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Project Thunderdome Officially Closes Its Doors

In spite of melancholy circumstances, staffers at the NYC headquarters for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome are having some fun on this, their final day. Here for example is the front of the internal farewell Web page, as shared on Twitter by project EIC Jim Brady:

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Further examples of the kind of humor that invariably courses through newsrooms can be found via the fast-moving Twitter-list stream of 51 Project Thunderdome departing members. Like this observation:

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Easily Annoyed | Incomplete Deck | General Likes

AllFacebook: You can now add “Traveling to” to your Facebook status update, just in case you were looking for more ways to annoy your friends.

FishbowlDC: Jay Carney said the reason he hasn’t finished watching House of Cards yet is because he has a f*cking job you losers.

PRNewser: If you “like” one of General Mills’ cereals on Facebook, you can never sue the company. It also bans you from bringing up your “honey nuts aren’t a real thing” discussion ever again.

NYT Parenting Columnist Tackles Marijuana Dilemma

RonLieberPicThe headline – “What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks” – at first almost seems like a gag. But on this 4/20-minus-three Thursday, New York Times parenting columnist Ron Lieber (pictured) is entirely serious:

Few mothers and fathers prepare themselves for a circumstance I’ve encountered twice in just the last month: What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our children consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either?

Lieber offers three general directives for parents seeking to guide their progeny’s stock market picks. The reader comments to this one are definitely going to be worth watching; here’s some early reaction from mom Joanne:

I’d absolutely give my daughter supportive advice to invest in marijuana companies as I believe that it is time for the pox to be over regarding marijuana AND it is an enormous new business opportunity that will change the economics of our country. On the other hand, it’s most pharmaceutical companies that I would advise her against investing her money.

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Mental Floss Expands Digital Team

Mental Floss has made a few moves involving its digital team. Details are below.

  • Erin McCarthy has been promoted from deputy editor of digital to managing editor of digital. Before joining Mental Floss, McCarthy worked for Popular Mechanics. She’ll continue to report to Mental Floss’ editor, Jason English.
  • Nick Greene has been named McCarthy’s successor as deputy editor of digital. Greene comes to the magazine from The Village Voice.
  • Hannah Keyser joins Mental Floss as a staff writer. Keyser most recently served as a web editor for Honest Cooking and a writer for MLB.com.
  • Rebecca O’Connell has been named a web producer. O’Connell was most recently part of Mental Floss’ marketing team.
  • Josh Moore, previously Mental Floss’ associate art director, has joined the magazine’s digital team.

Guardian Dudette Salutes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Anniversary

ShutterstockKeanuReevesSpiritAwards2014We love this kind of essay.

Guardian writer Hadley Freeman was a tweenager when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure forever in 1989 altered the course of time-travel-movies history. Twenty-five years later, in a newspaper telescoped forward by its own paradigm-challenging male duo (Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden), she recalls how she was smitten from the start:

I first came across the movie in 1990, when my mother rented it for me after I announced to her that I was deeply in love with Keanu Reeves and so would probably marry him (it was the early 90s, when it was the law for every heterosexual female under 35 to be in love with Reeves.)

My mother was extremely supportive of my new relationship (my father, on the other hand, never quite mastered the pronunciation of my fiance’s first name), so when I informed her that a mere rental was an insufficient token of my new relationship, she bought the video for me for the commitment-sealing sum of £9.99. My little sister and I duly watched that tape to ribbons.

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Nina Willdorf Named Editor of All You

Nina Willdorf has been promoted from executive editor of All You to editor. Willdorf had been executive editor of the title since May of 2012.

Prior to joining All You, Willdorf served as Budget Travel’s editor. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Glamour, New York, and Real Simple.

“Having played such a key creative role in reimagining All You on its numerous multi-media platforms, Nina is the ideal person to lead All You as it embarks on a period of rapid growth and innovation,” said Time Inc. group editor, Clare McHugh, in a statement. “I’m thrilled for Nina and even more thrilled for the brand.”

Willdorf will continue to report to McHugh.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated Wins

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Typically, we ask you to choose which magazine covers you like best, but this week we’re doing this differently.

The above is Sports Illustrated’s Boston Strong cover, which included about  3,000 Boston residents. When we learned that SI was asking the city’s residents to show up at the Boston Marathon finish line for a cover shoot, we figured it’d be a good one. It is, and that’s why we’re crowning SI this week’s champ.

15,000-Word, Seven-Part Las Vegas Sun Series Wins Dart Award

The Las Vegas Sun is in very good company. The newspaper, as part of Columbia University’s latest Dart Awards, which recognize exemplary reporting on the effects of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, is one of two 2014 winners, alongside Ira GlassThis American Life. The awards will be presented May 8.

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The editorial series that won the Sun its prize is heartbreaking. Titled “Grace Through Grief,” it details the aftermath of a home invasion suffered by the Martinez family, during which mom and daughter were killed, and dad was gravely injured:

Judges called “Grace Through Grief” a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” They called Jackie Valley’s prose “exceptional” and Leila Navidi’s photographs “powerful” and “intimate without being disruptive.” They praised the series’ “creative subversiveness,” going far beyond conventional crime reporting in “bringing the reader on a journey of faith, fatherhood, recovery and resilience.” Judges also recognized the “careful restraint” used in bringing forward the perspectives of Arturo Martinez’s young sons.

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Daniel Radcliffe Points Out Two Subtle Differences Between London and New York

USA Today theater and music critic Elysa Gardner, like many others recently, had the pleasure of catching up with multi-talented 24-year-old Daniel Radcliffe. He’s set to open his third Broadway play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Sunday at the Cort Theatre.

Radcliffe tells Gardner he now feels very much at home in NYC and appreciates the subtle differences in social culture:

Radcliffe finds the overall vibe “more positive than in London.” The Brits “like to revel in our grumpiness a bit, and you’re not like that here…”

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Esquire Names Fashion Manager, Variety Adds Film and Media Reporter

A couple moves to note this morning, involving Esquire and Variety. Details are below.

  • Esquire has promoted John Wattiker to international fashion manager. He most recently served as account manager of beauty, grooming and financial services. Wattiker has been with Hearst since April of last year.
  • Brent Lang is joining Variety as a film and media reporter, based in New York. Lang comes to Variety from TheWrap, where he had been for the past four years.

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