40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone put together a list of groundbreaking albums.

Kanye West’s Auto-Tune-heavy, emotionally naked fourth album came after a brutal year during which his mother died and his engagement broke up, but the album’s cavernous sound and exposed-soul lyrics confused even those who had been aware of West’s recent trials. Its core aesthetic was like nothing in hip-hop: freshly butchered feelings enumerated in detail, but masked by digital processing; beds of spare synths used to balance a mix of singing and rapping. However, over time it served as a new template for up-and-comers in hip-hop and R&B. Drake cited West as his budding sound’s “most influential person” when he was hustling mixtapes, while artists like Future further tweaked the idea of using Auto-Tune as a way to convey emotions that evoke too much feeling when spoken of explicitly.

A lot of great albums here.

Zero

Kobe Bryant on passing Michael Jordan as the third all time leading scorer in the NBA:

Here’s where my respect and admiration for MJ was forged. I learned that he had been cut from his high school team as a freshman; I learned he knew what it felt like to be embarrassed, to feel like a failure. But he used those emotions to fuel him, make him stronger, he didn’t quit. So I decided to take on my challenge the same way he did. I would channel my failure as fuel to keep my competitive fire burning. I became obsessed with proving to my family — and more importantly to myself — that I CAN DO THIS.

Michael Jordan on who he’d like to play one-on-one:

When asked last year about whom he’d like to play one-on-one in their primes, Jordan mentioned Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony before saying, “I don’t think I’d lose…other than Kobe Bryant, because he steals all my moves.”

Weekend Long Read – December 13, 2014

Twitter Clients in 2014

Federico Viticci on the state of Twitter clients in 2014:

For the past six months, I’ve been reevaluating my entire Twitter experience based on the apps I use to read tweets and interact with people. The idea made a lot more sense once I stepped out of my preconceptions: I wanted to understand what 2014 Twitter was like…

Nuzzel: News From Your Friends

Hey Cupertino! has a review on Nuzzel, the best way to find articles through your Twitter friends. 

“Nuzzel is convenient, it’s reliable, it’s efficient, and it is still your Twitter, no algorithms to guess your interests here, because you already do that when you follow friends on Twitter.”

Nuzzel is free on the App Store. 

Amazon Fire Stick Review

A few weeks ago, I bought an Amazon Fire Stick. Normally priced at $40, Amazon had a special for Amazon Prime members. Members could buy the Fire Stick for only $20. For a streaming media stick, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve owned various Apple TVs since 2007 so while comparisons to it are inevitable, I’ll share my quick objective  thoughts. 

The Amazon Fire Stick is small. So small the remote is larger than the stick itself. It’s small size makes it easy to travel with. This past Thanksgiving holiday, I threw it in my bag and plugged it into my TV at my parent’s house. Since it has all your various account info, all your Netflix and Hulu plus shows travel with you. 

The initial set up is long and tedious. Once you plug it in and turn on your TV, it HAS to download an update. This took 30 minutes. It asks you to connect to your wireless network and then proceeds to update itself again. Once that is done, it asks for your wifi password AGAIN. After that, it makes you watch a 5 minute tutorial on using the Fire Stick. Once THAT was through, I had to download individual Netflix, Hulu, ESPN apps and type in log in credentials for each. It must have been over an hour before I was able to watch something. On the Apple TV, all these channels are already installed and ready to watch. What a horrible on boarding experience. If I wasn’t such a patient person, I would’ve given up before I had it set up.

Once you have it all set up, it’s a pretty decent device. You get Netflix, Hulu plus, ESPN (if you have a cable subscription), and access to Amazon Prime videos (also if you’re a Prime member). There are other channels and apps but a lot of them are garbage. Don’t waste your time. The remote uses Bluetooth instead of IR, so you don’t have to point the remote at the TV. One thing I did notice is that there is a noticeable lag from when you press a button on the remote to when something happens on screen. 

Overall, it’s a nice addition if you already own an Apple TV or Roku device. In addition to Netflix and Hulu, you get access to Amazon Prime videos if you’re a member and it easily travels with you. If you have a lot of patience, it’ll serve fine as your only streaming device, otherwise get an Apple TV or a Roku

Chris Rock on Ferguson

Frank Rich interviews Chris Rock. And it’s great. (Emphasis added)

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?

I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.

Well, that would be much more revealing.

Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

Right. It’s ridiculous.

So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.

It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?

Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.

For More And More Dads, The Workday Continues Into The Kitchen

Rachel Swarns writes in the New York Times:

“It’s kind of in the back of my mind all day,” said Mr. Kreisberg, 35, describing that perennial working parents’ quandary: What will I cook for the family tonight? “I’m thinking about the ingredients. I’m thinking about what I have in the fridge.”

He hops on the subway back home to Long Island City, Queens, around 5 p.m., dashes to the day care center to pick up his 7-month-old son, Harrison, and often squeezes in a run to the grocery store. Finally, he gets into the kitchen. Soon, he is roasting a chicken stuffed with rosemary, thyme and onion, or seasoning some fresh salmon or frying up eggplant for parmigiana.

Mr. Kreisberg is a freelance copy writer, a husband and a father. He is also a member of what he and other men describe as an often overlooked portion of the population: the growing number of working dads who cook.

Now that the long holiday weekend is over, we head back into our daily weekday routines. For many of us, that includes dropping off the kids at school and going to work. A few hours later, we pick them up, head home and prepare for dinner. For a lot of American families, dinner is the only part of the day where we get uninterrupted time with each other. It’s a very important part of the day, and one where the most important decision that has to be made is, “What are we going to eat?”

This is a very important decision that I have to tackle daily. My wife picks up her daughter from school and helps her with homework while I prepare dinner. More and more males are assuming the role of cook in their households. For me, this is a great article because it acknowledges that there is a growing number of dads that take on the role of cook.

And I’m proud of that.