Summary of “How running saved me from boozy lunches and obesity”

When you announce you are taking up running your friends turn into health freaks.
I would not write now about the pleasure I have found in running were it not for two factors.
The little thing that has given me the greatest pleasure has been running.
A typical routine will have the instructor telling you to run repetitions of 60-second runs then 90-second walks in your first week.
By your fourth, you will be running in five-minute bursts.
Running for three minutes caused the shooting pains to return, but after eight weeks I managed 5km. Nearly everyone can.
Taking running further means intensive runs to increase your speed and long runs where you just go as far as you can for as long as you can.
In his beautiful memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami thinks about different types of creativity when he runs.

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Summary of “I am sorry for killing everything: A millennial’s confession”

Before we move any closer to the end of the planet, I wish to get this off my chest: I am a millennial, and I am sorry for killing everything.
The millennial generation is now the largest, most ethnically diverse generation in American history.
Relationships were a messy kill, and I am not entirely sure that they are dead. But I could not stay any longer to make sure.
The fools! That was Generation X. I am a millennial.
I am more mobile than any past generation, because my crimes compel me ever onward.
I am about to finish killing democracy, then perhaps, the planet.
There is nothing for me but to mount this fresh kill on my wall: a trophy.
If you like jokes about millennials murdering things please check out ALL OF TWITTER and this Tumblr post, the classic of the genre.

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Summary of “Did 1997 contain the worst two weeks in music history? · Crosstalk · The A.V. Club”

Sean O’Neal: In the topic of “Worst Music Year,” 1997 is a frequent contender.
You just have to point to the year’s top singles: When your Top 5 is dominated by two treacly funeral ballads-Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997” and Puff Daddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You”-and rounded out by irritating, nonsensical earworms like Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” and Hanson’s “MMMBop,” the year in music definitely starts to look a little dire.
I’m actually here to propose this far narrower argument: that the two-week span from June 23 to July 8, 1997, specifically, may have been the worst two weeks for music ever recorded.
I think you’ve already hit on the reason why these two weeks feel like the worst ever, even if there are a couple of relatively bright spots: They contain so many signifiers of the myriad terrible directions music was taking at the time, alongside omens of the worst still yet to come.
Even if OK Computer or Life After Death had arrived during those two weeks, I’m not sure it could overcome the portentous weight of all these oracles of a world about to be dominated by some of the stupidest music ever made.
The proliferation of mouth-breathing rap-metal that Limp Bizkit’s popularity inspired, all the misogyny and violence and Woodstock riots it instigated, all the dumb fucking songs that were still yet to issue from Fred Durst’s mouth-there’s no need to reiterate it, especially when Durst said it best himself: “For years I looked into the crowd and saw a bunch of bullies and assholes who tortured me and ruined my life,” he told Rolling Stone in 2009, adding, “I don’t even listen to any type of music that’s like Limp Bizkit at all.” If only he’d come to this conclusion in 1997.
All of which is to say that, yes, the two-week span from June 23 to July 8, 1997, probably was the worst two weeks for music ever-at least as far as I can tell.
The pop music stock-market seemed to crash after the boom of the early ’90s, and this two-week span serves as a historical microcosm of what American music looks like at its rock bottom.

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Summary of “The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love”

The world the Diggers wanted was free – free of money, and of all the ways needing and getting money limit one’s personal mobility and spontaneity.
Journalist Naomi Wolf remembered being brought there as a child by her mother: “There was an awe-inspiring compassion in the air as prostitutes stood alongside school kids; black, white, and Native Americans; gays, bisexuals, transvestites, and professors, all waiting for their food and quietly chatting under the swaying eucalyptus trees.” While the women served the food, the Digger men added a theatrical flair to the proceedings: To pick up a meal, you first had to walk through an oversized yellow wooden rectangle: the Free Frame of Reference.
At the Diggers’ Free Store – the motto was “It’s free because it’s yours” – people were encouraged to leave unwanted articles for others to take home.
In February, noticing a new crop of homeless runaways sleeping in the park, a Digger named Tobacco rented an apartment at 1775 Haight Street to house them.
“The Diggers need food to feed people. The Diggers need clothes to give people. This is the Diggers’ thing: no money; everything free. The Diggers are practicing the Cardinal Virtues because that’s the right thing to do.”
In early April, the Diggers announced a collaboration with other Haight cultural leaders to strategize for the coming onslaught.
After months of dishing out free food, free housing, and free love, the Diggers were overwhelmed and exhausted.
For the Haight’s pioneering influencers, the Summer of Love was once again “The end of something and the beginning of something else.” The Diggers decided to reformulate themselves – not as an urban collective, but as a loosely affiliated group living in rural communes and caravans up and down the California coast.

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Summary of “Hard Lessons in Living Off the Grid”

If they were connected to the grid, Luke thought, that power could be used by his neighbors.
Kauai is capable of generating so much energy from sunlight that any additional solar power the utility installs would likely go unused much of the time.
Unlike the mainland United States, where a massive power grid connects far-flung regions, Kauai has nowhere to send the power it doesn’t use – and right now, it’s got about as much solar power in the middle of a day as it needs.
That’s why “There’s a finite limit” to how much solar power Kauai can consume right now, Rockwell says, showing me a graph of energy use over the course of a day.
Rockwell points out a gap of only a few megawatts between solar supply and the total electricity demand during the daytime hours, represented on the graph as a slim gray wiggle of conventional power under a heap of solar power.
Relying on personal power, Rockwell says, is no way to power a community, let alone an island.
Hawaii’s public utility commission still requires Kauai’s utility to pay early solar adopters for power they generate, based on “Avoided cost of fuel.” But these days, the power that’s being avoided doesn’t come from fossil fuels – it’s being provided by the island’s solar farms.
So although the utility is offsetting some panel owners’ bills for their solar power, the rest of the utilities’ costs are divided among members who don’t have access to rooftop solar power.

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Summary of “Kendrick Lamar on ‘Humble,’ Bono, Taylor Swift, Mandela”

Lamar, 30, is pleased with his recent commercial triumphs, but says it’s not the goal: “If I can make one person – or 10 million people – feel a certain type of euphoria in my music, that’s the whole point.”
How so?It taught me how to deal with [pauses] … emotions.
How much have you grappled with it as an adult?Well, you know, it was also just a lot of mothafuckin’ parties and a lot of humor, which sometimes blocks the fucked-up shit that I’ve seen.
That’s where the initial change will start from.
How do you deal with that?Well, that’s the challenge that keeps me going.
That’s a skill, a talent that people perfect with years of rehearsing.
How much of his theology have you embraced, and how much of it is just you playing with the ideas?Everything that I say on that record is from his perspective.
So for the suburban kid who doesn’t know how we grew up, or the history of my people, hearing them lyrics, they get to understand.

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Summary of “Bill Belichick Will Teach You His Football Secrets If You Ask the Right Questions”

There are 72,084 move combinations after each player’s gone twice, and after each player has moved four times each? Over 288 billion possible scenarios.
As Belichick explained, “I’ve always felt like going for it on fourth down had a lot more to do with how confident I was in the play that we were calling as opposed to really anything else.”
The play clock between snaps moves nearly as fast-and considering there’s often barely enough time for a team’s offensive or defensive play-callers to get the next scheme or play communicated to their players, imagine the difficulty of doing so while evaluating what has just happened on the previous snap.
The 819-Word Explanation on the Difficulty in Teaching Players the Rules ” Once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially, because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules are sometimes different than plays of possession, like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball.
More surprising might be how many players are fuzzy on what they can and cannot do in certain situations, especially if the plays in question are relatively rare.
It’s up to coaches as Belichick points out, to constantly drill their players on the rules of every imaginable scenario.
The Patriots remain a last bastion for the position, and trotted James Develin out there on 31 percent of their offensive snaps last year while running with at least two backs on 346 plays, second most in the NFL. Belichick’s quote stood out because it highlights just how much is happening on any given run play: Defenders are rarely static, both before and after the snap, and often the defender an offensive player is assigned to block is not where the play calls for him to be.
As Belichick explains, a linebacker can feign a blitz in order to keep a running back in the backfield in pass protection next to the quarterback-a strategy that essentially takes the running back out of the play as a receiver.

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Summary of “NBA: Doc Rivers’ move out of the LA Clippers’ front office was inevitable”

Doc Rivers had finished talking about his vision of running the LA Clippers, about the partnership possibilities of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, about the Spurs’ management model, about a bright new NBA vista, and now he was walking outside a lunch spot in Century City, California, on a sun-splashed September afternoon.
Arms stretched out, palms up, Rivers asked four years ago: “How can you not love this?”.
Eventually, through a harsh window in time, his Clippers reality would become exceedingly better: Donald Sterling was pushed out as owner, and Steve Ballmer – supremely smart, richest of the richest owners and committed to investing in winning – purchased the Clippers out of the grips of scandal and chaos.
It is two separate and distinct jobs, and that’s largely why Rivers was so instrumental with elevating Lawrence Frank into the front office a year ago.
Rivers remains an elite coach, and it’s a misjudgment to believe that Ballmer moving him out of the front office is a prelude to running him out of the organization.
If the Clippers’ new top basketball executive had been anyone else but Frank, Rivers might have walked himself.
Silver wasn’t necessarily against Rivers’ ascension to the top of the Clippers masthead, but the commissioner has privately expressed concerns to owners and senior franchise officials in several instances, case by case, about the dynamic of the coach-in-charge model, league sources said.
This doesn’t need to be the end for Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, but rather only a reset on an experiment that had run its course.

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Summary of “Bill Belichick Will Teach You His Football Secrets If You Ask the Right Questions”

There are 72,084 move combinations after each player’s gone twice, and after each player has moved four times each? Over 288 billion possible scenarios.
As Belichick explained, “I’ve always felt like going for it on fourth down had a lot more to do with how confident I was in the play that we were calling as opposed to really anything else.”
The play clock between snaps moves nearly as fast-and considering there’s often barely enough time for a team’s offensive or defensive play-callers to get the next scheme or play communicated to their players, imagine the difficulty of doing so while evaluating what has just happened on the previous snap.
The 819-Word Explanation on the Difficulty in Teaching Players the Rules ” Once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially, because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules are sometimes different than plays of possession, like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball.
More surprising might be how many players are fuzzy on what they can and cannot do in certain situations, especially if the plays in question are relatively rare.
It’s up to coaches as Belichick points out, to constantly drill their players on the rules of every imaginable scenario.
The Patriots remain a last bastion for the position, and trotted James Develin out there on 31 percent of their offensive snaps last year while running with at least two backs on 346 plays, second most in the NFL. Belichick’s quote stood out because it highlights just how much is happening on any given run play: Defenders are rarely static, both before and after the snap, and often the defender an offensive player is assigned to block is not where the play calls for him to be.
As Belichick explains, a linebacker can feign a blitz in order to keep a running back in the backfield in pass protection next to the quarterback-a strategy that essentially takes the running back out of the play as a receiver.

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Summary of “Escaping From a Dire Diagnosis on Match.com”

“Maybe if you’re hoping to date an ornithologist,” she said, shaking her head.She and I composed a straightforward profile.
Right away Nance wanted me to “Wink” at a cute and much younger guy.
As someone who had been online dating for months, he had assured me that our date was pretty much perfection.
A chemo drip in her arm, Nance said, “You don’t have to sleep with him, but would you go out again?”.
The whole dating game seemed more and more like a pathetic diversion.
“You’re a dating success,” Nancy said, but her boast had no oomph.
A friend would be joining Nance and me to hang out for the afternoon and evening.
“Life is for the living,” Nance would say.

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