislike the tendency of jobs that have people come in at 9am ON THE DOT, NO EXCEPTIONS, then you do one hour of work between 9am - 3pm, and then everyone’s in a rush to finish workday stuff between 5-7pm. Helps no one, fosters bad work, takes people’s lives away from them. Very few people work effectively for 10 hours straight every day (without a real serious break, and not just a hypothetical one that turns into a 10m desk lunch). 9a-7pm every day is a bad plan for a full staff.
There are exceptions, but they work when there’s significant giveback to the employees in the form of inflated salaries, unusual seasonal breaks, etc.
Either organize the workday so that MOST workdays wrap up by 5-5:30pm if each worker is prepared, or give workers flexible hours in the mornings. You don’t get extra points in life for figuring out how to pull extra worktime out of people who can be motivated to do more with less.
Are there any middle-class New Yorkers anymore? A number of “affordable” middle-income apartments in Hell’s Kitchen sit empty, as developers can’t find residents who fit the income criteria. In a …
The New York Post asks: “Are there any middle-class New Yorkers anymore?”
This sounds like the start of many complaints about the hollowing out of New York City’s middle-class. But, in fact, the article is unwittingly about the stupidity of “affordable housing” in NYC.
The article points out that there are a number of “affordable” “middle-income apartments” in Hell’s Kitchen sitting empty. The developers and city officials are baffled.
"In a city with an apartment vacancy rate of less than 2 percent, and where an average Manhattan one-bedroom is nearly $4,000 a month, the Gotham West complex has vacant one-bedrooms that cost $2,509," the article states. "To qualify for that one-bedroom, you have to make between $88,102 and $95,865 a year."
Somehow no one see the problem. So let me spell it out.
The yearly lease on this place is $30108. At the highest level of income acceptable to get that apartment, your post-tax take home pay is $60369. That means that you are paying just about 50% of your take home pay on your rent. That is very far from “affordable.”
At the lower bound of income, you’re paying 54% of your take home pay to your landlord.
It gets even worse in the bigger apartments.
"Two-bedrooms rent for $3,020, for instance, with an applicant with a maximum income of $109,000 a year," the Post reports.
At that income, your after-tax earnings are $67,430. The rent is $36,240. So you’re paying 54% at the maximum income boundary. The maximum.
So why are the “affordable” apartments languishing? Because the rent is too damn high.
Proposed trade (in one of the non-Tumblr leagues) that someone just sent to me, in terms of what he wants me to agree to:
Send LeSean McCoy, Phi RB from RB to SETH Send Julian Edelman, NE WR from FLEX to SETH Receive Vincent Jackson, TB WR from SETH to Bench Receive Jamaal Charles, KC RB from SETH to Bench Receive Chris Ivory, NYJ RB from SETH to Bench
The thing I never understand about Starbucks (and there being so many of them gives me plenty of chances to wonder), is how so many people can work behind the counter and yet the line is always so, so long.
Even when you control for asshole drink orders, there are still 10 people, including me, waiting to order regular coffee if only someone would come to a register and ask.
did anyone else notice lately that Starbucks employee quality is a little more uneven lately? Consistency was one of their big advantages, but I’ve been in a few places lately where people were just not on-the-ball
Does anyone make a cortisol meter that you can just put on your belt and it beeps when you are getting hormone’d the fuck out so that you can tell your boss you need a nap and a walk around the block, shut up and take my money
But if you have all those bikes yyyyyyyyyyyyy are you taking the train?
Because the rides start upstate, go north, and end at another train station upstate. Generally, riding through nearby territory (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester, Bergen) is as pleasant as driving through it, which is to say, not at all pleasant. Though there are some exceptions… but still, points of interest today were New Paltz and Beacon, and I’d still be on the road at 7:30pm if I was riding back all the way from up there. (Also, beers. All the beers prevent us from riding back safely)
Just cleaned out some very old emails from a buried folder and found that my younger self found it very distasteful to see a tabloid use a dead celebrity’s AA meeting friends for sourcing about information… I’m very happy with the ethics of younger-me
Starting to get really uncomfortable with people scheduling events on weekends. Yes, I know that is an insane and overly broad anxiety to have. But I don’t have enough weekends lately. I’m overcommitted by a huge amount. And then I realize I commit to insane things in the first place.