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The World According to Jeff Goldblum
"Norton: Jeff’s voice is the way I’ve always imagined a shrink who uses hypnotism would sound.
Taika Waititi (director, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’): It’s the sound of the Pegasus in the last moments before it takes flight, just as the hooves are lightly caressing some soft, wet moss and slowly lifting off the turf.
Kroll: There’s…very little…uhhhhh…actual silence. It’s like, um…how would I descriiibe it? It’s like riding a bike…through like a…a hilly suburb.
Munn: Jeff Goldblum does a great Jeff Goldblum.
Jeff Goldblum: I like David Duchovny’s impression on SNL’s 'Celebrity Jeopardy!', where he played a stupid Jeff Goldblum with this little ballet of wordless faux graciousness. He names things he sees for a while—'Uhhh, microphone'—and then finally admits, 'I actually can’t read.'"
a:Anna-Peele  p:GQ★★  d:2017.11.01  w:4000  oral-history  film  television  from twitter
3 days ago
The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA
"Irving and Lillard aren't the only ones. Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made the switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past year or so. The rise of plant-based diets in the NBA follows a worldwide uptick in meat-free meals. According to research firm GlobalData's report, 6 percent of U.S. consumers identify as vegan, up from just 1 percent in 2014. In the United Kingdom, veganism rose by 350 percent from 2006 to 2016, largely from the country's younger demographics."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:Bleacher-Report  d:2017.11.15  w:3500  nutrition  vegetarianism  veganism  NBA  Kyrie-Irving  food  from instapaper
4 days ago
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family
"Morin: When you’re working, is it purely acting, or do the feelings ever become real?
Yuichi: It’s a business. I’m not going to be her father for 24 hours. It’s a set time. When I am acting with her, I don't really feel that I love her, but when the session is over and I have to go, I do feel a little sad. The kids cry sometimes. They say, 'Why do you have to leave?' In those instances, I feel very sorry that I’m faking it—very guilty. There are times, when I’m done with the work and I come back home, where I sit and watch TV. I find myself wondering, 'Is this, now, the real me, or the actor?'
Morin: How do you answer that question?
Yuichi: I don’t think I have an answer. The person that used to be me—is he me now? I know that it’s common for actors to feel that way. If you’re a really good actor—if you’re in it all the time—it feels very unsettling."
a:Roc-Morin  a:Ishii-Yuichi  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.11.07  w:3000  interview  Japan  family  acting  parenting  relationships  from instapaper
4 days ago
Heat. Tempers. 13-hour Days. Line Cooks Function in an Intense and Brutal World.
"There’s a fair share of needling and bullying in Ziebold’s kitchen. Cory calls it emotionally draining. 'No one has been fired but people have been forced out based on Eric’s treatment of them. He will demean you, belittle you in front of the whole kitchen during service, and just scream at you all day.' Cory says Ziebold forced out two co-workers, calling one of them pathetic. Sometimes, Ziebold says, he has to instill a sense of urgency in his cooks, but insists it isn’t personal."
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper/Young&Hungry★★  d:2017.11.16  w:3500  work  management  restaurants  DC  from instapaper
4 days ago
List Of Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of Legal Systems Very Different From Ours
"Where the offense did not seem to fit any category in the code, the court felt free to find the defendant guilty of doing what ought not to be done or of violating an Imperial decree — not an actual decree, but one that the Emperor would have made had the matter been brought to his attention."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.11.15  w:5500  law  history  China  law-enforcement  Jews  Muslims  UK  from instapaper
4 days ago
Yankee Ends Real Corker Of a Mystery
"He quickly dropped from the top of a refrigerator to a counter and down, and immediately spotted Belle's bat in an umpire's locker. He made the exchange, as imperfect as it was: according to another member of the Indians' organization, Grimsley had to switch Belle's bat with one belonging to Paul Sorrento because every one of Belle's bats was corked."
a:Buster-Olney  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:1999.04.11  w:1500  baseball  from instapaper
4 days ago
The Gambler’s Ruin of Small Cities (Wonkish)
"I’m not saying that there weren’t patterns of success and failure. Small cities were and are more likely to fail if they have miserable winters, more likely to come up with new tricks if they’re college towns and/or destinations for immigrants. Still, if you back up enough, it makes sense to think of urban destinies as a random process of wins and losses in which small cities face a relatively high likelihood of experiencing gambler’s ruin. Again, it was not always thus: once upon a time dispersed agriculture ensured that small cities serving rural hinterlands would survive. But for generations we have lived in an economy in which smaller cities have nothing going for them except historical luck, which eventually tends to run out."
a:Paul-Krugman  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.12.30  w:1000  cities  history  economics  agriculture  from instapaper
4 days ago
Is There a Place for the NBA’s Middle Class?
"As an NBA writer and fan who spends a lot of time talking to other NBA writers and fans, that is something we too often forget about or fail to lend the proper weight to. We frequently treat these topics like abstract concepts — should Team X blow it all up? — without considering real-world, human concerns. As one executive put it to me, ask every coach in the league if they want to go through a rebuild and you’re likely to get the same answer for the same reason: No thanks. That sounds like it would suck. The same is likely true for front-office staffers and owners leaguewide. Especially owners. These are people who have won at life. They are wildly rich and successful, and there’s an ego component that goes with securing an NBA franchise, of which there are only 30 in the world. 'They didn’t do it to be ridiculed and unpopular,' a longtime league exec said. 'Why would any of them want to blow it up and hit bottom?'"
a:John-Gonzalez  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.11  w:2000  NBA  incentives  from instapaper
4 days ago
The Secret of Spencer Dinwiddie’s Success
"Whether debating in-game strategy, interrupting a coach’s lecture to correct that proverb about catching more bees with honey, or tearing into the referees for a perceived lack of respect, he always has an opinion. 'Yeah, that’s what they say,' Dinwiddie told me earlier this week. 'It’s a little bit exaggerated. They just have certain questions that, I think, have fairly basic answers. So I offer them a solution to the problem.'"
a:Ben-Detrick★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.11  w:2000  NBA  from instapaper
4 days ago
“Why Ain’t He Dunkin?”
"You hear all the time that a player needs to 'fix' their shot or improve their defense, but what some people don’t understand is that it takes hundreds of hours to make that tiny difference at an elite level. Why? Because other guys are spending hundreds of hours working on whatever you’re trying to stop. While I’m shooting with Bob, Tyson Chandler is in a gym somewhere trying to contest shots better and make me sad. With our travel schedule, you only have so many possible hours to put in that work. So what do you choose?"
a:Blake-Griffin  p:The-Players'-Tribune  d:2015.02.02  w:1500  basketball  NBA  from instapaper
5 days ago
Deer in the Spotlight
"Phelps, perhaps more so than any athlete in basketball, is Antetokounmpo’s closest comparison. He takes Phelps’s most characteristic feature—a stretched-out torso and stubby legs—and inverts it. Length in the NBA almost always refers to wingspan. Arms create the trajectory of a ball, arms create deflections and steals in the passing lane. But Giannis’s 7-foot-3 wingspan, 4 inches longer than he is tall, isn’t nearly as freakish as his legs, which stretch past infinity. Phelps was built in the image of a swordfish; Antetokounmpo was built in the image of a giraffe after a year of squats and leg presses. Phelps has feet that bend 15 degrees more at the ankle than most people’s, giving him built-in flippers; Giannis has Achilles tendons nearly twice as long as the average male’s, which is one of the reasons why he can cover 10 feet per step on a fast break and 50 feet in a single dribble. And unlike Phelps, Giannis doesn’t have to stay in his lane. He’s spent the past five seasons learning how to invade and occupy everyone else’s."
a:Danny-Chau  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.12  w:1500  sports  Giannis-Antetokounmpo  NBA  from instapaper
5 days ago
Why Isaiah Thomas could get a great offer from the Cavs
"Gilbert loves underdogs like Thomas. He sees himself as an underdog, a self-made billionaire who went to Michigan State, not the Ivy League. In 2016, Gilbert was the driving force behind paying $2.4 million to buy a draft pick to take Kay Felder, an undersized point guard from Oakland University who attracted Gilbert because of his ability to overcome challenges. Felder didn't make it with the Cavs, but Thomas is the embodiment of what the Cavs were dreaming of with Felder."
a:Brian-Windhorst★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.01.09  w:1000  Cavs  Isaiah-Thomas  LeBron-James  Dan-Gilbert  from instapaper
6 days ago
Fire And Fury doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know—and that’s why it’s important
"Wolff’s introduction explains that he interviewed 200 people for the book, which is certainly a large number, but most of them go uncredited, and it’s unclear what their contributions were. The folks that do get named are clearly using Wolff’s transcription to swing the narrative in their favor. It’s as if each of the main characters—Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Bannon Bannon Bannon—attempted to calculate their proximity to the White House at the point of the book’s publication to ensure that their defense of their actions lined up with their expected future employment. Spicer 'can’t make this shit up,' Conway plays the role of dedicated soldier while eyeing cable news jobs, Priebus positions himself as a voice of reason (his deputy who only lasted two months, Katie Walsh, even more so), and Bannon casts himself as the angel of death laying waste to everyone else. It doesn’t make for the most coherent read. The points of view are so calculated and shift so many times that the book reads like Rashomon if everyone in that movie were idiots."
a:Dan-Sinker  p:The-AV-Club★★  d:2018.01.12  w:1000  Donald-Trump  from twitter
6 days ago
The Secret to Good Toast? It’s Your Freezer
"You don’t need any particular type of toaster. But you do need to think of your freezer periodically. You don’t want to just abandon bread to time and freezer burn, though I can tell you from experience that neglected slices will still work, even if the toasted texture won’t be nearly as good. Whatever you do, do not drag the microwave into this, no matter how deeply frozen the bread. This is between you, the freezer and the toaster."
a:Emily-Weinstein  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2016.02.23  w:500  instructional  cooking  from twitter
7 days ago
The Last Days of the Leather Fortress
"No other porn company has ever housed its production, talent, IT, marketing, and management departments in the same building. Slusarenko tells me that the thing he’ll miss the most is 'seeing a database engineer talking to a dominatrix about selling her content. It doesn’t exist anywhere else.' The company is hardly without dysfunction, but their centralization is tied to their transparency. In my vision of a post-decriminalization America, more sex work would be done in such places: physical locations with the possibility of community for the workers and accountability for the management. Not a utopia, just a realistic *adult* business in every sense of the word."
a:Tina-Horn  p:Hazlitt  d:2017.10.11  w:5000  pornography  San-Francisco  from instapaper
10 days ago
The No-Stats All-Star
"On the baseball field, it would be hard for a player to sacrifice his team’s interest for his own. Baseball is an individual sport masquerading as a team one: by doing what’s best for himself, the player nearly always also does what is best for his team. 'There is no way to selfishly get across home plate,' as Morey puts it. 'If instead of there being a lineup, I could muscle my way to the plate and hit every single time and damage the efficiency of the team — that would be the analogy. Manny Ramirez can’t take at-bats away from David Ortiz. We had a point guard in Boston who refused to pass the ball to a certain guy.' In football the coach has so much control over who gets the ball that selfishness winds up being self-defeating. The players most famous for being selfish — the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Terrell Owens, for instance — are usually not so much selfish as attention seeking. Their sins tend to occur off the field. It is in basketball where the problems are most likely to be in the game — where the player, in his play, faces choices between maximizing his own perceived self-interest and winning. The choices are sufficiently complex that there is a fair chance he doesn’t fully grasp that he is making them."
a:Michael-Lewis★★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2009.02.13  w:9000  basketball  sports  strategy  statistics  Sam-Hinkie  from instapaper
10 days ago
Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core
"According to former N.S.A. employees who are still in touch with active workers, investigators of the Shadow Brokers thefts are clearly worried that one or more leakers may still be inside the agency. Some T.A.O. employees have been asked to turn over their passports, take time off their jobs and submit to questioning. The small number of specialists who have worked both at T.A.O. and at the C.I.A. have come in for particular attention, out of concern that a single leaker might be responsible for both the Shadow Brokers and the C.I.A.’s Vault7 breaches. Then there are the Shadow Brokers’ writings, which betray a seeming immersion in American culture. Last April, about the time Mr. Williams was discovering their inside knowledge of T.A.O. operations, the Shadow Brokers posted an appeal to President Trump: 'Don’t Forget Your Base.' With the ease of a seasoned pundit, they tossed around details about Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s now departed adviser; the Freedom Caucus in Congress; the 'deep state'; the Alien and Sedition Acts; and white privilege. 'TheShadowBrokers is wanting to see you succeed,' the post said, addressing Mr. Trump. 'TheShadowBrokers is wanting America to be great again.'"
a:Scott-Shane  a:Nicole-Perlroth  a:David-E-Sanger  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.11.12  w:4000  NSA  Edward-Snowden  hacking  intelligence-gathering  Russia  from instapaper
10 days ago
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Admissions Policy
"Visitors wearing jeans will have to let us swipe their credit card, close our eyes, and press a random dollar amount on the keypad"
a:Bob-Vulfov  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2018.01.05  w:500  list  satire  NYC  pricing  from iphone
10 days ago
The iPhone X
"The iPhone X is not the work of an overcautious company. It’s a risk to so fundamentally change the most profitable platform in the world. But Apple is gambling on the taste of the team who lived with the iPhone X during its development. Ossification is a risk with a platform as popular and successful as the iPhone — fear of making unpopular changes can lead a platform vendor to make no significant changes. Another risk, though, is hubris — making changes just for the sake of making changes that show off how clever the folks at Apple still are. After two months using an iPhone X, I’m convinced Apple succeeded. The iPhone X is a triumph, a delightful conceptual modernization of a ten-year-old platform that, prior to using the iPhone X, I didn’t think needed a modernization. Almost nothing about the iPhone X calls undue attention to its cleverness. It all just seems like the new normal, and it’s a lot of fun."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2017.12.26  w:4500  review  iPhone  iOS  user-interface  Mac-OS  from instapaper
10 days ago
The Wonder Drug for Aging (Made From One of the Deadliest Toxins on Earth)
"Part of what protects the Botox empire is the sheer complexity of the drug. The recipe isn’t patent-protected—it’s a trade secret, like the formula for Coke. As long as Allergan can protect it, would-be duplicators have to start from scratch. Even if the procedure were out in the open, Brin likens Botox manufacturing to making a fine wine—a winemaker can’t necessarily replicate a rival’s vintage. 'The fundamental process is an anaerobic fermentation process,' he says. 'The amount of time, the purification process, the reagents that are used with it, these are very, very important, and they’re heavily controlled.'"
a:Cynthia-Koons  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2017.10.26  w:3000  pharmaceuticals  manufacturing  security  logistics  from twitter
10 days ago
Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move
"Shibley Telhami, a scholar of the region at the University of Maryland and the Brookings Institution, called the Arab states’ acceptance of the decision 'transformational'. 'I don’t think it would have happened a decade ago, because Arab leaders would have made clear they wouldn’t live with it,' he said. Instead, he said, preoccupied by concerns about their own stability, the Arab leaders signaled that — while they may not like the decision — they 'will find a way to work with it,' and 'with a White House that is prepared to break with what had been taboos in American foreign policy.'"
a:David-D-Kirkpatrick  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.06  w:1500  Israel  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
11 days ago
Love
"Love is like a game of chess."
"Machines are better at it than humans?"
"Bingo. Meet your new mom, XXX-Tron."
"Erotic greetings."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.12.24  comic  love  family 
11 days ago
This Year’s Top-Selling Book is an Accent Pillow
"3 × 7 Accent Pillow is the only book on this year’s best-sellers lists that is not actually a book, but a decorative pillow with printed on the front."
a:Sam-Shelstad  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.12.21  w:500  satire  books  from twitter
12 days ago
What Happens If China Makes First Contact?
"China has learned the hard way that spectacular scientific achievements confer prestige upon nations. The 'Celestial Kingdom' looked on from the sidelines as Russia flung the first satellite and human being into space, and then again when American astronauts spiked the Stars and Stripes into the lunar crust. China has largely focused on the applied sciences. It built the world’s fastest supercomputer, spent heavily on medical research, and planted a 'great green wall' of forests in its northwest as a last-ditch effort to halt the Gobi Desert’s spread. Now China is bringing its immense resources to bear on the fundamental sciences. The country plans to build an atom smasher that will conjure thousands of 'god particles' out of the ether, in the same time it took cern’s Large Hadron Collider to strain out a handful. It is also eyeing Mars. In the technopoetic idiom of the 21st century, nothing would symbolize China’s rise like a high-definition shot of a Chinese astronaut setting foot on the red planet. Nothing except, perhaps, first contact."
a:Ross-Andersen  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.12  w:6000  space  China  nuclear-weapons  science  future  history  from instapaper
13 days ago
The Rev-Up: Imagining a 20% Self-Driving World
"Because we won’t have to worry about driving, vehicle interiors can expand to a point where we’ stop thinking of them as vehicles: They might have fully functional kitchens, or gyms, or beds. Instead of going to the coffee shop, the coffee shop might come to you; instead of going into the garage to pull out your car, the garage will be the car. The ability to summon spaces like this will turn the built environment into a kind of random-access memory — with every destination equally accessible from anywhere. Whether it drove to you or you to it will be irrelevant; motion will be so smooth and constant as to be imperceptible. Hart argues that when travel becomes fully autonomous, we will always be traveling: families or co-workers in quiet concert on giant roads, moving in a cluster of moving buildings, chasing good weather, hardly aware that we’re going anywhere at all."
a:James-Somers  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.11.08  w:6500  self-driving-cars  driving  security  Uber  insurance  from instapaper
13 days ago
There's never been a better time to be single
"For a long time, we've accepted the idea that unless they hurry up and marry, single adults will stay sexless and unhappy until they die (and sooner, at that). But it seems single people don't scare so easily anymore -- in unprecedented numbers, they are going ahead and living their single lives, which are often healthier and more fulfilling than those of their coupled counterparts. In 2017, finally, the weight of the scientific evidence from the most sophisticated studies was on their side."
a:Bella-DePaulo  p:CNN  d:2018.01.05  w:1500  relationships  health  sex  from twitter
14 days ago
18 NBA New Year’s Resolutions
"Markelle Fultz, the no. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, has played four games this season due to a mysterious shoulder ailment that requires no surgery and that various scans and tests have failed to identify. The malady has been called a 'muscle imbalance', which, according to copious Googling, is not even a thing."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.01.02  w:1500  list  NBA  from instapaper
16 days ago
Koby Altman got his dream job -- and all the challenges it comes with
"There's a photo that hangs above Altman's desk in his office at the Cavs' practice facility, depicting Thompson on the floor and four Cavs players -- JR Smith and Iman Shumpert grabbing his left arm and James and Channing Frye grabbing his right -- helping the big man up. It's a reminder of the impression James made on Altman when he came back to his native Northeast Ohio in 2014 for a second go-round with the Cavs and sparked the most successful era in franchise history. 'One of the first practices, a guy took it to the hoop and he missed it and fell and sort of slid toward the out-of-bounds line,' Altman says. 'A couple people took a step toward him, LeBron screams out, "Pick him up! Pick him up!" Probably was at half court when he saw it, sprints past everybody to pick him up. Everyone was like, "Wow." Then the next time it happens, four or five people go pick the guy up.'"
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.01.02  w:4000  Cavs  LeBron-James  David-Griffin  from instapaper
16 days ago
There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence
"No matter how the details play out, I do predict in a very general sense that there will be no fire alarm that is not an actual running AGI—no unmistakable sign before then that everyone knows and agrees on, that lets people act without feeling nervous about whether they’re worrying too early."
a:Eliezer-Yudkowsky  p:Machine-Intelligence-Research-Institute  d:2017.10.13  w:7500  future  artificial-intelligence  nuclear-weapons  science  history  technological-singularity  technology  from twitter
16 days ago
33-for-33: The Numbers That Define LeBron’s Greatness
"His worst points-per-game average in any of the 14 seasons since his first in the league is 25.3. His worst rebounding average in that span is 6.0, his worst assists average is 6.0, and his worst field-goal percentage is 47.2. Here is the entire list of players in NBA history who have reached those marks in the same season: Oscar Robertson (nine times), Larry Bird (four), Michael Jordan (three), and Jerry West (one). In other words, only four other players in history, and not one since Jordan, have managed to match even the Bizarro Frankenstein collection of James’s worst seasons."
a:Zach-Kram  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.12.30  w:1500  list  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
17 days ago
Trump Breaks With Bannon, Saying He Has ‘Lost His Mind’
"While Mr. Trump had remained in touch with Mr. Bannon after pushing him out of the White House over the summer, the two now appear to have reached a breaking point. 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,' Mr. Trump said. 'When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.'"
a:Peter-Baker  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.03  w:2000  Donald-Trump  2016-election  from iphone
18 days ago
Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute
"'I wish I could get them a bucket or a rebound or draw up a play,' Housen said. 'But I can’t do any of that, so I try to work as hard as I can for them from here.' It is not a stretch, Kerr said, to suggest that Housen affects team performance. He eliminates stress, and the players benefit from more rest because everything is on time."
a:Scott-Cacciola  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.12.08  w:2000  NBA  logistics  from instapaper
20 days ago
Meet the Spreadsheet That Can Solve NYC Transit (and the Man Who Made It)
"'What the hell?!' Komanoff shouted. With this one, tiny change, the supposed net benefit of the congestion charge had become, in fact, a gigantic drain on the city, to the tune of several billion dollars a year. 'You know what happened?' Komanoff diagnosed. 'I was counting as a benefit the unspent revenue, because society can do stuff with that. And, Jesus Christ, maybe I’m being too conservative!' He let out a chuckle. 'This is MTA rathole!' he exclaimed, referring to the billions of dollars more the MTA tends to spend on mega-projects than other major transit authorities. 'Does your spreadsheet account for MTA rathole?' I asked incredulously. 'It just did!' The spreadsheet was alive, accounting for things Komanoff didn’t even know it could account for."
a:Aaron-Gordon  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.11.17  w:2000  NYC  public-transit  pricing  congestion-pricing  spreadsheets  from instapaper
20 days ago
How do NBA players avoid injuries when they jump 3 feet in the air?
"Grizzlies center Brandan Wright told SB Nation that he was taught how to land from an early age to take impact off his body. He has still suffered from various lower body injuries that have combined with other ailments to limit him to 40 games the past two years. 'I used to be, early in my career, a one-foot jumper, but for safety reasons I started jumping off two feet a lot more,' Wright said. 'I can land a little bit stronger; I can take contact better in the air. I can prevent more injuries.' He’s not the only player to change his style for health reasons. Clippers star Blake Griffin wrote an article on The Players’ Tribune titled 'Why Ain’t He Dunkin?' explaining why he went from about 200 dunks each of his first four seasons to just 68 last year. Minnesota point guard Jeff Teague, now 29, said he stopped dunking entirely."
a:Tim-Cato  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.11.14  w:2000  health  NBA  basketball  from instapaper
20 days ago
Family Stories
"It’s to be expected that some fakery would arise, considering the stakes. If a family story is intended to bestow a moral and set you on the proper path, it would be helpful to strip that story of any unsavory facts. And if a particular moral is already enshrined in a family’s conception of itself, the stories will bend—imperceptibly, unintentionally—in the direction of that moral. Throw in the ravages of time and the failures of memory, stir with the glow of familial love (or the fire of familial resentment) and you have a recipe for untruth."
a:Martin-Bergman  p:The-Awl★★  d:2017.12.29  w:1000  family  stories  from instapaper
21 days ago
The Art of "Friendship"
"Most of the people nearing the 'my enemy' side of the spectrum can be described as 'annoying', 'lies a lot on social media about inconsequential things', or 'thinks Ellen is woke'. These are the people to maintain fake friendships with. It isn’t worth keeping it real with them. They don’t deserve a public dragging. Frankly, a lot of the times they don’t deserve a private talking to. They’re just people you have to coexist with and why bother letting them know exactly how you feel about them?"
a:Kady-Ruth-Ashcraft  p:The-Awl★★  d:2017.12.29  w:500  instructional  friendship  from instapaper
21 days ago
Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users
"RWE, one of Germany’s largest operators of power installations, employs a weather forecaster to help anticipate surges in wind power, and to match the spikes to when the company expects peak demand. While negative prices create problems for the company, they also enhance the value of its more flexible installations, including large storage systems. In one case, it takes advantage of negative prices by being paid to pump large volumes of water into a mountain lake in Austria. When prices are higher, the company releases the water, using turbines to generate electricity."
a:Stanley-Reed  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.12.25  w:1000  pricing  energy  Germany  from instapaper
22 days ago
Google Maps’s Moat
"Google has repeatedly told journalists that it started extracting data from Street View imagery in 2008, as part of its 'Ground Truth' project. So this suggests that Google may have a 6+ year lead over Apple in data collection. And as we saw with AOIs, Google has gathered so much data, in so many areas, that it’s now crunching it together and creating features that Apple can’t make—surrounding Google Maps with a moat of time. It makes you wonder how long back Google was planning all of this—and what it’s planning next."
a:Justin-O'Beirne★★  p:Justin-O'Beirne★★  d:2017.12  w:4500  maps  Google-Maps  Apple-Maps  visualization  time  from twitter
22 days ago
The Doctor Will See You Now
"One time Jeff told me he thought my father was square. I said, 'You’re just jealous,' which was mean. Maybe I should have just said, 'Yeah, I guess, whatever, so am I, we’re square folk!' But this would have been bullshit to me. We barely talked about my uncle after the 'you’re fat' incident, and we certainly didn’t agonize over it. I took this talent with me into adulthood. If someone crosses a line, there is no discussion, there is no agony, only the void they move into, and your new, brighter world on the other side of it."
a:Sarah-Miller  p:Longreads★★  d:2017.10.23  w:2500  family  from twitter
22 days ago
LeBron James reacts to NBA admitting there were blown calls in Cavs' loss to Warriors
"'It's part of the game,' Lue said. 'It's a fast game. They put that review in, it's different. But the game is so fast, guys are so strong and so powerful. When you're going to the basket, I think LeBron, he gets fouled, but he's so strong, he goes through contact a lot like Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal), a lot like (Paul) Pierce when he played. So they really don't get the benefit of the call, snapping their head back and drawing a foul like that. We've got to do a better job of selling it like everybody else does.' When James heard Lue's answer about selling fouls while he was shooting on the court nearby and jerked his body back, as if he was receiving contact from a defender. 'I'll have to do a lot of this tonight,' he said."
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.12.27  w:1000  LeBron-James  NBA  from iphone
23 days ago
The Story of the Great Lakes in 8 Maps
"Stretching across eight states and two Canadian provinces, the Great Lakes region contains the world’s largest freshwater system and is likely the greatest single surface aggregation of rare resources on the planet. If it was a standalone country, its economy would be the fourth largest in the world. Yet its natural resources and vibrant urbanity are seldom studied as a unified zone, and have rarely been considered the center of the North American continent’s cultural life."
a:Zach-Mortice  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2017.12.11  w:2000  map  environment  history  Chicago  Cleveland  from instapaper
24 days ago
The Future of Online Dating Is Unsexy and Brutally Effective
"Loveflutter, a Twitter-themed dating app from the UK, doesn’t ask me to fill out a personality survey or lengthy About Me (it caps my self-description at a cute 140 characters). Instead, it’s paired with the language processing company Receptiviti.ai to compute the compatibility between me and its user base using the contents of our Twitter feeds. Is this good matchmaking or a gimmick? As a sex-crazed neurotic, I think you know where I stand."
a:Dale-Markowitz  p:Gizmodo★  d:2017.10.25  w:2000  dating  algorithms  social-media  from twitter
24 days ago
How the Netherlands Feeds the World
"The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it? Seen from the air, the Netherlands resembles no other major food producer—a fragmented patchwork of intensely cultivated fields, most of them tiny by agribusiness standards, punctuated by bustling cities and suburbs. In the country’s principal farming regions, there’s almost no potato patch, no greenhouse, no hog barn that’s out of sight of skyscrapers, manufacturing plants, or urban sprawl. More than half the nation’s land area is used for agriculture and horticulture."
a:Frank-Viviano  p:National-Geographic  d:2017.09  w:4000  agriculture  food  sustainability  future  from twitter
25 days ago
The 2017 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
"Please note that if you put ANYTHING other than nuts in your decorative nut bowl, whatever is inside turns to poison and everyone in the house dies. I don’t make the rules."
a:Drew-Magary  p:Deadspin★★  d:2017.12.12  w:3500  satire  food  class  from twitter
27 days ago
The Art of the Dinner Party
"I’ve always been against the insistent, well-meaning cleanup brigade that convenes in the kitchen before anybody has even digested. Those people who are pushing back their chairs and clearing the dessert plates from the table just as you are squeezing the oily tangerine peels into the flames to watch the blue shower of sparks, who are emptying all the ashtrays just as you are dipping your finger in the wine and then running it around the rim of your wineglasses to make tones like those from a monastery in Tibet. When I invite you over, I mean it. I mean: Sit down. I will take care of you. I will buy the food and get the drinks and set the table and do the cooking, and I will clean up after. And when I come to your house, you will do the same. I will get to have the honor of being a guest. To perfectly show up, 10 minutes after the appointed time, with a bottle in hand for you, to bring my outgoing, conversational self, my good mood, my appetite, and to then enjoy all that is offered to me, and to then get my coat at the very end and leave without having lifted a finger. It is just the greatest thing of all time."
a:Gabrielle-Hamilton  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.10.25  w:3000  food  conversation  from instapaper
29 days ago
Hey Siri: An On-device DNN-powered Voice Trigger for Apple’s Personal Assistant
"The 'Hey Siri' feature allows users to invoke Siri hands-free. A very small speech recognizer runs all the time and listens for just those two words. When it detects 'Hey Siri', the rest of Siri parses the following speech as a command or query. The 'Hey Siri' detector uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to convert the acoustic pattern of your voice at each instant into a probability distribution over speech sounds. It then uses a temporal integration process to compute a confidence score that the phrase you uttered was 'Hey Siri'. If the score is high enough, Siri wakes up."
p:Apple  d:2017.10.01  w:3500  iOS  Siri  machine-learning  from instapaper
29 days ago
The Mail from Budapest
"The colonel's successor in Prague was a Major Somogyi, and the Czech counterintelligence operatives discovered soon after his arrival, to their grumbling dismay, that they would have to start earning their salaries. Major Somogyi left the embassy at unexpected times, drove his own car, and dropped the letters one by one in widely spaced and constantly changing mail boxes, some of them far outside the city. He also checked for signs of surveillance. His conduct was so circumspect that the rueful Czechs concluded that, unlike Ujszaszy, he had never been trained by the Hungarian intelligence service."
p:CIA  d:1993.09.22  w:4000  intelligence-gathering  security  from instapaper
29 days ago
Operation Columba
"Pigeon fanciers were warned against harboring strange birds. They were threatened with liquidation of their totes in the event of detection. Later they were told that harboring of alien pigeons was espionage and carried with it the penalty of death by shooting. No one, apparently, was ever shot for this offense, nor so far as we could find out were any lofts destroyed (although healthy apprehensions may well have hastened some of the birds, stringy as they were, into the pot rather than into the tote). Our original calculation that there is nothing self-betraying about a pigeon in a loft seems to have held up: the Germans' intentions were probably lethal enough, but they just never caught anybody. All this sound and fury, however, did have a fine subversive effect on the pigeon fanciers and their friends."
a:TJ-Betts  p:CIA  d:1993.09.22  w:2500  intelligence-gathering  World-War-II  from instapaper
29 days ago
Operation Uproot
"I have always considered this evacuation from Czechoslovakia in 1939 an intelligence operation and a successful one. We succeeded in organizing in England an intelligence group that started work even before the war and continued to the end of it. It is not boasting to say that this group made an effective contribution to the Allied effort even when the war became a gigantic world affair. That was the purpose of the evacuation operation. If an intelligence organization leaves the country like this and starts to work abroad without a government, without a political center to which it is subordinated, it falls into great danger of becoming mercenary, and there is inevitably bound to be a moral decline. We were lucky in that soon after our arrival in London President Benes came there from the United States, and his provisional Czechoslovak government was recognized by the Allies immediately after the outbreak of war. That gave to our activities a political, legal, and moral background."
a:Frantisek-Moravec  p:CIA  d:1993.09.22  w:3500  war  intelligence-gathering  security  logistics  World-War-II  from instapaper
29 days ago
Splice
"I... the length of that pause you just made... DID YOU COMMA SPLICE THAT LAST SENTENCE?!"
"THEY're's no way for you to know!"
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.12.18  comic  language  from iphone
4 weeks ago
Womanhattan
"In Womanhattan, crosswalks no longer count down with panicked ticking or scream 'WAIT!!!' They encourage you to 'GO AHEAD, GIRL' or play Solange until traffic has cleared."
a:Julia-Shiplett  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.12.15  w:500  satire  gender  NYC  from twitter
4 weeks ago
O'Quinn: 'Next thing you know, I was just Bar Mitzvah Man'
"O'Quinn is one of the bigger comedians in the Knicks' locker room, so it makes sense that he would thrive as the headline act at a party filled with 13-year-olds. The 6-foot-10 center spends most of his time at the parties socializing, dancing, joking around with families and -- of course -- taking plenty of selfies. 'A lot of times, I go and I stay longer than I'm supposed to because it's so much fun,' O'Quinn said. 'The food's always good. The only thing that gets a little overwhelming is the kids; sometimes they don't listen to the structure of the party and it just gets loose.'"
a:Ian-Begley  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.12.19  w:500  NBA  children  Jews  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics
"'Every intelligence service in the world works conferences, sponsors conferences, and looks for ways to get people to conferences,' said one former CIA operative. 'Recruitment is a long process of seduction,' says Mark Galeotti, senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and former special advisor to the British foreign office. 'The first stage is to arrange to be at the same workshop as a target. Even if you just exchange banalities, the next time you can say, "Did I see you in Istanbul?"'"
a:Daniel-Golden  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.10.10  w:4000  intelligence-gathering  academia  nuclear-weapons  Iran  science  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Seven Days on the Oprah Cruise
"Here’s some fun stuff I learned, though:
- She loves to drink. Sometimes she says her prayers drunk on wine.
- She just discovered Auntie Anne’s while she was on set for A Wrinkle in Time. Ava DuVernay introduced her to the pretzel-wrapped hot dog. She’d never had one before, and now she loves them."
a:Allison-P-Davis  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2017.09.29  w:5000  travel  from iphone
4 weeks ago
Why Does A City As Dense As D.C. Have So Much Wildlife?
"More and more animals are figuring out how to get by in urban environments, by doing things like eating tomatillos and nesting in chimneys. 'It looks like there is more diversity, as well as a greater abundance,' said Hadidian, the wildlife biologist. Forty years ago, there were no deer in Rock Creek Park. Thirty years ago, there were no coyotes. Now, both are common. Natural selection is helping these animals adapt to the dangers cities present, Hadidian said. 'Some squirrels look both ways before they cross the road.'"
a:Jacob-Fensten  p:WAMU  d:2017.12.07  w:1000  nature  animals  DC  evolution  geography  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Debunking the Standard Narrative on the "Opioid Epidemic": A Response to Vox
"There isn't a simple 'make fewer mistakes' lever. There isn't a magic "accurately identify appropriate candidates for opioids" button. Greater accuracy isn't an option. The people making the call (doctors) have the highest possible level of education. They possess the most information they could plausibly obtain about the patient's medical history. They are constantly doing continuing education for new trends in medicine. (I dearly hope they aren't looking to Vox for their information.) We can't descriminate more accurately on a systematic basis, we can only change the discrimination threshold."
a:Jubal-Harshaw  p:GrokInFullness  d:2017.09.24  w:5500  drugs  medicine  statistical-analysis  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Shadow transit agency
"BART, LA Metro, Chicago Transit Authority. It’s a level of humility, saying we are not an infallible agency. We do make mistakes and we recognize that there are citizens out there who are trying to make a difference and we appreciate it. That would be a nice response."
a:Bruce-Mohl  a:Marc-Ebuña  a:Ari-Ofsevit  a:Andy-Monat  p:CommonWealth  d:2017.10.10  w:4500  interview  public-transit  Boston  bureaucracy  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Mr. Throat and Me
"The sensations that come from smoking: the first cigarette of the day, there is a definite head rush, a clear hit of a high, a spinning lightness. The next one is merely a settling of accounts, a restoration of normality and getting comfortable. Later, if there have been notable gaps between smokes, there is the relaxing cigarette that takes the edge off of absence. Then there are the cigarettes taken after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the smoke burning off and replacing the flavors of food in the mouth, cleansing the palate. Cigarettes with beer, refreshing and frivolous; with wine, studied and reflective; with green tea, delicate and palatable. There are many sensations that come with smoking, and I love every one."
a:Arnold-Thomas-Fanning  p:Longreads★★  d:2017.10.13  w:4500  smoking  addiction  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Why Surge Prices Make Us So Mad: What Springsteen, Home Depot and a Nobel Winner Know
"What the successful examples of variable pricing have in common is that they treat customers’ desire for fairness not as some irrational rejection of economic logic to be scoffed at, but something fundamental, hard-wired into their view of the world. It is a reality that has to be respected and understood, whether you’re setting the price for a highway toll, a kilowatt of power on a hot day, or a generator after a hurricane."
a:Neil-Irwin  p:The-New-York-Times/The-Upshot★  d:2017.10.14  w:3000  pricing  economics  strategy  disaster  traffic-congestion  Uber  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Always on the side of the egg
"Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg. Yes, no matter how right the wall may be and how wrong the egg, I will stand with the egg. Someone else will have to decide what is right and what is wrong; perhaps time or history will decide. If there were a novelist who, for whatever reason, wrote works standing with the wall, of what value would such works be?"
a:Haruki-Murakami  p:Haaretz  d:2009.02.17  w:1500  speech  power  government  war  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
LeBron James: I want to 'break the mold' of a players' prime ending early
"I'll be 33 in 15 days. This is my 15th season, and this is the best I've felt in my career. I want it all."
a:Nick-Friedell  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.12.17  w:1000  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Investigating the Weird British Tradition of Putting KFC Gravy on Your Christmas Dinner
"My mum makes Christmas dinner every year but it is just the two of us now and she doesn’t seem to embrace it. She doesn’t know it yet but we are definitely having KFC gravy this Christmas."
a:Josh-Barrie  p:Vice/Munchies★  d:2017.12.13  w:1000  food  UK  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The Ever-Evolving Headlines of Black Celebrity-Gossip Sites
"For me, and many people I know, Bossip headlines have become a joy of their own. They’re fat with drama and posture and ruthless humor. Each headline is volcanic, erupting like a great mass of heat, or a crack of thunder, full of fire and cultural insight, all of it done with great ceremony. In one recent interview, a Bossip editor spoke to the emergence of certain phrases—such as 'smash those cakes to smithereens'—in crafting headlines, saying: 'It’s all about making it more visual and being more specific.'"
a:Jason-Parham  p:Wired★★  d:2017.12.15  w:1000  race  media  celebrities  language  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
"Derek had made millionaires among the new mattress entrepreneurs–and he himself was one of them. So while Derek’s pockets weren’t nearly so deep as Casper’s, they certainly weren’t shallow. He had stumbled into what was, outside of financial products, one of the more lucrative niches in affiliate marketing. If this was a David-and-Goliath battle, it was worth remembering that David became a king."
a:David-Zax  p:Fast-Company  d:2017.10.16  w:6000  marketing  sleep  search  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Google’s Long, Strange Life-Span Trip
"A hundred and seventy five years ago most people died from infections, not from old age. Thanks to vaccines, better nutrition, and all-around improvements in public health and medicine, life expectancy at birth in wealthy nations has doubled from 40 to around 80 years, an average gain of 2.5 years per decade. But now that we live longer, we have traded up to a new set of killers that are harder to beat: cancer, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. For all these diseases, aging is the single biggest risk factor. An 80-year-old is 40 times as likely to die from cancer as someone middle-aged. The risk for Alzheimer’s rises by 600 times. But what if it were possible to postpone all these deaths by treating aging itself? 'I think we have failed in our effort to attack chronic disease when we attack them one by one,' Sierra says. 'And the reason is that they have one major risk factor, which is the biology of aging.'"
a:Antonio-Regalado  p:MIT-Technology-Review  d:2016.12.15  w:2500  health  Google  aging  biology  public-health  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Why Warriors are a 'headache' for Las Vegas
"'It's a headache,' professional bettor Erin Rynning told ESPN. 'You do all this research, and you want to think you're going to get 100 percent effort. That's the frustrating thing with the Warriors. They are bored. They have bigger fish to fry.'"
a:Doug-Kezirian  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.12.19  w:1000  gambling  NBA  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
This Is Why Juries Shouldn't Decide Court Cases
"A scientist has to make inferences about states of affairs that cannot be observed directly, inferring from evidence that can be observed. And that is precisely what a jury has to do: make a decision about the guilt of the defendant based on the evidence presented at trial. That is a scientific enterprise that surpasses the intellectual aptitude of most laypersons who are called to jury duty."
a:Erin-Fuchs  p:Business-Insider★  d:2014.07.03  w:1000  law  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Last Invention of Man
"Normal human research and development cycles, of course, take years, in large part because they involve many slow cycles of trial and error. The current situation was very different: Prometheus already had the next steps figured out, so the limiting factor was simply how rapidly people could be guided to understand and build the right things. A good teacher can help students learn science much faster than they could have discovered it from scratch on their own, and Prometheus surreptitiously did the same with these researchers. Since Prometheus could accurately predict how long it would take humans to understand and build things given various tools, it developed the quickest possible path forward, giving priority to new tools that could be quickly understood and built and that were useful for developing more advanced tools."
a:Max-Tegmark  p:Nautilus★  d:2017.10.05  w:6500  story  artificial-intelligence  government  games  media  power  from twitter
5 weeks ago
No One at the Wheel: What Will Driverless Cars Do to Real Estate?
"Real estate is atwitter about driverless cars, with both doomsaying and unbridled optimism—at least on the surface—on show in equal measure. 'It’s like, this weird time where it’s obvious this is going to be a transformative moment in real estate,' said Brandon Huffman of real estate investment manager Rubenstein Partners. 'There are all types of theoretical social impacts, including job loss across the board.'"
a:Guelda-Voien  a:Brady-Dale  p:Commercial-Observer  d:2017.10.17  w:3500  self-driving-cars  real-estate  parking  development  Uber  traffic-congestion  public-transit  basic-income  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks
"The pasta itself had no faults — it was competent, a nothingness, a minimum-viable-product that may or may not have been cooked in salted water — but the viscous whiteness puddled around it was pasty and gloppy, thick without being rich, a faintly savory nothingness. You could have used it as a binder for potato salad. You could have poured it over biscuits and called it gravy. You could have patched a hole in your wall."
a:Helen-Rosner  p:Eater★★  d:2017.10.03  w:4500  food  restaurants  nostalgia  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Little Parts of a Basketball Game Are What Make the NBA So Fun
"Basketball at any level has those little things, be it stuff you experience when you attend a game in person (watching NBA players walk around and stretch and whatnot before a game is oddly mesmerizing) or watch a game on TV (probably my favorite TV basketball-watching thing is when a game is a blowout and the announcers start talking about things not directly related to the game they’re supposed to be calling; Mike Breen and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are the best at this sort of thing). Let’s do more of those."
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.12.12  w:2500  list  NBA  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Could Mexico City Support an NBA Franchise?
"Perhaps hampered by the altitude — at more than 7,000 feet above sea level, Mexico City is over 2,000 feet higher than Denver — both teams started out flinging up bricks. The restless crowd erupted in 'MVP' chants whenever Russell Westbrook touched the ball. The first enormous roar of the night came when Carmelo Anthony’s dunk attempt was stonewalled at the rim by Nets rookie center Jarrett Allen. Later, Anthony caused a ripple of snickers when he barked, 'Fuck outta here, I got it!' on a rebound and promptly passed the ball to a Net who was standing 5 feet away."
a:Ben-Detrick★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.12.11  w:2000  NBA  Mexico  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Exploring Overlooked NBA Truths
"Calling out the underappreciation of Damian Lillard is a grassroots concept started by Damian Lillard. For years, Lillard was an All-Star snub, evoking feelings so strong that they inspired his Instagram captions and rap songs (his, Damian Lillard’s, rap songs). Dame was last voted onto an All-Star roster in 2014, a time too long ago for even the elderly among us to remember, back when coaches got to choose some of the players."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.12.11  w:1000  NBA  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction
"People who are addicted don’t have to consciously register a cue for it to arouse their reward system. In a study published in PLoS One she scanned the brains of 22 recovering cocaine addicts while photos of crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia flashed before their eyes for 33 milliseconds, one-tenth the time it takes to blink. The men didn’t consciously 'see' anything, but the images activated the same parts of the reward circuitry that visible drug cues excite. In Childress’s view the findings support stories she has heard from cocaine patients who relapsed yet couldn’t explain what prompted it. 'They were walking around in environments where most of the time one thing or another had been signals for cocaine,' she says. 'They were basically getting primed, having that ancient reward system tingled. By the time they became conscious of it, it was like a snowball rolling downhill.'"
a:Fran-Smith  p:National-Geographic  d:2017.09  w:4500  addiction  drugs  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Keepers of the Secrets
"In the process of writing the book, Grann said, through all the archival work, there’s 'a kind of relationship with these documents that you begin to develop as you become more familiar with them, and as you hold them, and as you look at them.' He likened it to the relationship you develop as you speak to someone, face to face, in an interview; it’s more than you could ever get over email. 'I thought the *handwriting* in that ledger was revealing,' he said. 'It was just a simple word. And I just kept thinking, "Who was that bureaucrat who kept writing this word 'dead'?" And I just would look at the handwriting, and that’s all they wrote, and in that word it contained volumes of hidden history, suffering, death, poisonings — souls.'"
a:James-Somers  p:The-Village-Voice  d:2017.09.20  w:3000  information  history  organization  process  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
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