Summary of “The inside story behind the funniest baseball card ever made”

Thirty years ago – in what otherwise would have been a forgotten minor league set – Comstock appeared on one of the most memorable baseball cards ever made.
I never had a major league baseball card of myself, until 1988.
The cool part of that 1988 card is it became a sought-after error card within the Topps set.
Honestly, another minor league card was a reminder of how my career was going.
You had to sign a contract to do the baseball card, which covered a bunch of stuff and said you agreed that your photo would show up in the set.
So many of those guys were future major leaguers, and it was pretty obvious the card company needed them in the set.
Their mom showed them the card awhile back, and they loved it.
Fans bring the card to the field and want me to sign it.

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Summary of “The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2019”

INDIANAPOLIS-If it’s early August, you can count on one thing: we’re gonna be in downtown Indianapolis with 70,000 other board gamers, forgoing sleep, food, and general wellbeing to play a truly ridiculous amount of new tabletop games at Gen Con, the self-described “Best Four Days in Gaming.” Gen Con is America’s largest and longest-running tabletop games convention.
Then there are the games-more games than you could play in a lifetime, all being released at once.
Roleplaying games were sadly outside the scope of this article, so be sure to check out our coverage of perhaps the most anticipated roleplaying title at this year’s Gen Con: Pathfinder.
Pandemic: Rapid Response, a new Target-exclusive game, puts a “Real-time” spin on the co-op classic, trading Pandemic’s globetrotting card collecting for frantic, desperate dice rolling.
When I first heard that Fantasy Flight Games was releasing a new Marvel living card game, I was instantly bored.
Co-op CCG-type games are few and far between, and the ones that FFG has released in the past have been generally excellent and a nice change of pace from the countless two-player card battlers choking the market.
Marvel Champions seems to take inspiration from both of those earlier FFG games while injecting some Marvel thematic flair into the mix.
The game looks like it might be a bit lighter than some of the other FFG card games we’re used to but we’re hoping it will still be a fun, continuously updated co-op romp.

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Summary of “Secrets of the MIT Poker Course”

Poker Theory and Analytics is a graduate-level MIT course taught by Kevin Desmond, a former pro player and Morgan Stanley analyst.
I’m what seasoned poker players would call a “Donkey.” I’ve played only small games with friends, and every hand I’ve ever won has been the result of pure luck.
Why would MIT offer a course on poker in the first place? According to its official overview, the class “Takes a broad-based look at poker theory and applications of poker analytics to investment management and trading.” The bulk of the course consists of eight video lectures.
One is guest-led by poker player, author, and financial risk manager Aaron Brown and covers the history of poker and how it relates to economics.
As the old poker saying goes, you play the players, not the cards.
Your “Effective stack” is “The most chips you can lose in the hand.” My “M-ratio,” an equation popularized by poker pro Dan Harrington, is that effective stack divided by the sum of the “Blinds,” default bets players have to make to play the game, and “Antes,” raises to stay in the game.
That you can play well and still lose is a fact that haunts poker players at every level; it’s a simple truth that can make high-level MIT courses seem comically futile.
I then ask a better question: What are the odds I’ll play as weakly as I just did? MIT couldn’t prevent that from happening, but it did help me diagnose my poker ills.

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Summary of “The Story Universe of Magic: The Gathering Is Expanding”

Underpinning all that were the five colors-white, black, red, green, and blue-that represent the different kinds of magic spells in the game.
Inside the game’s story universe-the stories told on the website and over the course of the releases of new sets of cards-multiple strands of narrative came to an intertwined climax earlier this year.
Now more is coming: A novel that advanced the story further debuted at number five on the New York Times bestseller list.
As the story grows, it feeds back into the game.
You see how this works, right? The game can generate and absorb story.
“A game mechanism is a kind of cosmology, whether you want to recognize it,” Kelman says.
“We want to create a cosmology that honors the game mechanisms without literalizing them.”
Conversely, the new animated series has to generate a story-something that drives multiple hours of narrative-from the game mechanic.

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Summary of “The Incredible Creative Power of the Index Card”

How many hours have I spent on quiet afternoons with a stack of books I’d recently finished, going back through and copying onto index cards all the passages I liked? Stories.
A thousand hours? More?Nearly every dollar I’ve made in my adult life was earned first on the back or front of an index card.
It’s not an exaggeration: Nearly every dollar I’ve made in my adult life was earned first on the back or front of an index card.
My introduction to the power of the index card came from Robert Greene.
With The 33 Strategies of War, he explained in his Reddit AMA, “Blue cards would be about politics, yellow strictly war, green the arts and entertainment, pink cards on strategy, etc.”
Once she’s satisfied with an outline of paper index cards, she transcribes all of the cards into the writing software Scrivener.
When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of his final and unfinished novel, The Original of Laura.
David Rockefeller - the heir to America’s greatest fortune, veteran banking CEO, and legendary philanthropist - collected some 200,000 3-by-5 index cards, which he stored for decades in a specially-made Rolodex machine at his family offices at Rockefeller Center.

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Summary of “Key Documents You Need to Take With You in an Emergency”

Photo Courtesy of FEMA.Q: In your last column, you talked about how to prepare for a hurricane, and you mentioned gathering key documents.
You will need others to handle your finances if you must evacuate or your home is damaged during the hurricane.
“Don’t forget your contact list for family members, doctors, dentist, lawyer, insurance broker and other key resources.”
The documents are essential if you must establish your identity with financial institutions because you need new credit cards or if you must make a temporary change of address, says Stern.
If you must apply for a new driver’s license, you’ll usually need the original documents of your birth certificate, Social Security card or passport, rather than just copies.
These documents contain contact information and your account numbers.
You’ll need this information if you are evacuated for a while and will need to contact the companies to have your bills sent to a new address or to arrange a new way to make payments.
Make sure your property deed and mortgage papers, as well as your will, health-care proxy, power of attorney, living will and other legal documents are in a safe place.

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Summary of “How to Trick People Into Saving Money”

Like many Americans, Paquin thinks about the importance of saving more often than she actually saves.
Americans’ difficulty saving, Daniel Eckert told me recently, is a textbook example of how brains wired to reckon with short-term threats and opportunities struggle to think about long-term consequences-and struggle even harder to take current action to stave off future disaster.
Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of Chicago and one of the field’s pioneers, told The Wall Street Journal in 2015 that saving for retirement is “a prototypical behavioral-economics problem” because it is “Cognitively hard-figuring out how much to save-and requires self-control.” One solution is defined-contribution retirement plans, which set money aside automatically; a 401(k) is the most common form.
“That’s what powers the lottery industry.” He adds that there is a sort of “Contagion of winners”-when a customer at a credit-union branch collected a $25 prize for saving money, everybody else waiting in line was interested, and many wanted to get in on the action.
The CEO of one participating credit union observed at the time that Save to Win was far more effective in getting people to save than previous incentives, including a CD at an eye-popping 10 percent interest rate.
Flacke, who ran the workshop, says that he told the group, “Look, guys, you have a really important platform that serves a lot of financially vulnerable consumers, but most of it is not being used to help people get anywhere. It’s all transaction-focused. You should be thinking about savings.” Eckert, the Walmart executive, told me that when he heard Flacke’s prize-based-savings presentation at that event, he thought: We could do that.
Neither Walmart nor Green Dot would get into how much money they actually make on the card, or the costs associated with the prize-savings program.
Lots of Walmart customers are underserved by banks and other financial institutions, Eckert says; the company’s experiments with finance-related products and services help customers “Not only save money but also have access to a financial ecosystem they were crowded out from.” That access keeps them loyal to Walmart, and keeps them coming back to its stores.

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Summary of “Brexit: what happens the next day if there is no deal?”

Currently, a driver of a UK-registered car is allowed to drive anywhere in the EU, the EEA, Switzerland and Serbia, and not have to carry a green card that proves you have insurance cover.
If the UK leaves without a deal, all changes and drivers will be expected to carry a green card when in mainland Europe and Ireland.
The official advice from the UK government is: “From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU exit deal drivers of UK-registered vehicles will need to carry a motor insurance green card when driving in the EU and EEA.”.
Direct Line insurance says: “In the event of a no-deal Brexit, we have plans to ensure customers are provided with a green card if they drive in Europe on or after 29 March. Customers will need to contact us at least two weeks in advance of when they are due to travel.”
From 29 March, if the UK leaves without a deal, the government says: “You may need a GB sticker even if your vehicle has a europlate. You will not need a GB sticker to drive outside the UK if you replace a europlate with a numberplate that features the GB sign without the EU flag.” PC. Driving with a UK licence when abroad. In a sentence You will have to buy an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe, at a price of £5.50, with different ones required for France and Spain.
If there is no deal with the EU then recognition of UK driving licences in the EU ends.
So British drivers will have to go to the Post Office and obtain an International Driving Permit, which you will need to carry with you in conjunction with your UK driving licence.
It was also revealed this week that British citizens resident in Ireland – estimated to number about 300,000 – will be required to swap their UK driving licence for an Irish one at a fee of €55 if there is no deal on Brexit.

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Summary of “Will people ditch cash for cryptocurrency? Japan is about to find out”

While everything from credit card payments to transactions using QR codes would qualify, some of the country’s biggest financial players think the way to wean Japan off cash lies in the technology that runs Bitcoin.
With the government’s pressure to go cashless, and little competition from credit cards and other forms of e-payment, Japan could leapfrog the technology underlying today’s electronic payment networks and go straight to blockchains.
In the process, Japan will become the world’s biggest test bed for the decade-old idea that a cryptographic ledger and a network of computers can be used to create an electronic form of cash.
Policymakers were particularly concerned about how Japan had fallen behind China in fintech, says Thomas Glucksmann, a former Mt. Gox employee who now runs Asian corporate partnerships for Diginex, a Hong Kong-based consulting firm focused on blockchain technology.
Eventually, Japan rolled out the world’s first licensing regime for cryptocurrency exchanges, which went into effect in April 2017.
Of late, they’ve expanded to cryptocurrency trading, taking advantage of Japan’s bustling exchange scene.
Y Champagne, CTO of Akamai, is convinced that the pieces are in place for Japan to end its love affair with cash.
Will people in Japan really ditch their cash for blockchains, though? Yoriko Beal, cofounder of HashHub, a co-working space for blockchain startups in Tokyo, is skeptical.

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Summary of “How to Follow Up with People After a Conference”

Back at work, most of us immediately go into catch-up mode; the last thing on your mind is following up with the people you just met.
Here’s a framework for structuring your post-conference follow up to maximize the chances that your new connections turn into meaningful professional relationships.
What matters is capturing the data, and also making a list of people you spoke with whose cards you didn’t obtain.
You can’t invest in all connections equally, of course – so where should you prioritize your time? You may want to discard some connections upfront – for instance, someone who came up to you, handed you their card, and immediately started pitching you to buy their product or service.
Specifically, those are “Miscellaneous interesting people,” with whom there’s not an obvious point of connection; people with whom you have a specific reason to follow up; and people you’d like to build a deeper relationship with.
My work doesn’t generally overlap with hers, but I’d be glad to keep in touch because it’s always nice to know a diverse set of people.
Finally, you’ll meet some people with whom you’d like to build a long-term connection.
Perhaps there are future conferences coming up they might be likely to attend; you could get in touch to inquire if they’ll be there, and if so, plan to meet up in person during the event.

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