Love Is a Marathon

Or at least it is in the world of German opera. Today's Metropolitan Opera broadcast was noted half-naked male model Ricardo Baldin's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. At the beginning of the broadcast, the host (Renee Fleming) told the audience that Wagner started working on the opera in the midst of writing the Ring… » 12/13/14 8:03pm Saturday 8:03pm

I'd be inclined to just call it "stupid"; the problem I have with "hipster" is that it's too imprecise, and most of the people I know who use it do so because "person who likes something I don't" is a bit on the nose.* » 12/11/14 2:54pm 12/11/14 2:54pm

To make it worse, the story mentions how the lottery people took his big-check picture down from their website. Of course, the Internet never forgets, so I looked it up—he definitely has a bigger smile in his mugshot. Seems like a great guy. » 12/10/14 11:57pm 12/10/14 11:57pm

But the truth is that part of what's happened to Gawker Media over the past few years is that the stuff that used to be specific to Gawker Media — both in tone and substance — now appears in lots of other places, including at well-funded competitors like BuzzFeed » 12/10/14 2:55pm 12/10/14 2:55pm

Terrible Story, Happy(ish) Ending

Maury Compson posted this to Twitter earlier—yet another story about a man, Kwame Ajamu (actually, in this case, three men) being exonerated after decades in prison for a crime the state no longer believes they committed. They "no longer believe" because the entire case rested on a single eyewitness—a 12 year-old boy… » 12/10/14 12:16am 12/10/14 12:16am