Summary of “Nate Robinson Battles Inner Demons in Quest for NBA Return”

“I’m sorry, I’m playing WOUNDED!” Robinson exclaims, referring to Paul not playing.
Rivers isn’t ruling out the possibility either, if Robinson can accept whatever role he’s given.
The first time Robinson touched an NBA basketball, in his debut against the Celtics in 2005, was on a quick steal.
Robinson fantasized about retiring in Chicago, but he says tensions with coach Tom Thibodeau escalated privately, as Robinson’s focus and maturity were once again issues.
“The NBA gave me my depression,” Robinson says.
“In therapy, Nate was trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.”I was trying to change,” Robinson says.
Robinson says current NBA players are held to different standards.
Once, on an open fast break with no defenders in sight, Robinson was surprised when a player on the opposing team rose from the bench and ran onto the hardwood to stop the break.

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Summary of “How one man died so a whale might live”

“The whale was the future, the present and the past, all in one; the destiny of man as much as the destiny of another species.” Philip Hoare, The Whale.
“Whalers could literally sit on the shore, wait for a right whale to swim by, boat out there in a canoe or a ship, kill the animal, and then tow it back,” says Mark Baumgartner, biologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and chair of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, a collaborative, data-sharing group of conservation organizations.
In North America, right whales were called the true whale, the whalebone whale, the 7ft bone whale and the rock-nose whale.
“For the modern world, the whale is a symbol of innocence in an age of threat,” writes Philip Hoare in his book The Whale.
Entangled whales may die of infection or starvation, and the stress of it all might even be causing females to delay pregnancy, which means not only more dead whales, but fewer calves too.
While Moira Brown and others were advocating to get shipping lanes moved in the Bay of Fundy, Mayo and his friend David Matilla were developing something much more immediate, and much more dangerous: disentanglement, a means of whale rescue that borrowed from centuries-old whaling techniques, and was pioneered in the 1970s by whale researcher Jon Lien at Memorial University in St John’s.
There had always been peaks and valleys in Fundy’s right whale population, but in 2010, researchers noticed fewer whales in their usual feeding grounds.
On 5 October last year, the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative released its right whale necropsy report, confirming what everyone already knew: the dead whales had been killed by ship strikes and fishing line.

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Summary of “And the Pixie Award Goes To …”

Because it’s the Pixies, which is a thing that we made up as a way to talk about a bunch of stuff that’s happened in different Pixar movies.
The Pixie for the Character Who Wasn’t Actually the Best Pixar Character but I’m Going to Say He’s the Best Anyway Because, Whatever, It’s Time We Won a Thing This goes to Miguel from Coco, who technically is not actually the best Pixar character but I’m going to give him the award anyway because, I mean, sometimes cheating is OK. It’s just that we finally got some Mexicans into the lead roles in a Pixar movie, and so I’m going to lift that up whenever I can.
First: This goes to the Love Over Time montage scene from Up, which very well might be the most masterful four-minute stretch of any movie in the Pixar universe, a statement that should carry a mammoth of gravity with it given that the Pixar universe is stuffed fat with brilliant moments.
The Pixie for the Movie That Wasn’t a Pixar Movie but Should’ve Been a Pixar Movie This one goes to Shark Tale, which was not a Pixar movie but should’ve been a Pixar movie.
The Pixie for the Pixar Movie That, If You Only Know the Mechanics of Its Entry Point, You’d Think it Was a Revenge Movie Starring Liam Neeson A husband and wife are enjoying a nice afternoon out while their children nap nearby.
The Pixie for the Most “Nice Try, but No Thanks” Idea in a Pixar Movie I understand the sentiment behind Ratatouille’s “Anyone can cook” life lesson.
The Pixie for the Character Who Seems the Worst but Turns Out to Be the Best This one goes to Sadness from Inside Out, who, at the beginning of the movie feels like little more than a gigantic bummer but then by the end of the movie has worked herself into the most interesting, most complex, most thought-provoking character of all.
The Pixie for the Movie That Already, Even Just a Handful of Years After It’s Come Out, Already Looks Very Prophetic This one goes to Wall-E, a movie that peeks forward at what human life will be like after we wreck the planet and become machine-dependent.

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Summary of “Meet Erik Finman, the teenage bitcoin millionaire”

Erik Finman is one of the world’s youngest bitcoin millionaires – an achievement he’s not shy about flaunting.
Finman first heard about bitcoin when his older brother took him to an Occupy Wall Street protest.
An early adopter, Finman bought his first bitcoin when it only cost around $10. Just a few years later, it hit around $1,100.
Finman sold $100,000 worth of bitcoin when the currency was on the up and, at age 15, used the money to start an online educational business called Botangle, which matched students with tutors via video chat.
One teacher told him to drop out and work at McDonalds while another held an “Erik Finman roast session” where students were encouraged to make fun of him.
In 2015, Finman made his best business move: he sold Botangle’s technology.
Finman has 401 bitcoin as well as various other cryptocurrencies and continues to bet on its future.
The capsule will contain popular music and videos as well as other representative sounds of life on earth, and a Taylor Swift CD. Why Taylor Swift? “We just reached out to her out of the blue, and she was into it,” Finman shrugs.

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Summary of “Laird Hamilton’s age-busting 10-point plan to supercharge your body”

Laird Hamilton has ridden many of the tallest, heaviest, fastest and longest waves ever conquered by a human being.
Even if you don’t have the slightest interest in surfing, there’s a decent chance you’ll have seen mesmerising stills or footage of Hamilton streaking down waves the size of a seven-storey building or, somehow, miraculously emerging from the wreckage of one that has curled over and smashed with the force of a Hollywood explosion.
Hamilton has become a millionaire many times over, splitting his time between Malibu, California and Kaua’i, Hawaii, because he has become that most un-surfing thing: a brand.
His mother, Joann, moved from San Francisco to Hawaii and the story goes that three-year-old Laird was messing around in the surf on Pūpūkea Beach one day when he got the attention of a surfer, Bill Hamilton, then 17.
In Take Every Wave, a recent documentary made about his life, Hamilton’s half-brother speculates that without surfing, Hamilton would have ended up in prison.
“A real common question I get is, ‘Tell us what it’s like right before you’re going to drop into some giant wave,'” says Hamilton.
“Relationships take effort and you have to decide if you want to participate,” says Hamilton.
Laird Hamilton’s fat-burning, age-busting, fun-loving tips for getting the most out of your body.

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Summary of “How ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ Became a Teen Cult Classic”

Can’t Hardly Wait is, true to Elfont and Kaplan’s initial idea, a party scene stretched out into an entire movie.
Released on June 12, 1998, the movie is one of the forefathers of the late ’90s teen movie craze.
Can’t Hardly Wait was originally titled The Party, and Elfont and Kaplan had structured it so that all of the movie’s main characters-Preston, Mike, William, and Kenny-were friends, and Preston was meant to fall for his best girl friend, Denise.
“Every actor at the time was literally begging to be in this movie,” says Joel Michaely, who played X-Phile #1 in Can’t Hardly Wait and who Elfont and Kaplan refer to as “The guy who runs the reunion.” “It was like, I have to be in this movie. This is gonna be a teen classic.”
All told, Can’t Hardly Wait made $25.6 million domestically and stayed in theaters for only three weeks-a disappointment, given the movie’s promising testing and the studio’s excitement on that first Friday.
Asked if he felt any anger when movies like American Pie and Superbad kicked off a wave of successful raunchy teen comedies in the decade after Can’t Hardly Wait, Embry replies, “Absolutely. Like, you fuckers.”
A year after Can’t Hardly Wait’s release, American Pie came out, not only tossing a gallon of tainted beer on the teen movie sheen, but making over $100 million domestically in the process.
In the wake of those films, teen movies stopped being made for the adolescent crowd who couldn’t wait to grow up, and started being made for the adult crowd who just wanted to go back to high school.

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Summary of “The Trials of White Boy Rick”

Rick Wershe really did drive a white jeep with the words THE SNOWMAN emblazoned on the rear, though he had no driver’s license.
In 1987, when Wershe appeared in court on charges of possessing multiple kilos of cocaine, the judge remarked that he looked like the killer Baby Face Nelson-but “As far as this court is concerned,” she went on, “He’s worse than a mass murderer.” In “Back from the Dead,” Detroit native son Kid Rock rapped, One bad bitch, I smoke hash from a stick/Got more cash than fuckin’ White Boy Rick.
“The events surrounding the incarceration of Richard Wershe,” Schwarz said, “Are a classic example of abuse of power and political corruption.” A former federal agent was backing the cause of the notorious White Boy Rick.
For months, the central mystery only deepened: Why was Wershe still in prison? By the time I thought I knew the answer, I had come to understand how much the reality of Rick Wershe deviated from the legend of White Boy Rick.
The Wershes lived seven miles from downtown, on Hampshire Street at Dickerson Avenue, in a little brick house with white trim.
At the time, Rick Sr. claimed that one FBI agent who handled the Wershes was a man named James Dixon.
“Other colleagues on the board-and I have great respect for all of them-all remember him as White Boy Rick. He has that image that was placed upon him.” It’s a theory that suggests a strange inversion of the typical effect of race: Wershe’s celebrity had been a function of his novelty as a teenage white kid who had somehow skipped across Detroit’s racial boundary and insinuated himself into the ranks of drug barons who were overwhelmingly black.
I was somewhat taken aback when offered unprompted his view of Wershe’s case: “I think-just my opinion-I think Rick is caught up in reverse racism.” Wershe, he went on, “Was the only white boy that ever sold dope in the neighborhood at that time.” Steve Fishman, the defense attorney to ’80s Detroit kingpins, says, “If White Boy Rick had been anything other than white, nobody would ever have heard of him.”

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Summary of “Inside Attica Correctional Facility and How Prisons Deal With Mental Health”

Seeing Joe searching for butts brought up the same question that bothered me about Eugene: How could a guy like him end up not in treatment but behind bars? Over the next several months, I spoke with prison-reform advocates and read reports.
Joe dropped out of school in ninth grade and never got his GED. He began living a sort of low-fat criminal lifestyle-shoplifting and selling weed, mostly to friends-and notched a few misdemeanors along the way.
Seven months and one plea bargain later, Joe was just another Attica bugout.
In September 2015, three and a half months after arriving at Attica and a full ten weeks after he expressed interest, Joe was enrolled in ICP. But the program meant to improve his life behind bars didn’t work out that way.
The CO who took down the names of prisoners heading out for recreation walked the floor slowly, and Joe was able to be on his bars in time.
Just as a dozen prisoners broke out into a brawl-a blur of fists, feet, and weapons dug out of the ground just moments before-I called Joe to our table.
Two months before he was released, his discharge planning began, a coordinated effort between DOCCS and OMH that’s meant to serve the needs of someone who, like Joe, has serious mental illness.
I told the room about Eugene, about Joe, about how I saw parts of them in the men who sat before me.

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Summary of “Conan O’Brien, in Conversation”

There were his rocky early days on Late Night, the ill-fated eight-month stint as host of The Tonight Show, and now the news that his TBS show, Conan, will move from an hour to half-hour episodes beginning in 2019.
How much of moving to half an hour is a business decision rather than a creative one? The cynical way of looking at the situation is that you wouldn’t be going down in length if 10 million people were watching the hour-long show every night.
You were writing for Saturday Night Live during one of the show’s real golden ages.
Does the conflict you described between you and guests ever occur with musicians who appear on the show? For some reason I’ve never forgotten seeing Pete Townshend come out on Late Night with an acoustic guitar and expecting him to do “Behind Blue Eyes” and he does a cover of “Barefootin'” instead. Did nobody nudge him to play a different song?I don’t remember that specifically, but I had a similar experience in college.
O’Brien hosted Late Night for 14 seasons – until the misbegotten move to The Tonight Show.
Travel bits featuring O’Brien hamming it up with locals were first introduced on Late Night and continued, with increasing ambition and regularity, on Conan, where the show enjoys a ratings spike whenever the specials premiere.
In 2009 Jay Leno moved from The Tonight Show to The Jay Leno Show in prime time and O’Brien became host of the former.
“People asked me why I named the show Conan,” he said in his first monologue.

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Summary of “The seven essential behaviors of highly creative people”

“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.”
The creative actively seek out the best ideas from all places.
That’s a death sentence for any creative who hopes to do good work.
If only one idea for every ten that you come up with is good, all it means is that you should be working on a hundred ideas to come up with ten good ones.
People will forget the mistakes and garbage we make but will remember our best works.
“Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of infinite possibilities. The best way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself.”
“One, getting really good at creative work requires a lot of time and attention, and that means cutting a lot of fluff out of your life so that you have that extra time and attention. And two, creativity in our work is often a matter of what we choose to leave out, rather than leave in-what is unspoken versus spoken, what isn’t shown versus what is, etc.”
It’s why we give ourselves a pass whenever we can’t come up with good ideas or do any creative work.

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