too damn hot
For San Francisco, temperatures in the 80's are pretty extreme for June. The heat, plus the lost sleep from going to shows and waking up early for World Cup matches has completely stripped me of motivation. I do, however, have some random links to share from this week's travels across the Net:
- I fully intend to purchase Johnston Atoll. Radioactive golf course? You can see the green in the dark!
- Related to the above: the U.S. has an Office of Property Disposal? Euphemistic and totally bizarre. I had no idea.
- Deadspin quotes a behind-the-paywall WSJ article that says less than 10,000 customers have signed up for Mobile ESPN service. A disappointment for Disney, surely, but what about everyone who was saying MVNOs will crack the grip of the provider-model in the US?
- In the "good news for Disney" column for this week, Random Culture reports that ABC has had tremendous success with it's ad-supported online TV streaming. 11 million viewers in one month vs. 9 months to get 6 million downloads on iTunes.
- The news that Katie Lee Joel is not coming back as host of Top Chef seriously made my week.
- My fellow Portugal supporter Mike Monteiro is visually heckling our only Dutch friends before Sunday's World Cup match.
- In comic books, the very-much-anticipated release of Matt Fraction's Cassanova is finally here, and Newsarama posts a preview.
- Frank Bruni writes on his blog about how mild the lamb dishes he's been served of late have tasted. The amino acids that contribute to the flavor characteristic we think of as "lamb-y" are more prevalent (in my opinion) in New Zealand lamb that is entirely grass fed. I don't know many cooks here in SF who prefer to work with American lamb.
- Related to the above: allow me to recommend the lamb riblets at Globe for your late-night noshing needs whenever you're in San Francisco.