Saturday, March 15, 2014
YOUR WEEKEND CHALLENGE IS TO USE AS MANY AS YOU CAN IN ONE SENTENCE: According to Stefan Fatsis, author of the books Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic (and the Friday sports correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered), the words most likely to be added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary are bestie, blondie, derp, ew, internet, janky, min, ohmigod, onesie, slumdog, spork, squee, twerk, ur, whassup/whazzup, & zen.
Posted by Adam at 11:44 AM
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
PIZZARINA SBARRO: Want to know why they're really failing? Because Amazon. You don't go to the mall like you used to, and you certainly aren't eating as much in food courts, and that's where they pitched their tents:
ShopperTrak, a company that measures foot traffic at retailers, reported a 14.6 percent decline in the 2013 holiday season compared with 2012, continuing a pattern of double-digit declines.
The story is told in Sbarro’s filing for bankruptcy protection early this week. Six of the seven biggest creditors listed are entities to which the company owes lease payments. It owes more to several individual landlords than it does to the supplier who provides the soda to enable Sbarro’s customers to wash back their greasy pizza.
The company’s challenge highlights the underlying problem with a strategy built around selling mediocre pizza at the right place and right time. It means that owners of the real estate in question can extract much of the value of the crowds they attract, not the restaurant chain.
Other fast-food chains may offer mediocre food, but their real estate strategies are less exposed to the epic decline in foot traffic in the nation’s malls. As people do more shopping online, fewer are visiting the mall — and more seem to be putting a bit more thought into their food....
Posted by Adam at 3:36 PM
WE WILL SEE WHEN THIS FILTERS DOWN TO WORDS WITH FRIENDS: For the first time in 9 years, the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is being updated. Please provide your suggestions for words that you think should be added.
Posted by Matt at 11:08 AM
WILL YOU GO TO LUNCH? GO TO LUNCH. WILL YOU GO TO LUNCH? AVClub reviews Kevin Spacey's career arc, and I'll give you two representative passages:
Is there anyone in the 86-year history of the Academy Awards who reacted as badly to winning one of the big prizes as Spacey? Not since Kevin Costner decided that he was Clint Eastwood has a big star so badly misjudged his own talent and appeal. Free to select his own leading-man vehicles, Spacey decided that he needed to appear in the most maudlin, turgid movies available, playing shy, lonely characters. Any character exhibiting physical disfigurement got an automatic callback. ...
The role of Frank Underwood is a roots move, Spacey’s equivalent Bruce Springsteen recording a solo album in his bathroom between stadium tours and symphonic albums for the purpose of shoring up authenticity cred.
Posted by Adam at 10:21 AM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT: Thirteen bands that are never, ever, ever getting back together.
Posted by Adam at 10:35 AM
VOICED BILABIAL STOP: Webster's Unabridged is adding around 2000 "B" entries, including bacony ("a fine adjective to describe something that resembles bacon"), bad hair day, badassery (“the state or condition of being a badass; badass quality or character” or to “the actions or behavior characteristic of a badass”), belt-and-suspenders, bigfoot (the verb), body man and body woman, bork (the verb), and big-time (verb: "to treat dismissively or as an inferior").
Posted by Adam at 9:50 AM
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
THE BUDGET FOR BIG CHIEF TABLETS WILL BE ENORMOUS: A Confederacy of Dunces has had a ton of movie adaptation efforts that haven't gotten off the ground, including one with Harold Ramis directing John Belushi and one with Steven Soderbergh directing Will Ferrell, so I'm not persuaded that today's announcement of a stage adaptation is going to lead to an actual production. Assuming they star cast, it's Nathan Lane as Ignatius, right?
Posted by Matt at 3:55 PM
BECAUSE ALOTT5MA UNNECESSARY REMAKES WEEK NEVER ENDS: A "gritty action comedy with heart" Fletch reboot, starring Jason Sudeikis?
Posted by Adam at 11:37 AM
WHEN YOU SEE THE SOUTHERN CROSS FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME: Word has come to the ALOTT5MA Vexillology Desk that New Zealand is considering changing its national flag to something less British, much like what Our Neighbours to the North did in 1965. You can see the proposed silver fern flag and other potential designs here.
Posted by Adam at 9:03 AM