Summary of “Elizabeth Banks Was a Frustrated Actress. Now She’s a Determined Mogul.”

Ms. Banks had encountered the a cappella scene at Penn.
Ms. Banks gave Ms. Wilson a bigger role and a boyfriend in the sequel.
“As an actor, Elizabeth has the unique ability to see the whole movie, not just her own part, which is why it’s not surprising she has turned into such a good director,” said Gary Ross, who directed her in “Seabiscuit” and “The Hunger Games.” Ms. Banks hung around the monitors on set, asking questions, as she prepared to direct, and started out by making a public service announcement for the American Heart Association.
Reese Witherspoon had a similar awakening recently, and started a production company for female-led projects, finding success with “Gone Girl,” “Wild” and “Big Little Lies.” Ms. Banks is focused more on comedy.
Ms. McCarthy, her castmate in the forthcoming puppet film “The Happytime Murders,” recalled a scene in which Ms. Banks plays a live-action character who becomes an adult dancer.
Ms. Banks is also outspoken politically; her office is decorated with photos of her with Hillary Rodham Clinton – she remains a prominent supporter – and one of Ann Richards, whom she called a hero.
Ms. Banks has no plans to stop acting, but she’s also not drumming up leading roles for herself: “How many blockbuster movies are being made about women who are in their 40s?”.”I have made a career out of being splashy in smaller roles anyway,” said Ms. Banks, who’s been nominated for three Emmys, for guest performances on “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.” “It’s sort of my comfort zone.”
She crisscrosses the studio lot on bicycle; the coffee mugs in her office read “Badass” – a reference to WhoHaha and the celebrity chat series she hosts there, “Ask a Badass.” On the show, she asks guests, “Finish this thought: I’m a badass because” or “On a scale of 1 to Elizabeth Banks, how badass are you?”.

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Summary of “The Search for the Next Chess Prodigy”

Anatoly Karpov, the 66-year-old former World Chess Champion, was comfortable playing chess underneath the bright lights and in front of the cameras on a television studio set.
A chess player in Washington Square Park once told me that would be a good age to start.
A few months after his television appearance, Nicholas Nip told his parents he no longer wanted to play chess.
From 1948 until 1993, the World Championship was held by a Russia-affilated player, save for a nearly three-year period between 1972 and 1975 when a young Bobby Fischer rose through the ranks in a country with very little interest in chess to become the first American-born World Champion.
Fischer’s rise as a young player gave the Soviet Union chess machine fits.
One Soviet chess player, Vasily Panov, railed against the chess centers in general, and the treatment of Kim in particular.
Bobby Fischer, the youngest World Champion in history, didn’t play another game of chess in public for the next 20 years.
For the vast majority of adult chess players who stay committed to their study and pursuit of the game, the only way to earn money at chess comes from doling out lessons and taking home a few hundred bucks from the occasional tournament.

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Summary of “How to Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time”

“Think about how you can contribute, do things, make progress. Just walk outside – even that does wonders.”
“If you’re drinking with people you like and enjoy,” she said, “I think that’s a good thing.” Keep in mind that there’s an increased association between anxiety and alcohol and other substance abuse, Dr. Simon pointed out.
Dr. Simon recommended “Going to nature and attending to the trees and beautiful weather, taking your attention away from the worries and appreciating and noticing something around you.” You might also try “Volunteering in your community or donating to fund-raising” as a way to do something positive while accepting that some things can’t be controlled, she said.
It’s generally the first thing I look at in the morning, and the last thing I look at before I go to bed.
Say yes to the right things”I think self care has become a bad word because it’s often a marketing strategy for things that feel frivolous,” Ms. Mehlman Petrzela said.
Spend quality time with friends, both furry and humanSarah Miller, a writer in Nevada City, Calif., said one of her anxiety releases is to sob into the soft fur of her elderly blue heeler, Merle.
Maris Kreizman, an author and a pug owner, told me, “When we adopted Bizzy, I didn’t even think about how ironic it would be to rely on an animal who is very anxious herself to help allay my own anxiety.”
As Dr. Simon said, “Spending time with people who you find supportive is one of the most protective things.”

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets”

As Houston coaches gathered in a Las Vegas high school gym in July to watch what they assumed would be a casual pickup run between summer leaguers and the real Rockets, a scream pierced the air.
Paul’s representatives have told Morey the Rockets might have nabbed Paul then had the Clippers not finalized their deal for Doc Rivers before the start of free agency, Morey says.
The Rockets signed Dwight Howard instead. As Jackie MacMullan reported in the fall, Paul kept the custom bobbleheads Houston prepared for that 2013 courtship.
The Rockets traded for him this time around, but after the deal, Paul insisted on watching the videos Houston put together for the July 1st free agency pitch meeting that never happened – “Even the iPad stuff everyone makes fun of us for,” Morey says.
Houston looks like a legitimate challenger to the Warriors, and they have only begun experimenting with some lineups variations – small-ball looks with P.J. Tucker at center, and hyper-speed groups featuring Harden, Paul and Eric Gordon.
San Antonio’s Harden Rules: The big man guarding Capela, Harden’s main screener, plants himself deep in the paint – opening a runway to the rim, and conceding midrange jumpers Houston refuses.
Houston can also stick with its pick-and-roll game, knowing Harden and Paul rank among the very best at roasting big men on switches.
When opponents call timeout to interrupt a Houston scoring spasm, Paul is fond of gathering his teammates and exhorting: “The next stop is the most important stop!”.

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Summary of “Yes, You Really Can Pay for Private School With 529 Plans Now”

Board members and administrators at private elementary and secondary schools are going to have to take a hard look at making a direct ask for some of that 529 money from families that are applying for tuition discounts.
Now imagine being that family and having assumed all along that the money in the 529 account was for college.
Except the tax bill also makes 529 accounts that much more attractive, which means more people in those 35 states with tax breaks will use the accounts more often.
Because those states offer tax incentives to people saving money in the 529 plans, they’ll be coming under even more fiscal pressure by forgoing tax revenue.
Even if you’re not wealthy enough to save piles of money in 529 plans and wait out the tax-free capital gains, little is stopping you from parking your annual private school tuition in an account for a few weeks just to pick up that year’s tax break.
As for the longer term, one has to wonder how long a big tax break for private school tuition can persist.
On one hand, President Barack Obama failed in his 2015 attempt to cut back federal tax breaks in 529 plans, when they merely covered higher education.
On the other, we’ll almost certainly see data within a few years that proves that affluent families control a large majority of the 529 money that people are using for private school, just as they do now for college money under the former rules, according to one Federal Reserve study.

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Summary of “Zcash: Meet Zooko Wilcox, the Man Building a Better Bitcoin”

From 2011, Bitcoin was best known for its association with the dark web bazaar called Silk Road, where unscrupulous folks used it to buy or sell drugs and other contraband under the guise of pseudonyms-the only basic protection Bitcoin afforded.
Rew Miller, Zcash adviser and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor:If you’re familiar with how digital signatures work in Bitcoin, it’s easy to understand.
Prior to creating Ethereum, Buterin covered the San Jose Bitcoin conference as a correspondent for Bitcoin Magazine, a publication he cofounded.
In January 2009, Wilcox became perhaps the first person ever to blog about Bitcoin in a post titled “Decentralized Money” on his personal blog, Zooko’s Hack Log.
Satoshi Nakamoto returned the favor several weeks later, linking to Wilcox’s write-up in an addendum to a preliminary release of the Bitcoin software on Bitcoin.org, the newly created project’s home page.
In an August 2010 thread on a forum discussing ways to improve the privacy of Bitcoin, one commenter under the alias “Insti” proposed zero knowledge proofs as one potential approach, though the author worried that they might be “Theoretically impossible.”
“If a solution was found, a much better, easier, more convenient implementation of Bitcoin would be possible.”
“Just like Bitcoin is a puerile rebellion against monetary orthodoxy, so too is carnivory a puerile rebellion against nutritional orthodoxy,” Wilcox says, summarizing the author’s argument.

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Summary of “2017 was YouTube’s best year ever. It was also its worst.”

According to recent analysis by Forbes, the top ten channels on YouTube earned $127 million in 2017, an increase of 80 percent from the year before.
In terms of its public image, 2017 was also the worst year YouTube has ever had. It began with the downfall of the platform’s biggest star, PewDiePie.
In early November, YouTube was forced to apologize for surfacing inappropriate and disturbing videos on its kid’s app.
With the accounts like Ryan ToysReview making an estimated $11 million in a single year, who was deciding how often Ryan worked, and who would speak up if he decided he wanted to quit? He began making videos at age 3, and his little sisters have been part of the family’s YouTube efforts since birth.
“It’s basically rewarding high shock value items that people will click on.” The same principle holds true for YouTube videos aimed at children.
The last year on YouTube shows what happens when your structure is the total opposite, when you combine accessible monetization at a massive scale with a very young audience and largely automated editorial oversight.
YouTube is adding staff and tightening rules Videos of iconic children’s characters engaged in violent or sexualized behavior is still trivially easy to find.
YouTube has vowed to ramp up its protections, increasing its moderation team by 25 percent to more than 10,000 employees and turning the machine learning techniques it uses to identify extremist content towards hate speech and kid’s videos.

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Summary of “The ‘Frequent Flier’ Program That Grounded a Hospital’s Soaring Costs”

“A toxic combination of unfair economic arrangements, poor social qualities and programs and bad governments, are responsible for these inequities in daily life which give rise to avoidable health differences. If we put fairness to the fore, it would reduce variable health inequalities. At the heart of this concern is one of social justice, but evidence really matters.”
After two years at Johns Hopkins University, Amarasingham returned to Parkland with further expertise in computers and health care systems, as well as an MBA, and began working on software to help the hospital predict which patients would require readmissions.
Society had to start paying for things that promised good health rather than health-related procedures-and good health, as people had been observing ad nauseam, required healthy communities.
“Stage 2” allowed general information about a person to be shared with the health care system and “Stage 3” meant health care providers and community organizations could share detailed information about a patient’s diagnoses and needs, and the services they were getting-even the specific foods they took home from a pantry.
To test whether it would be possible to share fairly detailed information through the portal, early this year they started a pilot project called Data Across Sectors for Health, or DASH. About 150 Parkland patients with diabetes or hypertension who also used food pantries or homeless shelters were enrolled in the pilot, after they had consented to the sharing of their health and other information.
The Parkland health system, along with the Baylor, Methodist, Children’s and Dallas MetroCare systems, will host one of 22 demonstration projects in the Accountable Health Communities initiative, which is really just a more formal version of what Amarasingham and his colleagues have already started doing.
In North Carolina, the Blue Cross Foundation has invested since 2014 in food, transport and homelessness programs aimed at improving health and lowering health care costs, in part to lower the insurer’s health are costs, Conway said.
If the pilot is successful in Dallas and other cities, it’s likely the government will start providing incentives, in the form of additional Medicare payments to health care systems that use approaches like Iris to keep track of their patients outside the health care system-and possibly even assess penalties for hospital systems that don’t do a good job at this.

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A new report by Exstreamist, a news site dedicated to streaming services and the future of television, shows that kids in “Netflix only” homes are being “Saved” from 230 hours of commercials a year.
More parents-myself included-are being driven to subscription-based content providers, feeling that such services give them more control over what their kids are seeing.
Pinna, a podcast subscription app for kids from the Panoply network, offers all-you-can-listen audiobooks and original programming for children ages 4 to 12.
“Parents will often allow their kids to get such games because they’re free without thinking about the real costs,” Riley says.
“These games are obviously a time waster and an attention reducer, but at least if we force ourselves to pay for the game that has no advertising we might actually think harder about whether we really want our kids to spend time on these.”
As parents, we should be teaching kids the difference between a program and a commercial so they can start thinking critically on their own.
Sit with your child and visit a website together, Crayola perhaps, and talk about how the images, videos and games make products look like something kids would want to buy.
Keep talking to your kid’s school administrators about how they collect data and where that data goes.

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Summary of “HQ Trivia Is a Harbinger of Dystopia”

Twice a day, HQ Trivia players tune in to a smartphone game-show app, where an emcee poses 12 wholesome questions, each with three possible answers.
Unlike earlier home-trivia trends, like Trivial Pursuit, You Don’t Know Jack was saucy, bringing the adult context of pub trivia home to the PC. As the web became popular, fusions of television and internet game shows arrived, too.
In all these cases, trivia games emphasize how broad, shared knowledge helps hold communities together.
Trivia games pose a natural challenge: how to prevent cheating.
A recent game ended with around 75 winners, each of whom would take home a little over $20. “Winner winner, chicken marsala dinner,” Scott Rogowsky, the game’s host, improvised awkwardly.
It’s almost as if HQ is a fictional entertainment broadcast, like the kind created to broadcast the Hunger Games in the fictional nation of Panem.
As a trivia game, this refusal feels particularly violent.
If HQ Trivia were a fictional game-show app from a Black Mirror episode, I’d feel more comforted.

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