shortformblog:

And the twist … The Twitter account Manti Te’o’s reported fake girlfriend tweeted last night promising a full explanation, which means that a weird story just got weirder.

Whoa

shortformblog:

And the twist … The Twitter account Manti Te’o’s reported fake girlfriend tweeted last night promising a full explanation, which means that a weird story just got weirder.

Whoa

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theavc:


Actually, now Clerks III will be Kevin Smith’s final movie

I wonder how many people I know are making a high-pitched squeal right now.

Clerks III: Kevin Smith Stops Trying

“Does Kevin Smith contradict himself? Very well then, he contradicts himself. He is large. He contains multitudes.”
That’s a classy-ass fat joke, you guys.

shortformblog:

theavc:

Actually, now Clerks III will be Kevin Smith’s final movie

I wonder how many people I know are making a high-pitched squeal right now.

Clerks III: Kevin Smith Stops Trying

Does Kevin Smith contradict himself? Very well then, he contradicts himself. He is large. He contains multitudes.”

That’s a classy-ass fat joke, you guys.

Why people don’t get Nate Silver

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stefanjbecket:

Probability is counterintuitive.

The idea that the chance of something happening doesn’t change is hard for us to wrap our heads around. Understandably so—if I tell you that you have a 70 percent chance of making a putt, most people would expect that after ten putts, seven will have gone in the hole. This, however, is not the case. 

That’s what’s hard to grasp about probability, the idea that one result has no effect on what happens in the future.

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Related to this great piece (a topic which Stefan totally beat me to, because I had a half-written, not-as-good take hiding in my drafts) is the rebuke he got from his public editor on Thursday. If you ask me, the New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, totally should have run a statistical model on whether that column was a good idea.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

A very smart take on the political journalism topic du jour.

shortformblog:

Bon Iver, Bushmills auction off custom-made guitar made from old whiskey barrels, with proceeds going to pay for community arts center: Today in selling out in a way so clever and sophisticated that it somehow becomes the opposite of selling out.

This is so great that I’m not going to even enter into the “selling out” discussion.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee - Michael Richards

In the final episode in the first round of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, Michael Richards addresses his infamous outburst. 

A reminder of the time you liked Michael Richards, before he became a walking disaster. Also, this series is a much better fit for Jerry Seinfeld than “The Marriage Ref.”

There’s something really touching about the relationship between Richards and Seinfeld- Richards can make Seinfeld giggle, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard.  There’s a sort of undercurrent of brotherhood that I really dug.

shortformblog:

So, it’s finally happened: The replacement referees finally screwed up bad and cost a team a game. Despite Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings grabbing an interception of a Hail Mary throw, he had the ball stripped away by the Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate, who received credit for a touchdown — something which he didn’t earn, based on multiple camera views of the situation. ”That was two of the worst calls at the end of a football game that I can remember,” said ESPN’s Jon Gruden.

I can’t even this morning.

shortformblog:

So, it’s finally happened: The replacement referees finally screwed up bad and cost a team a game. Despite Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings grabbing an interception of a Hail Mary throw, he had the ball stripped away by the Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate, who received credit for a touchdown — something which he didn’t earn, based on multiple camera views of the situation. ”That was two of the worst calls at the end of a football game that I can remember,” said ESPN’s Jon Gruden.

I can’t even this morning.

"This is just one more example of people that are lower income, sometimes not higher educated people, being left behind. It makes me very sad."

Kansas City, Mo. resident Margaret May • Expressing frustration with her neighborhood’s slow push to sign up for Google Fiber. May leads the neighborhood council in the Ivanhoe neighborhood, which is 46 percent black. Google said they could only sign up neighborhoods that had enough people pay a $10 preregistration fee for broadband access, and by Sunday’s deadline, only 32 percent of those that had signed up were black, while 54 percent were white, with predominantly-black neighborhoods lagging behind. The company plans to offer a second opportunity to sign up for those that missed the chance. (via shortformblog)

While this may speak to a multitude of problems in this country, I don’t really see how this is Google’s fault.  Are they to be expected to completely subsidize their service?  This isn’t a voter registration/disenfranchisement issue.  This is a publicly-traded company charging money for the service they provide.  Am I wrong?