Summary of “The Last Days of John Allen Chau”

The consulate, Pathak said, had been contacted by an American woman, the mother of “One Mr. John Allen Chau about her son’s visit to North Sentinel Island and attack by the tribesmen.” Upon receiving the e-mail, “a missing report was immediately registered” and a “Detailed enquiry was initiated.” Within hours, Pathak’s detectives reported back that Chau “Allegedly got killed at North Sentinel Island during his misplaced adventure in the highly restricted area while trying to interact with the uncontacted people who have a history of vigorous rejection towards outsiders.”
Returning a day later, they saw “a dead person being buried at the shore which from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of John Allen Chau.” Pathak had arrested all five fishermen, plus two more men from Port Blair, all of whom, he wrote, helped Chau travel to North Sentinel despite knowing “Fully well about the illegality of the action and the hostile attitude of the Sentinelese tribesmen to the outsiders.” In their defense, the fishermen stated that “The deceased … without any pressure or undue influence from any corner, had volunteered to visit North Sentinel Island for preaching Christianity to the aboriginal tribe.”
In late December, comedian Frankie Boyle wrapped up his prime-time show on the BBC with a monologue imagining a Sentinelese warrior splitting Chau’s penis in half, speculating that his rib cage was now being used as “a monkey’s xylophone,” and suggesting that John Allen Chau would achieve immortality as “The patron saint of daft cunts.”
John Chau was the son of an unlikely couple, Patrick Chau and Lynda Adams-Chau.
John Middleton Ramsey, who met John on an evangelical tour of Israel in 2015, concedes that whether you buy John’s reasoning comes down to whether you share his faith.
Behind a bamboo bar is a calendar whose cover features a silhouette of a lone hiker at dawn: John Chau.
His failure, the detective said, explains why four days after arriving in Port Blair on October 16, John caught a ten-hour ferry to the island of Little Andaman, where he stayed for two weeks, attempting several times to visit the Onge reserve at Dugong Creek.
According to a second detective who investigated John’s death, the group told officers that John was “fascinated” by the story of John Richardson.

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Summary of “What Do the Most GIF-able TV Shows Have In Common?”

According to the GIF-hosting site Giphy, this GIF of the character Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants has been viewed over a billion times.
What is it about Patrick that makes him so eminently GIF-able? Giphy’s viewing data suggests that the most viewed of their TV channels in 2019 – the collections full of GIFs from individual TV shows – are from Saturday Night Live, SpongeBob, Fallon’s Tonight Show, Game of Thrones, Broad City, and The Bachelor.
The first part of the answer lies in how these GIFs get used, and the SpongeBob examples are prime illustrations of what makes a GIF effective.
If you’ve seen SpongeBob or if you haven’t, if you’re looking at the GIF while quickly scrolling through your feed, if you speak any language – those images will translate.
Looking up “Happy” on a GIF search engine is like looking up “Happy” in a thesaurus: You are presented with hundreds of variations, thousands of more specific ways of expressing the idea you’re trying to communicate.
Great GIF-worthy TV is especially accessible for being clipped and excerpted, so that its most dramatic reaction moments are set adrift from their original contexts and made to float freely among the vast GIF collections of various emotional states.
Once set loose, it’s incredibly easy for a GIF to be divorced from its original framing, forever severed from the ideas and characters and creators who made it.
After searching for half an hour, I still cannot tell you where precisely my beloved happy-faced-girl GIF comes from, although I suspect it’s Toddlers and Tiaras.

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Summary of “From 3 miles away, Patrick Reed’s family wept as they watched him win”

Patrick Reed brushed them all aside to win his first major, at Augusta no less.
Kessler Karain just watched Patrick Reed win his first major.
Patrick won the Masters three miles from where his father, Bill, mother, Jeannette, and younger sister, Hannah, watched with family friends Sunday evening from their Augusta home.
It’s Patrick and his wife, Justine, and her family on one side, and Bill, Jeannette, Hannah and their family on the other.
Patrick Reed said this when asked Sunday if his family’s absence made the triumph bittersweet: “I’m just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments.”
“If you caught that moment in Patrick’s press conference when he was asked about Rory’s comment, you can see a little smirk on his face. If I was Rory, I wouldn’t have done that. Yeah, Patrick was going to be nervous, but the enormity of the moment is never too big for him.”
“It was a picture show in slow motion. Patrick running out of the back door where we lived in San Antonio, near the sixth green on the course. Hitting out of that bunker. Playing a loop of four or five holes we could walk when Patrick was a young kid. All the trips to the juniors and the amateur events.”
Patrick made his par to beat Fowler by one, and three miles away, his parents and sister grew more and more emotional as they absorbed the scene.

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Summary of “Patrick Ewing plans to bring Georgetown Hoya back to prominence as new head coach”

Semester is about to start at Georgetown, and Ewing was rewinding his memories of the coach who once kept the Hoyas off the court, in Providence, until one of the many racist signs they’d see in Big East gyms was taken down.
Ewing graduated from Georgetown but never really left.
Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed was on the line to make Ewing an offer.
Ewing also knew that the most recent of those executives, Phil Jackson, would never hire him after he told a New York columnist in 1996 that he wanted Van Gundy to remain his coach.
Sacramento came close to hiring Ewing last year before the Kings went with Dave Joerger, who had the head-coaching experience that Ewing did not.
Larry Bird wasn’t a fan from a distance, but after playing with Ewing on the 1992 Olympic Dream Team he told columnist Jackie MacMullan that Patrick was “Probably the nicest guy I’ve ever met.” Mullin says he doesn’t think he exchanged one word with Ewing during their four years in the Big East but that the two became close friends after spending time together in Barcelona.
Ewing sat with the player, in the head coach’s presence, and reminded him that his teammates had never showed their frustration to the crowd and the cameras whenever he screwed up.
The most accomplished coach Ewing ever played for, Pat Riley, says his former franchise player will command the attention and respect of teenage blue-chippers by “Telling a story that’s truthful.” The Miami Heat president loved Ewing’s grinder mentality when they were together in New York and now envisions Patrick imposing his competitive will on the Hoyas.

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Summary of “How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup”

Businesses such as Lyft, Facebook, DoorDash, and thousands that aspired to be like them turned Stripe into the financial backbone of their operations.
Neither company will address the scope of the deal-which was only revealed by Stripe’s addition of Amazon’s logo to its website-but it could help Stripe greatly increase its trans¬≠action volume.
Seven years in Stripe’s mission is less to send more books, vacuums, and grooming kits into the world than to “Increase the GDP of the internet,” Patrick says.
The brothers dropped out of college and in late 2009 started noodling on the idea that would become Stripe.
With Stripe, all a startup had to do was add seven lines of code to its site to handle payments: What once took weeks was now a cut-and-paste job.
Stripe won’t disclose the number of transactions it processes, but analysts estimate it’s getting close to handling $50 billion in commerce annually, which would translate to about $1.5 billion in revenue.
Stripe is also trying to make deals with Target Corp., Under Armour Inc., and other merchants to snag money available outside the startup scene, partnerships made more possible by the trust Amazon is showing.
At Stripe, Fowler oversees a quarterly publication, Increment, that collects stories on how engineers at other companies solved problems.

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