NY Times Magazine Profile: Jonny Greenwood

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The NY Times just ran a great profile on Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, not just on his new project with the works of Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, but also some really interesting insights into the Radiohead recording process and Greenwood’s vital place in making Thom Yorke’s ideas come to life.

“Jonny likes having the ground pulled out from under him, musically,” Yorke says. “More than any of us. Which is a constant source of relief to me, because I’m the same way, but I don’t know how to get there, usually.”

Read the full profile here.

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David Choe on the cover of the NY Times

Best kept in Dave’s words: “Fuck, have you had the dream where you ARE this guy?!? And then some kind of happy accident happens , and as you’re in the middle of this glorious car crash , you stop to realize , that there is actually no such thing as an accident, and no chance encounters, and that everything has a direct purpose ? am I the only one that has this dream ? You never had that dream?It’s actually very very similar to another dream I have where I wake up at noon to my phone ringing, and the ringtone is butterfly wings, I pick it up and it’s Howard stern, the view, Ellen, Charlie rose, telemundo and every news outlet in the world and they are all begging to have morning breath phone sex with me. I rub one out quick to a cacophony of moans and then I get up and see my picture on the cover of the new york times and I find out that I’m the most highest paid decorator alive……..To be continued ☺ LOL”

Sachiko Akinaga creates NY Times T Logo and Central Park from Legos

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We sort of just said it on the headline, but Japanese Lego artist, Sachiko Akinaga, created this logo “T “sculpture and Central Park scene for the T Magazine Travel issue. Why is it you can create anything from Legos and we will love it more than the real thing?

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Stop Coddling the Super-Rich by Warren Buffett

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(We are going to take this opportunity to publish Warren Buffet’s editorial in Sunday’s NY Times. Its important to read. Illustration by Kelly Blair).

NY Times Published: August 14, 2011

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.

These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places.

Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine — most likely by a lot.

To understand why, you need to examine the sources of government revenue. Last year about 80 percent of these revenues came from personal income taxes and payroll taxes. The mega-rich pay income taxes at a rate of 15 percent on most of their earnings but pay practically nothing in payroll taxes. It’s a different story for the middle class: typically, they fall into the 15 percent and 25 percent income tax brackets, and then are hit with heavy payroll taxes to boot.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, tax rates for the rich were far higher, and my percentage rate was in the middle of the pack. According to a theory I sometimes hear, I should have thrown a fit and refused to invest because of the elevated tax rates on capital gains and dividends.

I didn’t refuse, nor did others. I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 — shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.

Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion — a staggering $227.4 million on average — but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.

The taxes I refer to here include only federal income tax, but you can be sure that any payroll tax for the 400 was inconsequential compared to income. In fact, 88 of the 400 in 2008 reported no wages at all, though every one of them reported capital gains. Some of my brethren may shun work but they all like to invest. (I can relate to that.)

I know well many of the mega-rich and, by and large, they are very decent people. They love America and appreciate the opportunity this country has given them. Many have joined the Giving Pledge, promising to give most of their wealth to philanthropy. Most wouldn’t mind being told to pay more in taxes as well, particularly when so many of their fellow citizens are truly suffering.

Twelve members of Congress will soon take on the crucial job of rearranging our country’s finances. They’ve been instructed to devise a plan that reduces the 10-year deficit by at least $1.5 trillion. It’s vital, however, that they achieve far more than that. Americans are rapidly losing faith in the ability of Congress to deal with our country’s fiscal problems. Only action that is immediate, real and very substantial will prevent that doubt from morphing into hopelessness. That feeling can create its own reality.

Job one for the 12 is to pare down some future promises that even a rich America can’t fulfill. Big money must be saved here. The 12 should then turn to the issue of revenues. I would leave rates for 99.7 percent of taxpayers unchanged and continue the current 2-percentage-point reduction in the employee contribution to the payroll tax. This cut helps the poor and the middle class, who need every break they can get.

But for those making more than $1 million — there were 236,883 such households in 2009 — I would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including, of course, dividends and capital gains. And for those who make $10 million or more — there were 8,274 in 2009 — I would suggest an additional increase in rate.

My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.

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NY Times-Lapse

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Due to an “accidental cron task” a student wound up with 12,000 screenshots of the New York Times front page, and has compiled them into a time lapse video spanning from September 2010 to July 2011. His mistake is our now our morning youtube sensation, enjoy.

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At the American Museum of Natural History

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“The American Museum of Natural History is putting on an exhibit of large format images, many taken with advanced technology.” These large images include mineral composition of meteorites, x-rays of Tibetan Wood figures (that reveals repairs and ritual items placed in an interior cavity of the figure), pony fish, extinct rodent teeth, different types of coral, ten species of Opistophthalmus scorpions, among other things.

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The Science behind why music moves us

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The New York Times Science section has an interested article today titled ‘To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons’. Worth reading at least for the Paul Simon intro and the likened to to tasting two different pots de crème: “One has allspice and ginger and the other has vanilla. You know they taste different but you can’t isolate the ingredient.”

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Tim Lincecum on the cover of NY Times Style Magazine

We in San Francisco haven’t had a major sports star since Barry Bonds, and he was too polarizing for the nation to admire. We had Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, but those days are long gone. But now we have The Freak, Tim Lincecum, and we finally have a sports star gracing the cover of … the New York Times Style Magazine? Kind of bizarre/cool.

We have to say, this is a really great read.

On the topic of the good-looking girl at the front desk of his Seattle apartment: “The one with short, black hair?” Lincecum asked. “Yeah, she’s good-looking, but she posted on Twitter that she saw me walking around in my boxers. That kind of pissed me off.”

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KC Ortiz one of the winners in Pictures of the Year International competition

Congratulations to KC Ortiz, who was just awarded as one of the winners of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International competition. This is a very big deal, as Ortiz shares the honors with major press giants like the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and the NY Times.

The Times has a nice slideshow of the winners.

Check out our KC Ortiz tees here. Read our interview with KC at the Citrus Report.