Summary of “What Would It Take to Trade for LeBron James?”

That report got us thinking: If James were available for trade, what would it take to land him? He’s in the final year of his contract, which makes a deal easier, but the price for the NBA’s best player is still astronomical.
Justin Verrier: LeBron is a businessman, and the pot industry is booming.
Sixers receive: LeBron JamesCavaliers receive: Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, J.J. Redick, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, two future firsts, cash considerations, a lifetime supply of Tastykakes, and the Billy Penn statue atop City Hall.
I want to live in a world where the two best players in the Eastern Conference are on the same team, playing point forward and point center, respectively, surrounded by players who can also serve as tertiary, quaternary, and quinary ball handlers.
Give me a lineup of LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo with Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, and Sterling Brown.
Tom Kane: Danny Ainge has a long history of trading players, beloved in Boston or otherwise.
Paolo Uggetti: LeBron gets to stay in the East and be paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who will carry him into his late 30s while still getting to the Finals.
Haley O’Shaughnessy: LeBron’s playing style could very well mess up the ball movement that transformed this Raptors offense.

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Summary of “I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories”

Two of the technique’s pioneers, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, are women, and both of them spoke at the same conference from which I reported.
Of the people she mentioned across 136 articles, just 25 percent were women.
Gender biases are also entrenched in the media, where, in the words of the sociologist Gaye Tuchman, women are being “Symbolically annihilated.” As Adrienne noted in her piece, “Both in newsrooms and in news articles, men are leaders-they make more money, get more bylines, spend more time on camera, and are quoted far more often than women.” Again, there’s plenty of data on this.
I’ve since been trying to actively redress the balance, by spending more time searching for women to interview.
To find more female sources, I just spend a little more time on all of the above-ending the search only when I have a list that includes several women.
Four months after I started, the proportion of women who have a voice in my stories hit 50 percent, and has stayed roughly there ever since, varying between 42 and 61 percent from month to month.
For the first year, I also tracked the number of people whom I asked for an interview, to check if I was actually contacting men and women in equal numbers and simply receiving a skewed set of replies.
Every single person I contact is qualified to speak about the particular story that I’m writing; it’s just that now, half of those qualified people happen to be women.

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Summary of “Crafting a life”

For the proprietors of craft businesses the work is hard but the life is good.
Before the Industrial Revolution, the craft economy was simply the economy.
Just a century or two later, incomes in Europe had doubled or tripled, thanks, largely, to the displacement of craft workers by industry; and, in subsequent centuries, the progress of industrialisation multiplied those incomes many times.
Since learning to turn a few knobs took less effort and knowledge than mastering a craft process from beginning to end, industrial workers were less skilled than artisans.
Hom­ogeneity made them safer and more reliable: while in the craft economy people might enjoy one bottle of spirits and be poisoned by the next, in the industrial economy they knew that every branded item they bought was going to be the same as the last one.
The craft economy offers an alternative to the machine.
The craft life is a shock to the system: all-consuming and intensely physical.
Craft is, in general, far less well-paid than professional work.

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Summary of “QVC’s Plan to Survive Amazon Might Actually Be Working”

Amazon hadn’t just invaded the home turf of the home-shopping channel QVC. As it has done with food delivery, travel and online payments, the Seattle giant had more or less recreated a rival’s entire approach.
QVC isn’t just another channel trying to adapt to the rise of cord-cutting or a retail brand looking for a toehold online.
Wall Street has noticed, with shares of QVC Group, which includes QVC and smaller retail brands, soaring 51 percent in the past year.
The executives running a channel whose name stands for Quality, Value, Convenience believe their business can survive because it does something that Amazon can’t: “You’re not going to be inspired by Amazon,” said George, a 56-year-old former McKinsey & Co. partner who buys Keurig machines on QVC as birthday gifts.
Seated in a conference room at QVC’s headquarters, George talks about the marriage with Home Shopping Network as something that will do more than save costs or unite celebrity pitchwomen: Serena Williams and Nicki Minaj sell clothing and perfume on HSN, while Martha Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres pitch home décor, beauty products and other items on QVC. The combined channels, George argues, will have the resources to innovate.
Following the merger, George said, QVC is in talks with Comcast Corp. to enable the cable giant’s 22 million subscribers to order items on the channel from their remote controls.
To reach the younger generation, QVC introduced a TV channel, Beauty IQ, that is simulcast on Facebook Live and features beauty experts who have big followings on Instagram and YouTube.
Analysts increasingly see QVC’s future as “The anti-Amazon,” in the words of Barton Crockett at B. Riley FBR Inc. Amazon is about inexhaustible selection, he said, while a 24-hour shopping show is a matter of constant salesmanship.

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Summary of “Celebrity Kids Have Taken Over Modeling”

“The combination of beauty and social entrée is irresistible to Americans. That’s the one jewel in the crown that we couldn’t get,” the Model as Muse co-author Kohle Yohannan says over the phone when I ask why fashion loves models from elite families.
Anti-Agency, one of a few “alternative” modeling agencies that have sprung up in the last few years, lists its models’ other careers next to their names on its website: “Ambar, Classics Student,” “Lucas, Illustrator & Skater.
Bart at IMG agrees that fashion is in a major transitional moment – “There are all these new designers taking over big luxury brands, looking for new faces, new models, new ideas” – and he isn’t sure that more “Children of” will get into the business.
IMG Models closed the loop on entertainment and modeling in 2013 when, along with IMG’s sports and events arms, it was acquired by the powerhouse Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor for $2.3 billion.
“We’ve had a lot of models that have crossed over and done acting work, but to get to that prestigious mode, that’s an opportunity that has yet to come.”
J.D. Ostojic, a silver-haired model and one of the stars of Lifetime’s Growing Up Supermodel, says that the inroads his son Janis has made into modeling have reignited his own career.
Do these kids deserve what they’ve gotten? Are they taking jobs away from more “Legitimate” models? Are the agencies, designers, and magazines who work with them selling out?
Others interviewed observed that the celebrity children they’d worked with were on the whole more comfortable in the company of older people than models who came from more sheltered backgrounds.

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Summary of “How Analogue remade the Super Nintendo”

Like all the best gaming stories, the project that would eventually lead to the Analogue Super Nt started with an obsession.
Analogue will release the Super Nt – a pristine, sub-$200 Super Nintendo clone that uses cutting-edge proprietary tech to replicate the original’s guts – that represents the culmination of Taber’s passion for high-fidelity retro gaming, which he describes as “Totally unreasonable, nauseating, all-consuming.”
While software solutions like ZSNES or Project64 might deliver the platforming perils of Mario or the beast blasting of Metroid basically as well as you remember, no matter how hard the developers try, the games will never be exactly the same as the browning lump of plastic in your closet.
Set their sights on bigger game: crafting the ultimate aftermarket Nintendo Entertainment System, the original “Analogue Nt,” with a price to match.
“The difference is exact cycle-timed gaming with zero lag,” says Horton, who Taber says spent over five-thousand hours designing the core that powers the FPGA at the heart of the Super Nt. Taber sums up the difference between the Super Nt and traditional software emulators: “Emulators are great, and the guys who make them work their tails off to get [them] to work.
To this end, Analogue employs a fleet of ultra-hardcore enthusiasts to serve as beta testers, including several who own complete collections of SNES and Super Famicom games.
Super Turrican is very important to me, because it was Factor 5’s big chance to go from a local European developer to make it out in the wide world, having a game in the U.S. and Japan.
That’s part of what Analogue is all about – respecting the history of games.

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Summary of “In Thailand, Buddhist Monks Grapple with the Meaning of Video Games”

None of these provided an on-the-ground discussion of how video games interact with Buddhism.
“Video games distract junior monks, [they] cause problems,” answered Veerayuth Pongsiri, a former monk who has continued serving the temple as a layman.
“Video games distract junior monks, [they] cause problems,”.
As we sit discussing video games, we can hear the buzz of chanting from the main temple.
According to Suttarchai, it’s not unusual to see monks playing games on cell phones, laptops, or even a dedicated gamepad. One friend of his, he says, suffered academically because he spent too much time playing games about football rather than studying.
The danger in playing a game is not the game itself, but the desire it may cause-since in Buddhist thought, desire is the cause of suffering.
Buddha himself rejected games for exactly the same reason, making a list of games he would not play because they were a waste of time better spent seeking enlightenment.
Like Pongsiri and Suttarchai, he believes that video games are no problem in the monastery, provided that monks don’t spend too much time with them.

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Summary of “How New Zealand made Edmund Hillary, the man who conquered Everest”

I ended up in boat-drunk summery Auckland because I wanted to figure out, 10 years after Sir Edmund Hillary’s death, how the first person to climb Mount Everest ever happened.
The Hillary family – with three young children, no less – would take early jet-age planes on multiple trips around the world, traveling from New Zealand to Chicago to Nepal to London.
So is the International Antarctic Centre, the hub for the New Zealand, Italian, and American programs – programs Hillary helped establish and worked with during his stint as an arctic explorer.
In 1979, Hillary and his radio man and close friend, Peter Mulgrew, had a side gig narrating Air New Zealand aerial tours of Mount Erebus on Antarctica.
It’s another little perfect incubator nestled into New Zealand, a place where if someone wanted to, say, become an alpine badass – or at least a competent weekend warrior – they could, all within striking distance of home and a decent cup of coffee bought with a Hillary fiver.
Hillary could also reinvent himself because being from New Zealand made it a necessity.
There is a 25,000-foot unclimbed peak in Nepal named Hillary Peak, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center, the Hillary Hut in Antarctica, the Hillary Foundation, and what was the Hillary Step on Everest.
Even if the wealthy try to use New Zealand like some kind of life raft against the uncertainty of the rest of the world, they can’t buy the inheritance Hillary had. The legacy here isn’t one of ease or certainty – not at all, not even with the most famous New Zealander of all, someone whose legacy is as much of the place as it is of the man, and as much of the culture and his surroundings.

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Summary of “We May Never Know Why Bill Belichick Benched Malcolm Butler”

When the Patriots’ defense took the field without cornerback Malcolm Butler on Sunday, everybody was surprised-even Eric Rowe, who replaced Butler in the lineup.
Seemed as puzzled as rest of NE as to why no Malcolm Butler.
Tom E. Curran February 5, 2018 In a shocking twist, Butler, a legendary Patriots figure for his stunning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, now also represents one of the most puzzling decisions of the Bill Belichick era.
Ler played 97.8 percent of New England’s defensive snaps during the regular season-the highest percentage of any player on the team-but saw the field only on special teams in Super Bowl LII. “They gave up on me,” Butler told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Rowe told Boston Sports Journal’s Greg A. Bedard after the game that Butler had been getting reps all week.
Making the decision even stranger is that this isn’t just any starting cornerback-this is Malcolm Butler, who made perhaps the best play in the history of football.
Whatever reason Belichick had for benching Butler, the decision didn’t appear to pay off on the field: The Patriots’ defense was torched in the Super Bowl, giving up 538 total yards, 7.6 yards per play, and 41 points.
It was a surprising move for the Patriots’ already-thin defense, but the Pats went on to win Super Bowl LI. Though we don’t know why Belichick chose to bench Butler on Sunday, it appears that Belichick once again played with fire-and this time he got burnt.

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Summary of “This Photographer Shoots Portraits in the Style of Old Master Painters”

Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk is a Dutch fine art photographer whose portrait photos may make you feel like you’re walking through a museum.
Her style is inspired by the masterpieces of old master painters.
Woud-Binnendijk originally studied multimedia design, but it was through photography that she rediscovered her passion for painting, except instead of using paints she began using light.
She combines the Chiaroscuro principle and the technique of Sfumato to create depth using light and dark contrasts.
Woud-Binnendijk aims for “Soft and imperceptible transitions” through layering colors and tones.
Woud-Binnendijk was born in the mid-1970s and has five children.
You can find more of Woud-Binnendijk’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Image credits: Photographs by Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk and used with permission.

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