Aruna, a 19-year-old nurse I met in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a lot like some of my friends in Washington, DC—bright, single, self-assured, loves her job. She speaks quickly and eloquently, not stopping to drink her tea and hardly ever even pausing to breathe. When I first meet her in Coimbatore, a city known for its textile industry, she is on her lunch break, wearing her freshly starched white uniform and a traditional red bindi dot on her forehead.
During its three-season run (from 1993–1996), the Nickelodeon series amassed a devoted following, thanks in no small part to cameos from Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and Debbie Harry. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the boundary-pushing show, the major players recall how ‘P&P’ became the ultimate indie rock destination.
The world surrounding The Adventures of Pete & Pete technically started with The Embarrassment. There’s this forgotten song by the early ’80s Wichita punks called “Wellsville,” about a drive-by town and the folksy characters encountered there, inevitably on the way elsewhere. (Wellsville, of course, is also the fictional home of the brothers Wrigley, Big Pete and Little Pete.)
“It’s this beautiful song about making a detour off the main road, and it felt like a great place to set the show,” explains Pete & Pete co-creator/writer/executive producer Will McRobb. “I was always very inspired by music, and it was always a big part of my thinking in a lot of different ways.”
Movies don’t come much more anticipated than The Counselor,a twisty tale of drug dealing and backstabbing along the Texas border written by Cormac McCarthy, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Michael Fassbender. Yet what on paper sounded like a sure thing turned out to be this fall’s most crushing disappointment. The film, which opened in late October, is less a taut thriller than a series of exasperatingly talky scenes circling around McCarthy’s pet themes: honor, revenge, sexual obsession, and the lengths to which desperate people will go to survive. The contrived plot seems mostly an excuse for the acclaimed novelist to indulge his love of torture, beheadings, and sadistic weaponry (including something he calls the “bolito”—a motor-operated loop of wire that slices through the carotid arteries). The dialogue, meanwhile, is plain laughable, with drug dealers pausing to deliver cryptic philosophical musings on such subjects as “the extinction of all reality.” Not exactly what anyone was hoping for from the writer whose No Country for Old Men provided the basis for the Coen brothers’ 2007 Oscar-winning movie.
The winter storm along the U.S. East Coast that disrupted holiday travel plans and prompted speculation over whether the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature its trademark balloons was forecast to move into southeastern Canada overnight.
The system that brought wind-blown rain to cities including Boston and New York was located just east of northern Maine, according to a National Weather Service advisory at about 10 p.m. yesterday. Light snow that fell along the western side of the Appalachians has been gradually tapering off while heavy rain has moved away from most of the East Coast.
Winter storm warnings remained in effect for parts of the central and southern Appalachians, northern Pennsylvania, the Adirondacks in upstate New York and northern Vermont. A flood warning was in place for central Maine, according to the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
The next big thing in campaign fundraising is being pioneered by a politician you’ve never heard of.
“I run in a lot of libertarian circles, so I’d already heard of Bitcoin,” said Warden, now in his second term, reflecting on his 2012 campaign. “But then one of my staffers, who set up my website, he asked to be paid in Bitcoin. So I said sure. Then he recommended setting up a wallet and accepting campaign donations that way.”
What happened next came as a shock to both Warden and his staffers. In his 2012 election campaign, Bitcoin donations came pouring in at an astonishing rate—and from surprising locations. Chatter on message boards devoted to the open-source currency led to a spike in donations from around the world, so much so that the novelty of the idea turned into a temporary panic, prompting serious accounting concerns.
Warden raised $1,600 in Bitcoin, and with it, a slew of difficult-to-answer questions about the future of the currency and its role in politics. Today, those campaign contributions would be worth an estimated $120,000.
Industry reports from investment banks are turgid things, rarely fit for human consumption. A recent report about big data from boutique bank GP Bullhound, however, contains this gem.
This is not entirely accurate: The number of photos uploaded to Facebook every minute now exceeds 243,000 (pdf, p.33). But it is a wonderful little cross-section of what happens on the biggest, most recognizable services on the internet.
Yet it remains a snapshot. To better understand what these numbers mean, it is worth looking to a similar set of figures released by Intel in March 2012. (Warning: hideous infographic to follow.)
Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a care-free, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.
Everybody wants that — it’s easy to want that.
If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.
Everyone wants that. So what’s the point?
What’s more interesting to me is what pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives end up.
Family restaurants are usually overrun with children. Some are antsy, others are well-behaved, but a good number of them have one thing in common: they’re playing with smartphones and tablets. Oh, and 1-in-10 have ADHD.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. alone, over six million children aged 4 to 17 have, at some point, been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before 1990, less than 5 percent of school-age kids were thought to have the condition, but earlier this year, data from the CDC showed that, in the two decades since, those numbers more than doubled to 11 percent, making it the most common childhood behavioral disorder.
Forget a general election once, shame on you, Wallsburg. Forget a general election TWICE … shame on you again, Wallsburg. For the second time in two years, it slipped the collective mind of the Utah town to elect a mayor and council members, meaning they all have to be appointed. The new town recorder forgot to announce the opening of the filing period or arrange for the Nov. 5 election, when others voters across the state were casting their ballots. The mistake was discovered right before Election Day, but it was too late to pull everything together.
Brent Titcomb, Wasatch County clerk, insists to the Associated Press that Mayor Jay Hortin and the four council members had no hidden agenda in letting the election slide. ”We will remember them in 2015,” Titcomb said. “They will definitely have an election in 2015.” Um, are you sure that’s going to happen in 2015, sir? Wallsburg forgot to hold elections in 2011, too. [Source]