You gotta be good though. if your pun Blows, there’s no way they pick you
We’re not going to paper over the fact that America’s daily news sources are in a bit of trouble, that’d just be foolish. But they’re still essential sources of information, at least when they’re done well, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal certainly deliver in that regard. So it’s good to see them getting a bit more in touch with the inked-up youth of today living in their City Rooms, with a contest the Times‘ social media editor, Daniel Victor, is running: go to this Facebook thread and deliver your best newspaper pun (or rhyme, but ew come on). The winner gets a 12-week digital subscription to the Times, the runner up gets a six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. If there was ever a contest where you didn’t want to copy someone, this is it. (more…)
We give the New York Times some guff here sometimes, but we guff because we love. All of the hipster baiting and strange Citi Bike editorials in the world can’t take away from their actual great reporting. If you’ve been missing out on it because you don’t want to pay, good news: you can get a month of free access to the Times‘ website if you pick up next Sunday’s paper. (more…)
You guys…we just… Someone take the Sunday Review away from the Times until they promise never to publish something like Steven Kurutz’s “Caught in the Hipster Trap“ ever again:
Every time I lace up a pair of Adidas or Vans, I might as well be saying I’m one of those hipsters with a closetful of retro ’80s street wear. Top-Siders paired with an Lacoste shirt are the realm of Vampire Weekend-type preppy hipsters. Any kind of heavy boots smack of up-with-the-working-man proletariat hipsters.
Are the president’s naps more important than yours?
Watching the State of the Union last night while playing your Poland Spring drinking game, you noticed the prez up the ante on minimum wage, proposing to hike it to $9 an hour, which is even more than New York’s Gov. Cuomo was seeking, which is kinda nice when you consider how many laid off professionals end up doing crap jobs for vomit pay these days. And there was talk about overall economic stability, and increasing American output by stealing Apple jobs from struggling Taiwanese workers. But where was the real talk of progressive reform that our nation’s overburdened and overloaded workers are demanding? We’re talking the third rail of office politics: Naps. Naps, not apps! What do we want? “A place to lie down for a few minutes!” When do we want it? ”Sometime around 2:30 would be great!”
We need them, now more than ever, as described in this New York Times story from last week about how relaxation increases productivity. And part of that relaxation is, of course, the simple nap, which does so very much for us, says Science: (more…)
You can work here without having to scale the entire building. via All Things D
It was just last week we were bitching about the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any space for start ups in the city. Lo and behold, here comes the extremely intriguing idea of building your start up in the New York Times building, with timeSpace, their new start up incubator. No more P.O. boxes for your corporate mailing address! (more…)
Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z didn’t quite get down with the Occupy movement, which isn’t entirely surprising for a guy who’s worth about $475 million and boasts about having $200 million worth of extra identities.
“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” Jay-Z told Zadie Smith in an interview for The New York Times. “Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”
Too long, didn’t read version: Jay: “We DID build that.” Hm, catchy! Of course, he wasn’t above profiting from Occupy. Because you can never have too many Maybachs.
But which one runs on fossil fuels and causes hit-and-run deaths?
Here is the new world order, as told by the most authoritatively ethical person in the country: If you are riding a bike, you don’t have to follow the same rules as cars. BOOM! That means you can do things like treat stop lights as yield signs and even occasionally ride on the sidewalk, all without fear that you are violating some damnable code of morality. This is according to this Sunday’s op-ed piece by Randy Cohen, the Times’ original Ethicist columnist (and, let’s face it, Chuck Klosterman, far and away the best, because what are you even doing with this job, Chuck??). Cohen is an avid cyclist, and says of his flaunting of traffic laws, “although it is illegal, I believe it is ethical. … I think all cyclists could — and should — ride like me.” (more…)
We know everyone loves to get their news from Gawker and suit-wearing jesters on cable news who have never picked up a reporters notebook in their lives, but do you know there are actual reporters in actual war zones getting actually shot at to keep you informed? The New York Times is Grouponing (yup, we just made it a verb) a digital subscription for $1 today. It’s an eight-week subscription usually worth $16, and maybe you’ll like it enough to keep it? Yes, we know you can easily get around the paywall, but Anthony Shadid didn’t die in a godforsaken desert so you could not pay a dollar for all the news of the world.
You may think you’re saving money by ordering The New York Times online only. You would be wrong. An all-digital subscription actually costs quite a bit more than any of the print/digital combinations, even with all of those dead trees, delivery costs and so on. While trying to choose a subscription, we were surprised to find that would-be Times readers pay more NOT to have the paper delivered, but you might not realize this because the Home Delivery and All Digital Access rates are on two separate pages. Here’s how they break down:* (more…)
Our tax system is so flawlessly constructed and fair that I’m cashing out my retirement package from my last job to pay for the obscene amount of freelance taxes I owe this year. That’s how it works, right? Well, either way, if you’ve got yourself a fancy tax person, they’ll tell you the ways to game the system, much like all those rich people who do financial Houdini to get out of paying anything. Last week, the New York Times and those public radio masterminds at Planet Money published a very Brokelyn sounding guide called “What’s the Easiest Way to Cheat on Your Taxes?” that highlights several loopholes you could exploit. Their No. 1 tip might not be exactly useful this year: run your own company so you can write everything off as a business expense. But the rest of the piece helps illuminate the kinds of loopholes people exploit (cosmetic surgery), what looks like a red flag to auditors and other ins and outs of tax frustration. Hint: writing off your travel and entertainment expenses is like putting a bright red AUDIT target on your forehead. Which means I need to go adjust my tax forms immediately.