Jason Lytle - Willamette Week
Performing in general can be so exhausting for a solitary person.

You're giving your energy away to other people every single night. It's the worst part of it. The Neil Youngs and the Willie Nelsons of the world can play a show, give it to the people, and then be ushered directly onto a tour bus. I would make so much more money if I hung out at the merch booth. I can't. It destroys me.
introvert  psychology  music 
4 hours ago
Grandaddy's Jason Lytle Moved to Portland, Bombed at Karaoke and Got Divorced. So He Went Back Home and Restarted His Band. - Willamette Week
Is the new song "I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore" about Portland?

Yeah, it actually is. I was here for one week and we ended up in the neighborhood [Cully]. It was a little scrappy where we ended up and I was feeling the pressure of buyer's remorse, wondering whether or not I made the right decision. Too much of the logistics of storage facilities and gear and all the stress of moving—I finally felt like I'd had enough. We lived next to this sketchy trailer park. I hadn't done drugs in ages, and I actually went over there looking for drugs. I hadn't been out of the house and I'd been building way too much IKEA furniture, and I was finally like, "Screw this." I walked down to the Spare Room and there was hardly anyone in there. I did a couple karaoke songs, and I finished a song and not a single person was clapping, and I was like, "This is so awesome, it's like my first show in Portland." I got into town and did "When Doves Cry" to echoes. All of it was super depressing. I was really doubting the move, and around the time this song just plopped out of me. It was a no brainer. Because I love the idea of letting people attach themselves to whatever the subject of the song is, I kinda got off on the fact that it could apply to anyone who just moved to a new city or goes away to college for the first time and is doubting themselves.
music  pdx 
4 hours ago
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Grandaddy Bison on the Plains
5 hours ago
Fed Says Student Debt is Keeping Young People from Buying Homes
The degree led to a solid job in information technology and a salary of $68,300. He wants to buy a home, but not until paying off his loans, so he rents an apartment in Anchorage for $875 and month while devoting more than $500 a month toward his student debt. His balance is now $22,000.

Mr. McKinney says he could afford to buy but is waiting instead. “If I’m going to buy a house before my student debt was paid off, I’d just be paying off student debt until I’m in my 50s,” he says. “I want to get that monkey off my back until I make any new investments.”
debt  studentloans 
6 hours ago
Doctor Rapp - The Atlantic
the scan revealed that his blackouts where actually a swarm of small strokes, and his illness was diagnosed as antiphospholipid syndrome. Hershfield’s immune system was mistakenly creating antibodies that made his blood more likely to clot. Those clots, if they entered his bloodstream and brain, could kill him at any moment.

the scan revealed that his blackouts where actually a swarm of small strokes, and his illness was diagnosed as antiphospholipid syndrome. Hershfield’s immune system was mistakenly creating antibodies that made his blood more likely to clot. Those clots, if they entered his bloodstream and brain, could kill him at any moment.
health  music 
8 hours ago
The Incurable Disease vs the Relentless Couple
“That was one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen.” Schreiber agreed. He alluded to a pharmaceutical company he’d helped set up early in his career. “Twenty-four years into that company, there was nothing to show for it. Not one thing,” he says. “For two graduate students who are not trained in science to come in and do what they did? Absolute forces of nature, savants. They keep seeing things that other people don’t see.”
science  research 
14 hours ago
Academic turns city into a social experiment – Harvard Gazette
Mockus’ seemingly wacky notions have a respectable intellectual pedigree. His measures were informed by, among others, Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North, who has investigated the tension between formal and informal rules, and Jürgen Habermas’ work on how dialogue creates social capital. (Staff photos Jon Chase/Harvard News Office)

His presentation made it clear that the most effective campaigns combine material incentives with normative change and participatory stakeholding. He is a most engaging, almost pixieish math professor, not a stuffy ‘mayor’ at all. The students were enchanted, as was I.”
urbanism  social  cities  government  cool 
17 hours ago
Marie Kondo: Thrift stores donations are up, thanks to "Tidying Up" - CNN
Netflix has people (serenely) bulldozing their closets, and thrift stores are riding the wave via Instapaper https://cnn.it/2Fp5e5E
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17 hours ago
9 Sober Musicians on How They Thrive Creatively Without Drugs or Booze | GQ
Baker: I wish I could attribute it to a single rock-bottom moment. I know a lot of people who struggled with addiction had that. But for me things sort of came in waves of what I needed to eliminate from my life until I started to see a pattern. I feel like I’ve had bad nights or destructive nights or nights where I don’t remember anything or nights where I was seriously injured or seriously in danger. And I remained nihilistic and unconcerned because it felt like there was no alternative. It wasn’t until I started going to DIY punk shows at a house that was substance-free, and the community of musicians there was largely substance-free. When I saw people that said, “I just don’t need that in my life,” it started a chain reaction in my mind. And they were all very kind to me for no reason—like, they would make me dinner, come pick me up when I got stranded, never asked any uncomfortable questions or made me feel judged or condescended to me. I think it started a natural catalyst in me of thinking that there’s a better way to live.

Anastasio: I had a sort of different situation than most people, in that I was facing felony charges, based on what was in my car when I was pulled over. So I did end up going to a felony-drug-treatment court, which was the greatest thing that ever could’ve happened to me. I had to move within half an hour of the jail, which was in Fort Edward, New York, because they call you in for random urine tests and stuff. So I basically had to stop my life for 14 months. I did 250 or something hours of community service—cleaning the bathrooms and toilets at the Washington County fairgrounds, putting up fences, parking cars, breaking rocks—and court-ordered outpatient [treatment], and drug-court meetings. I just had to move up there and spent 14 months just getting sober and complying with the rules. They’re very strict. If you miss a meeting, they put you in jail for 48 hours. Which happened to me—I had to go to jail a couple of times. This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
creativity  addiction  health 
How to stay healthy and active in every decade of your life — Quartzy
In this decade, aches and pains may crop up and chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, can manifest. As oestrogen declines in postmenopausal women, the risk of heart disease increases.

Do strength training twice a week to maintain your muscle mass.

Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, is recommended. Walk fast enough so that your breathing rate increases and you break a sweat.

Try something different. Tai chi can be excellent for balance and relaxation.
exercise  aging 
How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re Doing - The New York Times
In order for a session to count as deep work there must be zero distractions. Even a quick glance at your phone or email inbox can significantly reduce your performance due to the cost of context switching.
work  focus 
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World - Cal Newport
Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how they are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
read  minimalism 
Guy Hacks Together A Clever Method To Unload Huge Concrete Pipes By Himself - Digg
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Malcolm Gladwell Unmasked: A Look Into the Life & Work of America’s Most Successful Propagandist
And in case anyone had any doubts over whether or not he was on the take, Malcolm Gladwell was finally forced to confess that he did indeed take money on the sly from the pharmaceutical industry, including under-the-table cash from companies he specifically mentioned and defended in his 2004 New Yorker article that blamed high drug prices on American consumers.
journalism  ethics 
How I Built A $5,000 Per Month Side Project — Campfire Labs
I stopped being the guy who tells you your favorite band sucks because I've seen first-hand here how shitty that is to do.

The thesis of the project was simple: take what was in my head and monetize it. In other words, build a business that leverages all of the skills that I had learned over the first three years of my career in entrepreneurship, marketing and sales.
Unexpected MeFi Outcomes | MetaTalk
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The Triple Play: Pubescent Boys, Pot, and Paranoia | American Journal of Psychiatry
Results showed that for each year the boys used marijuana 52 times or more (“weekly use”), they had a 21% increase in the number of subsequent psychotic symptoms. Similarly, for each year of weekly use, the odds of experiencing paranoia increased by 133% and hallucinations by 92%. Importantly, the risk of psychosis following marijuana exposure increased even after at least a year of abstinence.
A Lifetime Review of the Canon 5D Mark II | Fstoppers
I am a firm believer that you are going to get better images with a camera that you have had for longer and know like the back of your hand than you will with the latest camera that you have only owned for a year. But I am a technophobe, so take from that what you will.

I also have creative directors ask for heavy crops after the fact if the creative direction has been changed after the shoot. Having another 30-70 megapixels to throw away would be useful and save tricky conversations.
photography  frugal 
High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction - Washington Post
He says his stacked shelves of crops are fresh, raised without pesticides and consumed locally within a day or two of harvest. They require a fraction of the land, water and fertilizers of greens raised in conventional agriculture. He doesn’t need varieties bred for disease resistance over flavor or plants genetically modified to handle the stresses of the field. And his harvest isn’t shipped across the country in refrigerated trucks from farms vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

“We think climate change is making it much more difficult for a lot of farms around the country, around the world,” he says, speaking from his office overlooking a demonstration kitchen for visiting chefs and others.
farming  science  sidehustle 
How I Infiltrated the Vagos, a Dangerous L.A. Motorcycle Gang
Outlaw biker gangs are organized like the mafia or the military, which makes sense, since the gangs were started by ex-military guys after World War II.

A few months later, in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant where they all hung out, the Armenian guys showed me a trunk full of machine guns.

Looking back, I was lucky. According to an ATF agent in San Diego who’d heard it from his own CI, the whole thing could be traced back to Junior, my own informant, and his girlfriend. She’d crossed paths with some Vagos right after I was patched in, and she told them that Junior had been working for the ATF when he died. She even gave them the business card I’d handed Junior, which had my Wisconsin information on it. (I’d crossed out the old phone number and written my L.A. number on it while I was waiting for new cards.) So the Vagos put the pieces together, and according to the CI, they were going to “take care” of me.

street terrorism
What Surprised Me the Most About Being a Jeopardy! Champ
“She’s annoying like Ken Jennings,” one Tweeted.
Text-Only NPR.org : Human Trafficking Reaches 'Horrific' New Heights, Declares U.N. Report
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MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder | WIRED
“Both historically and today, it takes a lot more ‘proof’ for a woman to claim competence, importance, and intelligence—something we see powerfully played out on the national political stage every day, from Hillary Clinton to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez,” says Marie Hicks, a technology historian and the author of Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing. “It seeps into how we talk about women associated with tech on an everyday basis, whether it's at work, at school, online, or in the media.”
gender  technology 
2 days ago
How Samuel L. Jackson Became Hollywood's Most Bankable Star | Hollywood Reporter
Jackson, who just celebrated his 70th birthday, is "the most influential actor of all time," according to a study published in December in Applied Network Science that used an algorithm to measure various actors' impact on pop culture (Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise came in second and third). In September, Box Office Mojo did its own calculation, naming Jackson Hollywood's most bankable star. His 120-plus movies — from tentpoles (Jurassic Park and the Star Wars prequels) to art house hits like Pulp Fiction to campy horror neo-classics like Snakes on a Plane — have earned a grand total of $5.76 billion at the U.S. box office (well ahead of Harrison Ford's $4.96 billion and Tom Hanks' $4.6 billion), and a staggering $13.3 billion worldwide.
movies  money 
2 days ago
Hobbitville's Last Days | Cover Story | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly
"Down in our basement he had a grinding machine," Mary Rose said. "And mother would go down to the tile store and, in the dump behind the tile store, was the stuff—the leftovers ... Father would go down in the basement and grind them off and make all his letters and so forth. And he would mix the cement by himself." Today, you can find these monuments scattered around Allen Park.
2 days ago
Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal - The Pulitzer Prizes
There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.

I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.

They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.

Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.

One issue obviously roiling the U.S. and Western Europe is immigration. It is the issue of the moment, a real and concrete one but also a symbolic one: It stands for all the distance between governments and their citizens.

It is of course the issue that made Donald Trump.
writing  politics  trump  metaphor 
2 days ago
Peggy Noonan - Academy of Achievement
By the time she entered college, many of her fellow students were protesting against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Noonan believed that the war was an essential component of America’s struggle against communism, a commitment initiated by President Kennedy. As more and more of her contemporaries moved farther away from the values she had grown up with, she looked to more conservative thinkers and leaders for inspiration.
2 days ago
50 Ways To Live On Your Own Terms - Benjamin Hardy - Pocket
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2 days ago
MacKenzie's Revenge: Can The Soon-To-Be Former Wife Of Jeff Bezos Wreak Havoc On Amazon?
MacKenzie retains her shares and becomes an advocate for policies that push Amazon to pay associates higher wages and offer better benefits leading to reduced profits for the company.
2 days ago
Sardines have so many omegas
dha  health  nutrition 
2 days ago
Omega-3 Fats and Cancer - Perfect Health Diet | Perfect Health Diet
On Wednesday a new paper reported that higher levels of long-chain omega-3 fats (EPA, DPA, and DHA) in blood are associated with a 43% increased risk of prostate cancer and a 71% increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. [1] This built on earlier work by the same group.
health  nutrition  cancer 
2 days ago
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2 days ago
Conan O’Brien Wants to Scare Himself With the New, Shorter ‘Conan’ - The New York Times
When he looked back on himself in those earliest broadcasts, O’Brien told me on Friday, he said he saw a performer attempting to fulfill competing desires. “We’re trying to be anarchists, but I’m trying to be a good boy and do a good job for the network,” he said. What he’s engaged in now, he said, “is this gradual progression toward me making the job fit me more — what do I like?”

Let’s say I’ve got a couple years left in me. What if I tried to, in the most selfish way possible, alter this so that I have a maximum amount of fun? I decided to scare myself.

I grew up revering the format, and then over time, you think, what’s feeling like it’s vestigial? I really don’t miss the desk. It started to feel like I’m doing someone’s taxes.

It’s turbulent and there’s conflict and I like it. It’s Lenin’s Politburo versus Brezhnev’s. One is lots of angry disagreement and the other one is like, uhhh, grain production, and everyone knows this has got another five years anyway and then it’s going to fall apart but we’ll be dead so who cares. These are terrible analogies, by the way.

This is going to sound grim, but eventually, all our graves unattended.

I had a great conversation with Albert Brooks once. When I met him for the first time, I was kind of stammering. I said, you make movies, they live on forever. I just do these late-night shows, they get lost, they’re never seen again and who cares? And he looked at me and he said, [Albert Brooks voice] “What are you talking about? None of it matters.” None of it matters? “No, that’s the secret. In 1940, people said Clark Gable is the face of the 20th Century. Who [expletive] thinks about Clark Gable? It doesn’t matter. You’ll be forgotten. I’ll be forgotten. We’ll all be forgotten.” It’s so funny because you’d think that would depress me. I was walking on air after that.
creativity  art  work 
2 days ago
Jayme Closs kidnapping: Neighbors armed themselves in case suspect showed up - CNN
Minutes later, the police radio crackled: Patterson had been apprehended. He wasn't very far away when police found him, Kasinskas said.
"We were kind of terrified when we heard that," Kasinskas said. "We realized he was in the neighborhood coming back for her."
2 days ago
The growth of human scalp hair mediated by visible red light laser and LED sources in males. - PubMed - NCBI
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3 days ago
The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
For a while, before a third of the planet had signed up for Facebook, RSS was simply how many people stayed abreast of news on the internet.
rss  sad  technology 
3 days ago
DNA pioneer James Watson stripped of honours after 'reckless' race remarks
While Dr Watson also said he hoped everyone was equal, he added: "People who have to deal with black employees find this is not true."

In the latest documentary, the molecular biologist says that genes cause a difference on average between black people and white people in IQ tests.

The laboratory branded the latest remarks "reprehensible", "reckless" and "unsupported by science", saying they effectively reversed Dr Watson's written apology and retraction in 2007.

The research centre subsequently revoked three titles - chancellor emeritus, Oliver R Grace Professor Emeritus, and honorary trustee.
racism  dna 
3 days ago
Everything We Learned About Robert Blake's Wild Life and Murder Trial on '20/20' | toofab.com
Plus, they were meth heads, so their testimony came with significant asterisks, anyway. In fact, a theory came out that one of their friends, a drifter addict named Mark Jones who had a gun that matched the murder weapon, was actually the killer. He killed himself a month later, so he was never able to testify (or be charged himself).

So Blake was acquitted, but then Bonny's family sued in civil trial. Blake, always a bit unstable and by now very bitter over the whole thing, lashed out during his testimony, and the jury, already a collection of kooks, religious nuts, and people just biased against him (they literally admitted to that), did not take kindly to it.
law  crime 
3 days ago
The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End | FiveThirtyEight
Single-stream isn’t the only cause of higher contamination rates. New kinds of plastic that clog up recycling machines also play a role, Lee said, and so does our love affair with Amazon — and the resulting increase in recycled cardboard boxes contaminated by various tapes, glues and inks. But it’s a big factor.
economics  environment  china  recycling  amazon 
3 days ago
Survival of the Mediocre Mediocre
Premature optimization, noted Donald Knuth, is the root of all evil. Mediocrity, you might say, is resistance to optimization under conditions where optimization is always premature. And what might such conditions be?

What did survive? The mediocre dinosaurs, the crappy, mid-sized gliding-flying ones that would evolve into a thriving group of new creatures: birds.
mediocre  work  adaptation 
3 days ago
Fall, or Dodge in Hell: Neal Stephenson: Hardcover: 9780062458711: Powell's Books
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
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4 days ago
Profile: Rupi Kaur, Author of Milk and Honey
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4 days ago
Book review: "You Know You Want It'' by Kristen Roupenian - The Boston Globe
You did this, not me,” he insists. “I’m just — just — the tool you’re using to hurt yourself!”
writing  fiction  review 
4 days ago
‘Cat Person’ and Other Tales of Discomfort in a Debut Collection - The New York Times
It was the usual internet life cycle, in other words. Everyone used the story to scold everyone else — for liking it or not liking it enough or liking it for the wrong reasons.

When the couple taunts him — “Look at what you’ve done” — I was shaken out of my numb disdain into a kind of anger. No, it’s what the author has done, and why? I wanted better for these characters — lives with real emotional stakes, actual personalities and not just kinks.
internet  writing  fiction 
4 days ago
Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response - Scientific American
But here’s the thing: The patients who followed his diet also quit smoking, started exercising and attended stress management training. The people in the control group were told to do none of these things. It’s hardly surprising that quitting smoking, exercising, reducing stress and dieting—when done together—improves heart health. But fact that the participants were making all of these lifestyle changes means that we cannot make any inferences about the effect of the diet alone.

First, in this study, JAMA published a retraction of one of the main conclusions of this study by led by Christopher Gardner, which initially claimed that people lost more weight on the Atkins diet than on the diet I recommend, which turned out to be false (JAMA. 2007 Jul 11;298(2):178).This says something important about the quality of that research.

"Calorie for calorie, reducing dietary fat results in more body fat loss than reducing dietary carbohydrate when men and women with obesity have their food intake strictly controlled. Compared to the reduced carbohydrate diet, the reduced fat diet led to a roughly 67 percent greater body fat loss."

As Moyer indicates here, the 2014 meta-analysis showed higher mortality risks associated with both processed meat and unprocessed meats. The fact that processed meat is even worse for you than unprocessed meats does not change the fact that the risk of premature death from all causes is higher in those eating red meat than those who do not.

Only one person in the experimental group of the Lifestyle Heart Trial was smoking at baseline, so it’s unlikely that made a significant difference. And I’m not aware of any studies showing that walking and stress management techniques alone can reverse heart disease.

My colleagues and I conducted a demonstration project of 333 patients from four academic medical centers and four community hospitals. These patients were eligible for revascularization and chose to make these comprehensive lifestyle changes instead. We found that almost 80 percent were able to avoid surgery by making these comprehensive lifestyle changes.

in the decades from 1970 to 2000, when obesity and chronic disease rates skyrocketed, U.S. consumption of red meat and eggs dropped 12 percent. USDA data also show (pdf) that between 1970 and 2005 U.S. consumption of saturated fat–rich butter and lard as well as hydrogenated shortening decreased 17 percent.
diet  health  keto 
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