April 20, 2018
February 16, 2018

How Every Character Was Cast on The Wire

Wendell Pierce (Det. William “Bunk” Moreland): It was weeks later, maybe even a year later, while we were shooting, that David said, “You know, when you came in, it was not your reading that got you the part. You just came in and you were bitching and complaining about this taxi driver and that was the thing that got you the gig, because you’re so much like Bunk.” The fact that I would bring it up in the middle of a major audition shows some gumption on my part.

January 8, 2018

Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No

A pretty interesting on the economics of marijuana sales and state/federal laws in the US.

Growing and selling marijuana are, like using it, legal under Colorado law. But banks tend to take their cues from the federal government. Not only does selling marijuana violate federal law; handling the proceeds of any marijuana transaction is considered to be money laundering. Very few banks are willing to bear that risk.

December 30, 2017
December 27, 2017
December 26, 2017

A strange life on London’s River Thames

Eel Pie Island, near Twickenham, was carved as the river took a detour and forged a parallel path, slicing it from the mainland. Since the 17th Century, when according to a 1635 map there was a bowling alley on the island, it has been a haven for hedonists, music lovers and philanderers.

This place looks like the kind of environment I’d like to retire in.