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Mentor, Motivator, Rules Expert and Veteran NBA Referee
"NBRA: What goes into making a travel call? What do fans not understand about the difficulty of making a call like that?
JC: First, over the last three or four years, because of the point of emphasis that is put on us regarding that play, we have gotten tremendously better at calling it. The challenge is that we have a philosophy of refereeing the defender, where as 90% of the people who watch the game just watch the ball or the offensive player. The logic of officiating is to referee the defender because if you have your eye on the defender, any infraction that is committed, whether it be by the defender or an offensive foul by the offensive player, can be determined by referring the defender because he has to have set position on the floor to enable him to take an offensive foul. We are also able to see when he reaches, stops, when he impedes or when he dislodges by looking at those types of plays. So the defender is the key to refereeing philosophy, which can sometimes make it challenging to call a travel."
a:James-Capers  p:NBA-Referees  d:2017.03.24  w:1500  interview  basketball 
5 days ago
In southeastern Colorado, robots carefully disarm WWII-era chemical weapons
"Considering all the precaution that’s taken with these munitions, it’s easy to imagine that they’re very delicate. They are, but the munitions are not as delicate as you might expect. The burster material is made of tetratol or Composition B, Bailey said, so 'it sounds funny but we’re not overly concerned with dropping… the explosives themselves.' Bailey explained that the explosives were 'designed to have an explosive train set them off, so without that explosive train in place… they’re still explosives, they still demand a lot of respect, but the fact of the matter is they’re relatively non-sensitive.'"
a:Megan-Geuss  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2017.02.26  w:4500  weapons  war  World-War-II  robots  safety 
5 days ago
Kill the NBA draft
"Not all teams would be looking to chase the top rookies. Cap space can be valuable in July, and many teams would continue to target veteran free agents at the stroke of midnight, valuing proven production over potential. Some self-selecting teams would prefer to chase rookies over veterans, especially given restricted free agency rules and incumbent team advantages with regard to early extensions and designated player contracts. These high-end prospects and youth-focused franchises will find each other. In fact, they’ll find each other before July as amateur players work out for teams and the rumor mill cranks up. How do we know? Because free agents and teams already find each other rather efficiently in July and August. Free agency works in the NBA. You’re just adding another class of player to the mix."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SBNation  d:2017.03.26  w:2000  basketball  incentives  work  from instapaper
5 days ago
Fix Tanking: Ditch the draft
"Can you imagine how the restrictive parameters of the NBA draft would play out in any other business? Would we tell the a once-in-a-lifetime engineering grad who wants to negotiate a position and salary at the top tech firm in the Silicon Valley, 'No, actually, you're required to work for the sector's laughingstock, a company managed by incompetents with no clear vision of the future -- at a fixed salary that's set by a third party.' Yet this is the governing philosophy every spring when the NBA distributes members of the incoming draft class to the league's 30 teams."
a:Kevin-Arnovitz  p:ESPN/TrueHoop  d:2012.04.10  w:2000  basketball  incentives  work  from instapaper
6 days ago
Should the NBA Draft Be Abolished?
"As noted earlier, teams have the right to sign up to three rookies to a Rookie Max deal. All there is to really say about this: why would it be a problem if a team *did* sign three top rookies to a max contract? In order for a team to do this, they would have to *earn* it. To get three top-tier rookies to agree to sign to one team, that team would likely have all their ducks in a row. Solid management and coaches and saved cap space for the ability to make it happen. Could three top prospects that are all friends just pick a random spot with the cap room to fit them all in in order to play together and build a superpower? Sure. And what’s wrong with that? That team is likely not good, and if those three rookies all signed there, that team would likely then become good. And that’s the whole point!"
a:Dylan-Hughes  p:16-Wins-a-Ring  d:2017.06.19  w:4000  basketball  incentives  from instapaper
6 days ago
In the NBA’s Magically Chaotic Offseason, Everybody Wins
"The best thing about the offseason’s state of bright and unadulterated narrative is it is totally out of the NBA’s control. One of the dominant themes of the seven days since the end of the Finals is the (on-paper) ascendency of the Sixers, a team that spent roughly three seasons calling attention to the way the draft system incentivizes bad basketball by aggressively losing and whose fan base — half-trolling, half-sincere — elevated Sam Hinkie to martyrdom. There is no way Adam Silver is happy about this. The other narrative involves Dan Gilbert swinging his tail around in a china shop again, endangering a Cavs team that’s gone to three straight Finals and brought Cleveland its first title in over half a century. There’s no way the NBA is thrilled about its fans realizing, yet again, that many team owners are idiots and bad."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.20  w:1000  basketball  Cavs  LeBron-James  Kevin-Durant  from instapaper
6 days ago
Following the Josh Jackson Rumor Trail
"This supposed pinkie swear was well-covered last week, but the terrain at the top of the draft has shifted. The Sixers may have told Jackson they’d take him at no. 3, but they’re not picking there anymore. The Lakers’ position hasn’t changed. So let’s go all the way Infowars here: It was the *Celtics* who solemnly swore to take Jackson. Knowing it was going to orchestrate a trade-down with either Los Angeles or Philadelphia, both of whom were enamored with Fultz, Boston maintained its leverage and concealed its interest by having Jackson cancel his scheduled workout with the team. This is almost believable in the same way it feels like Instagram is eavesdropping on your conversations (otherwise, why so many ads for real estate in places with lax extradition policies?)."
a:Ben-Detrick  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.20  w:1000  basketball  from iphone
6 days ago
A Brief History of Celebrities Using the Notes App to Share Their Thoughts With the World
"But the app isn’t used just used by celebrities to address controversies. It’s not even exclusively used by celebrities! I don’t know anything about the NFL, but I’d probably pay more attention if they made all their statements with my favorite app."
a:Bobby-Finger  p:Jezebel★  d:2016.07.18  w:500  celebrities  Twitter  iPhone  public-relations  from iphone
6 days ago
The Art of Hosting: Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings and Confirmations
"What the fuck are you doing? Do you realize the implications? Your 13-year-old is cashing checks from his mother’s college roommate, his father’s business accountant? You know that’s sick. You know it in your gut. Your kid doesn’t need this and God does not allow it."
a:Matt-Stevenson  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.16  w:500  instructional  teens  from instapaper
6 days ago
Nihilist Start-Up Haikus
"Am I in the scope?
Aren’t we all client facing?
I die in Q4"
a:Andrew-Benedict  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.19  satire  work  startups  from twitter
6 days ago
Decades
"I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying '80s, 90s, and today'. I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.06  comic  time  radio  future  language 
6 days ago
State Word Map
"But whatever. Nobody checks this stuff. Just pick whatever normalization lets you make fun of Florida."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.06  comic  satire  maps  map  USA 
6 days ago
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election
"The libertarian movement has a lot of money and hardcore activist and intellectual support, which allows it to punch way above its weight. Libertarian organs like Reason regularly churn out polemics and studies designed to show that libertarianism is a huge new trend and the wave of the future. Sometimes, mainstream news organizations buy what they’re selling. But the truth is that the underrepresented cohort in American politics is the opposite of libertarians: people with right-wing social views who support big government on the economy."
a:Jonathan-Chait★★  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2017.06.18  w:500  visualization  2016-election  Democrats  Republicans  from twitter
6 days ago
The Compost King of New York
"Michael Reali, Regal’s vice president, told me the city paid him about $80 a ton to receive this material, and then he paid truckers to transport the waste upstate and a permitted composter $35 per ton to receive it. Sometimes the load was clean, sometimes not. Reali pivoted away from the school waste and gestured toward a 20-foot mound shoved against the opposite wall. Collected from two fruit wholesalers, the pile was almost 100 percent mangoes and avocados, with very little extraneous material. (And it smelled great.) I was starting to understand that compost, like oil, has different grades. Pure commercial streams like this one were akin to West Texas light crude: clean and easy to process. School and residential streams were like tar sands: dirty and expensive to upgrade."
a:Elizabeth-Royte  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.02.15  w:3500  NYC  food  energy  recycling  from twitter
6 days ago
Brutally Honest Freelance Writer Bios
"Cara Lepidus earned her J.D. from Boston College before becoming a Big Law junior associate working 80 hours a week. After her first child was born, her firm’s generous 'Work/Life Balance' policy allowed her to work 70 hours a week — while only cutting her salary in half. Forty pounds heavier, and unable keep both her bosses and her baby from near constant screaming, she turned to freelance writing, where she can’t hear screaming but does receive the occasional death threat via online comment section when internet strangers think Blanche, and not as she has claimed Sophia, is the best Golden Girl."
a:Elizabeth-Small  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.19  w:500  satire  writing  work  from iphone
7 days ago
The Apology Critics Who Want to Teach You How to Say You’re Sorry
"Lest these findings convince anyone a good apology is too much work to be worth it, Polin has also studied the various methods by which a violating entity can repair trust with the victim; the apology is just one way to do this. (There are also reparations and contractual, structural solutions, for instance.) Of all the possible ways to repair trust, apologizing is consistently found to be the cheapest, and often the most effective. 'Apologies are surprisingly effective if they’re given correctly,' says Polin. 'They’re easy.' And yet, SorryWatch has been in business for more than five years. Apologizing might be easy in the abstract, but clearly, human beings can always find new and interesting ways to fail at it."
a:Katie-Heaney  p:New-York-Magazine/Science-of-Us★  d:2017.06.08  w:1500  instructional  language  from twitter
7 days ago
We asked 8 Senate Republicans to explain what their health bill is trying to do
"Over the course of the past week, Vox asked eight Republican senators to explain the affirmative case for the bill. They rarely answered directly, at least not on the bill’s policy merits. Sometimes a senator could identify a desired *outcome*, like 'lowering premiums' or 'stabilizing marketplaces'. But they rarely could explain the *mechanism* through which they planned on achieving that outcome."
a:Tara-Golshan  a:Dylan-Scott  a:Jeff-Stein  p:Vox★★  d:2017.06.16  w:3000  healthcare-reform  from twitter
8 days ago
Knicks’ other Carmelo option if Jackson can’t pull off trade
"If Anthony is stretched, the Cavaliers would be out front looking to sign him to either the mini-mid-level exception ($5.5 million) or veteran’s minimum. LeBron James unmistakably said the Cavaliers need more 'firepower' to combat the Warriors after their 4-1 Finals runaway — never mentioning more defense. It sounded like a siren call for his longtime AAU buddy, just six months his elder."
a:Marc-Berman  p:New-York-Post  d:2017.06.15  w:500  basketball  Cavs  from iphone
10 days ago
Hi, I’ll Be Your Waiter Interrupting a Really Hard Conversation
"Hey! I’m back again, right as you were moving past inconsequential small talk and getting into why you’re both here, even though you’d rather be anywhere else! Have you thought about ordering any drinks? Drinks would be such a bad idea right now considering the emotional intensity of what you’re both surely going through. I recommend the Nighttime Bloody Mary! Makes your Thursday feel like Saturday!'"
a:Mike-Drucker  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.15  w:1000  satire  restaurants  alcohol  conversation  relationships  from twitter
10 days ago
Metro is getting rid of the 1000 and 4000 series railcars. That’s great… mostly.
"With the 1000 and 4000 cars gone, Metro can go back to running single-series consists; that is, all cars in each train are from the same series. In and of itself, that should provide benefits to Metro riders. First, by making it easier for Metro to assemble trains. Right now, trains can only leave the yard if there are enough cars from other series to be placed on either end of a 1000 or 4000, and it can take longer to assemble trains as pairs of railcars are shunted around to sandwich the older cars. The other advantage should be an increase in reliability. Mixing the different railcar series has caused issues because their systems are different. Doors close at different rates, interior next stop signs won’t work properly, and braking rate differences can cause a jerky ride."
a:Stephen-Repetski  a:Matt-Johnson★★  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.06.07  w:1000  Washington-Metro  from twitter
11 days ago
Trump-Style Tactics Finally Stopped Working For Uber
"At the dinner, Emil Michael, the right hand of CEO Travis Kalanick, heatedly complained to me about the press. The company, he told me, could hire a team of opposition researchers to fight fire with fire and attack the media — specifically to smear a female journalist who has criticized the company. I suggested to him that this plan wouldn’t really work because the story would immediately become a story about Uber behaving like maniacs. 'Nobody would know it was us,' Michael responded. 'But you just told me!' I replied."
a:Ben-Smith  p:BuzzFeed★★  d:2017.06.11  w:1000  Uber  media  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
11 days ago
Kevin Durant Has Been Promoted to Alpha-and-Omega Status
"James Harden: PROMOTED back to Top 5 Player In The League. This season was such a big turnaround for him. (Except for his last six quarters in the playoffs.) (Those were a total disaster.) (He shot 2-for-11 from the field in an elimination Game 6 against the Spurs.) (At home.) (Without Kawhi Leonard guarding him.) (LOL.) (Perhaps we should rethink his promotion.)"
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.14  w:2000  basketball  LeBron-James  JR-Smith  Kevin-Durant  James-Harden  from instapaper
11 days ago
Why Aren’t We Building Middle Income Housing?
"I know how easy it is to call for lower standards in someone else’s neighborhood, but let me reassure you that I live on the front line of this question. I live in Oakland in a neighborhood of craftsman houses from the early 1900s. Sometime in the 1960s, the city allowed developers to tear down a significant number of these modest but nicely designed houses and build exactly the kind of inexpensive apartment buildings that are illegal in most of urban America today. The two apartment buildings on my block are totally out of scale with the rest of the neighborhood, they have less parking than would be required today, and they are frankly, really ugly. There is no doubt in my mind that they impact property values, and help explain why the City of Oakland imposes all manner of expensive design requirements on new apartment buildings today. But this story privileges an upper middle-class point of view—it is the way you look at it if you are already a homeowner. You will never hear any of the homeowners on my block talk about it this way, but it is just as true that none of us would have been able to afford to live in our neighborhood if it were not for these ugly buildings. The presence of this modest quality housing has partly blunted the forces of gentrification in this part of Oakland. People can’t tell the same story about how the neighborhood is "up and coming" because it is obvious looking at them that these buildings are never going upscale."
a:Rick-Jacobus  p:Rooflines  d:2017.02.21  w:3000  housing  gentrification  incentives  regulation  cars  from twitter
13 days ago
The End Is Here
"Richardson tells Lindelof that two of the temped songs will have to go, including the first Otis number. She’ll find replacements, but the good news is they can keep his favorites. 'Thank God,' says Lindelof. He threatened to bankroll the second one himself if he had to. The prospect of losing songs feels jarring even to me, who has zero creative investment. Tempitis is contagious. Watching clever jokes lopped off or gorgeous shots casually discarded or even the showrunner’s pet songs killed—and this on a show lucky enough to make it to three seasons on low ratings—is a painful experience. It’s hard to watch people lose control over their favorite things, to see great ideas die unseen."
a:Boris-Kachka  p:Vulture★★  d:2017.06.04  w:16000  television  process  music  from twitter
13 days ago
The Trash Heap Has Spoken
"I take second helpings, thirds. I order appetizers and desserts. I get excited about homemade pasta and pork belly and chocolate cake and dirty martinis and bowls of pickled things. Sometimes when I talk about food, people around me laugh with surprise. Subconsciously, I think, they’re not expecting it; they’re expecting restraint, apology. I refuse to give it to them. For years, societal judgments about femme-style beauty hid my grandmother’s lesson from me. Makeup is necessary as concealment but too much is deceptive, we are told. Jewelry and clothing exist to distract from our flaws. Our outsides must reflect our insides: ashamed. My grandmother’s gaudy style drew attention to what it should have been hiding. But now, when I paint my lips poison-red, or noose myself in pearls and rhinestones, or hook a heavy earring into the punctum of my pierced ear, I think about her. When I walk outside in sequins or faux fur, or dab perfume below my ear, I think about her. She did what she was told she did not deserve to do, and I love her for that: she sat at a vanity and looked at herself and defiantly made herself *more*."
a:Carmen-Maria-Machado  p:Guernica  d:2017.02.13  w:3500  gender  clothing  film  television  from instapaper
13 days ago
The Age of Rudeness
"You can’t take those through, she says.
Why not, he asks pleasantly.
The bag has to close at the top, she says. That’s why not.
But I need them to paint with, he says.
You can’t take them through, she says.
He looks at her in silence. He is looking directly into her eyes. He stands completely quiet and still. The look goes on for a very long time. Her eyes are small and pale blue and impotent: I did not notice them until now. My friend neither blinks nor looks away, and the woman is forced to hold herself there as the seconds tick by, her small eyes open and straining. During those seconds, it seems as if layers of her are being removed: She is being simplified, put in order, by being looked at. He is giving her his full attention, and I watch the strange transformation occur. Finally he speaks.
What do you suggest I do, he says, very calmly."
a:Rachel-Cusk  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.02.15  w:6500  social-interaction  travel  customer-service  aviation  UK  language  from instapaper
13 days ago
Why Sunday Night’s Episode of The Leftovers Was Inspired by Matt Zoller Seitz
"I had you on the brain, right around the time that we were starting to talk about episode five, which we decided to title, 'It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World' because we wanted it to have that 1960s caper energy. It’s not like I wrote it for you; that’s too weird. There are certain things we’ve done for very specific critics — famously Andy Greenwald, we designed the entire opening of the second season, the cavewoman opening, just to piss him off, and were successful in doing so."
a:Matt-Zoller-Seitz  a:Damon-Lindelof  p:Vulture★★  d:2017.05.14  w:6000  interview  television  death  religion  from instapaper
15 days ago
Neighbor vs. neighbor: The saga of Cloakroom’s rooftop continues in Mount Vernon Triangle
"Padro said the opposition to the rooftop is motivated by a larger opposition to a strip club in general. In a May 23 email to Marriott, Padro wrote, 'When constituents stake out unreasonable positions, or decide in their inexperience that they know how to handle matters better than elected officials with years of experience, leadership can require making decisions that may not be popular in the short term, but are the right thing to do. This is one of those occasions.'"
a:Rebecca-Cooper  p:Washington-Business-Journal  d:2017.06.08  w:500  government  DC  from instapaper
15 days ago
What It's Like to Be Head Chef on a Luxury Superyacht
"Often I need to be off the boat buying new produce for lunch. The idea of dropping into a market sounds wonderful, but when you're rushing, it's horrible. You're trying to get receipts from everyone, and no one does receipts. There'll be these big Caribbean women selling me 50 bananas, just having none of it and I can't contend."
a:Anonymous  p:VICE/Munchies  d:2017.01.08  w:1000  travel  cooking  from instapaper
17 days ago
Eric Thames and the Transformative Power of Boredom
"That is a data-density chart of a hitter who has zeroed in. He believes that allows some unconscious process that’s he has cultivated to unlock and react to pitches in-game. 'It’s crazy how the body works, too,' Thames said. 'If you just sit in a certain zone, and shut the mind off, and you get a nasty curveball, you just kind of react and hit a home run.'"
a:Travis-Sawchik  p:FanGraphs  d:2017.05.10  w:2000  baseball  time  from instapaper
17 days ago
The Art of Hosting: Weddings
"And what about the fucking math? Think about it. $5000 for each guest to get to Bali and back, the hotel, expenses, everything. And you invited 100 people. So your fucking wedding is worth $500,000? Half a million dollars should be spent because you met your special guy? You don’t deserve that. You deserve nothing. You are a cancer. Just have a fucking wedding that people can go to. Go to Bali afterward, and spend your own fucking money. Go to some bar by the beach with your husband who wears his sunglasses on the top of his head. Get drunk all night and stumble onto the beach and make out. I hope you get robbed. You will get robbed. The world is poison and you are a rat and there is justice for the cruel."
a:Matt-Stevenson  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.02  w:1500  instructional  manifesto  travel  family  from instapaper
17 days ago
Uber CEO Kalanick advised employees on sex rules for a company celebration in 2013 ‘Miami letter’
"According to sources, while many companies send out warning emails before events, Kalanick was advised not to send this email."
a:Kara-Swisher  a:Johana-Bhuiyan  p:Recode  d:2017.06.08  w:1500  email  work  management  Uber  from twitter
17 days ago
Princeton University’s 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks
"This experiment helps to explain Wall Street bonuses and CEO pay, and I’m sure lots of other human behavior. But it also is relevant to new graduates of Princeton University. In a general sort of way you have been appointed the leader of the group. Your appointment may not be entirely arbitrary. But you must sense its arbitrary aspect: you are the lucky few. Lucky in your parents, lucky in your country, lucky that a place like Princeton exists that can take in lucky people, introduce them to other lucky people, and increase their chances of becoming even luckier. Lucky that you live in the richest society the world has ever seen, in a time when no one actually expects you to sacrifice your interests to anything. All of you have been faced with the extra cookie. All of you will be faced with many more of them. In time you will find it easy to assume that you deserve the extra cookie. For all I know, you may. But you’ll be happier, and the world will be better off, if you at least pretend that you don’t."
a:Michael-Lewis★★  p:Princeton-University  d:2012.06.03  w:2000  speech  work  from twitter
17 days ago
Comey draws big crowds to DC bars for politics and pints
"Many in DC said holding events for political events is a standard practice given that it's an industry town. 'It's just what the community wants to watch,' Molly Hippolitus, communications director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns The Partisan, told CNN. 'Whether you're in government or not, you are just so keenly aware of these events or interested in them that holding a Comey testimony viewing party just felt like a fun thing to do. It's so distinctly Washingtonian.'"
a:Saba-Hamedy  p:CNN  d:2017.06.08  w:1000  bars  politics  DC  from iphone
17 days ago
Uncanny Patty
"This can seem unfathomable. Cars, trains, and buses are all man-made technologies that operate in a state of constancy, and their steady undulations of exhaust into our air are a reminder of how inefficient our tools of expedience still are. So it can be difficult for those who have little contact with an agrarian lifestyle to conceive of live animals being a man-made technology — but that’s exactly what livestock is. When scaled to accommodate billions around the world, this technology we’ve had for millennia is wildly, disastrously inefficient. 'The way that we’re producing meat today, using animals as the technology for turning plant biomass into meat, is the most destructive technology on earth today by a wide margin,' said Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods and a former biochemistry professor at Stanford. 'It’s a technology that was brilliant 10,000 years ago, but is completely unsuited to a world where there are billions of people who want those foods.'"
a:Danny-Chau  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.02.27  w:5000  food  animals  sustainability  environment  David-Chang  engineering  from instapaper
18 days ago
How Perfume Genius Grew Up And Started Thriving
"'Sobriety doesn’t solve everything,' Alan tells me. 'Recovery is hard, and it’s really uncomfortable all the time. Some people think, I’m going to quit drinking and all my problems will be solved. But when you quit drinking, all your problems are actually pretty glaring. You have to stop, you have to repair your relationships, you have to think about your health, and paying bills, and being an adult.'"
a:Alex-Frank  p:Fader  d:2017.02.21  w:3500  Perfume-Genius  addiction  relationships  from instapaper
18 days ago
James Comey, is this man bothering you?
"Comey: so for instance I thought of a good one the other day
if I try to hide in the curtains
Sessions: what
Comey: like physically camouflage myself in the curtains
Sessions: I don’t understand
like Scarlett O’Hara?
Comey: is this a Southern reference
Sessions: is my name Jefferson Beauregard Sessions"
a:Alexandra-Petri  p:The-Washington-Post/ComPost  d:2017.06.07  w:1000  satire  Donald-Trump  gender  from iphone
18 days ago
‘I just can’t seem to get a break’: After a year, Metro’s chief still faces an uphill climb
"As the head of the region’s transit agency, who had observed the alarming conditions firsthand, Wiedefeld said the decision was his to make — not something to hand down to regional leaders for debate. 'They don’t have the technical background,' he said in a recent interview. 'They had not been part of what I’d seen, what I’d heard, what we had looked at. It wouldn’t be fair for them, it wouldn’t be fair to put them in that spot.'"
a:Martine-Powers  a:Faiz-Siddiqui  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2017.02.05  w:3000  Washington-Metro  management  leadership  bureaucracy  from instapaper
19 days ago
Making Sense of Our Compulsions
"The reason I keep going back to the hoarders is I just wish that anybody who reads this book, if they could just come away with a little bit more sympathy for people who really have the same emotions that we all do but just in a way that has caused them a lot of trouble and grief, that would be a good thing."
a:Jessica-Gross  a:Sharon-Begley  p:Longreads★  d:2017.02.08  w:4000  interview  psychology  addiction  mobile  from instapaper
19 days ago
10 Slightly Ridiculous Prop Bets for the NBA Finals
"My favorite subplot of the Finals is how much these two teams seem to enjoy taking shots at each other. We’ve gotten petty T-shirts, petty song mutes, petty Halloween decorations, petty sideways insults, and petty Photoshops. I am so excited to see what comes next. I hope it’s something big and obvious and merciless, like maybe during the press conference following a Game 1 loss, Kyrie Irving says it’s actually their strategy to go down 3–1 in the series."
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.05.31  w:1500  basketball  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  LeBron-James  from instapaper
19 days ago
Why the Internet Tilde Is the Most Perfect Piece of Snark We Have
"Though 'visual onomatopoeia' isn't actually a real idea, when I floated the idea by the linguist Lauren Gawne, she referenced a 1929 study done by German-American psychologist Wolfgang Köhler on what he titled the 'bouba/kiki effect.' In the study, both American college students and Indian Tamil speakers were shown two different shapes — one curvy, and one jagged. The participants were then asked which of these shapes was named bouba and which was named kiki. In both the English and the Tamil-speaking groups, 95 to 98 percent picked the curvy shape as 'bouba' and the jagged shape as 'kiki.' In other words, the names of objects are not arbitrary — which means, by extension, that our reasons for repurposing punctuation marks may not be so arbitrary, either."
a:Jess-Kimball-Leslie  p:New-York-Magazine/Science-of-Us★  d:2017.06.05  w:1000  language  Twitter  from instapaper
20 days ago
Considerations On Cost Disease
"So, to summarize: in the past fifty years, education costs have doubled, college costs have dectupled, health insurance costs have dectupled, subway costs have at least dectupled, and housing costs have increased by about fifty percent. US health care costs about four times as much as equivalent health care in other First World countries; US subways cost about eight times as much as equivalent subways in other First World countries. I worry that people don’t appreciate how weird this is. I didn’t appreciate it for a long time. I guess I just figured that Grandpa used to talk about how back in his day movie tickets only cost a nickel; that was just the way of the world. *But all of the numbers above are inflation-adjusted*. These things have dectupled in cost even *after* you adjust for movies costing a nickel in Grandpa’s day. They have really, genuinely dectupled in cost, no economic trickery involved."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.02.09  w:6500  history  pricing  education  medicine  housing  public-transit  incentives  insurance  regulation  government  from twitter
20 days ago
Here Be Dragons
"According to Becker, astronomers someday hope to have surveys like this from every part of the electromagnetic spectrum. 'Once you make an image, you’ll find a whole bunch of new phenomena. Every new survey opens new dimensions,' he says, which he means literally. In physics, Becker explains, 'most of what we take for granted today wasn’t dreamed of thirty years ago. It’s like science fiction—dark matter, gravitational waves, quantum entanglement.' Since he began mapping the sky, for example, we’ve learned to predict where black holes are through their gravitational pull; if they’re orbiting a star, the star wobbles. 'Anytime you talk about black holes, you’re on the verge of science fiction,' he says. 'Can you fall into a black hole and be transported across the universe? Some physicists don’t think that’s totally far-fetched.' In much the same way that early explorers stretched the human imagination, astronomy continues to push the limits of our understanding of creation itself, requiring a kind of faith. As Becker notes, more data usually just gives rise to even more questions. 'In the outer reaches of even our own universe,' Becker says, 'dragons are still there.'"
a:Lois-Parshley  p:VQR  d:2017.01.03  w:6000  maps  space  geography  disaster  from instapaper
20 days ago
'I thought I was smarter than almost everybody': my double life as a KGB agent
"Dittrich was given his mission: to establish contacts with foreign policy think tanks, and in particular President Carter’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski. He was given little guidance as to how he should do this, or even how best to blend into US society. The people who trained him had little feeling for the real fabric of America, its visceral, unquantifiable essence. 'It’s as if they had spent time looking at fish swimming in an aquarium, and now they are training you to be a fish,' Barsky says. 'But they don’t actually know what it’s like to be a fish.'"
a:Shaun-Walker  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2017.02.11  w:4500  espionage  Russia  culture  from instapaper
20 days ago
The Rap Pact: How Jay Z and Hot 97 Combined Forces to Take Over Hip-Hop
"At the time, Jay Z was best known for his cameo on his mentor Jaz-O’s goofy 1989 single 'Hawaiian Sophie.' On most of his early records, Jay didn’t stand out lyrically and rhymed in double-time flows with an unearned confidence. Like some rap fans, Flex, who just happened to be the most influential DJ on the most influential rap radio station in the world, was unimpressed. 'I had no faith in Jay Z,' he says. 'I did not think he was going to be a hill of beans.' Still, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash hounded Flex whenever they crossed paths. 'You know you’re fucking sleeping, right?' Dash would tell him. He never asked Flex for his opinion on the music. 'He spoke to me like a loan shark,' Flex remembers. 'It was like, "Bro, this is going to fucking happen—whether you’re on board is going to be your fucking choice."'"
a:Thomas-Golianopoulos  p:Pitchfork★★  d:2017.02.14  w:3500  hip-hop  Jay-Z  from instapaper
20 days ago
Why America’s Airports Suck
"America's airports feel like bus stations because, broadly speaking, they are funded like bus stations. They don't rely on taxpayer money, nor are they allowed to turn profits. Anything they earn must be reinvested into the facilities. The trouble for U.S. airports is that what they earn -- through pennies on pretzels, rent from airlines, and a $4.50-per-ticket charge -- isn't nearly enough to keep pre-9/11 facilities safe, functioning, and ready for the 21st century. Overseas and in Canada airports have solved this problem by bringing in private investors, selling off operator rights, and taking control of, and often raising, the user fee. Those tactics either aren't allowed in the U.S. or they haven't been exercised. The result: places like LaGuardia."
a:Leanna-Orr  p:Institutional-Investor  d:2017.02.09  w:4500  aviation  NYC  infrastructure  investing  from instapaper
20 days ago
On Being Cut
"To own, love and properly use a knife is to feel that you’ve overcome your fear of it, learned to master it, yet it has lost none of its potency in the transaction. The cut becomes a symbol of the delicate line you’ve walked. For all the times you have taken your knife in your hand and it worked for you beautifully it is still capable of turning on you. In other parts of our lives we usually correct, avoid or dispose of things that hurt us but in this sense our relationship with the knife is like the one we have with a particularly favored or thoroughbred pet. It’s okay if it occasionally bites or kicks."
a:Tim-Hayward  p:Eater★★  d:2017.05.22  w:1000  restaurants  cooking  dogs  health  tools  from instapaper
20 days ago
FAQ for Men Who Just Discovered Apologizing
"What are the advantages of apologizing?
Being apologetic has many advantages. Your significant other and anyone you interact with won’t hate you, outwardly or secretly. You will not be forced to fight miscellaneous men on the streets for random problems. The list goes on and on."
a:Hugo-Ramos  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.06.05  w:500  satire  FAQ  gender  instructional  from instapaper
20 days ago
Save Yourself From Tedious Small Talk
"If someone says, 'I just got back from vacation,' three in four people give a dead-end reply like, 'Boy, do I need one of those.' A more inviting question, such as, 'What was your favorite day like?' can keep the conversation from dying on the vine. Vanessa Van Edwards had been attending networking events for several years during and after college when she realized she was having the same conversation again and again. 'It went like this: So what do you do? Yeah. Where are you from. Yeah, yeah, been there. Do you live around here? Well, I’d better go get another glass of wine.'"
a:Sue-Shellenbarger  p:The-Wall-Street-Journal★  d:2017.05.23  w:1000  instructional  conversation  from instapaper
20 days ago
Fuck Facebook
"The Internet Archive is our only good defense against broken links. Blocking them from indexing Facebook content is a huge 'fuck you' to anyone who cares about the longevity of the stuff they link to. Treat Facebook as the private walled garden that it is. If you want something to be publicly accessible, post it to a real blog on any platform that embraces the real web, the open one."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2017.06.01  w:500  manifesto  web  Facebook  from twitter
20 days ago
Episode 114: J.J. Redick Plays Ball, Eats Food
"When I was at Duke my sophomore year, I had a diet of Bojangles’ biscuits… late-night quesadillas… and 24 packs of Miller Lite."
a:Adam-Rapoport  a:JJ-Redick  p:Bon-Appétit-Foodcast  d:2017.05.31  podcast  interview  food  nutrition  restaurants  process  basketball  travel  from twitter
22 days ago
Cavs' LeBron James on critical media: 'I really don't hear the noise'
"Earlier in the week, James said that he used to get caught up in perceptions about him while competing in the Finals. Discussions of his legacy and his ability to deliver in clutch playoff situations, for example, have been common topics that have filled airwaves and websites during June games. James said as he has aged and experienced more success, he has moved on from that focus. 'I'm not in that department anymore. I left that in [my] 20s. I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics people" department no more. I got a promotion when I got to the 30s.'"
a:Brian-Windhorst★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.06.03  w:500  LeBron-James  media  from iphone
22 days ago
Family law (divorce, custody, child support) summer media round-up
"The word 'children' appears twice in the article, published by a newspaper in a winner-take-all jurisdiction (see the New York chapter), and once it is in the sentence 'If there are children, who will take the lead in keeping track of their activities calendar?' (not, 'How will they go to college if 100 percent of the family’s savings are spent on divorce litigation?'). The paper tells adult readers that the important stuff is adult happiness and emotions: 'Do you still love him or her?'; 'Would you really be happier without your partner?'; 'What is your biggest fear in ending the relationship?'; 'Are you letting the prospect of divorce ruin your self-image?' There seems to be no question that if one adult can become happier or better off, a unilateral (initiated by one partner against the other partner’s wishes) divorce is a good idea. Part of the 'better off' calculation is financial and the Times wisely advises people considering suing for divorce to meet with financial advisors and litigators, with the implication that it might make sense to stay married if divorce isn’t sufficiently lucrative."
a:Philip-Greenspun  p:Philip-Greenspun  d:2017.06.02  w:1000  law  family  children  from instapaper
24 days ago
Silicon Valley: A Reality Check
"I would recommend people stop talking about how Silicon Valley only makes ridiculous overpriced juicers. It’s not that it doesn’t make those. It does, just like everywhere else. A Facebook friend pointed out that QVC has been selling our parents ridiculous overpriced kitchen items since before we were born. Billy Mays pitched the EZ Crunch Bowl, which promised to “revolutionize your cereal-eating experience”. The unique thing about Silicon Valley isn’t that it’s got overpriced status goods designed to separate rich people from their money. The unique thing about Silicon Valley is that it’s got *anything else*."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.05.11  w:1500  startups  innovation  from instapaper
25 days ago
Postmarketing Surveillance Is Good And Normal
"You are never going to be able to figure out everything pre-approval. At best, you can prove that the drug is reasonably safe for the vast majority of people. Then later you find something that only happens once in a hundred thousand years, or only to people without gall bladders, or only to Han Chinese, or only if you eat too much sauerkraut. And then the FDA issues a safety communication about it. That’s what it looks like when the system works."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.05.18  w:1500  pharmaceuticals  regulation  process  from twitter
25 days ago
Pinboard Acquires Delicious
"This is the fifth time Delicious has been sold. Founded in 2003, the site received funding from Union Square Ventures in 2005, and sold to Yahoo later that year for somewhere between $15-$30M. In December of 2010, Yahoo announced it was ‘sunsetting’ Delicious, an adventure I wrote about at length. The site was sold to the YouTube founders in 2011. They subsequently sold it to Science, Inc. in 2014. Science sold it to Delicious Media in 2016, and last month Delicious Media sold it to me. Do not attempt to compete with Pinboard."
a:Maciej-Ceglowski★★★  p:Pinboard-Blog★★★  d:2017.06.01  w:500  Pinboard  business  from twitter
25 days ago
Some of My Best Friends Are Sensualists
"Sexualists hate nothing more than someone who takes too long. Oh god it's so awful — they peer into your eyes and they stroke you and say, 'Mmm.' I read recently that 51% of Canadians surveyed said they valued their partner's satisfaction above their own. Above their own! Quit looking at me, Canadian lover! It's a lot of pressure having someone hovering up there, worrying about my orgasms."
a:Lisa-Carver  p:Nerve  d:1997  w:1500  sex  Canada  from instapaper
26 days ago
Tristan Thompson is an enormous 'problem' for Cavs opponents
"Defend LeBron James and all that shooting for 20 seconds, and here comes Thompson to extend the possession, or end it with a shot that might make the bottom of the last page in a scouting report. He is perhaps the most demoralizing player in the league, and there might be no more demoralizing NBA moment than Thompson hitting a floater at the end of the shot clock. 'I get it,' Thompson said, laughing. 'I'm last on the checklist. That's fine with me. I love seeing all the energy and hope come out of the other team.' 'Everything he does,' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, 'is so deflating.'"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.05.30  w:2500  Cavs  from instapaper
26 days ago
‘Washington Post’ Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source
"'Seriously, I have to start scheduling these rendezvous earlier, because as soon as dusk settles in, you can forget it.' At press time, Rucker was idling his car near the space occupied by a New York Times reporter who had just received a thumb drive and appeared to be wrapping things up."
p:The-Onion★★  d:2017.05.30  satire  media  Donald-Trump  journalism  from twitter
27 days ago
Sandy, of All Things, Has Helped Open Access to Jersey Shore
"A battle over beach access has raged for generations along the Jersey Shore as wealthy enclaves have fought to keep their beaches uncrowded and free of day trippers. Restrictive tactics include imposing parking permits, adding parking meters, creating private beach clubs, limiting facilities for bathers and raising fees for badges that allow access to the beach. But the destruction that Hurricane Sandy caused nearly five years ago has produced a bit of a silver lining. The sand and construction provided by the Corps of Engineers comes with a catch: They will be made available only to public beaches, and parking and pathways to the beach must be accessible. So up and down the 127-mile coastline, in areas hit the hardest by the storm, beach access for the first time in years is slowly becoming easier."
a:Nick-Corasaniti  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.05.30  w:1000  Hurricane-Sandy  class  from twitter
27 days ago
36 Hours at My Parents’ House
"First-class service begins when my mom picks you up at LAX. Be prepared for her perfectly innocent questions about your life. Don’t read into the fact that she follows your answers with detailed updates about the doings of your wildly successful peers. You have to agree, it *is* amazing so many kids went on to do such great things, having only had all of the advantages."
a:Jeremy-Resnick  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.05.12  w:1500  satire  travel  family  Los-Angeles  from twitter
28 days ago
The Art of Hosting: Dinner Parties
"The people at one end of the table never speak to, or hear, or even fucking meet, the people at the other end. How the fuck is that a party? What the fuck is the point of that? It’s like showing your guests a magnificent buffet, then allowing them only to eat from one corner of it. At the end of the night, at every fucking dinner party ever held, all the guests who never spoke to each other all night meet at the doorway, or on the sidewalk outside, and they say, 'Sorry we didn’t get a chance to talk.' This has happened at every fucking dinner party since the first cave-motherfucker came up with this world-ending idea in the first place. 'Sorry, we didn’t get a chance to talk.' This is what they say."
a:Matt-Stevenson★  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.05.19  w:1000  instructional  food  conversation  manifesto  from instapaper
29 days ago
The Best Hamburger Buns Are the Cheapest Hamburger Buns
"Texture is also important. The bun is, more than anything, a foil for your burger; your teeth should barely register its existence on their way to appreciating the density of the patty. Why, then, do some insist on buns that are obstacles not just for your teeth but for your jaw as well? Do they truly have so little respect for ground beef? Give me buns like tissues, like pillows, like clouds: give me a light, airy, golden dome that’s full of beefy promises."
a:Paula-Forbes  p:GQ★★  d:2017.05.26  w:500  food  instructional  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Crystal City’s Midcentury Promise of a Self-Contained Life Still Echoes in DC’s Hippest Neighborhoods
"Apartments in Crystal City had waiting lists, and builders kept building. Residents liked that it was convenient and safe, but it wasn’t just that. Buildings had become sterile and unidimensional, Malcolm Rivkin, a Washington urban planner, argued. Crystal City would reverse this by giving residents 'diversity in their immediate environment,' he said. Residents agreed. They could go to the spa, the movies, and the pool, all without leaving the comfortable confines of Crystal City. One woman was rumored to have stayed in Crystal City for six months in a row. Patricia Davis, the wife of Dost’s colleague, only left for church. 'It’s a new kind of living,' Dost said."
a:Noah-Lanard  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2017.05.19  w:1000  DC  housing  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Kyrie Irving Is Great (But No Scottie Pippen): Cookies 58
"Reddick would be a decent signing for the Nets – they really like shooting 3s, his haircut is appropriate, he's got a tattoo sleeve..."
a:Ben-Detrick  a:Jordan-Redaelli  p:VICE/Cookies★★  d:2017.05.25  podcast  basketball  from iphone
4 weeks ago
How Kyrie Irving dominated Game 4
"'I was saying to myself, "They cannot tie up this series, they cannot,"' Irving said. 'We had to be able to face adversity, look it in the face, and say, "You're not going to win today."' Irving played through a left ankle injury; he rolled it on Celtics guard Terry Rozier's foot in the third quarter following a bucket in transition. He stayed down and grabbed his lower leg in pain. But he tightened his shoes and was able to stay in the game. 'I've twisted my ankle so many times on plays like that,' Irving said. 'You have two choices, you can sit there and wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment.'"
a:Brian-Windhorst★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.05.24  w:500  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  from iphone
4 weeks ago
This NBA Life
"From there, Clifton asked if they wanted to go hang off the edge of the Space Needle (she meant the CN Tower) — which Jefferson called 'some white people shit' — and then Frye took his own advice and dug into the bottom of the shrimp dumplings with his uncovered paw.
Kyrie Irving: 'Wow, Channing. That is fucking ridiculous. Wow. He found a secret stash underneath the sauce, didn’t even wait, he just took his hands …'
Frye: 'I clamped it.'"
a:John-Gonzalez  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.05.24  w:3000  Cavs  podcasts  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
How LeBron and Kyrie orchestrate the NBA's scariest play
"Players and coaches discuss the LeBron-Irving pick-and-roll as if it brings actual death and terror. 'LeBron will lay you out,' says Mike Budenholzer, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, and a man who sounds like he's sick of thinking about this. 'Kyrie sets a good screen. They know all the tricks. They are a nightmare.'"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.05.23  w:3000  Cavs  LeBron-James  Kyrie-Irving  basketball  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Counterpoint: The NBA Playoffs Are Actually Incredible
"We had Blake Griffin missing the playoffs after injuring his big toe, which was the most Clippers-y thing anybody had ever heard, and then we had the Clippers improbably winning a Game 6 on the road against Utah to keep the series alive and force a Game 7 back in Los Angeles, only for them to lose it at home in front of their fans, which immediately became the new most Clippers-y thing about it."
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.05.24  w:1500  basketball  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
What’s More Likely: a Lost Isaiah Thomas Tooth, or a Steph Curry Dunk?
"Draymond had only 14 technical fouls in the 2016–17 season. That’s it. I thought it was way more than that. I assumed he was definitely in the 20s, and possibly into the 30s. But nope: just 14. And here’s a thing that will surprise you: That’s actually the same amount that the charming, beautiful, cherubic, tiny little hummingbird Isaiah Thomas had. Isaiah is a sneaky devil, it seems. Or maybe it’s one of those situations where he’s just so cute that him doing something wrong doesn’t even bother you, like when you let a puppy chew on your fingers and you giggle while he growls."
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.05.17  w:1500  basketball  Draymond-Green  LeBron-James  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The Future of Not Working
"The idea for the nonprofit came to Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus, who is now a professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego, when they were graduate students at Harvard. Both were studying development and doing fieldwork overseas, an experience that underlined an Economics 101 lesson: Cash was more valuable to its recipients than the in-kind gifts commonly distributed by aid groups, like food or bed nets or sports equipment. If you’re hungry, you cannot eat a bed net. If your village is suffering from endemic diarrhea, soccer balls won’t be worth much to you. 'Once you’ve been there, it’s hard to imagine doing anything but cash,' Faye told me. 'It’s so deeply uncomfortable to ask someone if they want cash or something else. They look at you like it’s a trick question.'"
a:Annie-Lowery  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.02.23  w:4000  work  future  Africa  basic-income  charity  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments
"It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for. After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city."
a:Mitch-Landrieu  p:The-Pulse  d:2017.05.19  w:3000  speech  race  USA  memory  New-Orleans  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Random Obsessions
"I take the view that 'open-faced sandwiches' are not sandwiches, but all other physical objects are."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.05  comic  search  food  trends 
5 weeks ago
Between Trump and his national security adviser lie 'ferocious' internal politics
"'It can be difficult to advise the President effectively given his seemingly short attention span and propensity to be easily distracted,' a source knowledgeable about McMaster's day-to-day challenges told CNN. The source added that McMaster's task -- being an honest broker of various national security options for the President -- is further complicated by fears on the National Security Council that Trump can be reckless with sensitive information. 'You can't say what not to say,' the source said of Trump, 'because that will then be one of the first things he'll say.'"
a:Jake-Tapper  p:CNN  d:2017.05.19  w:1000  Donald-Trump  intelligence-gathering  media  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Africa is urbanising without globalising
"Elsewhere in the world, cities which work well are expensive precisely because they are productive. London costs a fortune in part because so many good jobs are based there. What cities create is the possibility of specialisation. In a village, most people have to be farmers; in a city, you can do anything. And the wealthiest cities in the world are part of a network. As long as the developing world’s cities remain turned in on themselves, they will never be a part of that. Globalisation, which is making the rest of the world’s metropolises more pleasant, exciting (and expensive) places to live, will pass Africa by."
a:Daniel-Knowles  p:CapX  d:2017.04.21  w:1000  cities  travel  business  Africa  infrastructure  globalization  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Celtics and Lakers Can Build New Evil Empires Now: Cookies 57
"That game that he played was masterful. And you know how I used to feel about Kevin Love. <dreamy voice> He’s won my heart!"

"I think he also gets more handsome as he gets older."
"I’ve got to look at his handsome shares per 36, but I think you’re right on that. If you go to the metrics, his hunkiness has exploded since coming to Cleveland."
a:Ben-Detrick  a:Jordan-Redaelli  p:VICE/Cookies★★  d:2017.05.18  podcast  Kevin-Love  Cavs  LeBron-James  from iphone
5 weeks ago
Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future
"If there’s one thing we should learn from the past, it’s that there will *always* be ubiquitous technology of the future that’s inconceivable to people of the past. We don’t know *which* technologies that seem positively impossible to us will turn out to be ubiquitous later in our lives—but there will be some. People always underestimate the Human Colossus."
a:Tim-Urban★★★  p:Wait-But-Why★★★  d:2017.04.20  w:36000  future  biology  artificial-intelligence  technology  Elon-Musk  history  medicine  communication  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Fifteen Feet Of Trouble
"Why is this worth mentioning? Those were the only free throws James would take all regular season in the final minute of a one-possession game. Now read that sentence again and consider what it means. Just two do-or-die free throws during an entire regular season is the outlier of all outliers. Last season James took 15 such shots. In 2013-14, he took 21, the second-highest total in the NBA. In 2007-08, he took 32. In fact, he's averaged 18 such shots per season since 2005-06 and never fewer than 11 -- until this season's total of two, which placed him tied for 117th in the NBA with Tim Quarterman, Luc Mbah a Moute and Marcus Georges-Hunt. How does one explain this? The cause seems almost inescapable: James is running away from the do-or-die free throw."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.05.19  w:3000  analysis  basketball  LeBron-James  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Favorite dining options around the NBA
"More popular with younger guys than with vets, the Mexican fast-casual chain is the NBA's No. 1 go-to option on the road, where there's sure to be a location in close proximity to the team hotel. Many player agents procure a Chipotle celebrity card for their clients, entitling them to a free meal every day. As fast food goes, the burritos and bowls are a comparatively healthy alternative to the chicken fingers that led the league in usage rate a decade ago."
a:Kevin-Arnovitz  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.05.20  w:1000  list  restaurants  basketball  food  Chipotle  from iphone
5 weeks ago
Cartography in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles
"As magical as AVs will be, they won’t be magical enough to make all of these realities disappear. And we’ll still have a bunch of trip-related questions. Unfortunately, today’s mapping and navigation software isn’t optimized for answering these questions. It’s not that they’re *incapable* of answering them; it’s just that they’re not as good as they could be at answering them because they’re so focused on human drivers."
a:Justin-O'Beirne  p:Justin-O'Beirne  d:2017  w:8000  maps  self-driving-cars  visualization  driving  travel  from twitter
5 weeks ago
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