Summary of “My Year of No Shopping”

My plan had been to give up what Elissa gave up – things to wear – but a week into my no-shopping year, I bought a portable speaker.
My first few months of no shopping were full of gleeful discoveries.
The trick of no shopping isn’t just that you don’t buy things.
The things we buy and buy and buy are like a thick coat of Vaseline smeared on glass: We can see some shapes out there, light and dark, but in our constant craving for what we may still want, we miss life’s details.
It’s not as if I kept a ledger and took the money I didn’t spend on perfume and gave that money to the poor, but I came to a better understanding of money as something we earn and spend and save for the things we want and need.
I know there is a vast difference between not buying things and not being able to buy things.
Not shopping for a year hardly makes me one with the poor, but it has put me on the path of figuring out what I can do to help.
“There were people to help, things to do. Not shopping frees up a lot of space in your brain.”

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We all want to be fit, but sometimes you just need an extra boost to make it to the gym, to decide on a workout, or to deal with the aftermath.
The hardest part of sticking to a workout routine may be starting, but the second-hardest part is showing up to the next workout when everything feels like fire.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once tried Jazzercise and has said she’s a devotee of daily Canadian Air Force bodyweight workouts.
We’ve picked out six workouts that are perfect for your first day back.
One sub-par workout is better than skipping workouts altogether.
Good thing you can turn to your phone for an instant workout.
Which app gives the best workouts, though? Today, we find out.
Don’t worry: You might not get the workout you planned for, but with a little ingenuity, you can still get a good one.

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Summary of “The Ringer’s 2017 Sports Awards”

We’re ready to hand out our sports awards, but these aren’t for MVPs and championships-they’re for the weirdest, funniest, or most interesting players, teams, and moments that captured our hearts.
Best First Impression: Nathan Peterman Miles Surrey: Have you ever played someone in Madden who’s never touched the game before, and that person just lobs the ball to a receiver in the hopes they catch it? I’ve played with first-timers who did better than Peterman-the difference is, one is playing a consequence-free video game in which John Madden lays out the minutiae of the sport, and the other is an NFL quarterback starting for a team with a legitimate shot at the playoffs.
Bills HC Sean McDermott on Peterman: There were some plays he’ll want back, but there were also some plays where you said, ‘Hey, that was pretty darn good’.
Joe Buscaglia November 20, 2017 Peterman’s terrible debut should’ve been the last we’d seen of him, but a Taylor injury led the rookie to start another game: a 13-7 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts, ostensibly played on the ice planet Hoth.
We can talk all we want about guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring an extra point or two per game, or Judge hitting a few more dingers, but there was no more impressive feat in sports than what Vinay did in June.
Best Costume Design: Cam Newton Danny Heifetz: Cam Newton, who dresses like a Batman villain in an Austin Powers movie, is the only nominee in this year’s Ringer Sports Awards to run uncontested.
Newton is the best-dressed person in sports, if not the world.
Stephen J. Nesbitt April 19, 2017 Jaso, a dreadlocked Southern Californian, was the antithesis of the archetypically ultra-intense and occasionally combative athlete; according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, the Zen lefty was the one player whom he’d never seen complain about a call at the plate.

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Summary of “The 2017 kottke.org Holiday Gift Guide”

The 2017 Engineering Gift Guide from the engineering department at Purdue University is the only guide I’ve found that lists the research papers used when preparing the list.
It’s always worth paying attention to what the gadget-loving weirdos at Boing Boing put in their gift guide.
Quick hitters: The Millions has a gift guide for readers and writers that aren’t books.
Books! There are tons of gift ideas in my best books of 2017 post.
On her gift guide Erika Hall recommends Behave, which she’s been evangelizing all year.
For the 2017 Good Gift Games list on The Morning News, Matthew Baldwin picks some recent board games that make good gifts, like The Fox in the Forest and game-of-the-year winner Kingdomino.
In The Ultimate Gift Guide for True TV Fanatics, they offer gift suggestions based on your favorite TV shows.
The unofficial Goldman Sachs holiday gift guide for 2017 includes a complete Triceratops skull fossil, a $3.5 million Ferrari, and a $1 million global safari to visit some of the most endangered species on the planet.

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Summary of “Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?”

Any legal job that involves lots of mundane document review is vulnerable.
Then there is Wall Street, where robots are already doing their best to shove Gordon Gekko out of his corner office.
Who knows what the jobs marketplace might look like by then.
Artificial intelligence is different, said Martin Ford, the author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.” Machine learning does not just give us new machines to replace old machines, pushing human workers from one industry to another.
Since Mr. Ford’s book sent me down this rabbit hole in the first place, I reached out to him to see if he was concerned about all this for his own children: Tristan, 22, Colin, 17, and Elaine, 10.He said the most vulnerable jobs in the robot economy are those involving predictable, repetitive tasks, however much training they require.
“A lot of knowledge-based jobs are really routine – sitting in front of a computer and cranking out the same application over and over, whether it is a report or some kind of quantitative analysis,” he said.
So do jobs emphasizing empathy and interpersonal communication.
In their vision of a post-A.I. world without traditional jobs, everyone will receive a minimum weekly or monthly stipend.

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Summary of “Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid is bringing his team to life”

Embiid didn’t speak English and had never played organized basketball, yet he knew he wanted to be like Kobe someday.
In another life- or another body- Embiid would probably be out running sand dunes like Bryant did at 4 a.m. as a way of channeling the restless id inside him.
Embiid says he’s reached out to Bryant on several occasions, drawn to Kobe’s supreme confidence.
“Bryant didn’t take all those shots because he had no conscience. He took them, Embiid says, because he knew he could make them.”He was always working on his shot, so that’s why he felt like he could.
Simmons’ game is limited by his lack of outside shooting, which collapses the space Embiid has to work inside.
For Embiid to take this team to its full potential, he has to do it with Simmons, which means they need to foster a relationship that has at times been distant.
“Having your teammates’ backs- that’s what I feel being a leader is,” Embiid says.
The kidding-not-kidding wink that masks why Embiid likes to play so close to the fire.

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If you’re a creative person, I’d recommend giving yourself time to work on a project is a great “Treat.”
Setting aside real time to just READ. An investment of time, rather than money.
As long as it doesn’t feel like a chore, making the time to exercise can be a way to reconnect with your body and set aside time for yourself.
Time is my best “Free” treat, specifically time away from something.
Spending time outside has the double benefit of getting you out of your stresshole and into nature.
Nov15-22 suggests “Carving out time for yourself. There is always going to be something that needs to be done. But it doesn’t mean it has to always be done NOW.”.
IMO, the times I feel happiest are having social situations that don’t require any work of me.
Yes, it’s food, but it’s a meal I’d already be making and eating, so instead of trying to get work done or truly multitask during it, I make the cooking time time for myself.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The 10 Best Films of 2017”

Columbus Any number of well-made, stylish indie movies can be full of gorgeous frames and scenic photography, and an even greater number of those movies can tell stirring stories of youth and self-discovery.
Get Out is a movie we’ll undoubtedly remember for being a surprise phenomenon, and rightly so.
Baker has one of the most sympathetic eyes working in American movies today, and this gloriously widescreen movie, which feels thoroughly steeped in a sense of community above all, is his richest to date.
The real story of Hittman’s movie, and the reason it stands out from Call Me by Your Name and other good movies of its stripe, is one of images.
The Lost City of Z I love jungle adventures, melodrama, and grandiose intellectual and spiritual revelations-so of course I love movies, and of course I especially love The Lost City of Z, James Gray’s rip-roaring account of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett’s professional obsession with uncovering the secrets of the Amazon.
Good Time, directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie and starring Benny alongside Robert Pattinson, is the movie 2017 deserves.
As cinema, it’s a smooth gloss on the gritty crime movies of yore, embodying everything that’s good about the ongoing nostalgia trip currently afflicting movies and TV while falling prey to none of the usual bad habits.
The movie tells the history of Dawson City, an old gold rush town in the Yukon territory of Canada, where, in 1978, 533 silent films dating back to the 1910s and ’20s were discovered to have been buried in the snow for decades.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How To Schedule Wellness Into Your Workday And Still Get Stuff Done”

I bet you’ve experienced more than one morning when you couldn’t get out of bed and swore to yourself that you’ll “Do better” in taking care of yourself from now on.
If your road to work is more of a stressful journey, a better use of this time might be found in distilling your day’s to-do list, or reciting an upcoming presentation to yourself.
Organize your workflow for the day to avoid feeling overwhelmed and wasting the positive energy you’ve already cultivated for the morning.
Once you’ve laid out your to-do list, get to work-which means shutting off your phone and logging out of your email and social media.
If you can’t put down your screen, try using an app or the built-in iPhone setting that turns down that light.
Daily stress can still impede sleep, no matter how mindfully you work to keep it away at night.
Still, the little things can help, like turning your LED alarm clock to the wall, and keeping the bedroom cool and dark.
If you can’t fall asleep, try some relaxing music or white noise, writing in a journal, or working on a boring, small task you’ve been putting off.

The orginal article.

Summary of “A Sudden Illness”

Linc, my best friend, was driving, his arm easy over the wheel.
Slung over my arm was a nineteen-forties taffeta ball gown I had bought for twenty dollars at a thrift shop.
In the instant that I spent waiting for the deer to roll up over the car’s hood and crash through the windshield I was aware of my body warm in the seat, Linc’s face lit by the dash, Borden breathing in the back, the cool sulfur glow of the car’s interior, the salty smell of the burger bag.
A few minutes later, the doctor bounded in, waving the positive-test swab, and bent over to look at my throat.
Eventually, some frat brothers kidnapped the bike and hung it from a tree over the Scrotum Pole, a stone marker that had earned its nickname during a legendary fraternity vaulting incident.
We were caught in speeding traffic, but because the sheets of rain sweeping down the windshield limited visibility to a blurry tinge of lights ahead and behind, we couldn’t slow down or pull over.
Once a week or so, I sat on the edge of the tub and rubbed a washcloth over myself.
Borden came out and joined me briefly, draping his arms over my shoulders, then he went inside.

The orginal article.