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This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World
"On Reed’s field we notice a lot of blue-spattered cotton plants, while the weeds next to them are untouched. The machine is getting confused because some of the cotton is runty and withered—not as healthy as the cotton See & Spray is programmed to recognize. The robot needs to be fed first hundreds, then thousands, and eventually millions of images of cotton to learn the many variations of the plant, how its leaves change shape and texture over time, how they look when they’re sickly and healthy, and during all stages of growth. The robot’s ability to draw from this image archive and make distinctions and decisions is 'deep learning'. The Blue River team built the memory of See & Spray by going to a cotton farm in Australia, hitching a video camera to a modified shopping cart, and spending three months pushing it around different fields, uploading about 100,000 images of cotton. But the Arkansas cotton, struggling in a wet, cold spring, isn’t looking enough like the Australian cotton for 100 percent accuracy. Each day for a fortnight, Heraud’s team will take tens of thousands of new cotton images, and each day the robot will become more accurate."
a:Amanda-Little  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.01.11  w:3500  robots  agriculture  machine-learning  from instapaper
19 days ago by bankbryan
The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color
"The world lacks a great all-around red. Always has. We’ve made do with alternatives that could be toxic or plain gross. The gladiators smeared their faces with mercury-based vermilion. Titian painted with an arsenic-based mineral called realgar. The British army’s red coats were infused with crushed cochineal beetles. For decades, red Lego bricks contained cadmium, a carcinogen. More than 200 natural and synthetic red pigments exist today, but each has issues with safety, stability, chromaticity, and/or opacity. Red 254, aka Ferrari red, for example, is safe and popular, but it’s also carbon-based, leaving it susceptible to fading in the rain or the heat. 'If we sit out in the sun, it’s not good for us,' says Narayan Khandekar, director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation & Technical Studies and curator of the Forbes Pigment Collection. '“That’s the same for most organic systems.' One red is stable, nontoxic, and everlasting: iron oxide, or red ocher, the ruddy clay found in Paleolithic cave paintings. 'It’s just not bright in the way that people want,' Khandekar says."
a:Zach-Schonbrun  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.04.18  w:3500  color  safety  food  regulation  from twitter
8 weeks ago by bankbryan
Abortion Is Not Murder
"But this was never really about babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. I’m going to say that again, because a lot—a lot—of people will tell you that their objection to abortion is all about saving babies. Criminalization of abortion doesn’t lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more women dying in unsafe procedures. Studies from The Lancet have shown that the abortion rate is higher in countries where the procedure is banned than in countries where it’s allowed."
a:Jennifer-Wright  p:Harper's-Bazaar  d:2018.04.13  w:3500  abortion  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care
"Once I realized I was old enough to die, I decided that I was also old enough not to incur any more suffering, annoyance, or boredom in the pursuit of a longer life. I eat well, meaning I choose foods that taste good and that will stave off hunger for as long as possible, like protein, fiber, and fats. I exercise—not because it will make me live longer but because it feels good when I do. As for medical care: I will seek help for an urgent problem, but I am no longer interested in looking for problems that remain undetectable to me. Ideally, the determination of when one is old enough to die should be a personal decision, based on a judgment of the likely benefits, if any, of medical care and—just as important at a certain age—how we choose to spend the time that remains to us."
a:Barbara-Ehrenreich  p:Literary-Hub  d:2018.04.09  w:3500  medicine  aging  health  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
LeBron's Free Agency: Debating Rockets, 76ers, Lakers and More
"If you don’t want to play with Leonard and/or LaMarcus Aldridge, have no fear: they can be liquidated in trades. We’ve got a few shooters we can bring back in Danny Green and Patty Mills, and we’ll gladly welcome any additional veteran shooters you want to bring aboard. Rudy Gay has agreed to let you refer to him as 'Jeff Green' if you like."
a:Ben-Golliver★  a:Mark-Bechtel  a:Jake-Fischer  a:Rohan-Nodkarni  a:Ben-Teitelbaum  a:Dan-Gartland  a:Kenny-Ducey  a:Rob-Mahoney  a:Charlotte-Wilder  a:Jarrel-Harris  a:Mitch-Goldich  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.05  w:3500  LeBron-James  NBA  Cavs 
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
Space City: How Faith Fuels the Rockets' Explosive Offense
"Life in Space City seems pleasant. You can sleep in, because there are no morning shootarounds, and stay out, because someone is always planning dinner or bowling. You don’t have to pass, but you do get to shoot, and even if you miss 97 times, you can propose plays. Practices are 90 minutes, but don’t worry, you probably won’t have to deal with some manic rookie picking you up full-court. 'I’ll tell that guy to back off,' D’Antoni says. 'I want Chris and James to dominate, so they feel good. I don’t want anybody putting doubt in their mind.' The morning before the playoffs, Paul strolled into D’Antoni’s office with a plate of pancakes and plopped down at his oval wooden conference table. The 66-year-old coach was working on his USA Today crossword puzzle ('I gotta build my confidence, too; The New York Times would just tear it down')."
a:Lee-Jenkins★  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2018.05.01  w:3500  NBA  basketball  from instapaper
may 2018 by bankbryan
‘The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down’
"In August of 2014, after Betheil’s internship had ended, the draft report languished in the organization’s digital innards. But now, more than three years later, the report, which was obtained by the Village Voice along with other internal documents, provides a radically different explanation for the subway’s declining performance than the one that MTA leadership has given the public. The root cause of the subway system’s decay, it turns out, isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding — rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted by the authority itself, in response to a single accident two decades ago that set the transit system on a path to disaster."
a:Aaron-Gordon  p:The-Village-Voice  d:2018.03.13  w:3500  NYC  public-transit  from instapaper
march 2018 by bankbryan
Amid a sea of voices, Vox’s Carlos Maza breaks through
"I do spend a lot of time agonizing over the argument. But once I’m confident about that, let’s throw glitter, let’s make this interesting for people on the Metro where there might be a screaming baby. Let’s keep their attention, and the way I do that is by being as gay as humanly possible."
a:Justin-Ray  p:Columbia-Journalism-Review  d:2018.03.12  w:3500  gay  media  social-media  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought a Bar
"We finally decided, you know what, I’m going to go to bartender school, because a) I’d learn bartending, and b) I’d learn about how you handle tips and taxes and find another angle from which to view the corruptions that might exist. It was a good bartending school; I learned how to make 85 drinks."
a:Andy-Wright  a:Pam-Zekman  a:Zay-N-Smith  a:Jim-Frost  a:Bill-Recktenwald  p:Topic  d:2018.01  w:3500  oral-history  journalism  corruption  Chicago  bars  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
‘Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans The beloved internet writer talks to Heather Havrilesky about his new identity.
"I think especially in terms of transitioning one of the things that’s been on my mind is that there are elements of what I do that are very much who I am, and there are also parts that are a schtick. And there are aspects of my schtick that are just not going to carry over. The things that were fun, provocative, exciting, transgressive to do as a woman are not going to be the same."
a:Heather-Havrilesky★★  a:Mallory-Ortberg★★★  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2018.03.13  w:3500  interview  transgender  gender  from twitter
march 2018 by bankbryan
My Taper’s Keeper: Inside the World of NBA Barbers
"Kobe was occasionally beat to work by a 5-foot-9 man from Toronto. Vince Garcia is a barber—one of the most famous in coveted NBA circles—and owner of Grey Matter, a shop on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. He took care of two customers while we spoke there late one January afternoon. His clients had no problem with Garcia multitasking; they were just happy to be there. Garcia is a pro’s pro, considered by many in NBA circles to be one of the all-time greats. Player rankings are made by fans and media. NBA barber rankings are made by players."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.02.27  w:3500  NBA  from instapaper
february 2018 by bankbryan
The Transparent Society
"Despite their similarities, these are very different cities. Disparate ways of life representing completely opposite relationships between citizens and their civic guardians. The reader may find both situations somewhat chilling. Both futures may seem undesirable. But can there be any doubt which city we'd rather live in, if these two make up our only choice?"
a:David-Brin  p:Wired★★  d:1996.12.01  w:3500  surveillance  transparency  law-enforcement  UK  future  privacy  from instapaper
january 2018 by bankbryan
Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics
"'I heard "Papa Bear in the house", and it’s like a fire drill,' says a sous chef for one of Ashok Bajaj’s restaurants, which include Rasika and Bibiana. The sous chef was in the middle of butchering 150 pounds of salmon for a large banquet that night, but when the alert came in, sous chefs kicked line cooks off their stations and began preparing Sietsema’s lunch themselves. (In other kitchens, the executive chef might take over complete prep of a dish. That way, only one person is to blame if the review is terrible.) 'It is a huge wrench in the operation, because what you’re basically doing is interrupting the regular flow of service to stop and concentrate on one table and the other tables surrounding.' With the executive chef orchestrating, the sous chefs prepared triplicates of every component of every dish. Nerves, as always, ran high. 'I’ve burned more shit trying to cook something perfect for Tom Sietsema than I ever would have if I didn’t know that he was there,' the sous chef says."
a:Jessica-Sidman★★  p:Washingtonian★★  d:2017.12.06  w:3500  restaurants  DC  intelligence-gathering  from twitter
january 2018 by bankbryan
Trixie Mattel Is for Men (and Women and Kids) | GQ
"At Trixie's GQ photo shoot, I am permitted to try on her peach-colored, double-D, slightly cool and sticky breasts. The bib weighs about eight pounds. I, a person who lugs around a pair of breasts hovering somewhere between 'natural' and 'too perfect to be natural' 24/7, find Trixie's a great strain on my neck. 'It's a lot,' Firkus concedes. 'But it becomes a white noise of discomfort. I don't really feel my lashes because everything hurts so much. Everything hurts at once. Also, weirdly, it's that pain that makes you feel beautiful, because you know how impactful the imagery is. You're 6'4" with a waist that's'—he brings his palms toward each other, until they hover just an inch apart. 'You know that when you walk into the room, you take the air out of the room. In a good way. People are like, *Your waist is beautiful.* I'm like, *It feels beautiful. It feels like my ribs hurt if I sit down.*'"
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2017.11.29  w:3500  gay  fashion  gender  from twitter
january 2018 by bankbryan
A day with Hornets assistant coach — and NBA lifer — Stephen Silas
"Silas flips through the diagrams that run on for several pages detailing how the Cavaliers try to score: early offense, secondary offense, post-ups, corner, high posts, Hawk cuts, UCLA cuts, zippers, catch and shoot, loop action and spread, Princeton, dribble hand-off, step ups, horns, middle pick-and-roll, side pick-and-roll, side out of bounds, deep corner out of bounds, baseline out of bounds, ATOs, and crunch time plays. It’s literally everything you could ever want to know about how the Cavs run their offense in every conceivable situation. Even for someone who consumes a ton of NBA basketball, the diagrams look like hieroglyphics. For coaches, they’re an unspoken method of communication."
a:Paul-Flannery★  p:SB-Nation★★  d:2017.11.20  w:3500  NBA  basketball  process  from instapaper
january 2018 by bankbryan
The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA
"Irving and Lillard aren't the only ones. Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made the switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past year or so. The rise of plant-based diets in the NBA follows a worldwide uptick in meat-free meals. According to research firm GlobalData's report, 6 percent of U.S. consumers identify as vegan, up from just 1 percent in 2014. In the United Kingdom, veganism rose by 350 percent from 2006 to 2016, largely from the country's younger demographics."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:Bleacher-Report★  d:2017.11.15  w:3500  nutrition  vegetarianism  veganism  NBA  Kyrie-Irving  food  from instapaper
january 2018 by bankbryan
Heat. Tempers. 13-hour Days. Line Cooks Function in an Intense and Brutal World.
"There’s a fair share of needling and bullying in Ziebold’s kitchen. Cory calls it emotionally draining. 'No one has been fired but people have been forced out based on Eric’s treatment of them. He will demean you, belittle you in front of the whole kitchen during service, and just scream at you all day.' Cory says Ziebold forced out two co-workers, calling one of them pathetic. Sometimes, Ziebold says, he has to instill a sense of urgency in his cooks, but insists it isn’t personal."
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper/Young&Hungry★★  d:2017.11.16  w:3500  work  management  restaurants  DC  from instapaper
january 2018 by bankbryan
The 2017 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
"Please note that if you put ANYTHING other than nuts in your decorative nut bowl, whatever is inside turns to poison and everyone in the house dies. I don’t make the rules."
a:Drew-Magary★  p:Deadspin★★  d:2017.12.12  w:3500  satire  food  class  from twitter
december 2017 by bankbryan
Hey Siri: An On-device DNN-powered Voice Trigger for Apple’s Personal Assistant
"The 'Hey Siri' feature allows users to invoke Siri hands-free. A very small speech recognizer runs all the time and listens for just those two words. When it detects 'Hey Siri', the rest of Siri parses the following speech as a command or query. The 'Hey Siri' detector uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to convert the acoustic pattern of your voice at each instant into a probability distribution over speech sounds. It then uses a temporal integration process to compute a confidence score that the phrase you uttered was 'Hey Siri'. If the score is high enough, Siri wakes up."
p:Apple★  d:2017.10.01  w:3500  iOS  Siri  machine-learning  from instapaper
december 2017 by bankbryan
Operation Uproot
"I have always considered this evacuation from Czechoslovakia in 1939 an intelligence operation and a successful one. We succeeded in organizing in England an intelligence group that started work even before the war and continued to the end of it. It is not boasting to say that this group made an effective contribution to the Allied effort even when the war became a gigantic world affair. That was the purpose of the evacuation operation. If an intelligence organization leaves the country like this and starts to work abroad without a government, without a political center to which it is subordinated, it falls into great danger of becoming mercenary, and there is inevitably bound to be a moral decline. We were lucky in that soon after our arrival in London President Benes came there from the United States, and his provisional Czechoslovak government was recognized by the Allies immediately after the outbreak of war. That gave to our activities a political, legal, and moral background."
a:Frantisek-Moravec  p:CIA★  d:1993.09.22  w:3500  war  intelligence-gathering  security  logistics  World-War-II  from instapaper
december 2017 by bankbryan
No One at the Wheel: What Will Driverless Cars Do to Real Estate?
"Real estate is atwitter about driverless cars, with both doomsaying and unbridled optimism—at least on the surface—on show in equal measure. 'It’s like, this weird time where it’s obvious this is going to be a transformative moment in real estate,' said Brandon Huffman of real estate investment manager Rubenstein Partners. 'There are all types of theoretical social impacts, including job loss across the board.'"
a:Guelda-Voien  a:Brady-Dale  p:Commercial-Observer  d:2017.10.17  w:3500  self-driving-cars  real-estate  parking  development  Uber  traffic-congestion  public-transit  basic-income  from instapaper
december 2017 by bankbryan
Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines
"By tracing those jokey references back, Ackley found that those exact numbers had also been used in a PRNG featured in SpaceOut, a 1988 program for the X Window System that simulated travel through a star field. When I contacted the author of SpaceOut, he recalled that he had cribbed his PRNG from the second volume of Donald Knuth’s The Art of Computer Programming, a classic of the discipline. I was able to locate that PRNG in the edition of the book that was published in 1981, though it may also appear in the original edition from a dozen years earlier. This coincidence raises at least two possibilities. The first is that Alex sent Aristocrat a fake proof full of mathematical in-jokes and wagered that the company’s engineers would be too dense to realize that he was putting them on. The second is that Aristocrat has been basing some of its PRNGs, at least in part, on an algorithm that is at least 36 years old and which has long been in the public domain."
a:Brendan-Koerner  p:Wired★★  d:2017.08.05  w:3500  gambling  hacking  from instapaper
november 2017 by bankbryan
The Poisoning
"A year after that summer trip to Cambodia, I stood in the lobby of an ancient Florentine hotel, all marble and crimson velvet, and met my first Negroni cart, three shelves tall, bristling with bottles—each shelf devoted to the components, with different gins, bitters, and vermouths. The bartender invited me to choose each component, and after my first, I asked her to make me one she would prefer. The drink’s mastery of my imagination was complete. I now dream of having my own Negroni cart."
a:Alexander-Chee★  p:TinHouse  d:2017.07.25  w:3500  alcohol  bars  academia  relationships  from instapaper
november 2017 by bankbryan
Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places
"When I ask how much these resources might accelerate his search for a new drug, he corrects me. 'We don’t need just one,' he says. 'Or five. If we get just a few, we’re still just playing leapfrog. We need a thousand new drugs, so that clinicians can go to the cupboard and say, "Right, in this decade, we’re using these 200, and we’re saving the other 800 for when the usefulness of these runs out. I think that is achievable. But it’s going to take a massive amount of work.'"
a:Maryn-McKenna  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.07  w:3500  medicine  future  from instapaper
november 2017 by bankbryan
Each Game of Thrones character's season 7 strategy, ranked by political science
"Later in the season, after losing most of her main allies, she became obsessed with winning Jon’s loyalty — leading to the precise opposite problem. She put her dragons at too much risk, sending them to rescue Jon in a situation where the enemy’s military capability was not well known. She managed to save Jon and win his loyalty, just as Lyall’s theory would predict — but also handed a weapon of mass destruction to a power bent on literally extinguishing all human life. This was revisionism at its most incompetent."
a:Zack-Beauchamp★  p:Vox★★  d:2017.08.28  w:3500  list  Game-of-Thrones  politics  military  strategy  power  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.
"When I asked Mr. van Wingerden if it was unsettling to live in a waterfront city mostly below sea level, he said: 'It seems to us less dangerous than living on the San Andreas Fault. At least when we flood, we’ll have some warning before our feet get wet.' To the Dutch, what’s truly incomprehensible, he added, is New York after Hurricane Sandy, where too little has been done to prepare for the next disaster. People in the Netherlands believe that the places with the most people and the most to lose economically should get the most protection. The idea that a global economic hub like Lower Manhattan flooded during Hurricane Sandy, costing the public billions of dollars, yet still has so few protections, leaves climate experts here dumbfounded. Mr. Molenaar, Rotterdam’s climate chief, summed up the Dutch view: 'We have been able to put climate change adaptation high on the public agenda without suffering a disaster in many years because we have shown the benefits of improving public space — the added economic value of investing in resilience. It’s in our genes. Water managers were the first rulers of the land. Designing the city to deal with water was the first task of survival here and it remains our defining job."
a:Michael-Kimmelman  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.06.15  w:3500  climate-change  engineering  disaster  from twitter
august 2017 by bankbryan
The Juiced Ball Is Back
"There’s no indication that any of the balls Lichtman had tested fall outside of MLB’s allowable ranges, but some of those ranges are laughably large, leaving a lot of leeway for legal variation with major effects on the field. As an earlier ball-testing report by the Baseball Research Center that was publicly released in 2000 acknowledged, 'two baseballs could meet MLB specifications for construction but one ball could be theoretically hit 49.1 feet further.'"
a:Ben-Lindbergh★  a:Mitchel-Lichtman  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.14  w:3500  analysis  baseball  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
Your Robot Car Should Ignore You
"Like a growing kitty in the middle of an all-night poker game, there’s a lot of money sitting on the table. Former University of Michigan professor and GM executive Larry Burns explains that there’s a gold mine tucked into the 3 trillion miles a year that people drive each year (in the United States). He said, 'If a first-mover captures a 10 percent share of the 3 trillion miles per year and makes 10 cents per mile, then the annual profit is $30 billion, which is on par with Apple and ExxonMobil in good years.' Car companies and Google are like gigantic tankers on a collision course, both slowly cruising toward a common destination: to wring the most profits from the next generation of automated cars. Car companies favor an evolutionary approach, to develop driver-assist modules to the point where they can take over the wheel for extended periods of time. In contrast, Google’s strategy aims to dive directly into full autonomy."
a:Hod-Lipson  a:Melba-Kurman  p:Nautilus★  d:2017.05.11  w:3500  self-driving-cars  safety  cars  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
The Thieves Who Steal Sunken Warships, Right Down to the Bolts
"Probably, the salvagers would have either placed explosives around the wrecks or used a multiton wrecking ball, just like one you might see tearing down an inner-city building. Either technique would have taken a lot of time and created a lot of detritus. Denlay says he can’t figure out why no one reported such a massive undertaking. Or why there appears to be nothing left on the ocean floor. 'In my experience in Asian waters, that’s very unusual. Usually, at least a skeleton of sorts is left. In this instance, all that appears to be left is a big imprint where a wreck once was. That’s what is so surprising.' It’s not clear who is buying all this scrap or even whether the buyers know the metal has been illegally gleaned. Chatterton doubts that matters in regional markets. 'Nobody’s going to give a shit,' he says. 'They’re going to take it and melt it down, and no one’s going to be wiser. Steel is steel.'"
a:Kathryn-Miles  p:Outside★★  d:2017.05.02  w:3500  war  crime  disaster  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
This voting reform solves 2 of America’s biggest political problems
"The emergence of so many 'safe' Congressional seats, a byproduct of the single-seat winner-take-all system, has hugely consequential effects on national politics. It has spawned a strange duality in American politics. Overwhelmingly, congressional districts and most states are safe for one party or the other. At the same time, in almost every national election the balance of power in Washington is up for grabs. The result of that state of affairs is that the winning party always sees its majority as threatened; correspondingly, the losing party perpetually views itself as one 'wave' election away from unified party government. Since partisans of each side are uninterested in compromise, each party’s ability to win depends on casting the other party as too extreme, too terrible, too corrupt, too evil, too un-American — whatever parade of horribles resonates. As a result, 'negative partisanship' — partisans hating the other party — is now the most consequential force in American politics."
a:Lee-Drutman  p:Vox★★  d:2017.04.26  w:3500  voting  from instapaper
july 2017 by bankbryan
Cars and second order consequences
"Perhaps the most useful way to think about this is that, just as on-demand erodes the difference between marked and mechanically metered taxis and car-services, so it also erodes the difference between both of those and buses. What exactly are the differences in traffic dynamics between a Lyft Line shuttle with 5 passengers and a municipal bus with an off-peak load of 10? Recall, too, that buses weren't always municipal, and there are parallel commercial alternatives today - see Chariot, or matutus. The point here is not remotely to suggest that it is inherently good or desirable to replace public transport with cars, but that it now becomes possible to do so, if we want, and that it might be cheaper and more efficient in some circumstances. And, indeed, that the distinction between 'car' and 'bus' might break down."
a:Benedict-Evans  p:Benedict-Evans  d:2017.03.20  w:3500  cars  self-driving-cars  future  taxes  energy  roads  traffic-congestion  parking  public-transit  cities  surveillance  congestion-pricing  from instapaper
july 2017 by bankbryan
Steve Jobs’ liver—and the quest for a better organ algorithm
"'When I first heard about OrganJet I said oh my goodness they are going to shame the OPTN into acting,' says Gentry, 'because if you hear about a system like that it sounds wrong. It sounds like something that shouldn’t exist. It’s obviously making clear an error or a distortion of the system that such an arrangement would be helpful for people.' 'In a perfect world, I should not exist at all,' agrees Tayur. But until then, he’s going to keep working on ways to get there. 'I don’t need UNOS support. I don’t need congressional change. I don’t need reports. I don’t need arguments. I am a very simple man who thinks that let not our lack of imagination come in the way of creating an answer,' he says."
a:Mallory-Locklear  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2017.03.15  w:3500  medicine  algorithms  ethics  from instapaper
july 2017 by bankbryan
The Last Days of the Point God
"My favorite Clippers season happened in 2008–09, when they finished 19–63 and Baron Davis looked six months pregnant. Tim Thomas did everything short of screaming, 'I don’t give a shit!' after he bricked 3s. They brought in Zach Randolph AND Ricky Davis, right before Z-Bo turned his career around, as we wondered if they were secretly filming an HBO dramedy about an insane basketball team."
a:Bill-Simmons★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.04.27  w:3500  NBA  from instapaper
july 2017 by bankbryan
‘The Jordan Rules’ Was the Mother of All Woj Bombs
"Long before it became conventional wisdom, Smith wrote that Jordan’s dickishness was inextricable from his competitiveness. He was willing himself to be so great that he couldn’t understand how his teammates could be so bad. Jordan called the bumbling center Will Perdue 'Will Vanderbilt' — because 'he doesn’t deserve to be named after a Big Ten school.' Then, when Perdue set a hard screen on him in practice, Jordan punched him twice in the head. 'Why the hell don’t you ever set a pick like that in a game?' he yelled."
a:Bryan-Curtis  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.09  w:3500  NBA  journalism  from instapaper
june 2017 by bankbryan
Between LaVar Ball and LaVar-ology
"LaVar has heard the comparisons to the maniacal sports parents who have come before him. Let them compare all they want, he says—after all, look at where their kids ended up. 'You thought Tiger Woods’ dad was crazy. You thought Michael Jackson’s dad was crazy. Venus and Serena’s dad was crazy. I’m on the right path! If I’m not crazy, they’re not good enough.' You could quibble with his methods. Just not his results. Anyway, neither Earl Woods nor Joe Jackson nor Richard Williams had vision like LaVar Ball has, says LaVar Ball. Did any of them, for instance, have their own clothing line? He gestures at the pool table and the clothing that’s piled on top of it. A $495 Lonzo Ball signature shoe, the soon-to-be-infamous ZO2, will debut in May. But the brand is already strong. 'Eighty dollars for a T-shirt—that’s how you know the brand is good. My hat, my leather hat, $100! 'Tina stands next to him, mouthing each word before he says it."
a:Zach-Baron★★  p:GQ★★  d:2017.06.21  w:3500  NBA  family  from instapaper
june 2017 by bankbryan
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
june 2017 by bankbryan
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  weight-loss  from instapaper
june 2017 by bankbryan
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
june 2017 by bankbryan
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
june 2017 by bankbryan
Bombshell: Initial Thoughts on the Washington Post’s Game-Changing Story
"Trump’s alleged screw-up with the Russians reveals yet again what we have learned many times in the last four months: The successful operation of our government assumes a minimally competent Chief Executive that we now lack. Everyone else in the Executive Branch can be disciplined or fired or worse when they screw up by, say, revealing classified information or lying about some important public policy issue. But the President cannot be fired; we are stuck with him for 3-1/2 more years unless he is impeached, which remains a long-shot. The Post reports: '"It is all kind of shocking," said a former senior U.S. official who is close to current administration officials. "Trump seems to be very reckless and doesn’t grasp the gravity of the things he’s dealing with, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security."'
Bottom line: It matters who we have running the most powerful institution in the world."
a:Jack-Goldsmith  a:Susan-Hennessey  a:Quinta-Jurecic  a:Matthew-Kahn  a:Benjamin-Wittes  a:Elishe-Julian-Wittes  p:Lawfare  d:2017.05.15  w:3500  law  government  Donald-Trump  Russia  intelligence-gathering  from instapaper
may 2017 by bankbryan
CBC Drink Diary: Jace Gonnerman
"DC’s grey market laws make weeks like this an open canvas for a beer program. All you need is a 'yes' from a brewery and a way to get their beer here."
a:Jace-Gonnerman  p:BrightestYoungThings★  d:2017.04.20  w:3500  beer  DC  bars  from instapaper
april 2017 by bankbryan
The Least Important Writers of 2016
"Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
This year, Peggy—a jewel box containing Ronald Reagan’s ashes—talked to her chauffeur, talked to a black person, and talked to a cab driver. Little wonder she is considered one of America’s foremost political experts. We wouldn’t have it any other way, haha *gunshot*."
p:Deadspin★★  d:2016.12.22  w:3500  list  media  journalism  from instapaper
april 2017 by bankbryan
There's a Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, and It's About to Burst
"Opening a sit-down restaurant is like walking into one of those machines in roller rinks where you have 30 seconds to grab as much money as you can, except all the money is fake, minus one lottery ticket taped to the bottom of one of those dollars. And that one lottery ticket is a restaurant unicorn like State Bird Provisions or Momofuku Ssäm Bar or Rose's Luxury or Au Cheval. And if you happen to be the lucky owner of that ticket, you cash it in and head back to the restaurant casino and buy more chips and take them to a higher-limit table and keep betting on yourself and your food and your people and you hope that your wherewithal and previous luck and skill keep it all going, and you become a place like Zuni Cafe or The Spotted Pig or, hell, Commander's Palace and you're able to last into paying off investors and actually making a living and becoming the nostalgia pick, the place everyone goes to recall that feeling they had when they walked in and discovered that the food you make is art, and you are a national treasure. And then your lease runs out, your landlord sells to a developer, and they triple your rent."
a:Kevin-Alexander  p:Thrillist  d:2016.12.30  w:3500  restaurants  business  gentrification  from instapaper
april 2017 by bankbryan
‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’
"That triple deca is considered the outer limit of physical performance. (One athlete recently claimed to have done 50 Ironmans in 50 days, but with some of that mileage done on an elliptical machine, traditionalists have scoffed.) One of the more popular races is the Quintuple Anvil, which grew to 16 competitors this year from seven in 2013, its inaugural year. Double and triple versions are held at the same time. (By the time you consider a quadruple, you might as well just do a quintuple. That is the mentality here.)"
a:Randal-C-Archibold  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2016.11.01  w:3500  sports  from twitter
march 2017 by bankbryan
A game ball's road to the NBA Finals
"The crew chief then brings all three balls to the court during the warm-up period. The officials work with a player from each team -- it doesn't have to be a captain -- to select the game ball. Each player tests the balls, and if both players agree on one, that ball is used. 'I used to pick the game ball all the time,' Barnett said. 'I was very meticulous about that. I didn't want a ball that was too new. I wanted it to be a little softer.' However, if the players cannot agree and each pick a different ball, then the officials select the third ball. The other two balls are kept at the scorer's table in case the game ball is damaged."
a:Baxter-Holmes★  p:ESPN★★  d:2015.06.08  w:3500  NBA  manufacturing  process  from instapaper
march 2017 by bankbryan
The rapid rise of Anthony Davis
"He is listed at 6' 10", 220 pounds, with a wingspan longer than Yao Ming stands and a gait that can cover the floor in a dozen cartoonish strides. He is the invention of a God who already built Kevin Durant and decided to get more creative. Teammates compare Davis to a Gumby doll, a pogo stick and a variety of other outlandish toys, all elastic or spring-loaded."
a:Lee-Jenkins★  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2014.12.05  w:3500  basketball  Kevin-Durant  NBA  from instapaper
march 2017 by bankbryan
How Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Lost Its Way
"There were at least some younger drinkers. Indeed, John F. Kennedy appears to have been one: When he was in Nashville in 1963, the owner of a local liquor emporium later recalled, he sent a man around asking specifically for a bottle of Overholt. If so, he was in a rare minority. By then, rye drinkers were getting truly scarce. NDP stopped advertising Overholt nationally around that time, sticking to the Pennsylvania market. In 1963, it adopted a still-lighter formula ('today’s Old Overholt is lighter, milder, smoother,' proclaimed the desperate ad that announced the change). The next year, it dropped the proof to 86. There has been no official bonded Old Overholt since. Some time around then, NDP began bottling the brand in Cincinnati, although the small quantities needed were still being made in Pennsylvania. At this point, it was the only nationally-distributed straight rye whiskey, such as it was."
a:David-Wondrich  p:The-Daily-Beast★  d:2016.09.12  w:3500  alcohol  manufacturing  history  from instapaper
january 2017 by bankbryan
Run the Jewels’ Universal Theory of Not Giving a Fuck
"KM: We’re Americans still. We’re not a fucking nation of pussies. We’re just not. We have endured the best and the worst from outside and in. We’ll be OK. White folks acting scared—I’m not used to white people acting scared, man. Got to turn it up. We got Russia to worry about.
El-P: Well, you know, I’m just going to rap a lot. I’m going to do a lot of rapping.
KM: We are an American cultural export to the world. You have nothing to worry about."
a:Jeff-Weiss  a:El-P  a:Killer-Mike  p:Pitchfork★★  d:2017.01.05  w:3500  interview  hip-hop  race  2016-election  friendship  Bernie-Sanders  politics  from twitter
january 2017 by bankbryan
Highlights From the Opening of the Second Avenue Subway
"Another train enthusiast at the station, Marvin Loja Espinoza, 17, a senior at Aviation High School, was waiting to get on the first train leaving there. Originally from Ecuador, he discovered his love for trains when he moved to the United States in 2005. His hometown had no trains, he said. Struggling to make friends in a new place, he spent his lunches in the library studying train maps, he said. His knowledge of the subway lines is so extensive that his friends call him 'M.T.A. Savage'."
a:Emma-G-Fitzsimmons  a:Emily-Palmer  a:Noah-Remnick  a:Daniel-E-Slotnik  a:Jonathan-Wolfe  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.01.01  w:3500  public-transit  NYC  from instapaper
january 2017 by bankbryan
Understanding Basketball Footwork
"As DeRozan’s footwork has continued to evolve, so has his body. When DeRozan first entered the pros, he lacked the bulk to establish prime positioning. Now his body has fully matured and he’s 'got a booty game now', according to Farr, which allows him to get to his high-percentage spot on the floor, like he does to Stephen Curry in the clip above. 'It’s almost like a great running back bouncing off a tackle. It’s all in the footwork when he takes the hit and it doesn’t move him anymore,' Farr said.
Farr says the key to getting DeRozan to this level was building muscle memory by repeating moves over and over again at game speed. DeRozan brings his cousin Shaun to their summer workouts, and Farr said Shaun helps by 'putting some Compton hands on him'— fouling and roughing DeMar up. 'The more physical they get, the better his footwork gets because they’re hitting him one way, and then he counters,' Farr explained."
a:Kevin-O'Connor★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2016.12.13  w:3500  basketball  fitness  NBA 
december 2016 by bankbryan
The Power Vegetables Pantry
"If vegetables were superheroes, they’d get their power from a mysterious triad: fat, salt, and acid. Whenever you are cooking vegetables from this book, from outside of this book, or for your teething infant, remember the triad. Taste what you’re cooking and literally quiz yourself: Is there enough fat, is there enough acid, is there enough salt? It is rare, or should be, that the answer is: YES, THIS IS PERFECT I AM A GENIUS LET’S EAT. You can do better than that."
a:Peter-Meehan★★  p:Lucky-Peach★★  d:2016.11  w:3500  list  instructional  cooking  vegetarianism 
december 2016 by bankbryan
The Definitive Guide to NBA Team Names, Part 2
"The common shorthand, Knicks, works beautifully, and has the nice symmetry of the two K‘s. Problem: It’s hard to derive a mascot from a name that basically means 'person from this region'; the Knicks don’t have an in-arena mascot. And what would it be? A Wall Street trader being led to minimum-security prison in handcuffs and a $10,000 suit? A walking yellow cab? An angry subway rider, furious that PEOPLE WON’T STEP INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE FREAKING TRAIN and that some jackass is playing his iPod so loudly the whole car can hear? A life-size rat? A person trying to fit a bed in a closet and yet somehow paying $1,000 per month for the privilege? Sorry, I lost control for a minute there. The Knicks have a great name!"
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:Grantland★★  d:2013.08.20  w:3500  list  NBA  naming  NYC 
november 2016 by bankbryan
Feet In Smoke: A Story About Electrified Near-Death
"Another of the nurses, when I asked her if he'd ever be normal again, said, 'Maybe, but wouldn't it be wonderful just to have him like this?' She was right; she humbled me. I can't imagine anything more hopeful or hilarious than having a seat at the spectacle of my brother's brain while it reconstructed reality. Like a lot of people, I'd always assumed, in a sort of cut-rate Hobbesian way, that the center of the brain, if you could ever find it, would inevitably be a pretty dark place, that whatever is good or beautiful about being human is a result of our struggles against everything innate, against physical nature. My brother changed my mind about all that. Here was a consciousness reduced to its matter, to a ball of crackling synapses—words that he knew how to use but couldn't connect to the right things; strange new objects for which he had to invent names; unfamiliar people who approached and receded like energy fields—and it was a good place to be, you might even say a poetic place. He had touched death, or death had touched him, but he seemed to find life no less interesting for having done so."
a:John-Jeremiah-Sullivan★★  p:Deadspin★★  d:2012.02.01  w:3500  story  death  from twitter
november 2016 by bankbryan
Life in Circadia
"There are two possible strategic approaches to timing. In cancer, for example, the best time to target a tumour – when its cells are proliferating the most rapidly – does not always coincide exactly with the time when the side effects of the drug are minimised. If one opts for the maximum-efficacy approach, attacking the tumour at its most vulnerable, the short-run effects can be dramatically forceful. Unfortunately, what follows is a bizarre conundrum. When anti-cancer drugs are administered at a more toxic time, not only do patients suffer from damage to their healthy tissue, but their circadian clocks are also disrupted. Of course, when internal rhythms are out of whack, timed medicine becomes harder and generally less effective. So the best long-term approach seems also to be the gentlest, letting the drugs be unobtrusive guests quietly ushering out disease, without a counterproductive attack on the timing system itself."
a:Jessa-Gamble  p:aeon★★  d:2016.06.02  w:3500  time  health  medicine  pharmaceuticals  future  biology  sleep  microbiome  nutrition  from instapaper
september 2016 by bankbryan
The Man with His Head in the Clouds
"The limitations on how high these structures can go sometimes lodge themselves in the smaller components. Take the elevators. 'The cables are massive, created at record lengths,' says Smith. 'There’s not enough room to coil them at the top of the elevator shaft. When Burj Khalifa was designed, 423 meters was the highest one elevator could go.' The solution devised since then? A flat cable that coils tighter. 'It’s made of carbon fiber and stuff—you know, new materials,' Smith says. 'In the Jeddah Tower, a single elevator can run 575 meters.' But this, in turn, creates new issues. Though the flat cable is lighter, it still represents a massive weight at that length. This demands the development of a new wheel, pulley system, and motor. These all must be engineered. And there will be something like 57 elevators in the Jeddah Tower. 'If everybody were building these megatalls, there might be warehouses full of what we need,' says Smith. 'But these buildings are so infrequent that firms don’t really want to invest in the R&D to create new elevator motors specific to the project.'"
a:Tom-Chiarella★  p:Chicago  d:2016.06  w:3500  architecture  engineering  Chicago  Saudi-Arabia  from instapaper
september 2016 by bankbryan
How Intel Makes a Chip
"Another way to make a chip faster is to add special circuits that only do one thing, but do it extremely quickly. Roughly 25 percent of the E5’s circuits are specialized for, among other tasks, compressing video and encrypting data. There are other special circuits on the E5, but Intel can’t talk about those because they’re created for its largest customers, the so-called Super 7: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Those companies buy—and often assemble for themselves—Xeon-powered servers by the hundreds of thousands. If you buy an off-the-shelf Xeon server from Dell or HP, the Xeon inside will contain technology that’s off-limits to you. 'We’ll integrate [a cloud customer’s] unique feature into the product, as long as it doesn’t make the die so much bigger that it becomes a cost burden for everyone else,' says Bryant. 'When we ship it to Customer A, he’ll see it. Customer B has no idea that feature is there.'"
a:Max-Chafkin★  a:Ian-King  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2016.06  w:3500  manufacturing  hardware  from twitter
september 2016 by bankbryan
Finding the Cleveland Misery Tipping Point
"Quick background: The 35-year-old Cockroft converted only 33 of his 55 field goal attempts in 1979 and 1980, then would retire after this game. In a 2006 interview, Cockroft admitted that he was battling two herniated discs and had four epidurals during the 1980 season. Yes, I learned this from Red Right 88’s Wikipedia page. And yes, you know something awful happened when a sporting event has its own Wikipedia page. But four epidurals? Is that even legal? Remember the days when the NFL didn’t care about player safety, unlike now? (Hold on, I’m going to wait until you finish guffawing.) In that Raiders game, Cockroft made two field goals (both from 30 yards), missed two more (from 47 and 30 yards) and shanked an extra point. So he wasn’t exactly lights-out. And it was 2 degrees and windy and freezing. And the field was basically a skating rink. And again: FOUR EPIDURALS. Nope, you can’t blame the Browns for wanting to inch a little bit closer. Especially when they didn’t know that God hated Cleveland yet."
a:Bill-Simmons★★★  p:Grantland/The-Triangle★  d:2014.12.19  w:3500  analysis  Cleveland  LeBron-James  weather  Cavs  football  baseball  sports  Browns  Indians  from instapaper
june 2016 by bankbryan
A Hacker’s Guide to Bending the Universe
"There’s more to life than hacks, of course. Hacks are seductive, but they need to be exceptions, rather than norm. Many better engineers I’ve worked with taught me the value of hard, methodical work; writing code that’s simple to understand and easy to maintain, be it days or decades later. But that first little assembly program put in my mind a very powerful notion: that there’s always a way out."
a:Marcin-Wichary  p:Backchannel  d:2016.03.28  w:3500  technology  programming  hacking  from twitter
june 2016 by bankbryan
How Aerial Surveillance Has Changed Policing — and Crime — in Los Angeles
"Even the region’s flight paths have come to influence how criminals use the city. The heavily restricted airspace around Los Angeles International Airport, Burdette pointed out, has transformed the surrounding area into a well-known hiding spot for criminals trying to flee by car. Los Angeles police helicopters cannot always approach the airport because of air-traffic-control safety concerns. Indeed, all those planes, with their otherwise-invisible approach patterns across the Southern California sky, have come to exert a kind of sculptural effect on local crimes across the city: Their lines of flight limit the effectiveness of police helicopter patrols and thus alter the preferred getaway routes."
a:Geoff-Manaugh★★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2016.03.23  w:3500  crime  law-enforcement  aviation  Los-Angeles  geography  surveillance  from twitter
june 2016 by bankbryan
Death of a Mannequin: Marco Rubio's Last Day
"On climate change, the noted astronomer from parts of Florida that will be underwater during the New American Century observed that 'America is not a planet.' Nice one. This is the 'What can I do!' theory of intervention that says, 'If you come upon someone trying to kill another person, and nobody else in the crowd is intervening, just hang back and see what happens.' Besides, alternate energy plans would only increase Americans' energy costs, because there's no bargain like moving Americans from disappearing coastal cities and fighting the global destabilization of hundreds of millions of refugees. The intellectual engine of the Rubio campaign was something that could have come out of any Tenth Amendment-humping geriatric on Capitol Hill. All Marco would have had to do was open his mouth and leave it there while a 40-year-old tape loop played, periodically interrupted by a new overdub saying the word 'Uber.'
a:Jeb-Lund  p:Rolling-Stone★★  d:2016.03.18  w:3500  2016-election  Republicans  climate-change  from twitter
may 2016 by bankbryan
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire
"Whether it creates the kind of business Dropbox is hoping to build, or it just ends up as a huge engineering high, the company now has its own invention. Dropbox has built its own box. This represents an attitude that began with Google and has gradually spread across Silicon Valley. Google was so successful not just because it built a pretty good Internet search engine, but because it built the underlying technology needed to run that search engine—and so many other services—at an enormous scale. Facebook, which recruited countless ex-Googlers, did much the same. And so did Twitter and its ex-Googlers. And, now, so has Dropbox. To become a giant, you may have to stand on the shoulders of others. But once you become your own giant, you start to feel like you need to build a home that’s just right for you."
a:Cade-Metz  p:Wired★★  d:2016.03.14  w:3500  cloud-computing  Amazon  hardware  startups  Google  Facebook  infrastructure  from instapaper
may 2016 by bankbryan
What Happened to Google Maps?
"Let's try a quick experiment. First, we'll take Google Maps as it is today. Now, let's add all of the cities from the 1960s road map. Next, let's discard all of the roads that weren't on the 1960s map. We'll keep the freeways, since many of them weren't built yet — but let's get rid of everything else. It doesn't feel as though we're missing much with all those unlabeled roads gone. And the individual roads are now so much easier to follow, especially above Chicago. You can actually trace each one with your eyes. Put another way: every line now has a station. And every station has a line. There's one problem, though: we still don't have labels on most of the remaining roads. Let's rectify that by adding most of the shield icons from the 1960s map and see what we get. Nearly every road is now labeled, and the map is more useful. Let's take one last look at the map we started with and compare it to the map we ended up with. If I were lost in this area, I know which map I would want to use."
a:Justin-O'Beirne★★  p:Justin-O'Beirne★★  d:2016.04  w:3500  maps  Google-Maps  roads  experiment  from twitter
may 2016 by bankbryan
Expedia Thinks It Can Help You Find the Dream Vacation You Didn’t Know You Wanted
"Khosrowshahi asked Diller what it meant for the travel industry, and the two started talking about Sept. 11. The attacks, along with everything else they wrought, caused people to stop traveling almost entirely for months. Diller was closing the purchase of Expedia at the time, and he and Khosrowshahi had debated whether to back out. 'We sat around and talked,' Diller said into his microphone, 'and I don’t remember, you may remember who it was who said, "If there’s life, there’s travel."' 'I think that was you,' Khosrowshahi interrupted. 'Oh,' Diller said. 'So nice to hear. I’ve always given credit to someone else.'"
a:Drake-Bennett★  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2016.02.25  w:3500  travel  9/11  user-interface  from twitter
may 2016 by bankbryan
Write code that is easy to delete, not easy to extend.
"It’s good to copy-paste code a couple of times, rather than making a library function, just to get a handle on how it will be used. Once you make something a shared API, you make it harder to change. The code that calls your function will rely on both the intentional and the unintentional behaviours of the implementation behind it. The programmers using your function will not rely on what you document, but what they observe."
a:Thomas-Edward-Figg  p:Programming-Is-Terrible  d:2016.02.13  w:3500  instructional  programming  software-design  software-development  from instapaper
march 2016 by bankbryan
Is Myers-Briggs up to the job?
As Varma settled into his new job at the company, working long hours alongside other ambitious overachievers, he found the insights provided by the test helpful. 'It’s 11 o’clock on a Monday night and you’re frustrated with each other and asking, "Why are you not seeing it my way?"' he says. 'Now, you’ve got this thing you can lean back on and understand that the way colleagues see the world is different to how you see the world.' Not everyone is so enamoured. One former McKinsey executive says he was unimpressed with its findings. Unable to speak of this heresy, he chose to use his colleagues’ faith in MBTI to his advantage. Despite being labelled an 'E', the associate told his workmates he was an 'I'. It was the perfect excuse to avoid after-work dinners, plug his headphones in at the office or leave for the gym at a reasonable hour. 'I could always just say, Hey guys, sorry, I’m an "I",' he recalls, laughing. 'That’s a totally reasonable excuse at McKinsey.'
a:Murad-Ahmed  p:Financial-Times-Magazine  d:2016.02.11  w:3500  psychology  management  social-interaction  from twitter
march 2016 by bankbryan
Staying Classy
"Donald Trump appeals to a lot of people because despite his immense wealth he practically glows with signs of being Labor class. This isn’t surprising; his grandfather was a barber and his father clawed his way up to the top by getting his hands dirty. He himself went to a medium-tier college and is probably closer in spirit to the small-business owners of the upper Labor class than to the Stanford MBA-holding executives of the Elite. Trump loves and participates in professional wrestling and reality television; those definitely aren’t Gentry or Elites pastimes! When liberals shake their heads wondering why Joe Sixpack feels like Trump is a kindred soul even though Trump’s been a billionaire his whole life, they’re falling into the liberal habit of sorting people by wealth instead of by class. To Joe Sixpack, Trump is 'local boy made good'."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2016.01.30  w:3500  class  race  politics  2016-election  education  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
march 2016 by bankbryan
22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead)
"The best life advice I've ever gotten was from my high school physics teacher. His philosophy? It's *okay* to be lazy. Good, in fact. You should want to do things the easiest way possible, as that's what's going to drive you toward finding ever-more efficient ways to do them. Of course, the unspoken fine print read: *so long as you don't sacrifice on quality*. I carry the same philosophy into the kitchen. Sure, there are times when I enjoy doing things the old-fashioned, hard way, but most of the time, my goal is to make the best-tasting food in the least amount of time possible, and if there's a convenient supermarket product that's going to help me get there, all the better. The problem is, sometimes those convenient supermarket products end up veering into 'sacrifice on quality' territory, a place we want to avoid."
a:J-Kenji-López-Alt★★  p:Serious-Eats★★  d:2016.01.15  w:3500  instructional  list  food  retail  cooking  from instapaper
february 2016 by bankbryan
Read This Before the Next Time You Go to the Casino
"With table games, the house’s checks are stored in the rack (bank/tray/well) in front of the dealer and are arranged by color in the various tubes. (Larger denominations are stored on the inside of the rack for protection.) Dealers use various techniques to remove checks from the rack, including:
SPLASHING/SPREADING: Sliding (wiping) a stack of checks (usually four or five) into a line along the layout to demonstrate (prove) the number.
DROP CUT: To skillfully release a number of checks from the bottom of a stack by feel.
DIRTY MONEY: Checks collected from a losing bet. Some think it bad luck (or bad manners) to pay winners with dirty money—and many casinos think it’s bad game security.
HAND TO HAND: Passing chips, cash or anything else by hand without placing it on the layout first—a breach of game protection.
TAPPING TOKES: When the dealer knocks a check he’s been tipped against a hard surface before dropping it into the toke box. Tapping notifies the supervisor and security, and soft hustles other players to zuke (tip)."
a:Ben-Schott★★  p:Playboy★★  d:2015.12.30  instructional  gambling  w:3500  work  security  process  from instapaper
february 2016 by bankbryan
Economic Inequality
"The most common mistake people make about economic inequality is to treat it as a single phenomenon. The most naive version of which is the one based on the pie fallacy: that the rich get rich by taking money from the poor. Usually this is an assumption people start from rather than a conclusion they arrive at by examining the evidence. Sometimes the pie fallacy is stated explicitly. Other times it's more unconscious. But the unconscious form is very widespread. I think because we grow up in a world where the pie fallacy is actually true. To kids, wealth *is* a fixed pie that's shared out, and if one person gets more it's at the expense of another. It takes a conscious effort to remind oneself that the real world doesn't work that way."
a:Paul-Graham★★★  p:Paul-Graham★★★  d:2016.01  w:3500  economics  startups  from instapaper
february 2016 by bankbryan
What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors
"How would you describe what you see?
I see colors in other colors. For example, I’m looking at some light right now that’s peeking through the door in my house. Other people might just see white light, but I see orange and yellow and pink and green and some magenta and a little bit of blue. So white is not white; white is all varieties of white. You know when you look at a pantone and you see all the whites separated out? It’s like that for me, but they are more intense. I see all those whites in white but I resolve all these colors in the white, so it’s almost like a mosaic. They are all next to each other but connected. As I look at it, I can differentiate different colors. I could never say that’s just a white door, instead I see blue, white, yellow-blue, gray."
a:Alexa-Tsoulis-Reay★  a:Concetta-Antico  p:New-York-Magazine/Science-of-Us★  d:2015.02.26  w:3500  interview  color  art  from instapaper
february 2016 by bankbryan
What It’s Like to Be an Expert Lucid Dreamer
"After I learned about lucid dreaming, I started mucking around with reality checking, which is a common way to establish that you are dreaming. A lucid dream can be so real that you are aware of yourself but can’t establish that it’s a dream. What I tend to do is touch materials, then with gentle pressure, my hands will go through and I know I’m dreaming. One of my favorite things to do is put one hand through another, and it tingles and I get an electric shock. I also regularly meet these dream characters whom I can talk to directly, like I’m talking to you now, and I’ll say, 'You know that you’re dreaming?' And they’ll say, 'No, what’s wrong with you? You’re not dreaming!' And I’ll say, 'Okay, watch me.' And I’ll get my hands and I’ll put them up inside my head. I put my fingers out through my eyes. It took me quite a few years to work up the courage to do that. To put my hand though my hand, that’s not so bad — but to put your hands inside your head where you brain is and mush them around, you have broken all sorts of cultural taboos."
a:Alexa-Tsoulis-Reay★  a:Peter-Maich  p:New-York-Magazine/Science-of-Us★  d:2015.03.01  w:3500  interview  sleep  process  from instapaper
january 2016 by bankbryan
A Guide to Thailand’s Noodle Soups
"The world of Thai noodles is unimaginably vast. Some have apparent roots in Southeast Asia, others are direct imports from China—and plenty are bowls that straddle both. Adding to the complexity of the landscape is the fact that Thai noodle dishes are highly customizable. Do you want your boat noodles served with beef or pork? Do you prefer sen lek (rice) or bamii (wheat-and-egg) noodles? Served with broth or haeng (dry)? And do you want your noodles served tom yam (preseasoned) or nam tok-style (thickened with a spoonful of blood)? This is a list of the country’s noodle soups (fried noodle dishes would warrant an equally lengthy accounting-for), ranging from standards that you’ll find across the country to unique bowls found only in a single village, some never previously detailed in English."
a:Austin-Bush  p:Lucky-Peach★★  d:2015.12.16  w:3500  list  food  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
Four Meals at the Toughest Strip Club in Los Angeles
"The night goes sideways. Someone tucks a dollar into the bikini bottom of a girl kneeling to clean off one of the tables. A woman puts her hands on one of my friends and her male companion says either, 'Excuse my wife,' or 'Hey, that’s my wife,' the true phrase lost in the club music, which has gotten perceptibly louder. A man by the stage plunges his hands down a girl’s bikini bottoms and she rolls away, flipping him off. Women stretch the length of the table, they swing from the bars. The burgers arrive and the lettuce is crisp and the cheese melted over the tough patties. I can’t eat them fast enough despite the fact that everything is very difficult to swallow, and when a fat slug of blue cheese lands on the back of my hand I bow my head and suck it off. A man points at a girl on the table and yells over to me, 'SMACK THAT ASS,' and I yell back, 'I WILL SMACK IT WITH PERMISSION.'"
a:Amelia-Gray  p:Lucky-Peach★★  d:2015.12.10  w:3500  review  restaurants  sex  from twitter
january 2016 by bankbryan
English is not normal
"The die was cast: English had thousands of new words competing with native English words for the same things. One result was triplets allowing us to express ideas with varying degrees of formality. Help is English, aid is French, assist is Latin. Or, kingly is English, royal is French, regal is Latin – note how one imagines posture improving with each level: kingly sounds almost mocking, regal is straight-backed like a throne, royal is somewhere in the middle, a worthy but fallible monarch. Then there are doublets, less dramatic than triplets but fun nevertheless, such as the English/French pairs begin and commence, or want and desire. Especially noteworthy here are the culinary transformations: we kill a cow or a pig (English) to yield beef or pork (French). Why? Well, generally in Norman England, English-speaking labourers did the slaughtering for moneyed French speakers at table. The different ways of referring to meat depended on one’s place in the scheme of things, and those class distinctions have carried down to us in discreet form today."
a:John-McWhorter★★  p:Aeon★★  d:2015.11.13  w:3500  language  history 
january 2016 by bankbryan
Don’t Cry for Tracy Morgan
"Look, I did all this shit without a GED. I loved dropping out of school. I dropped out of high school with four credits to go. I loved that shit. I wish I could go back and drop out again. I love it when a plan works, because everybody says, “You ain’t going to be shit.” Now look at me. I loved dropping out of high school. I might have been stuck in some fucked-up job. And I’m not lifting no heavy boxes for no-fucking-body! Fuck you, FedEx, and your fucking heavy boxes. Feel my hands, Mike! See how soft they are? You know why? Because all I do is count money and touch bitches. I’m just joking!"
a:Michael-Paterniti★  a:Tracy-Morgan  p:GQ★★  d:2015.11.24  w:3500  interview  comedy 
january 2016 by bankbryan
When do music festivals evacuate due to bad weather?
"We can see the little dots on the maps and we pay to get all this information, but ultimately we’ve made the warnings and we have all our warnings taped. Every time I’m up there doing it, the soundboard tapes what I did and marks the time. So there’s a whole bunch of data that our insurance can look at and see what we did. These are the people that I consulted with, this was the time that we discussed this, this was the time I made the call, by the time I made the call to the time I got to stage was this amount of time. This is what the wind was reading, here are the screenshots, here’s the social media messaging we sent to people. Every time I talk on the stages, that is going out to all the social media and all the app alerts all happen pretty much at the same time. To me, it’s the most serious thing we do. People are trusting us, because they’re not sitting there looking at their TVs with one of those 'beep beep, this is a warning, there is a tornado warning' things. They trust us to communicate with them when this shit is about to happen. When you’re at home watching TV in Chicago, you get those weather alerts like, 'Flash flood warning for this area.' Where I am, the TV will start beeping and tell you or your phone will start beeping and tell you. But when you’re out in a field, you’re trusting that I’m going to tell you."
a:Marah-Eakin  a:Jay-Sweet  p:The-AV-Club★★  d:2015.08.31  w:3500  music  weather  safety  social-media  insurance  from instapaper
january 2016 by bankbryan
Saint John of the Slime
"I’m seeing how rotten my own life is, how I’m always striving to be a better cook and always being frustrated because I can never be good enough. Or how tenuous and unsatisfying my relationship with my boyfriend really is, the ways I’m always wanting more from him. Father Boniface is right. If I look at it in a certain way, everything in my life is rotten. Nothing is ever perfect enough. Who were we kidding, Dan and I? In the end, I thought the holiday here on the mountain would be about saving Dan from his own delusions, but the truth is Dan invited me because he thought he could save me. But I’m not ready to be a saint, to give up the things of this world, imperfect though they might be, and stay on the mountain, drinking soured 2 percent, waiting for salvation. My way is still the brotherhood of gay club night at 1015 Folsom, getting drunk and seeking benediction in my boyfriend’s eyes, even though I know it will end in a horrible breakup and I’ll be bitter and depressed for weeks. It’s my cross to drag around, falling in love with imperfect things. I’m not ready to drop it just yet."
a:John-Birdsall★  p:Lucky-Peach★★  d:2015.11.04  w:3500  religion  cooking  gay  food  from instapaper
january 2016 by bankbryan
A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna
“Don’t believe the pictures — in between each poolside party photo is an untaken one in which she’s simply working. Almost every night, when you’re asleep, Rihanna is in the studio. She was headed there after our meeting and Jennifer said she’d be there until morning. At that very moment the sound engineer was waiting for her, just as I had been waiting earlier. Rihanna doesn’t have time for extracurriculars right now, and this includes dating. 'Guys need attention,' she explained. 'They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.'"
a:Miranda-July  a:Rihanna  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2015.10.12  w:3500  work  relationships  music  sex  race 
january 2016 by bankbryan
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