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I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
This blog is my curio collection, sort of. I'll have a place of my own for essays... someday.


Roger Ebert, The Collected Wikipedia Edits | Quenton Miller

Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, was a likely – but never confirmed – Wikipedia editor, under the name Rebert. These edits are now collected in a hardcover, not for sale edition.

Rebert’s edits are often short, entertaining reviews, on Gotham City or John Prine, over time they were edited into Wikipedia’s dry style or reverted completely. Most cite Ebert texts as sources, and though the practice of citing yourself was overlooked in 2004 when Rebert started out, by 2009 his last edit was given a tag, ‘possible conflict of interest’. Rebert’s user page now carries a note, ‘this is the user talk page of an editor who has died. This page is preserved as a memorial,’ and then, finally, the catchphrase from Ebert’s TV show, ‘See you at the movies!’

Roger Ebert was a fan of Wikipedia. Searching through his film reviews you can find ‘Thanks to Wikipedia,’ ‘Wikipedia splendidly explains,’ ‘My pals at Wikipedia filled in some of the blanks for me’. In 2008, Rebert’s most active year of editing, Ebert posted an interview with Bill Clinton, and listed himself under ‘distribution,’ along with his distributors and their contacts, as ‘Roger Ebert REBERT.’ There are many signs that these are Ebert’s edits, though it was never fully confirmed by Ebert, who died in 2013. Now he’s gone it may remain a mystery.

Roger Ebert, The Collected Wikipedia Edits is published by Quenton Miller, an artist and writer. The book is not for sale, though technically all text on Wikipedia is publishable for profit.

The Death of The Magazine


The Death of The Magazine

By which I mean The Magazine, the (until very recently) app-based independent digital magazine launched by app-maker Marco Arment and currently published by editor Glenn Fleishman.  Which bled subscribers faster than they could add new onces, despite what one presumes was pole position in Apple Newsstand and content syndication deals with BoingBoing and all the rest of the things they did with…

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"The issue is not whether the Islamic State is a ridiculous analogy for Ebola — of course it is. The real problem is that highly complex geopolitical situations are being reduced in the Western popular imaginary to apocalyptic fantasies. In isolation, the end-times anxieties attached to both the rise of the Islamic State and the spread of Ebola have been unfounded — little wonder that combining the paranoias produced an absurd effect on screen."


Wish I knew how to quit you, Coca Cola.

I miss having eight, nine, ten hours a day to do work that could be done in three. I miss having a set time for “work.” If I was sitting at my computer in an office I was showing up and working. Talking was work. I miss that. All that talking about things that didn’t TRULY matter but we got to feel like they mattered, which is ideal. Low actual stakes, high imaginary stakes. Stakes only as high as your ego. And you get to say, “It’s work!” and you’re going to work and you’re getting paid and doing your job so you are good to go! You have done your job for the day, because you are sitting at your desk and replying to emails.

Things I Miss About Having A Real Job | The Billfold

I’ve started and abandoned so many tumblr posts about this, about the weird floatiness of a patched-together freelance/teaching life. I’ve wondered why I’m so tired sometimes after fewer than eight hours of work. I’ve launched monologues at Tanner when he walked in the door at night, or found myself failing to form sentences in front of my students in class. This paragraph and this whole piece is just yes yes yes.

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My family runs a dachshund rescue and, well……..this is usually what it looks like

Draw a barrel of anons