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From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars
"Casting directors never have the final say on who gets what part – that privilege goes to the showrunner in television and the director and producers in film. Instead their art involves delicate persuasion, applying pressure without appearing to do so. 'We have to stop people casting the wrong people,' said Gold. 'We have to try and get them to make the right choices without bossing them around. It’s quite difficult.' She paused. 'This morning I found myself on the phone saying maybe I just don’t care and you should cast the wrong person to play Prince Philip. Maybe I just don’t fucking care … But then you realise you would be really shit at your job if you just let them have what they want.'"
a:Sophie-Elmhirst  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2018.04.26  w:6000  acting  film  television  process  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Learn to Dunk
"I gave myself six months to dunk because that was the low end of the 'six to eight months”'prescribed on the website of Brandon Todd, a 5'5" former D-III star who set the same goal for himself in 2005, and then, at age 22, accomplished it. When I first contacted him, Todd perfectly expressed the more shallow reason behind my goal: 'When you can dunk, it means you’re a good athlete. Period. It takes away any subjectiveness'."
a:Michael-McKnight  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2015  w:6000  experiment  basketball  NBA  fitness  from instapaper
8 weeks ago by bankbryan
George Clooney's Rules for Living
"He is not just a man with a healthy ego, as the saying goes; he's a man with a healthy superego, a famous person for whom fame functions as a kind of conscience. He knows what audiences want from him, in movie theaters; what gawkers want from him, on the red carpet; what reporters want from him, in interviews—and, by and large, he tries to give it to them. Even his lightheartedness derives from a sense of obligation; his casual approach to fame turns out to be one of the things he's serious about. Being famous is not just what he knows how to do better than anyone else; it's arguably what he knows how to do better than *anything* else. He is the president of a club of famous people he doesn't consider assholes, and he convenes it every time he makes a movie. He has made movies with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, and Cate Blanchett. He has never been in a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio or Russell Crowe."
a:Tom-Junod  p:Esquire★★  d:2013.11.10  w:6000  celebrities  film  television  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
Cardi B’s Money Moves
"One thing I could say, you could ask any gang member: Being in a gang don't make you not *one dollar*. And I know for a fact every gang member, he asking himself, 'Why did I turn this?' Sometimes it's almost like a fraternity, a sorority. Sometimes it's like that. And sometimes I see people that's in the same gang kill each other. So sometimes there is no loyalty. Sometimes you gotta do certain things to get higher, to get higher and higher. You're doing all of that and you not making money off of it. That's why I don't talk about it much. Because I wouldn't want a young person, a young girl, to think it's okay to join it. You could talk to somebody that is considered Big Homie and they will tell you: 'Don't join a gang.' The person that I'm under, she would tell you, 'Don't join a gang.' It's not about violence. It's just like—it doesn't make your money. It doesn't make your money."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.04.09  w:6000  hip-hop  Beyoncé  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
The Refugee Detectives
"For those convinced of the overwhelming moral and economic good of immigration, confronting those who disagree can be frustrating. I share that frustration. Drive more than a couple hundred miles in the United States, even in an area as densely populated as the Northeast, and you’ll rapidly see large, undeveloped spaces, many of them not especially beautiful. They are reminders that most of America is still, strangely enough, empty. The establishments punctuating the emptiness—the roadside inns and gas stations—tend to be operated by immigrants. Many came from benighted places, countries of the 'shithole' variety, where extreme poverty is common and a 3 a.m. shift at the front desk of a Motel 6 is worth risking your life for. The idea that America doesn’t have room for more such people strikes me as ridiculous and sad. But these are the politics of our time. The quality of mercy is strained, and the strain from perceptions of illegal immigration has already wounded the United States. Voters have elected politicians, even deeply flawed ones, who purport to be bulwarks against anarchy at the border. bamf’s efforts to improve its refugee process—like Volkswagen engineers scheming to get better mercy-mileage out of their democracy—are ones we should observe and, perhaps, emulate. Attitudes may improve toward refugees and other migrants if the process becomes credible, and the public learns to trust it and not worry about being tricked."
a:Graeme-Wood  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.04  w:6000  process  Germany  immigration  deception  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
Brites of Spring: The D.C. Area's Best Warm-Weather Beers
"This beer is a complete departure from the current understanding of the style, but all of these 'farmhouse' beers are so open to interpretation and infinite variations. That’s why I can slap 'farmhouse' on any beer that we brew – because it doesn’t really mean anything. We’re not a farm."
a:Philip-Runco★★  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2018.04.12  w:6000  beer  naming  from instapaper
april 2018 by bankbryan
How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine
"Eitan greeted Sella and told him that the next day he wouldn’t be working in Canary as usual but would be 'going on a trip'. 'Anything like our last trip together?' asked Sella, alluding to a visit to Beirut in May, in preparation for the invasion and the operation to assassinate Arafat. 'Something like it,' Eitan replied. 'But from above. Meet me tomorrow morning at Hatzor' — an air force base to the south. 'You’ll fly the plane, and I’ll navigate and operate the combat systems. We’re going to bomb Beirut.' Sella was convinced he wasn’t hearing right. 'It was totally insane,' he told me. 'I was in shock. If someone had told me that the chief of staff, who isn’t really an airman, was taking the head of the air-force operations department for a break in the running of the war while they bombed Beirut, I would never have believed it.'"
a:Ronen-Bergman★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.01.23  w:6000  Israel  terrorism  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It
"In September, at a normally soporific meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, Saudi and Qatari diplomats exchanged barbed epithets like 'rabid dog' and heated accusations of treachery and even cruelty to camels. 'When I speak, you shut up!' yelled Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi. 'No, you are the one who should shut up!' his Saudi counterpart shouted back. The highly personalized rancor has the unmistakable air of a family feud. Qataris, Saudis and Emiratis stem from the same nomadic tribes, share the same religion and eat the same food. So their dispute has shades of quarreling cousins, albeit ones armed with billions of dollars and American warplanes."
a:Declan-Walsh  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.22  w:6000  Qatar  Saudi-Arabia  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
march 2018 by bankbryan
What Happens If China Makes First Contact?
"China has learned the hard way that spectacular scientific achievements confer prestige upon nations. The 'Celestial Kingdom' looked on from the sidelines as Russia flung the first satellite and human being into space, and then again when American astronauts spiked the Stars and Stripes into the lunar crust. China has largely focused on the applied sciences. It built the world’s fastest supercomputer, spent heavily on medical research, and planted a 'great green wall' of forests in its northwest as a last-ditch effort to halt the Gobi Desert’s spread. Now China is bringing its immense resources to bear on the fundamental sciences. The country plans to build an atom smasher that will conjure thousands of 'god particles' out of the ether, in the same time it took cern’s Large Hadron Collider to strain out a handful. It is also eyeing Mars. In the technopoetic idiom of the 21st century, nothing would symbolize China’s rise like a high-definition shot of a Chinese astronaut setting foot on the red planet. Nothing except, perhaps, first contact."
a:Ross-Andersen★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.12  w:6000  space  China  nuclear-weapons  science  future  history  from instapaper
january 2018 by bankbryan
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
"Derek had made millionaires among the new mattress entrepreneurs–and he himself was one of them. So while Derek’s pockets weren’t nearly so deep as Casper’s, they certainly weren’t shallow. He had stumbled into what was, outside of financial products, one of the more lucrative niches in affiliate marketing. If this was a David-and-Goliath battle, it was worth remembering that David became a king."
a:David-Zax  p:Fast-Company  d:2017.10.16  w:6000  marketing  sleep  search  from instapaper
december 2017 by bankbryan
A High-End Mover Dishes on Truckstop Hierarchy, Rich People, and Moby Dick
"Now the tier is about eight feet high, and I’ll be up on a ladder. The next level will be light, bulky things such as laundry hampers, cushions, and plant racks. At this point there will be a few inches open to the roof, and I’ll finish the tier with maybe an ironing board and any other flat and light stuff I can find, like bed rails. When I’m finished I should have a uniform and neat tier from floor to ceiling with no gaps or open spaces anywhere. A well-built tier is a beautiful thing to see and lots of fun to make. It’s basically a real-life, giant Tetris game with profound physical exertion incorporated into the mix. Because I have a picture of everything in the house in my head, I’ll often leave the truck to fetch a particular piece for a particular spot."
a:Finn-Murphy  p:Longreads★★  d:2017.09.21  w:6000  process  driving  from twitter
december 2017 by bankbryan
Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.
"It is astonishing what DNA testing can do. The same technology can cleave families apart or knit them together. It can prompt painful revelations, and it can bring distantly related members of the human family together on a quest, connecting first cousins who look like sisters, and solving a century-old mystery that could have been solved no other way. It can bring to light a split-second mistake committed by someone long dead, in a city across the country, in a building that no longer exists. It can change the future and it can change the past."
a:Libby-Copeland  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2017.07.27  w:6000  family  genetics  from twitter
november 2017 by bankbryan
99 NBA predictions for the inevitable, incredible 2017-2018 season
"That Nets pick is getting traded. The Cavaliers, as presently constructed, are not going to beat the Warriors as presently constructed. Cleveland has the Nets’ unprotected pick thanks to the Kyrie deal. It has been presented as an insurance policy in the event LeBron leaves. Forget that. Use it while you have LeBron to boost your chances of winning another title. What is more likely to persuade LeBron to stay in Cleveland: a very competitive Finals against an unbeatable opponent that may or may not result in a title, or the promise of a good rookie next season? Come on. Trade the pick for an All-Star."
a:Tom-Ziller★★  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2017.10.17  w:6000  list  NBA  future  LeBron-James  from instapaper
october 2017 by bankbryan
Same but Different
"The workers scurried around the edges of the container with inexhaustible energy, gathering food and garbage. The gamergates, in contrast, moved lazily above their brood in the center of the container. The workers worked. The gamergates lounged—waking late, moving little. When a worker approached a gamergate, the dominant ant Tasered it with her antennae, warning the worker to keep off her royal territory. The worker retreated, its antennae lowered. 'The remarkable thing about workers and gamergates,' Yan told me, 'is that they are almost genetically identical.' The gene sequence before and after the transition is the same. Yet, as DNA methyl groups or histone modifications get shifted around those gene sequences, the worker transforms into a gamergate, and virtually everything about the insect’s physiology and behavior changes. 'We’re going to solve how the change can have such a dramatic effect on longevity,' Reinberg said. 'It’s like one twin that lives three times longer than the other'—all by virtue of a change in epigenetic information."
a:Siddhartha-Mukherjee  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2016.05.02  w:6000  biology  genetics  family  animals  from instapaper
september 2017 by bankbryan
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
june 2017 by bankbryan
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
june 2017 by bankbryan
Freshly Tapped: The Adventures of Audrey
"Within the brewing community, these beers have created a rift. 3 Stars Brewing co-founder Dave Coleman says it was on full display during a recent trip to San Diego for Modern Times’ Festival of Dankness. 'You had all of the best IPA brewers in the country gathered in one place, and the underlying conversation history was just "haze versus bright, bright beer versus juice". I couldn’t believe how much time we spent talking about it,' he recalls. 'There were a lot of West Coast people that were like, "Fuck your East Coast juice." There were people wearing shirts that said, "Don’t haze me, bro."'"
a:Philip-Runco★★  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2016.09.14  w:6000  beer  from instapaper
march 2017 by bankbryan
The Yips
"In the late eighteen-hundreds, William Gowers, an English physician and one of the founders of modern neurology, wrote about it extensively. Steven Frucht, who is a professor of neurology and the director of the movement-disorders division at Mount Sinai Hospital, told me that Gowers’s observations still hold up, more than a century later. 'He predicted and described everything we now take for granted,' Frucht said. 'He even went so far as to posit that there was a central etiology for writer’s cramp—that it was coming from the brain, from an aberration in the connection of the centers responsible for organizing the motor program for writing.' Gowers related writer’s cramp to other activity-related movement disorders, including similar ones suffered by telegraph operators, seamstresses, knitters, masons, sailors, painters, enamellers, cigarette makers, and musicians. 'He said they’re all connected,' Frucht continued. 'They’re not separate disorders, and they’re all central, and they’re real.'"
a:David-Owen★★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2014.05  w:6000  sports  medicine  golf  music  from twitter
march 2017 by bankbryan
After The Process: Meet Sam Hinkie 2.0
"A half dozen other GMs and execs—an admittedly unscientific survey—voiced largely similar sentiments. Some pointed out that while fans and media get hung up on the narrative, people in the league move on much more quickly. 'Sam’s respected, and that’s the biggest thing for sure,' says one GM. Another points out that just by having confidence in his ideas, Hinkie is appealing to owners. Because, for one, how many people can do the job of NBA GM? And within that subset how many of those actually have a plan? (See the last 10 years in Sacramento.) In Philly, Hinkie became known as a cutthroat negotiator, sometimes to his detriment. But at least one rival GM thought his rep was earned partly because Hinkie’s combination of certainty and patience was intimidating. He knew what he wanted and was willing to wait for it. This is not the norm in pro sports, where, as one exec says, 'To be honest, most of us are just plowing through.'"
a:Chris-Ballard  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2016.11.30  w:6000  NBA  process  stories  time  efficiency  communication  from instapaper
february 2017 by bankbryan
Freshly Tapped: Port City's Colossal 6
"'We knew from the outset that it was too small, but on balance, it was the best that we could do with the shape of this building and the space that we had available,' Butcher recalls. 'Well, we outgrew that cold room probably six months into production. We knew it would be too small, but we didn’t think it would get too small that quickly.' If this seems like a trivial inconvenience, it’s not. If your cold storage is restricted, then so is the amount of beer you can produce. You can’t make beer that you have nowhere to put. It also results in a herky jerky production schedule, where the cold room is emptied and then has to filled every few days. It’s a problem that’s more common than you might think. 'No brewery I know has enough cold storage,' Butcher says. 'No distributor has enough cold storage. And no retailer has enough cold storage. It’s expensive, and nobody has enough. It’s one of the big capacity issues in the craft beer business right now.'"
a:Philip-Runco★★  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2017.02.06  w:6000  beer  manufacturing  history  Russia  logistics  from instapaper
february 2017 by bankbryan
KG, the Oral History, Part 2: Glory in Boston, Quirky Traits and Returning Home
"Glen 'Big Baby' Davis, Celtics forward, 2007-11: I think he goes down as one of the best leaders of all time, somebody that led by example, but also policed his teams and said what was right all the time, in spite of what other people think. You talk about a guy who made a sacrifice coming to Boston—his role changed, he was more of a defender. He was a guy that kind of facilitated and kept us all together.
Danny Ainge: Doc would harp on him every day, like, 'You gotta score more, you gotta shoot more. You gotta quit passing and you gotta shoot.' KG, it just wasn't in his nature. He was such a team guy, and he cared so much about his teammates, and he cared about the camaraderie and the unity of our team, and was greatly affected by people that went off the reservation."
a:Howard-Beck  p:Bleacher-Report★  d:2015.05.18  w:6000  oral-history  friendship  NBA 
january 2017 by bankbryan
Magic out of mould: inside the world’s wildest restaurant
"Every part of the evening is choreographed. The dining room occupies the second floor of an old barn, and to get to it, you ascend steep wooden stairs with no railing, past a full-length fur coat installed on the wall. Aging joints of meat hang from the wall, near to an enormous harness for unidentified livestock. The look is spartan-luxe, as if designed for a big man by another big man, which makes the pops of delicacy – the long stems on the wine glasses, the narrow vases of wild herbs – striking. Pinspot lamps are tucked discreetly in the rafters, shining tightly on the prettiest and most rustic pieces of decor. Like the food, the room is crafted to feel sylvan and wild, somehow more essential and real than your own life. It is theatre, but when it’s working you don’t care."
a:Jordan-Kisner  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2016.06.23  w:6000  restaurants  cooking  from twitter
november 2016 by bankbryan
Inside the Secret World of Russia's Cold War Mapmakers
"The maps were part of one of the most ambitious cartographic enterprises ever undertaken. During the Cold War, the Soviet military mapped the entire world, parts of it down to the level of individual buildings. The Soviet maps of US and European cities have details that aren’t on domestic maps made around the same time, things like the precise width of roads, the load-bearing capacity of bridges, and the types of factories. They’re the kinds of things that would come in handy if you’re planning a tank invasion. Or an occupation. Things that would be virtually impossible to find out without eyes on the ground. Given the technology of the time, the Soviet maps are incredibly accurate. Even today, the US State Department uses them (among other sources) to place international boundary lines on official government maps."
a:Greg-Miller  p:Wired★★  d:2015.07  w:6000  maps  Russia  Cold-War  from twitter
november 2016 by bankbryan
Freshly Tapped: #ultrafresh
"Suddenly, the head brewer had to scrounge up enough Topaz, Columbus, and Galaxy to make the beer again. In doing so, 3 Stars hoped to avoid the online boards, where secondary sellers charge upwards of 100% mark-up. 'You never find a good deal,' Coleman says. 'There is no such thing as a good deal on hops anymore.' Instead, McGarvey began to backchannel through his hop suppliers and other breweries to ascertain who might be sitting on some Galaxy hops. 'It’s a little old school,' the head brewer shares. 'You kinda gotta know a few people that you can network through and find out who has the inventory but maybe doesn’t need it.'"
a:Philip-Runco★★  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2016.08.26  w:6000  beer  DC  marketing  graphic-design  from instapaper
november 2016 by bankbryan
The Definitive NBA Logo Rankings
28. Detroit Pistons
The name is all churning Motor City dynamism, but the team tosses out a blinding red basketball with 'Detroit Pistons' written across it. With so many energetic, car-related images available, how do you end up in the least inspired place? 'The default NBA logo is a basketball with the name typed across it,' Fox says. 'If you end up there, you aren’t working very hard.'"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:Grantland★★  d:2015.09.08  w:6000  list  logos  NBA  Cavs  animals  typography 
november 2016 by bankbryan
SpaceX's Big Fucking Rocket – The Full Story
"Did you catch that? If things go to plan, *the Neil Armstrong of Mars will touch down about eight years from now*. And zero people are talking about it. But they will be. The hype will start a couple years from now when the Dragons make their Mars trips, and it’ll kick into high gear in 2022 when the Big Fucking Spaceship finally launches and heads to Mars and lands there. Everyone will be talking about this. And the buzz will just accelerate from there as the first group of BFS astronauts are announced and become household names, admired for their bravery, because everyone will know there’s a reasonable chance something goes wrong and they don’t make it back alive. Then, in 2024 they’ll take off on a three-month trip that’ll be front-page news every day. When they land, everyone on Earth will be watching. It’ll be 1969 all over again. This is a thing that’s happening."
a:Tim-Urban★★★  p:Wait-But-Why★★★  d:2016.09.28  w:6000  future  space  Mars  Elon-Musk  disaster  travel 
november 2016 by bankbryan
Arrow Heads
"Lorig won in her category by eight points, a landslide, but the victory was largely meaningless. The National Indoor Championships didn’t count for her Olympic ranking — Mackenzie Brown had skipped the competition to attend a mental-training seminar — and netted her just $2,000. Financially speaking, Olympic sports divide into three categories: those like basketball or soccer, for which the Games hardly matter; prestige events like gymnastics and track, in which a strong performance can mean six- or seven-figure endorsement deals; and everything else. 'Everyone in our program I would consider a "professional" archer, but no one’s getting paid.'"
a:Reeves-Wiedeman★  p:Harper's-Magazine★  d:2016.08  w:6000  archery 
october 2016 by bankbryan
The Yunited States of Yuge
"I have been grudgingly granted access under the hawk-like gaze of Bernd Lembcke, a stately, suited, white-haired German man who serves as the managing director of The Mar-a-Lago Club. Bernd glides through the estate as if riding a hoverboard made out of dignity. He has consented to show me around on the condition I do not speak to anyone, including Bernd, about politics. In the library, he shows me an oil painting of a trim Donald Trump in tennis whites. (A sunset storm rages behind him.) He also shows me a fuckload of old tiles, explaining that Mrs. Post inherited a fuckload of old tiles from a wealthy aunt and put them just everywhere. (Around 36,000 total, some of them dating from the 15th century, originating mainly from Africa and Spain.) Gold leaf settles on surfaces in Mar-a-Lago as dust does in other houses. Both pools are a sparkling Windex blue. Bernd walks me through the Trump Boutique, a small shop filled with Ivanka Trump brand handbags and Mar-a-Lago crest-emblazoned glassware and several pieces of wearable 'Make America Great Again' Trump campaign memorabilia, which I find to be in violation of Section III, item C of The Mar-a-Lago Club Rules & Regulations, which states that 'No commercial or political advertisement or notice of any kind shall be posted or circulated in the Club,' a dangerous gamble that puts Trump’s own membership in peril."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2016.07.20  w:6000  travel  Donald-Trump  real-estate 
october 2016 by bankbryan
The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies
"The programme was the only one of its kind in international espionage. (Many assumed it had been stopped, until the 2010 FBI swoop.) Many intelligence agencies use agents operating without diplomatic cover; some have recruited second-generation immigrants already living abroad, but the Russians have been the only ones to train agents to pretend to be foreigners. Canada was a common place for the illegals to go, to build up their 'legend' of being an ordinary western citizen before being deployed to target countries, often the US or Britain. During Soviet times, the illegals had two main functions: to aid in communications between embassy KGB officers and their US sources (an illegal would be less likely to be put under surveillance than a diplomat); and to be sleeper cells for a potential 'special period' – a war between the US and the Soviet Union. The illegals could then spring into action."
a:Shaun-Walker  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2016.05.07  w:6000  espionage  Russia  The-Americans  family  intelligence-gathering  from instapaper
august 2016 by bankbryan
Rent: The Oral History
"Telsey: [Activist-professor] Tom Collins was written as a Bruce Springsteen type, which I’d call a white guy. But after not finding that, someone said, 'What if we start seeing a Marvin Gaye–type Collins?'
Jesse L. Martin (Tom Collins): Bernie called and said, 'There’s a musical being developed by New York Theatre Workshop — you should audition.' He sent me a cassette with Jonathan singing. I don’t mean this as a dis, but he sounded like Kermit the Frog. I was like, 'I don’t know about this.' It wasn’t a great fit for me on paper.
Telsey: Jesse was like, 'I don’t do musicals.' I kept saying, 'This is nontraditional, it’s not about ‘Sing out, Louise!’ '
Martin: I walked in and sang 'Amazing Grace.'
Telsey: They cast him on the spot."
a:Rebecca-Milzoff  p:Vulture★★  d:2016.04  w:6000  oral-history  theater  singing  gay  from twitter
august 2016 by bankbryan
Seasons In The Sun
"Our assignment for the two-week soft opening was to go to the restaurant for lunch and dinner whenever possible, taking friends and ordering all over the menu, at no charge. Baum, Stöckli, and Kumin scrutinized every dish as it came out of the kitchen, sending it back if it was in any way incorrect. One evening Baum passed my table and asked what I had ordered. 'The goat,' I answered. 'You must be crazy, eating goat,' he said. 'Then why is it on the menu?' 'Because people feel better eating steak if they know they could have had goat,' he said."
a:Mimi-Sheraton  p:Vanity-Fair★★  d:1999.08  w:6000  restaurants  NYC  from twitter
august 2016 by bankbryan
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
"The good teams all had high ‘average social sensitivity’ — a fancy way of saying they were skilled at intuiting how others felt based on their tone of voice, their expressions and other nonverbal cues. One of the easiest ways to gauge social sensitivity is to show someone photos of people’s eyes and ask him or her to describe what the people are thinking or feeling — an exam known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. People on the more successful teams in Woolley’s experiment scored above average on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. They seemed to know when someone was feeling upset or left out. People on the ineffective teams, in contrast, scored below average. They seemed, as a group, to have less sensitivity toward their colleagues.”
a:Charles-Duhigg★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2016.02.25  w:6000  work  social-interaction  Google 
may 2016 by bankbryan
One Day, 625 Delays
"Crowd control may be the MTA’s main focus because crowds seem controllable, at least by comparison with its other big problem: propping up the ancient, enormously complicated subway system. There are 865 miles of track, enough to connect New York to Chicago, and an amazingly complex intermingling of the tracks and stations once built and run by separate private train companies and now crudely jammed together, carrying 6 million people a day, sometimes on train cars that date back to when the Beatles played Shea Stadium."
a:Robert-Kolker  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2016.02.23  w:6000  public-transit  infrastructure  NYC  time  from instapaper
april 2016 by bankbryan
Nonfiction Writing Advice
"Crossing tribal signaling boundaries is by far the most important persuasive technique I know, besides which none of the others even deserve to be called persuasive techniques at all. But to make it work, you have to actually understand the signals, and you have to have at least an ounce of honest sympathy for the other side. You can’t just be like 'HELLO THERE, FELLOW LIBERALS! LET’S CREATE INTRUSIVE BIG GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TOGETHER! BUT BEFORE WE DO, I HAVE SOMETHING I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT…'"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2016.02.20  w:6000  instructional  writing  reading  from twitter
april 2016 by bankbryan
Twitter’s missing manual
"You can 'promote' a tweet, i.e. turn it into an ad, which is generally only of interest to advertisers. However, promoted tweets have the curious property that they don’t appear on your profile or in your likes or in search results *for anyone*. It’s possible to target a promoted tweet at a specific list of users (or no one!), which allows for a couple creative hacks that you’ll have to imagine yourself."
a:Eevee  p:fuzzy-notepad  d:2016.02.20  w:6000  reference  Twitter  from instapaper
april 2016 by bankbryan
The Secret History of Women in the Senate
"In the entire history of the United States Senate, a mere 44 women have served. Ever. Those few who have were elected to a club they were never meant to join, and their history in the chamber is marked by sexism both spectacular and small. For decades in the 20th century after women first joined, many male senators were hardly more than corrupt frat boys with floor privileges, reeking of alcohol and making little secret of their sexual dalliances with constituents, employees and any other hapless subordinate female they could grab. But perhaps more striking is what I found after interviewing dozens of women senators, former senators and their aides over the past several months: Even today, the women of the Senate are confronted with a kind of floating, often subtle, but corrosive sexism, a sense of not belonging that is both pervasive and so counter to the narrative of real, if stubbornly slow, progress that many are reluctant to acknowledge this persistent secret."
a:Liza-Mundy  p:Politico-Magazine  d:2015.01  w:6000  history  government  gender  politics  from instapaper
april 2016 by bankbryan
The Siege of Miami
"We arrived at a major intersection that was submerged. We parked and made our way onto a side street, also submerged. We were standing in front of a low-slung apartment building, debating what to do next, when one of the residents came by. 'I’ve been trying to figure out: Where is the water coming from?' he said. 'It’ll be drying up and then it’ll be just like this again.' He had complained to the building’s superintendent. 'I told him, "Something needs to be done about this water, man." He says he’ll try to do something.' A cable-repair truck trailing a large wake rolled by and then stalled out. The water on the street was so deep that it was, indeed, hard to tell where it was coming from. Hammer explained that it was emerging from the storm drains. Instead of funnelling rainwater into the bay, as they were designed to do, the drains were directing water from the bay onto the streets. 'The infrastructure we have is built for a world that doesn’t exist anymore,' she said."
a:Elizabeth-Kolbert★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2015.12.21  w:6000  climate-change  weather  Florida  infrastructure  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
An Edible History of the Club Sandwich
"A note on bread crust: many of these sandwiches call for trimming it. I wonder if this was a more necessary measure 100+ years ago, when even commercially-baked bread might have had a much harder crust and/or might have staled more quickly than contemporary commercial bread. My observant wife Mindy also pointed out the tradition of tea sandwiches, and wondered whether a sandwich served on platters in a club might not have been similarly treated. Whatever the explanation, I don’t think it’s necessary for today’s bread, and the idea of trimming the crusts off a sandwich is unbearably twee to me. There may be a day when I trim the crusts from a sandwich for the Tribunal, but *this is not that day*."
a:Jim-Behymer  p:Sandwich-Tribunal  d:2015.08.13  w:6000  food  history  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
A graphic tale: the visual effects of Mad Max: Fury Road
"Jackson notes that although the sequence could have been achieved almost completely in CG, it was important from his point of view to shoot actual vehicles driving – that way you retain realistic camera movement. 'You shoot the layout and vehicles and gradually everything might get replaced,' he says, 'except the camera and the positions of where things were. You may end up with nothing left of what was actually filmed, but the shot still inherits something real from the plate you shot originally. I still believe it’s worth doing for that reason.'"
a:Ian-Failes  p:fxguide  d:2015.05.29  w:6000  film  process  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
Who’s to Judge?
"The French food critic François Simon has described the 50 Best as a sort of childlike racket—'a world order of Care Bears, and this under the cynical gaze of a sparkling water.' The organization is cuddly enough with its sponsors, particularly San Pellegrino, so that, in the popular imagination, they are indistinguishable. (Imagine if the Lakers were known simply as the Staples.) Drew assured me that 'there is no conspiracy with the sponsors'. Yet the belief persists. Intrigued by the idea of rival water gangs, I called around to many of the 50 Best. Some serve Pellegrino; some don’t. The idea that the aquatic-industrial complex controls the list was easily disproved. Yet I sensed, even among restaurants that have benefitted handsomely from the 50 Best’s attentions, an embarrassment about the relationship between the organization and its sponsors. Noma’s representative replied seventeen minutes after I wrote to him: 'I can confirm we do not serve Pellegrino water at Noma—nor have we ever done.'"
a:Lauren-Collins★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2015.11.02  w:6000  restaurants  travel  marketing  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
Why food allergy fakers need to stop
“With every allergy, the action must stop in this kitchen jammed with cooks and dishwashers. The cooks consult a printed breakdown of ingredients in each dish to make sure the allergen isn’t hiding out in a component. They either grab new cutting boards, knives, and tongs or put theirs through the sanitizing dishwasher. And when the plate is done, they use disposable wipes to hold it by the edge. Imagine doing that repeatedly across a breathless night, disrupting the choreography of the kitchen each time. I asked numerous chefs how many tables have a diner asking for these special accommodations on a typical night, and I heard estimates ranging from 10 percent to a jaw-dropping 60 percent. Now imagine that a diner whose 'serious dairy allergy' required you to take all those time-consuming steps decides to finish her meal by ordering ice cream, telling her server that it’s OK if she 'cheats a little'. This, Leviton says, happens all the time. He has no problem if a customer says, 'I’m not eating gluten' or 'I’m avoiding dairy.' The kitchen will make sure those ingredients aren’t in the dish. But they won’t be wasting time taking unnecessary steps. 'We’re jumping through a different level of hoop,' he says."
a:Neil-Swidey  p:The-Boston-Globe-Magazine  d:2015.10.14  w:6000  food  restaurants  health  food-allergies  deception  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
A Long Strange Chat With Momofuku's David Chang
"I left DC and never wanted to come back. I grew up in DC, and when I moved to college [Trinity College, in Connecticut] I said, 'This place, I’m never coming back.' I thought that most teenagers loved their teenage life, only later did I learn like, 'Oh, most people fucking hated it.' And I was one of those people that fucking hated it here. I think I struggled with the fact that I was weird. Not weird, but just different. And it left a distaste in my mouth for this area. It was just this place I couldn’t call home anymore. I wandered around for years, living all over the place. There was a lot of stuff that was going on in my family life, a lot of things to work through, and I think I just reached a place where I was just happier being me. And it was like a twenty-year journey of sort of just me being me. And also [Milk Bar chef Christina] Tosi’s from here. And I’d always bum rides with her back home whenever I had a chance–she comes back home a lot more than I do. But also just coming home to see my parents quite a bit more. And you know, something happened."
"Your dad was just here, wasn’t he?"
"Yeah. And I fucking had a shouting match with him. He was like, 'Well, the food was too salty,' and I’m like, 'Fuck! Like, now I know how my employees feel!' 'The bathroom, it’s not nice.' Like, motherfucker! Jesus Christ, Dad! I came home for this. I’m sleeping in their basement–in their fucking basement, in Vienna, Virginia. And I’m like, 'Oh, my God, this is what I signed myself up for.'"
a:Todd-Kliman★  a:David-Chang★  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2015.10.30  w:6000  interview  DC  restaurants  David-Chang  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
Stud: How to Have 106 Babies (and Counting)
"His outside-of-work schedule is constructed around an ever shifting lineup of assignations, all determined by the ovulation cycles of his clients, the women who come to him from the countries of Europe, from Brazil and Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. And sometimes, in turn, they fly him all over the world in order to mate with him. In one record week, he had six partners and 14 ejaculations. He's also slept with three women in a day, and during one particular fecund streak successfully impregnated eight women in a row. In a Der Spiegel article published a few years ago, one of Ed's would-be mothers, one to whom Ed reached out on a fertility site, says, 'Ed is so unproblematic. You don't even notice him.' Another with whom I spoke says, 'It's very nice, what he does. But on the other side, I'm sure it's not that he has to force himself. He's a man.… Maybe 50 percent really wants to help with starting a family, and the other 50 percent likes having sex with women he finds attractive. I don't really see a problem in that. No one is allowed to have fun having sex? He's not forcing anyone.'"
a:Michael-Paterniti★  p:GQ★★  d:2015.10.01  w:6000  sex  children  from instapaper
december 2015 by bankbryan
The 50 Best Fictional Songs of All Time
"The plot of Clerks halts altogether for the unforgettable aside where Silent Bob’s Russian cousin, cajoled by Jay because 'girls think sexy', sings a few bars of a tune by his metal band from back home. And what a tune it is: 'My love for you is like a truck / Berserker / Would you like some making f–k / Berserker.' 'Did he just say making f–k?' asks the girl in question, as well as everyone watching."
p:SPIN  d:2015.09.22  w:6000  list  music  film  television  from twitter
december 2015 by bankbryan
Death Is Optional
"I don't want to give a prediction, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, but what you do see is it's a bit like the boy who cried wolf, that, yes, you cry wolf once, twice, three times, and maybe people say yes, 50 years ago, they already predicted that computers will replace humans, and it didn't happen. But the thing is that with every generation, it is becoming closer, and predictions such as these fuel the process. The same thing will happen with these promises to overcome death. My guess, which is only a guess, is that the people who live today, and who count on the ability to live forever, or to overcome death in 50 years, 60 years, are going to be hugely disappointed. It's one thing to accept that I'm going to die. It's another thing to think that you can cheat death and then die eventually. It's much harder. While they are in for a very big disappointment, in their efforts to defeat death, they will achieve great things. They will make it easier for the next generation to do it, and somewhere along the line, it will turn from science fiction to science, and the wolf will come."
a:Yuval-Noah-Harari  a:Daniel-Kahneman  p:Edge  d:2015.03.04  w:6000  interview  death  medicine  future  technological-singularity  history  agriculture  technology  aging  self-driving-cars  from twitter
october 2015 by bankbryan
The Really Big One
"Inside the lab is a walk-in freezer. Inside the freezer are floor-to-ceiling racks filled with cryptically labelled tubes, four inches in diameter and five feet long. Each tube contains a core sample of the seafloor. Each sample contains the history, written in seafloorese, of the past 10,000 years. During subduction-zone earthquakes, torrents of land rush off the continental slope, leaving a permanent deposit on the bottom of the ocean. By counting the number and the size of deposits in each sample, then comparing their extent and consistency along the length of the Cascadia subduction zone, Goldfinger and his colleagues were able to determine how much of the zone has ruptured, how often, and how drastically. Thanks to that work, we now know that the Pacific Northwest has experienced 41 subduction-zone earthquakes in the past 10,000 years. If you divide 10,000 by 41, you get 243, which is Cascadia’s recurrence interval: the average amount of time that elapses between earthquakes. That timespan is dangerous both because it is too long—long enough for us to unwittingly build an entire civilization on top of our continent’s worst fault line—and because it is not long enough. Counting from the earthquake of 1700, we are now 315 years into a 243-year cycle."
a:Kathryn-Schulz★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2015.07.14  w:6000  disaster  Seattle  history  future  infrastructure  from twitter
september 2015 by bankbryan
A Plea for Culinary Modernism
"Culinary Luddites are right about two important things. We need to know how to prepare good food, and we need a culinary ethos. As far as good food goes, they’ve done us all a service by teaching us to how to use the bounty delivered to us (ironically) by the global economy. Their culinary ethos, though, is another matter. Were we able to turn back the clock, as they urge, most of us would be toiling all day in the fields or the kitchen; many of us would be starving. Nostalgia is not what we need."
a:Rachel-Laudan★  p:Jacobin★  d:2015.05.22  w:6000  food  history  nostalgia  cooking  from twitter
july 2015 by bankbryan
Parker Posey · Random Roles
"PP: Fred Willard had a moment that that didn’t make it into the song that I thought was so funny, where he had a bottle of Vermont’s Own Maple Syrup, in those little moonshine jars. You know those jugs that maple syrup comes in? And he’s holding up a shot glass and holding up that maple syrup, and he says, 'I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, but every now and then, I just pour myself a shot of some of this stuff!' And he pours himself a shot of maple syrup and drinks it. [Laughs.]
AVC: It does seem like Fred Willard was the life of the set in those movies.
PP: It just doesn’t stop. And he’d be like, 'One more Chris. One more.' Chris would be like, 'I think that’s fine. I think we got it.' [Laughs.] The big thing on set is that it’s very real. He’ll come up and he would say, 'This could really happen. This isn’t too far from the truth. This is it. This isn’t really funny. This is how people are.' I get so many comments about, [how] people really relate to those characters, because they really see people who are really like that."
a:Joel-Keller  a:Parker-Posey  p:The-AV-Club★★  d:2011.08.22  w:6000  interview  film  comedy  process  acting 
july 2015 by bankbryan
Teri Garr · Random Roles
"For Pete's Sake (1968)—Uncredited 'Wayward Teen'
TG: Uh-oh. You've really worked on my oeuvre, haven't you?
AVC: This one stood out. And most people probably aren't aware that the Reverend Billy Graham spent some time playing at being a movie star.
TG: Oh, right! It was a religious movie. I remember Al Freeman, Jr. was in it. I think the kids who smoked marijuana died, because that's how bad it was. Still the same way today.
AVC: If you smoke marijuana, you die?
TG: Exactly. You get into a fiery car crash. That's what that movie was telling us."
a:Sean-O'Neal★★  a:Teri-Garr  p:The-AV-Club★★  d:2008.07.22  w:6000  interview  film  gender  marijuana  acting  from twitter
july 2015 by bankbryan
The People’s Republic Of Cruiseland
"At the gangway, senior members of the hotel staff, wearing crisp, dark blue suits with gold-braid rank stripes on the sleeves, lined up to greet us. A well-ballasted man with a cue-ball dome and a trim goatee extended his hand. 'Welcome aboard,' he said, introducing himself as Marco Civitella, the hotel director. His job was to make sure every passenger lived in a state of constant if not escalating bliss."
a:Christopher-Beam★  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2015.04.22  w:6000  travel  China  cruise-ships  from twitter
july 2015 by bankbryan
The Mystery of Lê From Hop Sing Laundromat
"Word started leaking out about some new project happening in Chinatown, and the food press, sensing something unusual, became interested, then quickly obsessed. So we stalked, we cajoled, we speculated. A floor covered in pennies? (True.) A thousand bottles behind the bar? (True, though more like 1,200 these days, I believe.) A secret door and membership cards? (Both true in the moment, less so today.) The moving-the-bar story came out during this time. The cross-country research trip. There are those who’ll say that Lê masterfully manipulated the press for the better part of 18 months. His focus on the tiniest details seemed to split the difference between tinker-y brilliance and OCD madness, but then you would sit in one of his handpicked antique chairs and see the way he’d shaved down the height of each table to ideally match the height of the arm of each chair so that while you sat, reclining, with a drink in hand, that hand would rest levelly on the table without your elbow being bent by one unnecessary degree, and you would understand that it all had a purpose. That all the craziness, all the fixations, was aimed in the direction of something pure."
a:Jason-Sheehan  p:Philadelphia-Magazine/Foobooz  d:2015.03.08  w:6000  profile  bars  from instapaper
june 2015 by bankbryan
‘Out of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth’
"The lessons for all Russians, especially spoiled Camembert-addicted Muscovites, are clear: In the difficult days to come, learn to shoot a gun, learn to catch ducks."
a:Gary-Shteyngart  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2015.02.18  w:6000  Russia  culture  television  gay  from twitter
june 2015 by bankbryan
How The New York Times Works
"All of these stories, the total daily and nightly output from all the desks at the Times—news from Washington and Ukraine and Sacramento and St. Louis and Staten Island and Mexico City, reviews of movies that open tomorrow and of TV shows that aired last night, opinion pieces, recipes, weekly sections on home design and science and real estate and style and books—feed a larger world of news that never stops consuming. The growing universe of digital news outlets includes a great many amalgamators, recyclers of other people's reporting. Some report their own stories, but it is the Times that provides by far the most coverage of the most subjects in the most reliable way. The Times is a monster, a sprawling organization, the most influential print newspaper and digital news site in the world."
a:Reeves-Wiedeman★  p:Popular-Mechanics  d:2015.02.11  w:6000  newspapers  process  journalism  from instapaper
may 2015 by bankbryan
The D.C. Manual of Style and Usage: From &pizza to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (and bama in the middle), Washington City Paper's complete local lexicon
"Pigskins - Instead of the racially insensitive name of the Washington football team. You can also write ''Skins' or 'the Washington football team.'
Plan, the - If you believe in it, it’s capitalized.
PoPville - Dan Silverman, neighborhood blogger beloved by gentrifiers, formerly known as the Prince of Petworth. He belongs to the whole city now."
p:Washington-City-Paper★★  d:2014.10.08  w:6000  reference  language  DC  Washington-Metro  roads  restaurants  housing  from twitter
may 2015 by bankbryan
The Procrastination Matrix
"The more time goes on, the more I think that being super busy tends to mean having a packed Q3 (usually mixed in with too much Q4 time). I know that when I’m in one of those zones where I’m telling everyone how busy I am and how little time I have for them, it’s almost always because I’m overloaded with Q3 bullshit. People who are really on top of their life—really in control—tend to have plenty of space in their schedules. But society smiles upon busy people, the phrase 'I think you have too much time on your hands' is an insult, and that leaves Impostinators looking—and often feeling—like they’re doing it right. And while the Impostinator will always feel superior to the Disastinator, the truth is that in terms of real productivity on things that matter, they’re equal."
a:Tim-Urban★★★  p:Wait-But-Why★★★  d:2015.03  w:6000  time  work  productivity  from twitter
april 2015 by bankbryan
The Weight of Guilt
"'Why do fishermen cheat?' Ray Scott asks me. He’s sitting in his office at Presidents Lake, the 55-acre private lake he has built near his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama,5 nearly 50 years after he organized that first tournament. 'He wants to stand bigger and taller than the other boys he knows, that’s why. My primary motivation in 1967 was because I had seen cheating, or a very easy opportunity to cheat, in these events where you win a shotgun or a fishing pole or whatever. These guys didn’t care about the shotguns or the fishing poles or anything else. He’ll do anything to shine. I accept that. That’s a natural motivation. That’s why I wrote rules to take care of that guy.'"
a:David-Hill  p:Grantland★★  d:2014.12.02  w:6000  incentives  fishing  from twitter
march 2015 by bankbryan
The Wanderers
"Wandering is an unsuitably whimsical word for what has been described as the most high-risk behaviour associated with dementia. Clinicians and researchers have expressed a desire to abandon the term and call it what it is: getting lost. Though the majority of wanderers are found alive, the danger they face is serious. Once lost, people with dementia often begin to wander toward a past they think is present, returning in mind to a period in their lives more familiar than the foggy now. They are lost literally and lost in history, seeking out people and places that may no longer exist. Professional searchers often have to figure out where they are in time before they can find them in space."
a:Amy-Dempsey  p:Toronto-Star  d:2014.11.28  w:6000  aging  memory  from twitter
march 2015 by bankbryan
Chipotle: The Definitive Oral History
"Most big fast-food companies aren't food companies, they're marketing companies. If your economic model is dependent upon sourcing the very, very cheapest ingredients and creating food that can be prepared outside of the restaurant and rethermalized, as the industry calls it, you can't undo it. Even if [McDonald’s] wanted to change the quality substantially, it would be a very hard thing to do within the economic environment of McDonald's. … What will happen is that these new ones will start out with the right economics, the right ingredients, and then slowly displace the other guys over time."
a:Kyle-Stock  a:Venessa-Wong  p:Bloomberg  d:2015.02.02  w:6000  oral-history  Chipotle  McDonald's  food  marketing  restaurants 
february 2015 by bankbryan
Jeremiah Tower's Invincible Armor of Pleasure
"At a time when culinary academies were essentially vocational schools for hotel cooks and institutional hash-slingers, where drab food generally ruled, Tower's deep versing in culinary aesthetics and literature drove him to compose menus for home dinner parties that played out like theatrical events. Years before he ever cooked at Chez Panisse, composing menus that were famously both high-minded and exquisitely executed, Tower saw menu creation as an art form. He believed a sequence of dishes was granted its power by building on what came before it and by foreshadowing what's next, an orchestration of mood, a linear and temporal event that teases before it satisfies, that takes diners to the brink but holds them back until a calculated moment of release."
a:John-Birdsall★  p:Eater★★  d:2014.11.07  w:6000  restaurants  food  California  from instapaper
january 2015 by bankbryan
Drones and Everything After
"Robinson has now flown drone searches in 31 states and several foreign countries, and this higher angle, 400 feet in the sky, has given him a view of a lot of human activities that might otherwise remain secret. Often he is called in after helicopter searches have failed; because his drone is cheaper and can stay in the air longer, it provides a more comprehensive view. It takes 15 minutes for his drone to photograph a square mile, every inch accounted for. “Human beings have left an awful lot of this world empty,” Robinson says. But he has learned how to spot earth that has been churned to dig an impromptu grave, the way grass gets crushed and marked when a body is dragged through it, and the kinds of shelter that people seek when they are lost and alone. Some people he works with will try to press a suspect to confess by telling them campfire stories of what the drone can see. Robinson believes that to locate a dead body is to restore certainty to the family. Your 2-year-old was not kidnapped; here is the spot where he drowned. Here are the physical remains. It is as if he were reattaching stray pieces of society, putting things back in their place."
a:Benjamin-Wallace-Wells★  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2014.10.05  w:6000  drones  future  film  war  from twitter
december 2014 by bankbryan
The Kitchen Network
"The other cook set down his knife and squared off with the boss. 'I have worked in a lot of restaurants, and none of those bosses complained!' he said. 'If you’re so worried about it, why don’t you come do it yourself?' The cook stormed out of the kitchen, on his way to catch a bus back to New York. Rain sighed. The next forty-eight hours were the busiest of the week, and he would be the only cook in the kitchen. 'You think I was wrong to talk to him like that?' the boss asked. Rain didn’t answer. 'I understand why he acts like this,' Rain told me, about his boss. 'He’s been working in that restaurant for almost twenty years. He goes back and forth between the restaurant and the dorm where we live. Back and forth, back and forth, every day for years.' The boss’s wife and kids are in China. 'You do this kind of work for that long, and you start to lose perspective.' Rain pinched his fingers together. 'Your world is this small.'"
a:Lauren-Hilgers  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2014.10.06  w:6000  restaurants  cooking  work  China  immigration  from instapaper
december 2014 by bankbryan
‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
"Caro wanted a clean start, a new editor, and enough money to survive on while he finished writing The Power Broker. Another writer had referred him to four agents—three men and Lynn Nesbit—and Caro sent his two-thirds-completed manuscript to Nesbit's office. 'While I was talking to her, she was selling a Tom Wolfe short story to somebody,' Caro recalled. 'She said, "I have to take this call." I was listening to her talk and I said, "That's what I need."' 'I don't know how I"m going to get enough money to finish the book,' he told Nesbit at that meeting. 'Is that what you're worried about?" she said. 'How much are you talking about?' Caro said he needed enough money to spend another two years, maybe three, on the book. 'You can stop worrying about that right now,' Nesbit told him. 'I can get you that by just picking up this phone. Everybody in New York knows about this book.'"
a:Scott-Porch  p:The-Daily-Beast★  d:2014.09.16  w:6000  writing  NYC  books  from twitter
november 2014 by bankbryan
Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing
"'Once, before I got on medication, I was so freaked out and O.C.D.’d,' she said, not exactly sotto voce, in a coffee shop in West Hollywood, where several people clearly recognized her but were pretending not to. It was a few days before the Emmys, and she was recounting a story in which her mother, desperate to calm her down and get her to bed, gave her a quarter of an Ambien. 'But sometimes if you stay up too long on the Ambien, it makes you hallucinate,' she said. 'So I started saying insane stuff to my parents like, "I’m a basket of oranges being thrown over a wall!" And my dad was like, "Oh, my God, this is the moment when her neuroses have turned into full-blown mental illness." But I was just having a weird reaction. And the next day I went to see a psycho-pharmacologist, and we were able to figure things out. But I think there’s a part of my parents and a part of me that is consistently excited and surprised that I am in any way functional.'"
a:Meghan-Daum  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2014.09.10  w:6000  profile  Lena-Dunham  mental-illness  writing  pharmaceuticals  from twitter
november 2014 by bankbryan
Grandmaster Clash
"Confidence can have interesting effects in high-level chess. When your opponent plays very quickly, it not only adds an element of time pressure (your clock begins to run the moment he finishes moving) but can also intimidate you into believing that he’s supremely well prepared for the approach you’ve taken. Which in turn might convince you to zag away from your planned course out of fear that you’re walking into a trap (which you may well be). In St. Louis, Caruana perched over the board with visible self-assurance, keeping up a terrifying pace of play. In part it’s because he really was prepared for everything his foes threw at him. But the effect snowballed. He got in their heads."
a:Seth-Stevenson★★  p:Slate/Sports-Nut  d:2014.09.18  w:6000  chess  strategy  time  from twitter
november 2014 by bankbryan
The Future of Iced Coffee
"It took Blue Bottle a year and a half to get to the point where they could regularly produce iced coffee at this scale. The seed of the idea was a can of cold cappuccino that James Freeman had on a plane to New York in late 2011. 'I got this canned cappucino for, like, six dollars or something. And I opened it and I was like, "This is so horrible. This is so horrible,"' he said. He started trying every ready-to-drink cold coffee on the market. 'The range of tastes is somewhere between terrible and horrible.'
He tried to figure out how these beverages had gone so bad. 'You think about the psychology. Nobody is like, OK, let’s have a meeting and let’s invest millions of dollars because we want to develop this horrible product. Nobody does that,' he said. 'It’s always with the best intentions.'"
a:Alexis-Madrigal★★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2014.08.01  w:6000  coffee  manufacturing  from twitter
september 2014 by bankbryan
Fast money: the battle against the high frequency traders
"How could this be allowed? The Nobel Laureate economist Michael Spence called for an outright ban in 2011, and European MEPs threatened action; their proposals were rejected by the UK's Coalition government. When Hunsader's finance friends pointed out that nobody was driving busloads of children over cliffs, he would grab their wallet and remove a $20 bill, then hand the wallet back. 'Does anyone in the world really care what just happened there?' he would ask. 'It makes no difference to anyone but you, and even then not much. It's just that in a civilised society, we don't tolerate that. Civilisation breaks down when people don't follow the rules, because nobody can trust anybody else.'"
a:Andrew-Smith  p:The-Guardian★★  d:2014.06.06  w:6000  finance  time  hardware  society  trust  from instapaper
august 2014 by bankbryan
Japan, and How I Failed to Figure it Out
"The people are trustworthy. This is the thing I laud Japan for most and I wish my world was more like it. There’s a high level of *integrity* in Japanese culture—doing the right thing because you’re the kind of person who does the right thing. This is the opposite of doing the right thing because it benefits you, and that’s a key distinction. In the US, there are plenty of good people with plenty of integrity, but an interwoven web of reward and punishment incentives is really the glue that makes things work. But Japan feels different. People I interacted with in Japan seemed to be intent on being honest and conscientious in their work because it was part of a cultural code of conduct. *That’s just the way we do it in Japan* is what it felt like to me."
a:Tim-Urban★★★  p:Wait-But-Why★★★  d:2014.07  w:6000  Japan  culture  communication  language  food  sex  pornography  social-interaction  trust  history 
august 2014 by bankbryan
The Secret to Getting Top-Secret Secrets
"He explained how to write an effective request. You had to send the request to exactly the right place, and you had to tell the FOIA analyst on the other end which keywords to use and even which databases to search. The trick was to let them know you knew as much about FOIA as they did, if not more. The great thing about FOIA, for Leopold, was that it didn’t care about his past. It was just a law, an impersonal series of rules and procedures, inputs and outputs. Anyone could make a request: a good person, a bad person, a person who had done something bad and was trying to be good. There was hope in that. Slowly, letter by letter, Leopold discovered the power of FOIA. The main thing was a simple mental shift, an epiphany that filled him with a glee that never really went away."
a:Jason-Fagone★  p:Matter★  d:2014.06.17  w:6000  government  information  journalism  DHS  process  records  from twitter
july 2014 by bankbryan
The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas
"As a child Lockwood was intensely pious. 'Catholicism is very beautiful,' she told me. 'When your father is a priest, it’s invested with extra authority, and your father is invested with extra authority.' As a teenager, she had a strict dress code and a very limited range of after-school activities, which included a youth group called God’s Gang. 'There was a lot of talk about gangs at the time,' she recalled, 'and the idea was, what if there was a gang but it was a cool gang — for the Lord?' In God’s Gang they spoke in tongues, and the leaders would outline 'all the sex you can’t do.' The family moved frequently within the dioceses of St. Louis and Cincinnati. Lockwood lived in at least five different rectories and attended six different schools, all of them Catholic. Her literary education was heavy on rules, and at home the reading was pretty much limited to 'Tennyson, encyclicals and Tom Clancy novels.' But from age 16 she was always at work on a manuscript. These were intensely serious attempts to link Greek mythology to Catholic liturgy, much like the life’s work of Edward Casaubon, the dry old cleric in George Eliot’s 'Middlemarch.' 'It’s what 16-year-olds do,' she said. 'Well, that’s not what 16-year-olds do; they fondle each other. I was fondling the Greek myths. You have to have *some* outlet.'"
a:Jesse-Lichtenstein  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2014.05.28  w:6000  profile  sex  religion  Twitter  family  gender  from twitter
july 2014 by bankbryan
How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage
"The White House quickly tried to walk back Biden’s comments. 'What VP said — that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights — is precisely POTUS’s position,' Axelrod tweeted on Sunday, May 6, the day Biden’s interview aired. Biden’s office was told to put out a 'clarification' echoing that sentiment: 'The vice president was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue,' it said. Though the statements were greeted with outright disbelief by many gay activists, the episode nevertheless seemed 'headed into the category of Joe Biden-isms, where the vice president accidentally speaks the truth,' one White House official said. 'But then [Education Secretary] Arne Duncan was asked on Monday for his position and answered that he supported same-sex marriage. And then it was like, oh, they are going to ask every single cabinet member.' Griffin’s question had inadvertently set off a chain reaction. Obama and his team knew that he had to take a stand, soon, or risk looking as if he were 'leading from behind,' a portrayal the White House hated."
a:Jo-Becker  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2014.04.16  w:6000  gay-marriage  Barack-Obama  2008-election  2012-election  Joe-Biden  from instapaper
june 2014 by bankbryan
A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA
"Florida is the second-largest producer of orange juice in the world, behind Brazil. Its $9 billion citrus industry contributes 76,000 jobs to the state that hosts the Orange Bowl. Southern Gardens, a subsidiary of U.S. Sugar, was one of the few companies in the industry with the wherewithal to finance the development of a 'transgenic' tree, which could take a decade and cost as much as $20 million. An emerging scientific consensus held that genetic engineering would be required to defeat citrus greening. 'People are either going to drink transgenic orange juice or they’re going to drink apple juice,' one University of Florida scientist told Mr. Kress."
a:Amy-Harmon  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2013.07.27  w:6000  agriculture  genetics  regulation  food  Florida  Brazil  from instapaper
june 2014 by bankbryan
A Q&A With A Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
"They ended up liking the [vacuum] a lot. In the beginning of the show, he said, 'If it comes around to 5 o’clock, we’ll have a drink,' or something like that, and it was only 2 p.m. He was saying, like, 'I’m not going to have to give you a drink,' and I was thinking, 'Bitch, we’re going to get drunk today.'"
a:Mike-Riggs  a:Anonymous  p:The-Awl★★  d:2010.11.24  w:6000  interview  marketing  alcohol  religion  from twitter
june 2014 by bankbryan
The Devil and the Art Dealer
"With carte blanche from Goebbels, Hildebrand was flying high. He may have agreed to his deal with the Devil because, as he later claimed, he had no choice if he wanted to stay alive, and then he was gradually corrupted by the money and the treasures he was accumulating—a common enough trajectory. But perhaps it is more accurate to say that he was leading a double life: giving the Nazis what they wanted, and doing what he could to save the art he loved and his fellow Jews. Or a triple life, because at the same time he was also amassing a fortune in artworks. It is easy for a modern person to condemn the sellouts in a world that was so inconceivably compromised and horrible."
a:Alex-Shoumatoff  p:Vanity-Fair★★  d:2014.03.19  w:6000  art  World-War-II  collecting  Jews  from twitter
may 2014 by bankbryan
Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself
"I’ve always thought of her story as so exceptional, but now I’m thinking about how many of us nearly do things that we’ll regret for the rest of our lives when we’re 17. Some of us, more of us than we’d like to acknowledge, do. There’s a reason juvenile records are sealed, purged, as hers were."
a:Sandra-Allen  p:BuzzFeed★★  d:2014.05.01  w:6000  gay  crime  teens  from twitter
may 2014 by bankbryan
How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp
"Perhaps nothing encapsulates that work so well as the way the Turks supply refugees with food. At Kilis, there are three grocery stores, side by side like a mini strip mall. Every family is given a debit card when they register, and every month, they get a balance of 80 Turkish lira, close to $40, per person for food and $10 per person for sundries. Inside the grocery stores are undulating produce sections, meat counters, dry-goods shelves and refrigerated dairy cases. At the checkout, refugees swipe their cards and show their IDs. Nesrin Semen, a senior program assistant for the World Food Programme, which is helping run the project, told me that this is 'a new modality of providing food assistance.' The W.F.P. doesn’t have an office here, as it does in other countries’ refugee camps, but the government invited it in for this pilot program. Semen was here with a team to check on how it was going — well, seemed to be the assessment. 'It’s effective,' she began, 'it’s cost-effective, it’s faster' — more so than, say, shipping food to storage centers, transporting it to camp distribution centers and having people wait in line to pick up bland rations, as the W.F.P. does in some other countries. 'There are no delays; it’s logistically simple,' she continued, adding that 'it supports the local economy.' In a survey, the refugees reported that they liked the grocery-store/debit-card system. It requires infrastructure, like electricity and an Internet connection, that not all refugee-camp locations have. But 'in the future,' Semen said, 'anywhere we can do this, we will.'"
a:Mac-McClelland★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2014.02.13  w:6000  food  infrastructure  logistics  from instapaper
april 2014 by bankbryan
The Collateral Damage of a Teenager
"Samantha isn’t even certain she remembers. But Wesley, her 16-year-old son, does—he’s joined us at the table—and leaps right in. 'Well, Calliope had a high-school essay due the next day, and a college essay due in a month. So you'—he looks at his mother—'wanted her to work on the college essay, but you'—now he looks at his sister—'wanted to work on the essay due the next day. So you basically said, "Mom, back off, I need to do this essay tonight." ' He tells this story with admirable evenhandedness. 'And you'—Wesley looks at his mother again—'were trying to emphasize your point that the college essay needed to be done.' Samantha waits. But that’s it, apparently. 'You just went back and forth like that for a long time,' says Wesley. 'And then Dad stepped in.' Samantha looks puzzled. 'That’s so stupid. Why would I not want her to do her essay for the next day?' Wesley again responds with tact. 'Well,' he says, 'in hindsight, you can understand her perspective. But at the time, you wanted to be heard.'"
a:Jennifer-Senior★  p:New-York-Magazine★★  d:2014.01.12  w:6000  parenting  teens  family  risk 
march 2014 by bankbryan
Our Comrade The Electron
"There are two themes that recur in Termen's work. The first is this idea of touching the intangible, palpating the impalpable, effing the ineffable. Termen loved to connect the invisible world of the electron to our physical senses, in astonishing ways. You see this in the theremin and you also see it in 'The Thing'; both devices couple sound to a high-frequency electromagnetic field. And that's the other theme, that everything Termen worked on seemed to have a dark side. Part of this was not his fault, just due to the amoral nature of physics. You can't have a world with a theremin without also being able to build 'The Thing'. The electrons don't care."
a:Maciej-Ceglowski★★★  p:Pinboard  d:2014.02.14  w:6000  talk  technology  internet  intelligence-gathering  music  creativity  history  design  from twitter
march 2014 by bankbryan
George Clooney's Rules for Living
"He is not just a man with a healthy ego, as the saying goes; he’s a man with a healthy superego, a famous person for whom fame functions as a kind of conscience. He knows what audiences want from him, in movie theaters; what gawkers want from him, on the red carpet; what reporters want from him, in interviews—and, by and large, he tries to give it to them. Even his lightheartedness derives from a sense of obligation; his casual approach to fame turns out to be one of the things he’s serious about. Being famous is not just what he knows how to do better than anyone else; it’s arguably what he knows how to do better than any*thing* else. He is the president of a club of famous people he doesn’t consider assholes, and he convenes it every time he makes a movie."
a:Tom-Junod★★  p:Esquire★★  d:2013.11.11  w:6000  profile  acting  work  Twitter  family  from twitter
january 2014 by bankbryan
Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us
"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, more and more of the dark rides started getting themed. But the best ones, in my opinion, are those that don’t have a theme because you don’t know what’s going to pop up next. Whereas, say, if you’re in a Western ride, you know you’re going see a gunfight and you’re going to see a bull. Yeah, it will impress you, but you’re already in a pre-established comfort zone. A dark ride with no connection between the various stunts is more like a nightmare to me—a train-of-thought type of nightmare where, say, you see a laughing clown, then a devil, and then a witch. All of a sudden, an alligator pops out at you. To me, that puts you more on edge."
a:Lisa-Hix  a:George-LaCross  a:Bill-Luca  p:Collectors-Weekly  d:2013.10.16  w:6000  interview  from instapaper
november 2013 by bankbryan
Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago
"Michael Clancy, a defense attorney for Ron Collins, a regular wholesale customer of the Flores twins, says he was a bit surprised to see how nonviolent the whole operation was. 'It was strange,' he says, 'to see such a big drug organization that didn’t have any acts of violence. I mean, there was nothing even close to a violent act in anything involving the twins’ organization.' The couriers who later testified said that the twins forbade them to carry guns. Few couriers had prior convictions. Nicholas Roti, the chief of the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Organized Crime, says that the cartel operatives try to stay 'very low key.' He adds, 'This is their retail outlet; they don’t want to mess this up.' So much money was flowing in that perhaps exacting violent retribution just wasn’t worth the effort. Explains Clancy: 'If someone rips you off or someone stiffs you on 50 kilos, [do] you go out and do an act of violence against that guy and bring a bunch of heat on you and your organization? Let it go. You’ll sell another 50 kilos tomorrow.'"
a:Jason-McGahan  p:Chicago  d:2012.09.17  w:6000  Chicago  logistics  violence  business  marijuana  recreational-drugs  from instapaper
november 2013 by bankbryan
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