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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, January 28th

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Snowpocalypse in the White Queen’s Kingdom

newyorker.com — The threatened Snowpocalypse missed New York, more or less, making Monday morning's panic look slightly absurd on Tuesday afternoon, as panics do when they turn out to be unneeded.
Jan 28, 2015

As always @adamgopnik says it so very well Snowpocalypse in the White Queen’s Kingdom newyorker.com/news/daily-com… via @newyorker

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewYorker: “While advance hysteria rarely appears wise, post-hoc regret feels a whole lot colder.” @adamgopnik on Snowpocalypse: nyr.kr/1EPm97j

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewYorker: “While advance hysteria rarely appears wise, post-hoc regret feels a whole lot colder.” @adamgopnik on Snowpocalypse: nyr.kr/1EPm97j

Netflix’s Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human

By Tim Wu
newyorker.com — On the opening night of this year's Sundance Film Festival, two films, as usual, had their premières, gaining maximum exposure to reporters and critics. The first was "What Happened, Miss Simone?," a documentary about the singer and civil-rights icon Nina Simone.
Jan 28, 2015

“Seventy is the data, and thirty is [human] judgment … But the thirty needs to be on top, if that makes sense.” nyr.kr/1z3dxJR

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewYorker: .@superwuster on @netflix: “There is a sophisticated algorithm at work here—but I think his name is Ted Sarandos.” nyr.kr/1Ce8NDl

Jan 27, 2015

RT @nxthompson: The reason Netflix picks good shows? It's not all its algorithm; it's a human. @superwuster ow.ly/I3yfv

Jan 27, 2015

The reason Netflix picks good shows? It's not all its algorithm; it's a human. @superwuster ow.ly/I3yfv

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Blizzard? - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Well, I stayed up a good part of the night waiting for the blizzard that didn't come. And then, at about 3 A.M., the forecast was downgraded to overcast with a chance of flurries. The kid in me was disappointed, but the part that passes for an adult was really happy that I didn't have to shovel my driveway.

The Electric Future of Motorcycle Racing

newyorker.com — Two weeks after Eva Håkansson set the speed record for an electric motorcycle-240.726 miles per hour-she was back in the driver's compartment, waiting in the shade of an umbrella to start another run across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Her vehicle, which is known as the KillaJoule, a riff on the unit of energy, doesn't much resemble ­­a typical motorcycle.
Jan 28, 2015

Racing electric motorcycles on the Bonneville Flats -- at 240.726 mph: The New Yorker ow.ly/I6qzp

The Woman on the Beach

newyorker.com — The spare, stark, sordid Hollywood melodrama, from 1947, fills a romantic triangle with lots of personal and political history. It stars Joan Bennett as Peggy Butler, the sleek young wife of Todd Butler (Charles Bickford), an aged and renowned painter who is now blind, idled, clingy, and bitter.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @goingson: The Woman on the Beach: Jean Renoir in Hollywood, facing his European demons with Robert Ryan's help @MoMAFilm 1:30 newyorker.com/goings-on-abou…

Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, January 27th

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Daily Cartoon: Monday, January 26th

newyorker.com — "The National Weather Service is warning these areas to brace for what could be a crippling amount of Instagrammed snow photos."
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The G.O.P. Bubble vs. Democratic Stagflation

newyorker.com — There are two new signs that the Republican Party, often said to be in the midst of a civil war, might be experiencing something more like the Internet bubble of the nineteen-nineties.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewYorker: “If the GOP is in a market bubble…Democrats might be experiencing something like stagflation.” @tnyCloseRead on 2016: nyr.kr/1uYFTFa

Jan 27, 2015

RT @ThatAmelia: "Rubio congratulated the audience for not trying to bribe him." I want @tnycloseread to review my next party newyorker.com/news/amy-david…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @nxthompson: My fav metaphor today. The GOP has a 2016 candidate bubble, and the Dems have stagflation. @tnycloseread ow.ly/I28pA

Jan 27, 2015

RT @nxthompson: My fav metaphor today. The GOP has a 2016 candidate bubble, and the Dems have stagflation. @tnycloseread ow.ly/I28pA

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Snow Scary - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — In case you haven't heard, a winter storm just hit New York City and the Northeast. It has a name-Juno. It has multiple hashtags: #blizzardof2015, #snoWTF. It's been trending since Monday morning on social media, which is about when it started inspiring fatigue.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @jonathanwald: Snow Scary. "A car with a man in in it (Don Lemon) waiting for the storm to come." newyorker.com/science/maria-… via @newyorker cc : @donlemon

Jan 27, 2015

RT @jonathanwald: Snow Scary. "A car with a man in in it (Don Lemon) waiting for the storm to come." newyorker.com/science/maria-… via @newyorker cc : @donlemon

Jan 27, 2015

Snow Scary. "A car with a man in in it (Don Lemon) waiting for the storm to come." newyorker.com/science/maria-… via @newyorker cc : @donlemon

Jan 27, 2015

RT @NewYorker: Why are people so fascinated by storms, even when they’re nowhere near them? @mkonnikova explains: nyr.kr/1Bv4Ibd #Blizzardof2015

Jan 27, 2015

RT @NewYorker: Why are people so fascinated by storms, even when they’re nowhere near them? @mkonnikova explains: nyr.kr/1Bv4Ibd #Blizzardof2015

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A Victory in Kobani?

newyorker.com — The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham ( ISIS) has suffered its first major defeat in Syria. An unusual coalition-Kurdish warriors fighting room to room on the ground and Western warplanes bombing on a daily basis from the skies-has forced the militants out of Kobani, a dusty Syrian town that was built around a train stop near the Turkish border a century ago.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @joshua_landis: "A lot of ISIL fighters r simply refusing to go to Kobani. Tthe fighters refusing 2 go r being assassinated by ISIL.” newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Jan 27, 2015

Yep. RT @nxthompson What victory against ISIS in Kobani looks like. But it's still good news. newyorker.com/news/news-desk… http://t.co/Jop59r4NJ8

Jan 27, 2015

What victory against ISIS in Kobani looks like. But it's still good news. newyorker.com/news/news-desk… http://t.co/aHQbmry2N1

Scenes from the Iowa Freedom Summit

newyorker.com — Potential Presidential candidates and other prominent Republicans descended upon Des Moines on Saturday for the Iowa Freedom Summit. Describing the event on her blog, Amy Davidson writes that the possible candidates in attendance-Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal-were on "full, exhibitionist display."
Jan 27, 2015

I knew eventually I'd end up in The @NewYorker ... kinda. ---> newyorker.com/culture/photo-… http://t.co/aNzhy5voTY

Jan 27, 2015

LOT of old and white people in this pix ... Scenes from the Iowa Freedom Summit, by Danny Wilcox Frazier: nyr.kr/1Ce5Wuf

Ermita de Guadalupe’s Patronage Festival

newyorker.com — Earlier this month, the New York-based photographer Joaquin Trujillo posted to the New Yorker photo department's Instagram feed from the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of La Feria Patronale de Ermita, the annual patronage festival in his home town of Ermita de Guadalupe, in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico.

The Cost Conundrum

newyorker.com — It is spring in McAllen, Texas. The morning sun is warm. The streets are lined with palm trees and pickup trucks. McAllen is in Hidalgo County, which has the lowest household income in the country, but it's a border town, and a thriving foreign-trade zone has kept the unemployment rate below ten per cent.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @Atul_Gawande: 1st clear indication we're leaving fee-for-service in much of healthcare. As I said in 2009, it's the right direction nyr.kr/1zqEwRq

Jan 27, 2015

RT @Atul_Gawande: 1st clear indication we're leaving fee-for-service in much of healthcare. As I said in 2009, it's the right direction nyr.kr/1zqEwRq

Jan 27, 2015

RT @Atul_Gawande: 1st clear indication we're leaving fee-for-service in much of healthcare. As I said in 2009, it's the right direction nyr.kr/1zqEwRq

Jan 27, 2015

1st clear indication we're leaving fee-for-service in much of healthcare. As I said in 2009, it's the right direction nyr.kr/1zqEwRq

Kílian Jornet, Sky Runner

newyorker.com — Crouched over a Jetboil camp stove at the base of Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at 22,831 feet above sea level, Kílian Jornet Burgada prepared himself tea. A swoosh of snow blew off the triangular peak looming nine thousand feet overhead, where he'd been a few hours earlier.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewYorker: Kílian Jornet is widely considered the world’s fastest mountain runner. Follow his journey up and down Aconcagua: nyr.kr/1wz1Uo9

Jan 27, 2015

RT @NewYorker: Kílian Jornet is widely considered the world’s fastest mountain runner. Follow his journey up and down Aconcagua: nyr.kr/1wz1Uo9

Jan 27, 2015

The @NewYorker does Ultra-Mountain Running, Kilian Jornet and FKTs. How's about that. newyorker.com/news/sporting-…

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The Counselor - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — The director Ridley Scott's thriller, written by Cormac McCarthy, joins a modicum of knowledge about drug lords' ruthless violence to a repressed glee in depicting it. The unnamed protagonist is a gangland lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who goes in on a drug deal and gets in over his head with psychopathic killers.
Jan 28, 2015

@kevinzamb Thanks for asking; here's the capsule review; not sure if I wrote anything longer about it; will check: newyorker.com/goings-on-abou…

Why the Media Doesn’t Want to Remember Gary Hart

newyorker.com — Expectations were high this past fall for Matt Bai's book "All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid." Bai is a former Times political reporter and a current national political columnist for Yahoo, and his book zeroed in on a turning point in American political journalism, now largely forgotten: the way the press pursued Gary Hart, the leading Democratic candidate for President in the 1988 campaign, about his sex life.

Evidence of Evil

newyorker.com — In November of 1989, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C., received from the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau a shipment of artifacts for inclusion in the new museum's exhibitions tracing the history of the Holocaust.
Jan 27, 2015

@magger Someone posted this today, and I clicked on it (and remembered that I edited it!). What's with the itals? newyorker.com/magazine/1993/…

Movie of the Week: “Fahrenheit 451”

newyorker.com — These days, directors are expected to talk up their films, and for good reason: it's likely that François Truffaut's remarks about his 1966 film "Fahrenheit 451" (which I discuss in this clip) are in large part responsible for the film's wrongly low reputation.
Jan 27, 2015

Fahrenheit 451, in which Truffaut indulges a taste for exuberant abstractions & turns a political story personal: newyorker.com/culture/richar…