Imagine you're living in China, trying to work your way out of the family date farming business (which garners approximately $450 annually). You do all the right things. You apply for (and receive) Communist Party membership
. You study literally to the point of collapse, and despite coming from coal-town origins, you score high on your gao kao
("high test," more-or-less the only thing that matters in getting into a Chinese university). Your already-poor family goes deep
into debt to send you to college, and you even manage to come out with a degree. Classic rise-up-by-your-own-bootstraps tale, right? However, finally, when you go to apply for a job—your state-sanctioned educational, occupational, and political records are inexplicably, awfully gone
. What has happened to that plain manila folder (!) that serves as your only legitimate, official history in Chinese society? Probably stolen and sold so a party official's child can get everything you worked so hard for
. And then, of course
, your family is detained by party officials when your parents demand to know where the hell your life went. Of course. [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Jul 27, 2009 -
Getting smart about personal technology.
NYTimes publishes Sonia Zjawinski's assertion that other peoples' images on Flickr are probably OK to download, blow up and use to decorate her house: And if you’re wondering about copyright issues (after all, these aren’t my photos), the photos are being used by me for my own, private, noncommercial use. I’m not selling these things and not charging admission to my apartment, so I think I’m in the clear. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur
on Jun 26, 2009 -
To Marty, This bespells doom!
A recent reading in Manhattan at the Strand bookstore by David Sedaris, whose most recent book is “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” may have offered a glimpse of the future. A man named Marty who had waited in the book-signing line presented his Kindle, on the back of which Mr. Sedaris, in mock horror, wrote, “This bespells doom.” (The signed Kindle was photographed, but its owner’s full name is unknown.)
posted by Fizz
on Jun 16, 2009 -
is the new photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it will draw on The Times' own pictorial archive, numbering in the millions of images and going back to the early 20th century. Features in their first week include: Essay: Slow Photography in an Instantaneous Age
, about what it means to shoot on large-format film in the digital age; Showcase: A Prom Divided
, a multimedia feature about a segregated prom in 2009 south-central Georgia.
posted by netbros
on May 22, 2009 -
My Personal Credit Crisis
. By Edmund Andrews, economics reporter
for the New York Times. I felt foolish, ashamed and angry.... Why had I been trying to live a lifestyle that I couldn’t afford? Why had I tried to keep up the image of a conventional suburban family man, when nothing about my situation was conventional? How could I have glossed over the fact that we had been spending about $3,000 more than we were earning, month after month after month? How could a person who wrote about economics for a living fall into the kind of credit-card trap that consumer groups had warned about for years? Via Brad DeLong.
posted by russilwvong
on May 14, 2009 -
"Once upon a time there was a game that nobody ever played, sitting on the floor in the back room of an empty arcade. The game was full of life and strife, mega-monsters and robot fights.
We Are The Strange was the title. Now meet the players who live inside, idle." The story
of filmmaker M dot Strange
and his solo indie masterpiece, We Are The Strange
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 9, 2009 -
Meet batting stance guy
. The NY Times has a neat profile
on Gar Ryness, who has the most marketable least-marketable skill in America.
He does your favorite old-school players, as well as most of the current MLB team lineups, including the (non-Dutch) stars of the WBC
. He's made video appearances for several teams (and MLB TV), and has quickly become a fan and player favorite for his uncanny depictions of players' idiosyncratic moves in the batter's box.
In terms of virtual baseball, batting stance guy is slightly more awesome than this
posted by ericbop
on Mar 15, 2009 -
Virtually all the predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital. Most of these scenarios assume a gradual crossing-over, almost like the migration of dunes, as behaviors change, paradigms shift, and the digital future heaves fully into view. But what if the old media dies much more quickly? What if a hurricane comes along and obliterates the dunes entirely? Specifically, what if The New York Times goes out of business
—like, this May? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 6, 2009 -
People All Over The World, Ride The Word Train! The Word Train!
This is a neato thingy on the NY Times front page where you can enter a word that describes your mood on election day and compare with others.
Best thing is you can change your word every 30 minutes.
Next best thing - changing your word every 30 minutes might get your Virginia-baked ham away from the television/Internet/porcelain throne/medicine cabinet/gun closet while the election roars on....
posted by Lipstick Thespian
on Nov 4, 2008 -
Aptly named hardcore deconstructionists Fucked Up
are slated to play a free, 12-hour show in NYC on Tuesday, October 14th.
The show will feature appearances from the likes of John Cale, Matt Sweeney, David Cross, Mobb Deep, Akon, Vivian Girls, U2's The Edge, and others.
posted by auralcoral
on Oct 6, 2008 -
kickoff of the New York Times' penetrating new series investigating the violence that comes home when our soldiers do.
posted by hermitosis
on Jan 14, 2008 -
This Flash tool from the New York Times
shows you how many times each candidate has named each of the other candidates, suggesting which candidates the others perceive as worthy of addressing. It's a very neat and efficient visualization tool. Guess who everyone can't stop mentioning?
posted by Brian James
on Dec 21, 2007 -
Reagan at Neshoba.
Some time ago, a blog post was authored at Mahablog
which suggested that movement politics can best be understood when their rhetoric is viewed as a series of metaphors, with an allegory made to a spectacular episode of Stark Trek: The Next Generation featuring Paul Winfield titled "Darmok"
Picard and crew stumble across an alien race that speaks only in metaphor. The alien captain, frustrated by the failure to communicate, transports Picard to the surface of a planet, where they must learn to communicate or die. The alien captain does finally reach Picard, but dies as a result of his injuries battling an invisible predator.
By way of comparison, examine Candidate Ronald Reagan's speech at Neshoba [audio, 57MB
, additional context here
]. Some pundits are claiming that it is an example of the Southern Strategy
codified as dog-whistle politics, whilst others view it as an honest mistake
, and others still find an inconvenient long sequence of other "honest mistakes"
. [more inside]
posted by rzklkng
on Nov 13, 2007 -
In the wake of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the Wall Street Journal, several of the paper's top reporters have left for safer ground. Among them is Tara Parker-Pope, who joined the New York Times on October 3rd
. Her blog, Well
, currently accounts for three of the paper's top ten e-mailed stories: in addition to number 1, Five Easy Ways to Go Organic, she has number 5, Shhh...My Child Is Sleeping (in My Bed, Um, With Me)
, and number 8, Drug-Resistant Staph: What You Need to Know
. Touché Rupert.
posted by alms
on Oct 25, 2007 -
"I called [Stephen] Colbert with a dare: if he thought it was so easy to be a Times Op-Ed pundit, he should try it. He came right over. In a moment of weakness, I had staged a coup d’moi. I just hope he leaves at some point. He’s typing and drinking and threatening to 'shave Paul Krugman with a broken bottle.'”
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Oct 15, 2007 -
onoes! teenz on teh pr0n webs!
It's been a year since I posted about Stickam
, and in that time, one would be naïve to think that a community of unmoderated videos broadcast live from the private and semi-anonymous bedrooms of the world would not result in epic lulz
(nsfw). To no one's surprise, disgruntled Stickam ex-VP Alex Becker says Stickam shares office space, staff, and equipment with live pornographic video providers
-- this via NYT tech writer Brad Stone
. Cue the "think of the CHILDRUNZ!"
. But popular websites being related to or backed up by prurient interest are nothing new: Wikipeda predecessor Bomis
was once accused of having "softore porn" in its "Babes" section
, and of course everyone knows porn drives technology
. What do you think the internet is for
? But if you use Stickam and this bothers you, the burgeoning field of live embeddable Flash-based webcam video streaming is rife with alternatives: uStream.tv
, and Operator11
, just to name some -- but there'll be naked girls on those too. I guarantee it.
posted by brownpau
on Aug 6, 2007 -
Facing Life With a Lethal Gene.
Say you're in your early twenties. For years you've seen members of your family twist and turn invouluntarily and developing dementia due to your family history of Huntington's Disease. Even if you have the gene for the disease, the symptoms are unlikely to hit until you're 50. Would you want to find out if you're going to share the same fate as your relatives, or live life out as much as you can unaware if you're going to suffer from it too?
Another touching human interest story from the NY Times which has had a bunch of these recently.
posted by portisfreak
on Mar 17, 2007 -
Same Old Dogs, Same Old Tricks.
In a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, the House of Representatives passed a group of bills
strengthening the FOIA (HR 1309
), streamlining access to Presidential Libraries (HR 1255
), and expanding safeguards for whistleblowers (still in process, HR 985
), with those that were passed having a veto-proof margin. The White House sharply criticized these acts of transparency
as unconstitutional, a threat on the established separation of Powers, and as a threat to national security [pdf
]. All of which heralds back to an earlier time, that looks vaguely familiar
posted by rzklkng
on Mar 15, 2007 -
If you have a *.edu email address, you can now access the normally for-fee New York Times TimesSelect
service for free
, which gets you access to archived articles and special content.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Mar 13, 2007 -
The Must-Do List.
The NY Times lists the administration policies that congress must reverse if it intends to undo the damage done to America by the Bush Administration.
posted by empath
on Mar 4, 2007 -
Blacked out text
in your newspaper. The White House has attempted to heavily censor
parts of a proposed op-ed about Iran. So tomorrow, the NYT will run the op-ed with black redaction marks, and provide a list of non-classified sources for the exact material the administration claims is sensitive.
posted by mulligan
on Dec 21, 2006 -
was there just a second ago...
Cop Watch LA, a police watchdog group, posted the video on YouTube, said
organizer Joaquin Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos said the video was shot by a neighbor of Cardenas with a cell phone camera. The neighbor gave it to Cardenas' family, who then gave it to Cop Watch, according to Cienfuegos.
posted by Bravocharlie
on Nov 11, 2006 -