You're a Good Man, Jay Leno [Three Best Things, 1/11/10 - 1/17/10]

Two Rich Guys Arguing

Jimmy Kimmel lays into Jay Leno on Leno’s own show. Around 1:40, Kimmel dings Leno and Leno refuses to play along. You can see Kimmel’s eyes light up, as he realizes he gets to tee off on Leno for the next four minutes. Jay loses his audience, and all he can do is wait it out. I don’t watch any of these shows, so I don’t really have a dog well-trained competitor in this fight, but Leno is impossible to like at this point.

“Why would anybody ever wanna leave Baltimore? That’s what I’m askin’.”

The new trailer for Treme, the upcoming series by The Wire’s creators:

Three Best Things 8/31/09 - 9/6/09: Atlanta, GA... Where Seth Godin flies for lunch.

  • Phenomenal (and brief) must-read: Clive Thompson on the New Literacy. You know how certain elderly saints o’ the Lord hang on to the notion that all these fly-by-night SMS-chatblogging and social-textbooking fads are bad for the children’s writing skills? That these flash-in-the-pan wikitubers are robbing themselves of literacy with every single e-minute spent deleting spreadsheets willy-nilly on the Wii-game and the digi-puter? Because back in my day we learned how to write Honus Wagner’s name in cursive by torchlight, back when a person applied for a job at the Pony Express without needing an app forum 2.0 motherboard widget WIDGET, and now they’ve got these portable gang phones with the RAM modules and the CNN quiz shows by satellite!?

I’ve been saying it myself for years, but you’ll likely find a new Stanford study a little more convincing: turns out writing — even if it means Flickr-hacking out some status-cyberspams on the whoozy-Twitterzit while uploading entire iTunes to your buddy lists — is good for your writing. Embrace it: the internet is good for you, but even better for your kids.

BONUS: The Godfather 3 Syndrome, finest of the many things written about Jay-Z and Raekwon this week.

Three Best Things 7/20/09 - 7/26/09

  • The continuing saga of this post likening the hassles of being Jay-Z to the diplomatic challenges that face a global superpower. Specifically, how does The Big Guy deal with annoyances from The Little Guy? Not the first time somebody’s compared rapper spats to international conflict, but this one really sparked a wide discussion. This followup listed reactions from bloggers and journalists in various fields. But wait, there’s more — interviews, NY Times articles about the original blog post, etc. (Tangentially related: Nas lost.)
  • Did you know Zenith Radio invented a service that was pretty much Netflix, pay-per-view, and Hulu… in 1951?
  • Henry Louis Gates’ 1995 article on race and crime in modern America.

SPECIAL 40th Anniversary BONUS: The Times’ post-moon-landing retraction of its polite 1920 claim that space travel is impossible.