June 10, 2018

Tetris and Mizuguchi.

May 13, 2018

The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver

When the divers finally come out of the chamber, the adjustment is both emotional and physical. They emerge pale and disoriented, like prisoners released from solitary, drained and irritable, body clocks out of whack. Tweddle finds it hard to train his body not to eat quite so much. He has to be on guard for waistline expansion since there are now strict body mass index guidelines for North Sea divers.

Hovey owns some land in the central Texas pine woods, and he usually spends a few days there alone before trying to reintegrate with the noise and chaos of family life. His kids give him a wide berth after a job, and he and his wife like to start dating all over again as a way to reconnect. It’s hard to shake the feeling that he is in suspended animation while in sat, even though life goes on. “My family is constantly trying to grow and be better versions of themselves,” he says. “Sometimes being away for work, I get left in the dust.”

A fascinating piece by Jen Banbury on what might just be the most bizarre job in the world.

April 22, 2018

A “thrilling” mission to get the Swedish to change overnight

The day was officially known as Högertrafikomläggningen (right-hand traffic diversion) or simply Dagen H (H-Day). Its mission was to put Sweden on the same path as the rest of its continental European neighbours, most of which had long followed the global trend to drive cars on the right.

Interestingly, road deaths during the year the change took place dropped.

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.