Summary of “Why are all my weather apps different?”

The first consisted of the rain and thunder forecast for Bournemouth by the BBC weather app on the Saturday spring bank holiday.
Is our ability to predict temperature, precipitation and wind speed improving? If so, how come forecasts can vary so widely depending on which smartphone apps we use? How long have human meteorologists got before supercomputers and artificial intelligence make them redundant? And when can we expect 100% accurate forecasts?
The foundation of modern weather forecasting involves gathering huge amounts of data on the state of the atmosphere and Earth’s surface, such as temperature, humidity and wind conditions.
The extra number-crunching firepower also enables “Ensemble forecasting”, whereby forecast models are run multiple times using slightly different starting data to explore the probabilities of various outcomes.
What is most important – temperature, rain or wind conditions? Is average overall error most useful, or how often a prediction meets reality? “There are many, many ways to measure forecasting accuracy,” says Eric Floehr, founder of ForecastWatch, a US company that analyses the performance of weather providers.
A ForecastWatch report published last year compared the accuracy of six leading global forecast providers – AccuWeather, the Weather Channel, Weather Underground, Foreca, Intellicast and Dark Sky.
They use different algorithms based on different forecast models with different levels of detail.
In his 2012 book The Signal and the Noise, US statistician Nate Silver highlighted how plotting forecasters’ rain predictions against actual weather showed some consistently erred on the pessimistic side, especially at lower and higher probabilities of rain.

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Summary of “Jeezy: The Real-Life Diet of the Atlanta Rap Legend”

As he prepares for his first 10K, the Atlanta rap legend reveals how he fell in love with the treadmill-and why he can’t fall out of it.
On July 4, he’ll run alongside Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms in the AJC Peachtree Road Race-the largest 10K in the world-to raise money for charities that include the Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids, his own Street Dreamz Foundation, and the city’s Youth Scholarship Program.
We caught up with Jeezy after a recent workout to learn how he managed to transform his body-and how he rewards himself after completing another successful week of it.
If I hadn’t started working six to seven years ago, as far as eating right and getting my body right, I don’t think this is a conversation we’d be having.
Resting right, and really understanding what I was eating.
I don’t eat any beef, pork, or chicken.
I don’t eat any fried foods, and I don’t eat too many carbs.
I’ll switch it up because I don’t like to eat too much fish.

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Summary of “I Watched ‘The Simpsons’ for the First Time Ever and I Couldn’t Stand It”

“I designed this course for a semester, and I really didn’t expect so many students to show up. But I had 500 the first year.” The class became so well known it was even recognized by Simpsons writers and featured in the episode “Little Girl in the Big Ten.”.
You might as well call me Frank Grimes, because I absolutely hate Homer, and couldn’t stand watching the show mostly due to his character.
In “Homer’s Enemy,” Marge cooks a nice lobster dinner so Homer can reconcile with Frank Grimes.
Through flashbacks, we learn that every time Marge is pregnant, Homer apparently gets so angry he rips his hair out.
Mr. Burns erects the sign “Don’t forget: you’re here forever,” which Homer covers in Maggie’s baby photos so that the sign reads “Do it for her.” Cue the “Awwws.” Because Homer had feelings about his own child for approximately three seconds on screen, it’s a touching episode.
In “Homer Badman,” when Homer goes to a candy convention, Marge is his candy mule.
A lot has been said about race in The Simpsons and 90s shows more broadly-I don’t need or want to dive into that here more than I already have.
If you love The Simpsons and the show is special to you, that’s great.

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Summary of “Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being – Brain Pickings”

For if you wish to avoid such a danger, you will not confer benefits; and so, that benefits may not be lost with another man, they will be lost to yourself.
Benefits, as well as injuries, depend on the spirit Our feeling about every obligation depends in each case upon the spirit in which the benefit is conferred; we weigh not the bulk of the gift, but the quality of the good-will which prompted it.
So now let us do away with guess-work; the former deed was a benefit, and the latter, which transcended the earlier benefit, is an injury.
The good man so arranges the two sides of his ledger that he voluntarily cheats himself by adding to the benefit and subtracting from the injury.
Anyone who receives a benefit more gladly than he repays it is mistaken.
By as much as he who pays is more light-hearted than he who borrows, by so much ought he to be more joyful who unburdens himself of the greatest debt – a benefit received – than he who incurs the greatest obligations.
For ungrateful men make mistakes in this respect also: they have to pay their creditors both capital and interest, but they think that benefits are currency which they can use without interest.
There is not a man who, when he has benefited his neighbour, has not benefited himself, – I do not mean for the reason that he whom you have aided will desire to aid you, or that he whom you have defended will desire to protect you, or that an example of good conduct returns in a circle to benefit the doer, just as examples of bad conduct recoil upon their authors, and as men find no pity if they suffer wrongs which they themselves have demonstrated the possibility of committing; but that the reward for all the virtues lies in the virtues themselves.

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Summary of “The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings”

To see if I could help, I asked him what questions he was asking.
The once hazy picture zoomed into focus: This CEO was asking the wrong questions.
All of his questions were common questions, no doubt.
Ask them during every one-on-one, every week, and over time, and the effectiveness of the question erodes.
Below are the four most common questions I’ve found used during one-on-one meetings that elicit dead-end, unhelpful responses.
This question “What’s the latest on X?” can be great if you’re using it to segue into asking deeper questions.
What should you ask instead?Focus your efforts on asking specific questions, instead of defaulting to general ones.
For instance: “What do you think is the most overlooked area of the business?” or “Where do you think we’re behind in, that other companies are excelling at?” Notice how specific each of these questions are.

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Summary of “‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people”

This is the story of how the city of Flint was poisoned by its own water.
In a city with plenty of urgent matters competing for attention – poverty, vacancy, schools, crime, jobs – one thing Flint didn’t have to worry about before the spring of 2014 was the quality of its water.
The Detroit water and sewerage department had supplied Flint with good water for nearly 50 years.
“I have people above me making plans” to distribute the water as soon as possible, Glasgow wrote, but “I do not anticipate giving the OK to begin sending water out anytime soon. If water is distributed from this plant in the next couple of weeks, it will be against my direction. I need time to adequately train additional staff and to update our monitoring plans before I will feel we are ready. I will reiterate this to management above me, but they seem to have their own agenda.”
The manager who took his calls, Jennifer Crooks, described them in an email to her colleagues: “Mr Jefferson said he and many people have rashes from the new water. He said his doctor says the rash is from the new drinking water, and I told him to have his doctor document this and he can bring it to the attention of the MDEQ, since lab analyses to date show that the drinking water is meeting all health-based standards.”
“The water is not safe to drink, cook, or wash dishes with, or even give to pets. We worry every time we shower. The city of Flint is still very economically depressed and most citizens cannot afford anything other than to use the river water.”
His chief legal counsel, Michael Gadola, wrote in an email: “To anyone who grew up in Flint as I did, the notion that I would be getting my drinking water from the Flint River is downright scary. Too bad the didn’t ask me what I thought, though I’m sure he heard it from plenty of others. My mom is a city resident. Nice to know she’s drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform They should try to get back on the Detroit system as a stopgap ASAP before this thing gets too far out of control.”
Among the many ravages attributed to the water crisis – the rashes, the hair loss, the ruined plumbing, the devalued homes, the diminished businesses, the home owners who left the city once and for all, the children poisoned by lead, the people made ill or killed by Legionnaires’ disease – perhaps the most devastating was that people lost faith in those who were supposed to be working for the common good.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors”

DeMarcus Cousins, an All-NBA behemoth, fell into the laps of the two-time defending champions over a chaotic few hours during which the market collapsed on him – so fast, several members of Golden State’s brain trust had no idea the deal was coming.
It is unclear precisely what happened between the New Orleans Pelicans and Cousins in those fraught final hours of a partnership that started with New Orleans forking over two lottery picks – Buddy Hield and the pick that became Zach Collins – in a February 2017 Hail Mary.
Given how many roster spots they might have left to fill, they couldn’t realistically offer Cousins much more than the full midlevel exception for nontax teams – just short of $9 million per season.
Cousins now gets to prove himself with Golden State, and slip back on the market just as more space opens up.
Even had the full midlevel been on the table, Cousins in signing with the Warriors cost himself at most $3.3 million this season – and bought the right to try free agency again next summer in a better marketplace.
If Cousins plays well, Golden State will have no mechanism to re-sign him coming off a one-year deal; they would be able to offer only 120 percent of his $5.3 million salary, and Cousins ain’t boogeying to that tune if he plays well.
Cousins has been a divisive, brooding presence in the locker room, and the Warriors endured more turmoil of their own last season than ever before.
Cousins can’t make the Warriors much better because it is mathematically impossible for a team this good to get much better.

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Summary of “The best TV of 2018 so far”

Final episodes of long-running shows are fiendishly difficult to pull off, let alone final seasons, and a list of subpar TV conclusions would be long and exhausting, much like those shows’ finales.
Atlanta’s stellar sophomore year was subtitled Robbin’ Season, a reference to a real-life period of increased crime around the holidays, but it was also a potent metaphor for this season’s general aura of unease.
On the evening of May 11, the cop comedy was renewed by NBC. The 24 hours in between were an emotional roller coaster, but if you were watching closely after the show returned from winter hiatus, you were prepared for it: Brooklyn Nine-Nine threw a preemptive Viking funeral at the end of its fifth season, saying farewells to beloved characters like Doug “The Pontiac Bandit” Judy and making preparations for the wedding of Jake and Amy.Brooklyn cops, new girls, last men, and the end of a sitcom lineup for the ages.
The show outdoes itself in the second season; it’s both more pointed and restrained than the first.
Season three might have been set in Italy, but the love story that unfolds in season four is much worthier of the operatic treatment.
We’re only halfway into the first season, but Pose has earned its place among the best that 2018 has to offer.
In its second season, the show kept scaling new heights by branching out, turning their talents to a sweet Southern mom trying to get her gay son to come back to the church, and a trans man navigating a brand new life.
A devastating episode of American Crime Story is the season’s best yet.

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Summary of “One man’s mission to bring better ramen to the incarcerated”

Over the past three years, Freeman has been developing a low-sodium ramen that will soon be sold at correctional institution commissaries across the country.
Ramen has become such a staple for the incarcerated that it has usurped tobacco as a de facto currency.
Michael Gibson-Light, a Ph.D student at the University of Arizona, conducted a study on the prominence of ramen in correctional facilities, spending 18 months inside an unnamed state prison during which he interviewed dozens of inmates and employees.
Several inmates at the Jackson Correctional Institution in Wisconsin wrote to Freeman earlier this year chronicling their issues with commissary ramen after they saw on social media that his product would be on the market soon.
“Their noodles are high in sodium which cause the high blood pressure and cholesterol, which I have since I been eating these high-sodium ramen noodles,” one man wrote.
The ramen comes in four flavors: seafood gumbo, chicken taco, chicken fajita, and lamb stew, which Freeman said he developed for Muslims.
In his Victorville kitchen, Freeman prepared a bowl of his ramen for me to try.
Freeman has received comments on his social media criticizing him for taking advantage of mass incarceration to make profits, but he argued that he sees his ramen as a solution and not part of the problem.

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Summary of “The Thunder Will Keep Paul George. Now Comes the Hard Part.”

Before the clock even struck midnight on Saturday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that George would re-sign with the Thunder.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, all sorts of rumors began percolating that pointed to PG staying in OKC. Marc Stein reported that George was “Strongly considering a two- or three-year deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.” If that wasn’t enough, an OKC barber to the stars evidently picked up PG at the airport and then instructed Thunder fans to “Get ready for some great news.” Oh, and Westbrook threw a “Summer hype house party” while George was in town-one attended by OKC’s front office that also gave everyone a chance to officially chat and do the deal.
The Thunder gave George the hard sell-which might have been exactly what was required considering PG’s personal propaganda in the run-up.
Now the Thunder are just happy that George stuck around so they can take another crack at being a midlevel Western Conference team and not get knocked for throwing away a really good player in Oladipo and a useful one in Sabonis for nothing.
George is a better-than-average shooter from distance, but part of the reason he was deployed that way was because the Thunder didn’t have a ton of other options.
What if OKC’s worst-case scenario had happened instead? What if George had thanked the Thunder for their hospitality, packed up his things and moved to new digs? The Thunder obviously didn’t want that to happen, but it might have set them down a better path in the future even if they didn’t realize it right now.
Had George signed with another team, the Thunder would have been minus an All-Star and it wouldn’t have made their financial situation any less dire.
That’s a parallel universe that’s probably hard for Thunder fans to entertain given that the organization just re-signed George.

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