Dan Trepanier at The Style Blogger reviewed made-to-measure suits from Knot Standard, Black Lapel, and Indochino. Since I’m not fiscally able to spring for a traditional bespoke suit just yet, this might be the perfect in-between option to up my game.
It’s the end of an era:
Mr. Kasell, the straight man with a dry humor to “Wait Wait” host Peter Sagal since 1998, missed several of the weekly shows last year due to illness. “He’s turning 80 in April, so I think that this has been on his mind,” Mr. Sagal said in a telephone interview, adding, “It’s going to be really weird doing it without him.”
I’m going to miss Carl. He was a staple of my Sunday mornings for the longest time (until they moved the schedule around). My hope is they’ll hire “legendary anchorman” Bill Kurtis to fill the role, as he did for several episodes during Carl’s absence.
With winter still alive and cheerful in the northeast, I’ve had my fair share of issues to deal with regarding my loafers and wingtips. Most notably over the last few months: salt stains.
This Esquire article is chock full of helpful information, including how to properly polish one’s shoes and make them shine like new.
Dave Winer would like you to understand the difference between bloggers and reporters:
A few days ago I tweeted: “Professional blogging —> no. It can be incidental. A professional reporter can blog. But being a blogger is not a professional thing.”
Noted Apple blogger John Gruber is paid $9,500 per sponsorship slot on his site and was a guest on Charlie Rose, but what he does isn’t considered professional because he’s not a “reporter” by definition/education/business card embossment?
Shawn Blanc gets paid enough for the work he does on his blog to support his family, yet he’s not a “professional”?
Here’s another definition to consider—professional:
paid to participate in a sport or activity, participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs
Winer doesn’t go into detail as to what separates reporters from bloggers, he simply implies that one type of site is more legitimate than another and that bloggers need another word for what they do.
Why are bloggers important to reporters? Bloggers are your sources.
Some bloggers are reporters, offering insight and breaking news before traditional news outlets do. But not to Winer, who, even in his URL slug, as well as at the bottom of his post, refers to blogging as “an amateur thing”.
I’m not even angry, just amused. The whole concept of labeling what someone does as worthy or unworthy based on arbitrary and personally-defined criteria is laughable. “I’m sorry, the hamburger you made was good, but because I ate it with my hands instead of a knife and fork, I cannot call it ‘food.’”
I’m sure Gruber will also have a good chuckle over this at the bank while he’s depositing those sponsorship checks.
I’m as excited and hopeful about the Amtrak writing residencies as everyone else, but Nick Ripatrazone at The Millions discusses his affinity for reading on his daily commutes and the types of books that get him rolling.
Lots of great recommendations here.