“Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts. Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won’t — and if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But, ultimately, that doesn’t change anything — because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.” — John Green, author of ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘, offers superb advice for aspiring writers, but also life more generally.
It turns out that wealth inequality isn’t about the 1 percent v. the 99 percent at all. It’s about the 0.1 percent v. the 99.9 percent (or, really, the 0.01 percent vs. the 99.99 percent, if you like). Long-story-short is that this group, comprised mostly of bankers and CEOs, is riding the stock market to pick up extraordinary investment income. And it’s this investment income, rather than ordinary earned income, that’s creating this extraordinary wealth gap.
The 0.1 percent isn’t the same group of people every year. There’s considerable churn at the tippy-top. For example, consider the “Fortunate 400,” the IRS’s annual list of the 400 richest tax returns in the country. Between 1992 and 2008, 3,672 different taxpayers appeared on the Fortunate 400 list. Just one percent of the Fortunate 400—four households—appeared on the list all 17 years.
Now there’s your real 1 percent.
“Over the weekend news broke via a New York Times profile on WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara that Warners not only wants to dip back into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but is pushing forward with a new trilogy based on JK Rowling’s textbook FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM with some unpublished stories surrounding it that Rowling was toying with around the time that 54 page book published. The film will have nothing to do (directly) with Harry Potter or Lord You-Know-Who. In fact it will be set over seven decades before the events of the first Potter film. Oh, and it also begins in New York, which will be a major tone difference than the extremely British Potter series. Famed magizoologist Newt Scamander will be the lead character.”
Above: A search dog waits by the feet of Washington National Guardsmen after working through the mud created by the Oso mudslide. The search for victims continues. More photos: http://kptv.tv/1dpU6Ck
Listen: Sir Anthony Hopkins hears the waltz he composed back in 1964 for the first time publicly.
- Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors
- Kid genius figures out how to save US Government $400 million by switching typefaces
- Yup, the new Simpsons LEGO minfigs are perfect. They hit stores May 1 at $3.99 for each.
- Is it possible to build a better parking sign? A rogue designer in NYC attempts to find out.
- How about a brief history of the area code’s evolution. #TheMoreYouKnow
Watch: DC Comics Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of Superman With Animated Short produced by director Zach Snyder and animator Bruce Timm. The two-minute short traces the history of Superman, from his comic debut in 1938 to his recent portrayal by actor Henry Cavill in ‘Man of Steel’. Also, there are 75 annotations in the video, but you can read the full-list here. [via designtaxi]
Courtesy of BBC Radio 1?s The Matt Edmondson Show, we now have Wolverine: The Musical. And we all win. Basically, Jackson stopped by the radio show to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past and got roped into singing about his iconic Marvel character to the tune of his Les Misérables track, ”Who Am I?”
Gotta be honest, I would watch that Broadway musical if Jackman starred in it.
See also: The second ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer, which is much better than the first. I’m in.
Stock video provider Dissolve has taken Kendra Eash’s brilliant advertising takedown, “This Is a Generic Brand Video,” originally published by McSweeney’s, and set it to actual stock video clips from their archives. The piece is narrated by a Sam Elliott sound-a-like, lending this advertising peek-behind-the-curtian bullshit a particular gravitas. #NailedIt [adweek via @zfishkin]
Over at Fast Company, Evie Nagy interviewed Pixar alums about the applicable lessons they’ve learned, while steeped in animation giant’s creative Kool-Aids, for building their own company.
Our conversations revealed recurring themes about applying Pixar’s principles in other organizations: delight and storytelling as driving forces, the elimination of ego as management strategy, the idea that creativity can come from anyone, and the balance between patience and action. Each is a philosophy and approach that former employees have adopted in their new organizations to create revolutionary products and strong teams, and can be translated into any business.
We second what Shawn Blanc says, “so many great nuggets in this article about creativity, community, quality, and more.” The big one for me is about organizational culture. It’s a difficult thing to nail at large companies. Harder still for small companies to maintain once they get big.
I’ve got nothing. Does this look good? Does this look bad? Are they still of alien origin? I can’t wait to totally forget when this is released in the theater only to catch it on Netflix in six months.
I think director Jonathan Liebesman has a good flick in him, but I worry this won’t be it because Michael Bay. However, if anyone could sell the inherent campiness of this it would be Megan Fox. [via slashfilm]
“There was a time when professional bowlers reigned supreme. In the ‘golden era’ of the 1960s and 70s, they made twice as much money as NFL stars, signed million dollar contracts, and were heralded as international celebrities. After each match, they’d be flanked by beautiful women who’d seen them bowl on television, or had read about them in Sports Illustrated. Today, the glitz and glamour has faded. Pro bowlers supplement their careers with second jobs, like delivering sod, or working at a call center. They share Motel 6 rooms on tour to save on travel expenses, and thrive on the less-than-exciting dime of beef jerky sponsorships.”
To prime the pump for the upcoming season four premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ (next Sunday, April 6th), HBO is celebrating a notable death from each episode. They are stunning; gotta admit: the image for Ned’s death still left a lump in my throat.
If that’s not enough, here’s one final trailer ahead of this season kicking you in the feels.