Summary of “The Legend of Baltimore Jack”

Baltimore Jack took his handle from the first line of “Hungry Heart,” Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 hit song: Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack / I went out for a ride, and I never went back.
In the years between college and hiking, almost as if he was working toward abandonment of his birth persona, it appears that Adam began referring to himself as L.A. Tarlin, then Baltimore Jack Tarlin, and finally, to most, just Baltimore Jack.
The Appalachian Trail was a very different place in 1995, the year Baltimore Jack first set out.
Adam’s friendship with Miller became one of the few that threaded into the Baltimore Jack era, and she was one of the people to whom Adam could expose his deep sense of loss.
To a White Blaze commenter who questioned the nutritional value of Pop-Tarts as trail food, Jack countered: “Pop Tarts are a perfectly sensible thing for folks to eat at breakfast time.” Jack recommended at least four per meal.
Photos of Baltimore Jack starting in the late 2000s show a person who is unrecognizable from the handsome, slick Adam I knew.
Jack made the change part of his legend; strangers began to offer tributes of whiskey and Little Debbie snack cakes, bringing them directly to Jack or leaving them on the trail with notes.
A search of Appalachian Trail message boards led Mertz to Adam, who by then had become Baltimore Jack.

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Summary of “Funko Pop! vinyl figurines are a $686 million dollar business”

They are Pop Vinyl figurines, created by the 20-year-old company Funko Inc., based in Washington state, and launched in 2011.
Known to fans simply as “Funko Pops,” each toy is based on a pop culture character, and according to the official Funko App, there are now 8,366 different figures.
It’s likely you’ve now encountered a Funko Pop – be it on a coworker’s desk, wrapped under a Christmas tree, or waiting, blank-eyed, in your date’s home.
Collectors like Jack make up 36 percent of Funko’s customers, while 31 percent are “Occasional buyers.” Wilkinson says Funko Pops appeal to both markets because of the “Science of cute” behind the figurines’ design.
It’s also undeniable that many people find Funko Pops ugly or unnerving – in the past two months, a YouTube video titled “I HATE FUNKO POP VINYLS” has accumulated more than a million views.
On the Funko website, there are currently 29 distinct figurines of TV host Conan O’Brien – you can get the comedian dressed as Jon Snow, an Armenian folk dancer, or Pennywise the clown, or even just painted entirely orange.
Is it possible that Funko will run out of things to Pop? At present, the company’s profits continue to climb, from $98 million gross profit in 2015 to $258 million in 2018.
Ten years ago, Funko – which had grown a loyal customer base for its bobblehead range – was feeling the heat of a declining fad. Now it is one of the world’s most recognizable pop culture merchandisers.

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Summary of “The Night Charlie Parker Soared in South Central L.A.”

City records add another layer of story, and record that in 1944 owner Sam “Jack” Jackson applied for a business permit and he sold the building in 1955.
Jack’s special late-Monday-night jam sessions that attracted local and visiting musicians to sit in after their club date at a down-the-street venue or across-town studio recording session was through.
Word on the street lit up with musicians reporting that he was suited up and headed for Jack’s, alto in tow.
At the center was Jack’s, and at the center of Jack’s was music-from the clientele who were players to the radio broadcasts and the famous “Cutting” sessions where musicians would display their prowess.
After-hours spots like Jack’s were essential one-stop catch-alls-a place to play, to find work, and to go get one’s head straight.
Once some of the grime had been cleared away, you could make out tracings of Jack’s original signage laced along the top edge of the facade, including a chicken head logo and a lyric fragment from an old jump tune: “Chicken ain’t nuthin but a bird.”
The years of work spent trying to re-create the spirit of Jack’s, literally brick by brick, were now rubble; the whole of it would be red tagged and ordered to be demolished within two weeks.
Did the restoration activity spark too much attention? Might Jack’s still be here if it was still riding incognito? It’s a question that has weight.

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Summary of “As a Fugitive With a Fake Name, I Discovered the Real Me”

Up front, Nick studies our route down to Birmingham while Jack drives, keeping well within the speed limit.
Only a few months before, Nick offered me a way out of our federal trial, soon to end with long prison sentences for us both.
On the stretch of road from Independence, Missouri, through Kentucky, Nick breaks the silence by singing some lilting Tagalog melodies he’d learned in the Philippines while assigned to a poor rural parish.
“Look, Nick, I’m not cut out to be a guerrilla.”
Nick’s like a child waiting up for Santa, while I’m relieved but apprehensive to finally learn who these people are who helped us escape, and what they have planned for us next.
On the day of the meeting, Nick paces around the house, chain-smoking, while I lie in my bedroom, reading Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain, the spiritual autobiography of a Trappist monk.
With everything clean, Raheem sits down next to Nick on the couch, while Jamal and I take two straight-backed chairs.
Nick will go inside with Raheem, while I wait in the car as a lookout.

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Summary of “Jack Whittaker won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.”

Jack Whittaker faced similar decisions in 2002 when he won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot.
Jack Whittaker had just won $314 million, the largest undivided lottery jackpot in history.
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise presents Jack Whittaker Jr. with a symbolic check at a news conference in Charleston, W.Va.
Jack had always been up for a good time and “Happy-go-lucky,” says niece Melissa Harris, who works for the construction company Jack owns with her father.
Jeff says Jack usually came in with a boisterous entourage and an annoying habit: “Busy fingers.” Jack tipped well, and the dancers liked that.
Sometimes Jack even grabbed at Misty, she says, but everybody talked nice to him because he’d won the Powerball jackpot.
In the fall of 2003, the Jack Whittaker Foundation announced it was overwhelmed with requests for help and was suspending operations.
“I just want to say this, and I’m not trying to be bitter, but if Jack Whittaker had never won the Powerball and my son had never hooked up with Jack’s granddaughter, Brandi, he’d be alive.”

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Summary of “A Slightly Embarrassing Love for Jack Kerouac”

Every year on or around March 12th, acolytes of the Beat writer Jack Kerouac cluster at the Flamingo Sports Bar in St. Petersburg, Florida, to celebrate his birthday.
Two local acolytes, Pat Barmore and Pete Gallagher, have been organizing Jack Kerouac Night at the Flamingo for five years.
“The ghost of Jack Kerouac is definitely here,” Barmore announced at the start of the evening.
Kerouac had just turned twenty-nine when he started writing the book in earnest.
Most covers of “On the Road” feature a grainy, black-and-white photograph of a young Kerouac looking rakish and cavalier.
“Jack Kerouac, author, artist, cult hero, was watching Walter Cronkite on the evening news, volume turned silent, while Handel’s Messiah blared from the record player. He was smoking Camels, drinking whiskey from a medicine vial and chasing it with Falstaff beer in a half-quart can,” the paper later reported.
There have been thoughtful efforts by Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, the nonprofit run by Barmore and Gallagher, to turn the house into a museum.
Kerouac is buried in Lowell-when I visited his grave a couple years back, it was covered with wine bottles and pens-but he spent his last moments in St. Petersburg.

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Summary of “Hear Me Out: Jack Black Rules”

Yes, Jack Black was in Nacho Libre, but Jack Black still absolutely and unequivocally rules.
Over the past few relatively Jack Black-free years I’ve often wished more people would cast him in more things, and now maybe that wish is coming true: 2018 has so far provided us with only a handful of small mercies to be thankful for, and one of them is Jack Black’s low-key return to non-Kung Fu Panda acting roles.
The peak 2000s Jack Black era of comedy ended not exactly because Jack Black comedy was bad but because Jack Black comedy had reached a painful ubiquity.
After the Tenacious D movie and Nacho Libre and, god, Gulliver’s Travels, it definitely felt like Jack Black wasn’t bringing a whole lot to his movies other than Jack Black.
How much of a problem is that, actually? Jack Black characters are funny and nice and there’s nothing wrong with people breaking into song in the middle of movies, okay?
Jack Black, too, is able to take advantage of his unerasable selfness and mix it in with whatever else a particular role requires.
Jack Black is an actor and entertainer in the forgotten and traditional and frankly underrated sense.
While most men in movies serve as bad reminders of men in real life, Jack Black specialises in a rare genre of non-threatening screen presence that strains, at all costs, to cheer up the audience.

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Summary of “The Insane True Story Of How “Titanic” Got Made”

In 1997, the average return viewer rate for a theatrically released movie was 2%. Meanwhile, Titanic’s was 20%. In February 1998, a survey found that 76% of Titanic’s repeat viewers still planned to see it again.
What made Titanic not just a movie, but a destination? And what did it take to will such a world into solid reality?
“DiCaprio himself turned 22 while Titanic was in production. In the same Rosie appearance, Winslet said she and Leo had been”the naughty children on the set,” and remembered how, while filming the scenes where Jack and Rose waited for the lifeboats to return after the ship’s sinking, “Leo would sometimes say to me, ‘Sweetie, sweetie, I gotta pee.
In a detail that becomes noteworthy when the movie in question is so concerned with the politics and hierarchies of labor – and Titanic never for a moment lets you forget that the captain’s pleasure in his “Unsinkable” ship is powered by the sweat of the stokers in the hold – Cameron shot Titanic in Mexico in part to keep labor costs down.
After his second trip to Titanic, Cameron told Paula Parisi, “I just sat there, and I just started to cry, thinking about the dive and everything I’d seen and experienced.” Later, he wrote in James Cameron’s Titanic: “That night I realized that my project, my film, was doomed to failure if it could not convey the emotion of that night rather than the fact of it.” More and more, it seemed to him that he could only let viewers experience Titanic’s sinking by letting them fully experience the ship itself – and he could only do that by recreating it.
In this way, Cameron wrote, “The film comes full circle, from being a film about Titanic, to being a love story that happens merely to be set on Titanic, back to being about the emotional truth of Titanic after all. By feeling the fear, the loss, the heartbreak of Jack and Rose, we finally can feel for the 1,500.”.
“‘Titanic’ is starting to sail out of movie theaters,” conservative commentator Betsy Hart wrote in 1998, “But it may have left a wake of devastation in its path in the hearts of teenage girls everywhere.” As heartbreaking as the movie’s ending was, Hart found that she was “Saddened much more” by the thought of “The millions of teenage girls” who had helped make the movie a hit, and who had been duped into thinking that “The intense sentiment and easy sex over a few days that formed the romantic centerpiece of Titanic is the kind of love they should strive for.”
Who were these girls, and why were they there? Why was I? When Titanic was in theaters, girls of 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 and 13 shaped their lives around it, and fell in love not just with Leo, but with the whole story they had first found him in.

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Summary of “VQR Online”

Rhett did so without argument, and Jack put out the light.
Rhett could feel the cookie jar underneath him, a small, dense planet with its own gravitational pull.
“Santa Claus isn’t real, and neither are the gobbits or the forza mist, Rhett. None of that jazz is real. The map was just made up out of her head.” Jack was trying to sound tough, but his voice was still thick.
The cookie jar stayed under Rhett’s bed with the lid on.
Jack got out of bed, ghostly in his white pajamas, and sat down next to Rhett.
Pete had begun talking about putting him in a home, and Rhett supposed that would be the best thing, although it seemed cruel-like putting him out with the garbage.
What Rhett remembered when he peered into the uptilted cookie jar was the MovieTone newsreel that came between the cartoon and the travelogue.
“How’d you get rid of them, Rhett? How’d you get rid of all those cookies?”.

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Summary of “The Pixel’s missing headphone jack proves Apple was right”

Google Pixel sound output is so bad that removing the headphone jack would be an act of mercy.
Looking at how other mobile makers like HTC, Motorola, Xiaomi, and Google – and soon probably Huawei too, given that CEO Richard Yu told me in January that the company was planning a 2017 flagship phone without a 3.5mm jack, which is shaping up to be the upcoming Mate 10 Pro – are following suit, things are panning out exactly as Apple anticipated.
Google initially mocked Apple’s decision, poking fun at it with marketing materials that described the 2016 Pixel’s headphone jack as “Satisfyingly not new.” But companies take cheap shots at one another all the time, and that was then, this is now, and now Google thinks it has higher priorities than audio.
If we’re just talking about the near term, I’m unconvinced by Apple and Google’s arguments that the jack had to go to make room for better, more integrated design.
If Google were one of the top two smartphone makers in the world, as Apple is, I might also feel like it’s rushing in too quickly with a change it could probably make and justify better in future models.
In the wake of the Pixel 2 event, I got word from Libratone and AIAIAI, a couple of Danish consumer audio brands, both annoucing that they’ve developed “Made for Google” models of their headphones and cables.
Libratone and AIAIAI are just two of 25 partners that Google has already signed up as it seeks to emulate Apple and its famous “Made for iPhone” label.
Google’s Nexus line served as the prototypical best Android device that Google could envision.

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