Jon Snow interviews Charlie Brooker on Channel 4 News [x]
I got interviewed as a talking head on a thing one time, and everyone was like, “BUT THESE YOUNG BOYS PLAYING GAMES,” and I blew everyone’s mind and completely derailed the discussion by saying, “Young men and boys are only about 1/3 of gamers. Most gamers are adults, and half are women — according to the ESA.”
<p>For Brian Morin, 11, an extraordinary gateway to “adventure” lurks within an unusual place: the corner of a room in a central Fresno 7-Eleven convenience store.</p>
<p>Brian usually stops by five days a week to check out books from a children’s library inside, created by store owners Sushil Prakash and Josephine Kiran as an incentive to get children in the neighborhood excited about reading.</p>
<p>The catch to lure kids? A free Slurpee or hot chocolate for every book read and summarized in a short book report.</p>
Written by Larry M. Lake for Slate When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well.
“Friends talk about cancer and other physical maladies more easily than about psychological afflictions. Breasts might draw blushes, but brains are unmentionable. These questions are rarely heard: “How’s your depression these days?” “What improvements do you notice now that you have treatment for your ADD?” “Do you find your manic episodes are less intense now that you are on medication?” “What does depression feel like?” “Is the counseling helpful?” A much smaller circle of friends than those who’d fed us during cancer now asked guarded questions. No one ever showed up at our door with a meal.”
I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.
this is my learning about hockey weekend. Watching both 24/7 road to the winter classic series.
In 1975 Playboy Press published nude photographs of 10-year-old Brooke Shields. The photographer, who took them with parental consent, described his subject as ‘the first prepubescent sex symbol in the world’ and prints of his portraits soon became highly sought after and very expensive.
Even as he was dying, Mercury threw himself into his majestic, operatic singing. Queen’s Brian May recalls that Mercury could hardly walk when the band recorded "The Show Must Go On" in 1990. "I said, ‘Fred, I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing,’ " May says. "And he went, ‘I’ll fucking do it, darling’ — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal.