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The Seven Most Interesting Restricted Free Agents of the NBA Offseason
"This is not just a basketball decision for the Bucks. Giannis has three years left on his contract, and they don’t want him to think they are cheap. Even if letting Jabari walk is the best move for them in terms of maintaining flexibility, flexibility is a hard thing to sell to a player who sees a former teammate putting up massive numbers on another team. The last thing Milwaukee wants to do is repeat the same mistakes that Oklahoma City made with James Harden. 'Jabari ain’t going nowhere,' Antetokounmpo said during his exit interview in late April. If their superstar believes in Jabari, the Bucks may have to keep him."
a:Jonathan-Tjarks★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.27  w:2500  NBA  from instapaper
18 days ago by bankbryan
How LeBron James Mastered the Media
"Because players are so inaccessible, NBA writing tends to be irritatingly GM-centric. In Cleveland, according to one person who has covered the team, it was nearly the opposite. James was often more accessible than Koby Altman. Asked whether James likes the media, writer Chris Sheridan said, '"Like' is such a broad word. I think LeBron *understands* the media.' James understands how beat writers can be friends but also compete for scoops. He knows the value of giving a reporter personal attention."
a:Bryan-Curtis  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.20  w:2500  LeBron-James  media  from instapaper
24 days ago by bankbryan
Whose Story (and Country) Is This?
"And then there’s the and movements. We’ve heard from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women about assaults, threats, harassment, humiliation, coercion, of campaigns that ended careers, pushed them to the brink of suicide. Many men’s response to this is sympathy for men. The elderly film director Terry Gilliam said in March, 'I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon who is a decent human being. He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!' Matt Damon has not actually been beaten to death. He is one of the most highly-paid actors on earth, which is a significantly different experience than being beaten to death. The actor Chris Evans did much better with this shift, saying recently, 'The hardest thing to reconcile is that just because you have good intentions, doesn’t mean it’s your time to have a voice.'"
a:Rebecca-Solnit  p:Literary-Hub  d:2018.04.18  w:2500  manifesto  race  gender  USA  2016-election  from twitter
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
"In light of the problems with the Millennium Tower, there are now increasing calls in California for a reassessment of earthquake risks, much of it focused on strengthening the building code. Right now the code says a structure must be engineered to have a 90 percent chance of avoiding total collapse. But many experts believe that is not enough. The code also does not specify that a building be fit for occupancy after an earthquake. Many buildings might not collapse completely, but they could be damaged beyond repair. The interior walls, the plumbing, elevators — all could be wrecked or damaged. 'When I tell people what the current building code gives them most people are shocked,' Dr. Jones said. 'Enough buildings will be so badly damaged that people are going to find it too hard to live in L.A. or San Francisco.'"
a:Thomas-Fuller  a:Anjali-Singhvi  a:Josh-Williams  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.17  w:2500  architecture  regulation  disaster  San-Francisco  Los-Angeles  from instapaper
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
AirPods and the Three Stages of Apple Criticism
"Put another way: Apple’s products are successful because Apple knows how to market their products to a fanbase of deeply flawed individuals who don’t know what’s good for them. I really wish I was exaggerating, but these seven reasons are the main ways Apple critics attempt to explain why someone would choose to buy products critics believe are both overpriced and inferior to their competition. Because if you’ve already come to the conclusion that Apple products are overpriced and inferior, but hundreds of millions of people still buy them, the only conclusion must be that there is something seriously wrong with the people who buy them."
a:Jonathan-Kim  p:ReThink-Reviews  d:2018.04.02  w:2500  Apple  AirPods  from instapaper
6 weeks ago by bankbryan
We Suck at Reservations
"You’ve probably never given much thought to the complexity of restaurant reservations because they’re simple for customers: Make a call or click a button online, show up, and you get a table. But for restaurants, every night is a constant struggle. Hosts start every service with carefully planned maps of where each reservation will sit — then watch as it slowly unravels over the course of the evening. Every no-show, slow eater, late arrival, and extra guest is like a little earthquake that disrupts the entire plan. A good host constantly rebuilds and reshuffles tables until everyone fits, and the mental gymnastics required are astounding. (If you’ve ever set up a seating chart for a wedding, imagine that stress, every night, with twice as many people in half as much space, and guests who all want to eat at different times.)"
a:Marissa-Conrad  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.03.29  w:2500  restaurants  reservations  from instapaper
6 weeks ago by bankbryan
Inside the tense and wacky NBA draft lottery room
"It's always fun watching the televised lottery in the locked-down drawing room, already knowing the results. You wait for people to have their hearts broken on live television. This year's highlight: the camera zooming in on Gertz after the Hawks moved up. She leaned back, triumphant, and mouthed, 'Oh, yeah.' The room erupted. One person yelled, 'This is the best part of being in this room!'"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.05.16  w:2500  NBA  NBA-Draft  from instapaper
8 weeks ago by bankbryan
No Filter
"That’s not me; it is a different Jane Kim. Kim is actually a very common Korean name. Even though we received these questions less than 24 hours ago, my team Googled 'Jane Kim' and 'Ivy Enterprises', called the company and spoke to this other Jane Kim who confirmed her employment. I would suggest the Chronicle also verify information received from opposition research in the future."
a:Jane-Kim  p:Jane-Kim  d:2018.05.03  w:2500  media  politics  San-Francisco  journalism  from twitter
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
Doris Burke Has Game
"For most of her career, Ms. Burke said, she often felt something ranging from indifference to icy skepticism, even outright hostility from certain fans. A picture mocking her swollen eyes, after a brutal travel schedule, once circulated on the internet. But about three or four years ago, much of the skepticism began to melt. 'The reception toward me is fundamentally different,' she said. 'It is so fundamentally different when I walk into a building.' In 2016, the video game NBA 2K, which is beloved by players, promoted Ms. Burke from sideline reporter to color analyst. 'I will say they enhanced my body parts in that game,' she said. 'I have a fairly significant backyard, but they enhanced it slightly.'"
a:Noam-Scheiber★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.28  w:2500  NBA  media  gender  television  from instapaper
11 weeks ago by bankbryan
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
"Here, Essential Consultants (supported by Trump) moved the case from California state court to United States District Court for the Central District of California, because Clifford is from Texas, Trump lives in DC, and Essential Consultants is a Delaware company. The notice of removal is here."
"Was that a good idea?"
"No it was not. Conventional wisdom is that federal courts are better for the defense and more likely to enforce arbitration agreements. However, federal judges move faster and abide by deadlines and rules more closely, and are substantially less tolerant of bullshit than state judges. If substantial portions of your defense are premised on bullshit and delay, don't remove to federal court."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.04.16  w:2500  explainer  law  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
12 weeks ago by bankbryan
Martin Luther King: how a rebel leader was lost to history
"This week, the US will indulge in an orgy of self-congratulation, selectively misrepresenting King’s life and work, as if rebelling against the American establishment was, in fact, what the establishment has always encouraged. They will cite the 'dream' speech as if it were his only one – and the line about wanting his children to be 'judged not by the colour of their skin but the content of their character' as if it were the only line in it."
a:Gary-Younge  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.04.04  w:2500  race  history  from instapaper
april 2018 by bankbryan
Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?
"Mark Denesuk—a spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA), the collective bargaining organization for officials—said he was 'not well-versed enough in the career pathways or the development process for NBA officials' to speak to why there weren't more women officiating in the NBA. When asked if the NBRA had ever helped one of the women navigate challenges related to sex or gender discrimination, he said, 'Not to my knowledge,' but added, 'I couldn't speak to that authoritatively.'"
a:Britni-de-la-Cretaz  p:Bleacher-Report★  d:2018.04.02  w:2500  NBA  gender  from instapaper
april 2018 by bankbryan
"Abolish ICE," explained
"McElwee doesn’t expect Democrats to start calling for an end to deportations permanently — he describes it as a '30-year' goal. But he does expect to help push the Overton window far enough to the left that the Obama administration’s position, of a fully matured but targeted ICE regime, is seen as the center-right position — and Democrats embrace a new center left."
a:Dara-Lind  p:Vox★★  d:2018.03.19  w:2500  explainer  immigration  Donald-Trump  2020-election  DHS  Democrats  from instapaper
april 2018 by bankbryan
Go Big
"Amid this jumble of stimuli, I’ll dust off the notion that my sons should be aware of their Korean heritage. It’s not always clear what that might mean. Eating spicy food? Knowing how to draw the flag, or write their names in a language I’m not even conversant in? At the moment, it only means addressing their father with appropriate reverence. 'From now on, call me "Ed" — I mean "Dad".' 'Hello, Edward Park,' K. says."
a:Ed-Park  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2018.03.06  w:2500  children  parenting  family  culture  2016-election  from instapaper
march 2018 by bankbryan
Why the PDF Is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format
"Manafort could have readily altered the PDF himself. Had he done so, he would have avoided a key part of the paper trail that may land him in federal prison. He probably even had a PDF editor already on his computer. In the money-laundering business, after all, it seems likely that one would frequently need to assemble pages from multiple PDF files; you need a PDF editor for that. For most of his money-laundering career, Manafort was almost certainly just one or two clicks away from the editor mode."
a:Ernie-Smith  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2018.03.05  w:2500  standards  taxes  records  from instapaper
march 2018 by bankbryan
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country
"Ceglowski isn’t a typical political organizer, and none of the donors I spoke to fit the profile of a dedicated Democratic political donor. Garrett told me that giving to progressive candidates seemed like an obvious thing for him to do since he supported progressive causes, but acknowledged that these eight campaigns were the only ones he’d donated to so far. 'I have no idea what works and why it works. Sometimes money just pours in, sometimes the thing I think will work has no impact at all. I’m completely in the dark about what I’m doing,' says Ceglowski."
a:Sarah-Jeong  p:The-Verge★  d:2018.03.08  w:2500  politics  Democrats  Maciej-Ceglowski  2018-election  voting  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
“He’s a Coen Brothers Villain”
"How do people there see the Mueller investigation, and does what you just said affect the way you see it?
I think they see it primarily as being incredibly amusing, because finally the U.S. is as obsessed with Russia as the Russians have always fantasized that it was.* Because after spending years and hundreds of millions of dollars on trying to raise Russia’s profile abroad, suddenly they can just kick back, relax, and do nothing while the Western media do their jobs of glorifying Putin as this hypercompetent, brilliant villain for them. They absolutely don’t mind being portrayed as scheming villains, because the only thing that the Russians hate is being accurately portrayed as largely incompetent. As long as we ascribe competence to them, they will be very happy."
a:Isaac-Chotiner  a:Michael-Idov★★  p:Slate★★  d:2018.02.27  w:2500  interview  Russia  2016-election  Donald-Trump  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too
"In March 2017, the Russian met with the American intermediary and a U.S. official in Berlin and agreed to provide the stolen NSA data from the Shadow Brokers in exchange for payment. The U.S. government used 'certain messaging techniques' that the Russian accepted as proof that the U.S. government was behind the negotiations and the proposed deal, according to the documents obtained by The Intercept. Officials gave the Russians advance knowledge that on June 20, 2017, at 12:30 p.m., the official NSA Twitter account would tweet: 'Samuel Morse patented the telegraph 177 years ago. Did you know you can still send telegrams? Faster than post & pay only if it’s delivered.' That tweet, in exactly those words, was issued at that time."
a:James-Risen  p:The-Intercept  d:2018.02.09  w:2500  Russia  NSA  Donald-Trump  intelligence-gathering  Twitter  2016-election  from instapaper
march 2018 by bankbryan
Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for "What I Deserve"
"By the way, I saw the other path. My agent once sent me to see Harvey, too. I went right up to his room at the Peninsula, which I would never normally do, but Harvey was a New York guy, so it made sense. Plus, it was in the middle of the day, and he had an assistant there. He didn't try anything on me. Had he, I'm a little rough around the edges and I grew up around some very tough people, so I probably would have picked up a vase and cracked him over the fucking head. But I also feel completely comfortable saying that I walked into that room batting the shit out of my eyelashes. My goal in that room was to charm him, as it is in most rooms like that. You think, 'Not only do I have to show that I'm a good actress, but that director also has to in some way fall in love with me and at least become enamored with me.' That never felt right or good to me. And I've had conversations with my agents 17 years later. I've said, 'You sent me into that room knowing…' They claim they didn't know."
a:Lacey-Rose  p:The-Hollywood-Reporter  d:2018.01.17  w:2500  television  gender  from instapaper
february 2018 by bankbryan

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