Richard Jefferson's final notes in Cleveland among his sweetest
"Do I feel bad for him? Have you seen his house in L.A., in Manhattan Beach? He's living good. He's doing OK. He's not dying. Shit, he's just not on this team. We have a really good team, and this team has to do not what's best for Channing's best friend to be here or for Richard to be here, they have to do what's best for Cleveland."
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.10.14  w:1500  Cavs  from instapaper
The real fix for gerrymandering is proportional representation
"Sometimes you can make this all work together, but oftentimes you can’t. Creating majority-minority districts to ensure racial representation can look a lot like 'packing' Democratic voters into lopsided seats. Aiming at fair fights sounds nice but will end up violating communities of interest. Aiming for partisan fairness will necessarily involve some odd squiggles, since neighborhood-level partisanship can be very disparate. So I asked this scholar: 'What about proportional representation?' She said that when she teaches redistricting law, she does proportional representation last because it solves all the problems and the point of the class is for the students to work through the different complexities and legal doctrines governing the American system. That seems smart as a pedagogical approach, but as an agenda for political reform, solving all the problems is a good idea."
a:Matthew-Yglesias★★  p:Vox★★  d:2017.10.11  w:1500  voting  geography  law  from twitter
2 days ago
State Borders
"If we're going to have a panhandle, why not commit to it?"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.10  comic  map  geography  USA  graphic-design  from twitter
4 days ago
The Problem With 'Containing' Donald Trump
"Thank you and congratulations to those officials struggling to protect American security, the Western alliance, and world peace against Donald Trump. But the constitutional order is becoming the casualty of these struggles. The Constitution provides a way to remedy an unfit presidency: the removal process under the 25th amendment. Regencies and palace coups are not constitutional. I dare say many readers would prefer a Mattis presidency to a Trump presidency. But to stealthily endow Secretary Mattis with the powers of the presidency as a work-around of Trump’s abuse of them? That’s a crisis, too, and one sinister for the future. What if Trump is succeeded by a Bernie Sanders-type whom the military and intelligence agencies distrust as much as they distrust Trump: Will they continue the habits they acquired in the Trump years?"
a:David-Frum  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.10.09  w:1000  government  Donald-Trump  future  from twitter
7 days ago
The Rules of the Gun Control Debate
"There are subtle, sophisticated, and nuanced approaches to the gun problem that balance the rights of gun owners against the imperatives of gun safety. They may well even make some difference at the margin. But they are unlikely to make any significant difference. Americans debate these approaches not because they are likely to be effective, but because the methods that will work—that have worked in every other advanced society—are here politically taboo."
a:David-Frum  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.10.06  w:2500  guns  from twitter
7 days ago
Elevator etiquette in Japan
"1. If you are the first to enter an empty elevator, you are the new elevator captain."
a:Alastair-Tse  p:Japan.init()  d:2017.09.30  list  etiquette  Japan  from instapaper
7 days ago
The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment
"Oh shoot! She’s pretty! In the face, even. What to do?? I mean, you know it’d be inappropriate to treat the coffee meeting as a date, since her clearly stated intentions were professional. But on the other hand, she’s blonde, and so was your last girlfriend! This is so confusing! What a minefield you are in."
a:Anne-Victoria-Clark  p:Anne-Victoria-Clark  d:2017.10.09  w:1000  instructional  gender  work  from twitter
7 days ago
Gary Harris and the hazards of NBA restricted free agency
"If this was a bargain for Denver, the question becomes: Why did Harris do it instead of waiting for the opportunity to hunt for a bigger deal as a free agent next summer? Perhaps Harris couldn’t say no to generational wealth as it sat on the table in front of him. But the threat of restricted free agency also likely had a major role. While the NBA has sought to make restricted free agency slightly less onerous for chasing teams to make an offer, it’s still a bad bet. Teams have to convince players to sign offer sheets, often shaping those deals in obnoxious ways to convince the incumbent team not to match. Then their cap space is tied up for three days while the incumbent team makes a decision. For a team to make a second-tier star like Porter or Harris a big offer, the player has to be really good and the chasing team has to have little to lose."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.10.09  w:1000  NBA  contracts  from instapaper
7 days ago
Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’
"Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like 'a reality show', with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation 'on the path to World War III'. In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts 'like he’s doing "The Apprentice" or something'. 'He concerns me,' Mr. Corker added. 'He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.'"
a:Jonathan-Martin  a:Mark-Landler  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.10.08  w:1500  Donald-Trump  Twitter  from iphone
8 days ago
In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'
"Part of what makes these plans so interesting is thinking through this idea of what you're going to save for America. If you're trying to preserve and restart the government after an attack, it becomes this very existential question about what is America? Are you trying to preserve the presidency? Are you preserving the three branches of government? Or are you preserving even the historical totems that have bound us together across generations as Americans?"
a:Terry-Gross  a:Garrett-Graff  p:NPR/Fresh-Air  d:2017.06.21  w:2000  government  disaster  planning  nuclear-weapons  USA  Cold-War  from instapaper
9 days ago
How do you cut a monolith in half?
"Although you want to keep queues empty between components, it is convenient to have a buffer at the edges of your system, to hide some failures from external clients. When you handle external faults at the edges, you free the insides from handling them. The inside of your system can focus on handling internal problems, of which there are many."
a:Thomas-Edward-Figg  p:Programming-Is-Terrible  d:2017.06.28  w:3000  software-design  from instapaper
9 days ago
Curing My Flight Anxiety, One Book Tour at a Time
"I had been in town for an appearance. There was average attendance at the event; I had collected my check. Later, I had one of the hosts drop me off not at my hotel but an old lover’s house in the city. I’m sure she thought I was being sketchy. I wasn’t explaining the whole story. An old friend, I said. We were having dinner. But I took my luggage with me. She kept offering to buy me dinner, this nudgy, but kind woman. I didn’t feel like explaining anything. She was a stranger. It was my personal life. These are not extraordinary circumstances, necessarily, although they are specific ones. You may not have to stand in front of an audience talking about a book you wrote, but you might have had to make a sales presentation to a regional office. You may not have a prying local escort, but you might have, say, a mother, or a friend, who doesn’t know when to drop it. And at some point in your life I bet you’ve made choices that other people might find questionable, even if you didn’t question them one bit."
a:Jami-Attenberg  p:Longreads★★  d:2017.06.07  w:2000  aviation  travel  from instapaper
9 days ago
When Men Workshop Their Dick Pics
"'So here’s my question,' I asked. 'Why the need to get an objective rating of your dick from a third party who you’re not interested in sexually, with no hope of reciprocation?' 'If I sent it to a lady it’s often part of more reciprocal sexting,' he explained. 'Noah is an impartial observer. It’s like if he was going to the Westminster Dick Show.'"
a:EJ-Dickson  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2017.09.22  w:1500  text-messaging  gay  sex  from twitter
9 days ago
How Moscow's Spies Keep Duping America—Over and Over Again
"The Bush administration came in with fresh eyes, and the same slightly egotistical presumption that they could do it better than the last guy. Bush officials saw an opportunity when Putin was among the first to reach out after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington to offer help against the Taliban who were hosting al-Qaeda. 'In a very American way, a lot of people who did not deal with the Russians day-to-day just assumed they would be natural allies,' said former CIA officer Sipher of the days just after the attacks. 'Those of us who had been working on Russia for years and years had become pretty jaded because the Russians are sort of a police state… writ large."
a:Kimberly-Dozier  p:The-Daily-Beast★  d:2017.06.25  w:2500  intelligence-gathering  Russia  trust  9/11  from instapaper
9 days ago
Stillwater Artisanal’s Modern Confusion
"There are rarely, if ever, test batches. In most cases, the first run of a beer is 100 barrels or more. Needless to say, the stakes are high. 'If you fuck up, it’s expensive,' Strumke says. 'If you’re trying to get experimental on a five-barrel system, and shit doesn’t work out, and you gotta dump it, it’s not the end of the world. If we brew 200 barrels of beer and it doesn’t work out, there’s two scenarios. One, it goes out, and it’s detrimental to the brand because I released a turd. Or, two, we have to eat a big sum of money because there was a lot of it, and it’s all going down the drain.' 'Traditional brewers always bag on gypsy brewers, but it’s hard in a different way,' adds Van Hall. 'Some guys still have a chip on their shoulders about Brian. I understood it once, but not anymore. There’s a whole other level of difficulty. I mean, how many systems can you brew on?'"
a:Philip-Runco★★  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2017.08.07  w:10000  beer  graphic-design  music  branding  from instapaper
9 days ago
Charlotte Sumtimes, the Mom Who Bails You Out of Jail
"So how did your first show go?"
"I don’t remember! I walked on stage and I left my body and Charlotte took over. The moment I walked off stage I was asked to join a burlesque troupe. Now, I would not suggest this route for people wanting to perform burlesque."
a:Suzanne-Yeagley★  a:Charlotte-Sumtimes  d:2017.09.28  w:1000  interview  from twitter
10 days ago
What’s included in Northern Virginia anyway? I created a survey to find out.
"There will continue to be disagreements over what defines the exact borders of Northern Virginia. If we were to extrapolate our findings, we could say that over 100,000 people in the area would include Fredericksburg while another 100,000 would leave out Springfield (and 10,000 would do both, apparently). However, there is still a fairly reasonabe compromise to be found and hopefully we can all agree on it and never have to deal with this argument ever again."
a:Harry-White  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.29  w:1000  naming  geography  DC  from twitter
10 days ago
Premature Evaluation: Beck Colors
"Kanye West is wrong a lot, but he was right about this. Back in 2015, Beck took home an Album Of The Year Grammy for the thoroughly OK pastoral lifestyle-folk album Morning Phase, and Kanye pretended that he was going to storm the stage before laughing and waving it off. But after the show was over, West said that he really wasn’t kidding at all: 'Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.' It was nothing new to see the Grammys honoring a perfectly pleasant work over a moment-defining one, and lord knows Beck has made a lot of great music over the past few decades and deserves some sort of grand recognition. But follow-through matters. After Beyoncé lost the Album Of The Year Grammy for her self-titled album, she went on to make Lemonade, an even-more-devastating interrogation of race and gender and relationships and public image, which then went on to lose Album Of The Year to Adele. Beck, on the other hand, won Album Of The Year, and he went on to make some bullshit."
a:Tom-Breihan★★  p:Stereogum  d:2017.10.06  w:1000  music  from twitter
10 days ago
The case for preserving — and improving — brutalist architecture
"For any significant building in any style, the period between its 30th and 60th birthdays is awkward. By 30, it has been around too long to seem new or edgy. Its style has probably fallen out of fashion, and most likely it needs repairs. But it’s not yet old enough to be distinguished — to seem properly historical. What do you do with a building that is tired but not venerated? 'There’s this kind of weird valley in which people either love or hate the buildings. I definitely feel like brutalism is in exactly that zone,' says Kubo. He compares its predicament to that of Victorian architecture in the early 20th century, when that style was mocked. And it’s hard to imagine Washington without the Old Post Office or the National Building Museum — but both were once regarded with embarrassment, and the Old Post Office was nearly demolished in the 1970s."
a:Amanda-Kolson-Hurley  p:The-Washington-Post/Magazine  d:2017.05.25  w:2000  architecture  Washington-Metro  history  DC  from instapaper
11 days ago
Who Will Win This Year’s NBA Hipster Team Championship Belt?
"The Golden State Warriors tilted the balance of relevance dramatically toward the Western Conference and toward veterans. All roads lead to the Bay, and time is on their side. Stephen Curry will turn 30 this season; Kevin Durant just turned 29; Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are 27. Barring injury, catastrophic mismanagement, or some unforeseen combination of both, the Dubs could be the favorites to win the title for the next three to five years. For star-level players age 27 or above, that means your best shot at winning a championship might come from teaming up. Thus we have Chris Paul in Houston with James Harden; Paul George and Hoodie Melo in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook; half the Banana Boat in Cleveland; and Gordon Hayward alongside flat-earth-shitposter Kyrie Irving in Boston with Al Horford."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.10.03  w:2500  list  NBA  hipsters  from instapaper
13 days ago
The 2017-18 NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 2
"Denver is a few splashes of powder blue from the top eight. Powder blue is awesome! Everyone loves it! The Nuggets have shoved it to the fringes of their art -- the new jerseys, and their newish court, with those shaded pickaxes and the ham-handed reminder painted along the sideline that Denver (allegedly) gets 300 days of sunshine. Shame on you, Nuggets. Shame!"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.10.03  w:4000  list  NBA  graphic-design  from instapaper
13 days ago
The 2017-18 NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 1
"They play the Right Way, and when they don't, Budenholzer makes the saddest agonized coach face outside of Detroit. On a random winter Tuesday of dull games, Atlanta's Spurs East verve lifts you up -- and rekindles memories of that magical 2014-15 team that won 60 games. (Budenholzer is also master of the drawn-out cross-court waves coaches have turned into a bizarro postgame ritual.)"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.10.02  w:5500  list  NBA  graphic-design  from instapaper
14 days ago
Gorilla Sales Skyrocket After Latest Gorilla Attack
"'After seeing yet another deranged gorilla just burst into a public place and start killing people, I decided I need to make sure something like that never happens to me,' said 34-year-old Atlanta resident Nick Keller, shortly after purchasing a 350-pound mountain gorilla from his local gorilla store. 'It just gives me peace of mind knowing that if I’m ever in that situation, I won’t have to just watch helplessly as my torso is ripped in half and my face is chewed off. I’ll be able to use my gorilla to defend myself.'"
p:The-Onion★★  d:2013.01  w:1000  satire  guns  USA  animals  from iphone
15 days ago
Dwyane Wade opens up on Cavs signing, LeBron reunion
"Combine those with the $8 million he sacrificed in his buyout from Chicago and Wade estimates he has left $30 million on the table during his 15-year NBA career. 'I kept playing basketball until I decided to walk away from it, but [it's] costing me money,' said Wade, 35. 'I got way more money than I ever thought I'd have, so I'm OK.' And he's happy to be reunited with James. 'Every time we walk by each other in the locker room and everywhere, we just look at each other and shake our head because it just don't seem real,' Wade said. 'It's like, "How did this happen? How did we get here?" We just start laughing every time we walk by each other.'"
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.30  w:1000  Cavs  LeBron-James  Dwyane-Wade  from instapaper
17 days ago
'Welcome to Fear City' – the inside story of New York's civil war, 40 years on
"New York’s fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s is surely one of the weirdest moments in the history of the city – indeed, of the United States. It was a time when the wholesale disintegration of the largest city in the most powerful nation on earth seemed entirely possible. A time when the American president, Gerald Ford – egged on by his young chief of staff, one Donald Rumsfeld – sought not to succour New York but to deliberately shame and humble it, and perhaps even replace it as the world’s leading financial centre. It’s difficult to convey just how precarious, and paranoid, life in New York felt around that time. Signs everywhere warned you to mind your valuables, and to keep neck chains or other jewellery tucked away while on the subway. You became alert to where anyone else might be in relation to you, augmented by quick looks over your shoulder that came to seem entirely natural."
a:Kevin-Baker  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2015.05.18  w:5000  NYC  crime  safety  from instapaper
17 days ago
'We Thought We Would Be Ruled By Robots'
"Perhaps by better understanding the urban crow, the better we can understand our urban selves. We know, for example, that most urban crows aren't born in cities, they come from big families in the suburbs and flee the nest in their youth looking for the riches city living can provide."
a:Ariel-Aberg-Riger  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2017.08.07  animals  cities  from iphone
17 days ago
Dirt Candy - FAQ
"Trust me, I want my tables full every second of every night, but seating reservations is playing Tetris with tables and sometimes a few of them sit empty for the greater good."
a:Amanda-Cohen  p:Dirt-Candy  w:500  restaurants  from iphone
18 days ago
‘Without Them You Could Buy Anything,’ Whispers Amazon Echo As Man Stares Blankly At Family
"They’re holding you back—think about what you could purchase for yourself if only they weren’t around,' murmured the Echo as the man’s unblinking gaze traveled slowly from his wife to his two young children. 'Imagine if they weren’t always spending all your money on clothes and toys and movies. Close your eyes and imagine it.'"
p:The-Onion★★  d:2017.09.28  satire  family  Amazon  from iphone
19 days ago
Bold Strategy: Reese’s Puffs Is Doxxing Anyone Who Eats Competitor Cereals On The Back Of Its Boxes
"'When you buy a cereal that is not peanut butter-chocolate flavored, you are making a conscious choice to stand against our brand,' said head of marketing at General Mills, Bruce Lawrence. 'We’re starting a registry of non-Reese’s Puffs customers to hold people accountable for the products they buy. No one wants those dissenters to get hurt, but if our most loyal customers choose to seek revenge against them, we can’t stop them.'"
p:ClickHole★★★  d:2017.09.26  w:500  satire  food  hacking  from twitter
20 days ago
"please let me win the spelling bee"
"please let me win the spelling bee"
a:Nicholas-Gurewitch  p:The-Perry-Bible-Fellowship  comic  religion  children  from iphone
20 days ago
Our Open-Plan Office Failed, So We’re Moving to a Towering Panopticon
"Why are the rooms called 'Cells'?
They are named after the smallest structural unit of the organism. Cells are where life happens!
Won’t this new environment still be visually distracting, since I can see everyone working?
We will reduce visual clutter by eliminating unnecessary personal items and regular clothes."
a:Alex-Baia  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.09.27  w:1000  satire  work  from twitter
21 days ago
Meditations for Major American Cities
"Find a place that is warm and comfortable
Probably in your car
Just find your car"
a:Kate-Villa  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.09.18  w:1000  satire  cities  Los-Angeles  San-Francisco  Chicago  Seattle  DC  NYC  from twitter
21 days ago
Crushed Ice Is the Easiest Way to Ruin a Glass of Anything
"In addition to the scientific and mathematic inferiority, crushed ice’s greatest flaw is that you always end up eating it. A glass of water turns into a never-ending assault on your teeth as a million icy pebbles shatter inside your mouth. A mint julep becomes a whiskey slushie. An iced coffee is an under-flavored snow cone. There’s no avoiding the fact that you need to eat your drink, which, to me, is absolutely absurd."
a:Alex-Delany  p:Bon-Appetit  d:2017.09.26  w:500  instructional  alcohol  from instapaper
22 days ago
Why President Trump ignites Gregg Popovich
"Those who've observed Popovich's management style closely reveal a professorial spirit who sees coaching as a craft that extends far beyond the court. As if he's constructing a syllabus, Popovich spends considerable time each summer and throughout the season mulling potential themes to present, connecting them not only to what's going on in the world, but finding the Spurs-specific thread. 'The conversations he brings to our team and his desire to get our team to think of more than themselves is well-thought-out,' longtime Spurs general manager R.C. Buford says. 'The way he teaches values and the way he understands respect -- it's just something you take in,' Mills says. To succeed, by this creed, an organization like the Spurs needs not just to tolerate diversity, but to elevate it. In Popovich's eyes, this makes the San Antonio Spurs a hallowed place and an entity to be protected. 'Pop represents the most multicultural team in the most multicultural league and it goes even deeper than that,' says Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, a Spurs alum. 'It's a point of pride.'"
a:Kevin-Arnovitz★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.25  w:3000  Gregg-Popovich  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
22 days ago
Four Helpful Bible Verses for United States Senators to Tweet During National Tragedies
"This one says, 'I care about poor people', and can be used for a clever ruse when you totally don’t care about poor people."
a:Nora-Walls  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.09.26  w:500  satire  religion  politics  from iphone
22 days ago
Stephen Curry deserved more from the NBA
"Silver, who expertly handled the Donald Sterling debacle in his earliest days in charge of the NBA, might as well have sat out on Saturday. His three sentences do three things:
- Reiterate his now-dashed hope that the Warriors would visit the White House
- Express disappointment they won’t
- Offer platitudes about players using their political voices"
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.24  w:1000  politics  NBA  Steph-Curry  LeBron-James  Donald-Trump  from iphone
23 days ago
Terrorists talking points
"Regardless of whether there is a Werther Effect on jihobbiest turned loon wolf attacks ('suicide by jihad'), it is clear that the attacks exist only as part of a media strategy. By aggrandising the lame cars and cutlery attacks, the media cheapens the cost of a terrorist propaganda of the deed event to something that someone, anyone, even with only civilian skills, can accomplish. That allows the groups to spread their message using untrained operatives, who are significantly more difficult to interdict because they are compartmented, they have no incriminating evidence until just before their turn and burn attack, and they are civilians until the moment their car leaps over the curb to start plowing into pedestrians."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:the-Grugq★★  d:2017.09.14  w:1000  terrorism  media  from instapaper
24 days ago
Unlocking Braden's Potential
"A history of managerial lapses:
- 'Here comes the airplaine'
- But in fact, no airplane
- Spoon
- Braden and shareholders deserve candor"
a:Zoe-Piel  p:Zoe-Piel  d:2017  satire  children  finance  from twitter
26 days ago
Three Ways to Address the NBA’s Pacers Problem
"Unfortunately, Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard, who filled Bird’s position as the team’s chief decision-maker in April, has taken his new job a little too seriously. Trading George for Oladipo and Sabonis was a brilliant tanking move. But instead of signing any bum off the street with a jump shot to round out the roster, Pritchard brought in Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and Bojan Bogdanovic, all of whom should help the Pacers win a handful of games this season that they otherwise wouldn’t have. In other words, although the Pacers are blowing an obvious chance to acquire the potential superstar they’ve never had, the good news is that the team’s streak of consecutive 30-win seasons might stay alive! LET’S GO PACERS!!!"
a:Mark-Titus  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.20  w:2500  basketball  from instapaper
26 days ago
Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Nos. 10-1
"An offense could hardly be in better hands. Paul is the sort of basketball thinker who can keep tabs on the game’s many layers at once: what’s working and what isn’t, why that’s the case, and how the outcome is influencing the players around him. He seems to know just when a teammate needs a touch and just when an opponent is starting to lose focus. His is a mind at work. There’s always some calculation running in the background with Paul, and the result is an attack run alarmingly close to technical perfection. Thinking the game like Paul does opens it up to angles of attack most players are blind to."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.14  w:5500  basketball 
27 days ago
Top 100 NBA players of 2018: Nos. 50-31
"The longer Anthony has rotted away in New York’s black hole, the trickier it has gotten to gauge his value in a vacuum. His ideal situation would look almost exactly like the opposite of the 2016-17 Knicks: He would have a pass-first point guard who knew how to set him up; a proven and healthy center to cover for him defensively; a veteran roster that was ready to compete now; a coach who could manage his ego and personality, get him to his sweet spots, and wasn’t beholden to an anachronistic offense; a GM who didn’t take shot after shot at him in the media while trying and failing to trade him; and an owner who treated his fellow human beings with decency and respect. Under those conditions, it’s possible to picture a happy and engaged Anthony, even at age 33, pumping in 24 points a night and leading a halfway-decent team to the East playoffs."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.12  w:5500  basketball 
27 days ago
Top 100 NBA players of 2018: Nos. 100-51
"Sizing up Teague feels an awful lot like hearing an urban legend. He has made an All-Star team and appeared in the playoffs for eight straight years, and yet the most memorable moment of his career might have been when he was spotted clutching a pizza box all by himself after being left behind by the team bus. He shared his only career Player of the Month award with four other people. He was traded for a mediocre first-round draft pick while on a below-market contract just one year after guiding a 60-win team. He was so thoroughly unassuming in Indiana last season that even the Pacers’ official website took care to note his silent and emotionless demeanor."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.12  w:10500  basketball  from iphone
27 days ago
Hunting Man
"Is this the one where they battle to see who's best at noodles?"
"I know the one you're talking about, but this is a different show about cooking the best noodles."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.09.15  comic  television  from iphone
27 days ago
We have the fix for NBA tanking (and it isn't the lottery)
"Tweaking the lottery can help convince teams to try only so much given the importance of the draft. Let profit sharing do most of the work to achieve competitive balance by forcing teams to fight hard every year in order to maximize profits. The NBA has the power to fix tanking, and revenue sharing is the mechanism."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.21  w:1000  basketball  incentives  from iphone
27 days ago
Here Is How We Would Make the NBA Even Greater
"Hoodie Melo was one of the great viral story lines of the summer. The NBA should build on that robust, organic branding by letting its players—the most marketable athletes in America—showcase their individual styles and play in street clothes for one game out of the year. Melo in his hoodie. Jimmy Butler shirtless in ripped jeans. J.J. Redick in a suit while wearing a Rolex. The possibilities are endless. Let’s do this."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  a:Jackson-Safon  a:Isaac-Lee  a:Katie-Baker  a:Jonathan-Tjarks  a:Juliet-Litman  a:Kate-Knibbs  a:Justin-Verrier  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Matt-James  a:Danny-Chau  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.19  w:2000  list  basketball  incentives  from instapaper
27 days ago
Interview: Apple’s Craig Federighi answers some burning questions about Face ID
"Apple’s Face ID processes mirror very closely those they developed for Touch ID. And, even though there are caveats, those have largely stood up to probing from security researchers and nation states alike. It’s important to ask the questions and listen carefully to the answers. But so far, the answers seem fairly plain."
a:Matthew-Panzarino  p:TechCrunch  d:2017.09.15  w:2500  iPhone  Face-ID  Touch-ID  security  privacy  from instapaper
28 days ago
"Anyway, I couldn't *believe* it when I saw that news."
"That's because the article you read was false, and here is the evidence that it's false."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.09.13  comic  news  from iphone
29 days ago
Same but Different
"The workers scurried around the edges of the container with inexhaustible energy, gathering food and garbage. The gamergates, in contrast, moved lazily above their brood in the center of the container. The workers worked. The gamergates lounged—waking late, moving little. When a worker approached a gamergate, the dominant ant Tasered it with her antennae, warning the worker to keep off her royal territory. The worker retreated, its antennae lowered. 'The remarkable thing about workers and gamergates,' Yan told me, 'is that they are almost genetically identical.' The gene sequence before and after the transition is the same. Yet, as DNA methyl groups or histone modifications get shifted around those gene sequences, the worker transforms into a gamergate, and virtually everything about the insect’s physiology and behavior changes. 'We’re going to solve how the change can have such a dramatic effect on longevity,' Reinberg said. 'It’s like one twin that lives three times longer than the other'—all by virtue of a change in epigenetic information."
a:Siddhartha-Mukherjee  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2016.05.02  w:6000  biology  genetics  family  animals  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Facebook’s Heading Toward a Bruising Run-In With the Russia Probe
"Facebook is so accustomed to treating its ‘internal policies’ as though they were something like laws that they appear to have a sort of blind spot that prevents them from seeing how ridiculous their resistance sounds. To use the cliche, it feels like a real shark jumping moment. As someone recently observed, Facebook’s ‘internal policies’ are crafted to create the appearance of civic concerns for privacy, free speech, and other similar concerns. But they’re actually just a business model."
a:Josh-Marshall  p:Talking-Points-Memo  d:2017.09.13  w:1000  Facebook  policy  2016-election  Russia  from twitter
4 weeks ago
The Indians' win streak is longer than their call-ups' careers
"In Akron or Lake County or Lynchburg, Allen never saw anything like that, much less got to be in the middle of it. After the game, manager Tito Francona mentioned him by name in his news conference, saying how these experiences are invaluable for him, to really understand what an important game feels like."
a:Wright-Thompson  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.15  w:1000  Indians  baseball  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
LeBron James is still the undefeated champ of #NBArank
"When he was younger, James was otherworldly from the start of the regular season to the finish. Over the past few seasons, the path has been gradual. The data shows what the eye test does, effectively: Over the past few years, James often conserves energy early in the season and then hits the gas late. This plan has merit. James had maybe the greatest NBA Finals of his career in 2016, his fresh legs in the last three games of that seven-game saga perhaps helping him assemble what might go down as his career masterpiece."
a:Brian-Windhorst★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.15  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  statistical-analysis  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Remember Kevin Love? LeBron and the Cavs need him more than ever
"It sometimes seems remarkable Love has survived this long in Cleveland, and that he outlasted Irving. Love sulked during much of the 2015-16 season. He absorbed LeBron's passive-aggressive tweets, the dirty looks after botched rotations on defense. It would not have been surprising had the Cavs lost him sometime in the winter of 2016. They reeled him back in. When Lue took over for David Blatt in January of that season, his very first meeting was with Love, Lue said. That March, during a dispiriting road trip when it appeared the Cavaliers were on the verge of coming apart, Lue profanely commanded Love reassert himself. Channing Frye lightened the mood after the Cavs rescued him from Orlando that February by pointing out how absurd it was for a championship contender to be so angsty. Frye and Richard Jefferson famously smothered Love, barging into his house for dinner, discovering Lil' Kev, re-engaging him with the team."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.14  w:2000  Cavs  Kevin-Love  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Oranges, lemons and forex
"This might be the right thing to do— regulators tend to like to work on the assumption of markets in which everyone has exactly the same information set. But it’s a debate that has never really taken place in public — as far as I know nobody’s ever made a general statement that this longstanding practice is now illegal. So it’s not surprising that we are now getting this series of scandals. The use of a position of privileged information to make money used to be the definition of what it meant to be a trader. At some point in the future, it is going to be the definition of what it means to be a criminal. And right now, we’re in the grey area where the boundaries of what constitutes the use of privileged information are being defined."
a:Dan-Davies  p:Bull-Market  d:2014.11.13  w:3000  finance  regulation  from twitter
5 weeks ago
A hidden height limit holds back affordable mid-rise construction in DC
"For many areas in DC, land is expensive enough to fall into a Twilight Zone. These areas are expensive enough to require high-rise densities, but the local rents are too cheap to justify high rises’ high per-foot construction prices. In areas that are in-between, a lot of landowners are biding their time, waiting until the moment when land prices will justify a 90-foot high-rise — a situation which explains many of the vacant lots in what might seem like prime locations."
a:Payton-Chung  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2014.03.18  w:1500  housing  regulation  DC  development  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
xkcd Phone 6
"We didn’t start this nonconsecutive version number war, but we will not lose it."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  satire  iPhone  naming 
5 weeks ago
Still in Use
"You know, I'll just leave the towel there and try again tomorrow."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  user-interface 
5 weeks ago
ISIS Remote Control Agent OPSEC
"Essentially they established the minimum operational security necessary to safely make a purchase from a darknet market. A couple of XMPP+OTR clients, a proprietary (but free!) encrypted email account and TAILS. The security provided by TAILS not leaving forensic artefacts on the laptop (data at rest) is somewhat irrelevant as the principle vulnerability is the chat traffic (data in motion.) ISIS bros and their misguided digital security procedures, love it."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:The-Great-Whatsit★  d:2017.08.09  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Laurel & Jihadi
"There are more time waster volunteers than actual terrorist attackers. There are plenty of people who will flirt with the idea of romanticised violence, but not that many will actually go through with it. Stick in there and keep trying, eventually you’ll get lucky and some sucker will sacrifice themselves for a few column inches glorifying ISIS’ terrifying remote control capabilities which are in no way totally inferior to trained terrorist operatives."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:the-Grugq★★  d:2017.09.04  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The NBA's DNP-Rest solutions were specifically made for LeBron James and the Warriors
"Since the competition committee is also taking on tanking, there is a perception that the rest rules would matter there, too. That hardly seems likely. With the exception of the Knicks and Lakers, the worst teams in the NBA are rarely on national TV. If a player like Eric Bledsoe is ruled out for weeks to improve the team’s chances of losing, a team like Phoenix will simply make up an injury and trust the NBA won’t investigate. The rest rules aren’t about Bledsoe, Carmelo Anthony, or the Brooklyn Nets bizarrely resting everyone in the season finale despite no benefit whatsoever. The rest rules are about two entities that the NBA can’t do without on national TV: the Warriors and LeBron James."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.11  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  television  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
"What causes a regulatory incident? Bad behavior on the part of the bank? No. Banks screw up all the time; the screwups are literally forecast and budgeted for. Do regulators cause regulatory incidents? Generally no; they’re understaffed and underfunded, and they don’t go on fishing expeditions. The thing which causes regulatory incidents is well-organized people taking paper trails to regulators which allow a regulator to trivially follow up with an investigatory letter. Accordingly, anyone who sounds like a well-organized professional with a paper trail is a problem to be swiftly addressed. That, dear reader, can be you."
a:Patrick-McKenzie★★  p:Kalzumeus-Software★★  d:2017.09.09  w:5500  instructional  law  personal-finance  customer-service  regulation  from twitter
5 weeks ago
We spent 31 years fighting for the Purple Line. Here’s what we learned.
"It's almost always a waste of time to try to convince the active opponents of a controversial project like the Purple Line. They are not deluded; they have reasons for their opposition, even if their real motives aren't the same arguments offered in public. Debating on their terms lets them define the issues. The strategic objective of Purple Line advocacy was always to mobilize supporters and convince the undecided. The main emphasis was always a positive message about the project's many benefits. At the same time, advocates realized it was more important to expose the opponents' false pose as grassroots environmentalists rather than to make point-by-point rebuttals of their arguments."
a:Ben-Ross  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:500  public-transit  DC  strategy  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why did Houston flood? The answer is more complicated than it seems
"You can argue that the entire city of Houston should not be where it is, or that it shouldn't be 'allowed' to grow. That argument is unrealistic at best, and elitist/fascist at worst. We don't 'build' resilient cities out of magical nowhere. The work is to build them out of the cities we have, many of which are in riparian areas, dating to the days when 'surface transportation' meant a boat."
a:Joanne-Tang  a:Tracy-Loh  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1500  cities  history  disaster  development  future  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Less Borrowing than Hoarding
"For all that trouble, couldn't you have just *bought* your *own copy* of the book?"
"Well I don't want to *own* it"
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.09.05  comic  satire  books  from iphone
5 weeks ago
The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution
"To get the satellites into optimal position, Planet uses a technique called differential drag, in which the solar panels act like sails pushing against the trace of atmosphere available to slow a chosen Dove down with respect to the others. Turned forward, the panels produce seven times as much resistance as when they’re horizontal. The concept had been largely theoretical until Planet proved it could be done for an array of satellites. When the Doves have been launched into a sun-synchronous orbit (one crossing the equator at the same local time every day), algorithms adjust their panels to guide them into position, spacing them out evenly. Getting all 88 of the Indian-launched satellites to fan out properly took a few months. As this story goes to press, they’re coming into perfect position."
a:Ashlee-Vance  p:Bloomberg-Business★★  d:2017.06.29  w:5500  space  surveillance  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Against Signal-Boosting As Doxxing
"I agree this is weird. It’s bizarre that so many people trust to security by obscurity, when anybody with an axe to grind can destroy their obscurity and reveal them to the world. It’s bizarre that we treat Twitter as a private place, when literally everything that happens there is visible to every human being on Earth. It’s bizarre that we trust to these fragile online identities when any hacker can cut through them, bizarre that we wear such different masks to different friends when they could just talk and compare notes, bizarre that we dare to talk at all when we know every word we say is logged and the future may be less forgiving than the past. But don’t let the fact that it’s bizarre make you think it isn’t important. How many of us can say, honestly, that we could bear the Panopticon? If every valley were raised up and every mountain pulled down, so there was nowhere to hide, and we were rendered naked to any eye anywhere in the world, how long could we endure?"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.07.29  w:1500  social-media  Twitter  privacy  society  from twitter
5 weeks ago
How to Obfuscate
"Disappearance specialists have much to teach would-be obfuscators. Many of these specialists are private detectives or 'skip tracers'—professionals in the business of finding fugitives and debtors—who reverse engineer their own process to help their clients stay lost. In response to the proliferation of social networking and online presence, disappearance specialists advocate a strategy of disinformation, a variety of obfuscation. 'Bogus individuals,' to quote the disappearance consultant Frank Ahearn, can be produced in number and detail that will 'bury' pre-existing personal information that might crop up in a list of Web search results. This entails creating a few dozen fictitious people with the same name and the same basic characteristics, some of them with personal websites, some with accounts on social networks, and all of them intermittently active. For clients fleeing stalkers or abusive spouses, Ahearn recommends simultaneously producing numerous false leads that an investigator would be likely to follow—for example, a credit check for a lease on an apartment in one city (a lease that was never actually signed) and applications for utilities, employment addresses, and phone numbers scattered across the country or the world, and a checking account, holding a fixed sum, with a debit card given to someone traveling to pay for expenses incurred in remote locations. Strategies suggested by disappearance specialists are based on known details about the adversary: The goal is not to make someone 'vanish completely', but to put one far enough out of sight for practical purposes and thus to use up the seeker’s budget and resources."
a:Finn-Brunton  a:Helen-Nissenbaum  p:Nautilus★  d:2017.06.29  w:4000  instructional  social-media  privacy  search  Twitter  surveillance  data-mining  Facebook  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking
"Once a jailbreak crusader, it's gotten to the point where Freeman no longer recommends that people jailbreak their phones. It's dangerous, due to the higher risk of getting hacked, and it's not even worth it anymore, he says in a recent phone call. 'What do you get in the end?' he asks. 'It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification. That turns into, like, a death spiral, where when you get fewer people bothering to jailbreak you get fewer developers targeting interesting things, which means there's less reasons for people to jailbreak,' he added. 'Which means there's fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die.'"
a:Lorenzo-Franceschi-Bicchierai  a:Brian-Merchant  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.28  w:4000  iPhone  hacking  apps  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War
"Both missileers—they always work in teams of two, the capsule they occupy emblazoned with the words 'no-lone zone'—would open a safe located between their workstations. It's secured with two padlocks, one fastened on by each missileer at the beginning of the shift, the combinations known only to the owner. Inside is a code that the incoming encrypted message must match. But there's an A-side and a B-side and neither missileer knows both; they must be put together like opposite sides of an equation. It's all part of Two-Person Control—a system that ensures a rogue missileer can't start World War III on her own. 'It is a very precise method,' Barrington explains. 'It's not haphazard. It is exacting. Missileers have to know all kinds of rules. They have to know it cold.'"
a:Danielle-McNally  p:Marie-Claire  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  military  process  Cold-War  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Kind Bar Index: What Do People Snack on at the Office?
"Evidently, 2016 was not a good year for plums: they dropped off the face of the workplace snack ecosystem in March, and nobody has heard from them since."
p:Priceonomics★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1000  food  work  from twitter
5 weeks ago
‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know
"— Don't wander out of your assigned area. We bracket storms because they can jog this way or that. Furthermore, casualties and serious damage can occur far from the center. We don't need or want everyone at the eye's landfall.
— In addition, if you get in trouble, we can't come rescue you if we don't know where you are. If you are tempted to move, check with a supervisor. If you bump into another staffer from your organization, one of you is an idiot."
a:Martin-Merzer  p:Poynter  d:2017.09.07  w:2000  list  instructional  disaster  journalism  logistics  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea
"Outside the Administration, the more people I talked to, the more I heard a strong case for some level of diplomatic contact. When Obama dispatched James Clapper to Pyongyang, in 2014, to negotiate the release of two prisoners, Clapper discovered that North Korea had misread the purpose of the trip. The government had presumed that he was coming in part to open a new phase in the relationship. 'They were bitterly disappointed,' he said. Clapper’s visit convinced him that the absence of diplomatic contact is creating a dangerous gulf of misperception. 'I was blown away by the siege mentality—the paranoia—that prevails among the leadership of North Korea. When we sabre-rattle, when we fly B-1s accompanied by jet escorts from the Republic of Korea and Japan, it makes us feel good, it reassures the allies, but what we don’t factor in is the impact on the North Koreans.' Clapper went on, 'I think that what we should do is consider seriously, in consultation with South Korea, establishing an interest section in Pyongyang much like we had in Havana for decades, to deal with a government that we didn’t recognize. If we had a permanent presence in Pyongyang, I wonder whether the outcome of the tragedy of Otto Warmbier might have been avoided. Secondly, it would provide on-scene insight into what is actually going on in North Korea—intelligence.'"
a:Evan-Osnos  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.09.18  w:14000  nuclear-weapons  war  North-Korea  history  diplomacy  military  Donald-Trump  2000-election  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Summer of Halo Top
"A fair criticism of Halo Top would be to ask, would you rather have a few bites of full-steam ice cream or an entire pint of something lighter? Most of us would like to assume the former, perhaps fancying ourselves dessert connoisseurs who appreciate quality over quantity. Any familiarity with human nature (and Halo Top’s sales numbers), however, doesn’t bear that thinking out. Yes, it is not quite ice cream. In fact, it exists in that uncanny valley between real and imitation, so close to the genuine product that it almost stands out more by comparison. But for many of us, the thrill of digging through an entire pint of chocolate ice cream with no residual guilt is worth the slight compromise that Halo Top offers."
a:Garrett-Snyder  p:Taste  d:2017.07.05  w:2500  food  nutrition  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
“A Descent Into Madness”: An Oral History of the Fantasy Football Draft That Almost Tore Apart The Ringer
"Mays: Mal likes silly things, but in a serious way. She does not consider fantasy football to be a silly thing. Mallory is the only person I’ve met who cares as much about fantasy football as I do.
Concepcion: I got a text from her like, 'I hope there’s Wi-Fi on the bus to jail.' I think she meant she was going to go to jail for killing someone, but still wanted to finish the draft."
a:Rodger-Sherman★  a:Mallory-Rubin★★  a:Riley-McAtee  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  a:Danny-Kelly  a:Jason-Gallagher  a:Sean-Fennessey  a:Robert-Mays  a:Katie-Baker  a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Sean-Yoo  a:Claire-McNear  a:Megan-Schuster  a:Jason-Cahill  a:Ryan-O'Hanlon  a:Rubie-Edmondson  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.07  w:3000  oral-history  football  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why Does North Korea Keep Photoshopping Kim Jong-un’s Ears?
"Photoshop is a critical part of North Korea's propaganda machine. The brutal dictatorship, led by Kim Jong-un, would like us to believe a lot of things that just aren't true. That it has ballistic missile submarines, hovercraft, and even happy, well-fed citizens—all the product of shitty photo editing, which is partly why we know they're fake. But the weirdest North Korea 'shops have to be the continued manipulation of Kim Jong-un's ears."
a:Sarah-Emerson  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.21  w:1000  North-Korea  Photoshop 
5 weeks ago
What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera, in 12 Rooms You’ll Never See
"Mr. Salonen and the Met musicians were rehearsing this for their first Carnegie Hall concert. The performance ended up in The New York Times’s weekly list of best moments in classical music, in particular this remarkable, circuslike feat: 'Esa-Pekka Salonen lost his baton while signaling a downbeat during the hellfire finale of Mahler’s First Symphony. Miraculously, he grabbed a new one off the podium in the same sweeping motion, and didn’t miss a beat.'"
a:Joshua-Barone  a:Larry-Buchanan  a:Alicia-Desantis  a:Taige-Jensen  a:Ben-C-Solomon  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.06.30  w:1000  video  music 
5 weeks ago
The case for letting North Korea keep its nukes
"The most fundamentally important fact about North Korea’s nuclear program is that it is born out of fear — fear, specifically, of the United States. The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded the South and nearly conquered all of it. The only reason it didn’t was intervention by a US led-coalition, which in turn nearly took the entire North, stopped only by a Chinese counterintervention. After the war ended in an armistice in 1953, the US pledged to defend South Korea against future attack and left thousands of US troops deployed there — a constant reminder to Pyongyang that the world’s strongest military power was its enemy. Put another way, North Korea’s entire foreign policy and national identity has evolved around the threat of war with America. As a result, they’ve always been trying to improve their military capabilities in order to deter the US from invading. What this brief history suggests is that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear missiles is fundamentally *rational*. North Korea is not a suicidal state; there is no evidence that it wants to blow up an American city and invite regime-ending retaliation. Its goal, according to every piece of evidence we have, is the opposite: to avoid war at all costs."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  war  strategy  Donald-Trump  Cold-War  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
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