‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Urges Fans to Stop Throwing Pizzas on Walter White’s Roof

From Variety:

The woman who lives in the house used as Walter White’s residence on “Breaking Bad” is not happy.

To be more specific, she’s not happy because fans of the show keep throwing pizzas on her roof, inspired by White’s famous pizza toss in the season three episode “Caballo Sin Nombre.”

“Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” showrunner Vince Gilligan asked fans to stop the pie-slinging in the latest episode of the “Better Call Saul Insider Podcast.”

Gilligan said the woman and her husband who live in White’s residence in Albuquerque are used to fans coming to take pictures, and are fine with it within reason. But the notoriously obsessive “Breaking Bad” fans have gone overboard.

“There is nothing original, or funny, or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady’s roof,” Gilligan said. “It’s been done before — you’re not the first.”

Baton Rouge Transit CEO ‘Would Love’ Fewer Black Bus Drivers to Put White Passengers at Ease

From The Root:

Over the last week, Baton Rouge, La.’s Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito has been under fire for opining that white passengers don’t use the bus system because there aren’t enough white drivers.

Needless to say, Mirabito is now making the necessary apologies in light of the fallout.

“I apologize,” he said in a statement. “It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my comments on a recent podcast have distracted our community from our continued push to move our transit system forward. My comment, heard in its entirety, was not racially motivated, and I apologize that is the impression it has given people.”

According to The Advocate, Mirabito’s comments were made during an interview last week when a podcaster asked him how he was handling the “racial divide” at CATS after becoming CEO. “CATS is actually 95 percent African American. And unfortunately our demographics don’t match Baton Rouge. I would love to have a workforce that matches the demographics of Baton Rouge because I think there are some people out there who may not ride CATS buses because they don’t like the color of an operator’s skin. … That’s a shame,” he said in the interview, according to The Advocate.

Question of the Day

Have you read anything good lately?

I’m really enjoying GoodReads. I want to thank the Cynics who urged me to start using it. Not only is it perfect for organizing my books (I used a notebook from 2009 to now), but I love seeing the updates from my friends on what they’ve been reading.

In March alone, I’ve read some really great books.

Lock In by John Scalzi.
I was a bit hesitant about this one at first because not all of Scalzi’s books grab me. I loved Old Man’s War but most of his other books just didn’t grab me to the same extent. So Lock In was a delightful surprise. The mystery part was nothing special but the world creation was excellent and the idea behind the threeps and the disease itself could have been easily been too gimmicky but Scalzi managed to give it much more depth.

Watership Down
, by Richard Adams.
I’ve been a voracious reader since as long as I can remember. One of my favorite things about books is how you can be surprised by how much is out there that you just haven’t discovered yet. Watership Down was one of those gems which I just don’t remember ever hearing about. I finally saw it on one of those “Must Read” lists and thought I would give it a try. I expected it to be about a submarine. Instead I got anthropomorphic bunnies. I almost gave up on it but decided to stick to my 15% rule and glad I did.

The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway.
I read this a long time ago so didn’t remember much about it. I love Hemingway but I had difficulty getting into this one despite it being constantly rated as his best work. I think I read this when I was in my late teens last time around the time I had read On The Road and both books felt very similar to me but with different generations and locations.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.
My St. Patrick’s day reading. It’s 510 pages. I read it in two days without skimming. Nuff said.

On the Beach by Nevil Shute.
I thought I had started reading this a few years ago and put it down because I couldn’t get through it but I wasn’t sure. So I started it and I’m putting it down because I can’t get through it. It’s considered a classic of post-apocalyptic fiction. Not by me.

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.
A collection of his recent short stories. Some are excellent (The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains), some are skimmable.