can we have more fat characters that aren’t seen as gross/a joke 

Actually let me add to this that when you see a bit-player on tv who is fat, they are always a bad person in some format. Fat has become shorthand for villainy somehow.

It’s impossibly lazy visual shorthand for them being greedy/unable to “stay in shape” and therefore untrustworthy. And, obviously, a massive pile of bullshit.

…personal newsletters are on the rise, and for good reason: Like podcasts, they foster a minimally mediated sense of intimacy with the writer/aggregator; like Twitter, they offer a peek into a person’s idiosyncratic tastes as a reader; and, like a favorite blog, the selections of the day’s readings arrive with annotations—quippy one-liners that explain why a story bears mentioning. There’s something precious and intimate and pure about the form, which is why so many recipients remain steadfast in their support for the personal newsletter.

Kate Kilkenny, Is Nothing Sacred? Why Political Candidates are Commandeering Hip New Media, Pacific Standard.

This is the best description of personal newsletters we’ve seen in a while.

Somewhat related: the anatomy of a newsletter.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Color me interested.

Song in my head this morning. I went off the Figure 8 stuff for awhile, thinking it overproduced next to From A Basement On A Hill, but I’ve come back to it in recent years; it’s a different sound, sure, but the purposefully Beatles-esque arrangements has won me back over. The basslines! The orchestration! (Oh, and the melodies in general, because, damn, these might be Smith’s prettiest songs.)

John and Ed were approaching Black Rock desert on the way to Burning Man when the email arrived from a friend. “Thanks for letting us stay in your apartment this weekend!”

John looked at his husband in confusion. There must be some mistake – they had left their San Francisco apartment with their professional housesitter.

“No, it’s definitely your house – your car, your wedding photos, your cats,” said his friend. “We found it on Airbnb.”

In what is just the latest symptom of San Francisco’s overheated property market, John and Ed discovered that their housesitter had rented out their apartment while they were away, charging $2,000 for five days.

In addition to heavy promotion and marketing for the first issues, Marvel is rolling out the red carpet for the second installments of these highly anticipated titles. Along with added publicity, web advertising and web skins – each new All-New, All-Different Marvel first issue will conclude with a full page advertisement for issue #2. Prompting fans who’ve just finished these exciting first issues to come back for round two! If you thought issue #1 was packed with high-octane action and can’t-miss moments, just wait till you read issue #2!

This is, perhaps surprisingly, not an Onion article, but real Marvel PR. The tagline for the campaign, I swear to God, is “You Want To Know What Happens Next? Don’t Miss [Series Title] #2!” Because, if Marvel hadn’t told the reader that, they’d have no idea what to read to find out what happens next.
(via waitwhatpod)