Back when he was working at the MGM Grand, [Carrot Top] would watch George Carlin from behind the curtain at the side of the stage. Like a lot of artists, Carlin had the rituals that give performers facing unpredictable rooms the illusion of control. There was a vending machine backstage, and one of Carlin’s tics was checking the change-return slot each time he went onstage and checking it each time he walked off. There was never any money in it. So one night, Thompson decided to slip out of his hiding spot and plant a quarter in the change-return slot. He watched Carlin finish his set, check the slot, and beam when he found the quarter. “It’s funny,” Thompson says. “It was the smallest thing.”

From Carrot Top in Exile, Esquire’s entertaining article about the much-maligned comedian.

21.02.2015 • Permalink

John Gruber commenting on the recent rumors that Apple is working on a car:

I don’t find it hard to believe that Apple would have a team working on an electric car. I do find it hard to believe that such a vehicle “resemble a minivan”.

Given the evolution of, say, the iPad and the Apple Watch, I have no problem imagining that, though I’m sure the second generation model will come out looking more like a sportscar.

17.02.2015 • Permalink

Sean Bean is a man with the genetics of a bee so that he has the loyalty of bees. At one point, he musters up every ounce of working-class Yorkshireman gravitas to deliver a monologue on the virtues of bees.

Threat Quality Press just sold me on Jupiter Ascending now.

09.02.2015 • Permalink

Complaints

I avoid the Visual Editor like the plague! Only use it if I have to switch to it to use a theme’s built-in shortcode button. Otherwise – never use it.

This is, predictably, the very first comment from an article about adding custom CSS styles to the visual editor in WordPress. The visual editor would be the dashboard most people use to write blog posts, largely non-tech people who don’t know Markdown from a Git repo, and couldn’t really care less.

It’s exasperating. Here’s an article written to solve a specific problem some people have, and this commenter’s first thought is to show up, bang on the door and shit the words “I DO NOT CARE FOR THIS” on the doorstep. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)

I mean, I sort of get it: More and more, the just-passing-by putdown is becoming Internet SOP, but still … if you have nothing to offer, just once in a while would it hurt to just shut the fuck up?

06.02.2015 • Permalink