vanityfair:

In memoriam.
[Illustration by Jonathan Mak. Thanks @danielholter for letting us know about this talented author of this design—we’d seen it everywhere sans attribution, and we’re happy to call him out now.]

vanityfair:

In memoriam.

[Illustration by Jonathan Mak. Thanks @danielholter for letting us know about this talented author of this design—we’d seen it everywhere sans attribution, and we’re happy to call him out now.]

The Rise of The Oracle League

With no fabulous iPhone 5 to tinker with and scant interest in the baseball playoffs, we’re left to either mull over the implications of dark energy or speculate about who will be the next savior for the GOP presidential nomination.

Instead of contemplating atoms or Bachmanns, we’re reading an article from the excellent online sports magazine, Grantland, that toys with the idea of a renegade basketball league.

The article reads more like fantasy than reality, but even for a non-NBA fan, the idea is juicy in its possibilities. If the NBA indeed ceases to play the 2011-12 season, could the tattooed legions of hoop stars be persuaded to field teams in places like Kansas City and Las Vegas? Could the egotistical David Stern be replaced by the egotistical Larry Ellison?

The vision of a rogue league put forth by authors Jay Kang and Bill Simmons would feature personality clashes ripe for reality TV. Larry Ellison (of Oracle and America’s Cup fame) would head up the league. Eight teams would be created in cities hungering for NBA sports credibility - Anaheim, CA, Hartford, CT, Pittsburgh, PA, and Baltimore, MD. Star players would be chosen to lead the teams and draft the players.

There would even be a relegation model where a traveling band of second-division wannabe teams would try to fight their way into the first division.

Sure, it’s not likely to happen, but it’s fun to think about.

To follow the latest on the basketball drama, check out Trove’s NBA channel.

Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. It’s particularly poignant today.

cheatsheet:

The 10 Commandments of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Dies: Reaction from Apple, Fans

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died, the company announced Wednesday night. He had suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant in 2009. He stepped down as Apple’s CEO in August. (More on Steve Jobs’ life from The Washington Post.)

Apple’s statement: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of use who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”’

In the hour after Jobs’ death was announced, tributes flooded Twitter.

A small selection:

GreenbergMusic: unreal. short life. big thoughts. the man changed our world. rip.

angiemckaig: This is what social media is: A way for people to gather and tell stories. And this is what we do when someone dies.

wrexmason: As a laptop musician/engineer/editor/computer nerd….I gotta say THANK YOU to this man bit.ly/ol0I54

dbmac: The world has lost a great visionary and advocate for innovation & creativity. Thank you, Steve. bit.ly/r4JSUx

MelissaBell: I walk into a restaurant and man says, Steve Jobs died. I sit in front of my Apple computer and I tear up.

SmashFit: I am so saddened by the news of Steve Jobs death. Myy career as an artist was inspired by the Mac. He was pure brilliance.

ABDULLAHAHMED: Goodbye Steve. I always secretly admired your drive, passion, ambition, innovation, and the reality distortion field…

jamietanjaiphen: More than showing how people are suppose to live, he taught people how to die. The world just lost a great visionary. RIP #steve Jobs

Follow this story on Trove’s Steve Jobs and Apple channels.

Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate?

The person pictured above:

A. Has toured every continent.
B. Is famous for requesting hot sauce with every meal.
C. Is the front-runner to receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.
D. Converted to Buddhism in recent years.

The correct answer? C.

That’s right — According to the most recent Guardian poll, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is slated to win the coveted prize at 5-to-1 odds, ahead of Adonis (6/1), Haruki Murakami (8/1), and Tomas Transtromer (10/1).

Do you think “Mr. Tambourine Man” will take its place among the canon of Nobel laureates? Or will Dylan be left “Blowin’ in the Wind”?

Follow the developments with Trove’s Bob Dylan and Nobel Prize channels. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Photo of the Day: Bushman, Botswana

Today’s National Geographic Photo of the Day:

Bushman, Botswana

Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic

Sunlight and shadows highlight a river Bushman in a canoe in the Okavango River. When the river swells and floods, it creates an alluvial fan of more than 10,000 square miles (26,000 square kilometers).

Aspiring photo buffs — check out Trove’s Photography channel for more.

Music: The Shadow Returns

Fifteen years ago, DJ Shadow, a little-known spinmeister from the decidedly un-hip college town of Davis, California, released his ground-shattering masterpiece, “Entroducing.” The record is composed entirely of samples, and was a critical contribution to the development of instrumental hip-hop.

Today, DJ Shadow — aka Josh Davis — returns to form with his latest effort,”The Less You Know, The Better.”

KCRW’s Garth Trinidad gushes, dubbing DJ Shadow a “left-field hip-hop shaman” and “sonic Merlin: He’s known and revered for his buoyant beats, hypnotic loops and dark textural expanses, but he leads listeners to places where a nightlight, and even sunlight, can be glimpsed.”

James McKinley of the New York Times Arts Beat blog thinks the new album is “more mature-sounding” and that Davis has continued to expand “the idea of what hip-hop can be beyond looping samples into danceable beats for rappers or scratching out rhythms on turntables.”

Popmatters’s David Amidon isn’t blown away by Davis’ latest effort but, “for the most part, ‘The Less You Know’ is a return to form for Shadow, his best work since ‘Private Press’ and, most importantly, fun to listen to.”

Check out “The Less You Know, The Better” on NPR and read an interview with Josh Davis in Wired Magazine.

For more, check out Trove’s DJ Shadow and Hip-Hop channels.

A Champagne Supernova

Three astronomers won the Nobel prize on Tuesday for discovering that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy.

The image above is an exploding star known as Type 1a supernova, which the prize winners used to measure the expansion of the universe.

Want more stellar news? Follow Trove’s Astronomy channel.

Image Credit: NASA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images