Links With the exception of the Saturday night, nothing in the athletics portion of the Olympics so far contradicts my argument that the Olympic sports we're weakest in receive the most publicity whereas something like Triathlon, in which we're apparently masters of the world thanks to the Brownlee brothers is rarely broadcast live so we didn't even know that thanks to the Brownlee brothers we are masters of the world. Anyway to also provide a counterbalance, here are a few non-Olympics related things I've been reading...
Mike Sterling investigates the contents of a storage container and finds pogs, pogs everywhere ...
"This fellow was apparently a distributor and / or manufacturer of cap products during the height of fad, in the early ’90s, and these rare jewels have apparently been resting in storage for nearly two decades since. I haven’t had much of a chance to actually go through the boxes, since mostly we were just hauling them out of the truck and making a giant POG box pyramid in a corner of the shop."
Broken TV runs down the Fifty Most-Watched (and Least-Watched) TV Channels In The UK, 2012
"Channel 4’s decision to make More4 rubbish doesn’t seem to have paid ratings-based dividends. In 2011, the average rating of a top ten show on More4 was 610,000 viewers. For 2012, the endless repeats of Grand Designs and Come Dine With Me are bringing an average of 379,000 viewers per top ten programme. Meanwhile, E4 has held pretty steady, showing that showing nothing but repeats of The Inbetweeners is pretty much as effective as showing nothing but repeats of Friends."
The Bystanders: photographers who didn't step in to help - in pictures
"What's it like to witness a mob attack, a starving child or the aftermath of a bomb, and take a photograph instead of stopping to help? As two journalists are under fire for recording rather than intervening in a sex attack in India, we ask people who know"
So Many Feelings / On Ladyblogs
"Blog empire Gawker Media, like its magazine counterparts Conde Nast and Hearst, asks readers to sort themselves by advertising demographic. One might be interested in sports, and read Deadspin. One might be interested in gadgets, and read Gizmodo. Or one might be interested in being a woman, and read Jezebel. When Jezebel launched in spring 2007, I myself was keenly interested in being a woman. I was 20 years old: being a woman was a relatively recent development, and I was curious about the ways it could be done. And I had always enjoyed reading about being a girl. "
Hey, Everyone — Stop Taking This Picture! (No, I Mean It.)
“If I have to see one more woman posed with her behind in my general direction, looking smouldering-ly over her shoulder, I’m going to punch someone in the face. And you two [my Tor.com officemates] should be worried, since you’re the closest people at hand.”