Summary of “Coming Home to a Shipping Container”

Building with shipping containers isn’t exactly new, but until recently it hasn’t been exactly mainstream either.
Mr. Galvin’s biggest client is the military – which turns those containers into housing, mess halls, computer server storage and commissaries, among other structures – but he believes shipping containers work just as well on a small scale.
Shipping containers, as we know them today, are the brainchild of Malcom Purcell McLean, a trucker from North Carolina credited with revolutionizing the shipping industry.
There is only one thing about it that reminds them they are living in a shipping container: Instead of hanging pictures on the wall with nails, they use magnets.
Vedat Ulgen, the 28-year-old founder of Thislexik, a design studio in Red Hook currently housed in a structure made out of five containers, is in the process of moving his company into a more permanent space and taking the shipping containers upstate, to a site near Woodstock.
In Carolina Beach, N.C., Jennifer Godbold, 46, and Abbie-Stuart Sinclair, 50, operate the Conchs, two shipping containers marketed as beach rental properties.
If there’s anything that can do that, it’s a shipping container.
An earlier version of this article misstated the location of a shipping container home in Sullivan County, N.Y. It is two hours northwest of New York City, not two hours northeast.

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Summary of “How to Regain the Lost Art of Reflection”

Brain science, popularized in Daniel Kahneman’s book, has shown that this type of “Slow thinking” is negatively correlated with “Fast thinking,” as might be employed when driving a car or solving a simple sum.
John Young, Group President of Pfizer Essential Health, remarked to us that reflective thinking improves his decision making by grounding it in a more integrated and coherent world view than one can have from acting only in the moment.
There is no single optimal way to carve out time for unstructured thinking.
For reflective companies, the primary challenge is to ensure that excessive communication does not undermine productivity and prevent reflective thinking.
Reflective thinking routines can trickle down the organization with senior executives serving as role models.
At AOL, Tim Armstrong has simply instructed executives to spend one-tenth of each working week on reflective thinking.
Reflective thinking should not be the privilege of the enlightened CEO presiding over an organization which merely executes.
As automation and artificial intelligence reduce the share of employee time spent on fast thinking and acting, promoting a culture of reflection will be even more critical in creating a sustainable advantage.

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Summary of “Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper”

8, loves bugs – especially grasshoppers.
Her daughter wanted to know if she could learn more about bugs as a job, but her mom wasn’t sure how to encourage her.
Sophia joined forces with Morgan Jackson, the entomology Ph.D. candidate who wrote that tweet, to write a paper about the role Twitter can serve in promoting women in science.
“I felt like I was famous. Because I was! It felt good to have so many people support me, and it was cool to see other girls and grown-ups studying bugs. It made me feel like I could do it too, and I definitely, definitely, definitely want to study bugs when I grow up, probably grasshoppers.”
Sophia and Jackson spoke to NPR from Ontario, Canada, about Sophia’s original plight, the Internet reaction to her story and the paper they published.
“Before … I really thought loving bugs wasn’t the best hobby,” Sophia told NPR. “But after I realized bugs are for girls I thought to myself, ‘Well, I think I should start loving bugs again, because just because people say they’re weird and gross doesn’t mean I shouldn’t like them.'”.
“Kids now, after I told them the whole story, they’re like, ‘Oh, well – could you teach me more about bugs?'” Sophia says.
I’m really proud of this piece, and am thrilled to share the publishing experience with Sophia, who I met & collected bugs with this summer pic.

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Summary of “This Amazing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Connected Will Change The Way You See Our World”

Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues.
Show Full Text.Bigger leaves represent more people using the language as their native tongue.
The European branch splits in three: Slavic, Romance and Germanic.
A rather complicated relationship between the Slavic languages is visible.
It also shows the Germanic roots of English language.
Surprisingly, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, the Finnish language belongs to Uralic family.
The Indo-Iranian group reveals the links between Hindi and Urdu as well as some regional Indian languages like Rajasthani.

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Summary of “How to Instantly Add More Time to Your Day by Scaling Yourself”

She needed more time, white space, and mental clarity to focus on the company’s vision and strategy.
I posed one simple question to her: How can you productize yourself?
Productizing yourself comes down to creating systems that allow you to streamline your efforts.
In other words, I was asking Emily to think about how she could scale the knowledge locked away in her head to make it more widely accessible.
If you find yourself in a similar situation – whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or a manager moving to leadership – here are ways to scale your personal knowledge in a way that give you back time while ensuring your expertise has impact.
Start to notice what questions people ask you again and again.
Of course picking up the phone is always a way to make communication faster, but the point goal of scaling yourself is to create assets that memorializes your knowledge so referenced in the future.
These sanity-saving approaches allow you to prioritize your time, free you up to do big picture thinking – all while honoring your dedication to helping and empowering others.

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Summary of “How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do”

Infinite runway means you can now dedicate all your “Work” time to your work.
Your work will be forced rather than organically lived.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you become Ramen Profitable when you take your work seriously.
While you’re away from your work, like sleeping, spending time with friends, or other activities, your subconscious is working through and mulling over the problems you’re trying to solve.
Recovering from my work generally consists of writing in my journal, listening to music, spending time with my wife and kids, preparing and eating delicious food, or serving other people.
You don’t want these emotions to influence you while you work.
Without question, how you feel in the moment you do you work determines how well you do.8.
“Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable. When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it. My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them.” - Josh WaitzkinWhen you begin feeling uncomfortable, that’s when you start feeling good.

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Summary of “Goodbye, Carmelo Anthony, From a Knicks Diehard”

You kind of won me over after a while, which is more of a commentary on the Sideshow Bob-stepping-on-rakes way the Knicks go about their business than any evolution in your play.
On paper - that theoretical realm where Hoodie Melo and Olympic Melo live side-by-side, and where so much of your career played out - you and Phil were always a mismatch.
What player wants to sweat for a team that, against its obvious best interests, so cavalierly airs its internal psychodramas in hopes of damaging its own stars? Certainly not you, Melo.
To restate the obvious, players and agents increasingly look at the Knicks as a destination of absolute last resort.
In standing up to Phil Jackson’s imperiousness, you became, like Jeff Van Gundy before you, a kind of New York folk hero.
You averaged 28 points a game in 2012-13, and played most of your minutes at power forward, where your quicks and toughness gave you a cutting edge like a palmed razor blade.
Steve Novak hasn’t played a meaningful minute since 2013.
On paper, it’s the best team you’ve ever played on.

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Summary of “The California Sunday Magazine”

Liz was 24 and halfway through her first semester at California State University, Long Beach.
Megan, who had dark hair and a regal bearing, had tumbled out of wealth and was dating a man who knew Liz’s dad. After Megan’s boyfriend - a meth user, she said - died, Liz’s dad invited her to share Liz’s small pink room without consulting his daughter.
It’s on a scruffy stretch of Long Beach Boulevard near Oscar’s Nails, a Wing Stop, and a weeded lot next to a building announcing WE BUY CARS. Neighbors refer to Megan as Liz’s mom - ”You know Liz, the girl who sings.”
As Megan’s official caretaker, Liz was paid $500 a month through a state program.
So Liz tried to take charge of another, more vexing, problem.
Liz wanted to use the program but couldn’t - she needed to show she’d accepted all the financial aid offered to her, but her package was on hold while she tried to convince the school that she was homeless.
After Megan pestered the financial aid office, Liz’s case was transferred to an administrator who she felt was more sympathetic because she had worked with foster youth.
Spring warmed to summer, and then Liz’s life returned to a cadence she was more familiar with: The program that paid her first month’s rent, and that she expected to continue to float her for several more months, wouldn’t cut a second check.

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Summary of “One Surprise Standout for Uber: Food Delivery”

There is also the threat of Amazon, which has tried food delivery in a few markets.
The Seattle retail giant’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods provides hundreds of potential bases for drivers to pick up prepared food for delivery in major urban areas, where takeout orders are popular.
“The number-one concern for all of these delivery companies is Amazon,” said James Cakmak, an analyst at the equity research firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Company who follows the food delivery space.
“Uber has built a great company focused on black car service and human transportation, but succeeding in food delivery is a different game,” Mr. Maloney said in a statement.
Uber first dabbled in food delivery in Los Angeles in 2014 under the name UberFresh, offering prepackaged lunches and dinners from restaurants.
For one, Uber has a network of more than two million drivers who can also deliver food.
The ideal UberEats delivery has the driver arrive at the restaurant just as the food has finished cooking, and has it delivered to the customer while still warm.
Uber struck a deal with McDonald’s this year to offer delivery from thousands of its restaurants.

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Summary of “Can Prep Schools Fight the Class War?”

” Without a shift in ethos toward greater commitments to the common good, toward social justice and activism, he said in the letter, “I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very expensive finishing school.
Even outside the bubble of Manhattan private schools, it’s a fairly blunt critique of privilege.
That the statement came from Trinity, founded in 1709 and one of the most rigorous and prestigious schools in the country, made it all the more powerful.
Board members at other Manhattan schools noted how astonishing the document was, given its potential to turn off donors who might have been completely at peace with the way the school had been doing business.
” Mr. Allman came to Trinity several years ago from prep schools in Texas and Georgia – he ran St. John’s in Houston when Elizabeth Holmes, the fallen Silicon Valley billionaire was a student – environments in which the parent bodies were no less intensely focused on ambition and achievement.
Trinity is on the Upper West Side near several social service agencies and adjacent to a public housing complex, whose playground the school’s children have used over the years.
Radically rethinking a school’s culture involves not only getting parents and children to alter a deeply ingrained mind-set and executing pedagogical changes, huge projects in themselves, but also ensuring that the families admitted are in tune with these values.
This requires an ability to determine what sort of parents seek admission to your school solely so that their children can sit atop a cognitive elite and suggest to them that they might be happier elsewhere.

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