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He’s boring; he’s unrelatable. He wears his underwear on the outside. But is that the real problem of Superman? It’s a problem that has less to do with the character himself and more to with DC Comics, which found itself stuck with a flagship character it thought needed fixing. In trying, it broke him nearly beyond repair.
comment posted at 1:15 PM on Feb-8-16

"Ed Koch once said that "to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker." On the search to find the realest answer (is it "until you cry on the subway"?), we decided to hit the pavement to ask locals to finish the sentence for us. "
comment posted at 1:01 PM on Feb-8-16

How Hollywood's Favorite Juice Bar Owner Eats Every Day. Come for the pretty zucchini ribbons. Stay for the magic activated cashews. via Kottke.
comment posted at 7:56 AM on Feb-8-16


This is where Cam Newton comes from: an institution where being African-American and excellent, African-American and respected, African-American and optimistic are normal conditions. A visit to the church Cam grew up in.
comment posted at 5:35 PM on Feb-7-16

Dan Hicks, Bay Area music icon, dies at age 74. Last night Clare Wasserman announced that her husband, musician Dan Hicks, had succumbed to liver cancer.
comment posted at 11:18 AM on Feb-7-16

Every Coen brothers movie, ranked from worst to best.
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Gwen Hartley's two daughters, now 9 and 14, were born with severe microcephaly. In the United States, microcephaly isn't unheard of but relatively rare with an estimated 25,000 diagnoses per year. But with many of us unfamiliar with the risks associated with the Zika virus, the Hartleys' blog gives a valuable look at how this plays out in a middle-class family in the American Midwest.
comment posted at 10:04 AM on Feb-5-16

In honor of its latest flight transporting the Orion capsule to the Kennedy Space Center, let's consider the world's most bulbous plane, NASA's Super Guppy.
The Super Guppy has a cargo area that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long. The jumbo plane can carry over 26 tons worth of cargo and is often used by NASA to ferry large components around the country that would take too long (or be impossible) to ship by land or by sea.

comment posted at 1:32 PM on Feb-2-16

Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It’s time for women to register for the draft The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
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Everyone commits crimes. There are so many laws out there making what's relatively banal behavior criminal if looked at in that light. Apparently a longstanding legal principle tho has been the idea of a "guilty mind," which has gotten somewhat lost recently. The idea is that if you can't write a law where it's possible for a person to commit a crime without meaning to commit a crime. More in the link.
comment posted at 7:30 PM on Jan-30-16

28 Outstanding Coffee Shops in New York City - Levi Dalton and Marguerite Preston, The Eater, 2015 (with map)
The 10 best coffee shops in New York City - Liz Clayton, The Thrillist, 2015
10 Hottest Coffee Shops in NYC - Megan O. Steintrager, Zagat, 2015
The best coffee shops in New York - Time Out, 2014
101 Places to Find Great Coffee in New York - interactive map
And of course, there's an app for that.
comment posted at 7:55 PM on Jan-30-16

Paul Kantner, guitarist, lyricist, and founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC, and the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra has passed at age 74.
comment posted at 6:41 PM on Jan-28-16


This weekend Netflix released Chelsea Does, a new documentary series that follows comedian Chelsea Handler as she explores the topics of marriage, racism, drugs, and Silicon Valley. Some reviews have been quite positive whereas others are much more negative.
comment posted at 9:59 AM on Jan-25-16

"If you have a Democratic frontrunner who is opposed to capitalism and a Republican frontrunner who wants to deport 10 million immigrants, that'll make a difference."

Michael Bloomberg set to run for President.
comment posted at 1:45 PM on Jan-23-16

“the eleven most boring conversations i can’t stop overhearing” (in which a liberal white male american san francisco bay area resident possessive of the auditory acuity of a baby chihuahua learns to scream).
comment posted at 5:35 PM on Jan-20-16

Glenn Frey of the Eagles has passed away at 67. A founding member of the Eagles - with whom he won 6 Grammys, as well as a popular solo artist, Glenn Frey passed away today from a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.
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'I Butchered a Pig' - The process of butchering an entire pig while trying not to waste anything, documented by Mefi's own backseatpilot. [via mefi projects]
comment posted at 12:25 PM on Jan-17-16


A secret visit with the most wanted man in the world. By Sean Penn
comment posted at 10:39 AM on Jan-10-16


Back in May, Slate published an article decrying the trend in craft beers to be overly hoppy (at least according to the tastes of the author). The next day, a rebuttal was crafted (pun intended) and posted the the Bear Flavored beer blog. The main point of contention in the counterpoint article is that more hops does not always mean more bitterness. Additionally, even if some beers were highly bitter, then why complain if some people enjoy them?
comment posted at 2:48 PM on Jan-3-16


"I was having my second Frogasm of the night when dinner got weird." Pete Wells reviews Señor Frog’s in Times Square for The New York Times.
comment posted at 8:38 AM on Dec-31-15

RIP Lemmy Kilmister Jimi Hendrix Experience roadie, Hawkwind bass player and Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister passed away today at age 70.
comment posted at 6:08 PM on Dec-28-15



CBGB Is Reopening… As a Restaurant in Newark Airport Serving 'American fare in a fun environment recalling the legendary music venue.'
comment posted at 1:18 PM on Dec-21-15

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