- AOTD on 5/23/20 - Scout: turtlebubblesjwoo6 days ago
I was a die-hard meat eater until I read Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens. Since reading that book a couple of years ago, I've eaten very little meat. I eat plenty of fish and if I'm stuck with horrible choices, I'll eat the very occasional chicken or turkey (haven't had beef in a couple of years).
If you haven't had an Impossible Burger, you're missing out! Very meaty, but without the grease. That's what I miss the least when I come into contact with meat nowadays -- it all tastes super fatty and greasy.
- # 128500 pts - Scout: sjwooOrganizer Sandbox | Jack Shepherd | 5/18/20 | 2 min2 reads2 comments10Organizer SandboxJack Shepherd|5/18/20|2 min2 reads10
I hope this brings a little joy to all Readuppers. It certainly brought me some.
- AOTD on 5/12/20 - Scout: jackdilleWIRED UK | Sirin Kale | 20 min52 reads13 comments8.1WIRED UKSirin Kale|20 min52 reads8.1sjwoo2 weeks ago
I know I shouldn't be surprised that people still find new ways to make money, but I am...always.
- # 631199 pts - Scout: sjwoo
From one of my favorite movie critics -- one who doesn't suffer fools gladly and has never met a bad movie he didn't relish in destroying -- comes an essay about an old video store that's so imbued with nostalgia that I dearly wish I could visit it. It may be gone, but it certainly isn't forgotten.
- AOTD on 5/4/20 - Scout: AlexaThe Verge | Casey Newton | 6/19/19 | 34 min16 reads7 comments9.1The VergeCasey Newton|6/19/19|34 min16 reads9.1
After reading just the descriptions of these videos, I'm shellshocked. I can't even imagine having to watch them. These poor workers -- there's so much suffering in this world...
- AOTD on 4/24/20 - Scout: casst0wnThe New York Times Company | Gabrielle Hamilton | 4/23/20 | 31 min22 reads17 comments9.9The New York Times CompanyGabrielle Hamilton|4/23/20|31 min22 reads9.9
Holy cow, is this ever just the most moving thing. You can just feel all of it -- her frustration, her disdain, her fury, her desperation -- and most of all, her love.
What breaks my heart the most is that what she's pining for, she lost a long time ago. The city will return to life, but her city will never come back. For her sake, I hope she gets the hell out of there and starts fresh somewhere else, somewhere far away from NYC where she'll have more space, less rent, where she can once again recapture the very reason why she started cooking at a restaurant for diners. Not guests. Diners.
- AOTD on 4/23/20 - Scout: deephdave
I hate those little red dots. I can’t resist clearing them. (And, frankly, I find it utterly impossible to relate to people who don’t mind having little red dots all over the place.)
You and me both, brother, you and me both. I guess the right response is to say...welcome back. Though I don't know, now I feel like I should take your place or something.
- AOTD on 4/22/20 - Scout: deephdaveThe Guardian | Rebecca Solnit | 4/7/20 | 20 min14 reads9 comments9.7The GuardianRebecca Solnit|4/7/20|20 min14 reads9.7
After reading the devastating George Packer article yesterday, it felt very good to read something a bit more positive! :)
- AOTD on 4/26/20 - Scout: sjwoo
If I could give this article a rating of 100, I would. It's such an impassioned essay and yet it's so completely controlled. Crying while reading a political essay is something I never thought would happen to me, but this one...
"Russia, Taiwan, and the United Nations sent humanitarian aid to the world’s richest power—a beggar nation in utter chaos."
Truth hurts -- it hurts so much that it kills.
- AOTD on 4/18/20 - Scout: deephdave
Thank you for suggesting this. What a lovely, pleasant read, just what we need! And it really hit the geek spot in my heart, too. :)
- AOTD on 4/17/20 - Scout: deephdaveWIRED | Sandra Upson | 4/15/20 | 39 min14 reads9 comments10WIREDSandra Upson|4/15/20|39 min14 reads10
No doubt this is a dumb theory, but sometimes I think there are people who are so super smart that they kind of wear themselves out. Burning both ends of the candle, if you will.
But that's neither here nor there. He's lived the only way he knows how. It's a shame his life has ended up this way, but he certainly contributed amazing things to the world.
- AOTD on 4/14/20 - Scout: turtlebubble
You know, I came to this country from South Korea almost forty years ago. I wasn't yet technically a teenager, as I was a few months shy of turning ten. In all that time, one thought has never occurred to me until, well, 2016 (can you guess the timing?): that USA may not be my final destination. That like my parents before me, I may be going somewhere else to live out the rest of my days.
It's a very sad thought. I hope I'm wrong.
For nonwhites, these last four years have been more than just unpleasant -- they've been unsafe.
- AOTD on 4/13/20 - Scout: TripleGThe Atlantic | Nadia Schadlow | 4/5/20 | 7 min30 reads12 comments8.8The AtlanticNadia Schadlow|4/5/20|7 min30 reads8.8
Yes, China is bad. They've been bad for a long while.
The problem is, Trump is just as bad. And now, because the two superpowers of this planet are both pretty terrible, even worse things are happening.
I certainly have no panacea for this. So somebody a lot smarter than Trump needs to take this on.
- AOTD on 4/6/20 - Scout: AlexaThe Guardian | John Naughton | 1/20/19 | 23 min11 reads10 comments9.1The GuardianJohn Naughton|1/20/19|23 min11 reads9.1
Like they say about substance abuse problems, admitting it is the first step. Perhaps now something can be done about this, but I have to tell you, I don't have much faith that anything will be done. The tech giants are too good at what they do, and they are very much our lifeblood at this point, especially during this pandemic. Collection of location data will become even more paramount going forward.
My favorite part of Zuboff's theory here is equating us as the natives and the tech giants as colonialists. The parallel is apt, scarily so. We all know what happened to the natives. I fear the same fate awaits us all.
- AOTD on 4/7/20 - Scout: JankOrganizer Sandbox | Dr. Eugene K. Choi | 3/19/20 | 10 min28 reads12 comments9.5Organizer SandboxDr. Eugene K. Choi|3/19/20|10 min28 reads9.5
- -0 pts - Scout: billThe New York Times Company | NELLIE BOWLES | 3/31/20 | 7 min19 reads15 comments9.4The New York Times CompanyNELLIE BOWLES|3/31/20|7 min19 reads9.4
"All your base are belong to us," as the popular meme goes. It's a losing battle -- instead of limiting screentime, parents would be better served by having different kind of screentime (constructive, humorous, gaming, etc.).
Worth reading for the sad chuckles: Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles https://www.theonion.com/report-90-of-waking-hours-spent-staring-at-glowing-re-1819570829
- AOTD on 2/21/20 - Scout: bill
To bring this back to Marling's chosen profession -- the best way to break out of this box is to have more female directors and writers. I just re-watched The Savages last night, starring Laura Linney, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. Linney wasn't the strong female lead. She was the lead, period, and she was more than enough; in fact, she was perfect in all of her imperfections.
- AOTD on 12/25/19 - Scout: billsjwoo5 months ago
Reminds me of Sleeper...
Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called "wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk." Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge? Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
- AOTD on 12/17/19 - Scout: SEnkeytheringer.com | Alan Siegel | 12/11/19 | 43 min4 reads2 comments9.7theringer.comAlan Siegel|12/11/19|43 min4 reads9.7sjwoo5 months ago
Who knew that there was an actual Marvel-ous Mr. Maisel?
- AOTD on 11/15/19 - Scout: bill
No doubt that the streaming wars have just commenced and will end up with some form of massive consolidation. My guess is that it'll take about a decade. Disney+ will become Disney^3 and gobble up a bunch of them.
I also think that we'll see a reverse -- kind of like what happened with BoJack Horseman, that it's a Netflix show that ended up showing on Comedy Central. Wouldn't it be a hoot if Netflix showed up as a channel at some point in the future? And it'll be a "curated continuous stream" -- which, if you think about it, is what cable is.
I agree with this writer 100% -- as TV got smarter, it got to be a job to watch. That really is what it feels like now, when somebody tells you to watch The Americans. I mean not only do you have to go through years of shows, but the mental and psychological effort required to watch the show (like you absolutely have to watch it, you can't be folding laundry or cooking up pasta with it in the background) is a significant barrier. Better to just watch a rerun of Friends or Frasier. No wonder at all why those shows are so sought after, multitask TV at its finest.
- AOTD on 11/8/19 - Scout: sjwooVice | Allie Conti | 10/31/19 | 31 min14 reads6 comments10ViceAllie Conti|10/31/19|31 min14 reads10
With the Halloween murders that happened in a California Airbnb a week ago, this company really has its work cut out for them.
We're really seeing the darker side of tech now, aren't we? Facebook, Airbnb, Uber...they're all teenagers that require supervision, except there just isn't any. :(
- AOTD on 8/22/19 - Scout: PegeenThe New York Times Company | Brian Morton | 1/8/19 | 7 min13 reads6 comments9.6The New York Times CompanyBrian Morton|1/8/19|7 min13 reads9.6sjwoo9 months ago
If you've never read Brian Morton's novels, I'd recommend them highly. Starting Out in the Evening was made into a fine movie, too, starring Frank Langella. You can't go wrong with that one, A Window Across the River, or Florence Gordon, or any of them, really. They're all gems. (Full disclosure: I know Brian to some degree! He taught at NYU when I was there, though I never took any workshops with him. He was kind enough to blurb my book, though.)
- AOTD on 6/15/18 - Scout: chronotopeNieman Lab | 5 min40 reads8 comments-Nieman Lab5 min40 reads-sjwoo1 year ago
How fantastic! Just gotta get the word out...always easier said than done, unfortunately. Keep up the great work, guys.
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- AOTD on 11/7/18 - Scout: ericaWIRED | WIRED Staff | 8/24/17 | 15 min27 reads12 comments-WIREDWIRED Staff|8/24/17|15 min27 reads-
This is one of these stories that I wish I could remember when things are not going well. No matter how much I think my life might suck, I need to remember there are people who are in far, far worse circumstances (like anybody in Houston right now, for example).
5% two-year survival rate for 4th stage pancreatic cancer are really terrible odds, but that still means 5 out of 100 people do make it. I dearly hope Matt Bencke is one of them.
- AOTD on 7/7/18 - Scout: billNational Archives | 11/4/15 | 25 min5 reads13 comments-National Archives11/4/15|25 min5 reads-
My goodness, I feel like I'm back in high school...or maybe even junior high? I do remember having to read this thing from start to finish, but it's been many, many decades.
I'd completely forgotten how little is written for executive and judicial. Judicial is so tiny...no mention of the # of Supreme Court justices or anything really specific about the Supreme Court. I guess it could be just one justice...
The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year
Didn't know this. So in every midterm election, 1/3 of the senators are up for re-election. That makes good sense.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
Why is the place of choosing U.S. Senators not governed by the states? I guess that means we could have senatorial elections in one place and everything else in another? Strange.
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years
I didn't know about this, either. So money for armed services can only be used for two years? So I guess Congress has to re-appropriate funds for wars that last more than two years.
This was a highly interesting reading, Bill! As far as Article VII is concerned, check this out: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110831174022AAVJ47D
- AOTD on 10/11/18 - Scout: joanne
I think we can distill this article with these statements:
|| Tammi isn’t a caricature of a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracist, and she’s not an idiot.
“How does someone like me know what’s true and what’s not?”
“This is something I truly believe: the news only broadcasts what they want the public to know,” Rob says. “They’re not gonna broadcast the full truth about anything, ever.” ||
Maybe Tammi is not an idiot, but somebody who is unable (and unwilling, from what it seems) to distinguish between truth and fiction is pretty close to being one. And Rob is a classic conspiracy theorist.
I hadn't even heard of chemtrails until reading this. Sounds like a variant of anti-vaxxers. Lots of them out there. This is the world we live in, folks...better get used to it.
- AOTD on 7/5/18 - Scout: sjwooWhen Michael Deng, a college freshman, joined an Asian-American fraternity, he was looking for a sense of belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead.The New York Times Company | Jay Caspian Kang | 8/9/17 | 42 min3 reads2 comments-The New York Times CompanyJay Caspian Kang|8/9/17|42 min3 reads-
If this story sounds a lot like one that was recently in the news, that's because it basically is...a bunch of fraternity brothers placed a pledge in physical distress and brought him medical help way too late to save his life. How sad is it that the same tragedy happens over and over again...
I'm a Korean American who joined a fraternity back in my undergrad days at Cornell, though not an Asian one. I never saw a reason to do that, because I'd always felt that the point of college was to meet as many different people as possible. This is not to disparage anyone who does want to take a deep dive into their culture during college -- it is nothing more than a highly subjective and personal decision on my part.
As someone who did partake in the Greek system and found a lot of joy in it, I would never dissuade anyone from joining themselves, though reading stories like this should give any Greek-interested students pause. Hazing is one of those things that just doesn't work in any capacity, and perhaps worst in group/crowd situations.
- AOTD on 4/15/18 - Scout: carrie23
True that elite universities produced John Kerry and W...but they also produced Gates, Brin/Page, Zuckerberg...Windows, Google, Facebook. [I'd put Jobs/Reed College/Apple in the mix, too.] Certainly these "elites" knew something about the "unwashed masses" -- otherwise, how could they have created entities with such broad-based appeal/application?
This essay is the very definition of cherry-picking. And one that speaks not so much about the narrowness of elite education but the narrowness of the life led by writer himself. There are students who attend Ivy League schools from families that barely scrape by...I should know, because I was one of those students.
In my current job, I work with a guy who never went to college and is one of the brightest associates in my department. It took me about a week to figure that out, and another week to leverage his knowledge to get our project done in record time. Contrary to what Deresiewicz writes here, it is very possible for elites and non-elites to work together.