REMINDER: We all have until March 31st to get insurance for the year through healthcare.gov.
In case we weren’t paying attention, the President of the United States has guest-starred on a comedic web series to remind us of this fact.
Peter Coy at Businessweek wonders why we’re so optimistic when we have nothing to be optimistic about. Good question. Is it, “the timeless confidence of youth”? Our “digital lives” (heh)?
Willa Paskin’s profile of Elisabeth Moss for New York Magazine is 1. great and 2. affirms the years many of us have spent deeply and actively relating to Moss’ character on Mad Men. “Don may be the show’s dashing face, but Peggy has always been its point-of-view character, “our Virgil,” in the words of Hamm, “leading us through this hellscape of ’60s advertising.”
I am torn because while I object to the sexist way “bossy” is usually only lobbed at girl children, I do think it’s important for shitty kids to be called out on how annoying they are.
Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a video of some guys in matching zip-up sweaters telling us they’ve found a way to turn water into wine. Okay, that ‘way’ involves ‘adding the ingredients necessary to make wine’ but still: JESUS STUFF.
The SAT went back to its old 1600-point system this week (thank youuuu) and along with that announcement came news of an exciting partnership. The College Board and Khan Academy, which is a non-profit with the mission of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” are teaming up to make test prep free and accessible on the web. Nona Willis-Aronowitz at NBC News reports
Chloe Schama at the New Republic cites a litany of ways we’re willing to pay a premium for good ol’ peace and quiet. We text instead of call, we stake out the quiet car on Amtrak (and then rage at the people who don’t abide by the rules), we pay more for fancy automobiles that don’t make noise, we live on quiet blocks, and we soundproof conference rooms. My personal favorite: “You can buy John Cage’s 4’33’’ on iTunes.” (omg)
Well, as their former copywriter I could tell you in about 1000 different ways and at varying lengths and tone of voice, but that would be insane and probably unethical. Nevertheless, Kickstarter hit a big milestone this week: a billion dollars have been pledged to projects. From there, it isn’t hard to figure out how much revenue they’ve made, and Quartz is on it:
I want to make sure you guys all have front row seats to the latest saga of great banality between me and my landlord. This time, it involves a household appliance!
Our refrigerator (pictured) is not so much a refrigerator as it is a tiny vintage collectible that belongs in a museum and not in someone’s kitchen. We knew this when we moved in, our broker mentioned something about us demanding a new fridge but that we might have to pay for it, so we shrugged our shoulders and, dealing with a million other move-in stresses, told ourselves it would be fine.
The Village Voice‘s Heather Baysa went to a seminar for aspiring voice-over artists to learn about the biz and rub elbows with industry vets like the voice of Hulu, the guy who played 47 different actors in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original series, and the man responsible for the Law & Order intro.
Apparently like anywhere else, networking is key and puberty can ruin you.
California is in the middle of a drought, and I am now officially paying attention. CNN Money covers Chipotle’s call-to-action:
The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company.
“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle said in the filing last month.
If the cost of ingredients jumps, the company said it “may choose to temporarily suspend” serving items such as guacamole or some salsas.
Apparently Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocado a day (18,000 tons a year!) — 70 avocados go in a single batch, God bless America. Their commitment to local, organic, and sustainable produce means they’d be greatly affected by rising prices and environmental factors. Since they pledge to use produce from within 350 miles of each restaurant, odds are you Californians would be affected first.
Which means that, as per usual, the fate of our nation lies with renowned Chipotle supplier (!!!) Jason Mraz.