Yet the Ponte Rotto is still good for passage. It is a bridge for the mind, leading us across the gulf of the ages—a beautiful and nostalgic ruin of a once great feat of engineering and architecture by a people who are lost in time.
My Dad on Rome’s oldest bridge, a one-span ruin.
As soon as I arrived at school … we got on a bus and went to the Baltimore Museum. When we got there, I got inside the museum, and I didn’t know any of the artists … And I feel like I survived that moment. And a lot of people are destroyed by that — they don’t survive that moment. And I always wanted to make work that people would not feel like they had to bring anything to the table, other than who they are, and who they are up to that moment — that they’re perfect.
Jeff Koons (starts around 9:00)
Data on which stadiums have the best, most local, and most unique beers.
- Congrats to the Mariners at #1 — not surprised.
- A little surprised San Diego does not do better (#8)
- Sad that Fenway does not do better (#22)
- Vindicated in my opinion that new Yankee Stadium is terrible (last place, #30).
There’s not a doubt in my mind that to watch YouTube is look at the future of the media. A generation is going to be raised on this style of content, and my bet is they’re not going to simply graduate out of its prevailing aesthetic; they’ll demand it come with them as they grow older.
Andrew Wallenstein, Variety (!)
Illuminating post-mortem on Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Goals vs. success breakdown:
1. To serve as a centralized national news desk for our properties so that we didn’t have multiple papers producing the same story about the royal baby or the Kentucky Derby or the Academy Awards. The hope was that we would then be able to devote more resources to local news in our markets — Mixed Success (positive on content, negative on devoting more resources to local)
2. To produce news products that DFM could launch across all its properties and then sell against — Failure, due to technical / integration challenges
3. To collectively provide skills to our newsrooms that we could not afford in every newsroom, specifically data, video, curation and graphics services — Great Success, papers loved it