Summary of “No Country for Colin Kaepernick”

Through the season, even as he regained the starting gig for 11 games, Kaepernick continued his demonstration.
Kaepernick faced near-universal revulsion from NFL team offices, and fared little better among the sports commentariat.
Despite the increasing likelihood that he will lose his spot in the NFL, Kaepernick has persisted in his activism.
A month after Kaepernick began his protest, Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, who admitted that video showed no “Absolute definitive, visual evidence” that he’d provoked them.
Kaepernick saw his own protest as an extension of the Black Lives Matter movement and of the raucous protests that erupted in each of those cities.
After years of media and political backlash against the tactics of Black Lives Matter, from efforts to criminalize marches to proposed legislation that might allow drivers to kill protesters with impunity to wild claims that the movement’s strategies actually kill people, Kaepernick simply chose not to stand.
One of the popular arguments early on against Kaepernick was that he was too privileged, and that his protest had no real skin in the game.
Already, the NFL faces the prospect of boycotts and a further erosion of its stained public image if Kaepernick isn’t signed.

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Summary of “Rewriting the NFL’s Positional Lexicon”

The fullback, halfback, and quarterback designations all trace back to American football’s progenitor, where each position specified where a player lined up behind the scrum.
Many outside linebackers play up on the line of scrimmage, wide receivers no longer only play out wide, and tight ends line up tight, on the end, less often than ever.
New de facto positions have emerged, and many of the old positions have become hybridized - think slot receivers, nickel corners, safety-linebackers, versatile pass rushers that play both inside and outside, dynamic tight ends that line up everywhere in the formation and run routes just as well as receivers, and running backs that do it all.
Most receivers line up all over the field these days, moving from the X spot one play to the Z position the next.
Running Back/Receiver Hybrid Rook Football is often compared to chess, a game that requires a complex strategy before a player begins moving his or her pieces around the board.
The required skill set at the position differs from a traditional outside cornerback - nickel corners play closer to the middle of the field, which means they must be ferocious enough to mix it up in the run game and take on blocks from offensive linemen or fullbacks, yet shifty and agile enough to cover extremely quick pass catchers running two-way option routes in space.
None play in the same scheme, but designations aside, their roles as undersized midlevel players are all pretty similar: All three must bring enough power to take on blocks and tackle ballcarriers in the run game while, at the same time, possessing enough speed to blitz from any angle or run with tight ends and backs in coverage.
Sure, the former often play standing up, and the latter rush from a three-point stance - and yeah, there’s some differences between guys that play on the strong side and weak side spots.

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Summary of “The next wave of computing”

In this post, I’ll present my prediction for what the next major wave of computing will be.
The mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s had a “Centralized” computing model where a single mainframe would serve an entire office building, and “Dumb” terminals would send compute-jobs to the mainframe.
The next wave of computing is going to be a massive shift away from cloud computing.
There are two major problems with cloud computing: users don’t own their own data, and remote servers are security holes.
With a move away from cloud computing, decentralized systems like Bitcoin give explicit control of digital assets to end-users and remove the need to trust any third-party servers and infrastructure.
How will the tech industry change with decentralized computing?Decentralized computing is a mega trend that is not getting nearly as much attention as it deserves; it will likely have an economic, social, and political impact larger than the desktop and cloud revolutions.
Crypto tokens for protocols will become as ubiquitous as software licenses and terms-of-service agreements for cloud services: to use the software in decentralized computing you’ll need the respective token.
I, for one, am extremely excited about this next wave of computing.

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Summary of “Applebee’s is done trying to win over millennials”

Applebee’s says it’s made a mistake: It’s been trying too hard to be cool.
The chain’s parent company, DineEquity, is also bringing on a new chief executive and closing up to 160 Applebee’s and IHOP locations in a bid to boost profits.
“Over the past few years, the brand’s set out to reinvent Applebee’s as a modern bar and grill in overt pursuit of a more youthful and affluent demographic,” John Cywinski, president of Applebee’s said in a call with analysts this week.
Even IHOP, which has traditionally been a source of stability for the company, has seen sales slip in recent quarters.
In all, Glendale, Calif.-based Dine Equity plans to close up to 135 Applebee’s restaurants and about 25 IHOP locations.
“These restaurants need to close and perhaps should have closed long ago.”
The company plans to remodel IHOP stores and beef up the company’s online ordering capabilities.
Last month, IHOP celebrated its 59th anniversary by aggressively advertising a 59-cent pancake special at some locations.

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Summary of “Is It Unhealthy to Be Overweight?”

Many overweight people feel locked in a fruitless battle with their size.
Telling people it’s perfectly fine to be dozens of pounds overweight would be terrible advice-if it’s wrong.
Like many internecine wars, the dispute mostly comes down to one small thing: how you define the “Overweight” population in the study.
Having those individuals in the pool of normal-weight people makes the normal-weight people seem sicker, and the overweight people seem healthier, than they actually are.
“On average, overweight people lose about one year of life expectancy, and moderately obese people lose about three years of life expectancy,” the paper’s lead author, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, told The Guardian.
Some researchers suggest overweight people might be better equipped to fight off certain diseases, with fat serving as a last-ditch fuel for the ailing body.
For one thing, athletes and other very muscular people might be wrongly categorized as overweight, and some scientists now think it’s stomach fat, not hip fat, that’s the dangerous kind.
Medical advice urging heavy people to lose weight is based on the premise that being overweight is unhealthy.

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Summary of “To Fit Into Silicon Valley, Wear These Wool Shoes”

Guests wore other shoes – New Balance, Top-Siders, Tevas and a rare dress shoe were spotted – but the furry-looking Allbird was by far the most common.
At Allbirds’ office, in one of San Francisco’s oldest buildings on a high-end shopping street downtown, he and Mr. Brown, both 36, told the story of how they became Silicon Valley’s cobblers.
He liked design and, before attending business school, made simple leather shoes for his friends.
With a research grant from New Zealand’s wool industry, Mr. Brown began a Kickstarter campaign to make wool shoes in 2014.
Within four days, he had sold $120,000 worth of shoes through the crowdfunding website.
Mr. Zwillinger, an engineer in biotechnology, was working in Silicon Valley and struggling to sell algae oil as a replacement for petroleum.
Allbirds are made of a very fine merino wool, each strand 17.5 microns wide.
In mid-2016, Mr. Zwillinger noticed tech leaders posting about the shoes on Snapchat and Twitter.

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Summary of “China’s Plan for World Domination in AI Isn’t So Crazy After All”

Most Chinese mega-cities have set up institutes for AI that include some data-sharing arrangements, according to Xu. “In China, the population is huge, so it’s much easier to collect the data for whatever use-scenarios you need,” he said.
China just enshrined the pursuit of AI into a kind of national technology constitution.
“Data access has always been easier in China, but now people in government, organizations and companies have recognized the value of data,” said Jiebo Luo, a computer science professor at the University of Rochester who has researched China.
Advanced AI operations, like DeepMind, often rely on “Simulated” data, co-founder Demis Hassabis explained during a trip to China in May. DeepMind has used Atari video games to train its systems.
“Sure, there might be data sets you could get access to in China that you couldn’t in the U.S.,” said Oren Etzioni, director of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
“China currently has a talent shortage when it comes to top tier AI experts,” said Connie Chan, a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
The firm recruited Qi Lu, one of Microsoft’s top executives, to return to China to lead the search giant’s push into AI. He touted the technology’s potential for enhancing China’s “National strength” and cited a figure that nearly half of the bountiful academic research on the subject globally has ethnically Chinese authors, using the Mandarin term “Huaren” 华人- a term for ethnic Chinese that echoes government rhetoric.
“China has structural advantages, because China can acquire more and better data to power AI development,” Lu told the cheering crowd of Chinese developers.

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Summary of “Netflix Co-Founder’s Crazy Plan: Pay $10 a Month, Go to the Movies All You Want”

MoviePass wants to subsidize your film habit, letting you go to the theater once a day for about the price of a single ticket.
By. As movie theaters struggle with tepid sales, Mitch Lowe has an extreme proposal for how to get more people into seats: Let them come to all the showings they want for about the price of a single ticket each month.
Lowe, an early Netflix Inc. executive who now runs a startup called MoviePass, plans to drop the price of the company’s movie ticket subscriptions on Tuesday to $9.95.
MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of each ticket used by subscribers, excluding 3D or Imax screens.
If MoviePass can drive more people to theaters that would benefit the exhibitors, although the overall impact is “More negligible than anything,” Wold wrote.
With the new strategy, MoviePass hopes to resolve what Lowe sees as the biggest factor to blame for the theater industry’s decline.
He said the high price of tickets, not competition from Netflix or Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video service, is a big part of what’s keeping people away.
“People really do want to go more often,” Lowe said.

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Summary of “How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art”

As Mr. Eck says, these systems are at least approaching the point – still many, many years away – when a machine can instantly build a new Beatles song or perhaps trillions of new Beatles songs, each sounding a lot like the music the Beatles themselves recorded, but also a little different.
Rather than layering sounds, Mr. Eck and his team are combining them to form something that didn’t exist before, creating new ways that artists can work.
Across the worlds of both art and technology, many are already developing an appetite for building new art through neural networks and other A.I. techniques.
In 2015, a separate team of researchers inside Google created DeepDream, a tool that uses neural networks to generate haunting, hallucinogenic imagescapes from existing photography, and this has spawned new art inside Google and out.
Allison Parrish, a New York University professor who builds software that generates poetry, points out that artists have been using computers to generate art since the 1950s.
“Much like as Jackson Pollock figured out a new way to paint by just opening the paint can and splashing it on the canvas beneath him,” she said, “These new computational techniques create a broader palette for artists.”
Through a project called SketchRNN, he is building neural networks that can draw.
If you play with them, you realize that they are themselves art, living works built by Mr. Ha. A.I. isn’t just creating new kinds of art; it’s creating new kinds of artists.

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Summary of “Compare yourself to other people without causing psychological damage using a healthy strategy”

A comparison habit can wreak psychological havoc, generating envy and leading to depression, so common wisdom has long warned against it.
Writer Mark Twain once said, “Comparison is the death of joy,” and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti told admirers, “I never compare myself with anybody, but I learn from everybody, including presumptuous idiots.”
So if you can’t quit, try turning the habit to your advantage by learning from comparisons.
Compare to gain liberating perspective, says Ming Hai, a Zen Buddhist monk and abbot of the Bailin temple near Beijing, China.
On the Aug. 4 episode of his weekly podcast, Shifu Says, the monk discussed comparisons, responding to a query from Peter, a 40-year-old Hong Kong teacher who has started avoiding his materially successful friends because he feels inferior to them.
My job involves constant comparison and it would be totally maddening if I didn’t get a handle on the habit.
Born in the 1970s to a pimp and teenage orphan in Dayton, Ohio, McCormick mastered advantageous comparison, using it to make his way from poverty to wealth.
In his 2017 autobiography I Got There, he explains that by daring to compare, he learned what was possible.

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