So if you’re recording someone in most states, only one person has to consent to the recording. Which means you can’t wiretap someone else’s phone and record their conversations, but if you call someone who’s also in a single-consent state and record their conversation, or if you have lunch with someone at a hotel during an interview and you record them without their...
David Cho and Neel Shah Discuss the Ladies
Neel: I feel like every time a female friend of mine is asked that question, she answers "Carrie."
David: Is there a bigger disparity than the perceptions of how attractive Carrie is by women and by men?
David: I mean, she is nothing close to attractive.
David: But I have very vivid memories of girls from college arguing over how "beautiful she was".
Neel: In general, women are TERRIBLE at gauging the attractiveness of other women.
David: Like "cute" girls that they set you up with?
David: Although Facebook has mitigated a lot of those issues.
Neel: I don't know how many times a female friend of mine has been like, "Oh, I really want to set you up with X, she is SO HOT."
Neel: And then you see a pic, and it's like, "Whaaa?"
David: You know what though?
David: The digital equivalent of a girl's recommendation on another girl's attractiveness is the Macbook Photobooth picture.
David: Does anyone ever look unattractive in those?
David: If you see a girl who you've never seen IRL in a Macbook Photobooth picture, NEVER TRUST IT.
Neel: I think maybe it's because girls like to pride themselves on having "attractive" friends, and so they lose perspective on whether or not they're actually "objectively physically attractive" if they like them as people?
I just received Candace Bushnell’s May 2010 newsletter and she made a list of Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite summer books. Here they are: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Peyton Place by Grace Metalious The Group by Mary McCarthy Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway A Handful of Dust...
A handy guide for the BP protestacular.
ninety9: A hierarchy of desired outcomes if you get knackered: 1. ACD (Adjournment in contemplation of dismissal) 2. Conditional discharge 3. Tattoo of LOVE/HATE on your fingers with a hot needle at Rikers Things to do on day after the 6-month anniversary of your ACD ruling: jaywalk, take up two seats, ride your bike on the sidewalk, smoke a joint in the park, pee in the park, loiter,...
Ryan Tate on Facebook’s new privacy controls and Mark Zuckerberg’s claim that “It’s not about the money”: Facebook is in it for the money, wants to make a lot of money, is in fact fiduciarily obligated to its investors to be “doing this for the money.” Facebook is not a hippie collective of open-source do-gooders paid in massages, pot brownies and...
So Zach is pointing out that M.I.A. claims that her father was never with the Tamil Tigers in this profile of her in the NY Times: “Either that’s entirely wrong or Hirschberg should’ve gone in way harder on the fact that the foundational myth of her career may be a lie.” A few years ago I wrote a profile of Diplo for Philadelphia Weekly; he was dating M.I.A. at the time,...
last few things about FK
meltzer: 1. Tix still available. 2. FIRST KISS Afterparty: Ward III / 111 Reade St / 9:00ish til the night is over. If I have my way, spin the bottle will be played. 3. This debate about the cost of zines and whether they need to be explicitly political is interesting and important. (And for the record, neither ES nor I are making money off of ours, we’re just charging the costs for printing...
A New Twist on Pretzels, New York Times, T Magazine blog, May 10, 2010 Making Soft Pretzels the Old-Fashioned Way, New York Times, Dining, May 26, 2010 Okay, we get it, pretzels! Yay, pretzels. Also I know we were talking about Prime Meats earlier but my goodness, the Times is really obsessed. The pretzel story has a huge photo of the Prime Meats pretzels in the same issue and same section as...
Prime Meats, I hate myself for loving you, but there it is: The staff is exceptionally well trained and efficient, a crew of handsome men and women dressed as if ready to ride horses back home to Bushwick, where they trap beaver and make their own candles. And a meal in the restaurant proceeds with all the jollity and good manners of something scripted by Laura Ingalls Wilder and scored by...
more tickets! act now!
meltzer: The First Kiss reading at the 92 St. Y Tribeca on wednesday has been moved to a bigger space (still at the same location) and they are, last minute, releasing more tickets. It’s been sold out for weeks, so here’s your chance to come. You can buy tickets at the door tomorrow night or you can buy via phone today at 212-601-1000 and online starting tomorrow morning.
SUMMER THINGS I AM EXCITED ABOUT
Popsicles Keds Backyard BBQs Rooftop BBQs Park BBQs Free outdoor concerts Bike rides Overnight trips, with friends, in cabins Shorts Swimming pools Bathing suits Bars with backyards Coney Island Governors Island Jones Beach Brooklyn Bridge Park That little park in Red Hook that Marisa and Emily and I had that picnic in that one time
Cafe Colonial is closing today. So my favorite Cafe Colonial memory: Brunch, I think? A long time ago. And who walks in but Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore and Coco, who must have been around, I don’t know, 5 at the time, and she was wearing 101 Dalmatians roller skates and she ordered hot chocolate. Or, I guess, cocoa. They looked so normal and happy and nice.
Okay, when I was riding my bike today after the cab ride from hell (I said I would continue the story but I realized I was only writing it to be cathartic and it is actually a pretty standard/boring sucky cab ride story) I came up with this total self-helpy metaphor for, like, my life? So it’s a table, and the 4 legs are usually some version of 1) relationship, 2) friendships, 3)...
First there was a ton of traffic getting out of JFK, and then the cab driver took the Grand Central instead of the Van Wyck. “But I always take the Van Wyck,” I said, petulantly and somewhat nonsensically by that point, because we were already on the Grand Central and there was no going back. He couldn’t really hear me over the air conditioner in the front seat so whatever I said...
Mills, look, I just googled NCOF. And since I don’t think you’re referring to the National Childhood Obesity Foundation, let me just say that I am sort of fascinated by the supply chain, but not in the sense that I would ever want to sit through a panel on bar codes or anything like that.
FNL S4: Questions So Far
1. Where is my girl Tyra? 2. How does East Dillon High have that same announcer as Dillon High? Or do all high school football announcers sound exactly the same? 3. Coach Taylor’s mouth tic has gotten about 100 times worse. (Not a question, I know.) 4. For three seasons Dillon was pretty much the perfect all-American town. We’re supposed to believe that all of a sudden there’s...
In addition to being able to learn about sustainable urban farming from Added...– New York Times Features John Ameroso at Governors Island’s Urban Farm on Picnic Point (via paulbrady) I’m into this, and I’m considering squatting for the summer in one of the old houses on the Island because they are creepy and old and awesome. Don’t tell the city on me, okay?
I talked to casting director Vinnie Potestivo for Vulture about his life casting reality TV; he most recently cast the WE show Sunset Daze, which takes place in an Arizona retirement community (and is awesome).
A few years ago, in the fall—I guess it was 2005, because I was living in a shitty apartment next to the projects off the Graham stop, and I walked to the show—I went to see The National play at Warsaw with a friend. Except most of the people there, it turned out, weren’t really there to see The National, who were headlining; they were there to see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, whose...
On shutting the fuck up.
dearcoketalk: I think you’d be surprised how little people actually give a fuck. Trust me, if you can’t keep a date at your age, it’s not because you’re bisexual. It’s because you’re annoying.
Problem with wearing the same shirt two days in a row: the moment, on the subway, when you look down and realize that—DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS—you’ve managed to get a yellowish stain on the front, undoubtedly from the shrimp curry you made the night before that you ate sitting on the couch while watching Gossip Girl and balancing the plate on a throw pillow, like a real lady,...
Lindsay and Indrani have been seeing each other since we shot her last...– Lohan’s sexy new lesbian love, NY Post
Surveying the Dr. Luke Moment: A Critical Look At... →
seanfennessey: Here is a long recounting of the rise and continued rise of Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke, the most important pop music producer in the world. This was fun because Luke’s transition out of underground rap and bad classic rock and into the warm embrace of pop music is not unlike my own. As a bonus (!) here is a short mixtape compiling Luke’s rap production history. In the Lab With...
Okay that’s just a little taste of First Kisses. MORE TK because they are all pretty wonderful. Many of them are funny. Some of them are sad. All of them are true.