How Walt Disney Pioneered Tech Campuses Long Before Google
Everybody talks breathlessly (or jokes knowingly) about the large playground-like campuses companies like Google and Facebook maintain for their employees. But Walt Disney pioneered the work/play model of office life long before those companies were even founded. And next week’s installment of PBS’ American Experience documentary series—a two-parter about Disney—shows just how far the man behind the Magic Kingdom went to make his animators feel at home. When Disney’s animation house began to outgrow its studio location on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, Walt looked for open space to create a facility to house more than 1,000 staff members. He picked 51 acres in Burbank, let his imagination run wild, and by early 1940 the current site of Walt Disney Studios was complete. The template Disney envisioned was designed to engender efficiency and community—with perks like ping-pong, milkshakes, a gym with a Swedish former Olympic athlete as a personal trainer, and a gas station that could do auto repairs. Find out how Disney built his dream studio in the clip from American Experience: Walt Disney, which airs next Monday and Tuesday, above.
“There were six singularities. Then the Universe exploded into existence and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots: Infinity Stones.” —The Collector
Infinity Stones, Infinity Gems, Infinity Gauntlet. More like infinity questions, guys. If you haven’t been tracking the ultra-powerful artifacts since they first showed up in the Marvel comics universe in 1972’s The Power of Warlock (when they were called Soul Gems), then you may be a little foggy on the significance of the Stones, and why every single damn power player in the Cosmos wants them. There’s Loki and that Collector Guy and Ronan the Accuser (RIP) and Thanos on one end trying to leverage the gems into inter-galactic domination, and then there’s the kind Asgardians and Nova Corp and the Guardians and the Avengers trying to lock them away and preserve civility and order across the realms. If you want to know the particulars of each Stone and get a quick primer on where they’ve been and where they’re going, Marvel has kindly released this educational video this morning.
So far the gems we’ve seen play central plot roles are The Space Stone (Captain America: The First Avenger), The Reality Stone (Thor: The Dark World), The Power Stone (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and The Mind Stone (The Avengers: Age of Ultron). The two remaining gems are The Soul Stone and The Time Stone, which will be playing a central role in both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War. Now bookmark this so you can consult it periodically over the next gazillion years of Marvel movie releases.
Radiohead may be one of the most remixed/mashed-up/covered bands of the last 30 years—so much so that it seems hard to imagine everything that could be done with their music hasn’t already been tried before. For those who think re-imagining Radiohead is played out, may we present this: Roman GianArthur‘s OK Lady. The six-song EP, which GianArthur dropped just as he finished the Eephus Tour with Janelle Monáe and the rest of his Wondaland outfit, is a mashup/cover record of sorts that blends tracks from Radiohead with those of R&B maestro D’Angelo. It’s genius. And beautiful. We could go on and on about how amazing it is, but it’s streaming for free above (you can download it here), and there’s nothing we could say that listening to it won’t get across better. So go ahead and give it a spin. When you’re done, please do go play “Hell You Talmbout” from GianArthur and his Wondaland cohorts here.
We haven’t seen much from Netflix’s forthcoming Marvel series since the premiere of Daredevil in April—just a lot of casting announcements. But here’s the premiere date announcement teaser for Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter as the titular former superhero-turned-private detective, Mike Colter as Luke Cage (who gets his own series in 2016), and David Tennant as Kilgrave, aka Purple Man. There’s no actual footage here, but we do get an official premiere date for all 13 episodes: Nov. 20, so get ready for some Thanksgiving Marvel binging. There’s precious little to discern from the images here—the intersection of Birch Street and Higgins Drive, a camera aperture, an overturned whiskey glass, the door of Alias Investigations, and the Avengers Tower in the New York skyline. But still, we can’t wait to jump back into this supplement to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in just a few short months.
Pause at: Nowhere, really. It’s so short you should just watch the whole thing.
Song: Of Monsters and Men, “Thousand Eyes”
Throughout filming of Iron Man 3, supporting actor IRB 120 didn’t receive a single union-mandated meal break—or a dressing room, or dental insurance. Not a lot of benefits for robots, it turns out. Well, all that changes today: its colleague, ABB’s IRB 2400, is taking steps to prevent unjust treatment of other bots by filing for membership in the Screen Actors Guild after appearing in Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. (The video of that performance is above.) The first hurdle standing between the IRB 2400 and SAG membership, though, somehow isn’t humanity’s overwhelming collective discomfort; it’s that the thing doesn’t have a social security number.
One question, though: Can you be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award if you won’t ever, um, die?
Stephen Colbert’s first night hosting the Late Show was met with some mixed reactions (hey, growing pains, y’all). But, as it turns out, his premiere—which still managed to snag 6.6 million viewers—almost didn’t make it to viewers’ eyeballs at all. After the episode finished filming, producers had a hard time actually getting it to CBS to put on the air. “The computers kept crashing,” Colbert said on yesterday’s Late Show. “At 11:20 [p.m.] no one in the building could give me any certainty that the show was going to go on the air last night.” Eventually Colbert’s tech wizards fixed the issue, but even the host doesn’t know exactly what went wrong. “I’m still not sure what the problem was,” Colbert joked, “but if you’re seeing this on the air right now, that means we fixed it!”
When it was announced that Stephen Colbert would be taking over for David Letterman, lots of people—including people here at WIRED!—wondered if Colbert would keep the newscaster blowhard schtick he honed on Comedy Central or if he would be someone, well, a little more subdued. In the run-up to last night’s premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the teasers for the show—segments about beards and awkward lunches and stuff—hinted that while the conservative know-it-all might be gone, the host was definitely not going to be playing it straight. And now we know: Colbert has no intention of being a square. Last night he (somewhat inexpertly) interviewed George Clooney, sang with Mavis Staples, and tried—haphazardly—to have a real conversation with Jeb Bush. For the most part, these segments showed a host who is still working on finding a balance between his former satirical self and whatever his new late-night persona will be. That’s OK, because as this bit above comparing Donald Trump jokes to over-eating Oreos demonstrates, Colbert is still not afraid to make it super weird. Please never change, Stephen. We need you this way.
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