Due to popular demand (two people), I’m bringing my daily commute reads to the front page on…Monday (since I clearly forgot to uncheck the “mini post” box on this one!
Mac McClellan tells a powerful story about the recent history of mental health and what happened to a family when they had no where left to turn.
Alexis Madrigal compares the business models of ARM and Intel and explores what that means for the traditional Silicon Valley narrative.
Brian Grazer is still planning on making a Friday Night Lights movie, that’s a movie based on the TV show that was based on the movie that was based on the book. He also wants to Kickstart it.
Maureen O’Connor spots a report by Netflix on streaming adulteration: the number of customers that skip past their partners TV series and what have you. They’re also going to make content suggestions based on which people do that, because you know, the machines are taking over.
Anna Leuchtenberger puts together a short history of insults. One example,
“Centuries ago in the rural mountain villages of France, many children grew up with an untreated thyroid condition that stunted their mental and physical growth. Their parents and neighbors referred to them euphemistically as “Christians.” Some scholars say that the name was a call to remembrance of the humanity of these affected people, even though they were different. The word for Christian in the Alpine dialect was “crestin,” which became crétin in modern French. Eventually, these isolated villages began to be discovered by the modern world. The word “cretin” was seized upon by psychologists around the turn of the century, borne away on a wave of science, used in academic papers for some years, and then dropped like a hot potato by modern psychology when it was used pejoratively too often and came to be seen as offensive.”
Matthew Yglesias has an overview of all things Star Trek which is actually quite good. He also has a “best of” list for the movies, episodes, series, and characters. Generations came in above Insurrection, so make of his rankings what you will.
Maureen Johnson makes girly covers for famous books.
Aaron Renn explains gentrification and why cities need to find a new fall back plan for urban renewal.
And a new report says that video game piracy is less than the industry claims, but also more varied.