What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?
"The pattern had been set. The secret police would kill whom they chose, Bolshevik power would be absolute, and violence would be used not just for strategic purposes but to terrify. The murder of the Romanovs upped the ante for the new government; now there could be no return. The ghastly way forward led through the grain requisi­tions of the next few years, and the bloody suppression of the sailors’ rebellion at the Kronstadt naval base in 1921, and the war on the peasants, and the forced mass starvations, and the rise of Stalin’s terror in the ’30s, and the one million who died in the labor camps in 1937-38 alone. Historians estimate that before the end of the Soviet Union the Bolshevik revolution resulted in the deaths of perhaps 60 million people."
a:Ian-Frzazier  p:Smithsonian-Magazine★  d:2017.10  w:16500  history  Russia  government  violence  from instapaper
13 days ago
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
“It’s as if we are in some galactic zoo, and if they’ve been watching us, it’s like watching zebras talking to one another. But what if one of those zebras suddenly turns toward you and with its hooves starts scratching out the prime numbers.”
a:Steven-Johnson  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.06.28  w:8000  space  math  communication  future  disaster  from twitter
16 days ago
Can Special Effects Be Special Again?
"Franklin and Lambert furthered that process on Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which also mostly avoided using green screens. This time, instead of using projectors to throw images on a screen, they built a massive wraparound high-definition LED screen outside of the set, so that performers could act against images that otherwise would have been added months later in post. The intensely beautiful X-15 experimental flight sequence that opens the film was shot this way, and the realism achieved also meant that the camera captured little offhand details that would have taken VFX artists weeks to do with computers. 'Because you had the content on the screen, when you see Ryan [Gosling] bursting through the atmosphere, you can then see the beautiful chromatic shift on the horizon,' recalls Lambert. 'That shot is in camera; Ryan is actually looking at the horizon. It’s reflected in his visor, and *it’s reflected in his eye*. I used to do that work myself. I used to be a compositor. I know how tricky it is to do that in post.'"
a:Bilge-Ebiri  p:Vulture★★  d:2018.12.10  w:3500  film  technology  acting  from instapaper
16 days ago
Why Does Mount Rushmore Exist?
"Funding for Mount Rushmore was touch-and-go, as was political and public support. But Borglum would not give up. The project took far longer, and cost far more money, than anyone could have imagined. Logistics were murderously complex. Men were lowered over the rock face on sling chairs; carving was done mainly with dynamite and jackhammers. At one point, a crack running through the stone threatened to break Thomas Jefferson’s nose, so his face was blown off the mountain and started again in a different spot."
a:Sam-Anderson★★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.03.22  w:3500  USA  nature  from instapaper
16 days ago
Behind the Cellar Door
"I took a sip, then another. I felt something. What? Did anyone else feel it? I looked around. The adults were talking about what they always talked about—how the wine tasted (notes of peach, white pepper, and chocolate), where the grapes were grown, and how it had rained at the right time on the 1959 crop. They talked about everything but the most basic fact about the wine: the feeling it gave you. It felt as though my good spirits had emerged from a cave in my lower jaw where they usually hid away, like Puff the Magic Dragon breathing flaming 151-proof rum. It was a revelation, but no one at the table spoke a word about it, and I quickly learned to conceal the feeling. That was my first lesson."
a:John-Seabrook  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.01.23  w:6000  process  alcohol  wine  family  from instapaper
16 days ago
Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell
"On July 1—more than two years after opening reservations for the Model 3—Musk finally sent the jubilant email many employees had been waiting for. 'I think we just became a real car company,' he wrote. Tesla had manufactured 5,031 Model 3 vehicles during a seven-day period. They had hit their goal, six months late, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and dozens of executive departures. 'What an incredible job by an amazing team,' Musk wrote. 'Couldn’t be more proud to work with you.' Employees inside the company also thought it was amazing, though some cite different reasons. 'For me, the fact that we were able to build at scale, amid all that craziness, that’s the real accomplishment,' one former engineering executive told me. 'Just think about it: We designed a car that is so simple and elegant you can build it in a tent. You can build it when your CEO is melting down. You can build it when everyone is quitting or getting fired. That’s a real accomplishment. That’s amazing.'"
a:Charles-Duhigg  p:Wired★★  d:2018.12.13  w:9500  Tesla  Elon-Musk  leadership  manufacturing  from twitter
17 days ago
Dear Santa: An NBA wish list for 2019, including KD in the Bay and a Great White North Christmas
"Picture this for next Christmas: Kevin Durant and Kristaps Porzingis are lacing up their holiday sneakers as they prepare to play their first Christmas game together as Knicks teammates at Madison Square Garden. Across the Brooklyn Bridge, the Nets are a few hours away from their turn on the Christmas Day national stage now that they have Kyrie Irving, Khris Middleton and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. It's possible for New York basketball to be back, following an Empire State-sized blockbuster summer, when both teams lure stars to NYC with their ample salary-cap space and the Nets get some lottery luck. KD, Kyrie, Unicorn and Zion all in New York -- it's a Broadway ending that not even Spike Lee could dream up."
a:Malika-Andrews  a:Kevin-Arnovitz★  a:Ian-Begley  a:Tim-Bontemps  a:Nick-DePaula  a:Nick-Friedell  a:Chris-Herring  a:Jackie-MacMullan  a:Bobby-Marks  a:Kevin-Pelton  a:Mike-Schmitz  a:Andre-Snellings  a:Michael-C-Wright  a:Royce-Young  a:Ohm-Youngmisuk  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.12.25  w:2500  NBA  future  NYC  Kevin-Durant  from instapaper
17 days ago
Selling Airborne Opulence to the Upper Upper Upper Class
"Varsano knows his relevant client base down to nearly the last person, and his aim is to maintain up-to-date records on every single one of the six or seven thousand jets that are large enough for the Jet Business to follow. Roughly a quarter of its business is with first-time buyers, but those leads tend to be so dicey that Varsano’s staff dedicates most of its time and energy to plane-owning people and organizations. 'If you’ve got a fast-food restaurant,' Varsano told me, 'it’s easier to get the guy who comes in three times a month to come in four times a month than it is to get a new customer. So we try to check in with all the current owners at least every quarter.'"
a:Gideon-Lewis-Krauss  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.01.23  w:10000  aviation  retail  customer-service  Donald-Trump  from twitter
17 days ago
Hopkins held hostage
"The expansion plan showed the extension of the airport's primary and longest runway to 12,000 feet from 9,000 feet, and the addition of a second, 10,000-foot runway. With two runways, simultaneous takeoffs and landings would be possible in all but the worst weather conditions. The initial plan also called for an eventual third runway through where the I-X Center now stands. Just adding the second runway would raise capacity of the airport to 525,000 takeoffs and landings each year from its current capacity of 368,000. Desperate to keep up 'We have a lot of catching up to do,' Mr. Nagy said. 'Our competitors in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have been growing their airports at a faster rate. When airlines are looking at airport capacity and available capacity at other airports, it's part of a business decision that they make in terms of where they will locate or whether they're going to increase or decrease service.' The painful reality does not escape Mayor White. 'We are the largest one-runway airport in the country,' he said. 'It is a distinction that I look forward to relinquishing.'"
a:Jeff-Stacklin  p:Crane's-Cleveland-Business  d:2000.04.03  w:2000  Cleveland  aviation 
17 days ago
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
"The 72-meter-long core entombs more than 2000 years of fallout from volcanoes, Saharan dust storms, and human activities smack in the center of Europe. The team deciphered this record using a new ultra–high-resolution method, in which a laser carves 120-micron slivers of ice, representing just a few days or weeks of snowfall, along the length of the core. Each of the samples—some 50,000 from each meter of the core—is analyzed for about a dozen elements. The approach enabled the team to pinpoint storms, volcanic eruptions, and lead pollution down to the month or even less, going back 2000 years."
a:Ann-Gibbons  p:Science  d:2018.11.15  w:1500  history  nature  weather  from twitter
19 days ago
The Monster in the Mirror
"In the past two and a half months, Gritty has proved to be an overwhelming success as a mascot. More than that, he’s become a legitimate cultural phenomenon, a weird and scary avatar for a weird and scary time. He is all things to all people. 'Gritty is fairly appalling, pretty insurrectionary for a mascot, and I don’t think there’s any question that that’s our kind of symbol,' says Helen Gym, an at-large member of the Philadelphia City Council. 'There’s nothing more Philly than being unapologetically yourself.'"
a:Michael-Baumann  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.12.14  w:3500  sports  politics  Philadelphia  from twitter
20 days ago
How the '4-point line' and other court markings are changing the NBA
"'I would always try to extend my range farther and farther because I wasn't getting much taller,' says Young, who is listed at 6-foot-2. 'The farther I shoot, people weren't expecting that.' Lloyd not only wants Young to shoot from the 4-point line but to make plays from there, too. Expanding the floor outward, in turn, creates space in the paint for big men such as second-year breakout John Collins. If a guard like Young can initiate a play from behind the 4-point line, defenses are forced to cover more ground and, eventually, make difficult choices and compromises."
a:Malika-Andrews  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.12.18  w:2500  NBA  basketball  visualization  from instapaper
23 days ago
Gridlock in the sky
"The two industries say they are now working closely together to help find a solution. And they agree that the FAA closes off more airspace than it should. What’s more, the agency relies on an antiquated system that can see only airplanes in real time and does not have the ability to track rockets and spacecraft as they move through the atmosphere. Instead, the controllers have to manually enter the flight path data of a rocket in the airspace — a system that can be prone to error and that some derisively call 'sneaker net', meaning someone has to run that data across the room to the controllers. 'The FAA does not use the resources that are out there and available to effectively manage control of the airspace,' said Eric Stallmer, the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. 'There’s a great deal of innovation and technology that could help alleviate a great number of these problems.' As a result, the FAA often shuts down the airspace for hours, even though the rockets streak through it in a matter of minutes, or even seconds."
a:Christian-Davenport  a:John-Muyskens  a:Youjin-Shin  a:Monica-Ulmanu  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.12  w:2500  future  aviation  SpaceX  regulation  from instapaper
24 days ago
Meet the Safecracker of Last Resort
"I spent more than six months shadowing Santore because I wanted to know what the city looks like through the eyes of a safecracker, a person for whom no vault is an actual barrier and no safe is truly secure. There are a lot of safecrackers, I learned, but the good ones, like Santore, live in a state of magical realism, suspended somewhere between technology and superstition. The safecracker sees what everyone else has been hiding—the stashed cash and jewels, the embarrassing photographs. He is a kind of human X-ray revealing the true, naked secrets of a city."
a:Geoff-Manaugh★★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.12.13  w:3500  Los-Angeles  privacy  security  from instapaper
24 days ago
Rocket Launch
"Booster separation
Main stage separation
Pursuit phase
Inter-stage dogfight
Winner proceeds to space"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.12  comic  space  satire  from iphone
25 days ago
What Ever Happened to Sun-Dried Tomatoes?
"To this day, the sun-dried tomato’s reputation as outmoded persists. PJ Calapa, chef of the southern Italian restaurant Scampi, in New York, remembers suggesting adding a sun-dried tomato dish to the menu and getting a tepid response: 'My sous chefs were like, "Chef, why would you do this with sun-dried tomatoes?" I felt like I couldn’t even put the word on the menu because it had this negative connotation.' When Calapa did eventually add the ingredient to the menu, as part of a mackerel crudo, 'We called it a tomato conserva,' he says with a laugh. 'I don’t know of any other ingredient that would have prompted me to have to do something like that. It’s like, what did sun-dried tomatoes ever do to us?'"
a:Priya-Krishna  p:Taste  d:2018.04.25  w:2000  food  restaurants  trends  from twitter
25 days ago
Apple’s New Map
"Traditional maps are half shapes, half labels—but satellite and AR maps drop the shapes, and keep just the labels. And this spells trouble for Apple. Nor does Apple appear to be making labels out of its shapes. Unless they’re already listed on Yelp, none of the shapes Apple has added appear in its search results or are labeled on its map. And this is a problem for Apple because AR is all about labels—but Apple’s new map is all about shapes. So is Apple making the right map?"
a:Justin-O'Beirne★★  p:Justin-O'Beirne★★  d:2018.11  w:4000  analysis  maps  Apple-Maps  Google-Maps  future  self-driving-cars  from instapaper
25 days ago
Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?
"On Aug. 17, LIGO’s twin detectors and Virgo each felt the wave, which allowed astronomers to roughly triangulate from which direction it rolled in. They swung every bit of glass they had, both on Earth and in the heavens, in that general direction. In space, the Fermi space telescope glimpsed a burst of gamma radiation. Within an hour, astronomers made six independent discoveries of a bright, fast-fading flash: A new phenomenon called a kilonova. Astronomers saw the telltale sign of gold being forged, a major discovery by itself. Nine days later, X-rays streamed in, and after 16 days, radio waves arrived, too. Each type of information tells astronomers something different. Richard O’Shaughnessy, an astronomer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, describes the discovery as a 'Rosetta stone for astronomy'. 'What this has done is provide one event that unites all these different threads of astronomy at once,' he said. 'Like, all our dreams have come true, and they came true now.'"
a:Rebecca-Boyle  p:FiveThirtyEight★★  d:2017.11.14  w:1500  space  from twitter
26 days ago
The best NBA players at every spot on the floor
"Harden might not be the superstar we love, but he's the one we deserve. No player has aligned his game to exploit the Moneyball margins more than Harden. The dude abides by the '3s, frees and layups' mantra more than any superstar we've ever seen. Aside from drawing whistles, Harden’s signature skill is the step-back 3 (also, his patented double-step-back 3, which is still in beta testing).”
a:Kirk-Goldsberry  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.12.20  w:1000  NBA  basketball 
26 days ago
8 Women on Choosing Not to Have Kids
"There are plenty of valid reasons to not have kids, but what it came down to for me was how I felt in my heart. Do I feel guilty that my parents will never have grandchildren? Of course. Do I look at the sweet faces of children and wonder what mine would look like? All the time. Did I grieve for the ‘what if?’ — the loss of that theoretical other life? Absolutely. But I came to realize that for me, these aren’t reasons to bring a child into this world. I can’t make serious life decisions to fulfill the wishes of my family or to satisfy my curiosity. I have to live authentically, even if it means going against the norm."
a:Kelsey-Miller  p:A-Cup-of-Jo  d:2018.12.17  w:2000  children  parenting  from iphone
26 days ago
Tegan and Sara on being honest with your collaborator
"When I think about working in a band or collaborating with each other, it’s so much more serious than a hobby. This isn’t a jam band where we get together on the weekend. Tegan’s not my child who I have to coddle and help raise her self-esteem. I mean, we are grown women. We’re 36 years old. At this point, we’ve been very lucky to make ourselves a comfortable and exciting career. We didn’t get there by lying to each other and saying, 'Nice song, Tegan. You’ve got some real skills.' I’m just like—either I like it or I don’t. I’m not here to go, 'Wow, Tegan. It seems like you really spent a great deal of time on those demos.' [both laugh]"
a:Brandon-Stosuy  a:Tegan-Quin  a:Sara-Quin  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2017.03.02  w:3000  interview  music  process  creativity  from twitter
27 days ago
"Look at this human. I put it in this jar hours ago and it's still acting upset!"
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.12.12  comic  robots  from iphone
27 days ago
Sruthi Pinnamaneni on telling stories on the radio
"I actually don’t have a radio voice. When I was working in Vienna for the first time, I went out and got a job at a radio station. It was the only station in Vienna that broadcast for, I think, half the day in English. It was a place where I could, as an English speaker, get a job. They had feature news, and they had by-the-hour news, like, 'Here’s the latest.' Everybody wanted to be the person who read the news. In Vienna, everybody knows those voices. I could never get that job because everybody said my voice was too high, and I sounded too young. There was a woman who was a BBC voice trainer who would work with us every week, and I got double sessions with her because I was such a tragic case. She would talk to me about how to make my voice lower and deeper, and my accent more British. She would say things like, 'You should try smoking.' It’s true."
a:Resham-Mantri  a:Sruthi-Pinnamaneni  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2017.12.13  w:15500  interview  sound  podcasts  radio  journalism  Germany  children  from twitter
28 days ago
Critics of a Student Debt Jubilee Are Right (and Wrong)
"This is what the debate over a student debt jubilee feels like to many on the left. As indicated above, such progressives have a simple response to arguments like Leonhardt’s: Yes, when framed as an alternative to increasing aid to the poor, forgiving all student debt is regressive — but why on earth should we frame it that way? Why suggest that any public funds spent on the middle class will have to come out of the pockets of the poor, when there’s so much fat to be trimmed from the Pentagon’s budget and the one percent’s trust funds? Leonhardt would likely respond with an appeal to political realism: In 2021, there aren’t going to be congressional majorities for expropriating the one percent’s wealth, or massively reducing the military-industrial complex’s allowance. And yet, appealing to political realism cuts both ways. If the legislative process is inevitably going to moderate progressive policy ideas, then why should figures like Ocasio-Cortez begin that process by negotiating with themselves? It is easier to mobilize movements around simple, maximalist proposals like 'cancel all student debt' and 'free college (or vocational training)' then to do around carefully calibrated, technocratic ones — and mobilizing a movement for student-debt relief is probably a prerequisite for passing the smaller-bore reforms that Leonhardt endorses."
a:Eric-Levitz  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2018.11.20  w:2000  class  taxes  politics  from instapaper
28 days ago
Why can’t we cure the common cold?
"Over the next decade, as the techniques for isolating cold viruses were refined, it became clear that there were many more rhinoviruses than first predicted. Researchers realised it would not be possible to make a vaccine in the traditional way. Producing dozens of single-serotype vaccines, each one targeting a different strain, would be impractical. The consensus that a rhinovirus vaccine was not possible deepened. The last human clinical trial took place in 1975. Then, in January last year, an editorial appeared in the Expert Review of Vaccines that once again raised the prospect of a vaccine. The article was co-authored by a group of the world’s leading respiratory disease specialists based at Imperial College London. It was worded cautiously, yet the claim it made was striking. 'Perhaps the quest for an RV [rhinovirus] vaccine has been dismissed as too difficult or even impossible,' it said, 'but new developments suggest that it may be feasible to generate a significant breadth of immune protection.' The scientists were claiming to be on the way to solving a riddle that has stumped virologists for decades. One virologist told me it was as if a door that had been closed for many, many years had been re-opened."
a:Nicola-Davidson  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.10.06  w:4500  medicine  pharmaceuticals  from instapaper
28 days ago
On how running a restaurant is like being in a band
"Cooking is just this craft and it doesn’t need to necessarily be turned into this thing that’s super intellectual or philosophical. Sometimes you’re literally just making some soup and that’s totally fine. Maybe, instead, the show is just you and a pot and you’re chopping up some onions and you’re throwing them in the soup and you’re like, 'Okay, in eight hours this is gonna taste great' and there’s not classical music playing."
a:Brandon-Stosuy  a:Brooks-Headley  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2018.05.24  w:3000  interview  restaurants  cooking  television  creativity  food  business  from twitter
28 days ago
This Is 40: How Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter Prepare for NBA Games
"In eight minutes on Sunday night against Sacramento, Nowitzki contributed three points and four rebounds. He kissed a gorgeous, trademark banker off the glass during his six-minute debut the prior contest. Those 14 minutes literally required over five hours of cumulative preparation. 'That’s what it takes these days, unfortunately,' Nowitzki says."
a:Jake-Fischer  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover★★  d:2018.12.17  w:2000  NBA  health  fitness  from instapaper
29 days ago
How Are D.C.'s Fast Casuals Doing a Decade Into the Boom That Changed How We Eat?
"A decade into D.C.’s fast casual boom, the city is starting to see a shake up due to increased competition, labor challenges, and rising rents. In the past 14 months, hoagie slinger Taylor Gourmet closed all of its stores; sushi burrito company Buredo consolidated from five restaurants to two; Philly import honeygrow shuttered its D.C. proper location; TaKorean closed on U Street NW; and futuristic fast casual restaurant eatsa, which had outlets on K Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, shut down its D.C. and New York restaurants."
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper/Young&Hungry★★  d:2018.11.29  w:2000  DC  restaurants  from instapaper
29 days ago
How This All Happened
"If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you. The amount of growth that took place during that period is virtually unprecedented. If you learned that there have been no nuclear attacks since 1945, you’d be shocked. If you saw the level of wealth in New York and San Francisco, you’d be shocked. If you compared it to the poverty of Detroit, you’d be shocked. If you saw the price of homes, college tuition, and health care, you’d be shocked. Our politics would blow your mind. And if you tried to think of a reasonable narrative of how it all happened, my guess is you’d be totally wrong. Because it isn’t intuitive, and it wasn’t foreseeable 73 years ago."
a:Morgan-Housel  p:Collaborative-Fund  d:2018.11.14  w:5000  USA  history  economics  World-War-II  Great-Recession  personal-finance  from instapaper
29 days ago
Edmund White on Writing About Gay Sex
"The sexiest thing to me was the trucks at the Chelsea piers. All the trucks would be parked over there and people would go into the trucks and have sex late at night. Men would stand between the trucks, waiting to be serviced. Guys would come over from Jersey wanting their dicks sucked. Fags like us would get under the truck, and suck them off like an assembly line, one after another. That was the best. Very romantic. [laughs]"
a:T-Cole-Rachel  a:Edmund-White  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2016.11.03  w:2500  interview  writing  gay  sex  NYC  from instapaper
29 days ago
Lunch with M.
"'Excellent,' Maxime said. I asked her what she liked about it. 'It’s not really a "like" and a "not like",' she said. 'It’s an *analysis*. You’re eating it and you’re looking for the quality of the products. At this level, they have to be top quality. You’re looking at "Was every single element prepared exactly perfectly, technically correct?" And then you’re looking at the creativity. Did it work? Did the balance of ingredients work? Was there good texture? Did everything come together? Did something overpower something else? Did something not work with something else? The pistachios—everything was perfect.' When her second appetizer arrived, she dipped the tines of her fork into a thick line of dark-green sauce that bisected the narrow rectangle of crab toast, and touched it to her tongue. Her eyes grew wide. 'This sauce is really good,' she said. 'It’s so Jean-Georges. He does this French-and-Asian thing.' She warned me that she would need a few seconds to figure out its precise ingredients. (She refused to divulge them, on the ground that Vongerichten would consider the recipe 'a trade secret'.) 'It’s so complex,' she said. 'It makes me smile.'"
a:John-Colapinto  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2009.11.23  w:5500  restaurants  France  NYC  food  analysis  process  from instapaper
29 days ago
‘Yeah, I’m Not for Everyone.’
"An incomplete list of things Dunham has been asked to apologize for: the nondiverse casting on Girls; casting Donald Glover as a black Republican boyfriend the season after she got in trouble for having an all-white cast; saying in an interview, 'No one would be calling me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake'; declaring herself 'thin for, like, Detroit'; writing a New Yorker essay called 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz'; constantly being naked; tweeting a photo of herself wearing a scarf around her head like a hijab; accusing a Spanish magazine of airbrushing her photos (it did not); comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust; giving Horvath a brown baby at the end of Girls (and casting a baby that was Puerto Rican and Haitian, not half-Pakistani, as the script dictated); comparing the reading of negative Jezebel coverage to getting beaten in the face by an abusive husband; accusing NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. of not wanting to sleep with her; saying she disliked India because of the visible poverty; apologizing but never learning."
a:Allison-P-Davis  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2018.11.25  w:7000  Lena-Dunham  race  celebrities  health  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?
"Coups can create a vicious cycle of political instability. Of the 12 African nations that have seen coup attempts since 2007, half – including Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso – have had multiple coups. A long national history of military ousters makes nondemocratic transfers of power seem normal, leading to more coups."
a:Clayton-Besaw  p:The-Conversation  d:2018.12.13  w:1000  visualization  government  Africa  history  future  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
In The Courts: The State of NBA Betting
"Spillane believes it’s hard to imagine the NBA expands its injury-reporting policy to include injuries that might affect performance without 'hundreds of reports being filed constantly' by NBA teams. 'While it’s a fair question to raise, it’s not obvious how you would construct a rule that would require disclosure of that kind of thing without becoming all-encompassing and requiring a much more burdensome, intrusive and wide-range of disclosures than we have today,' Spillane says."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:NBC-Sports  d:2018.12.13  w:3000  NBA  gambling  law  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
"Moron's Gold:
- gray color
- not very conductive
- is a piece of slate
- probably fell off your roof"
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.12.08  comic  nature  from iphone
4 weeks ago
Is Science Slowing Down?
"I’m not saying that no trendline has ever changed. Moore’s Law seems to be legitimately slowing down these days. The Dark Ages shifted every macrohistorical indicator for the worse, and the Industrial Revolution shifted every macrohistorical indicator for the better. Any of these sorts of things could happen again, easily. I’m just saying that 'Oh, that exponential trend can’t possibly continue' has a really bad track record. I do not understand the Gods Of Straight Lines, and honestly they creep me out. But I would not want to bet against them."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.11.26  w:2500  science  history  future  artificial-intelligence  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
A day in the life of Lloyd Squires, Vermont's 'best' bagel maker
"There were three main jobs at St-Viateur, he says: bagging, rolling and baking. Myer had told Lloyd that as he worked his way up, he'd make more money. Lloyd retold this story, laughing, because he learned that the increased pay didn't come from a better hourly rate, but from the longer hours required: baggers worked 20, rollers worked 40 and bakers worked 75."
a:Evan-Weiss  p:Burlington-Free-Press  d:2018.11.19  w:2500  food  work  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Three-point revolution? LeBron's noticed
"During James' last four seasons in Cleveland, multiple Cavs sources put James' deep 3s in one of two categories: Either it was a sign of him being in a great groove, looking to land a dagger and light up the crowd, or it was just the opposite, LeBron launching from out there almost out of protest by how his teammates were approaching the game, as if to say, 'OK, you want to play that way? Fine, I'll just keep bombing from 30.' The result, according to one source: 'When he's pissed off, when he makes it, it's a great shot. When he misses it, he's mad anyway, so he doesn't care.'"
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.12.13  w:2000  LeBron-James  Cavs  basketball  NBA  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Divided We Stand
"Interstate compacts have rarely been applied to controversial topics. Yet to a paralyzed Congress, and a president without any deeply held views about state-federal relations, they could prove an appealing vehicle to restless factions on both the left and the right. It may be time to take the country apart and put it back together, into a shape that better aligns with the divergent, and increasingly irreconcilable, political preferences of its people — or at least to consider what such a future might look like, if for no other reason than to test our own resolve. An imagined trial separation, if you will. Or perhaps in contemplating a future apart we might stumble upon a few ideas for some new way to live together after all."
a:Sasha-Issenberg  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2018.11.14  w:6500  USA  geography  politics  government  2004-election  2016-election  future  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
On the road with an NBA spy: The grinding work and lifestyle of an advance scout
"People have a finite amount of attention and this is certainly the case for our scout. He needs to prioritize, taking exactly what he needs in the moment and leaving everything else. When you’re, say, spying on both coaches in one game, basic game details slip away. 'Often, I can’t tell you if one team is up by 40 or down by 40,' he says. Our scout is only fixated on what teams are running, a focus on process that fully eclipses results. In the end, our scout lives inside this riddle: He watches games but does not see the score and he prepares for games he does not see at all. Such is life in the alternate time space."
a:Ethan-Strauss  p:The-Athletic  d:2018.12.12  w:5000  NBA  intelligence-gathering  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Reconsidering the Jewish American Princess
"The first years of my life were spent in a new construction townhouse in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, a second-tier JAP suburb about 45 minutes from Philadelphia. The nearest first-tier JAP suburb, the unincorporated community of Holland, was only one zip code away. When my parents first went to look at the house, the agent had called the address Lower Holland. Only after the papers had been signed did they learn that 'Lower Holland' was a made-up designation. Irrespective of this fact, our neighbors were still Jews. Our house had been the developer’s model home and so came pre-furnished in the home decor of the day, which might best be described as Flashdance meets Washington Redskins-style racism."
a:Jamie-Lauren-Keiles  p:Vox/The-Goods  d:2018.12.05  w:4000  Jews  fashion  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Welcomed spies: Tales from advance scouts around the NBA
"When you ask scouts about the toughest coach to observe, one name keeps popping up: Utah coach Quin Snyder. 'With all that twitching it’s tough to see what’s even a play call,' a Western Conference scout says. There is a recognized scout-favorite Synder gesture, though it was initially confusing to decode. The Jazz coach has a play called, 'Bourré', named for the card game popular among players. Snyder signals the call with an elaborate throw of imaginary dice. Initially, it was hard to know what the hell Snyder was doing. Once the play name was overheard, its gambling context clarified the gesture."
a:Ethan-Strauss  p:The-Athletic  d:2018.09.12  w:2000  NBA  intelligence-gathering  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Aimee Mann on writing sad songs
"Tim had written a song that was a parody of a Bob Dylan song and he had written it a couple of years ago when people were saying that Bob Dylan was gonna perform at the Super Bowl. So he wrote a song called 'Running Out the Clock' where he sings it like Bob Dylan and it actually sounded like it was him. But here’s the thing… it was really a great song. So I wrote a parody of that song that was about how Trump supporters are attacking Tim online and I called it 'Liberal Snowflake Cuck' instead of 'Running Out the Clock'. Anyway, it was really dumb and I can’t believe I’m telling you this."
a:T-Cole-Rachel  a:Aimee-Mann  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2017.03.20  w:3500  interview  music  writing  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Good dogs
"At the outset of the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed registry began to separate dogs into the Sporting and Non-Sporting categories. The show circuit used to separate simply by size, but as the number of dogs grew and breeds became more diverse, additional groups were created to codify similar dogs. The Terriers and the Hounds broke off from the Sporting dogs, while the Working group and Toy group emerged from Non-Sporting. Eventually, the Herding group grew out of the Working group at which point the AKC arrived at the current number of seven."
a:Travis-Hartman  p:Reuters  d:2018.02.11  w:1500  visualization  dogs  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown
"Much of this country's geography is remote, and beyond the reach of cellphone coverage, making American satellites an ideal, if illegal, communications option. The problem goes back more than a decade, to the mid-1990s, when Brazilian radio technicians discovered they could jump on the UHF frequencies dedicated to satellites in the Navy's Fleet Satellite Communication system, or FLTSATCOM. They've been at it ever since. Truck drivers love the birds because they provide better range and sound than ham radios. Rogue loggers in the Amazon use the satellites to transmit coded warnings when authorities threaten to close in. Drug dealers and organized criminal factions use them to coordinate operations. Today, the satellites, which pirates called 'Bolinha' or 'little ball', are a national phenomenon."
p:Wired★★  d:2009.04.20  w:1000  space  military  crime  communication  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
How the Bulls narrowly avoided a full-blown mutiny in Jim Boylen’s first week as head coach
"Friday was a feel-good day for the Bulls, Boylen’s first career victory and the first in eight games for Chicago. Boylen celebrated at home with his family, eating cereal on the couch and watching re-runs of Family Feud. Over the weekend, all hell broke loose."
a:Darnell-Mayberry  p:The-Athletic  d:2018.12.09  w:2000  NBA  leadership  culture  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Salary cap analysis: How the Wizards got into this cap cataclysm ‒ and how they can get out of it
"Bradley Beal’s place in potential negotiations is interesting because he fits well on many teams and carries a much more manageable price tag. That combination also likely makes him the most likely to be moved by a (theoretical) pragmatic front office because they could play general managers off of each other, particularly because shooting guards are still scarce around the league. Beal trades could take a variety of different forms depending on what Washington wants and who is most enamored with him but it could involve a mix of young talent, draft assets and financial savings."
a:Danny-Leroux  p:The-Athletic  d:2018.12.10  w:1500  NBA  Wizards  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
An Actual Garbage-Themed Pop-Up Bar Is Coming to DC
"Nobody comes out to the bars in DC to escape the real world. They come out to bars to talk at length about what’s happening outside the bar. So I think people will actually feel pretty OK when they’re in our hellscape."
a:Jessica-Sidman★★  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2018.11.29  w:500  bars  DC  from twitter
5 weeks ago
On writing as work
"Interviews are not conversations: We learn early on to avoid friction and awkwardness and to pretend to understand, even when we don’t, in our interactions with strangers. As we should! But friction and awkwardness tend to be pretty revealing. You don’t need a lifelong friend at the end of an interview. You just need good answers.
Never go off the record: Are you solving the assassination of JFK? No? Then there is no reason to ever do this. 99% of the time they’ll just go on to tell you whatever it is on the record anyway."
a:Brandon-Stosuy  a:Zach-Baron★★  p:The-Creative-Independent  d:2018.11.29  w:3000  interview  writing  journalism  celebrities  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Satan Is in the Illinois Capitol. Because It’s the Holidays!
"Religious groups and conservatives have been irked by the tribute. Some see it as a mockery of their beliefs, while others see forces at work that are larger than the First Amendment. On Twitter — a veritable hellscape of its own — Illinois Family Action, a conservative group, said defenders of the tribute 'fail to realize that the little baby in the manger has CRUSHED Satan’s head and the gates of hell will NOT prevail.'"
a:Liam-Stack  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.12.06  w:1000  religion  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Transportation-less Transportation
"Sure, it’s not so much the destination that matters, it’s the journey…but commuting isn’t a journey. People in cities spend a lot of their time in rooms: working, reading, drinking, chatting, etc. Waymo’s cars aren’t quite rooms, but that’s where they’re headed: private rooms for hire that also get you from one place to another. It’s WeWork on wheels, a mobile Starbucks, a portable third place. Along the way, you could have a beer or coffee, do karaoke, make some work calls, watch a movie, chat with friends, make out, or answer some emails."
a:Jason-Kottke★★  p:kottke.org★★  d:2018.12.06  self-driving-cars  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Secrets of the Magus
"Mamet and Jay have been friends for several years—a bond rooted, in part, in their shared fascination with the language, science, and art of cons and frauds. 'I’ll call Ricky on the phone,' Mamet says. 'I’ll ask him—say, for something I’m writing—"A guy’s wandering through upstate New York in 1802 and he comes to a tavern and there’s some sort of mountebank. What would the mountebank be doing?" And Ricky goes to his library and then sends me an entire description of what the mountebank would be doing. Or I’ll tell him I’m having a Fourth of July party and I want to do some sort of disappearance in the middle of the woods. He says, "That’s the most bizarre request I’ve ever heard. You want to do a disappearing effect in the woods? There’s nothing like that in the literature. I mean, there’s this one 1760 pamphlet—'Jokes, Tricks, Ghosts and Diversions by Woodland, Stream and Campfire.' But, other than that, I can’t think of a thing."'"
a:Mark-Singer  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:1993.04.05  w:14500  magic  books  children  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Inside Story of Mike Isabella's Fallen Empire
"The business was growing—Isabella had opened the Greek eatery Kapnos just north of U Street, and its sister sandwich bar, G. Yet as the company continued to grow, instead of adopting a corporate structure with a CEO and a human-resources department, Isabella 'kept everything in the family', as he put it. He promoted from within, doling out shares of the company among loyal employees turned friends. Four of them would later be accused of sexual harassment alongside him."
a:Jessica-Sidman★★  a:Anna-Spiegel  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2018.11.26  w:6000  restaurants  DC  gender  management  alcohol  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Economic Perspective On Moral Standards
"I think of society setting the targets for 'good person' a lot like a CEO setting the targets for 'good vacuum salesman'. If they’re attainable and linked to incentives – like praise, honor, and the right to feel proud of yourself – then they’ll make people put in an extra effort so they can end up in the 'good person' category. If they’re totally unattainable and nobody can ever be a good person no matter how hard they try, then nobody will bother trying. This doesn’t mean nobody will be good – some people are naturally good without hope for reward, just like some people will slave away for the vacuum company even when they’re underpaid and underappreciated. It just means you’ll lose the extra effort you would get from having a good incentive structure."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.11.16  w:3000  ethics  charity  incentives  economics  vegetarianism  pricing  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome
"The request became a crucial sticking point in the negotiations. Much of the wrangling fell to Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. 'In nonpermissive environments, you have to be able to send a container that they won’t be able to look inside,' she explained. 'When we built our new Embassy in China, they gave us an unlimited quota for secure containers.' The Cubans argued that history had left them apprehensive, she recalled: 'They said to us, "You used your secure containers in the past to bring in materials for counter-revolutionary groups." Which is true—but we hadn’t really been doing that for some time. The thing is, you’d give a fax machine to a dissident and it would be seized the next day, so it was kind of pointless anyway.' After six months of negotiations, the Cubans grudgingly agreed to allow one container into the country without an inspection."
a:Adam-Entous  a:Jon-Lee-Anderson  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.11.19  w:10500  diplomacy  intelligence-gathering  Cuba  Barack-Obama  Donald-Trump  Russia  China  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
The 10 Guilty Pleasures of the 2018-19 NBA Season
"McGee's off-court work might lead the league. So far he’s doubled-down on his Twitter feud with Shaq, freestyled over Mexican food, and somehow simultaneously promoted 'the yeezy fanny pack, some speakers, and a sous vide cooker.' (His unrepentant and undying love of fanny packs is maybe my favorite thing about him or anyone else in the NBA.) He also recently threw on a Bo Jackson jersey and labeled himself a 'low-key Bo Jackson' because 'Bo Jackson do everything.' But dressing up as Bo wasn’t even his best costume to date. For Halloween, he went to the arena in a full, custom-made Grinch getup. Complete with a fanny pack, of course. He is 7 feet tall. That is a lot of fuzzy green fur. To really sell the bit, he also did his postgame interview in the outfit."
a:John-Gonzalez  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.12.04  w:3000  list  NBA  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
"Helping me move the bag doesn't make you a BAGGER
It won't become who you ARE"
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.11.30  satire  investment  from iphone
6 weeks ago
Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea
"Even if the pursuit of the hotel deal wasn’t criminal (and there’s no evidence that it was), everyone in Trump’s orbit who made statements about it—whether under oath or in interviews with the FBI—is in jeopardy today. They’re not just in danger from Mueller, either. In just weeks, a Democratic majority will take over the House of Representatives. Control of committees will shift, and subpoenas will fly like arrows at Agincourt. Each hearing will present new terrible choices: Take the Fifth, tell uncomfortable truths, or lie and court perjury charges? Each subpoena is a new chance for frightened Trump associates to make new bad decisions like the ones that have felled Cohen and Manafort and Gates and Flynn and Papadopoulos."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.11.29  w:1000  Donald-Trump  law  from iphone
6 weeks ago
People's Bitmoji obsession gives Snapchat a quiet edge in augmented reality
"'It’s definitely my favorite form of communication,' Roashan said. 'Like if we could do this interview in bitmoji, that would be great.'"
a:Paresh-Dave  p:Los-Angeles-Times  d:2017.09.14  w:1500  Bitmoji  from twitter
6 weeks ago
Housing Can’t Be Both Affordable and a Good Investment
"This sort of wealth building is predicated on a never-ending stream of new people who are willing and able to pay current home owners increasingly absurd amounts of money for their homes. It is, in other words, a massive up-front transfer of wealth from younger people to older people, on the implicit promise that when those young people become old, there will be new young people willing to give them even more money. And of course, as prices rise, the only young people able to buy into this Ponzi scheme are quite well-to-do themselves. And because we’re not talking about stocks, but homes, 'buying into this Ponzi scheme' means 'able to live in San Francisco'."
a:Daniel-Hertz  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.11.19  w:1000  housing  investing  San-Francisco  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?
"Like Franklin’s commission, the F.D.A. had determined that the only way to sort out the real from the fake in medicine was to isolate the imagination. It also echoed the royal panel by taking note of the placebo effect only long enough to dismiss it, giving it a strange dual nature: It’s included in clinical trials because it is recognized as an important part of every treatment, but it is treated as if it were not important in itself. As a result, although virtually every clinical trial is a study of the placebo effect, it remains underexplored — an outcome that reflects the fact that there is no money in sugar pills and thus no industry interest in the topic as anything other than a hurdle it needs to overcome."
a:Gary-Greenberg  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.11.07  w:6000  medicine  pharmaceuticals  regulation  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
"In Cherry’s vision, all farmers would switch to no-till and the plough itself would become a relic. 'Our whole civilisation depends on us having healthy soil. We can’t afford to treat it with disdain,' he told me. His mission meets plenty of resistance: many farmers don’t want to change methods on which they’ve always relied. Nor is no-till perfect. As the plough no longer buries the weeds, no-till farmers still have to spray pesticides. You therefore can’t be both an organic farmer and no-till, as you still have to use chemicals. (To be both is the holy grail, as one ecologically minded farmer put it to me). But to the conservationists, spraying glyphosate is a minor interference compared with the aggressive upheaval caused by ploughing. Cherry likes to quote Franklin D Roosevelt’s 1937 letter to state governors after dust storms and floods had caused irreparable harm across rural America: 'The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.'"
a:Sophie-Elmhirst  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.11.23  w:5500  agriculture  UK  sustainability  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Our Friendship is Transitioning to a Paid Subscription Model
"Starting today, I am rolling out a number of new features — and a few old favorites — that will make Friendship Plus more fulfilling than any of its predecessors."
a:Chandler-Dean  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.11.19  w:1000  satire  friendship  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
An Oral History of 'Too Many Cooks'
"William Tokarsky: It opened many doors for me. For the first year, I would go for a quick trip to get gas and someone would ask for a selfie. I actually used to carry a plastic machete in the car for selfies."
a:Jake-Kleinman  p:Inverse  d:2018.10.28  w:6500  oral-history  television  from twitter
7 weeks ago
The Sound of ‘Housewives’ Everywhere
"'Vanderpump Rules' is a 'Real Housewives' spin-off that features a cast with lower ages, inhibitions and net worth, but a music mix with higher drum levels."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.10.20  w:3500  television  sound  process  from twitter
7 weeks ago
The Best Article Ever Written About Bragging
"Over the ensuing days, I reflected about how unpleasant I had found the exchange. Was I justified in feeling so repulsed by this guy or was I just being a sensitive snowflake? There was also a deeper question mulling around my mind, a psychological puzzle: It’s more-or-less common knowledge that everyone hates bragging, so why do people keep on doing it? One final riddle riddled me: Why was I repulsed by some people’s bragging behaviors, yet could tolerate — heck, in some special cases, was even riveted by — other’s? What was it that distinguished a repellent brag from a palatable one?"
a:Anonymous  p:Less-Penguiny  d:2018  w:9500  list  conversation  social-interaction  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Space Harrier – Developer Interview Collection
"The thing with Nakayama was, if he saw that the graphics were complete in your game, he would tell you it was done and it was time to release it. Nevertheless, we couldn’t just hide the game from him and show him nothing when he came by. So I rigged up a little switch underneath my desk... (laughs) When I pressed that switch it would wipe the color RAM. You could wipe the color RAM, and it wouldn’t affect the rest of the game—everything would keep running, just the colors would get all glitched. To a layperson, it would look like the game wasn’t complete yet. Well, one time we did this, and randomly, the colors of the sky looked extremely striking. Then I used our development tool ICE to stop the CPU and extract the color RAM data, and those became the colors we used for Space Harrier."
a:Blackoak  p:shmuplations  w:3500  games  color  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
"If it's all signalling, why do we take these longs walks together? Why keep me as a friend?"
"We have kidney transplant compatibility."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.11.21  comic  society  from iphone
7 weeks ago
FiveThirtyEight Forecasts the National Dog Show
"This resulted in the following infographic. As is clear, each breed is represented by a circle. The size of the dot represents how many dogs there are of each breed, divided by how many contestants there were in the qualifying dog shows for that breed. The color of the dot indicates how big the dog is, times the country of origin of the breed. The Y-axis is the sum of a dog’s size (in cubic inches) and weight (in kilograms). The X-axis represents time, and also space. The Z-axis is invisible, but it’s incredibly important."
a:Matthew-Disler  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.11.20  w:1000  satire  dogs  analysis  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Markelle Fultz's Latest Shoulder Saga Could Have Legal Implications
"If Fultz believes his health problem could prove career-altering, there may be contractual considerations. In addition to his guaranteed 3-year, $25.1 million contract with the 76ers, Fultz has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Nike. He may also have purchased insurance in the case of a career-ending injury. The obligation of Nike and an insurance company to pay Fultz could be impacted by the nature of his injury and whether there is agreement as to it precluding him from playing."
a:Michael-McCann★  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover★★  d:2018.11.20  w:2000  law  NBA  Sixers  contracts  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
The Sunburnt Country
"The White Australia Policy didn’t last. Over my grandfather’s lifetime, the policies meant to vouchsafe the British character of Australia were gradually dismantled. Waves of Southern European migrants arrived after World War Two. Another wave of Asian migration began around the time of the Vietnam War. By the time Australia reached the 1980s, the country was patting itself on the back for its multiculturalism, its inclusivity, and its friendliness. But Australia is not inclusive, and the thing it calls friendliness is a more insidious, unpredictable creature than it would lead you to believe."
a:Madeleine-Watts  p:Believer  d:2018.10.17  w:7500  Australia  history  race  health  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
Everything on Amazon Is Amazon!
"'I think Amazon, number one, sees the value of having more SKUs,' said Mr. Durham, referring to distinct product listings. It would make sense for Amazon to offer a helping hand with branding, he suggested, particularly to companies struggling to break through from overseas. A glut of new brands could produce helpful data: In which categories is Amazon branding a liability? Or a help? (Do noodles taste better when you think of them as internet spaghetti? Would you rather not think of Jeff Bezos when you’re applying baby oil?)"
a:John-Herrman  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.11.15  w:2500  Amazon  marketing  retail  from twitter
8 weeks ago
Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it
"The ad server is a critical Google service—it's how the company makes money, after all—and a bad change could easily cost millions of dollars. The testing and automation that Google has built into its development process means that a developer that's only just started at the company can work on this service and have their changes deployed in production within hours, and do so with confidence. The development mindset is fundamentally different. A new feature might be unstable during its development, but before that feature can be merged into the production code, it has to meet a very high quality bar. Rather than Microsoft's approach of 'merge the bugs now, we'll fix them later,' the approach is to ensure that code is as bug-free as possible *before* it gets merged."
a:Peter-Bright  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2018.10.20  w:4500  Microsoft  software-development  process  Windows  Chrome  infrastructure  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables Might Come in Mid-2019 (Which Is Good, Because I Still Don’t Think iPhone Is Ever Going to Switch to USB-C)
"Remember the iPod Touch? Apple still sells them, but they’re so long in the tooth they still use iPhone 6-class A8 chips. I think the plethora of old hand-me-down iPhones has really put a crimp the market for iPod Touches. I can’t even remember the last time I heard someone say "iTouch'."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.11.15  w:2000  iPhone  hardware  from iphone
8 weeks ago
'Britney Spears wanted to be a star': An oral history of '...Baby One More Time'
"The public perception is that this is all created, that the record company created this — the artist, the music, the image. I have to tell you, if the record company could have created more than one Britney Spears, they would have done it, and they tried! And people, Mandy Moore is an actress."
a:Jessica-M-Goldstein  p:Entertainment-Weekly  d:2018.10.23  w:3500  oral-history  music  pop-culture  teens  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
The map we need if we want to think about how global living conditions are changing
"The USA – the third most populous country in the world – is by far the most populous country on the American continent. Its population is roughly as large as the population of the two runner-ups – Brazil and Mexico – combined.
Canada has a population density of just 4 people per km² – in the cartogram the second largest country in world (by area) is reduced to not much more than a slim line of squares."
a:Max-Roser  p:Our-World-in-Data  d:2018.09.12  w:1500  map  cartograms  geography  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
The Super-Quick Rise and Even Faster Fall of Groupon
"When I first met you, one of the things that everybody said was I had to read your 'I got fired' letter."
"I would watch these CEOs resign in tumult, when everybody knew they were fired, and yet they still felt the need to put up this façade, as if it was their own choice. I just didn’t want to live with that for the rest of my life. I didn’t want to have to introduce myself to someone and have them know that they’re thinking that I’m this liar."
a:Alex-Blumberg  a:Andrew-Mason  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2018.10.10  w:5500  interview  startups  business  leadership  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
I’m a Paramedic: Here’s How the Apple Watch Series 4 Will and Won’t Save Lives
"I think the most significant immediate value to the Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG capability will come in refining AFib detection and letting doctors better monitor known AFib patients. Over time, I’m sure more studies will look for additional issues that can be detected with the Apple Watch’s Lead I ECG, but they will always be limited to a few well-known and major arrhythmias that are both detectable and actionable. Ventricular fibrillation, for example, is easy to detect but you probably wouldn’t be capable of holding your finger on the Digital Crown because you’d be busy dying."
a:Rich-Mogull  p:TidBITS  d:2018.10.03  w:3000  Apple-Watch  health  medicine  from twitter
8 weeks ago
All In: The Hidden History of Poker and Crypto
"As you might imagine, most of these licenses are going to well-established organizations. In fact, many professional poker players I talked to think the whole point of the UIGEA was to bulldoze the industry, kicking out the first wave of innovators so that the big boys could eventually make their entry—the Caesars, the Harrahs, the MGMs. These powerhouses missed their opportunity in during the initial rise of online poker, and they are the ones who stood to gain the most with a hard regulatory reset."
a:Morgen-Peck  p:Breaker  d:2018.10.04  w:3500  Bitcoin  gambling  regulation  from instapaper
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