Master of Animated GIFs

This is the insane home-based workstation that GIF creator extraordinaire Tim Burke, a former professor of communications and speech who lectured on media theory and now contributor, works from and where he quickly pumps out GIFs of noteworthy highlights (or lowlights) from various games. He spends approximately 100 hours a week here and monitors dozens of games simultaneously. He is able to view and record from 28 sources at once thanks to his 10 monitors which are then split into eight or more mini-screens.

In the understatement of the year Burke explained, “I am not able to do many other things.”

His wife’s response to all this: “I’ve done a lot of personal growth this past year.”

[Insert GIF here of her rolling her eyes.]

Center of Disneyland

Tens of thousands of visitors have probably walked right over the above tiny dot in Disneyland without nary a glance. Located near Sleeping Beauty’s castle this dot represents the geographic center of Disneyland.

Read about some other secrets of Disneyland here.


Browse some pictures from my life over the past few weeks, such as the one above where I couldn’t resist joining the other hordes of Banksy groupies at one of the artist’s more recent stencils. This one can be found on the corner of 79th and Broadway because nothing screams counter culture street art audience like the Upper West Side.

Before he became famous as the head coach of the Miami Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra was just a lowly video coordinator as seen above. The position originally wasn’t even guaranteed beyond that initial summer in 1995 when he started working in this role.

Two years later he was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator. Then in 1999 he became an assistant coach/advance scout. He ascended to the top coaching position in April 2008 and also became the first ever Asian American to do so in not just the NBA but also of all four major American sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey).

The dude also clearly found the fountain of youth at some point.

Also, in case any of you reading this is under the age of 21, what Spoelstra is posing with in this photo is something called VHS cassettes.

The $91,500 T-Shirt

Maybe someday when our civilization goes by the way of the Roman Empire, historians will point to this $91,500 t-shirt by Hermes as the beginning of the end.


From the Archives

Accompanying a March 23, 1958 article in the New York Times pondering the then rapidly approaching reality of putting people in space was the above photo of a pilot…and a cat.

The picture’s caption: “A kitten floats out of the hand of Capt. Druey P. Parks, inside an F-94C jet plane at 25,000 feet. The speed of the plane, flying a calculated arc, counterbalances the pull of the weighlessness that a space man will experience.”

There you have it. Science. With a cat.

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog


In the July 5, 1993 issue of The New Yorker, there on the upper right corner on page 61 was an amusing single panel cartoon by Peter Steiner. A lot of the New Yorker single panel cartoons are amusing and often quite clever, however none of them would quite beat Peter’s for its cultural impact and legacy as the magazine’s most popular cartoon. Here’s a follow-up conversation with the cartoonist about what he’s been up to since those early days of the Internet.