Bar Joke
"'Free will is a null concept and determinism is a fantasy. You will neither know the joy of choice nor the contentedness of participation in a grand scheme.'
The man orders a whiskey.
The machine failed to predict this, but only out of apathy."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.20  comic  bars  humor  artificial-intelligence 
8 days ago
"Do... do they just follow you around everywhere?"
"This is how I got promoted at work."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.14  comic  relationships  social-media 
9 days ago
Washington Nationals may finally meet expectations — on and off the field
"Eight years later — after the council anguished over the stadium deal and finally approved it, after angry voters threw out three council members who had pushed for the deal, after the Expos became the Washington Nationals , and after Nationals Park became home to a team that fell right into the Washington Senators’ historic cellar-dwelling role — Monk has a wholly different view of baseball. 'I have to say, it’s been for the betterment of the community,' she said. 'Our crime seems to be under control. The neighborhood looks 100 percent better. The new housing is a great improvement.'"
a:Marc-Fisher  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2012.03.31  w:2500  basketball  development  DC  Navy-Yard  from instapaper
9 days ago
How North Korean hackers became the world’s greatest bank robbers
"In the capital, he says, the hackers’ families can enjoy great luxuries: hot water around the clock, regular electricity, rare food items — such as bananas — that are beyond the basic soldier’s ration allotment. (Other North Korean defectors have corroborated that eating bananas — or any imported tropical fruit — indicates high status.) But the very best cyberwarriors are deployed abroad and, by necessity, given free access to the internet. Of course, the web is a space seething with information the Kim dynasty hides from the general population. 'So these people do learn about North Korea’s reputation as a dictatorship,' Jang says. 'They know what they do is considered criminal. But still, they may feel proud. They’re earning money for their country by targeting the enemy.'"
a:Patrick-Winn  p:PRI/GlobalPost-Investigations  d:2018.05.16  w:4000  hacking  North-Korea  banks  incentives  from instapaper
9 days ago
What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?
"The radical relationship-based orientation of all my subjects caught me by surprise. As someone entering the height of my career, I expend much more energy on work than on relationships. And when I imagine my future, I envision what I will have accomplished rather than the quality of my interactions with those who are most important to me. These 90-something-year-olds emphasize the opposite when they look back on their lives. Their joys and regrets have nothing to do with their careers, but with their parents, children, spouses, and friends. Put simply, when I asked one person, 'Do you wish you accomplished more?' He responded, 'No, I wished I loved more.'"
a:Lydia-Sohn  d:2018.07.11  w:1500  aging  love  sex  relationships  parenting  time  children  friendship  from instapaper
9 days ago
Varieties Of Argumentative Experience
"Imagine that, throughout your life, you’ve learned that UFO stories are fakes and hoaxes. Some friend of yours sees a UFO, and you assume (based on your priors) that it’s probably fake. They try to convince you. They show you the spot in their backyard where it landed and singed the grass. They show you the mysterious metal object they took as a souvenir. It seems plausible, but you still have too much of a prior on UFOs being fake, and so you assume they made it up. Now imagine another friend has the same experience, and also shows you good evidence. And you hear about someone the next town over who says the same thing. After ten or twenty of these, maybe you start wondering if there’s something to all of this UFOs. Your overall skepticism of UFOs has made you dismiss each particular story, but each story has also dealt a little damage to your overall skepticism. I think the high-level generators might work the same way. The libertarian says 'Everything I’ve learned thus far makes me think government regulations fail.' You demonstrate what looks like a successful government regulation. The libertarian doubts, but also becomes slightly more receptive to the possibility of those regulations occasionally being useful. Do this a hundred times, and they might be more willing to accept regulations in general. As the old saying goes, 'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they fight you half-heartedly, then they’re neutral, then they then they grudgingly say you might have a point even though you’re annoying, then they say on balance you’re mostly right although you ignore some of the most important facets of the issue, then you win.'"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.05.08  w:5500  conversation  social-media  politics  from instapaper
14 days ago
How is this speedrun possible? Super Mario Bros. World Record Explained
"In fact, hitting the vine block has no influence on the wrong warp working or not. It needs to be hit because the vine coming out of the block adds one more object on the screen, which forces the game to choose not to spawn the piranha plant in the pipe you need to take, in order to avoid going over its sprite limit and cause a lot of lag."
a:Bismuth  d:2018.03.02  video  games  analysis  from instapaper
14 days ago
A primer on fentanyl(s)
"For law enforcement, the parcel-post approach makes a hard problem nearly impossible. The volume of legitimate parcel post from China to the U.S. means that there’s no way to scan every package, or even a high enough fraction to make the traffic uneconomic. As more and more potent molecules appear, I’d expect another shift, from parcel post to regular international mail, moving the drugs in quantities of a gram or less, either just putting a tiny Baggie with the powder inside in the envelope, or perhaps dissolving the drug, soaking a sheet of ordinary paper in the solution, typing a letter on the paper, mailing it, and then extracting the drug at the other end of the process."
a:Mark-Kleiman  p:The-Reality-Based-Community  d:2018.05.24  w:2500  recreational-drugs  logistics  future  law-enforcement  China  from instapaper
15 days ago
The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green
"A total of 347 randomly chosen residents living near those lots were surveyed 18 months before the intervention and 18 months after, and asked to rate how often they felt things like anxiety, hopelessness, worthlessness, and depression—based on a tool for screening the prevalence of serious mental illness in a community. None were told the survey had anything to do with the revitalization of vacant lots. What they found was that in neighborhoods below the poverty line, greening interventions decreased residents’ feelings of depression by more than 68 percent."
a:Linda-Poon  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.07.30  w:1000  experiment  psychology  cities  nature  from instapaper
16 days ago
This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World
"On Reed’s field we notice a lot of blue-spattered cotton plants, while the weeds next to them are untouched. The machine is getting confused because some of the cotton is runty and withered—not as healthy as the cotton See & Spray is programmed to recognize. The robot needs to be fed first hundreds, then thousands, and eventually millions of images of cotton to learn the many variations of the plant, how its leaves change shape and texture over time, how they look when they’re sickly and healthy, and during all stages of growth. The robot’s ability to draw from this image archive and make distinctions and decisions is 'deep learning'. The Blue River team built the memory of See & Spray by going to a cotton farm in Australia, hitching a video camera to a modified shopping cart, and spending three months pushing it around different fields, uploading about 100,000 images of cotton. But the Arkansas cotton, struggling in a wet, cold spring, isn’t looking enough like the Australian cotton for 100 percent accuracy. Each day for a fortnight, Heraud’s team will take tens of thousands of new cotton images, and each day the robot will become more accurate."
a:Amanda-Little  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.01.11  w:3500  robots  agriculture  machine-learning  from instapaper
18 days ago
Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category
"Comcast's Gulati has a phrase for this phenomenon: 'CAC is the new rent.' In other words, for companies reliant on paid marketing, their digital customer acquisition cost (CAC) is a lot like paying for brick-and-mortar stores in the old model, or selling wholesale. Essentially, this undermines one of the most basic precepts of the DTC movement, that these companies are cutting out the middleman and therefore can afford to charge much less for higher-quality goods. In fact, Facebook and Google are simply the new middlemen. Instead of paying rent to a landlord or letting a third-party retailer mark up the price of your product, many DTC companies have to pay the internet giants to be their storefront. Add to this the cost of things like shipping, returns, and great customer service, and the cost structure is not necessarily more efficient than it ever was. 'The majority of these brands don't grow fast enough to warrant venture capital and many don't work out economically,' Gulati says."
a:Tom-Foster  p:Inc.★  d:2018.05  w:4500  retail  business  advertising  from instapaper
18 days ago
The Autonomous-Car Company That’s Selling Safety First
"Mobileye’s competitors have generally been testing their machines in suburbs with wide, well-marked roads and orderly traffic patterns. Shashua has been testing in Jerusalem, a city with narrow, medieval roads and a driving culture charitably described as assertive. 'There’s a big difference between something that kind of works and something that works,' he says. 'I don’t think the public understands this.'"
a:Max-Chafkin  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.05.16  w:3000  self-driving-cars  safety  machine-learning  from instapaper
19 days ago
Write code that's easy to delete, and easy to debug too.
"Writing robust software begins with writing software that assumed it crashed the last time it ran, and crashing whenever it doesn’t know the right thing to do. The best thing about throwing an exception over leaving a comment like 'This Shouldn’t Happen', is that when it inevitably does happen, you get a head-start on debugging your code."
a:Thomas-Edward-Figg  p:Programming-Is-Terrible  d:2018.05.14  w:3000  instructional  programming  software-design  process  from instapaper
19 days ago
Everybody (Still) Hates Dwight
"Part of the reason fans almost universally dislike Dwight Howard is that it seems like every NBA player who has ever met Dwight Howard dislikes Dwight Howard."
a:Rodger-Sherman★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.07.25  w:1500  NBA 
19 days ago
The Mystery of Max Money
"Removing salary limits is an appealing idea, and it would probably inject a bit more balance into the league. Players would have to make a real choice based on wildly divergent salary amounts, roster strength, and other variables. Capping max salaries today works to (almost) equalize what everyone can offer, and that allows players to choose teams based on other variables: market size, the appeal of a team’s city, tax laws, and the presence of another superstar. A certain subset of teams will always lose out in that choice. But uncapping individual salaries is a complicated concept with ripple effects and unintended consequences, and it touches on every other part of the NBA system. You can’t move one branch of the tree — the player salary structure — without anticipating how it will shift every other branch."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:Grantland★★  d:2014.06.17  w:3000  NBA  incentives  from instapaper
20 days ago
The NBA supermax and the price of loyalty
"This introduces moral hazard. It is a get-out-of-jail-free card. If teams make suboptimal decisions, even with 28- and 29-year-old players, they should pay for them, several executives told me. It was not hard to envision that a supermax for Wall could cripple the Wizards in 2022. (To be clear: Wall is really good -- I've voted him to multiple All-NBA teams over the years -- and his deal is fine for now, recent photographic evidence notwithstanding.) If that comes to pass, the Wizards should have to live with it, the thinking goes."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.07.27  w:3000  NBA  incentives  from instapaper
21 days ago
How Manhattan's Grid Created the Pettiest Mosaic Ever Made.
"A few things to note: The avenues at the edges of the island were deliberately put closer together, the view being that there would be more development along the waterfront rather than in the interior as back then most trade was by water. Eventually, extra avenues would be added to the plan to cut down the size of the larger interior blocks, hence: Lexington and Madison avenue."
a:Chaz-Hutton  p:Chaz-Hutton  d:2018.07.23  w:2000  NYC  roads  geography  history  from instapaper
23 days ago
Who makes those insanely specific t-shirts on the internet?
"After posting about alcohol and Harry Potter on his Facebook page, one user got an ad for a Beer-themed magic potion shirt. Another user who moved from Finland to Denmark starting getting personalized mugs in Finnish which hinted at her strained relationship with her mother."
a:Zachary-Crockett★  p:The-Hustle  d:2018.07.07  w:1500  clothing  algorithms  retail  from twitter
23 days ago
The Family That's Sold New York Mock Meats for Decades
"These are no run-of-the-mill meats. In fact, they’re not meats at all—but rather mushrooms, soybeans, and konjac (a Japanese yam flower), all shaped and flavored to behave exactly like animal protein. In this world of Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat, plant-based meat may seem like a new phenomenon. But it’s actually a centuries-old tradition, popularized by Buddhism and Taoism, and this shop, May Wah Vegetarian Market, has long been a prime destination for those seeking impressively analogous meat substitutes."
a:Priya-Krishna  p:Atlas-Obscura★  d:2018.07.23  w:1500  NYC  food  vegetarianism  from instapaper
23 days ago
The Leonardo DiCaprio Beach Volleyball FAQ
"How do *you* blow off steam during the summer? Do you find a pool and take a dip? Do you have a nice glass of rosé as the sun sets? Maybe play a little golf? Do you stay inside and allow yourself to be enveloped by the cool air of an A.C. unit? Do you round up a rotating cast of your best—but much younger—bros for a weekly beach volleyball match?"
a:Andrew-Gruttadaro  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.07.25  w:1000  FAQ  celebrities  from twitter
23 days ago
Kevin Love and the Cavs made the best of an imperfect situation
"There was a time, not long ago, when Love believed his time here was tethered to James. When LeBron left, he probably would go, too. Instead, he’s the last remaining member of the original Big Three that delivered Cleveland a championship. And if he plays out this extension here, he will be in Cleveland longer than he was in Minnesota, officially turning him from hired mercenary in 2014 into a Cleveland fixture."
a:Jason-Lloyd  p:The-Athletic  d:2018.07.24  w:1000  Cavs  Kevin-Love  LeBron-James  from iphone
24 days ago
Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid among NBA's best sneaker free agents
"Industry sources say most brands aren't worried about his return from the right quad injury that saw him appear in only nine games this past season, and expect him to return to form on the court. There is, however, cause for concern about his prior lack of interest in endorsement deals and commercials, and his reluctance to play in flashy sneakers that can help draw attention to a brand's new launches.Jordan featured Leonard in its Gatorade-affiliated "Like Mike" campaign at the start of last season to little fanfare -- he's likely best known in the marketing world for his deadpan expressions in local San Antonio grocery store ads."
a:Nick-DePaula  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.07.24  w:2500  NBA  marketing  from instapaper
25 days ago
There’s a Reason You’re Drinking So Much Aperol Spritz
"At Caffe Dante in the Greenwich Village, the classic Aperol spritz is so popular that it is kept on tap, like beer. The drink is poured from a 10-gallon keg, and garnished with an orange slice and an olive. 'We have a special aerator for it,' said Will Oxenham, the beverage director there. 'It speeds up the process, and keeps the flavor consistent and violently refreshing.'"
a:Tariro-Mzezewa  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.07.17  w:1000  alcohol  marketing  from twitter
25 days ago
The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints
"Scientists describe the basic patterns of fingerprints in terms of arches, whorls, and loops. (Seventy percent of a fingerprint is made up of loops.) Closer features include dots, lakes, islands, spurs, crossings, and bifurcations. It is true that every print is unique to every finger, even for identical twins, who share the same genetic code. Fingerprints are formed by friction from touching the walls of our mother’s womb."
a:Chantel-Tattoli  p:The-Paris-Review★★  d:2018.05.15  w:2500  biology  law-enforcement  from instapaper
25 days ago
Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift
"The cracks and missing pieces of stone from the earthquake are mostly at the corners, where the structure is most exposed to the weather. They will all be repaired. Pins will be installed to stabilize the stone. 'We don’t want to allow any further movement,' Bello said. 'We can accept that the movement happened, but we don’t want it to move anymore.'"
a:Michael-E-Ruane  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.06.14  w:1000  DC  architecture  from twitter
26 days ago
At Last, Gender-Flipped Movies for Him
"Manly Bird (given name Darren) is a high school senior, but like, a hard senior. He lives in Oakland, an inherently more masculine city than Sacramento because it appeared in Black Panther. When Manly Bird is begged to take a lead role in the school play, a teacher asks if his actual name is Manly Bird, to which he replies, “Yah, it’s my name given to me by my lacrosse buddies.” This is accepted and never mentioned again. Though not depicted on screen, it is assumed Manly Bird loses his virginity to a 26-year old model. Despite his middling grades, Manly Bird wants to go to Yale. So he does."
a:Brooke-Preson  a:Caitlin-Kunkel  a:Carrie-Wittmer  a:Fiona-Taylor  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.19  w:1000  satire  film  gender  from instapaper
26 days ago
Are We Ready for Robot Sex?
"People have an astonishing ability to feel empathy and love for inanimate objects and nonhuman entities. People feel affection for their cats, their plants, their cars. A 2011 study by the University of Calgary found that when humans sat facing a motorized block of wood, social instinct kicked in: Subjects started assigning the block humanlike agency. Some were afraid of it; others wanted to dance with it. And that’s a block of wood, not a silicone doll with custom nipples and soft, squishy teeth. Matthias Scheutz, who runs the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University, told me that it would be 'basically impossible' to prevent people from forming (one-way) emotional bonds with robots."
a:Allison-P-Davis  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2018.05.13  w:5000  sex  robots  relationships  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
What Do Designers Think Of The Tablet UI In Westworld?
"The software features the banal, boxy, black-and-blue tropes shared by most sci-fi interfaces, complete with arbitrary charts and numbers all over. Real interfaces generally need more variation and focus to be usable. That said, all of this software appears to be produced by Delos themselves, so I'd allow for the explanation that we're looking at terrible in-house enterprise software that nobody actually likes."
a:David-Cole  p:Forbes  d:2016.11.09  w:500  user-interface  Westworld  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
What the Kawhi trade means for the Raptors, Spurs and NBA
"Ujiri will certainly try to sway Leonard on the trappings of a diverse city a little outside the limelight, with an insane (in the very best way) fan base. He will have to do the heavy lifting, because that is too much to ask of a first-year head coach in Nick Nurse. Ujiri has a charisma, and a way with players. A Finals run might help. Toronto has a chance at that. With this deal, the Raptors enter next season just behind Boston -- ahead of Philly -- in the Eastern Conference pecking order. (The Celtics could be 60-plus-wins special next season.) If Toronto gets the sense by Thanksgiving that Leonard is leaving regardless, it can try to flip him to the Lakers or Clippers. The Raptors won't make themselves whole in such a deal, but they could recoup enough of what they traded as to make today's move almost risk-free."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.07.18  w:2000  NBA  from iphone
4 weeks ago
Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It
"In person, Mr. Sivan is cheerful and obliging but, in the way of many young people who have broadcast themselves early and often to fame, a little remote: an uncrackable carapace, the onscreen projection of a (former) teen dream. 'He’s sort of mysterious, in a way,' said Ms. Nef. 'I don’t know whether it’s his background or just him, but I’m used to socializing with Americans and they say things like ‘I love you’ really quickly and they’re super wet as people. I wouldn’t say Troye’s a dry person, but there’s something a little more reserved about him.'"
a:Matthew-Schneier  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.10  w:2500  profile  gay  music  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The Wizards’ Strange Offseason Was Years in the Making
"Some teams do such incredible work on the margins as to make it look easy. The reality is that teams are competing for the same players to fill their cap exceptions and final roster spots, creating a crunch for bargain talent. Without the track record, the cultural appeal, or the flexibility to make bigger offers, Washington rarely gets the inside track on those free agent pursuits. Teambuilding is hard. Not only does it come down to getting the right players, but the right timing, the right personalities, the right planning, and the right luck. Even drafting Wall, Beal, and Porter over a span of four years isn't nearly enough. Washington's moves this summer illustrate that vividly. The finances of keeping the roster intact from one set of contracts to the next has proven suffocating, which makes the additions of Howard, Rivers, and Green something of a gasp. These aren't bad moves under the circumstances. They're simply bad circumstances."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.07.16  w:1000  NBA  Wizards  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The Robot Assault on Fukushima
"The Fukushima cleanup is a project far bigger and more complex than those of even the world’s worst previous nuclear catastrophes. Chernobyl was literally covered up: The Soviets simply encased the whole thing in concrete and steel. Three Mile Island was tiny by comparison. Only a single reactor melted down, and none of its fuel escaped. 'Fukushima is orders of magnitude more difficult,' says Lake Barrett, an American who oversaw the cleanup of Three Mile Island and who signed on as a consultant to Tepco and the Japanese government in 2013."
a:Vince-Beiser  p:Wired★★  d:2018.04.26  w:4500  robots  Japan  nuclear-energy  disaster  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite
"Most owners jet to Las Vegas to take part in the action. Many teams front the bill for their star players—virtually the entire Jazz roster attended Utah’s games this week—to visit for several days, sitting courtside and donning the latest trend in backpacks. It’s common for an organization to rent gym space at a local high school or basketball facility for its veterans to gather sans coaches and workout together. Every corner of the NBA collides in Las Vegas during these two weeks."
a:Jake-Fischer  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.07.12  w:1000  NBA  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars
"Casting directors never have the final say on who gets what part – that privilege goes to the showrunner in television and the director and producers in film. Instead their art involves delicate persuasion, applying pressure without appearing to do so. 'We have to stop people casting the wrong people,' said Gold. 'We have to try and get them to make the right choices without bossing them around. It’s quite difficult.' She paused. 'This morning I found myself on the phone saying maybe I just don’t care and you should cast the wrong person to play Prince Philip. Maybe I just don’t fucking care … But then you realise you would be really shit at your job if you just let them have what they want.'"
a:Sophie-Elmhirst  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.04.26  w:6000  acting  film  television  process  from twitter
5 weeks ago
How Trump’s Trade War Went From 18 Products to 10,000
"The dispute now includes about 10,000 products traded around the world, and could grow to target almost 90 percent of what China sent to the United States last year. If the dispute continues, it could have a lasting impact on the global economy. Markets have been rattled, and companies have been forced to reshape their operations, raising the possibility of higher prices for businesses and consumers. For now, neither the United States nor China has shown signs of backing down."
a:Keith-Collins  a:Jasmine-C-Lee  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.07.11  w:500  international-trade  Donald-Trump  China  infographic  from iphone
5 weeks ago
How to Visualize Recurring Patterns
"The theme here is highlighting with visual alignment. Cut and align a time series to compare like time frames against each other. Plot the data in the same space and the overlapping areas — the repeating parts — tend to reveal themselves."
a:Nathan-Yau★★  p:FlowingData★★  d:2018.07.09  w:1000  visualization  time  instructional  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Dry, the beloved country
"One friend of mine near Johannesburg mused to me recently that both he and his wife know “deep down” that white people in South Africa 'got away with' hundreds of years of injustice. His wife almost never admits this, or reveals any ambivalence about their four-bedroom house and self-isolating lifestyle, for fear of making herself 'a target for retribution': In other words, that ceasing to defend the goodness and justice of the white lifestyle might legitimize crime against whites or the expropriation of their land. Privately, my friend suspects “the opposite”—that keeping mum and apart is what inflames black anger. His wife’s view generally wins out, as it seems the more prudent. But what if there were a nature-made excuse to tear down those walls and try out a different kind of life? Would it really be so bad?"
a:Eve-Fairbanks  p:HuffPost/Highline  d:2018.04.19  w:7000  Africa  class  sustainability  disaster  community  race  government  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Ways to think about machine learning
"Five years ago, if you gave a computer a pile of photos, it couldn’t do much more than sort them by size. A ten year old could sort them into men and women, a fifteen year old into cool and uncool and an intern could say ‘this one’s really interesting’. Today, with ML, the computer will match the ten year old and perhaps the fifteen year old. It might never get to the intern. But what would you do if you had a million fifteen year olds to look at your data? What calls would you listen to, what images would you look at, and what file transfers or credit card payments would you inspect? That is, machine learning doesn't have to match experts or decades of experience or judgement. We’re not automating experts. Rather, we’re asking ‘listen to all the phone calls and find the angry ones’. ‘Read all the emails and find the anxious ones’. ‘Look at a hundred thousand photos and find the cool (or at least weird) people’. In a sense, this is what automation always does; Excel didn't give us artificial accountants, Photoshop and Indesign didn’t give us artificial graphic designers and indeed steam engines didn’t give us artificial horses. (In an earlier wave of ‘AI’, chess computers didn’t give us a grumpy middle-aged Russian in a box.) Rather, we automated one discrete task, at massive scale."
a:Benedict-Evans  p:Benedict-Evans  d:2018.06.22  w:2500  machine-learning  future  artificial-intelligence  databases  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why this political scientist thinks the Democrats have to fight dirty
"I don’t think we can restore order by respecting rules that are not respected by Republicans. I do believe we’ll have to find a way to end this procedural war at some point, but now is not that time. Republicans need to know what it’s like to be on the other end of normative violations. The Republicans are behaving like a party that believes it will never be held accountable for anything they’re doing, and so far they haven’t been. That has to change before we can fix this mess."
a:Sean-Illing  a:David-Faris  p:Vox★★  d:2018.05.01  w:2000  interview  politics  Democrats  Republicans  process  2016-election  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why DeMarcus Cousins' biggest red flag for the Warriors is his Achilles
"As Brand explained in an ESPN podcast interview, the Achilles injury had an undeniable ripple effect on his body. 'The most frustrating part was the injuries,' Brand said. 'That Achilles really changed the trajectory of my career. That whole kinetic chain: once you get the calf, it’s the ankle, the knee, the hips, the back. No one’s really recovered from that Achilles injury and come back at the same level. 'I had a few serviceable seasons, but I wasn’t the same guy. I still had the atrophy on my left calf — which was my power leg — from that Achilles. And then, quickly, I had a torn labrum right after that. You know, just the injuries, and that happens.'"
a:Sam-Amick  p:USA-Today  d:2018.07.04  w:1000  NBA  health  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees
"On a recent Friday morning, on the green slopes behind her home here in Jarrettsville, Ms. Preston tossed a toy around for Tukka, a young springer spaniel she had just adopted. At first glance, it didn’t look like a workday. But that toy had been sealed in a plastic bag with foulbrood, and Ms. Preston was in the early stages of training Tukka on the scent. With any luck, he will join her team before the end of the year. 'You want Foulbrood Bunny?' she asked, throwing the fuzzy gray toy across the field."
a:Tejal-Rao  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.07.03  w:1500  dogs  agriculture  from twitter
6 weeks ago
DeMarcus Cousins and Competitive Balance: Should the NBA Act?
"The Warriors’ historic roster for the ’18–’19 NBA season is not the product of nefarious doings or business tricks. It is the result of labor policies that were created through legal and transparent processes, shrewd management by the Warriors’ front office and the preferences of star players who value the chance to win above all else."
a:Michael-McCann  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.07.03  w:2000  NBA  strategy  negotiation  from iphone
6 weeks ago
China can’t control the market in rare earth elements because they aren’t all that rare
"In mining, there are just two things: dirt and ore. Your back garden contains dirt, because it would cost more to extract the rare earths from it then you would make selling them on. The moment it costs *less* to extract those rare earths, that dirt becomes ore. But what have the Japanese have found? At the moment, it’s still dirt."
a:James-Vincent  p:The-Verge★  d:2018.04.17  w:1500  manufacturing  China  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
This Is Just the Beginning
"People die because of political decisions every day. Politics is real. This is what is on one side of our current disagreement: death, and human rights, and freedom, and equality. And this is what is on the other side: wanting to eat at a nice restaurant without having anyone remind you that you are ruining people’s lives. The sides of this scale are not even close to balancing yet."
a:Hamilton-Nolan  p:Splinter  d:2018.06.25  w:1500  Donald-Trump  politics  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst
"To the extent that those deals helped at all, they served to reset Cleveland to a more neutral space. The transactions made were less about adding George Hill than moving Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose. Rodney Hood made conceptual sense for the Cavs and—at the time, at least—had none of Jae Crowder's discontent. Each of the four late additions would come to disappoint in their own way. The team that preceded them, however, likely would have torn itself apart before ever reaching the NBA Finals."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.29  w:1000  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
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
7 weeks ago
The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King
"The thought experiment extends to every team, realistic or not. LeBron could revolutionize the Blazers as an exorbitantly rich man’s version of Evan Turner. So much of what holds back the Spurs would fall away with James at the center of everything. The Bucks could take the leap behind two generational talents."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.27  w:1500  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Cleveland to pick up Kendrick Perkins' option for 2018-19
“Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has doled out approximately $130 million in luxury tax payments in the past three seasons, nearly equaling the total luxury tax payments by all 29 other NBA owners in that time period combined.”
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.27  w:500  Cavs  Dan-Gilbert  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
What Makes People the Most Happy
"People love sports, whether it be playing or watching, and they especially enjoy winning. As they say, 'Winning cures everything.' This dataset does not cover losing teams."
a:Nathan-Yau★★  p:FlowingData★★  d:2018.06.21  w:500  happiness  sports  family  friendship  work 
7 weeks ago
Before Vast Riches, Free Agency’s Focus Was Freedom
"When he filed the suit, owners denounced him, and some players initially resisted out of fear that free agency would kill the N.B.A. 'It was a tough sell,' Robertson said. 'A lot of the guys felt that our stance was really going to hurt basketball. It was going to put a lot of teams out of business. But it did not. It went the other way.'"
a:William-C-Rhoden  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2016.07.11  w:1000  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
How the Sixers Can Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too
"It sounds like a fantasy, but I’m more interested in what would happen if the Sixers were to decide to go after both LeBron *and* Kawhi. It seems silly, but is it any sillier than Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining the Celtics in 2007, Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors in 2016, or any other major star movement from the past decade-plus? Anything is possible in the NBA, especially when a team has as much flexibility as the Sixers do. 'Our salary cap position going forward is easily the NBA’s best,' Hinkie wrote in 2016. 'The most room, the most flexibility, providing the widest available set of options in free agency or trade of any club. This stockpile can be used all at once or strategically over the ensuing years to acquire players that fit your team, improve in your development program, and help you move up the standings.' Optionality had long been a buzzword in the Process era. Just a few years later, the Sixers are on the verge of making the ultimate decision."
a:Kevin-O'Connor★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.26  w:3000  Sixers  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Inside the Rockets' proposal to flip the NBA draft and free agency
"Saving teams from those kinds of mistakes is only a secondary rationale for Houston's proposal -- a happy ripple effect. The main reason for it, supporters say, is to enable smarter and more varied trades at a moment when trade activity is highest. Right now, the draft happens at the end of the NBA's fiscal year, before expiring contracts actually expire. Cap space that will open up two weeks later remains occupied. On the biggest or second-biggest trading day of the year, there is very little cap space available to facilitate trades -- no place for taxed-out teams to dump players. Players on expiring contracts cannot be legally traded, removing a huge pool of targets. Teams who would love to rent out their space and extract draft picks as the price often can't do so until July -- well after the draft."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.26  w:1500  NBA  NBA-draft  strategy  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
How Kemba Walker Could Shake Up NBA Free Agency
"It means giving up a top-10 pick for a chance to make a run with LeBron and Kemba—but both could hit free agency and walk in 2019. Still, what’s the alternative for the Cavs? Their luck with the ping-pong balls won’t last forever. Altman’s decision-making is dependent on LBJ’s decision-making. Already seemingly in the works, this could be the next Kevin Love trade."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.26  w:500  NBA  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Why Even Viral-Fundraising Skeptics Can Feel Good About Donating to RAICES
"Across America, thousands of people are jailed every night, not because they’ve been convicted of any crime, but because they can’t find the bail money they need to be able to go back home and back to their jobs. Bail funds solve these problems at a stroke, but they almost never have enough money. When you give to a bail fund, your money doesn’t just get used to bail someone out once. It gets recycled with repayment, and used over and over again to help out the most neglected people in the justice system. That’s why I’m going to be happy to see RAICES raise as many millions of dollars as it possibly can. It’s that rarest of beasts: a viral fundraiser where the money is going to a deserving and urgent cause that can scale almost without limit."
a:Felix-Salmon  p:Slate★★  d:2018.06.19  w:1000  immigration  charity  from twitter
7 weeks ago
The 10 Biggest Questions of the 2018 NBA Free-Agency Bonanza
"With Marcin Gortat now on an expiring contract and another intriguing wing in Troy Brown Jr. on a rookie deal joining the fold on draft day, the Wizards all of a sudden have more than max deals to bargain with. A sign-and-trade built around Boogie Cousins for Otto Porter Jr. still makes all kind of sense for both sides. The Wizards could put together a similar package for Swole Myles Turner if Indiana wants to try again with the pace-and-space offense it forced onto Paul George three years ago. Or they might be desperate enough for the nuclear option: aggregating a few expirings to eat the remaining $52.5 million owed to Hassan Whiteside, whose surliness and lob-catching would be an easy fit on a John Wall–driven team."
a:Justin-Verrier  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.25  w:3000  Wizards  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control
"Abouzeid says that becoming a Bird hunter can feel like a good deed, almost like cleaning up the neighborhood. 'You see them lying around on the side of a sidewalk,' he says. 'As a charger you can pick them up, you take them home, take care of them, and leave them in a nice little row in the morning, ready to go for people. It’s really satisfying.'"
a:Taylor-Lorenz  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05.20  w:2000  scooters  incentives  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Inside Hollywood’s Prop Food Wonderland
"Set decorators, who are usually freelancers that jump between shows and movies, will have a project and often peruse our website to make a rough list of what they need. There are probably 200 to 300 people that know our inventory really well and go from show to show. The set decorator’s assistants, who are called shoppers or buyers, are the eyes and ears of the industry, and they’re the ones who often come by. Sometimes we email photos to the set decorators or production designers, but largely, we’ve built the mountain and they just come. It’s taken a long time, many decades, to get to this stage, but we’re there now. We’re a regular stop on their circuit."
a:Alexandra-Ilyashov  a:Keith-Marvin  p:Eater★★  d:2018.04.20  w:2000  interview  food  television  film  process  trends  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
The Musical Diversity of Pop Songs
"'Track-and-hook' is Seabrook’s coinage for a music-making method that fundamentally distinguishes today’s music-making from all that came before. What separates track-and-hook from its predecessors is how the music is made. The storied, solitary figure working out musical problems at a piano while filling up an ashtray has been replaced by teams of digital production specialists and subspecialists, each assigned to a snare track, a bass track, and so on, mixed and matched and stuck together like Legos. 'The process doesn’t lend itself very well to art,' Seabrook said. Instead, track-and-hook is far more literally factory-like, a mode of production that emphasizes specialization and volume. As the technology writer Nicholas Carr wrote, 'The manufacture of pop songs has been so thoroughly industrialized that it makes the old Motown ‘hit factory’ look like a sewing circle.'"
a:Andrew-Thompson  a:Matt-Daniels  p:The-Pudding  d:2018.05  w:3000  statistical-analysis  music  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
I'm Ken Jennings, Author and 'Jeopardy' Champ, and This Is How I Parent
"What’s one piece of advice you’d give to all parents?
Read to your kids every night. It’s not just an unwind-before bed ritual; it will change their lives.
The one thing I would tell other parents who are juggling a career:
If at all possible, arrange to win 74 times on a game show."
a:Michelle-Woo  a:Ken-Jennings  p:Lifehacker/Offspring  d:2018.06.18  w:1000  interview  instructional  parenting  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
"As in other foreign-policy sectors, the Russia hands divide less along party lines than along foreign-policy philosophies: They are either 'realists' or 'internationalists'. Realists tend to be cautious about American overseas commitments and deferential toward state sovereignty; internationalists tend to be more inclined to universalist ideals like democracy and human rights, even where these are forced to cross borders. But the two supposed categories are blurred by a thousand factors, not least of which being that realists don’t like being called realists, because it suggests that they have no values, and internationalists don’t like to be called internationalists, as opposed to realists, because it suggests that they have no common sense. In the end, a vast internationalist middle, consisting of neoconservative Republicans and interventionist Democrats, predominates, with tiny slices of hard realists on the right and soft realists, or 'neorealists', on the left. And there are many shades of difference among all these people."
a:Keith-Gessen  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.05.08  w:8500  diplomacy  Russia  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Bill-Clinton  from twitter
8 weeks ago
The Shape of Water
"Can Chicago really become a better, maybe even a far better, place while much of the world suffers the intensifying storms and droughts resulting from climate change? A growing consensus suggests the answer may be a cautious yes. For one, there’s Amir Jina, an economist at the University of Chicago who studies how global warming affects regional economies. In the simulations he ran, as temperatures rise, rainfall intensifies, and seas surge, Chicago fares better than many big U.S. cities because of its relative insulation from the worst ravages of heat, hurricanes, and loss of agriculture."
a:Ted-C-Fishman  p:Chicago  d:2018.04  w:4000  Chicago  future  environment  climate-change  sustainability  infrastructure  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
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
8 weeks ago
The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul
"At Cornell, Jason told me, people Juuled in bathrooms and classrooms, in 'every nook and cranny of this campus.' In the fall, he’d started a group text, with a few friends, to coördinate pod runs. He called the group Juuluminati, and it has since grown to three hundred and twenty-four members. Jason was Juuling while he talked to me, on the third floor of an academic building. 'I know for a fact that there are two or three of my good friends sitting on the first floor of this building eating ham sandwiches and just Juuling away,' he said. Jason believes that the Juul craze is fundamentally ironic. 'It’s young people doing something terrible for them that’s supposed to be healthy,' he said. He compared the infatuation with Juul to the millennial love of the restaurateur and TV host Guy Fieri—'this completely bizarre food personality that people call Daddy now'—and observed that his generation was most flippant when it came to serious things, 'like health, or mortality.' Jason was mildly wary of his new nicotine habit, as most young Juulers are. There’s a whole genre of throwing-away-my-Juul videos on social media, with people tossing their vape into a river or a snowbank as dramatic music plays."
a:Jia-Tolentino★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.05.14  w:6500  smoking  teen  Instagram  health  addiction  from twitter
8 weeks ago
Mapping Apple’s vast universe of space gray shades
"While subtle variations in material, texture, lighting, and even the shape of a product can play tricks on the eyes, every device Apple currently offers or has produced in space gray can be grouped into one of several loosely defined categories. Below, we’ve cataloged and categorized the vast universe of Apple’s recent dark material finishes in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of space gray."
a:Michael-Steeber  p:9to5Mac  d:2018.04.16  w:2000  color  Apple  manufacturing  iPod  iPhone  iPad  Mac  Apple-Watch  from iphone
8 weeks ago
Auditioning Not for Broadway, but the Subway
"At the Atlantic Barclays Center station, Rich sings with Nu-Millennium—a four-man a cappella group that sings Street Corner Harmony or Doo-wop genre old favorites. 'We always carry our paperwork with us, this is not a thug business. We contact the transit police and identify the fact that we are authorized to be there,' Rich said. 'The freelancers want to do their thing, but they have to step back when we show up with paperwork. We are respectful of other artists and we don’t crash other people’s programs. This is kind of an unwritten rule of some level of respect but sometimes people are a little bit crude and a little bit thirsty.'"
a:Claire-Bryan  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.06.06  w:1500  music  NYC  public-transit  from twitter
8 weeks ago
Do Kanye West’s Politics Matter?
"In general, Kanye’s media manipulations are so deliberate and bewildering that I’m reflexively wary of any speculation about his mental health. Granted, I see how a troubled mind, taxed so hard, and for so long, and at such a high level, might have produced such a grotesque and impenetrable fiction in order to fortify itself. Either way, his thinking is disastrous, and his simulation is broken."
a:Rob-Harvilla  a:Justin-Charity  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.04.25  w:2000  Kanye-West  Donald-Trump  mental-illness  from iphone
8 weeks ago
Which Washington-Area Neighborhoods Will Boom Next?
"DC’s waterfronts show no signs of slowing. The second phase of the Wharf will break ground this year, with an additional 1.2 million square feet of development by 2022. About a mile and a half east, Capitol Riverfront is the District’s fastest-growing neighborhood. Within 20 years, it’s projected to house 32,000 residents and more than 55,000 employees. Smack in between, you’ll find Buzzard Point, where DC United’s new stadium will open later this year and where Akridge intends to build millions of square feet of mixed-use development. If all goes as planned, the result will be a nearly uninterrupted string of housing and entertainment reaching from the Maine Avenue Fish Market in Southwest to the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast."
a:Marisa-M-Kashino  a:Benjamin-Freed  a:Dan-Reed  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2018.04.15  w:2000  list  DC  future  Navy-Yard  development  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color
"The world lacks a great all-around red. Always has. We’ve made do with alternatives that could be toxic or plain gross. The gladiators smeared their faces with mercury-based vermilion. Titian painted with an arsenic-based mineral called realgar. The British army’s red coats were infused with crushed cochineal beetles. For decades, red Lego bricks contained cadmium, a carcinogen. More than 200 natural and synthetic red pigments exist today, but each has issues with safety, stability, chromaticity, and/or opacity. Red 254, aka Ferrari red, for example, is safe and popular, but it’s also carbon-based, leaving it susceptible to fading in the rain or the heat. 'If we sit out in the sun, it’s not good for us,' says Narayan Khandekar, director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation & Technical Studies and curator of the Forbes Pigment Collection. '“That’s the same for most organic systems.' One red is stable, nontoxic, and everlasting: iron oxide, or red ocher, the ruddy clay found in Paleolithic cave paintings. 'It’s just not bright in the way that people want,' Khandekar says."
a:Zach-Schonbrun  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.04.18  w:3500  color  safety  food  regulation  from twitter
8 weeks ago
Learn to Dunk
"I gave myself six months to dunk because that was the low end of the 'six to eight months”'prescribed on the website of Brandon Todd, a 5'5" former D-III star who set the same goal for himself in 2005, and then, at age 22, accomplished it. When I first contacted him, Todd perfectly expressed the more shallow reason behind my goal: 'When you can dunk, it means you’re a good athlete. Period. It takes away any subjectiveness'."
a:Michael-McKnight  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2015  w:6000  experiment  basketball  NBA  fitness  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
The Spy Who Came Home
"The C.I.A.’s fixation on area familiarization has shaped Skinner’s approach to policing. He begins each shift by driving the perimeter of his beat, then working his way inward, sometimes heading the wrong direction down one-way streets to insure that he does not fall into familiar patterns. On slow nights, he parks at the scenes of unsolved robberies that took place weeks earlier and imagines which escape route the thief would have taken, so that next time he can go straight to wherever the thief is headed. In the Third Precinct, many establishments that stay open past midnight are robbed at gunpoint several times a year. 'People thank cops for their service, but they should be thanking McDonald’s workers,' Skinner told me. 'They’re way more likely to have a gun in their face than I am.' He added, 'The only place that doesn’t really get hit is the late-night liquor store. People are thinking, If this place gets shut down, how will we get in drunken fights?'"
a:Ben-Taub  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.05.07  w:9500  law-enforcement  intelligence-gathering  Iraq  terrorism  crime  Afghanistan  guns  violence  race  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry
"Rental apologies, the obverse of rental scoldings, can be particularly thorny. Ishii outlined some possible scenarios. If you make a mistake at work, and a disgruntled client or customer demands to see your supervisor, you can hire Ishii to impersonate the supervisor. Ishii, identifying himself as a department head, will then apologize. If the apology isn’t accepted, a different actor can be sent to apologize as the division head. If the division head doesn’t get results, Ishii dispatches a remorseful president. These situations can get complicated, because the real department heads and presidents aren’t aware that they have apologized. Sometimes, if an offended party hasn’t actually met the offender, Ishii stands in for the offender, who then pretends to be Ishii’s supervisor. Ishii grovels and trembles on the floor while being yelled at, as the real culprit looks on."
a:Elif-Batuman  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.04.30  w:9500  Japan  family  work  gender  from twitter
9 weeks ago
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
9 weeks ago
Abortion Is Not Murder
"But this was never really about babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. I’m going to say that again, because a lot—a lot—of people will tell you that their objection to abortion is all about saving babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. Studies from The Lancet have shown that the abortion rate is higher in countries where the procedure is banned than in countries where it’s allowed."
a:Jennifer-Wright  p:Harper's-Bazaar  d:2018.04.13  w:3500  abortion  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children
"'Rephrase any element that suggests certainty.' That’d be 'will': 'Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play.'
'Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children.' Not all children know their parents, so: 'Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play.'
'Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step.' 'Good' represents a value judgment, so: 'Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them.'"
a:Maxwell-King  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.06.08  w:1000  list  children  language  communication  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
How to Do Laundry
"Laundry can be frustrating, even for a laundry enthusiast. It's time-consuming, unceasing and there is so very much that can go wrong. For many of us, it’s one of those chores we learned to do from our parents, a dormmate, a significant other or whoever else, and then we stop asking questions. But questions are great! Because knowledge is power and can make doing laundry easier and more effective."
a:Jolie-Kerr  p:The-New-York-Times★★  w:4500  reference  clothing  from twitter
9 weeks ago
Can You Really Make Superiority Burgers at Home?
"So, can you make a Superiority Burger at home? The answer is yes. But let me tell you, after attempting it twice (I had all those ingredients!), I have never appreciated a restaurant more. It is amazing! They make these things every single day so people like me can just walk in and buy them. I don’t even have to spend several hours roasting my own tomatoes because they *do that right at the restaurant*."
a:Rachel-Sugar  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.06.04  w:1500  cooking  vegetarianism  experiment  from twitter
9 weeks ago
Other Things You Should Let Sink In
"If you had a plant at all, it was a cactus. That’s not even a real plant. Those were the days. Now you have two dogs, all these real plants, and a baby on the way. Aim for a slow, deep watering once or twice a week. Tears don’t count. Tap water is fine. Let that sink in."
a:Kimberly-Harrington  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.12  w:500  satire  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care
"Once I realized I was old enough to die, I decided that I was also old enough not to incur any more suffering, annoyance, or boredom in the pursuit of a longer life. I eat well, meaning I choose foods that taste good and that will stave off hunger for as long as possible, like protein, fiber, and fats. I exercise—not because it will make me live longer but because it feels good when I do. As for medical care: I will seek help for an urgent problem, but I am no longer interested in looking for problems that remain undetectable to me. Ideally, the determination of when one is old enough to die should be a personal decision, based on a judgment of the likely benefits, if any, of medical care and—just as important at a certain age—how we choose to spend the time that remains to us."
a:Barbara-Ehrenreich  p:Literary-Hub  d:2018.04.09  w:3500  medicine  aging  health  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
The Hardest Job in the World
"In an ideal system, incoming presidents would have months of orientation to learn the ropes and break their rhetorical addiction. No such school exists for presidents. There is a transition process, but it doesn’t sufficiently prepare a president or his team. Presidential transitions are a bigger undertaking than any private-sector transfer of power. In business, large mergers and acquisitions typically take a year or more and involve hundreds of staffers. Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in December 2015, and it closed in September 2017. A president-elect and his team have two and a half months between victory and inauguration to figure out how to run a $4 trillion government with a civilian workforce of 2 million, to say nothing of the military. The United States federal government is the most complicated conglomerate on the planet."
a:John-Dickerson  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05  w:13500  USA  government  history  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Jimmy-Carter  disaster  JFK  George-H-W-Bush  politics  management  leadership  Harry-Truman  Dwight-D-Eisenhower  FDR  LBJ  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses
"Dougherty runs a rigorous, multi-step version of flight school -- without the flight simulators. There’s no point. It’s impossible to simulate the atmospheric mayhem that remains an airship pilot’s primary opponent. Airships lack the predictable routes and powerful autopilot in much of commercial aviation. As a result, airship training can’t be rushed. You can teach someone to fly a single-engine plane in 10 to 15 hours, AirSign chief executive Patrick Walsh said. But, as 63-year-old chief pilot Terry Dillard said, it takes 250 to 400 hours before an airship pilot can go solo -- even if the FAA requires only 50 hours of experience before your official examination. 'Nobody’s going to give you their blimp after you get 50 hours,' Dillard said. 'You know enough to get yourself in trouble, but not enough to get yourself out.'"
a:Andrew-Van-Dam  p:The-Washington-Post/Wonkblog★  d:2018.06.09  w:1000  aviation  from instapaper
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