The Tapes: November 22

Posted: November 22, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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Welcome to this week’s links. Here are the links.

* It’s the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and obviously there are countless stories and TV shows about the event (I also just rewatched Oliver Stone’s JFK for about the 97th time; awesome film, even if it, and its arguments, are insane). First I want to point out a little tidbit by my friend Greg Downs, a former guest writer at TVFury who, in his day job, is an award-winning short story writer and renowned historian who also makes appearances in the New York Times. On his website, check out No. 6 on this list, where he mentions his belief that “JFK’s assassination wasn’t even one of the 5 most significant assassinations in American history in terms of impact.” His list: 1. Lincoln. 2. Martin Luther King Jr. 3. Huey Long. 4. McKinley. 5. Bobby Kennedy. I could listen to Greg talk history for hours and maybe someday he’ll write an essay for us on this.

* Slate on why the best JFK conspiracies don’t make sense.

* Esquire on the three best novels about JFK’s death. 

* CBSnews.com will rebroadcast original coverage on the day JFK died.

* The New York Times gives readers access to its original coverage.

* How would today’s media have covered the Gettysburg Address?

* David Blaine terrifies a bunch of celebrities with his sorcery. Harrison Ford, in particular, looks, I don’t know, in need of a home or a hug.

* Via David Grann, bad engagement photos.

* Fascinating story from a former writer on Roseanne, on what it’s like to be homeless.

* Adrian Wojnarowski on Kobe’s return.

* The New Republic on media diets: Our most pretentious obsession.

* You guys like analytics, right? The NBA does now more than ever. (Fury note: Thanks for putting this one here, Terry, but right now I’m not a fan of analytics because ESPN somehow used it to write multiple pieces about Chris Paul being better than Magic Johnson.)

* This Whitey Bulger fella isn’t worthy of our hate, according to Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.

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Comments
  1. Rich Jensen says:

    Saw the David Blaine-Cranston-Paul trick.

    Did a bit of research. It’s a new twist on a fairly standard trick——–but the video leaves out the setup! There’s a portion of the trick where Blaine sees the hundred dollar bill, and is able to arrange the cards accordingly. Rigging a riffle shuffle is tricky, but not impossible. Notice that the cards are already cut when the video starts. If Blaine cut the cards himself, he overloads the left or right pile by, oh, say 15 cards. Thus the last 15 cards aren’t mixed. In those 15 cards are the serial number sequence that he’s already embedded. Off camera.

    He’s probably also crimped the cards slightly, so that if the person being tricked uses a poker shuffle, he can alter the trick by cutting the deck several times to reveal the numbers.

  2. shawnfury says:

    Bet you’re a lot of fun at parties, Rich.

    Let us have our sorcerers!

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