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2016 Will Be the Year of the Random Prediction Generator

January 4, 2016

2016 Will Be the Year of the Random Prediction Generator

What’s ahead in this new year? 2016 will be the year of Boris Johnson and J Lo, of the Fed boomerang and the videogame movie. It will be the year of eSports, lawsuits, ’80s throwbacks, 2-in-1 laptopsmarijuanatelemedicine and ACOs, the un-diet, and virtual reality.

Generate your own 2016 forecast with the Guardian’s random prediction generator. Hit the “new prediction” button to see the future, based on media stories to date.

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2015′ Lists

December 30, 2015

The Best of ‘The Best of 2015′ Lists

2015 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The Best Snowshoes of 2015,” Berne Broudy, Outside

“The 30 Best Fashion Magazine Covers of 2015,” Chantal Fernandez, Fashionista

“The biggest tech turkeys of 2015,” Zack Whittaker and Jason Perlow, ZDNet

“The Top 10 Sports Media Feuds of 2015,” Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing

“The absolute worst ads of 2015,” Brad Reed, BGR

“The Biggest Selling Manga Issues of 2015,” Brian Ashcraft, Kotaku

“Top 10 museums that opened in 2015,” Designboom

“Top Healthcare Construction Projects of 2015,” Susan Morse, Healthcare Finance

“10 Best Green Buildings of 2015,” FastCoExist

“Top 10 motorhomes and caravans of 2015,” C.C. Weiss, Gizmag

“The Top Celebrity Homes of 2015,” Zillow, via Forbes

“The 17 Biggest Celeb Real Estate Stories Of 2015,” Marshall Bright, Refinery29

The Most Significant Title and Foreclosure Cases of 2015,” New York Law Journal via LI Business Group News

“Most Popular Baby Names of 2015,” Baby Center

“The Most Popular Dog Names Of 2015,” Kate Bratskeir, Huffington Post

“The 38 Most Awkward Dogs Of 2015,” Chelsea Marshall, Buzzfeed

“The Best Video Game Dogs of 2015,” Stephen Totilo, Kotaku

“Top 6 Freediving Videos Of 2015,” By Jennifer Palmer, Deeper Blue

“Top 10 Best Underwater Photographers in the World,” TopTeny

“Best of 2015: Top 10 PC Game Graphics,” Jonathan Leack, Game Revolution

“50 best healthcare quotes of 2015,” Emily Rappleye, Becker’s Hospital Review

“The 9 Donald Trump Quotes Of 2015 That Defied All Expectations & Brought American Politics To A New Low,” Hillary E. Crawford,  Bustle

“Top 5 Best Animes of 2015,” Natalie Duffy, Cultured Vultures

“Best Broadway or Theatre Books 2015,” Dom O’Hanlon, London Theatre

“The 10 Best Stand-up Comedy Specials of 2015,” Garrett Martin, Paste

“Top lobbying victories of 2015,” Megan R. Wilson, The Hill

“The 8 Best Publicity Stunts of 2015,” Graham Winfrey, Inc.

“The best and worst journalism of 2015,” David Uberti, CJR

“The Year in Fungi,” Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker

“The Best and Worst Oreo Flavors of 2015,” Nicole Perry, PopSugar

“Top 10 scientific discoveries of 2015,” Michelle Hill, UPI

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Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn’t Funny

November 9, 2015

Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn't Funny

Donald J. Trump — reality TV star, education scammer, overgrown trust-fund baby and Republican presidential candidate — is often unintentionaly hilarious, but he wasn’t funny at all when he hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. Ratings were good but the show was not:

“Trump’s sorry night on SNL: An overhyped bummer for us all,” Hank Stuever, Washington Post

“Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Not Hugely Entertaining,” Maureen Ryan, Variety

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On the Radio: Bittman Dishes

September 26, 2015

On the Radio: Bittman Dishes
Earlier this month, Mark Bittman ended his New York Times op-ed column to join a Bay Area food startup. There is no truth to the rumor that former restaurateur John Boehner quit Congress to join Mark’s new venture since we just made that up.

Thursday, on WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway, Mr. Bittman explained that changes in the food scene prompted him to leave the newspaper:

“I was at this dinner a year ago and I was discussing a dish with somebody. She said, ‘What salt would you use with that?’ and I burst out into laughter, tears, or anger, But then I was re-telling that story recently and someone said, ‘I don’t know why you find that outrageous, of course it matters what salt you use.’ That’s the kind of change in the food scene we can do without.”

Mark Bittman has been coy about his new business venture, but during the radio interview he spoke about fast-casual dining and the food supply chain, and we know the startup is in the San Francisco area. One hypothesis: A high-tech build-out of the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel. About time, too.

More:

“Mark Bittman: Why I’m Leaving The New York Times,’ The Takeaway

(Audio: http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/533285/ )

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Must-Wince TV: Palin + Trump

August 29, 2015

Must-Wince TV: Palin + Trump

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate and failed Fox News commentator, interviewed GOP front-runner Donald J. Trump on the mighty One America News Network on Friday. Outtakes:

Palin: “This is a movement of Trumpeters or Trumpservatives or whatever these folks are called. He’s avant garde, and crushing it in the polls. … he wants to connect with you, to those who are going to show up at the polls and elect the next leader of the free world.”

Trump: “If you look at what’s happening with this country, it’s so sad. You’ve pointed it out for years.” “I have to tell you, you’re a terrific person.”

On another occasion The Donald said that, even though she’s no longer a 10, he would welcome Mrs. Palin into a Trump Administration, something Hockey Mom hasn’t ruled out.

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Sarah Palin” Back on TV News … Kinda

August 19, 2015

Sarah Palin Back on TV News ... Kinda

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate, and failed Fox News commentator, is back on TV again, in a way. She will helm the show On Point with Guest Host Sarah Palin on the mighty One America News Network for 5 whole nights on the week of August 24th. They’d offer her a longer contract, but she’d probably quit halfway through, like she did as Governor of Alaska.

Mrs. Palin has a long history in broadcasting. studying media at five colleges in six years (one of them twice) before graduating, then working as a TV sportscaster on an Alaska station for months.

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Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord

August 8, 2015

Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord
Last week media and cable stocks slid and tumbled while Netflix stocks jumped 20%. CBS, Disney, Comcast, all down. Viacom dropped 41% over the last 3 months while Netflix is up 56% in the same quarter; during that time DISH Networks lost 81,000 paid subscribers. Time/Warner (HBO) stocks are at a 9-month low. 21st Century Fox stocks dropped 12%.

What’s a conventional paid-subscriber media business to do? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

“’We’re in a mature-to-declining kind of linear TV business as we know it,’ said Dish Network Corp. Chief Executive Charlie Ergen on an earnings call Wednesday. ‘We think we’re at the beginning stages of [a streaming] business that’s going to grow and accelerate.’”

— “Media stocks clobbered as Netflix drives customers to dump cable,” Trey Williams, MarketWatch

More:

“Cracks in the cable business send media stocks tumbling,” Thad Moore, Washington Post

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Tonight on Fox: Last Clown Standing

August 6, 2015

Tonight on Fox: Last Clown Standing
There’s a full evening of entertainment tonight. Fox News is premiering the new game show Last Clown Standing with celebrity contestants Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich at 9:00 PM EDT.

The 5:00 PM pregame show is an undercard match featuring Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

Avoid the Fox post-match spin commentary by tuning in to Jon Stewart’s last episode of The Daily Show at 11:00 PM EDT on Comedy Central.

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The Pope’s Jumbotron

July 13, 2015

The Pope's Jumbotron

Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress when he visits Washington DC on September 24, 2015. Since ticket demand greatly exceeds the capacity of the Capitol House Chamber, huge Jumbotron screens will be set up on the National Mall so tens of thousands of fans and the faithful can see and hear the Pope in real time.

After his Congressional speech, His Holiness will briefly address the crowds outside from the Capitol’s West Front while his Swiss Guards stand on the Capitol steps and fire T-Shirt Guns, pelting the throng with souvenir garb and  panini imbottito. Okay, they won’t, but they should, right?

After concluding his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will fly to New York so he can get a decent slice of pizza.

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TV Terminates Trump

July 2, 2015

NBC to Trump: 'You're Fired!'
Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, real estate heirgolf course owner, beauty pageant producer, hotel and casino boss, chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, and really rich person, declared his candidacy for U.S. President two weeks ago. He also declared that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and killers.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with the USA’s largest ethnic group, Latinos, or with the Republic of Mexico. America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univisión was the first to unplug Trump, dropping coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants he produces, and NBC followed suit. Understandably, Miss Mexico opted out of the Miss Universe competition, and so did Miss Costa Rica. NBC’s Miss USA co-hosts also bailed, Miss USA judges Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith recused themselves, and rapper Flo Rida won’t perform on the show, either.

New York City is reviewing its contracts with the Trump Organization, which manages Central Park’s skating rinks and carousel and golf links at Point Ferry Park in the Bronx. NASCAR won’t hold its awards ceremony at Trump’s hotel. Macy’s is discontinuing it’s Trump menswear line, but there’s been lots of interest in Donald Trump piñatas, hand-crafted in Mexico.

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