Bello Nock, the famous clown/trapeze artist, rode a tiny bike through my office today. (at The Huffington Post)

My friends built this on a secluded stretch of beach in a nature preserve in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Other hikers added the rock garden.

My friends built this on a secluded stretch of beach in a nature preserve in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Other hikers added the rock garden.

Dance of the spirits

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I opened my eyes at 6:50 this morning. The minute I should have been turning my car’s ignition key.

I bolted from bed, leaped into my pants and sweater, grabbed my briefcase and ran out the door. My Volkswagen was in reverse before I had time to look behind me.

Still, driving cautiously at please-don’t-let-there-be-a-cop speeds, I managed to catch the 7:12 express train to Penn Station.

I like to get to work early. A good 20 minutes to decompress, mix a bowl of Greek yogurt, granola and almonds, maybe make a cup of tea, really does me right. So, like I do every day, I hustled through the herd of commuters coming off the Long Island Rail Road, weaving around slower climbers on the stairs. Escalators be damned.

My heart-rate was up by the time I got down to the downtown platform of the Herald Square subway stop. For the last few days, I’ve been forgoing music in the morning, allowing me to get to work with a completely clear head. No rhythmic house music pitter-pattering in the back of my skull as I go through my inbox.

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The best hope for a single Internet is that the Internet continues to follow its one true religion which is trade, and that corporations continue to recognize that their best interest lies in selling to as many people in as many different places as possible. Trust in greed, I think, is the best hope we have.

-Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brendan Greeley speaking to On The Media’s Bob Garfield about the future of Internet governance now that the U.S. government has ceded its control of the Domain Name System. I like the exchange that follows, too:

Garfield: “You are so Businessweek.”

Greeley: “Money talks, and hopefully it will continue to.”

I Cameoed in My Friend’s Web Series

Sometime last fall, my friend Andrew Zenn invited me to act in an episode of his web series, “Looks.” The concept was simple: His roommate, Keli Gagen, who had a way with funny expressions, would react to different ridiculous provocateurs. In this case, it was a yoga instructor teaching suspiciously pornographic moves to an unsuspecting crowd (that apparently didn’t get the class’s acronymic title, Soothing Lateral Upward Transitions).

At the behest of my friend Lauren McGee — the one in the salmon-colored spaghetti strapped shirt — I donned star-printed tights and a mesh tank top.

I don’t think this is the beginning of an acting or comedy career for me. But as Andrew directed me to thrust my legs evermore wildly, or look intensely concentrated on such yoga stances as the “money shot,” I had more fun than I’d had in a while. Unfortunately for all the CAA talent agents lining up to sign me after this came out, I moved back to New York to pursue business journalism. 

But, anyway, enjoy and check out Andrew’s other shorts and parodies. They’re hilarious. 

A nice Bavarian breakfast: Weißwurst, a minced veal and parsley sausage, boiled and eaten with mustard. Traditionally served with a warm pretzel, I settled on pumpernickel and sourdough toast. Germans jokingly refer to the southern Bavarian region as Weisswurstäquator, since it is rarely eaten elsewhere.

A nice Bavarian breakfast: Weißwurst, a minced veal and parsley sausage, boiled and eaten with mustard. Traditionally served with a warm pretzel, I settled on pumpernickel and sourdough toast. Germans jokingly refer to the southern Bavarian region as Weisswurstäquator, since it is rarely eaten elsewhere.

New Year, But No ‘New Day’ At CNN Just Yet

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CNN’s new slate of entertainment programs may start to pay off this year, but Jeff Zucker still has a long way to go.

The network’s 2013 profits are expected to come in $56 million lower than last year — a 9 percent decline, according to two Sterne Agee analysts.

In a note (the full text of which is after the jump) I received Tuesday morning, analysts Vasily Karasyov and Kutgun Maral wrote:

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Bradley Manning T-Shirts Are So 2013 Chic, And Cheap

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Four months after Chelsea Manning came out as transgender, ditching her male given name, a group that advocates on her behalf is trying to sell off its stock of “Bradley Manning” memorabilia.

In an email to supporters on Monday night, Courage To Resist said it marked down “Bradley Manning” t-shirts, mugs and other kitsch by as much as 80 percent. Plus, free shipping. 

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Actually, David Brooks Raises A Good Point About Weed

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Sure, David Brooks’ Thursday column on marijuana smoking — titled “Weed: Been There. Done That." wreaks of the ink-and-paper arrogance that puts newspapers out of touch with modern readers. And yes, the ensuing mockery has been pretty hilarious. I partook in it. But I actually think he is onto something.

As getting stoned becomes normalized through more state’s passing laws to legalize it — as many observing from outside Colorado and Washington hope it will — the negative effects of chronic use ought to be more openly discussed.

BuzzFeed caused a stir with an essay on Thursday by writer Joe Berkowitz about his “comprehensively debated, intentional dismount” of the sobriety wagon after nearly two years of abstaining from alcohol. Some praised the piece. (Gawker didn’t.) Others called it a “heaping pile of rationalization” in the comments. And more still, myself included, related with Berkowitz’s core admission of having an addictive personality with little impulse control.

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