Summary of “Being a mother in Hawaii during 38 minutes of nuclear fear”

“Get up honey. You have to get up right now. Right now. Grab your pillow. Go to the bathroom. Turn on the tub and run it. Turn it off when it’s full. Sit in the corner. Wait for me. Be brave. I’ll be right there.” I give her a hug and a kiss and run off.
The cage wouldn’t fit and I wasn’t about to have a loose chinchilla running around during a nuclear disaster.
Pono comes running when he hears the tone of my voice.
The fear I felt the first time I heard the nuke test siren, it turns out, is only a modicum of the fear I feel now, cowering in a bathroom with my child.
Hawaii residents received emergency alerts warning of a “Ballistic missile threat” in the early morning of Jan. 13.
We lead Abigail out of the bathroom, but we’re still uneasy.
Finally, 38 minutes after the false alarm, we receive emergency text alerts stating the all-clear.
Right now we’re sitting on the lanai, enjoying being together, dog snoring at our side, while our kid runs in and out of the yard, wearing a unicorn headband, helping her friend get ready for her birthday party.

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Summary of “In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons”

“War creates damage and so you get fever and a headache and muscular aches and pains,” which you experience as the abrupt and intense opening salvos of the flu.
These early symptoms are usually what distinguishes the flu from just a normal cold.
If the virus destroys enough cells in your bronchial tubes it creates openings for bacteria to get into your lungs, which can lead to pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening complication of the flu.
The C.D.C. recommends people who are hospitalized or at high risk for complications of the flu, such as older patients, pregnant women and those who are otherwise immunocompromised, take the antiviral drug oseltamivir, sold under the brand name Tamiflu, because observational data indicate it might reduce the likelihood of death.
They question the wisdom of spending billions stockpiling them as many countries, including the United States, began doing during the swine flu scare in the mid 2000s.
For healthy people who get the flu, most researchers agree the data indicates oseltamivir taken within 48 hours of onset can reduce the duration by about two-thirds of a day.
The C.D.C. also still recommends getting this season’s flu shot, despite its questionable prophylactic value, because it might reduce the severity of the flu should you contract it.
In previous years, against strains other than H3N2, flu shots have had reported effectiveness of about 40 percent to 60 percent.

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Summary of “Discovering the magic of Edinburgh”

The desk clerk I’d emailed said the stop was directly in front of the hotel, which was supposed to be close to the city center.
The city’s remarkably consistent buildings of mottled brown stone blocks, the most spectacular of them with sharply peaked roofs and ostentatious turrets, are clear inspiration for the architecture of the Hogwarts School of Wizardry.
The tombstones in the fabulously gloomy Greyfriars Kirkyard in the oldest part of the city bear the names of some key Potter characters – McGonagall, Moodie and, most notably, Thomas Riddle, the birth name of Harry’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort.
More than these, it was the city itself, its mood of hard-edge coziness and sudden revelations around unexpected corners, that cemented the more literal Potter connections.
The current castle, the oldest parts of which are from the 16th century, looms atmospherically above the city and can be seen from one end of Princes Street to the other.
It was the work of several days to visit all the obvious attractions of the city center – including a timed entry tour of the castle, which is really more of a walled city unto itself with fabulous views of the rest of Edinburgh from its outer ramparts.
Edinburgh is a great city for wandering and discovery.
A short distance along, another path splits off up a forested hillside leading to the city’s modern art museum.

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Summary of “The Good Place Season 2: Manny Jacinto Interview”

Ahead of The Good Place mid-season premiere, we spoke with Manny Jacinto on developing Jason’s voice, his love triangle with Janet and Tahani, and the grossest gag that Ted Danson has pulled on set.
For the actual audition, I was given sides as Jason Mendoza, so you can imagine that they weren’t the most intelligent.
I’ve had my fair share of those, so I guess you just have to go through the ranks before you get to be Jason Mendoza.
I remember one of our executive producer’s assistants was like, “Hey Manny, how much are you paying the writers to write all of this stuff about you?” Because it was always complimenting Jason as the hot guy or the attractive guy.
If you want to be incredibly specific, you rarely see the Asian guy kissing the Caucasian girl or even dynamics between Janet and Jason, where the female’s a bit taller.
Maybe Jason Mendoza would say, “I’m just happy to be pounding it out.” I don’t know.
Better Luck Tomorrow was about bad Asians, which is what Jason is.
Do you think Jason deserves to be in the Bad Place?Umm, no.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe 10 things I like and don’t like, including LeBron James and Kevin Love”

You’re shooting 44 percent from deep! Things are going great!
The Clippers have scored 1.24 points per possession when Williams shoots out of an isolation play, or passes to a teammate who launches after one or zero dribbles – the third-highest figure among 91 guys who have run at least 50 isos, per Second Spectrum data.
LeBron James and Kevin Love, finally working together.
When Love played power forward, like-sized defenders switched this play, stalling it out.
The Cavs are running about 12.5 LeBron-Love pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, up from 6.7 last season, per Second Spectrum data.
It’s just suboptimal for that player type to log two-thirds of his minutes alongside Zach Randolph or Kosta Koufos – dinosaurs who inhabit the same real estate.
Cauley-Stein is shooting 56 percent as the solo center, and 48 percent in all other minutes, per NBA.com.
The Blazers are down to 28th in passes per game, tossing about 15 fewer than they did two and three seasons ago, per NBA.com.

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Summary of “How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time”

There’s the “Team update” where you spend two hours listening to a rundown of how everyone spent their week, or the “Planning meeting” where you hash out picayune details that should have been handled elsewhere, or the “Brainstorming session” where extroverts shout out random ideas.
Here are five ways to get out of a meeting that you know will be unproductive, or at least to limit the collateral damage to your productivity and schedule.
The meetings to avoid at all costs are “Updates” – which can be handled in one-tenth of the time through email.
Part of the vetting process is to essentially make the meeting requestor do “Homework” to win your time and attention.
Fourth, if you want to get out of the meeting but still feel it’s difficult to say no, suggest a minimally invasive compromise.
A meeting will almost certainly take an hour or more of your time.
You could say, “I saw that you invited me to attend the meeting about Project A on Thursday. As you know, I’m heads-down right now working on Project B and we’re on a tight deadline. You have a better sense of the big picture here, so I wanted to check in. Do you think it’s worth it for me to take time away from Project B to attend this meeting? If you think it’s important, of course I’ll be there.” Sometimes, even well-meaning supervisors and colleagues forget that your time isn’t infinite, so a tactful reminder can snap them back to reality and help them understand the consequences of their wanton meeting invitations.
Instead of running from meeting to meeting, you’ll be better equipped to do the valuable work that you’re evaluated on and rewarded for.

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Summary of “How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience”

We’re going to turn everything you know about bad habits on its head. For starters, here’s the good news: you’re not lazy, you’re not a screw up, and you’re not a bad person.
So how does this relate to bad habits? You don’t have “Bad habits” – you have different selves with different goals in your head, all trying to do what they think is best for the greater “You.”
So how do you still manage to function with those fears? Well, the inner child has an overprotective parent.
These are “Managers.” That nagging voice in your head. It says you’re not working hard enough.
We call proactive parts “Managers” because they try to manage our lives in ways that keep emotional pain out of consciousness.
You know what the Manager is doing to achieve its goals, whether that’s making you work too hard, not work enough, or occasionally screaming at the people who love you most.
Let’s do a quick review and find out the best part about talking to Managers, inner children and the rest of the circus in your noggin.
Exiles, Managers and Firefighters: The three big categories of voices in your head. Exiles have deep-seated fears, Managers make sure those don’t get triggered, and when they do get triggered, Firefighters put out the fire Stay calm and talk to the Manager: Find out why they do what they do by asking well, you.

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Summary of “LeBron James reaping the benefits of groundwork laid years ago”

LeBron James is about to turn 33 years old and is having one of his finest seasons.
As he approaches his 33rd birthday in his remarkable 15th NBA season, LeBron James has found himself echoing his old Nike marketing slogan to gently remind people tuning in what they’re witnessing.
Whatever feats James is making look effortless this season – and there are plenty of stats that illustrate his elevated play – were set in motion nearly a decade ago by several events that shaped his basketball future.
LeBron James, in his 15th season in the NBA, said what he is achieving on the court has not been done a lot in league history, adding that he wants to “Break the mold” and stereotype that older players cannot dominate the game as much as younger players.
James honored him on Twitter and Robinson reached out to a mutual friend and James’ high school teammate, Sian Cotton, to say thanks for the recognition.
In the summer of 2008, as James and members of USA Basketball’s “Redeem Team” prepared for the Beijing Olympics, a 23-year-old James began ramping up the training regimen that has become a part of his standards today.
It’s the same force that had James testing his limits in workouts this summer following a seventh straight trip to the Finals and the same joie de vivre that had James dancing during warm-up lines on the second night of a back-to-back after travel complications held the Cavaliers on the runway for hours the night before.
If James wins his fifth MVP this season – he came in second to James Harden for the award in a national poll of potential awards voters conducted by The Washington Post this month – he’d become the first multiple MVP winner to go more than four years between taking home the hardware.

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Summary of “10 of the best apps for independent travellers”

This widely praised travel app focuses on tips from people who know the destination best.
The app has tips for cities around the world, but is particularly strong in the US, where it covers 50 major cities.
Two apps to inspire days out in the UK. Both allow users to scan through hundreds of heritage locations and natural wonders, searching for whatever is nearest or to discover special events.
The apps also hold all the visitor information for planning an excursion.
Available in more than 350 destinations worldwide, Musement is another city guide app that picks out interesting local experiences.
This community-focused app from Lonely Planet lets users explore travel experiences through the eyes of fellow travellers, and contribute their own media-rich stories, sharing video, photo and text from their trips.
The app is a worthy alternative to Time Out, with tips for more than 150 cities.
Wander and Co. With a beautiful design that will sing to fans of indie travel mags such as Boat, Cereal and Sidetracked, Wander and Co is a photo journal app geared towards adventure travellers.

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Summary of “The 7-Step Guide To Achieving Inbox Zero-And Staying There-In 2018”

While I’m still working on achieving that ever-elusive state of email nirvana, I’ve identified the optimal formula for getting an inbox in order and keeping it that way.
A good rule of thumb: Never open an email twice, and never leave an email in your inbox beyond a single day.
The secret is to think of email like a messaging service: Ask yourself how you would compose any given email if it were a text.
Aside from saving yourself time and letting you plow through incoming emails more efficiently, this approach comes with an added bonus: It’ll make your outgoing emails more effective-because you’ll be making it easier for the recipient to read your message, understand what you want, and then fire off a similarly succinct reply.
Every future email you don’t have to deal with is time saved.
If you were to set out to devise the most annoying and ineffective system for email management, you’d probably come up with something where a sound or alert interrupted you every time a new message comes in, commandeering your attention and while you’re busy doing something else.
Set yourself up for success by keeping your email app closed by default and open only during the times you actively need it.
If Inbox doesn’t work for you but you are in Google’s email universe, some choice Gmail add-ons can go a long way in enhancing your email experience.

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