Q&A with Jim Bankoff: Building collaboration, technology and products at Vox Media
Chorus is almost as much an idea and a way of doing things, which is to say that we really think in a holistic manner and how to make best possible stories and how to make those stories come to life, how to make sure that those stories find their audiences wherever those audiences might be, either in our websites or on social platforms or in search or wherever an audience is. We want to make sure to find them, so that thought process is incorporated into the actual technology and the product stack that our writers and our content-creators use to tell their stories.
Is Martian soil actually good for farming?
Imagine if the most brilliant comedians in history were working today… The Marx brothers would have to apologize to Italians, mutes and uptight British ladies.
"Plants grew better in a simulated martian soil than in a nutrient-poor earth soil."
Harry Truman, Five-Card Stud and the Cold War
Dick Nixon: apparently the poker king of the Pacific.
For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test
To gain a London cabbie’s license, a candidate has to memorize all 25,000 streets and the locations of another 20,000 landmarks within a six-mile (9.6-kilometer) radius of Charing Cross.
London doesn’t regulate its cabs via a limited number of medallions or permits—anyone who can pass “The Knowledge” is free to drive a taxi.
A Couple of Eccentric Guys
Calvin Trillin on the illusionists Penn & Teller. “Penn & Teller had a relationship with the audience that was less characteristic of magicians than of street performers—which they both once were.”
Profile from 1989 that makes me want to look up all the old performances referenced. I love these guys and need to see them live.
As Jack Kennedy to hats, so Obama to helmets: Presidents can make once accepted elements of life look suddenly dated.
I did the best I could with what I had.
In a dream there is no bluffing or pretense.