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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
"Bringing extreme weather to life obviously isn’t an entirely altruistic goal; it’s compelling television, too. Potts contends, though, that videos like this one also contain a valuable safety message. You know what nine feet is, and you know what water looks like. But the two rarely go together, outside of swimming pools and disaster movies. Seeing what it looks like on a street corner that resembles your own might be enough to get someone to evacuate if they’d had any hesitation. At the very least, it lets the rest of the world know just how bad it could get."
a:Brian-Barrett  p:Wired★★  d:2018.09.13  w:1000  weather  visualization  television  safety  from instapaper
5 days ago
Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon
"Best Buy was among the first chains to feature Apple boutiques. In April 2013, Joly said there would be Samsung mini-shops in its 1,400 U.S. locations by June. That same month, Best Buy began adding 600 Microsoft stores-within-stores. Sony arrived in 2014. Last year, Best Buy turned over more space to Amazon and Google to better display their smart home technologies. The two are bitter rivals: Amazon doesn’t sell Google Home and offers a limited selection of Google’s Nest products. Best Buy is neutral ground. The brands essentially pay rent to Best Buy (it’s cheaper than building stores) and either send in their own salespeople or train the blue shirts. No one at Best Buy would offer details about these partnerships. But even analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities Inc., who in almost 10 years has never recommended buying Best Buy’s stock, describes the partnerships as a phenomenal success because they ease the financial burden of operating stores while enhancing profit margins. 'Best Buy is like an arms dealer,' he says. 'They’re indifferent to what brand you buy as long as you buy it from them.'"
a:Susan-Berfield  a:Matthew-Boyle  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.07.19  w:4000  retail  Amazon  from instapaper
7 days ago
Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap
"Is it racist to observe that whites are more likely to drive drunk than blacks are? Is it racist to assert that black immigrants in the UK outscore comparable white Britons on standardized tests? Is it racist to observe that black American culture has produced a higher number of musical icons than Asian-American culture has? And if it’s not racist to mention these facts, then why is it racist to mention the same kinds of facts when they run in the opposite direction? Moreover, cultural differences can even cause disparities between groups that belong to the same race, as with the aforementioned wealth disparities between black Americans and black Caribbeans living in Boston, or the nearly 4-to-1 income ratio between Taiwanese-Americans and Hmong-Americans. Discussing the different patterns of behavior that underlie such *intra*-racial disparities cannot be racist, by definition. Race and culture, though often correlated, are entirely different concepts."
a:Coleman-Hughes  p:Quillette  d:2018.07.19  w:3500  race  culture  personal-finance  from instapaper
7 days ago
25 Notes and Nitpicks of SI's Top 100 NBA Players of 2019
"Carmelo's game has slipped a ton, but he shouldn't be off the list entirely, and he's more effective in a vacuum than Pau Gasol. This revision solves the Lonzo problem (Brogdon in above him). It also solves the ensuing Brogdon clickbait problem (nobody cares about Brogdon at 100, but Carmelo would be perfect). And finally, even though there's no real difference between Dirk and Melo at this point, this revision also allows Ben and Rob to elevate Dirk over Carmelo and quietly grandstand about their basketball principles (an unstated goal of this entire ranking project)."
a:Andrew-Sharp  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.09.14  w:3000  NBA  from iphone
7 days ago
Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian?
"Six is an in-between age in terms of assimilation. If you’re much younger—two or three—the chances of keeping your Russian are slim, and you basically just become an American. If you’re older by a few years—for Russians, nine or ten seems to be the cutoff—you probably won’t ever lose your accent, and you will be marked as Russian for the rest of your life. At six, you can still remember the language, but you won’t have an accent. It’s up to you what to do."
a:Keith-Gessen  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.06.16  w:4500  language  children  Russia  from twitter
9 days ago
Where Is Barack Obama?
"The Obamas appear to be settled in Washington. The chatter about their potential move to the Upper East Side has died out, and they are installing a pool at their home, which is around the corner from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s. Obama is open with friends about the new comforts of his life: the games of Words With Friends on his iPad, the rounds of golf, the slower-paced international travel. Immediately after leaving office, he flew to Palm Springs, then visited with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island. Before long, he was on David Geffen’s yacht in French Polynesia with Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and Oprah Winfrey. Even in Washington, he’s taken to undoing an extra button on his dress shirts and musing about how much more sleep he now gets. When he lets his guard down, he admits that he misses being in the middle of the international fray, but he confides that his life has slowed down so dramatically that he now feels like Neo, Keanu Reeves’s character in The Matrix, who can experience time hyperslowly while facing gunfire."
a:Gabriel-Debenedetti  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2018.06  w:6500  Barack-Obama  Donald-Trump  international-relations  from instapaper
9 days ago
When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity
"To join DNA NPE Friends, you first have to apply through a closed but public 'gateway' group on Facebook. It’s a jury-rigged system, designed to get around the fact the group needs to be findable enough to reach new members but also secret enough so as to not broadcast my father is not my biological father to one’s entire social network. St Clair and her admins also privately invite people who post about misattributed parentage in two popular public groups on Facebook called DNA Detectives and DD Social, both run by Moore, the genetic genealogist. Moore also runs secret splinter groups dedicated to various specific scenarios like unknown paternity and incest."
a:Sarah-Zhang  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.07.17  w:3000  family  genetics  Facebook  community  from instapaper
9 days ago
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult
"There are those of us still wandering the labyrinthine halls of the mutated Capitol Building, looking for ways to constructively appease Nyarlathotep, despite continual smear campaigns by the elitist, now underground press. For instance, we replaced the orphans It absorbs every 'morning' with migrant laborers, and It didn’t seem to notice. When Its appetite turned to Idaho, one of us directed Its soulless gaze up towards the moon. No more moon, of course, but no one can say we ever turned our back on our core constituents."
a:Andrew-Paul  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.09.05  w:1000  satire  Donald-Trump  from iphone
11 days ago
In Defense of Our College’s Mascot, Sir Racist Von Genocide
"I understand that there is worry about how minority students are feeling, particularly those on sports teams. Well, I want to assure you and them that our traditional mascot does not mean their school is 'racist' or 'promotes genocide'.
Having Sir Racist Von Genocide as our mascot honors the legacy of our school and community, which does contain some light genocide."
a:Jonathan-Appel  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.09.05  w:500  satire  race  from twitter
11 days ago
What It Would Take to Set American Kids Free
"The do-it-yourself rule is, to a certain extent, self-limiting, as towers built with simple tools are shorter than those ordered from catalogues. I saw plenty of children up on roofs—the rule was, if you can climb up without a ladder, relying on your own strength and ingenuity, it’s O.K. In a documentary on The Land, a Welsh adventure playground, a play worker describes the difference between risk and hazard: a risk you take on knowingly; a hazard is unexpected, like a nail sticking out of a board. The play workers are there to remove hazards and leave the risks."
a:Alexandra-Lange  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2016.11.18  w:1500  children  risk  safety  Japan  from instapaper
11 days ago
An Endless Cycle of Short Existential Plays Starring You and Your Coworkers
"[Beans, cheese, and lettuce rain down upon your COWORKER’S keyboard as she eats a burrito at her desk while she works.]
YOU: You’re spilling.
[Your COWORKER rotates her body so the burrito is no longer over her desk. It suddenly falls apart, spilling out of her hands and falling into her purse below.]
COWORKER: I dropped my burrito in my purse.
[YOU are too shocked and repulsed to speak or act.]
COWORKER: There is burrito all in my purse!"
a:Mike-Jungman  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.31  w:1000  satire  work  from twitter
11 days ago
A Champion, a Critic, a Therapist: Dyana Williams Is Hip-Hop’s Artist Whisperer
"Summing up Ms. Williams’s bona fides, Gabe Tesoriero, Def Jam’s executive vice president of media and a longtime publicist for Kanye West and Justin Bieber, cited a line about the Grateful Dead: 'They’re not the best at what they do,' he said, 'they’re the only ones who do what they do.' A throwback to the days of Berry Gordy’s Motown and its etiquette coach Maxine Powell, Ms. Williams, who said she was paid hourly “like a lawyer — a high-end lawyer,” has spent more than two decades as a freelance media adviser and strategist for just about every prominent label and artist management team. From the embryonic stages of Rihanna and Mr. Bieber’s careers to the ups and downs of D’Angelo, Ms. Williams has been in the background with tips, encouragement and, when necessary, a healthy dose of *what the hell are you doing?*"
a:Joe-Coscarelli  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.09.06  w:2000  hip-hop  media  from twitter
12 days ago
Translations of the Margin Notes From Your Freshman Composition Instructor
"'Unclear.'
Did I turn off the oven? Sylvia Plathing myself wouldn’t be the worst way to go. That would give Dale something to write about.
'Substantiate this claim.'
I drive without car insurance because I can’t afford it, and it’s the most alive I’ve felt in years."
a:Natalie-Sayth  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.30  w:500  satire  writing  academia  from iphone
12 days ago
Hydrocarbons
"Wait, is this why you've been encouraging me to put on weight? I thought that was a fetish thing!"
"It's a lot of things, okay?"
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.08.26  comic  robots  batteries  from iphone
12 days ago
Web Reading Mode: A bad reading experience
"Readability.js was a neat trick back in the day and it’s still an excellent prototype. However, it has created an entirely separate rendering mode inside the web browser. Given its central placement in all the leading web browsers sans Google Chrome it is really overdue for a formal specification and standardization across web browsers. Web browser vendors need to come together and rethink what reading mode is and how it should work. Individual web browser vendors can continue to tweak and improve reading mode over time. However, it’s not the 90’s anymore. The web wants standards and not vendor-specific solutions to universal problems."
a:Daniel-Aleksandersen  p:Crtrl-blog  d:2018.08.23  w:1000  web  reading  from iphone
12 days ago
Top 100 NBA Players of 2019
"Although Nurkic just completed his rookie deal, he has rewritten virtually every aspect of his scouting profile. During two-plus seasons in Denver, the Bosnian 7-footer couldn’t finish, couldn’t protect the ball, couldn’t handle big minutes, couldn’t stay healthy, couldn’t serve as a functional backline defender, and couldn’t get along with his coach. Following a 2017 trade, the Blazers embarked on an 'Extreme Makeover: Starting Center' mission, encouraging Nurkic to trim down, communicating his role to him clearly, empowering him to pursue his own offense, and entrusting him with major defensive responsibilities."
a:Ben-Golliver★  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.09.10  w:27000  list  NBA 
12 days ago
wideNES - Peeking Past the Edge of NES Games
"Unlike modern GPUs, which have large internal framebuffers, the PPU has *no frame-buffer whatsoever*! To save on space, the PPU stores scenes as a grid of 64x32 8x8 pixel tiles. Instead of resolving the pixel data ahead of time, tiles are stored as pointers into CHR Memory (Character Memory), which contains the actual pixel data. Since the NES was developed in the 80s, the PPU was not built with modern display technology in mind. Instead of rendering full-frames at a time, the PPU outputs NTSC video designed to be displayed on a CRT, which outputs video pixel by pixel, scanline by scanline, top to bottom, left to right. Why is all this important? Well, since the PPU renders frames top-to-bottom, scanline-by-scanline, it is possible to send the PPU instructions *mid-frame* to create otherwise impossible video effects! These effects could be as simple as changing the palette, or as advanced as, you guessed it, creating Status Bars!"
a:Daniel-Prilik  p:Daniel-Prilik  d:2018.08  w:3000  games  from iphone
13 days ago
Surprising hidden order unites prime numbers and crystal-like materials
"Torquato and his colleagues have found that that, when considered over large swaths of the number line, prime numbers are more ordered than previously believed, falling within the class of patterns known as 'hyperuniformity'. Hyperuniform materials have special order at large distances and include crystals, quasicrystals and special disordered systems. Hyperuniformity is found in the arrangement of cone cells in bird eyes, in certain rare meteorites, and in the large-scale structure of the universe."
a:Kevin-McElwee  p:Princeton-University  d:2018.09.05  w:1000  math  nature  from twitter
14 days ago
A Diagram of All the Batteries
"I dug into my battery drawer — a reflection of toys past — naively thinking that I must have the right size. The excavation showed that I was in fact incorrect. The natural next step was of course to look up battery sizes and chart all of them."
a:Nathan-Yau★★  p:FlowingData★★  d:2018.07.03  infographic  visualization  from twitter
14 days ago
Secret Language On The Sidewalk: Decoding 'Utility Graffiti'
"There’s an entire industry devoted to locating and marking utilities. It’s called damage prevention (and it even has its own beachside conferences). There are hundreds of people painting sidewalks and streets every day in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Joel Troxell is an operations manager for UtiliQuest, a company utilities hire to locate and mark their pipes and wires in response to 811 calls. 'Right now with the interest rates and the jobs, there’s people building,' says Troxell. 'The economy is doing well, so excavation is up.' More excavation means more paint on sidewalks."
a:Jacob-Fenston  p:WAMU  d:2018.06.19  w:1000  infrastructure  color  DC  from instapaper
14 days ago
Beauty Brawl
"By comparing the number of shades the two brands offer in each lightness range, we see where Fenty and Make Up For Ever shine. Fenty’s Pro Filt’r foundation evenly supports a greater range of skin tones, excelling on both the darkest and lightest ends of the spectrum. In contrast, 31 of Make Up For Ever’s 40 shades fall in the 60-90 lightness range, primarily catering to light and tanned skin tones. In short, Rihanna was unimpressed by Make Up For Ever’s shade(s) and rightly so. 💅🏽"
a:Jason-Li  p:Pudding  d:2018.06  w:2500  analysis  color  race  makeup  from iphone
15 days ago
The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It
"The scientists seem to have begun to master the science and art of cosmos creation. They are applying the laws of physics to a smooth, hot fluid of (simulated) matter, as existed in the infant universe, and seeing the fluid evolve into spiral galaxies and galaxy clusters like those in the cosmos today. 'I was like, wow, I can’t believe it!' said Tiziana Di Matteo, a numerical cosmologist at Carnegie Mellon University, about seeing realistic spiral galaxies form for the first time in 2015 in the initial run of BlueTides, one of several major ongoing simulation series. 'You kind of surprise yourself, because it’s just a bunch of lines of code, right?'"
a:Natalie-Wolchover  p:Quanta-Magazine  d:2018.06.12  w:2500  space  science  from instapaper
15 days ago
How to Make a Big Decision
"Homogeneous groups — whether they are united by ethnic background, gender or some other commonality like politics — tend to come to decisions too quickly. They settle early on a most-likely scenario and don’t question their assumptions, since everyone at the table seems to agree with the broad outline of the interpretation. A 2008 study led by the management professor Katherine Phillips using a similar investigative structure revealed an additional, seemingly counterintuitive finding: While the more diverse groups were better at reaching the truth, they were also far less confident in the decisions they made. They were both more likely to be right and, at the same time, more open to the idea that they might be wrong."
a:Steven-Johnson★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.09.01  w:1500  instructional  planning  from instapaper
15 days ago
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
"White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was 'unhinged', Woodward writes. In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: 'He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.'"
a:Philip-Rucker  a:Robert-Costa  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.09.04  w:2500  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
17 days ago
Trump’s Rougher Edge Complicates Trip by Pompeo and Mattis to India
"Under Mr. Mattis, the Pentagon has been equally committed to the partnership. It has even renamed its Hawaii-based American combatant command that oversees the Pacific region as the Indo-Pacific Command as a lure for India to increase its partnership with the United States and other allied forces. India’s rise was seen as such an obvious win for the United States that previous presidents mostly overlooked New Delhi’s reflexive trade protectionism. And if the Indians wanted to get some military equipment from Russia, that was seen as acceptable to Washington — as long as it meant India was becoming more powerful."
a:Gardiner-Harris  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.09.02  w:1000  diplomacy  Donald-Trump  India  China  Russia  from iphone
17 days ago
Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up
"The segments that he is referring to are sliced out of any given person’s navigation session. Neither the beginning or the end of any trip is ever transmitted to Apple. Rotating identifiers, not personal information, are assigned to any data or requests sent to Apple and it augments the 'ground truth' data provided by its own mapping vehicles with this 'probe data' sent back from iPhones. Because only random segments of any person’s drive is ever sent and that data is completely anonymized, there is never a way to tell if any trip was ever a single individual. The local system signs the IDs and only it knows to whom that ID refers. Apple is working very hard here to not know anything about its users. This kind of privacy can’t be added on at the end, it has to be woven in at the ground level."
a:Matthew-Panzarino  p:TechCrunch  d:2018.06.29  w:4000  maps  Apple-Maps  self-driving-cars  privacy  from instapaper
18 days ago
This day took a turn.
"Then I decided that maybe it would be easier to wipe the dog’s hoo-hoo if it didn’t have so much fur on it so I went to Target to find dog-clippers but they didn’t have any so I went to the men’s grooming section and there were a thousand trimmers but I didn’t know which one to use and a lady who works there asked if I needed help and I told her I was looking for the best way to shave my dog’s vagina and she was like, 'Oh' and I explained that it was for medical reasons, not recreation but she still looked disturbed."
a:Jenny-Lawson  p:The-Bloggess  d:2018.08.28  w:500  story  dogs  from iphone
23 days ago
Conan O’Brien’s Unrequited Fanboy Love for Robert Caro
"After having been rejected numerous times, Mr. O’Brien came up with a plan to land his prey: a relatively sober streaming interview program called 'Serious Jibber Jabber'. Guests have included the best-selling nonfiction author Michael Lewis, the historian Evan Thomas and the data journalist Nate Silver. 'I pretty much made this thing as a bear trap to catch Robert Caro,' Mr. O’Brien said. The refusals have done nothing to lessen the host’s affection for the author. 'The biggest thing I want to stress is that my inability to get him to sit with me only makes me respect him more.''"
a:John-Koblin  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.08.24  w:1500  television  from twitter
23 days ago
A brief history of the nuclear triad
"A strange elaboration of the triad notion from the Defense Logistics Agency, in which the 'new triad' includes the 'old triad' squished into one 'leg', with the other 'legs' being even less tangible notions joined by a web of command and control. At this point, I’d argue it might be worth ditching the triad metaphor."
a:Alex-Wellerstein  p:Nuclear-Secrecy  d:2016.07.15  w:5000  nuclear-weapons  World-War-II  history  strategy  from instapaper
24 days ago
Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button
"A perennial challenge in polling is gathering responses from enough people to support meaningful conclusions. The challenge grows as the questions become more probing, since people who have the time and the inclination to fill out long, boring surveys aren’t necessarily representative customers. A single HappyOrNot terminal can register thousands of impressions in a day, from people who buy and people who don’t. The terminals are self-explanatory, and customers can use them without breaking stride. In the jargon of tech, giving feedback through HappyOrNot is 'frictionless'. And, although the responses are anonymous, they are time-stamped."
a:David-Owen★★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.02.05  w:3500  customer-service  retail  happiness  surveillance  from instapaper
25 days ago
Inside the Binge Factory
"'This [idea] that if you have volume, you can’t have quality?' says Holland. 'I think it’s convenient for people who are limited by time slots or budget. If you can have one network that has a dozen shows and they’re good quality, why can’t you have the equivalent of four networks with a dozen shows each? Why can’t you have more than that? We have the ability to support a larger number of artists than most people can.'"
a:Josef-Adalian  p:Vulture★★  d:2018.06  w:9000  Netflix  television  from instapaper
25 days ago
Dark Matter Candidates
"Maybe these orbit lines in space diagrams are real and very heavy"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  space 
25 days ago
Voting Software
"I don't quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  voting  software 
25 days ago
Repeat yourself, do more than one thing, and rewrite everything
"Usually, a rewrite is only a practical option when it’s the only option left. Technical debt, or code the seniors wrote that we can’t be rude about, accrues until all change becomes hazardous. It is only when the system is at breaking point that a rewrite is even considered an option. Sometimes the reasons can be less dramatic: an API is being switched off, a startup has taken a beautiful journey, or there’s a new fashion in town and orders from the top to chase it. Rewrites can happen to appease a programmer too—rewarding good teamwork with a solo project."
a:Thomas-Edward-Figg  p:Programming-Is-Terrible  d:2018.08.05  w:2500  instructional  programming  software-design  software-development  from instapaper
25 days ago
A Vor Never Sleeps
"The experience taught the FBI a critical lesson about the difference between the La Cosa Nostra (LCN) and Russian organized crime: Russians are willing to cut a deal. 'In LCN, cooperators were shunned—there is no reentry to the LCN,' Penza said. But Russians happily flip—and then go back to work with the same partners. There appear to be few permanent grudges. 'It’s like, "You had to do the thing you did,"' he added."
a:Garrett-M-Graff  p:Longreads★★  d:2018.06.04  w:5000  crime  corruption  Italy  Russia  law-enforcement  from instapaper
26 days ago
Of Monsters and Shadows
"This fact, as uncomfortable as it may be to acknowledge, may explain the outrage over surveillance among the US educated (upper-)middle class. We are suddenly feeling on our own necks the chill of the shadow from the monster that has until now been content to prey on others. Blissfully unaware of the monster itself, our reaction is to focus on warding off the shadow. But the shadow itself is not the threat. It is the monster that casts it that we should be concerned with. To tame it, we must limit the number of people we allow to be put behind bars. Beyond imposing controls on how the government is allowed to collect and use evidence, we need to limit how many people the government can detain and imprison. We must hold our government accountable for the outcomes, not just the process."
a:Alex-Gantman  p:Alex-Gantman  d:2018.08.07  w:2000  manifesto  surveillance  government  law-enforcement  process  from instapaper
26 days ago
If Your Car Is Stuck in Traffic, It's Not Uber and Lyft's Fault
"Many riders—60 percent, Schaller notes—are using ride-hailing services instead of more sustainable modes of transport, like public transit, walking, or bicycling. Ridership of these transportation network companies is soon expected to pass local bus ridership. But when we look at the whole, we see that people choose to ride by bus for 4 percent of their trips, and by personal car for 73 percent. Why wouldn’t we presume that the same fraction of trips taken in a personal car could also have been accomplished by foot, bike, or transit? Good question! But neither the federal travel survey, nor New York’s own mobility survey thought to ask."
a:Robin-Chase  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2018.07.27  w:1000  roads  cities  regulation  public-transit  Uber  traffic-congestion  from instapaper
27 days ago
The presence prison
"Are there exceptions? Of course. It might be good to know who’s around in a true emergency, but 1% occasions like that shouldn’t drive policy 99% of the time. And there are times where certain teams need to make sure someone’s around so there are no gaps in customer service coverage, but those are specialized cases best handled by communication, not an ambiguous colored dot next to someone’s name."
a:Jason-Fried  p:Signal-v.-Noise  d:2017.12.21  w:1000  work  software-design  productivity  from twitter
28 days ago
Trae Young, Kevin Love and the future of mental health in the NBA
"Lopez says former Chicago Bulls coach Bill Cartwright helped him corral his temper by talking to him in a low, even tone. When Lopez played in Phoenix, he says, then-Suns GM Steve Kerr would leave books in his locker on the topic. Lopez has since discovered meditation as a way to relieve stress. 'When you phrase it as mental wellness, then I feel that that includes everybody,' Lopez says. 'When you say mental health, then guys tend to say, "Well, that's not me. I don't have any mental health stuff."'"
a:Jackie-MacMullan  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.08.24  w:3000  NBA  mental-illness  Kevin-Love  from instapaper
28 days ago
First Yelp Reviews of Significant Human Inventions
“I am climbing more! I am dragging more! I am hoisting more! Rope has made me active, and my abs and confidence have never been better. Even my wife loves Rope!”
a:Alex-Baia  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.01  w:1000  satire  history  Yelp  from iphone
28 days ago
The Psychology of Money
"Wealth, in fact, is what you don’t see. It’s the cars not purchased. The diamonds not bought. The renovations postponed, the clothes forgone and the first-class upgrade declined. It’s assets in the bank that haven’t yet been converted into the stuff you see. But that’s not how we think about wealth, because you can’t contextualize what you can’t see. When most people say they want to be a millionaire, what they really mean is 'I want to spend a million dollars,' which is literally the opposite of being a millionaire."
a:Morgan-Housel★  p:Collaborative-Fund  d:2018.06.01  w:8000  instructional  investing  personal-finance  psychology  from instapaper
28 days ago
Brad Makes Miso Paste
"Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Manager Brad Leone is back for episode 35 of 'It’s Alive' and this time he’s making the highly requested miso. Join Brad as he ages a red miso, advocates for blade safety, and forgets why he went to the walk-in."
a:Brad-Leone  p:Bon-Appetit  d:2018.07.26  video  instructional  cooking 
28 days ago
On ‘Shake to Undo’
"Here’s an anecdote I heard years ago about how Shake to Undo came to be. Scott Forstall charged the iOS team with devising an interface for Undo — everyone knew the iPhone should have it,1 but no one had a good idea how to do it. One engineer joked that they could just make you shake the iPhone to invoke it. Forstall said he loved the idea, and what was proposed as a joke has been with us as the Undo interface ever since."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.08.23  w:500  user-interface  iPhone  history  from twitter
29 days ago
9 Ways to Avoid Disclosing That You’re From Chevy Chase, Shaker Heights, Darien, or Scarsdale
"5. 'The geographic coordinates for my hometown are 38.9693° N, 77.0789° W / 41.4739° N, 81.5371° W / 41.0772° N, 73.4687° W / 41.0051° N, 73.7845° W and as you look that up on your phone I’m going to back away slowly before you learn that my hometown has three country clubs, each with its own proprietary china pattern and membership structure.'"
a:Kerry-Elson  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.07.27  w:500  list  satire  class  Cleveland  NYC  from twitter
29 days ago
When making the NBA isn't a cure-all: Mental health and black athletes
"'One of the biggest problems in the African-American community is none of us have fathers, so we don't have that strong male figure to guide us,' Barkley says. 'When I was growing up, I thought it was normal *not* to have a mom and dad around. Nobody I knew had both parents. And everybody I knew was poor. I thought it was normal for every black girl to be pregnant in high school, because in my small hometown of [Leeds], Alabama, that's how it was. It wasn't until I got to the NBA that I realized, "Wait, that's really f---ed up." It's a miracle any African-American player turns out OK based on where we come from.'"
a:Jackie-MacMullan  p:ESPN★★  d:2018.08.21  w:4000  race  NBA  mental-illness  violence  from instapaper
29 days ago
The US is losing the high-stakes global battery war
"If you have solid state figured and it’s safe and you get energetic oomph from the new anode, yes it will be transformative. It will be economically, environmentally, and could be geopolitically transformative. The quest to make a super battery is not going to go away. People should watch this space. When it happens, it will have a fundamental change in everybody’s lives. "
a:Michael-Zelenko  a:Steve-LeVine  p:The-Verge★  d:2018.08.13  w:2000  interview  batteries  future  manufacturing  energy  from instapaper
29 days ago
In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy
"On Sept. 22, an alert went out to the international astronomy community: IceCube had seen the signature of a muon neutrino coming from just above the right shoulder of the constellation Orion in the night sky. Scores of scientists began pointing their telescopes in that direction, staring at the right region of the universe in every wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum. Taken together, these observations revealed a blazar. As a blazar spins, twin jets of light and charged particles — one of which in this one is aimed toward Earth — spurt from its poles. The blazar was given the catchy name 'TXS 0506+056' — the first known source of a high-energy neutrino and a possible answer to the century-old cosmic ray mystery."
a:Sarah-Kaplan  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.07.12  w:2000  space  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Nagasaki: The Last Bomb
"When we remember the destructive birth of the nuclear age, we tend to focus on Hiroshima. It was first, and firsts get precedence in memory. It was also more devastating an attack than Nagasaki, with nearly twice as many dead and injured and three times as much land area destroyed. (This was in spite of the fact that the Little Boy, the bomb dropped by the Enola Gay, was only three-quarters as explosive as the Fat Man.) But if Hiroshima was, from a military perspective, relatively well considered, well planned, and well executed, Nagasaki was almost the opposite. From the very beginning, it was a jancfu—a sign that this new era was as likely to be a comedy of errors and near-misses as the product of reason and strategy."
a:Alex-Wellerstein  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2015.08.07  w:2000  history  nuclear-weapons  World-War-II  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
I Also Went to the Royal Wedding
"The images of the royal family to which Americans are exposed create an air of false familiarity; they are close-ups, cropped around the subjects, removing them from the larger context of their settings. Stand at the gate of a royal residence, however, and true perspective comes rushing in. These people are as remote as distant stars. Their homes are mammoth. Public tours of Windsor Castle file through about 20 rooms; the castle is estimated to contain roughly 1,000. On inspection, the sumptuously appointed spaces of a bygone era seem arbitrarily privately occupied by the royal family. The robust schedule of daily tours at Versailles proves that a palace does not have to be lived in to exist, or to generate tourist income. A roughly equivalent setup would be United States taxpayers paying the collateral descendants of George Washington tens of millions of dollars a year to install themselves in a portion of Mount Vernon closed to public access. If they weren’t already doing it, the idea of the British monarchy would seem a hard sell."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.24  w:3000  UK  celebrities  from twitter
4 weeks ago
Seen On a Telephone Pole In Your Neighborhood
"YOU COULD BE LIVING IN A MINI GOLF WINDMILL
AND WHEN SPORTSMEN PUTT THEIR BALL INTO THE WINDMILL
YOU COULD GRAB IT AND TURN TO YOUR WIFE AND SAY, ‘HONEY, DINNER IS SERVED’
IT’S JUST A LITTLE JOKE
BUT IT’S YOUR LITTLE JOKE
IT’S THOSE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE THIS CRAZY RIDE WE CALL MARRIAGE ALL WORTH IT
GOD YOU LOVE MEREDITH"
a:Sean-McGowan  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.16  w:500  satire  housing  advertising  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Most Timeless Songs of All-Time
"What's still popular from different periods in history is almost never the obvious choice. Accolades, Grammys, and cultural dominance mean nothing to future generations."
a:Matt-Daniels  p:The-Pudding  d:2017.03  w:2500  history  music  future  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again
"Only about 4 percent of all hurricanes that make landfall globally hit the United States, said Robert Mendelsohn, an economist at Yale University who studies the damage caused by hurricanes. Yet 60 percent of worldwide damage from hurricanes happens in the United States. Dr. Mendelsohn attributed this partly to federal government programs that discourage citizens and local governments from building walls to protect housing near the coast. Only in the United States do relief programs and subsidized insurance make it attractive for people to move toward disaster-prone areas, he said."
a:Sahil-Chinoy  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.24  w:2000  map  visualization  disaster  USA  environment  insurance  incentives  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Building games that can be understood at a glance
"This screenshot went around twitter before the game came out, and I think we can see why pretty easily. Anyone looking at it can immediately tell that it:
- Involves huge Mechs and giant city-sized bugs (the word mech is literally written on the screenshot)
- Is turn-based
- You have a number of units.
- These bugs are doing something bad to the cities and tanks.
- Things are exciting and literally on fire
- The kind of tile you are standing on has a tactical effect (advance wars-style)
- It's science fiction and involves TIME PODS (also literally written on the screen, these guys are geniuses)"
a:Zach-Gage  p:Zach-Gage  d:2018  w:3500  talk  games  design  user-interface  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Some Friendly Advice To New Law Students
"Learn to believe in things. If you're ever going to be an advocate, or an adviser, you need to be able to believe in things. When you get up and defend someone charged with a crime, you need to believe in something, or the judge and jury sees you're just going through the motions and nails your client. You don't have to believe your client is good or innocent, but you have to believe passionately in *something* – that the system or the charges are unjust, that the punishment is disproportionate, or that the system is *right* to give every accused person an advocate and by God you are that advocate and you believe in your duty. It's the same with a civil client. You don't have to believe they're right, but you have to get up there and believe that we resolve disputes through zealous advocates, and believe in being that advocate."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.08.16  w:1000  instructional  law  education  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Traumatic License: An Oral History of Action Park
"John Keimel (Supervisor): People called it Traction Park, 'Where you’re the center of the accident.'
Benneyan: The whole idea of Action Park in the 1980s was identified in the marketing. You’re in control of the action. That was a pretty out-there concept. It was a really neat fulfillment of all these backyard fantasies.
Alison Becker (Guest): You would inevitably see someone get severely injured every time you were there and you just assumed people got injured at every water park. We lived out in the sticks. This was just water slides put on the side of a mountain."
a:Jake-Rossen  p:Mental-Floss  d:2018.05.09  w:7500  oral-history  safety  risk  teens  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans
"Before departing for Candamo, we were told to expect some unusual behavior from critters unaccustomed to humans. We heard about monkeys dropping out of trees to investigate their strange bipedal cousins; and once we arrived, we quickly learned that the caiman lounging in the river didn’t bother to swim away while we rinsed off our dishes. But jaguars that crept into campsites, completely unruffled by a bunch of humans with headlamps, tents, and Olah’s phone blasting the same silly pop song over and over? No one expected that. Had I done a bit more research, I would have learned that in one sense, our experience wasn’t that unusual. Many humans who visit the Peruvian rain forest are calmly watched by a jaguar or two. Most of them, however, don’t realize they’re under surveillance."
a:Nadia-Drake  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05.10  w:3000  animals  nature  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer
"Do you hope Louie comes back?"
"I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that's the case, I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists. Now, whether they're popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they're accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I'm guilty of these things, and I'm wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He's my brother, so it's hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I'm trying to."
"I almost think that trying is what's important."
"People are very sure about what is right and wrong until it comes to their front door."
a:Drew-Magary★  a:Sarah-Silverman★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.05.23  w:4000  interview  comedy  social-media  gender  2016-election  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Ira Glass's Commencement Speech at the Columbia Journalism School Graduation
"And by the way, any of you doing broadcast or podcast: be in the tape! Cajoling, hondling, joking with, arguing with, interacting with your interviewees. It’s the single easiest way to make your stories better. Be in the tape. An interview properly done is a drama with two characters and not being in there as one of the characters is giving up one of your greatest powers. Don’t leave that power unused. Be in the tape. Don’t settle for less. Don’t do less than you can. Be in the tape. If you’re funny in real life … be funny in your stories. It makes them better. And it doesn’t mean you aren’t a serious person dealing with serious subjects in a serious way. If you’re not funny in real life … for god’s sake don’t try to be funny. Be yourself!"
a:Ira-Glass  p:This-American-Life  d:2018.05.17  w:5500  speech  instructional  journalism  media  radio  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Should you write “the Moon” or “the moon”? Writers weigh in
"Imagine, as an exercise, that we adopt the capitalized Moon. What next? Having turned our backs on common sense case choices, do we return to the Noun capitalization and other grammatical flourishes of the 18th Century? In what other ways shall we reject Progress? Are we careening toward a Future in which we disburse Upper-Case Letters freely, yet with-hold the Rights, Vaccines, and other societal Advance-ments our collective efforts have made possible?"
a:Sarah-Todd  a:Corinne-Purtill  p:Quartz★  d:2018.08.14  w:1000  language  space  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Mysterious Landscapes of Heat-Scorched Britain
"While the number of re-emerging ancient settlements has caught the public’s attention, other more modern relics of British history are also returning from oblivion. In Lancashire’s Gawthorpe Hall, gardeners were astonished to see the geometric patterns of the old ornamental gardens resurface, the land still remembering the patterns taught to it by its Victorian gardener, Sir Charles Barry, long after his death. Britain’s wartime past has re-emerged, too, evoking a time when Britain’s fate was tied inextricably to that of the European continent. Near Lasham in Hampshire, taxiways and runways from a World War II airfield suddenly reappeared in the fields that had been returned to farmland 50 years before. In places the inscriptions on the landscape are literal. Fires in the Republic of Ireland’s County Wicklow exposed a text sign written into the landscape in whitewash, reading 'Eire', the Irish word for Ireland. More than 80 of these signs were written along the Irish coast during World War II, signaling to Allied and German aircraft that they were flying over neutral territory and should not drop their bombs by mistake."
a:Paul-MM-Cooper  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.08.15  w:1500  history  environment  UK  World-War-II  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the earth beneath us
"Historically, the foundation of property law in the US and UK was enshrined in the Latin phrase 'Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos' – which roughly translates as: 'Whoever owns the soil, holds title up to the heavens and down to the depths of hell.' Subterranean scholar Dr Marilu Melo of the University of Sydney explains that not all countries behave this way. In Mexico, for example, 'property rights are effectively superficial, they do not extend volumetrically into the earth,' she says. Even in places that have traditionally been ardent defenders of private property, however, once human beings took to the air and started tunnelling underground, the old heaven to hell ideal began to require caveats. In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went 'to the centre of the Earth', those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet). The new Melbourne tunnels will edge right up to this legal vertical limit."
a:Bradley-L-Garrett  p:The-Guardian/Cities★  d:2018.07.10  w:2000  cities  maps  real-estate  London  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver
"When it’s time to enter the chamber (Hovey calls it the 'house'), the divers pass through a tight, circular hatch at one end, like one might see on an old submarine, that closes with a 'tunk'. The hatch is sealed, and even though they’re on a boat, just feet from support crew and fresh air, the divers might as well be on the International Space Station. Even farther actually: It takes about 3.5 hours for an astronaut to make it back from space. Saturation divers have to decompress for days at minimum. On a dive early in his career, when Hovey was on a job at a depth of 700 feet, he learned that his wife had miscarried. It would have taken him 11 days of decompression to exit the chamber. They needed his salary (not surprisingly, saturation divers are well-compensated, up to $1,400 per day), so his wife told him to finish the job."
a:Jen-Banbury  p:Atlas-Obscura★  d:2018.05.09  w:5000  work  safety  infrastructure  time  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Remediating Fukushima—“When everything goes to hell, you go back to basics”
"The ultimate plan for stored water is unknown; tritium has a half life of a dozen years, so physics won’t clean up the water for us. Some kind of controlled, monitored discharge—the likes of which is typical within the nuclear industry—is possible, according to Barrett. Indeed, the International Atomic Energy Agency has endorsed such a plan, which was proposed by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan in 2013. The plan involved diluting tritiated water with seawater before releasing it at the legal discharge concentration of 0.06MBq/L and monitoring to ensure that normal background tritium levels of 10Bq/L aren’t exceeded. Discussions at both national and international levels would need to come first. Part of the difficulty here harkens back to societal dynamics surrounding risk and contamination: 'In nuclear there is no such thing as absolute zero—sensitivity goes down to the atom. This makes discussion about decontamination or levels of acceptable contamination difficult. There’s tritium in that water that’s traceable to the accident; it’s entirely safe, but for the time being, with the event still in recent memory, it’s not acceptable,' observed Barrett."
a:William-Steel  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2018.05.11  w:3500  Japan  disaster  nuclear-energy  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The spectacular power of Big Lens
"Between them, Essilor and Luxottica play a central, intimate role in the lives of a remarkable number of people. Around 1.4 billion of us rely on their products to drive to work, read on the beach, follow the whiteboard in biology lessons, type text messages to our grandchildren, land aircraft, watch old movies, write dissertations and glance across restaurants, hoping to look slightly more intelligent and interesting than we actually are. Last year, the two companies had a combined customer base that is somewhere between Apple’s and Facebook’s, but with none of the hassle and scrutiny of being as well known."
a:Sam-Knight★  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.05.10  w:8500  business  branding  fashion  future  retail  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Meet the Numtots: the millennials who find fixing public transport sexy
"'Yeah sex is cool, but have you ever fantasised about an infrastructure renewal program funded by the taxes of billionaires?' is a representative Numtot fantasy."
a:Elle-Hunt  p:The-Guardian/Cities★  d:2018.07.05  w:1000  cities  public-transit  memes  from iphone
5 weeks ago
Can Society Scale?
"Numtot’s microcommunities have created about 100 splinter groups, which define themselves in relation to — and sometimes in opposition to — the parent group. They include:
- Yimby Memes for Developer Shill Teens
- Social Urbanist Memes for Anarchist Communist Teens
- Amchad Memes for American Rail Apologist Teens
Tyler Walter, 25, created that last group as a subgroup for a certain kind of meme, which classifies French trains as 'virgins' and bulkier American trains as 'Chads', a widely used online nickname for macho dudes."
a:Jonah-Engel-Bromwich  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.08.10  w:1000  cities  public-transit  memes  from twitter
5 weeks ago
How Amazon Is Using Whole Foods In a Bid For Total Retail Domination
"In 10 markets, Amazon is offering Prime Now delivery directly from Whole Foods stores. That model could be a good stepping-stone in smaller cities until the company reaches enough volume to build out a dedicated warehouse. 'You have to scale your way up there,' says grocery consultant Neil Stern. 'Picking from a store, while crappy, is a way to establish volume and a customer base.' The future may be a hybrid approach: bigger stores that have a space carved out for putting together online deliveries. Or a store where the selection of packaged goods is automated but customers can pick out their own fresh goods. 'They’re going to experiment like crazy,' says Tom Furphy, formerly a VP of consumables and AmazonFresh and now CEO of a venture capital firm. 'I would be completely surprised if they have it all figured out by now.'"
a:Beth-Kowitt  p:Fortune★  d:2018.05.21  w:4000  Amazon  Whole-Foods  retail  logistics  future  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The hotel bathroom puzzle
"One of the pitfalls of figuring out a plot is that once we’ve come up with a 'solution' to a problem, like putting locks on the doors, we spend all our energy trying to get out of all the new complications that the solution presents, rather than focusing on the issue that it was meant to satisfy. In many cases, like the proprietors of the rooming house in St. Louis, we end up affixing a label to explain what we mean, which is as close as you can get to unambiguous evidence that the solution you have in mind isn’t working."
a:Alec-Nevala-Lee  p:Alec-Nevala-Lee  d:2015.11.27  w:1000  design  hotels  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Basic Income, Not Basic Jobs: Against Hijacking Utopia
"'One of the biggest assumptions people make with UBI is that the problems of today and the near future are primarily ones of money. I don’t think the data supports this. [link to various charts showing that people generally have food and access to health care]'
On some level, if you’re tempted to believe this you should find a poor person and ask them how they feel about being poor. I predict they will say it is bad. They will not agree that our society has basically solved all of its money-related problems. They will say there is a very real sense in which their money-related problems remain unsolved. I guarantee you they will have very strong feelings about this."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.05.16  w:13000  work  basic-income  incentives  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Declassified documents offer a new perspective on Yuri Gagarin’s flight
"The many problems that Gagarin faced on his mission were not necessarily due to poor design or bad engineering, I would argue, but instead a combination of haste and poor workmanship on the factory floor. Consider that the Vostok spacecraft consisted of 241 vacuum tubes, more than 6,000 transistors, 56 electric motors, and about 800 relays and switches connected by about 15 kilometers of cable. In addition, there were 880 plug connectors, each (on average) having 850 contact points. A total of 123 organizations, including 36 factories, contributed parts to the entire Vostok system. Despite redundancy in a large number of systems, human-rating such a spacecraft with absolute confidence was practically impossible. Yet, the way that Soviet engineers designed the system, it was meant to operate even at the blurry edges where parameters were pushed to the max. It is because of this that I would argue that the Vostok design was in fact excellent engineering if we define 'excellent engineering' as also being incredibly *robust*."
a:Asif-Siddiqi  p:The-Space-Review  d:2015.10.12  w:3500  space  engineering  Russia  from twitter
5 weeks ago
How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds
"In terms of fervor, compulsive behavior, and parental noncomprehension, the Fortnite craze has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and the ingestion of Tide Pods. Parents speak of it as an addiction and swap tales of plunging grades and brazen screen-time abuse: under the desk at school, at a memorial service, in the bathroom at 4 a.m. They beg one another for solutions. A friend sent me a video he’d taken one afternoon while trying to stop his son from playing; there was a time when repeatedly calling one’s father a fucking asshole would have led to big trouble in Tomato Town."
a:Nick-Paumgarten★★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.05.21  w:3500  games  teens  addiction  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Bar Joke
"'Free will is a null concept and determinism is a fantasy. You will neither know the joy of choice nor the contentedness of participation in a grand scheme.'
The man orders a whiskey.
The machine failed to predict this, but only out of apathy."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.20  comic  bars  humor  artificial-intelligence 
6 weeks ago
Consensus
"Do... do they just follow you around everywhere?"
"This is how I got promoted at work."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.14  comic  relationships  social-media 
6 weeks ago
Washington Nationals may finally meet expectations — on and off the field
"Eight years later — after the council anguished over the stadium deal and finally approved it, after angry voters threw out three council members who had pushed for the deal, after the Expos became the Washington Nationals , and after Nationals Park became home to a team that fell right into the Washington Senators’ historic cellar-dwelling role — Monk has a wholly different view of baseball. 'I have to say, it’s been for the betterment of the community,' she said. 'Our crime seems to be under control. The neighborhood looks 100 percent better. The new housing is a great improvement.'"
a:Marc-Fisher  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2012.03.31  w:2500  basketball  development  DC  Navy-Yard  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
How North Korean hackers became the world’s greatest bank robbers
"In the capital, he says, the hackers’ families can enjoy great luxuries: hot water around the clock, regular electricity, rare food items — such as bananas — that are beyond the basic soldier’s ration allotment. (Other North Korean defectors have corroborated that eating bananas — or any imported tropical fruit — indicates high status.) But the very best cyberwarriors are deployed abroad and, by necessity, given free access to the internet. Of course, the web is a space seething with information the Kim dynasty hides from the general population. 'So these people do learn about North Korea’s reputation as a dictatorship,' Jang says. 'They know what they do is considered criminal. But still, they may feel proud. They’re earning money for their country by targeting the enemy.'"
a:Patrick-Winn  p:PRI/GlobalPost-Investigations  d:2018.05.16  w:4000  hacking  North-Korea  banks  incentives  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
The British Heat Wave and Aerial Archeology
"Parch marks—and their less dramatic form, crop marks—are fairly common clues for archeologists who are working in places with long, dense histories of human habitation. (Bewley also works in North Africa and the Middle East.) The buried remains of Roman foundations or medieval walls will cause 'negative' crop marks in a field of grass or wheat, because the roots of the plants on top of the ruins have less soil to work with—a phenomenon that becomes more noticeable when water is in short supply. The opposite is also true: filled-in ditches and moats, with their deeper soil, can lead to taller, greener plants and “positive” crop marks. The first aerial image to really excite British archeologists was taken in 1906, when British Army officers photographed Stonehenge from a balloon and noticed a darker ring of grass around the stones—the trace of an ancient ditch. 'You go to a site to photograph what you know is there, and then you see something next to it,' Bewley told me. 'That happens virtually every time we go flying.'"
a:Sam-Knight★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.08.05  w:1500  history  environment  aviation  UK  from twitter
6 weeks ago
What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?
"The radical relationship-based orientation of all my subjects caught me by surprise. As someone entering the height of my career, I expend much more energy on work than on relationships. And when I imagine my future, I envision what I will have accomplished rather than the quality of my interactions with those who are most important to me. These 90-something-year-olds emphasize the opposite when they look back on their lives. Their joys and regrets have nothing to do with their careers, but with their parents, children, spouses, and friends. Put simply, when I asked one person, 'Do you wish you accomplished more?' He responded, 'No, I wished I loved more.'"
a:Lydia-Sohn  d:2018.07.11  w:1500  aging  love  sex  relationships  parenting  time  children  friendship  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Varieties Of Argumentative Experience
"Imagine that, throughout your life, you’ve learned that UFO stories are fakes and hoaxes. Some friend of yours sees a UFO, and you assume (based on your priors) that it’s probably fake. They try to convince you. They show you the spot in their backyard where it landed and singed the grass. They show you the mysterious metal object they took as a souvenir. It seems plausible, but you still have too much of a prior on UFOs being fake, and so you assume they made it up. Now imagine another friend has the same experience, and also shows you good evidence. And you hear about someone the next town over who says the same thing. After ten or twenty of these, maybe you start wondering if there’s something to all of this UFOs. Your overall skepticism of UFOs has made you dismiss each particular story, but each story has also dealt a little damage to your overall skepticism. I think the high-level generators might work the same way. The libertarian says 'Everything I’ve learned thus far makes me think government regulations fail.' You demonstrate what looks like a successful government regulation. The libertarian doubts, but also becomes slightly more receptive to the possibility of those regulations occasionally being useful. Do this a hundred times, and they might be more willing to accept regulations in general. As the old saying goes, 'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they fight you half-heartedly, then they’re neutral, then they then they grudgingly say you might have a point even though you’re annoying, then they say on balance you’re mostly right although you ignore some of the most important facets of the issue, then you win.'"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.05.08  w:5500  conversation  social-media  politics  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
How is this speedrun possible? Super Mario Bros. World Record Explained
"In fact, hitting the vine block has no influence on the wrong warp working or not. It needs to be hit because the vine coming out of the block adds one more object on the screen, which forces the game to choose not to spawn the piranha plant in the pipe you need to take, in order to avoid going over its sprite limit and cause a lot of lag."
a:Bismuth  d:2018.03.02  video  games  analysis  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
A primer on fentanyl(s)
"For law enforcement, the parcel-post approach makes a hard problem nearly impossible. The volume of legitimate parcel post from China to the U.S. means that there’s no way to scan every package, or even a high enough fraction to make the traffic uneconomic. As more and more potent molecules appear, I’d expect another shift, from parcel post to regular international mail, moving the drugs in quantities of a gram or less, either just putting a tiny Baggie with the powder inside in the envelope, or perhaps dissolving the drug, soaking a sheet of ordinary paper in the solution, typing a letter on the paper, mailing it, and then extracting the drug at the other end of the process."
a:Mark-Kleiman  p:The-Reality-Based-Community  d:2018.05.24  w:2500  recreational-drugs  logistics  future  law-enforcement  China  from instapaper
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