Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst
"To the extent that those deals helped at all, they served to reset Cleveland to a more neutral space. The transactions made were less about adding George Hill than moving Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose. Rodney Hood made conceptual sense for the Cavs and—at the time, at least—had none of Jae Crowder's discontent. Each of the four late additions would come to disappoint in their own way. The team that preceded them, however, likely would have torn itself apart before ever reaching the NBA Finals."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.29  w:1000  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
15 days ago
The Seven Most Interesting Restricted Free Agents of the NBA Offseason
"This is not just a basketball decision for the Bucks. Giannis has three years left on his contract, and they don’t want him to think they are cheap. Even if letting Jabari walk is the best move for them in terms of maintaining flexibility, flexibility is a hard thing to sell to a player who sees a former teammate putting up massive numbers on another team. The last thing Milwaukee wants to do is repeat the same mistakes that Oklahoma City made with James Harden. 'Jabari ain’t going nowhere,' Antetokounmpo said during his exit interview in late April. If their superstar believes in Jabari, the Bucks may have to keep him."
a:Jonathan-Tjarks★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.27  w:2500  NBA  from instapaper
16 days ago
The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King
"The thought experiment extends to every team, realistic or not. LeBron could revolutionize the Blazers as an exorbitantly rich man’s version of Evan Turner. So much of what holds back the Spurs would fall away with James at the center of everything. The Bucks could take the leap behind two generational talents."
a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.27  w:1500  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
17 days ago
Cleveland to pick up Kendrick Perkins' option for 2018-19
“Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has doled out approximately $130 million in luxury tax payments in the past three seasons, nearly equaling the total luxury tax payments by all 29 other NBA owners in that time period combined.”
a:Dave-McMenamin★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.27  w:500  Cavs  Dan-Gilbert  NBA  from instapaper
17 days ago
What Makes People the Most Happy
"People love sports, whether it be playing or watching, and they especially enjoy winning. As they say, 'Winning cures everything.' This dataset does not cover losing teams."
a:Nathan-Yau★★  p:FlowingData★★  d:2018.06.21  w:500  happiness  sports  family  friendship  work 
18 days ago
Before Vast Riches, Free Agency’s Focus Was Freedom
"When he filed the suit, owners denounced him, and some players initially resisted out of fear that free agency would kill the N.B.A. 'It was a tough sell,' Robertson said. 'A lot of the guys felt that our stance was really going to hurt basketball. It was going to put a lot of teams out of business. But it did not. It went the other way.'"
a:William-C-Rhoden  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2016.07.11  w:1000  NBA  from instapaper
18 days ago
How the Sixers Can Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too
"It sounds like a fantasy, but I’m more interested in what would happen if the Sixers were to decide to go after both LeBron *and* Kawhi. It seems silly, but is it any sillier than Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining the Celtics in 2007, Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors in 2016, or any other major star movement from the past decade-plus? Anything is possible in the NBA, especially when a team has as much flexibility as the Sixers do. 'Our salary cap position going forward is easily the NBA’s best,' Hinkie wrote in 2016. 'The most room, the most flexibility, providing the widest available set of options in free agency or trade of any club. This stockpile can be used all at once or strategically over the ensuing years to acquire players that fit your team, improve in your development program, and help you move up the standings.' Optionality had long been a buzzword in the Process era. Just a few years later, the Sixers are on the verge of making the ultimate decision."
a:Kevin-O'Connor★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.26  w:3000  Sixers  LeBron-James  NBA  from instapaper
18 days ago
Inside the Rockets' proposal to flip the NBA draft and free agency
"Saving teams from those kinds of mistakes is only a secondary rationale for Houston's proposal -- a happy ripple effect. The main reason for it, supporters say, is to enable smarter and more varied trades at a moment when trade activity is highest. Right now, the draft happens at the end of the NBA's fiscal year, before expiring contracts actually expire. Cap space that will open up two weeks later remains occupied. On the biggest or second-biggest trading day of the year, there is very little cap space available to facilitate trades -- no place for taxed-out teams to dump players. Players on expiring contracts cannot be legally traded, removing a huge pool of targets. Teams who would love to rent out their space and extract draft picks as the price often can't do so until July -- well after the draft."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.06.26  w:1500  NBA  NBA-draft  strategy  from instapaper
18 days ago
How Kemba Walker Could Shake Up NBA Free Agency
"It means giving up a top-10 pick for a chance to make a run with LeBron and Kemba—but both could hit free agency and walk in 2019. Still, what’s the alternative for the Cavs? Their luck with the ping-pong balls won’t last forever. Altman’s decision-making is dependent on LBJ’s decision-making. Already seemingly in the works, this could be the next Kevin Love trade."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.26  w:500  NBA  Cavs  LeBron-James  from instapaper
18 days ago
Why Even Viral-Fundraising Skeptics Can Feel Good About Donating to RAICES
"Across America, thousands of people are jailed every night, not because they’ve been convicted of any crime, but because they can’t find the bail money they need to be able to go back home and back to their jobs. Bail funds solve these problems at a stroke, but they almost never have enough money. When you give to a bail fund, your money doesn’t just get used to bail someone out once. It gets recycled with repayment, and used over and over again to help out the most neglected people in the justice system. That’s why I’m going to be happy to see RAICES raise as many millions of dollars as it possibly can. It’s that rarest of beasts: a viral fundraiser where the money is going to a deserving and urgent cause that can scale almost without limit."
a:Felix-Salmon  p:Slate★★  d:2018.06.19  w:1000  immigration  charity  from twitter
19 days ago
The 10 Biggest Questions of the 2018 NBA Free-Agency Bonanza
"With Marcin Gortat now on an expiring contract and another intriguing wing in Troy Brown Jr. on a rookie deal joining the fold on draft day, the Wizards all of a sudden have more than max deals to bargain with. A sign-and-trade built around Boogie Cousins for Otto Porter Jr. still makes all kind of sense for both sides. The Wizards could put together a similar package for Swole Myles Turner if Indiana wants to try again with the pace-and-space offense it forced onto Paul George three years ago. Or they might be desperate enough for the nuclear option: aggregating a few expirings to eat the remaining $52.5 million owed to Hassan Whiteside, whose surliness and lob-catching would be an easy fit on a John Wall–driven team."
a:Justin-Verrier  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.25  w:3000  Wizards  NBA  from instapaper
19 days ago
Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control
"Abouzeid says that becoming a Bird hunter can feel like a good deed, almost like cleaning up the neighborhood. 'You see them lying around on the side of a sidewalk,' he says. 'As a charger you can pick them up, you take them home, take care of them, and leave them in a nice little row in the morning, ready to go for people. It’s really satisfying.'"
a:Taylor-Lorenz  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05.20  w:2000  scooters  incentives  from instapaper
21 days ago
Inside Hollywood’s Prop Food Wonderland
"Set decorators, who are usually freelancers that jump between shows and movies, will have a project and often peruse our website to make a rough list of what they need. There are probably 200 to 300 people that know our inventory really well and go from show to show. The set decorator’s assistants, who are called shoppers or buyers, are the eyes and ears of the industry, and they’re the ones who often come by. Sometimes we email photos to the set decorators or production designers, but largely, we’ve built the mountain and they just come. It’s taken a long time, many decades, to get to this stage, but we’re there now. We’re a regular stop on their circuit."
a:Alexandra-Ilyashov  a:Keith-Marvin  p:Eater★★  d:2018.04.20  w:2000  interview  food  television  film  process  trends  from instapaper
21 days ago
The Musical Diversity of Pop Songs
"'Track-and-hook' is Seabrook’s coinage for a music-making method that fundamentally distinguishes today’s music-making from all that came before. What separates track-and-hook from its predecessors is how the music is made. The storied, solitary figure working out musical problems at a piano while filling up an ashtray has been replaced by teams of digital production specialists and subspecialists, each assigned to a snare track, a bass track, and so on, mixed and matched and stuck together like Legos. 'The process doesn’t lend itself very well to art,' Seabrook said. Instead, track-and-hook is far more literally factory-like, a mode of production that emphasizes specialization and volume. As the technology writer Nicholas Carr wrote, 'The manufacture of pop songs has been so thoroughly industrialized that it makes the old Motown ‘hit factory’ look like a sewing circle.'"
a:Andrew-Thompson  a:Matt-Daniels  p:The-Pudding  d:2018.05  w:3000  statistical-analysis  music  from instapaper
21 days ago
I'm Ken Jennings, Author and 'Jeopardy' Champ, and This Is How I Parent
"What’s one piece of advice you’d give to all parents?
Read to your kids every night. It’s not just an unwind-before bed ritual; it will change their lives.
The one thing I would tell other parents who are juggling a career:
If at all possible, arrange to win 74 times on a game show."
a:Michelle-Woo  a:Ken-Jennings  p:Lifehacker/Offspring  d:2018.06.18  w:1000  interview  instructional  parenting  from instapaper
21 days ago
The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
"As in other foreign-policy sectors, the Russia hands divide less along party lines than along foreign-policy philosophies: They are either 'realists' or 'internationalists'. Realists tend to be cautious about American overseas commitments and deferential toward state sovereignty; internationalists tend to be more inclined to universalist ideals like democracy and human rights, even where these are forced to cross borders. But the two supposed categories are blurred by a thousand factors, not least of which being that realists don’t like being called realists, because it suggests that they have no values, and internationalists don’t like to be called internationalists, as opposed to realists, because it suggests that they have no common sense. In the end, a vast internationalist middle, consisting of neoconservative Republicans and interventionist Democrats, predominates, with tiny slices of hard realists on the right and soft realists, or 'neorealists', on the left. And there are many shades of difference among all these people."
a:Keith-Gessen  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.05.08  w:8500  diplomacy  Russia  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Bill-Clinton  from twitter
22 days ago
The Shape of Water
"Can Chicago really become a better, maybe even a far better, place while much of the world suffers the intensifying storms and droughts resulting from climate change? A growing consensus suggests the answer may be a cautious yes. For one, there’s Amir Jina, an economist at the University of Chicago who studies how global warming affects regional economies. In the simulations he ran, as temperatures rise, rainfall intensifies, and seas surge, Chicago fares better than many big U.S. cities because of its relative insulation from the worst ravages of heat, hurricanes, and loss of agriculture."
a:Ted-C-Fishman  p:Chicago  d:2018.04  w:4000  Chicago  future  environment  climate-change  sustainability  infrastructure  from instapaper
22 days ago
How LeBron James Mastered the Media
"Because players are so inaccessible, NBA writing tends to be irritatingly GM-centric. In Cleveland, according to one person who has covered the team, it was nearly the opposite. James was often more accessible than Koby Altman. Asked whether James likes the media, writer Chris Sheridan said, '"Like' is such a broad word. I think LeBron *understands* the media.' James understands how beat writers can be friends but also compete for scoops. He knows the value of giving a reporter personal attention."
a:Bryan-Curtis  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.06.20  w:2500  LeBron-James  media  from instapaper
22 days ago
The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul
"At Cornell, Jason told me, people Juuled in bathrooms and classrooms, in 'every nook and cranny of this campus.' In the fall, he’d started a group text, with a few friends, to coördinate pod runs. He called the group Juuluminati, and it has since grown to three hundred and twenty-four members. Jason was Juuling while he talked to me, on the third floor of an academic building. 'I know for a fact that there are two or three of my good friends sitting on the first floor of this building eating ham sandwiches and just Juuling away,' he said. Jason believes that the Juul craze is fundamentally ironic. 'It’s young people doing something terrible for them that’s supposed to be healthy,' he said. He compared the infatuation with Juul to the millennial love of the restaurateur and TV host Guy Fieri—'this completely bizarre food personality that people call Daddy now'—and observed that his generation was most flippant when it came to serious things, 'like health, or mortality.' Jason was mildly wary of his new nicotine habit, as most young Juulers are. There’s a whole genre of throwing-away-my-Juul videos on social media, with people tossing their vape into a river or a snowbank as dramatic music plays."
a:Jia-Tolentino★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.05.14  w:6500  smoking  teen  Instagram  health  addiction  from twitter
24 days ago
Mapping Apple’s vast universe of space gray shades
"While subtle variations in material, texture, lighting, and even the shape of a product can play tricks on the eyes, every device Apple currently offers or has produced in space gray can be grouped into one of several loosely defined categories. Below, we’ve cataloged and categorized the vast universe of Apple’s recent dark material finishes in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of space gray."
a:Michael-Steeber  p:9to5Mac  d:2018.04.16  w:2000  color  Apple  manufacturing  iPod  iPhone  iPad  Mac  Apple-Watch  from iphone
26 days ago
Auditioning Not for Broadway, but the Subway
"At the Atlantic Barclays Center station, Rich sings with Nu-Millennium—a four-man a cappella group that sings Street Corner Harmony or Doo-wop genre old favorites. 'We always carry our paperwork with us, this is not a thug business. We contact the transit police and identify the fact that we are authorized to be there,' Rich said. 'The freelancers want to do their thing, but they have to step back when we show up with paperwork. We are respectful of other artists and we don’t crash other people’s programs. This is kind of an unwritten rule of some level of respect but sometimes people are a little bit crude and a little bit thirsty.'"
a:Claire-Bryan  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.06.06  w:1500  music  NYC  public-transit  from twitter
27 days ago
Do Kanye West’s Politics Matter?
"In general, Kanye’s media manipulations are so deliberate and bewildering that I’m reflexively wary of any speculation about his mental health. Granted, I see how a troubled mind, taxed so hard, and for so long, and at such a high level, might have produced such a grotesque and impenetrable fiction in order to fortify itself. Either way, his thinking is disastrous, and his simulation is broken."
a:Rob-Harvilla  a:Justin-Charity  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.04.25  w:2000  Kanye-West  Donald-Trump  mental-illness  from iphone
27 days ago
Which Washington-Area Neighborhoods Will Boom Next?
"DC’s waterfronts show no signs of slowing. The second phase of the Wharf will break ground this year, with an additional 1.2 million square feet of development by 2022. About a mile and a half east, Capitol Riverfront is the District’s fastest-growing neighborhood. Within 20 years, it’s projected to house 32,000 residents and more than 55,000 employees. Smack in between, you’ll find Buzzard Point, where DC United’s new stadium will open later this year and where Akridge intends to build millions of square feet of mixed-use development. If all goes as planned, the result will be a nearly uninterrupted string of housing and entertainment reaching from the Maine Avenue Fish Market in Southwest to the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast."
a:Marisa-M-Kashino  a:Benjamin-Freed  a:Dan-Reed  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2018.04.15  w:2000  list  DC  future  Navy-Yard  development  from instapaper
28 days ago
The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color
"The world lacks a great all-around red. Always has. We’ve made do with alternatives that could be toxic or plain gross. The gladiators smeared their faces with mercury-based vermilion. Titian painted with an arsenic-based mineral called realgar. The British army’s red coats were infused with crushed cochineal beetles. For decades, red Lego bricks contained cadmium, a carcinogen. More than 200 natural and synthetic red pigments exist today, but each has issues with safety, stability, chromaticity, and/or opacity. Red 254, aka Ferrari red, for example, is safe and popular, but it’s also carbon-based, leaving it susceptible to fading in the rain or the heat. 'If we sit out in the sun, it’s not good for us,' says Narayan Khandekar, director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation & Technical Studies and curator of the Forbes Pigment Collection. '“That’s the same for most organic systems.' One red is stable, nontoxic, and everlasting: iron oxide, or red ocher, the ruddy clay found in Paleolithic cave paintings. 'It’s just not bright in the way that people want,' Khandekar says."
a:Zach-Schonbrun  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.04.18  w:3500  color  safety  food  regulation  from twitter
28 days ago
Learn to Dunk
"I gave myself six months to dunk because that was the low end of the 'six to eight months”'prescribed on the website of Brandon Todd, a 5'5" former D-III star who set the same goal for himself in 2005, and then, at age 22, accomplished it. When I first contacted him, Todd perfectly expressed the more shallow reason behind my goal: 'When you can dunk, it means you’re a good athlete. Period. It takes away any subjectiveness'."
a:Michael-McKnight  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2015  w:6000  experiment  basketball  NBA  fitness  from instapaper
28 days ago
The Spy Who Came Home
"The C.I.A.’s fixation on area familiarization has shaped Skinner’s approach to policing. He begins each shift by driving the perimeter of his beat, then working his way inward, sometimes heading the wrong direction down one-way streets to insure that he does not fall into familiar patterns. On slow nights, he parks at the scenes of unsolved robberies that took place weeks earlier and imagines which escape route the thief would have taken, so that next time he can go straight to wherever the thief is headed. In the Third Precinct, many establishments that stay open past midnight are robbed at gunpoint several times a year. 'People thank cops for their service, but they should be thanking McDonald’s workers,' Skinner told me. 'They’re way more likely to have a gun in their face than I am.' He added, 'The only place that doesn’t really get hit is the late-night liquor store. People are thinking, If this place gets shut down, how will we get in drunken fights?'"
a:Ben-Taub  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.05.07  w:9500  law-enforcement  intelligence-gathering  Iraq  terrorism  crime  Afghanistan  guns  violence  race  from instapaper
29 days ago
Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry
"Rental apologies, the obverse of rental scoldings, can be particularly thorny. Ishii outlined some possible scenarios. If you make a mistake at work, and a disgruntled client or customer demands to see your supervisor, you can hire Ishii to impersonate the supervisor. Ishii, identifying himself as a department head, will then apologize. If the apology isn’t accepted, a different actor can be sent to apologize as the division head. If the division head doesn’t get results, Ishii dispatches a remorseful president. These situations can get complicated, because the real department heads and presidents aren’t aware that they have apologized. Sometimes, if an offended party hasn’t actually met the offender, Ishii stands in for the offender, who then pretends to be Ishii’s supervisor. Ishii grovels and trembles on the floor while being yelled at, as the real culprit looks on."
a:Elif-Batuman  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.04.30  w:9500  Japan  family  work  gender  from twitter
29 days ago
Whose Story (and Country) Is This?
"And then there’s the and movements. We’ve heard from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women about assaults, threats, harassment, humiliation, coercion, of campaigns that ended careers, pushed them to the brink of suicide. Many men’s response to this is sympathy for men. The elderly film director Terry Gilliam said in March, 'I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon who is a decent human being. He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!' Matt Damon has not actually been beaten to death. He is one of the most highly-paid actors on earth, which is a significantly different experience than being beaten to death. The actor Chris Evans did much better with this shift, saying recently, 'The hardest thing to reconcile is that just because you have good intentions, doesn’t mean it’s your time to have a voice.'"
a:Rebecca-Solnit  p:Literary-Hub  d:2018.04.18  w:2500  manifesto  race  gender  USA  2016-election  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Abortion Is Not Murder
"But this was never really about babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. I’m going to say that again, because a lot—a lot—of people will tell you that their objection to abortion is all about saving babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. Studies from The Lancet have shown that the abortion rate is higher in countries where the procedure is banned than in countries where it’s allowed."
a:Jennifer-Wright  p:Harper's-Bazaar  d:2018.04.13  w:3500  abortion  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children
"'Rephrase any element that suggests certainty.' That’d be 'will': 'Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play.'
'Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children.' Not all children know their parents, so: 'Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play.'
'Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step.' 'Good' represents a value judgment, so: 'Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them.'"
a:Maxwell-King  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.06.08  w:1000  list  children  language  communication  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
How to Do Laundry
"Laundry can be frustrating, even for a laundry enthusiast. It's time-consuming, unceasing and there is so very much that can go wrong. For many of us, it’s one of those chores we learned to do from our parents, a dormmate, a significant other or whoever else, and then we stop asking questions. But questions are great! Because knowledge is power and can make doing laundry easier and more effective."
a:Jolie-Kerr  p:The-New-York-Times★★  w:4500  reference  clothing  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Can You Really Make Superiority Burgers at Home?
"So, can you make a Superiority Burger at home? The answer is yes. But let me tell you, after attempting it twice (I had all those ingredients!), I have never appreciated a restaurant more. It is amazing! They make these things every single day so people like me can just walk in and buy them. I don’t even have to spend several hours roasting my own tomatoes because they *do that right at the restaurant*."
a:Rachel-Sugar  p:Grub-Street★★  d:2018.06.04  w:1500  cooking  vegetarianism  experiment  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Other Things You Should Let Sink In
"If you had a plant at all, it was a cactus. That’s not even a real plant. Those were the days. Now you have two dogs, all these real plants, and a baby on the way. Aim for a slow, deep watering once or twice a week. Tears don’t count. Tap water is fine. Let that sink in."
a:Kimberly-Harrington  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.12  w:500  satire  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care
"Once I realized I was old enough to die, I decided that I was also old enough not to incur any more suffering, annoyance, or boredom in the pursuit of a longer life. I eat well, meaning I choose foods that taste good and that will stave off hunger for as long as possible, like protein, fiber, and fats. I exercise—not because it will make me live longer but because it feels good when I do. As for medical care: I will seek help for an urgent problem, but I am no longer interested in looking for problems that remain undetectable to me. Ideally, the determination of when one is old enough to die should be a personal decision, based on a judgment of the likely benefits, if any, of medical care and—just as important at a certain age—how we choose to spend the time that remains to us."
a:Barbara-Ehrenreich  p:Literary-Hub  d:2018.04.09  w:3500  medicine  aging  health  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The Hardest Job in the World
"In an ideal system, incoming presidents would have months of orientation to learn the ropes and break their rhetorical addiction. No such school exists for presidents. There is a transition process, but it doesn’t sufficiently prepare a president or his team. Presidential transitions are a bigger undertaking than any private-sector transfer of power. In business, large mergers and acquisitions typically take a year or more and involve hundreds of staffers. Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in December 2015, and it closed in September 2017. A president-elect and his team have two and a half months between victory and inauguration to figure out how to run a $4 trillion government with a civilian workforce of 2 million, to say nothing of the military. The United States federal government is the most complicated conglomerate on the planet."
a:John-Dickerson  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05  w:13500  USA  government  history  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Jimmy-Carter  disaster  JFK  George-H-W-Bush  politics  management  leadership  Harry-Truman  Dwight-D-Eisenhower  FDR  LBJ  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses
"Dougherty runs a rigorous, multi-step version of flight school -- without the flight simulators. There’s no point. It’s impossible to simulate the atmospheric mayhem that remains an airship pilot’s primary opponent. Airships lack the predictable routes and powerful autopilot in much of commercial aviation. As a result, airship training can’t be rushed. You can teach someone to fly a single-engine plane in 10 to 15 hours, AirSign chief executive Patrick Walsh said. But, as 63-year-old chief pilot Terry Dillard said, it takes 250 to 400 hours before an airship pilot can go solo -- even if the FAA requires only 50 hours of experience before your official examination. 'Nobody’s going to give you their blimp after you get 50 hours,' Dillard said. 'You know enough to get yourself in trouble, but not enough to get yourself out.'"
a:Andrew-Van-Dam  p:The-Washington-Post/Wonkblog★  d:2018.06.09  w:1000  aviation  from instapaper
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
5 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
6 weeks 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
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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
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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
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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
6 weeks 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
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