Party On, Garth

New people! Bless your hearts (and yours, those of you who were here in April). I’ve been in mourning since the Sixers decided to stop being a playoff team. At least there’s round four of Cavs-Warriors to look forward to.

Welcome to May’s Zaleski Minute. As always, if it takes you longer than 60 seconds, complain to management.

What I Was Writing:

  1. For CityLab: Why does your hometown newspaper’s website suck so damn much? Blame the digital advertising industry, along with Google and Facebook. (Seriously.)

  2. For New York Magazine: There are some folks who have a couple of smart-home devices — the gadgets and gizmos that do things like automatically turn on lights or set the room’s thermostat temperature. Then there are the smart-home obsessives, people with hundreds of devices who spend upwards of $750 each month.

Buy! Buy! Buy!

The Summer 2018 issue of Popular Science for my article on page 108 about the Church of Perpetual Life, where you’ll find that everything you thought you knew about getting old, getting sick, and getting right with God before you get up no more is dead, dead wrong.

Words of Wisdom:

  1. “The biggest thing is the way it’s stigmatized, there’s this tough guy mentality that a lot of cops are flat out embarrassed to ask for help,” he says — the “he” being Larry Smith in this very good and nuanced profile of the former Baltimore Police Department internal affairs detective.