Summary of “The world’s most successful people do this every day”

As a result, they may achieve less in a day at first, but drastically more over the course of their lives.
Each morning, Benjamin Franklin asked himself, “What good shall I do this day?” and each evening, “What good have I done today?” Steve Jobs stood at the mirror each day and asked, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?” Both billionaire Jean Paul DeJoria and media maven Arianna Huffington takes a few minutes each morning to count their blessings.
Hack #3: Only 15 minutes of walking per day can work wonders Top performers also build exercise into their daily routine.
In one 12-year study of adults over 65, walking for 15 minutes a day reduced mortality by 22%. Hack #4: Reading is one of the most beneficial activities we can invest in Here’s an amazing truth: No matter our circumstances, we all have equal access to the favorite learning medium of Bill Gates, the richest person in the world: books.
Theodore Roosevelt read one book a day when busy, and two to three a day when he had a free evening.
“Given a ten percent chance of a 100 times payoff, you should take that bet every time. But you’re still going to be wrong nine times out of ten. We all know that if you swing for the fences, you’re going to strike out a lot, but you’re also going to hit some home runs. The difference between baseball and business is that baseball has a truncated outcome distribution. When you swing, no matter how well you connect with the ball, the most runs you can get is four. In business, every once in awhile, when you step up to the plate, you can score 1,000 runs.”
Filmmaker Sheena Matheiken wore the same black dress every day for a year as an exercise in sustainability.
To get started, follow the 5-hour rule: For an hour a day, invest in compound time: Take that nap, enjoy that walk, read that book, have that conversation.

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Summary of “Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on Shonda Rhimes and Launching Original Movies”

The chief content officer for Netflix stole Shonda Rhimes from ABC, lured retiree David Letterman back into talk-show mode, prodded the reclusive Coen brothers into TV production and snapped up Millarworld, a comic-book empire with buzzy titles like “Jupiter’s Legacy” and “Huck.”.
Over the weekend, Netflix fired back by announcing it had poached TV’s most powerful showrunner from her longtime home at Disney’s ABC. “Shonda and I have gotten to know each other over the years and I have always had a tremendous amount of respect,” says Sarandos, who lives blocks away from Rhimes in Hancock Park.
Once heavily dependent on other studios for movie and TV titles, Netflix is churning out its own branded content in all genres, such as the multiple Emmy winner “Orange Is the New Black” and other highbrow TV series, mass-consumer sitcoms, talk shows and reality TV. Netflix wants 2017 to be a banner year for streaming movies, as it rolls out original features with massive budgets such as the upcoming $90 million tentpole “Bright,” with Will Smith.
Beyond Oscars, the looming question for Sarandos is whether Netflix can achieve in the movie universe what it has in TV. By many accounts, it’s had a less auspicious start.
Sarandos needed to premiere the drama about child soldiers in West Africa on Netflix, but Fukunaga envisioned it on a big screen.
Sarandos points to internal data that shows “Beasts” was a popular movie with Netflix users at home.
Sarandos outlines his vision for what he wants Netflix’s movie division to be.
Sarandos has tried not to dwell on the shows that got away because Netflix turned them down.

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Summary of “Why whiskey tastes better with a little water”

On the surface, whiskey seems simple: It’s mostly grain and water that goes through a specific process.
From a chemistry standpoint, whiskey includes a complex variety of molecules that contribute to its unique taste.
What they discovered is that guaiacol is most present at the surface of diluted whiskey, which is why whiskey with added water tastes better: The taste molecules are at the top of your glass.
In higher-alcohol whiskey, the flavor is different because the taste molecules aren’t reacting to the presence of water.
As a whiskey lover, he recommends becoming acquainted with the type of whiskey “Just the way the maker intended” before changing it in any way, whether it’s “a 10-year plus, non-chill filtered, barrel-proof ‘Haz-Mat’ face-melting monster, or a 6-month-young local and grainy infant” whiskey.
She used to sell her own brand of whiskey called Red Hook Rye, and included a formula for how to add water to reduce proof in the packaging of her barrels.
“Multiply that number by the amount of whiskey you want to dilute and the result will be the amount of water to add. For example, to reduce 2 ounces of 135 proof whiskey to 100 proof, divide 135 by 100 and subtract one. Multiply that number by 2 ounces. You add 0.7 ounces water to 2 ounces Red Hook Rye to make it 100 proof.”
“The only time I do highly recommend adding water is when drinking a cask-strength whiskey, a whiskey that has been bottled straight from the barrel to the bottle without addition of water,” she said.

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Summary of “Inside Spotify’s Playlists, Curators and ‘Fake Artists'”

Streaming revenue has jumped from $1.8 billion to $3.8 billion in two years, and its users like being turned on to new music: More than half of Spotify users listen to the service’s constantly updated playlists, like Today’s Top Hits, which has more than 16 million subscribers.
As playlists become the new radio, here are some of the music industry’s new rules.
“Tuma Basa is like an artist,” says Daniel Glass, president of Glassnote Records, who saw his client Childish Gambino get a huge bump when Basa added his song “Redbone” to the playlist.
“Then you go back to Spotify and say, ‘Have we gotten to a point yet where we’ve earned a spot in a playlist?’ Release week – sometimes it’s not gonna happen.”
At the end of 2016, Spotify added it to a lower-tier dance playlist.
It’s Good to Have a Friend With a Popular PlaylistEveryone from Father John Misty to Frank Ocean curates their own playlists for Spotify.
Elevator Music Pays BigSpotify’s most popular playlists include Peaceful Piano and Deep Focus – ambient music people relax to.
After country singer Sam Hunt played a gig for Spotify in 2014, his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” started appearing on Spotify playlists.

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Summary of “The Night the Oxygen Ran Out in an Indian Hospital”

The government hospital, part of the larger Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, was considered the area’s best, a beacon to millions of people.
The state government’s initial response to the oxygen fiasco was to imply that it was perfectly normal for 10 children to die every day at the Gorakhpur hospital, especially at this time of year, the rainy season, when swarms of mosquitoes spread deadly Japanese encephalitis, a virus that causes brain swelling and seizures.
He checked them into the hospital on Aug. 3, around the same time that the hospital’s oxygen supplier was issuing increasingly urgent pleas for payment.
In a string of letters to the medical college, the Indian news media reported, the supplier insisted it had its own bills to cover and could not keep delivering liquid oxygen for the hospital’s central oxygen system unless a $100,000 bill was settled.
In 2011, 16 new mothers died at one crowded hospital in Jodhpur before it was discovered that many intravenous fluid bags were contaminated with bacteria.
As news of the children’s deaths spread, the hospital scrambled to make a partial payment.
Liquid oxygen was delivered on Saturday morning and hospital officials insist there was only a two-hour gap between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday without a central oxygen supply.
Several pediatricians interviewed at the hospital said it would be difficult to pinpoint a cause for each of the more than 60 child deaths last week, but that the oxygen cutoff by itself claimed at least two or three lives.

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Summary of “Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive”

Along with audiovisual digitization vendor George Blood L.P. and additional volunteers, the Great 78 Project to date has put over 50,000 digitized 78rpm discs and cylinder recordings on the Internet Archive, which can be listened to in all their crackling glory.
An ongoing project, the Internet Archive actually has over 200,000 donated physical recordings, most of which are from the 1950s and earlier.
These early recordings were made from shellac, not the resin that records are made with today.
The Internet Archive’s focus in digitizing the records lies in genres that are less commonly available and are overlooked.
Digitizing these older records is a complicated process – different types of styluses can affect how a record sounds when played, and playback speeds were not standardized until around the late ’20s, meaning there is debate about the “Correct speed” at which a record should be played.
The goal is not to remaster a record or remove all existing playback artifacts from variables like how many times it was played or how it was originally recorded, but to preserve the disc as a “Historical artifact.”
In Internet Archive’s Great 78 Project database, you can search by creator, who digitized the record, the year of the original recording, and more.
They’re all available to leave comments on and download. If the collection feels overwhelming, it has a Twitter account that tweets a link to one of its newly digitized 78s every 10 minutes, and they also suggest utilizing specialized searches like this one, which only shows recordings marked as being in very good or mint condition.

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Summary of “A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.”

Ms. James and a crowd of other commuters crossed the parking lot to the bus, which was headed to the Bay Area Rapid Transit station.
As the bus idled and waited for stragglers, a woman urged the driver to get going so she could make her next train.
Ms. James used to live closer, in Alameda, Calif., about 15 miles across San Francisco Bay from her work.
She can work from home some of the time, so she now has a home office with a desk and a computer, as opposed to the “Home corner” she had in her apartment.
As home prices have escalated beyond middle-class reach, areas far inland have become an oasis of affordability.
Ms. James wakes up in a city where the median home price is below $300,000, according to the online real estate database company Zillow.
Prices rise steadily along her commute until she gets off her last train in San Francisco, where a typical home costs more than $1 million.
As more people move inland, home prices are rising faster in the Central Valley than anywhere else in the state: In San Joaquin County and neighboring Merced County, prices are up about 12 percent in the last year.

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Summary of “By Nuri ┼×ahin”

The drive from the hotel to the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund is just a few minutes.
On the TV, they showed our fans welcoming Monaco fans – who were stuck in Dortmund due to the postponement of the match – into their homes for the night.
Sometime in the second half I remember thinking, One day, I’m going to play for Dortmund.
Dortmund doesn’t usually allow anyone on the pitch at the end of a match – especially ball boys.
Two years later, I made my Bundesliga debut for Dortmund.
Dortmund had given me so much – how could I leave them? It was hard to think about.
Dortmund wasn’t just a club or city, it was where the most important people in my life were.
You need to understand, I dreamt of one thing my whole life: playing in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund.

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Summary of “The World’s Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American”

Tencent will be the only company other than Facebook to have a social network with more than one billion users.
Over the past three months, the revenue for both Tencent and Alibaba jumped more than 50 percent from a year ago, meaning they are growing more quickly than both Facebook and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
In Silicon Valley, some tech companies have begun taking cues from their Chinese rivals.
In China, people often talk about three internet companies that dominate the technology world: Alibaba, Tencent and a search company called Baidu, which is sometimes called the Google of China.
Baidu has stumbled as Chinese users skipped personal computers entirely and turned to smartphones, and it has had trouble competing in a financial arms race between Tencent and Alibaba.
Alibaba and Tencent owe part of their success to China’s censorship and suspicion of foreign tech firms, which have kept American giants like Facebook and Amazon out of their orbit.
Despite their size, Alibaba and Tencent are mostly anchored in China, though both are pushing to expand.
For now, a market of 700 million internet users in China is enough to keep Alibaba and Tencent going.

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Summary of “A Brief History of Romantic Love and Why It Kind of Sucks”

Fifth Fact: The ancient Greek philosopher Plato argued that the highest form of love was actually this non-sexual, non-romantic form of attachment to another person, this so-called “Brotherly love.” Plato reasoned that since passion and romance and sex often make us do ridiculous things that we regret, this sort of passionless love between two family members or between two close friends was the height of virtuous human experience.
Plato, like most people in the ancient world, looked upon romantic love with skepticism, if not absolute horror.
Seventh Fact: For most of human history, romantic love was looked upon as a kind of sickness.
If you think about it, it’s not hard to figure out why: romantic love causes people to do some stupid shit.
They were warnings against the potential negative consequences of love, of how romantic love can potentially ruin everything.
The new ideal was not only to marry for love but that that love was to live on in bliss for all of the eternity.
People are just now starting to figure out that while love is great, that by itself, love is not enough.
The great liberation of romantic love has brought incredible life experiences into the world.

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