Day: January 30, 2015

⦿ Friday Links, Part 2

Part two of the big link catch-up project.

First, a profile of Lego. I had no idea the company nearly went under just over a decade ago. Jonathan Ringen explores the history of the company and how it first dig a hole, then made a series of tremendous decisions that have left it one of the strongest brands in the world.

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

Speaking of Apple, you may have read that the company had the most profitable quarter in the history of business to close out 2014. Ben Thompson writes about the odd collection of analysts who have been predicting imminent doom for Apple for years, and continue to do so.

It’s difficult to overstate just how absurd this is, but here’s my best attempt: last quarter Apple’s revenue was downright decimated by the strengthening U.S. dollar; currency fluctuations reduced Apple’s revenue by 5% – a cool $3.73 billion dollars. That, though, is more than Google made in profit last quarter ($2.83 billion). Apple lost more money to currency fluctuations than Google makes in a quarter. And yet it’s Google that is feared, and Apple that is feared for.

Bad Assumptions

As a part-time sports writer, I understand how hard it is to ask questions of coaches and athletes who are coming off an emotional, physically draining performance when you are working on deadline. Still, it drives me crazy how many people you see on TV who can not ask a freaking question.

Worst offense, requesting that an interviewee “talk about…” something. Lazy and rude. It shows you are not prepared and, perhaps, don’t understand the game you are watching.

Bryan Curtis at Grantland goes on a nice rant.

The Worst Question in Sports: What We Talk About When We Say ‘Talk About’

After porn and pirated music/movies/games/software, I think there is more food writing than anything else on the Web. I’m pretty sure you could spend an entire week reading just about how to cook a steak.

So here’s one more post on the subject. The argument: it is better to constantly flip your steak than to only turn it two/four times. I’m a four-turn cook. But I may have to reconsider after reading this.

The Food Lab: Flip Your Steaks Multiple Times For Better Results

I’ve never been a big flosser. After reading this, though, I admit I’ve stepped up my game a bit. All kinds of good dental tips in here.

The Truth About Your Smile

And the most important link last.

A former co-worker had a running list of silly arguments he liked to, well, argue about. Not long after you met him you would get added to an email thread with one of these important questions, and a demand for your response.

One was about the odds of a coin being flipped landing on heads or tails. Are the odds always 50–50, or are they affected by the previous flip? Another was who would win a fight, a Siberian Tiger or a Kodiak Bear.

Yes, several of us who worked for a handful of Fortune 500 companies spent valuable company time fighting about stupid shit like this.

But I love that the guys over at Deadspin’s The Concourse are of similar minds.

So, for your enjoyment,

Who Would Win If A Hippo Fought A Rhino? A Question For The Ages.

⦿ Friday Links, Part 1


That’s how I would describe my blogging performance over the past week. I not only failed to share links last week, I kept putting it off and putting it off when I had chances to post them. So here I am with at least ten sharable links.

Some pruning is clearly in order.

But that still leaves quite a collection of quality content. So, prepare yourselves for two links posts today.

Part one will focus on pop culture.

Here is just a awful, in-depth exploration of the end of Casey Kasem’s life. Its focus is on the brutal battle between his wife and his children and brother over who should make decisions about his healthcare, decide where he was buried, etc.

Casey deserved better.

The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem

Casey played a few Mötley Crüe tracks on American Top 40 over the years. So I think he might enjoy this look into their farewell tour and the circus that surrounds pretty much everything they do.

I love what they did with the title, too.

Thïs Ïs thë Ënd

David Simon was the main man behind The Wire. He’s written a tremendous book (which was the genesis of The Wire and two other shows), made a couple other solid shows for HBO, and writes some pretty interesting stuff about society and politics on his blog.

Grantland goes deep on Simon as he preps his next HBO project.

David Simon Does Not Care What You Think Is Cool About His TV Shows

To wrap up part one, a very interesting profile of Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken. If you’ve read and enjoyed her books, but don’t know about her health condition, this piece will dazzle you. Hell, even if you know about her health status, it’s still pretty amazing that she is able to do what she does.

The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

Now go check part two.

Friday Vid

“The Frug” – Rilo Kiley

I’m not a regular viewer of Austin City Limits, but last week, when Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis split the episode, I definitely set the DVR. Lewis threw in a couple tracks from her first band, Rilo Kiley. This was not one of those selections, but I’ve always loved it and the oh-so-late–90s video makes it a perfect share.

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