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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
7 days 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
8 days 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
8 days 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
8 days ago
Can Dirt Save the Earth?
"When it comes to mitigating climate change, soil scientists are most interested in what Silver calls occluded carbon — organic material, often in the form of dead microbes, trapped in clods of dirt. This type of carbon can potentially stay locked away for centuries. (Another carbon type, called labile carbon, continuously cycles among the atmosphere, plants and organisms in the soil.) It was precisely this more durable carbon, Silver discovered, that increased in the treated plots. In the years that followed, Silver’s analyses of soil cores indicated that the treated land kept taking in carbon. Computer simulations suggest that it will continue to do so for decades. It also retained more moisture and grew about 50 percent more grass. One dose of compost ignited what Silver calls a state change: The plants and the soil — and everything that inhabited it — moved toward a new equilibrium in which the soil ecosystem pulled in and retained greater amounts of carbon."
a:Moises-Velasquez-Manoff  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.04.18  w:7500  agriculture  climate-change  environment  nature  California  from instapaper
9 days ago
‘We’re never going to bed’: children rewrite the house rules
"Shortly after 8am, Joe appears downstairs. I ask how he feels. 'Good. I nearly just vomited. But yeah, good.' He takes a can of Coke from the fridge, pours himself a bowl full of condensed sweetened milk, and eats it with a spoon. When it’s all gone, he moves on to the Nutella. To watch one’s child shovel spoonfuls from the jar into his mouth and do nothing is a kind of out-of-body experience – like observing a car crash involving your children and simply driving on by. It feels horrifying but oddly liberating."
a:Decca-Aitkenhead  a:Sarfraz-Manzoor  a:Clover-Stroud  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.03.31  w:5000  children  parenting  policy  food  games  from instapaper
9 days ago
“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades
"It is unlikely that Davidson ever fully understood that he had sailed into the eye wall of Joaquin, but he must have realized by now that he had come much too close. As is usually the case, the catastrophe was unfolding because of a combination of factors that had aligned, which included: Davidson’s caution with the home office; his decision to take a straight-line course; the subtle pressures to stick to the schedule; the systematic failure of the forecasts; the persuasiveness of the B.V.S. graphics; the lack of a functioning anemometer; the failure by some to challenge Davidson’s thinking more vigorously; the initial attribution of the ship’s list entirely to the winds; and finally a certain mental inertia that had overcome all of them. This is the stuff of tragedy that can never be completely explained."
a:William-Langewiesche★★★  p:Vanity-Fair★★  d:2018.04  w:10500  disaster  weather  from instapaper
9 days ago
San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
"In light of the problems with the Millennium Tower, there are now increasing calls in California for a reassessment of earthquake risks, much of it focused on strengthening the building code. Right now the code says a structure must be engineered to have a 90 percent chance of avoiding total collapse. But many experts believe that is not enough. The code also does not specify that a building be fit for occupancy after an earthquake. Many buildings might not collapse completely, but they could be damaged beyond repair. The interior walls, the plumbing, elevators — all could be wrecked or damaged. 'When I tell people what the current building code gives them most people are shocked,' Dr. Jones said. 'Enough buildings will be so badly damaged that people are going to find it too hard to live in L.A. or San Francisco.'"
a:Thomas-Fuller  a:Anjali-Singhvi  a:Josh-Williams  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.17  w:2500  architecture  regulation  disaster  San-Francisco  Los-Angeles  from instapaper
10 days ago
Lights, Cameras, Revolution
"Ultra-aggressive help defense is really hard work. Replay that clip and watch how far DeRozan’s ghost has to move as the Knicks swing the ball. That’s brutal, and it’s not a coincidence that the only team that consistently mirrors the help defense of its ghosts is Miami, Rucker says. The Heat have three of the best wing defenders in the league in Shane Battier, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, and the latter two are among the NBA’s most gifted pure athletes. James can mimic DeRozan’s hyperactive ghost in a way no other player can, Rucker says. 'LeBron basically messes up the system and the ghosts,' Rucker says. 'He does things that are just unsustainable for most players.'"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:Grantland★★  d:2013.03.19  w:3000  NBA  statistical-analysis  LeBron-James  basketball  from instapaper
10 days ago
The Pressures Of Being An Interpreter At A High-Stakes Summit
"It was a seemingly minute detail. But in the context of these talks, the word 'verifying' meant that the Russians had unexpectedly sided with the U.S. on one point in the long-sought agreement. The discussion was on an Open Skies proposal, in which both sides could fly over each other's territory to verify compliance in arms control agreements. The Soviets and the Americans didn't agree on whose aircraft should be used for the inspections — the verifying party (the U.S.) or the verified party (the Soviet Union). Korchilov interpreted Gorbachev as saying: 'The aircraft to overfly territory for inspection purposes should be made available by the verifying party at the disposal of its crew.' 'At that moment I wished the earth could swallow me up,' Korchilov wrote in his 1997 memoir."
a:Danny-Hajek  p:NPR  d:2018.06.11  w:1000  language  diplomacy  North-Korea  Donald-Trump  Russia  from instapaper
10 days ago
LeBron James, Free Agency and the Biggest NBA Offseason Questions
"Cleveland would have no reason whatsoever to improve its remaining roster, just as one wouldn't bring in a new rug to spruce up a collapsed house. Kevin Love would do more good to a team in a position to win some games. Kyle Korver could be traded for value. George Hill—and possibly J.R. Smith—might be bought out. There would be no use in re-signing Jeff Green or Jose Calderon, though Cleveland might consider investing in Rodney Hood. It's not uncommon for teams to undergo dramatic changes once they're forced out of title contention, but it's not out of the question for the Cavs to have turned over 80–90% of their roster by the start of next season."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.11  w:2000  NBA  LeBron-James  Cavs  from instapaper
10 days ago
On the Road With the World’s Greatest Hitchhiker
"Before us was a bend in the road pocked with a huge, five-foot-wide pothole, which Villarino described as 'perfect'. The ideal pickup spot, he explained, has not only a place for cars to pull over safely but also some obstacle or obstruction that forces them to slow down as they approach you. Standing just before or after a hill, or a train track, or a wye, a stoplight, a traffic circle, or even a speed bump would have worked just as well as our pothole. Villarino forbids hats and sunglasses because they hide your eyes from drivers; sitting is discouraged because it obscures your physical size. He intentionally dons the uniform of a backpacker — brown hiking boots with red laces, gray synthetic cargo pants that unzip at the knees — because people all around the world are familiar with that archetype."
a:Wes-Inzinna  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.03.22  w:5000  travel  race  process  Africa  from instapaper
10 days ago
Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?
"My discovery that alcohol consumption was a risk factor for my breast cancer contradicted everything I thought I knew about drinking. Like 76 percent of Americans surveyed by the American Heart Association in 2011, I believed a little wine was good for the ticker. The fact is, people *want* to believe that drinking is good for them, and the science in this field is easy to manipulate to convince them."
a:Stephanie-Mencimer  p:Mother-Jones★  d:2018.04  w:8000  alcohol  health  smoking  advertising  marketing  from twitter
10 days ago
We interrupt this apocalypse vigil to say that America has conquered worse
"American democracy didn’t really kick in until the 1960s. Periods we romanticize as civil and lovely were such because we struggled to keep race off the national agenda."
a:Dana-Milbank  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.06.08  w:1000  USA  race  history  Donald-Trump  government  from instapaper
10 days ago
The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built
"Celebrity Edge will introduce perhaps the biggest change in state-room design since balconies were introduced in the 80s. 'I was watching the cruise ships going out from Miami one day,' explains Xavier Leclercq, Royal’s senior vice president of New Build and innovation. 'I counted the passengers on their balconies – only two per cent of people [were] using them.' Kulovaara’s team commissioned some research and came to a counterintuitive conclusion: offer passengers balconies and they say they want them, but few actually use them. So, on Celebrity Edge, Royal’s New Build team eliminated balconies entirely. Instead they designed what they call the Infinite Veranda: floor-to-ceiling windows, the upper half of which lowers entirely to create an indoor balcony."
a:Oliver-Franklin-Wallis  p:Wired★★  d:2018.04.01  w:4500  cruise-ships  travel  process  from instapaper
10 days ago
Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There
"With its $285 billion in cash reserves, Apple certainly has enough money to simply buy up existing green power to get to the 100% goal. But one of the strict standards which Jackson says Apple follows is something called 'additionality', or a preference for sponsoring the creation of new renewable power sources. 'We want to put new, clean power on the grid so that we’re not sucking up all the clean energy that’s there,' she says."
a:Mark-Sullivan  p:Fast-Company  d:2018.04.09  w:4000  Apple  sustainability  energy  manufacturing  from instapaper
11 days ago
George Clooney's Rules for Living
"He is not just a man with a healthy ego, as the saying goes; he's a man with a healthy superego, a famous person for whom fame functions as a kind of conscience. He knows what audiences want from him, in movie theaters; what gawkers want from him, on the red carpet; what reporters want from him, in interviews—and, by and large, he tries to give it to them. Even his lightheartedness derives from a sense of obligation; his casual approach to fame turns out to be one of the things he's serious about. Being famous is not just what he knows how to do better than anyone else; it's arguably what he knows how to do better than *anything* else. He is the president of a club of famous people he doesn't consider assholes, and he convenes it every time he makes a movie. He has made movies with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, and Cate Blanchett. He has never been in a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio or Russell Crowe."
a:Tom-Junod  p:Esquire★★  d:2013.11.10  w:6000  celebrities  film  television  from instapaper
11 days ago
Lowe: What LeBron's departure would mean for the Cavs
"Most championship teams end in ruins. Stars get old, bills for all those present-for-future trades come due. The Spurs are both an anomaly and an ideal -- the perennial, unkillable contender that managed to chase rings and replenish its youth at the same time. Even so, the Kawhi Leonard swap that bought them more time is close to a once-in-a-generation move. Boston's 'Ocean's Eleven'-level heist of the Nets -- they might as well have stolen some of Billy King's personal belongings just to be mean -- might be something even rarer, an all-timer that spared the Celtics additional years of post-championship pain."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.08  w:2000  Cavs  LeBron-James  Kyrie-Irving  Kevin-Love  NBA  from instapaper
12 days ago
Get ready: Superteams and superstars can recruit LeBron again
"Pile it all together, and what James has is a lot of scenarios, many of them messy. Right now, there's not a sure bet in the bunch. There's a lot on the line; much of the league will revolve around what he does."
a:Brian-Windhorst★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.09  w:2000  NBA  LeBron-James  Dan-Gilbert  Cavs  from instapaper
12 days ago
LeBron James Is Carrying the Cavaliers in a Historic Way
"LeBron James’s role as the Cavaliers’ leading man is no surprise. But never before in the playoffs has a player’s supporting cast depended so much on its star to carry them. During this season’s playoffs, James has accounted for nearly a third of his team’s box-score statistics: points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. These five statistics have been kept consistently since 1974, and no player since has contributed a higher share of his team’s playoff output."
a:Adam-Pearce  a:Joe-Ward  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.06.08  w:500  analysis  NBA  Cavs  LeBron-James  from iphone
12 days ago
Burner Bros: Cookies 88
"They are friends. He was his #1 pick in the All-Star Game. They do commercials together. They can say, I just beat you in the Finals, but what if we join forces, what if we play together? They can *both* win, they can *both* move to LA, WHERE THEY LIVE—"
"Go off, king."
a:Ben-Detrick★★  a:Andrew-Kuo★  a:Jordan-Redaelli  p:Cookies★★★  d:2018.06.08  podcast  NBA  LeBron-James  Kevin-Durant  from iphone
12 days ago
LeBron: 'Basketball IQ' key to toppling Warriors
"This is so challenging for me to sit up here and say, because people who really don't know the game don't really know what I'm talking about. They just think that you go out, and, 'Oh, LeBron, you're bigger and faster and stronger than everybody, you should drive every single time and you should dunk every single play and you should never get tired, never.' Like, it's a video game and you went on the options and you turned down fatigue all the way to zero and injuries all the way down to zero."
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  w:1500  LeBron-James  Cavs  NBA  basketball  from instapaper
13 days ago
LeBron's Free Agency: Debating Rockets, 76ers, Lakers and More | SI.com
"If you don’t want to play with Leonard and/or LaMarcus Aldridge, have no fear: they can be liquidated in trades. We’ve got a few shooters we can bring back in Danny Green and Patty Mills, and we’ll gladly welcome any additional veteran shooters you want to bring aboard. Rudy Gay has agreed to let you refer to him as 'Jeff Green' if you like."
a:Ben-Golliver★  a:Mark-Bechtel  a:Jake-Fischer  a:Rohan-Nodkarni  a:Ben-Teitelbaum  a:Dan-Gartland  a:Kenny-Ducey  a:Rob-Mahoney  a:Charlotte-Wilder  a:Jarrel-Harris  a:Mitch-Goldich  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.05  w:3500  LeBron-James  NBA  Cavs 
13 days ago
Swedish death cleaning and the anorexic home
"Michael Daley, the art restoration expert, told me that most people tend to think of the era they are living in as aesthetically neutral. It’s only once the era has passed that a definitive, overarching look becomes more clear (the purple velvet sofa you bought in 1997 did not look like the 1990s until about 2010, when it did, irredeemably). The pristine domestic look of our time surely expresses some desire for escape from the trash compactor’s worth of stimuli that crowds us out every day. But I would posit it has flown from being the product of an anxious headspace to the creator of more anxiety, a kind of vicious circle."
a:Mireille.Silcoff  p:Literary-Review-of-Canada  d:2018.02  w:3000  marketing  advertising  death  architecture  anxiety  from instapaper
13 days ago
Cardi B’s Money Moves
"One thing I could say, you could ask any gang member: Being in a gang don't make you not *one dollar*. And I know for a fact every gang member, he asking himself, 'Why did I turn this?' Sometimes it's almost like a fraternity, a sorority. Sometimes it's like that. And sometimes I see people that's in the same gang kill each other. So sometimes there is no loyalty. Sometimes you gotta do certain things to get higher, to get higher and higher. You're doing all of that and you not making money off of it. That's why I don't talk about it much. Because I wouldn't want a young person, a young girl, to think it's okay to join it. You could talk to somebody that is considered Big Homie and they will tell you: 'Don't join a gang.' The person that I'm under, she would tell you, 'Don't join a gang.' It's not about violence. It's just like—it doesn't make your money. It doesn't make your money."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.04.09  w:6000  hip-hop  Beyoncé  from instapaper
13 days ago
The Last Conversation You’ll Need to Have on Eating Right: The Follow-ups
“Why do people keep telling me to eat chia seeds?”
“We have no idea. Are they people you know, or strangers?”
a:Mark-Bittman  a:David-L-Katz  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.05.01  w:3500  instructional  nutrition  food  vegetarianism  weight-loss  health  from twitter
14 days ago
The LeBron-KD rivalry remains one-sided, but the sides have changed
"In effect, James' free agency began Wednesday night. The Cavs failed to make it a series, and now it is just about pride for the Cavs and the location of Golden State's postgame victory party. James will fight the good fight; he's perhaps the greatest performer in elimination games in NBA history. But those trying to peel James away from his home -- teams that now know for sure that they won't have to compete with a title-winning Cavs team in free agency -- had better come up with a presentation that accounts for how James is going to reverse the reversal that Durant has engineered on him."
a:Brian-Windhorst★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.07  w:1000  NBA  LeBron-James  Kevin-Durant  Cavs  from iphone
14 days ago
San Franciscans use a different voting system—and it’s way better. Here’s why.
"If you’re like me, you have strong political opinions that generally align with one party—but you also think that the political establishment gets a lot of stuff wrong. In the old voting system, fresh faces are scared to run, because they don’t want to pull votes away from establishment candidates, split the vote, and end up helping elect someone from the opposing party. Not a problem with RCV. People can run for office without hurting candidates they generally agree with. In fact, those candidates can cross-endorse each other—which basically means saying, 'Vote for me as your first-place candidate, and vote for my friend in the Democratic/Republican Party as your second-place choice.' In fact, this exact thing is happening in San Francisco’s mayoral race right now."
a:Charlotte-Hill  d:2018.06.04  w:1000  voting  San-Francisco  politics  from instapaper
14 days ago
The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
"If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that carbs are evil."
"This is probably the silliest of all the silly, pop-culture propaganda about diet and health. All plant foods are carbohydrate sources."
"Yeah, but: Carbs are evil."
"Everything from lentils to lollipops, pinto beans to jelly beans, tree nuts to doughnuts, is a carbohydrate source. Most plant foods are mostly carbohydrate. So if 'all carbs' are evil, then so are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds."
"Sure, but, I should still avoid carbs, right?"
"Exactly the opposite is true."
a:Mark-Bittman  a:David-L-Katz  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.03.18  w:7000  instructional  nutrition  food  vegetarianism  veganism  weight-loss  health  microbiome  alcohol  from instapaper
14 days ago
Draymond Before Draymond: The Complicated Legacy of Dennis Rodman
"Like many, Silver always appreciated Rodman’s earnestness—and Dennis is often described by those who know him as good-hearted, if naïve and self-destructive. Silver hopes it goes well for his friend. But he knows there’s little he can do. 'At one point, early on, I remember it was late and we’re hanging out and he said, "Bro, I know I’m going to blow the money. I know it’s going to end bad. I know what everyone says, they look at me and say he’s a trainwreck and he’s going to blow it all and it’s going to be sad at the end." I know all that. But if you understood where we were when this all started, and how crazy this all is that we even made it out of that shitty town in Oklahoma and we’ve lived this life we’ve lived and all the good times and all this shit. Hey, if we blow the money, we blow the money.'"
a:Chris-Ballard  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.06  w:5000  NBA  Donald-Trump  gender  gay  from instapaper
14 days ago
Resistance Win: When One Of Her Students Wore A MAGA Hat To Class, This Incredible Teacher Stopped Having Sex With Him After School
"So. Epic. It’s not always easy to take a stand in a world where bigotry of all kinds has become the norm since Treasonous Trump took the reins, so it’s absolutely thrilling when someone like Amanda Higgins claps back by telling her Trump-supporting student that she’ll no longer be having sex with him in her car after he’s done with wrestling practice. That 15-year-old MAGA shithead just found out the hard way that actions have consequences."
p:ClickHole/ResistanceHole  d:2018.06.04  w:500  satire  sex  teens  Donald-Trump  from iphone
15 days ago
Brooks Headley Is Moving On to Focaccia
"When Headley finally declares the focaccia ready, it bears little resemblance to the focaccia I am used to seeing—the top looks dark and almost burnt, there are no dimples, and the shiny surface has completely disappeared. 'I don’t even know what we are making anymore,' Headley admits. 'It’s kind of its own thing. We may not be actually making focaccia.'"
a:Priya-Krishna  p:Taste  d:2018.04.11  w:2000  cooking  from twitter
15 days ago
Getting to Know the ‘Power Gut’
"While a good deal of the power gut is fat, it’s very tightly packed fat. It’s a pretty common feature of strongmen for that reason. As Valentine points out, 'There’s only so much muscle that bone can support on its own.' This weight also gives you an advantage over whatever it is that you need to lift. Valentine explains that, if you need to move a 500-pound object, it’ll take more strength for a 200-pound person to move it than it would a 300-pound person — the heavier guy will need to exert less effort because he has that advantage. This is summed up beautifully in Born Strong by Olympian, wrestler, strongman, powerlifter and power-gut-possessor Mark Henry: 'In order to be the world’s strongest man, you cannot have abs, you have got to have a keg.'"
a:Brian-VanHooker  p:MEL-Magazine  d:2018.06.01  w:1000  health  fitness  from instapaper
15 days ago
LeBron James says he was frustrated over not using timeout
"Said James: 'I asked our coaching staff if we had a timeout [in the huddle]. And they told me, yes. I guess y'all probably seen the reaction from that point on.' In the aftermath, James was criticized for not being more vocal and taking on a leadership role in the huddle. The Warriors scored the first seven points of overtime and ended up winning by 10. 'I don't care. I don't care at all [about the criticism],' James said. 'We're in the NBA Finals. I mean, how much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?'"
a:Brian-Windhorst★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.05  w:500  LeBron-James  Cavs  from iphone
16 days ago
AirPods and the Three Stages of Apple Criticism
"Put another way: Apple’s products are successful because Apple knows how to market their products to a fanbase of deeply flawed individuals who don’t know what’s good for them. I really wish I was exaggerating, but these seven reasons are the main ways Apple critics attempt to explain why someone would choose to buy products critics believe are both overpriced and inferior to their competition. Because if you’ve already come to the conclusion that Apple products are overpriced and inferior, but hundreds of millions of people still buy them, the only conclusion must be that there is something seriously wrong with the people who buy them."
a:Jonathan-Kim  p:ReThink-Reviews  d:2018.04.02  w:2500  Apple  AirPods  from instapaper
16 days ago
The Refugee Detectives
"For those convinced of the overwhelming moral and economic good of immigration, confronting those who disagree can be frustrating. I share that frustration. Drive more than a couple hundred miles in the United States, even in an area as densely populated as the Northeast, and you’ll rapidly see large, undeveloped spaces, many of them not especially beautiful. They are reminders that most of America is still, strangely enough, empty. The establishments punctuating the emptiness—the roadside inns and gas stations—tend to be operated by immigrants. Many came from benighted places, countries of the 'shithole' variety, where extreme poverty is common and a 3 a.m. shift at the front desk of a Motel 6 is worth risking your life for. The idea that America doesn’t have room for more such people strikes me as ridiculous and sad. But these are the politics of our time. The quality of mercy is strained, and the strain from perceptions of illegal immigration has already wounded the United States. Voters have elected politicians, even deeply flawed ones, who purport to be bulwarks against anarchy at the border. bamf’s efforts to improve its refugee process—like Volkswagen engineers scheming to get better mercy-mileage out of their democracy—are ones we should observe and, perhaps, emulate. Attitudes may improve toward refugees and other migrants if the process becomes credible, and the public learns to trust it and not worry about being tricked."
a:Graeme-Wood  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.04  w:6000  process  Germany  immigration  deception  from instapaper
17 days ago
There’s Something Funny About Tiffany Haddish
"She brings up residuals again when our conversation turns to Netflix—specifically Mo'Nique's call for a boycott of the streaming service in light of what the comedian described as 'gender bias and color bias' in the paychecks offered to various comics for their stand-up specials. (A reported $20 million for Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. A reported $11 million for Amy Schumer. And $500,000 for Mo'Nique, she says.) 'My business run different than her business,' says Haddish. 'I don't live her life. I don't have that husband of hers. I'm looking at how [Netflix has] opened up so many opportunities for black females and comedy. When my people are dying, that's when you gonna catch me protesting. I'm not gonna protest because somebody got offered not the amount of money they wanted to get offered. If you don't like what they're offering you, just no longer do business with them."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.03.26  w:4500  celebrities  Beyoncé  Netflix  from instapaper
18 days ago
Infinite Exchange
Given the right—or, as it were, exactly wrong—nutritional circumstances, even a person’s oldest injuries never really go away. In a sense, there is no such thing as healing. From paper cuts to surgical scars, our bodies are mere catalogs of wounds: imperfectly locked doors quietly waiting, sooner or later, to spring back open.
a:Geoff-Manaugh★★  p:Cabinet★  d:2013  w:3000  biology  health  engineering  from instapaper
18 days ago
Outside Voices
"Lest you think I don’t know what I signed up for by living on the most densely populated slip of land in America, rest assured that I do. There are sounds one learns to accept, even to be lulled by on occasion. Jackhammers that emerge seasonally and peck at the concrete like oversized woodpeckers. Screaming matches that make you grateful you’re not one of the two people in that relationship. I have lived over d.j.s, newborn babies, sheet-metal sculptors, and Ping-Pong patios. In Chelsea, I lived above a piano player who practiced scales. When I could stand it no longer, I sheepishly knocked on his door. He apologized and vowed never to practice scales in the house again. Which is how I wound up listening to 'I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy' every day for a year. But Jared’s noise was different. It did not disrupt me, because disruption implies separation of activity, the intervening of outside elements. Rather, Jared’s world became my world. I was paying rent like a single person but living with an entire family in what amounted to an inaccessible wing of my apartment."
a:Sloane-Crosley  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.03.16  w:6500  sound  NYC  class  teens  from instapaper
18 days ago
Unfortunately, the Electric Scooters Are Fantastic
"Most of the billion-dollar start-ups of the last several years—think of Uber, Lyft, Grubhub—have combined an old service with a smartphone in the name of convenience. Other have grafted new legal or logistical frameworks on old services (like Spotify, Netflix, Airbnb), also in the name of convenience. Scooters do something slightly different. They take a number of manufacturing advances made possible by the global smartphone industry—smaller and cheaper cell antennas, GPS chips, and electric batteries—and apply them in a novel and useful way, and in a *surprisingly good way*. When was the last time a tech company did *that*? The scooter companies make hardware that lets you do something you couldn’t do otherwise. They inhabit a much smaller, and much more interesting, class of companies."
a:Robinson-Meyer  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05.31  w:1500  scooters  public-transit  DC  from instapaper
19 days ago
We Suck at Reservations
"You’ve probably never given much thought to the complexity of restaurant reservations because they’re simple for customers: Make a call or click a button online, show up, and you get a table. But for restaurants, every night is a constant struggle. Hosts start every service with carefully planned maps of where each reservation will sit — then watch as it slowly unravels over the course of the evening. Every no-show, slow eater, late arrival, and extra guest is like a little earthquake that disrupts the entire plan. A good host constantly rebuilds and reshuffles tables until everyone fits, and the mental gymnastics required are astounding. (If you’ve ever set up a seating chart for a wedding, imagine that stress, every night, with twice as many people in half as much space, and guests who all want to eat at different times.)"
a:Marissa-Conrad  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.03.29  w:2500  restaurants  reservations  from instapaper
19 days ago
Roseanne Barr’s Right to Offend and Our Right to Say No
"Right-wing Twitter (including Barr’s own feed) is now thick with similar sentiments: Here is Joy Behar saying something cutting about Trump. Here is Jimmy Kimmel. Here is Michelle Wolf. Why didn’t the outrage mob come for them? One important difference is that it is possible, or at least up for debate, for Trump’s decorum, health care plan, tax bill or hair to deserve mockery. It is not possible, and well beyond the realm of debate, for black people to deserve five centuries of racialized brutality and dehumanization."
a:Lindy-West  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.30  w:1000  race  language  from twitter
20 days ago
The Strange History of the “King-Pine”
"As the Enlightenment period made the rich richer, the landed aristocracy began to engage in a frenzy of new hobbies, including gambling, boozing, and time-consuming, expensive pineapple cultivation. Pineries needed care around the clock, custom-built greenhouses, and mountains of coal to keep the temperatures high. The fruit took three to four years to bloom. The cost of rearing each one was equivalent to eight thousand dollars in today’s money. The sheer expense meant it was considered wasteful to eat them, and they remained, as during Charles II’s reign, dinnertime ornaments. A pineapple would be passed from party to party until it began to rot, and the maids who transported the pineapples placed themselves in mortal danger should they be accosted by thieves. For those who did not have the funds to grow their own, a bevy of pineapple-rental shops sprung up."
a:Nina-Sophia-Miralles  p:The-Paris-Review★★  d:2018.04.25  w:1500  history  food  agriculture  class  from instapaper
20 days ago
The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.
"In a market economy, businesses can thrive despite bad policies. Go to any rich country, and you’ll find certain tax and regulatory policies that seem bonkers to an outsider. Japan taxes imported American beef at high rates — 50 percent until recently. Most stores in Germany have to close on Sunday. Go to Sweden or South Korea or Canada and you can find rules that impede the free market, yet businesses do just fine. That’s because those policies may be inefficient, but they are stable in their inefficiency. German stores build into their business models the expectation that there will be no Sunday sales, and a beef importer in Japan builds the tariff into its prices. That stability is part of what differentiates rich countries from poor ones. In poor countries, it tends to be harder for businesses to make long-term investments in part because they don’t know what tax and regulatory policies might come down upon them in the future. And the Trump administration’s trade policies in 2018 have been nothing if not inconsistent and unpredictable."
a:Neil-Irwin  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.31  w:1000  international-trade  policy  Donald-Trump  logistics  from instapaper
21 days ago
NBA Twitter: A sports bar that doesn’t close, where the stars pull up a seat next to you
"Since its earliest days, NBA fans planted a stake and claimed Twitter as their preferred meeting spot. A community grew that includes players, fans, journalists — and users such as Perez, whose platforms turned them into pseudo-journalists and NBA Twitter stars. They watch games together and comment on news, highlights and roster moves. They’ll dissect pregame wardrobes and postgame news conferences. They traffic in humor and highlights, trading snarky analysis about things on and off the court. There’s no membership card; NBA Twitter simply requires fans to follow the game’s players and personalities and jump in a conversation that moves quickly and has no boundaries."
a:Rick-Maese  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.05.31  w:3000  NBA  Twitter  memes  from instapaper
21 days ago
The One Where Everything’s 2018
"Chandler receives a prescription for OxyContin after he throws out his back trying to adjust his standing desk. Meanwhile, Joey lands in some hot water on Twitter when he complains in an interview for Soap Opera Digest that the #MeToo movement has become a witch hunt. Ross struggles to get by as an adjunct professor. Rachel returns to the U.S. from Rome to start her MBA at NYU and is unable to make long distance work with Paolo. Monica’s boss at the restaurant cancels her birth control coverage because of his evangelical Christian beliefs. Phoebe joins Antifa."
a:Andy-Newton  a:Michael-Bleicher  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.31  w:500  satire  television  from iphone
21 days ago
Back Where He Belongs: LeBron James Finds Sense of Normalcy in NBA Finals Trip
"James sat atop a podium at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, 11 months after taking his talents south, and forced an insincere smile. 'All the people rooting for me to fail have to wake up and have the same life they had when they woke up today,' James replied. 'And I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live.' Then he rode back to his house in Coconut Grove and didn't emerge for two weeks, listening to Barry White on his iPod dock and watching the Cooking Channel. 'It was like, "So we're going to make a turkey burger gourmet today, and LeBron James failed!"' he cracked."
a:Lee-Jenkins  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.05.30  w:2000  NBA  LeBron-James  from instapaper
21 days ago
The NBA’s Press Conference Theater
"Putting press conferences on TV can let the public share amazing moments. We saw LeBron James showing off his photographic memory; Nick Young revealing that Dennis Rodman had visited him in a dream; and Kerr saying that choosing a favorite Finals run would be like picking a favorite child—and then saying his favorite child was his daughter, Maddy."
a:Bryan-Curtis  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.05.31  w:3000  NBA  media  television  from instapaper
21 days ago
The KD text: Is Draymond guilty of tampering?
"While tampering in the NBA is frowned upon, the same kind of underlying conduct is often viewed more favorably in other industries. Have you ever been recruited by a competitor of your employer? If you have, you probably didn’t view the recruitment as 'tampering'. Instead, you likely regarded the outreach as simply a sign that you were good at your job and that others had noticed. The law usually agrees with you: in many instances, antitrust law ensures that competitors can’t conspire to not compete for employees and potential employees. Such 'conspiracies' can lower potential salaries and the free movement of labor. But it works differently in the four major pro sports leagues. They’re comprised of independently owned franchises that, by design, conspire to ensure that each team has a legitimate chance to succeed. Clear limits on how and when teams can compete with each other for coaches and players are part of that design."
a:Michael-McCann  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2017.06.27  w:2000  NBA  policy  sports  NBA-draft  from instapaper
22 days ago
The Potential Legal Consequences of Bryan Colangelo's Twitter Controversy
"The 76ers also have reason to investigate if any company property, including company issued computers or iPhones, may have been used by Colangelo to engage in conduct that harms the franchise. As explored below, such conduct would make it more possible for Harris to fire Colangelo 'for cause'. For an NBA team, analytics formulas and trade and draft strategies could be considered 'information' or 'design' of a confidential character. Under Pennsylvania law, disclosure of a trade secret can be classified as unlawful misappropriation when the person who made the disclosure had a duty to keep such information confidential. While the 76ers wouldn’t sue Colangelo, should the team determine that he misappropriated information, it would make it much easier for the team to fire Colangelo for cause."
a:Michael-McCann  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.05.30  w:3000  law  NBA  Twitter 
22 days ago
The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account
"On Tuesday, May 22, I emailed the Sixers and shared the names of two of the accounts. I did not disclose our suspicions about the other three accounts, one of which had been active earlier that day; I did this to see whether the partial disclosure would trigger any changes to the other accounts. On a follow-up call that day, Philadelphia’s media representative told me that he would ask Colangelo whether he had any information about the two accounts. That afternoon, within hours of the call, all three of the accounts I hadn’t discussed with the team switched from public to private, effectively taking them offline."
a:Ben-Detrick★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.05.29  w:5000  NBA  Twitter 
22 days ago
Updates to My Privacy Policy
"I value your privacy, at times, and want to make sure you’re aware of your lack of options in controlling the data collected by me. I discourage you from reading the policies in full, but below are some highlights."
a:David-Tate  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.23  w:500  satire  privacy  from twitter
22 days ago
Yammering on One More Time Regarding Google’s Duplex Recordings
"On the one hand, that makes me feel like maybe I *am* off my rocker for being so skeptical. Why in the world would Pichai say that if they weren’t at a stage in internal testing where Duplex works as the recordings suggest? But on the other hand, if they are that close, why haven’t they invited anyone from the media to see Duplex in action? Why not let Nieva hear it live? Why not let Nieva answer the phone and book the reservation himself, as though he works at the restaurant? If it’s 'weeks' away from rolling out in a limited beta to the public, that should be possible. The job of journalists is to verify these things, not just to take a company’s word for it."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.05.22  w:1500  Google  media  from iphone
23 days ago
LeBron James Defies Logic and the NBA Life Cycle
"As of Sunday night, James secured his involvement in his eighth straight NBA Finals. During that time, LeBron changed teams and cities. He saw star teammates peak and decline, while another left town after requesting a trade. He saw Miami clear their books to build a team around him from scratch, then moved to Cleveland where the Cavs flipped damn near their entire roster to reach contending standards. Then, in the middle of this season, they flipped it again. The guard in the West changed several times over. His rivals in the East grew strong, fell, and decomposed. Many of his best opponents have since retired."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.05.28  w:1000  LeBron-James  NBA  from iphone
24 days ago
Victory Through Versatility: LeBron Can Reach the Finals With Any Supporting Cast
"Versatility is LeBron’s defining trait, especially in comparison to his fellow all-time greats. He’s not as explosive a scorer as Michael Jordan, and he’s not as good a passer as Magic Johnson. He isn’t as dominant defensively as Bill Russell, and he’s not as unguardable in the post as Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. What’s so incredible about LeBron is that he’s almost as good as all of those players in each of their strongest categories. None of the others could have succeeded on as many different types of teams as LeBron. James doesn’t have a position: He can play all five at a high level on both sides of the ball. Almost any combination of players can work around him. The past eight years are proof of that."
a:Jonathan-Tjarks★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.05.28  w:1500  LeBron-James  Tyronn-Lue  Cavs  NBA  from iphone
24 days ago
The five stages of grief, in GDPR email subject lines
"GDPR takes effect on Friday (May 25), and in recent days the world’s inboxes have been flooded with increasingly desperate pleas for consumers to provide 'freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous' consent to share their personal data with companies. As they seek a 'clear affirmative action' from users that they can continue to collect and process their data, the emailers reveal a wide variety of emotional states, not unlike the five stages of grief."
a:Jason-Karaian  a:Kira-Bindrim  p:Quartz★  d:2018.05.24  w:500  email  privacy  from twitter
25 days ago
There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities
"Just as immigration from abroad increases domestic prosperity (a point that tends to be well appreciated in liberal coastal jurisdictions), internal migration from other parts of the United States does the same thing and for roughly the same reasons. The modern economy is made of people, and places with more people feature deeper and more competitive markets with more productivity, higher wages, and more options for both workers and consumers. Importantly, the economic benefits of higher labor productivity are going to exist *broadly* and not just for people who move. Farmers in Iowa, autoworkers in Michigan, and virtually everyone else in America would be better off living in an overall richer, higher-productivity country. And to get a country like that, there’s simply no good substitute for building more places for people to live in areas that are expensive."
a:Matthew-Yglesias★★  p:Vox★★  d:2018.04.20  w:1500  housing  California  cities  productivity  from twitter
27 days ago
Ancient Roman concrete has lasted for centuries. Ours? Not so much.
"Perucchio said that if an architect today were to file paperwork intending to build the Pantheon — the Roman temple that has a 142-foot-high unreinforced concrete dome, the world’s largest — permission would be denied. 'You would be told, "You can’t do it, because the material is not capable of resisting the mechanical stresses, because the material is unreinforced,"' Perucchio said. 'If you hear that, you must arrive at one of two conclusions: One is that the gravitational field in Roman times did not work as it works today. Or the other conclusion is that we have lost knowledge. And I think we have lost knowledge.'"
a:John-Kelly  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.05.14  w:1000  engineering  history  from twitter
28 days ago
The Anti-Portfolio
"Our reasons for passing on these investments varied. In some cases, we were making a conscious act of generosity to another, younger venture firm, down on their luck, who we felt could really use a billion dollars in gains. In other cases, our partners had already run out of spaces on the year's Schedule D and feared that another entry would require them to attach a separate sheet."
p:Bessemer-Venture-Partners  w:1000  list  startups  Apple  Airbnb  Facebook  Google  PayPal  Tesla  from instapaper
29 days ago
What's the deal with the Cavs, LeBron, the road and those suits?
"James said the idea -- first hatched by former teammate Dwyane Wade when he was a member of the Cavs earlier in the season -- was all about standing out by standing together. 'It's a great look for all of us to get off the bus like that and appear unified,' James said. 'It's all class.'"
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.05.23  w:2000  fashion  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
29 days ago
Coffee
"The truth is I've been replacing your morning coffee with a mixture of nicotine, oxycodone, midazolam, cocaine, and yes, a generous shot of espresso."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.05.13  comic  coffee  addiction  from iphone
29 days ago
Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools — creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation
"Life is hard at the bottom of the poach chain, where flight schools compete for instructors. U.S. Aviation Academy, a large training outfit that partners with Tarrant County College in Texas, offers new instructors a $2,500 bonus and between $27 and $35 an hour — a wage it has been forced to raise about 15 percent in recent months. Their pay is competitive with regional airlines, where new pilots earn an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 a year. But when a 21-year-old instructor gets poached, the schools are not competing with the regional carrier. They are competing with the promise of a 44-year career in a high-profile, lionized position that can pay north of $200,000 a year and offers excellent benefits."
a:Andrew-Van-Dam  p:The-Washington-Post/Wonkblog★  d:2018.05.21  w:1500  aviation  education  from instapaper
29 days ago
How the Mueller Investigation Could Play Out for Trump
"This approach has precedent. In March 1974, a grand jury indicted seven associates of President Richard M. Nixon in connection with the cover-up of the Watergate burglary. At Mr. Jaworski’s request, the grand jury also secretly authorized naming Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator, a fact that leaked months later. Separately, the grand jury approved a report that provided a road map to the facts it had uncovered tying Nixon to the cover-up and sent it, along with a suitcase of supporting evidence, to the House Judiciary Committee, which was already considering impeachment. A federal judge approved that step."
a:Michael-S-Schmidt  a:Charlie-Savage  a:Alicia-Parlapiano  a:Anjali-Singhvi  a:Troy-Griggs  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.23  w:1500  visualization  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
29 days ago
The Rubik's Contraption
"One counterintuitive trick for getting things to work well was to make the cube really tight. When the cube is loose (like it would be if a person were trying to solve it fast), the outer faces just cam outwards when you try to turn the center faces quickly - see the Cubsplosion video for what this looks like. It took tightening the cube way past what intuitively felt appropriate, in order to stop the camming action from happening."
a:Ben-Katz  p:Buildits-in-Progress  d:2018.03.07  w:1500  engineering  from twitter
29 days ago
Pasta-Making for Peace of Mind
"Brown lives by a few cardinal rules for pasta excellence: Add butter to everything; pecorino saves lives; and never drain your pasta entirely, whether it’s fresh or packaged. And, of course: when possible, add truffle. 'The tackiest thing about me is how much I love truffle oil and I know Tom Colicchio and all the Top Chef judges would drag me for this but, again, I don’t care,' Brown writes. 'I have but a short time on this earth and I’m going to enjoy some tacky ass truffle oil if I want to, and I do.'"
a:Noor-Brara  p:Vogue  d:2018.05.17  w:1000  cooking  Donald-Trump  from twitter
29 days ago
Dese, Dem, Dose: America's Vanishing City Accents
"The classic accent was most widespread during the city’s industrial heyday. Blue-collar work and strong regional speech are closely connected: If you were white and graduated high school in the 1960s, you didn’t need to go to college, or even leave your neighborhood, to get a good job, and once you got that job, you didn’t have to talk to anyone outside your house, your factory, or your tavern."
a:Edward-McClelland  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.04.11  w:1500  language  class  manufacturing  Chicago  sports  race  from instapaper
29 days ago
How China Is Challenging American Dominance in Asia
"Many Asian leaders are eluding the great powers by hedging between them. Few have done so as creatively and brazenly as President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Upon taking office in 2016, Mr. Duterte suggested that he might end his country’s 65-year alliance with the United States. He rushed to Beijing, promised cooperation with China and – as if to signal there was no going back – crudely insulted then-President Barack Obama. Instead, Mr. Duterte ended up collecting concessions from both powers. The Americans reduced Mr. Duterte’s obligations to the alliance while continuing to guarantee his country’s defense. The Chinese offered Mr. Duterte favorable terms on maritime disputes and possible investment deals. He never did switch sides."
a:Max-Fisher  a:Audrey-Carlsen  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.03.09  w:1500  map  visualization  Asia  diplomacy  weapons  international-trade  strategy  North-Korea  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
I'm Your Outdoor Dream Girl and Not an Evil Wood Nymph Who Wants to Steal Your Soul
"
Outdoor people with wanderlust like ours just don’t belong in that messy, busy world. It’s like we should’ve lived in a different time. A simpler time when you’d build yourself a cabin in the woods, hunt for your food in the woods, and get lured into a seemingly perfect, but definitely not enchanted, glade in the woods. Why would you get lured into a woodland glade, you ask? For purposes of which I am not certain because I have NOT done that exact thing to hundreds, if not thousands, of men."
a:Madeleine-Trebenski  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.02  w:1000  satire  nature  from twitter
4 weeks ago
'Other Cavs,' led by Kyle Korver, open lanes for LeBron James
"Then there was the time Korver sacrificed his body by diving onto the floor for a loose ball late in the third quarter, eluding both the 24-year-old Terry Rozier and the 24-year-old Marcus Smart while Cleveland was trying to stave off a Boston run. 'I felt so incredibly old and slow when I dove after that ball, but the heart was in the right spot,' Korver said. 'That means that's a guy that's all about winning, and whatever it takes to win,' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. 'You very rarely see a 36-year-old running full speed against Marcus Smart, against Rozier and diving for the loose ball and laying it all on the line. Kyle is just a pro's pro, man.' A reporter then piped up to remind Lue that Korver is actually 37. 'He's 37 now? God dang,' Lue said. 'We're playing him too many minutes.'"
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.05.22  w:1000  Cavs  LeBron-James  from iphone
4 weeks ago
The Quarterback of the Kitchen? It’s Not Always the Chef
"The expediter processes all the information coming from the chef and the manager and fires sequences of dishes accordingly, keeping in mind exactly how long each dish will take to finish, and how much each cook is already juggling. Some kitchens have multiple ticket machines, so cooks can see the orders as they come in. But Noodle Bar’s cooks, who don’t have tickets to reference, listen for the expediter’s spoken cues. They cook blindly, as Mr. Kim put it, on trust. The pass has no heat lamps, and since the kitchen is open, diners can often see if food is waiting. 'Our margin of error for time is so thin,' he said."
a:Tejal-Rao  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.17  w:2000  restaurants  process  time  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Progress, Precision, and Profit
"- Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.
– Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.
– Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time."
a:Elon-Musk  p:Electrek  d:2018.04.17  w:1500  memo  Tesla  cars  manufacturing  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Recommendations vs. Guidelines
"My impression is that once you understand a field really well, you have something like a Guideline in your mind. I think if nobody had ever written a guideline for treating depression, I could invent a decent one myself out of everything I’ve pieced together from word-of-mouth and common-sense and personal experience. In fact, I think I do have some personal guidelines, similar to but not exactly the same as the official ones, that I’m working off of without ever really being explicit about it. Part of the confusion of questions like 'What diet should I do?' is sorting through the field of nutrition until you can sort of imagine what a guideline would look like."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.04.12  w:1500  medicine  process  depression  pharmaceuticals  weight-loss  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Why cities rarely build monorails, explained
"There *is* a narrow set of circumstances where monorails are the most sensible option. If the technical details align, that is when you have a mostly elevated line that doesn't need many switches, and there's not a strong incentive to match an agency's equipment, then the positives of monorails can outweigh the negatives. That just doesn't happen very often, and for the remaining 99% of cases, monorails aren't worth the headache."
a:Dan-Malouff★  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2018.05.01  w:500  public-transit  from twitter
4 weeks ago
JD's Favorites
"These are just a few of my favorite before-and-afters (or before-and-durings) from various locations around the neighborhood."
a:Jacqueline-Dupree  p:JDLand.com  photograph  Navy-Yard 
4 weeks ago
Softwear: How an underground fashion label for nerds got cool
"They started going to textile conferences—Outdoor Retailer, then in Utah, was a big one. They wanted to find out where big companies, which they assumed used all the best stuff, got their supplies. But it turned out that the big companies of the world actually used the best *cheapest* materials. As for the actual best, well, 'we found that there was all this stuff nobody was touching. We were stunned. Like, nobody is using this? Nobody is using this?' Burmeister says. Military fabrics, equestrian fabrics, industrial fabrics—they were all for sale, or had been."
a:Adam-Rogers  p:Wired★★  d:2018.01.10  w:4000  clothing  manufacturing  fashion  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Sorry, But I Don’t See How Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult Is Negatively Affecting American Discourse
"Honestly, I think we as a society have forgotten the art of civil discourse. There was a time when conservatives and liberals could disagree in a debate, and then buy each other a round afterwards. Now everyone’s shouting at one another about how wrong they are, how destructive and inhumane their policies will be, how we should be investing our tax dollars into the education of our few remaining children instead of a massive ziggurat aligned with some extra moon that suddenly appeared in the sky last week. We gotta figure out how to agree to disagree again."
a:Andrew-Paul  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.04  w:500  satire  media  Donald-Trump  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Diary of a Food Tracker
"Research shows that people who keep track of what they eat and weigh on a regular basis are more likely to succeed at losing weight and keeping it off. But as the food diary of Steve Lochner shows, food tracking and weight loss is far from simple. In February of 2012, he weighed a high of 337 pounds. But then he started tracking his eating habits using the Lose It food tracking app. Soon he became a 'Super Tracker', detailing virtually every bite of food — good and bad — that he ate over a three-year period, losing more than 100 pounds. Here's how he did it."
a:Albert-Sun  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2015.11.16  w:500  visualization  health  weight-loss 
4 weeks ago
minecraft
"Then 1.6 hit and people absolutely lost their minds. Turns out, only a minority of players so excited about the horses had made sure to get ahold of a saddle in preparation for the patch. Most all of them just assumed they could buy a saddle on patch day so why bother getting one early. Several rich players had stockpiled plenty but had zero intention of selling them. Every saddle in the market vanished within a matter of hours: 80M, 120M, 150M, it didn't matter, and after they were all gone, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. I knew the price would rise, but I didn't think it would rise that high. You can usually get a saddle or two from a solid day of dungeon crawling. But no one wanted to go explore boring old dungeons. They wanted to ride horses, dammit. I placed a chest in the center of my main store, atop a nice little diamond block pedestal, selling one saddle, for 750M. Most people laughed at the price, some cursed my greed, plenty sent me private messages trying to haggle or find out if I had more. A few hours later, it sold. I let the chest sit empty until word got around, then put another saddle in it."
a:Alice-Maz  p:Alice-Maz  d:2017.12.22  w:9500  games  economics  money  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The ‘Six O’Clock Swill’ Was an Hour of Drunken Anarchy
"It might seem perverse that bar owners and trade unions alike would support pubs having to close early. But limited hours seem to have been financially advantageous for both. People were drinking just as much, but over fewer hours, which meant reduced costs. And bars were no longer required to provide a pleasant atmosphere, either: The six o’clock swill was necessarily horrible, so investing in a high-quality drinking experience didn’t make sense."
a:Natasha-Frost  p:Atlas-Obscura★  d:2018.04.04  w:1500  alcohol  regulation  incentives  Australia  New-Zealand  from twitter
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