Isaac Mac, Irascible Mammal

Mostly links for stuff I liked reading, watching or looking at.

Occasionally some writing on TV, games, movies and sports.

No, I don't know what the title means either. I used a thesaurus.

In our society we recognize different kinds of violence. We understand, for instance, that lynching enjoys a particular place in American history. We generally grant that Emmett Till was not merely murdered, but that he was murdered in a fashion that places his death in a specifically heinous tradition in our history. And thus we understand that what happened to Till, or what James Byrd, or what happened to Sam Hose is not the same thing as what happened to Tupac Shakur or Sam Cooke. This does not mean that what happened to Shakur or Cooke was good. It means that it wasn’t a lynching.

Ta-Nehisi Coates. “No, Hope Solo Is Not ‘Like’ Ray Rice.” The Atlantic.

Coates’s analysis of the comparison between Ray Rice and Hope Solo is dead on.

'Outside the Lines' interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.

After the Feb. 15 incident in the casino elevator, Ravens executives — in particular owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome — began extensive public and private campaigns pushing for leniency for Rice on several fronts: from the judicial system in Atlantic County, where Rice faced assault charges, to commissioner Goodell, who ultimately would decide the number of games Rice would be suspended from this fall, to within their own building, where some were arguing immediately after the incident that Rice should be released.

The Ravens also consulted frequently with Rice’s Philadelphia defense attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein, who in early April had obtained a copy of the inside-elevator video and told Cass: “It’s f—-ing horrible.” Cass did not request a copy of the video from Diamondstein but instead began urging Rice’s legal team to get Rice accepted into a pretrial intervention program after being told some of the program’s benefits. Among them: It would keep the inside-elevator video from becoming public.


Darwyn Cooke’s December DC Variant Covers

One of my favorite artists. Do yourself a favor and read The New Frontier if you haven’t already.

It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table.

Katie Nolan on the NFL and its treatment of women.

The corps allowed civilization to flourish along the banks of the world’s fourth-longest river and the country’s major commercial artery. But the levees and dikes erected to protect people and property from the Upper Midwest through the Deep South to the Gulf of Mexico have had the effect of starving Louisiana’s coast, depriving it of the replenishing soils the river once deposited in the form of sediment during floods. The land is sinking, as the weight of a massive layer of mud compresses against the deep bedrock without any new sediment layers to maintain elevation and nourish the flora and fauna.

Brett Anderson. “Louisiana Loses its Boot.” Medium.

This is a fantastic overview of the environmental crisis currently hitting Lousiana’s shores. It touches on the cultural, industrial, political and technological reasons for the erosion of the state’s coastline and does so with personal touches from the author. It’s also very well produced by Medium. It’s an important story.

Another astounding excerpt:

According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000. This is the rough equivalent of the entire state of Delaware dropping into the Gulf of Mexico, and the disappearing act has no closing date. If nothing is done to stop the hemorrhaging, the state predicts as much as another 1,750 square miles of land — an area larger than Rhode Island — will convert to water by 2064. An area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour.

In visiting Chick-fil-A’s headquarters, which are tucked among the trees on a large plot of wooded land outside of Atlanta, the first thing you’ll probably notice, as I did when I visited in the fall of 2011, is the Jesus statue. It’s probably three or four feet tall and depicts Jesus washing the feet of a disciple—”a symbol of servant leadership,” said a spokesperson. Other religious artwork is on display in the large atrium at the entrance of the building, including Bible quotes and crosses. There is also a fleet of pristine, extremely expensive-looking cars, with a row of model T’s and a reproduction of the Batmobile.

Emma Green. Chick-fil-A: Selling Chicken with a Side of God.” The Atlantic.

Sega’s Dreamcast console is 15 years old today, at least in America, and that boot sequence is still a nostalgic shot in the arm. 5 years ago Gamasutra published a great piece called “The Rise and Fall of the Dreamcast,” in honor of the console’s tenth anniversary, and it’s still well worth reading, especially if that short video hits you like it does me.

The Duck was the celebrity picker on GameDay Saturday and it was amazing.

Here’s an old Super Nintendo commercial featuring…Paul Rudd.