Monday, September 30, 2019

Plant-Based Meat

New Yorker – "Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?"

"“What I learned from Pat was ‘You have a certain amount of time on the planet—you should work on important stuff.’ ”"

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Gender Reveal

Uncut Gems

December 13, 2019
Written by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie (Good Time)
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield

AMC Theaters Airing NFL Games

MediaPost – "AMC Theatres Starts Pilot Program Airing NFL Games"

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Future of the Internet

According to BuzzFeed News Senior Reporter @broderick.

Shipping Through the Great Lakes

New York Times – "From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea"

"The lock is part of the oldest and most traveled inland waterway in America — a 2,300-mile corridor that connects the Atlantic Ocean with all five Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. Since deep draft navigation opened on the St. Lawrence in 1959, more than two and a half billion tons of cargo, worth around $375 billion, have traversed the seaway."


"After picking me up in Montreal, the Equinox’s captain, Ross Armstrong, told me the ship would cross Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Superior and drop me in Thunder Bay, Ontario — six hours north of Duluth, Minn. The trip would take six days."


"The Great Lakes basin spans 10 degrees of latitude and 18 degrees of longitude — set almost exactly between the Equator and the North Pole. The circumference of all five lakes combined is 10,500 miles, nearly half the distance around the world. An average of 200,000 cubic feet of precipitation falls somewhere on the lakes every second."


"The job is more demanding than it looks, he said. The lakes sit in a lowland between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians, creating a vortex of dangerous weather. Winds can blow 40 to 50 knots and whip up waves 25 feet tall. The slender and flexible lakers seek shelter or heave-to to survive these storms. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum estimates that 6,000 ships and 30,000 lives have been lost on the lakes. The most famous wreck, Edmund Fitzgerald, sank a few hundred miles ahead on our route."


"Seeing a Great Lake for the first time, I understood how French explorers, who discovered “the sweet seas” and essentially blazed the border with Canada, assumed that the lakes led to the Pacific — and China. Most 17th-century mapmakers estimated that North America was only 300 miles wide, and every indication on the edge of Lake Ontario suggested that the lake went on forever."

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Floating Soccer Field in Koh Panyee, Thailand

Via @BRFootball.

Two Professional Sports in Less Than 24 Hours

Deion's Double Play ESPN 30 for 30

Donuts and the City of Los Angeles

1843 Magazine (The Economist) – "How donuts fuelled the American Dream"

"No one truly knows where donuts come from, who first brought them to California or why they remain so popular here. But you can always find a donut shop in LA, no matter which exit you take off the freeway. Donuts are the soul food of a place that is often accused of lacking a soul. They are the sticky, messy, waist-expanding ying to the yang of Southern California’s sun-kissed beaches and taut-and-tanned infatuation with wellness. They are the fruit of thousands of freeway entrance-ramp deep-fryers, eaten on the run by late-shift junkies and early risers with one hand on the steering wheel. Put your eye to the hole in a donut and you might glimpse the answer to the mystery of how Los Angeles continues to cohere, even as the languages and cultures of Angelinos multiply."

The Origins of Mole

The Atlantic – "The Colonial Origins of Mexico’s National Dish"

Watchmen (TV)

October 20, 2019
Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost)
Based on Watchmen by Alan Moore Dave Gibbons
Starring Regina King

The Recording of Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation in 1989 Minnesota

MSP Magazine – "Why Janet Jackson Recorded Rhythm Nation in Minnesota"

Fans in Control

New Yorker – "Superfans: A Love Story"

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Morning Show

November 1, 2019
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Steve Carell

Kevin Durant's Headspace

Wall Street Journal – "Kevin Durant’s New Headspace"

"Producer Brian Grazer, a creative partner, says Durant is one of the most original, idiosyncratic minds you’re likely to meet in the world of sports. Grazer recalls a talk Durant gave at a Google retreat in Sicily. During the Q&A someone asked what made Durant so great. Coolly, Durant replied: “Paranoia.” "


"What matters more than continuity, more than happiness, more than titles—more than anything—is the search. Durant is one of the few NBA players who speaks of the game as a vehicle for gaining wisdom.

The rapper Q-Tip recently sent Durant an old black-and-white clip of Bruce Lee, which Durant devoured. Lee put it so beautifully, telling an interviewer about the secret of martial arts. “All types of knowledge,” Lee says, “ultimately mean self-knowledge.” The more you know about martial arts, the more you know about yourself, and the more you can then express yourself with your body—especially in “combat.” On any given night he has things to express. Angry things, scary things, joyful things, about his story. "


"Laurene Powell Jobs, who helped Durant establish a multimillion-dollar program in Prince George’s County to help college-bound kids ready themselves—scholastically, emotionally, financially—says Durant is “a deeply integrated individual,” which makes him rare among all people, let alone celebrities. Integrated people, she says, “keep all the knowledge of their experience and bring it to their current awareness.… They use it as a source of knowledge, of power, and want to effect change that’s informed by their experience.”"


"Durant says he’s decided to wear No. 7 in Brooklyn because it stands for completion in the Bible. (God rested on the seventh day after creating Heaven and Earth.) Clearly the completion of his career is on his mind. In which case, what next?

Kids, he says, maybe.

How many?

He throws out numbers. Maybe five. Maybe one.

First he needs to find a woman who can handle this crazy life.

He used to think that wasn’t such a tall order. But, as with so many things, his thinking on that has evolved.

“I thought this life was pretty simple,” he says. “But it’s not as simple as I thought it was.”"