The New York Times Buys The Wirecutter

The New York Times is buying two of my favorite websites, The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, for a reported $30 million dollars.

The Wirecutter provides recommendations for electronics and other gadgets that are both obsessively researched and simply presented. The Wirecutter also owns The Sweethome, which takes the same approach for home appliances and other gear.

Both sites make their money via affiliate links, which generate revenue when consumers click on them and make purchases via e-commerce sites like Amazon.

My Thanks to Icaria

My sincere thanks to Icaria for sponsoring the website this week. Icaria are a progressive rock band based out of Atlanta, GA and they’ve just released a new lyric video for their song “Callous Warrior.” The band formed in February of 2015 and recorded their debut full-length with Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, He is Legend) and finished it this year. They’re currently shopping the record to labels and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover has been cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie.

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored.