What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring rock and electropop band A R I Z O N A. Zachary Charles, Nate Esquite, and David Labuguen technically have the day off, but that only means from touring. The three, known collectively as A R I Z O N A, are spending the afternoon at New York’s Quad Recording Studios working on a mixdown when The Verge arrives to shuffle through their things. A New Jersey-based band, Zach, Nate, and David started A R I Z O N A in 2015, as a last-ditch effort after years of trying to make it in music. “Fuck this, fuck music, fuck everybody, fuck the industry, everybody sucks, everybody’s terrible,” Zach says about his mentality at the time of the band’s creation. “But,” he proposed, “real quick before we before we go, do you guys want to make some songs just for … [Read more...] about What’s in your bag, A R I Z O N A?
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Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The scope would normally get a single review a day, and many of these referred to a different scope, as if they’d been cut and pasted from elsewhere. “I didn’t know what was going on, whether it was a glitch or whether somebody was trying to mess with us,” Plansky says. As a precaution, he reported the reviews to Amazon. Most of them vanished days later — problem solved — and Plansky reimmersed himself in the work of running a six-employee, multimillion-dollar weapons accessory business on Amazon. Then, two weeks later, the trap sprang. “You have manipulated product reviews on our site,” an email from Amazon read. “This is against our policies. As a result, you may no longer sell on Amazon.com, and your listings have been removed from our … [Read more...] about Prime and punishment
More Google Google's Chromebook looks like a Surface knock-off Are Google's new devices priced right? 5 reasons to choose Pixel 3 over an iPhone or Galaxy Is Pixel Slate a threat to the iPad or Surface? Pixel Slate's problem: The Android apps are awful 10 reasons the Galaxy Note 9 is better than the Pixel 3 XL for business In courting Android users, which path should companies follow? Is it the one that Google advocated at its signature developer event I/O? Or the one that goes with its own hardware? This year, the distance between what was deemed good for the goose at its developer I/O event in Mountain View and what was good for the Google at its Made by Google event in New York City went beyond geography.Also: Android turns 10: Google's fierce iPhone rival had a stumbling start CNETThings started typically enough with Google's new Pixel 3 phones, which run on the latest version of Android. Even in a relatively concise Pixel 3 presentation, Google made a strong case for … [Read more...] about Google to device makers: You do you, and I’ll do me
I’m comfortable taking heat for my beliefs: Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets To Paradise” is the pop masterpiece everyone wants Toto’s “Africa” to be. Hoppy beer tastes bad. The Sandlot is crap. People disagree with me about those points, sure. But nothing compares to the fury I endure when people find out I don’t like meatloaf. “What?” they sputter, spittle and anger flying in equal measure. “How can you not like meatloaf???” “Well, for starters, it’s awful,” I say. I can set my watch by what happens next—it’s like the five stages of grief: The eye roll: An overwrought sign of derision that would make Tina Fey jealous. The bewilderment: “What’s not to like?” The rant: a finger-pointing diatribe about how good meatloaf is because of its rustic Midwestern simplicity, its budget-friendly nature, its longevity in the fridge. The personal interjection: “Well, … [Read more...] about Meatloaf is terrible. Fight me.
When did the modern-day fitness movement really begin in the U.S.? Maybe our infatuation with getting in shape can be traced to when President-elect John F. Kennedy published an article in Sports Illustrated titled “The Soft American,” urging “the United States to move forward with a national program to improve the fitness of all Americans.” Or perhaps in 1982, when Jane Fonda donned Spandex and leggings and released the first of her best-selling workout videos. Cynics might cite the first time athletes gobbled down blue Dianabol pills, the first “mainstream” steroid, back in the 1950s. Another candidate: That day in 1965 when Joe Gold, a crusty Merchant Marine from East Los Angeles, opened a workout space for hardcore weightlifters and bodybuilders on a desolate street in Venice Beach. The original Gold’s Gym was a squat sweatbox that Joe and a few of his pals built from cinder blocks. Gold himself crafted the equipment that he and his … [Read more...] about The Oral History of Gold’s Gym, Where Arnold Schwarzenegger Became A Star