Summary of “Present Is Prologue: What to Watch for in the Upcoming NBA Season”

The 82-game NBA regular season may drag along at times, but it’s what you make of it.
I’m watching the 2018-19 NBA season with an eye on how the present will set the slate for the future.
Ler is expected to play in the Wolves’ season opener on Wednesday, but team owner Glen Taylor “Came to an agreement” with Butler that the front office will continue to seek a trade, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported Sunday.
A productive exhibition season can be predictive of a successful young career-whether it was Nikola Jokic in 2015, Joel Embiid in 2016, or Kyle Kuzma and Donovan Mitchell last year.
Losing Redick would hurt a roster that’s thirsty for floor spacers to surround its young centerpieces-none of whom are credible outside threats entering the season.
Part of me even wonders if Shamet, who can seamlessly operate within an offense on and off the ball, might help fill the void that Fultz left last season better than Fultz can this season.
Even higher-profile players like Hassan Whiteside and Cody Zeller are getting into the fun, attempting a combined six triples after only five last season.
The 2018-19 season is about far more than this season.

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Summary of “How Julia Louis-Dreyfus quietly became the most successful sitcom star ever”

Thus was born the legend of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who would become one of the greatest sitcom stars in modern television history.
From “Seinfeld” to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” to her remarkable portrayal of Vice President Selina Meyer, Louis-Dreyfus has earned 11 Emmys, including six in a row.
Even if Louis-Dreyfus didn’t create “Seinfeld,” her nine seasons on the hit established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus remembers first taking the stage in fourth grade.
Judith and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus divorced when their daughter was just 3, so Julia spent much of her childhood shuttling between her father, who lived in New York, and her mother, who lived in the District.
“Women like her. Men like her. On ‘Veep,’ we use it to let her do really horrible things. When people tell me that they wish Selina was president, that’s not what they mean. They wish Julia Louis-Dreyfus was president.”
During her tenure, Louis-Dreyfus was often on the air, whether playing bit parts, grumpy teen news commentator Patti Lynn Hunnsucker or reviving her Northwestern-born televangelist April May June.
“And she is the best number one on the call sheet I have ever worked with, or for. Completely approachable, completely collaborative, warm, friendly, funny, everything you could possibly want your Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be.”

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Summary of “The Art of the Sidle: The Slickest Move in NBA Media”

Sidling has become the great skill on the NBA beat, as fundamental to reporting as the corner 3 is to the sport itself.
Talking about “Casual conversations” and “One-on-ones” can make NBA reporters sound like Bachelorette contestants.
Sidling became a rite of NBA reporting around the time of the Lakers’ back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
To sidle, NBA reporters become geographers, learning the route a player takes to his car.
A national NBA writer told me: “It’s really annoying when you have a sidle-and it’s absolutely your sidle-and some local reporter comes in like that.” The writer pretended to thrust a microphone in my face.
Got a minute to hear why NBA reporters sidle? One reason is that reporters don’t like revealing their hole cards.
Occasionally, reporters will flaunt a sidle in their copy.
The postseason is also when you can see one of NBA reporting’s sneakiest moves.

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Summary of “How employers have gamified work for maximum profit”

Gamification’s trapping of total fun masks that we have very little control over the games we are made to play – and hides the fact that these games are not games at all.
The Egyptian board game senet represented the passage of the ka to the afterlife; its name is commonly translated as ‘the game of passing’.
We don’t see the emergence of anything analogous to modern gamification until the 18th century when Europe underwent a renaissance of games and game design.
The spread of ombre coincided with a boom in games and game culture in Europe.
Game development corporations seized on a booming market, cultivating gamers as a distinct category of consumer, and focusing on white, adolescent and teenage boys.
The US ice-cream parlour chain Cold Stone Creamery marshalled the power of games to teach workers how to be expert ice-cream mixers with the game Stone City, which uses motion controls to teach people how to ‘feel’ out the correct scoops.
The game calculates how large the scoops are in relation to the optimal sizes, and then tells the players how much their over-scoops cost the store.
‘ The gamified workplace is not a game in the original sense, nor does it cultivate playful ends.

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Summary of “How a Fortnite squad of scientists is hoping to defeat climate change”

It’s especially difficult to talk about climate science in the US where wealthy interest groups, from the coal mining conglomerate Murray Energy to oil colossus ExxonMobil, have lobbied for decades to suggest climate modeling is inaccurate, and humans aren’t to blame.
Hayhoe sensed an opportunity to make climate communication more fun for a much broader audience – crucially, an audience that wasn’t already invested in climate change.
A serious gamer since he was eight, he was thrilled about the chance to, as he puts it, “Make the time I’d spent gaming useful.” Drake quickly contacted Hayhoe via Twitter, and this past summer, the Climate Fortnite Squad was born.
The three-month-old squad has set out to make climate change information accessible to Fortnite fans.
In an early match, Dessler wonders whether telling people that the world has become a degree warmer since the Industrial Revolution is the best way to win hearts and minds compared to, say, talking about how climate change might impact crimes rates or incomes.
Early death isn’t much of a concern for the Climate Squad since the Fortnite dead can speak without interruption, Drake says.
Gaulin wanted to discuss how climate change can worsen military conflicts; as a result, he accidentally left all his in-game items behind.
Drake hopes the squad will grow at some point, the climate scientists may have to learn new games.

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Summary of “All In: The Hidden History of Poker and Crypto”

While it’s a shame Satoshi left so little evidence of the full nature of the gifts he had in mind for online poker players, there are others today who recognize that the poker industry’s trust and regulatory problems have not just gone away, and who are picking up where Satoshi left off.
He was thriving as a professional poker player, enough so that he had walked away from a promising career at Morgan Stanley to pursue poker full time.
The poker industry can only blame the government for so many of its woes and there is plenty of blame left over for the poker companies themselves.
First, in May of 2008, came the revelation that a group of rogue employees at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet-two poker sites that were then jointly owned by Blanca Games-had been cheating other players on the site.
Three poker websites were shuttered on that day: PokerStars, Ultimate Bet, and Full Tilt Poker.
Many professional poker players I talked to think the whole point of the UIGEA was to bulldoze the industry, kicking out the first wave of innovators so that the big boys could eventually make their entry-the Caesars, the Harrahs, the MGMs. These powerhouses missed their opportunity in during the initial rise of online poker, and they are the ones who stood to gain the most with a hard regulatory reset.
Today, Goldman is the chief marketing officer for a startup called Virtue Poker, which is building a poker application on the Ethereum blockchain.
In order to neutralize inside cheaters, like Russ Hamilton from Absolute Poker, Virtue Poker will chop up the task of shuffling and encrypting cards and parcel it out to all the players in the game.

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Summary of “Toward a Unified Theory of Bradley Cooper”

Bradley Cooper! Scion of Philadelphia, soulful scamp, passionate bookworm, soon-to-be movie star, dreamer of dreams, leerer of leers, stonewalling bane of profile writers, charmer of innumerable babes.
Bad Bradley Cooper movies tend to announce his character’s sexy dangerousness outright: In 2015 alone came the wayward Cameron Crowe Hawaii romance Aloha and the kitchen-nightmare foodie drama Burnt.
“I think Bradley Cooper is weirder than Tom Cruise,” a trusted confidante of mine recently observed, “Because he has not found an ideology through which to channel his deep discomfort with himself.”
Which leads us to the central, timeless conundrum of Bradley Cooper, which is: Is he serious? Is he funny? Is he funny on purpose? Are his increasingly intense attempts to convey his seriousness funny? Will A Star Is Born betray even one iota of self-awareness? If it doesn’t, will that make the movie better or worse? Is he one of his generation’s truly great leading men? Or is he a more pedestrian movie star with delusions of grandeur? And can the delusions, themselves, constitute a sort of grandeur?
Cooper is still elevating his game in Limitless, reacting to his first dead body the way a better character in a much better movie might.
He’s playing a cocky FBI agent, and his early patter with Adams has a tone familiar from far lousier Bradley Cooper movies: “I break the rules. I like you.” Very long story short, he gets wrapped up with some black-diamond con artists and is soon in way over his head, with all the disco hedonism and eventual freakouts that implies.
Based on Kyle’s own 2013 memoir, Sniper is unceasingly reverent toward the man and unsparing in depicting the viciousness of the war, and Cooper clings valiantly to the character’s fundamental decency despite shooting a truly alarming number of men, women, and children, and throwing the word savages around with casual aplomb.
Of course Bradley Cooper wound up in a bunch of Marvel movies, and of course he did it in the weirdest way possible.

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Summary of “How NFL teams could trade young QB starters and thrive”

The cheat code to unlock a Super Bowl-caliber team in the modern NFL is to find a useful quarterback on a rookie deal.
The 4-0 Rams are a model to teams like the Bears and Browns, who are building around quarterbacks taken at or near the top of the draft.
Los Angeles will have one more year of cost control in 2020 with Goff’s unguaranteed fifth-year option, which comes to more than $25 million, though teams traditionally use that year to sign their star quarterback to a long-term contract extension.
My suspicion is that it would be difficult to pull this off, but long-suffering teams like the Browns and Jets might prefer the stability of a quarterback who already has proved he can pull off playing at the NFL level, even if it means paying full freight for his services.
Let’s run through the eight teams with quarterbacks on rookie deals who aren’t actually in their debut seasons.
Before we get started, to be clear, I’m not saying these teams should trade their quarterbacks.
If McVay could do that with Goff, what’s to say he couldn’t pull it off with another young quarterback? I’m sure McVay loves his star pupil, but it’s not as if he drafted Goff.
The idea of trading Winston and going after a new quarterback in next year’s draft to develop behind Fitzpatrick makes sense, but Winston doesn’t have the trade value to get the Bucs into the first round.

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Summary of “Pokémon: The 20-year fad”

Pokémon is a fad. It has been for 20 years now.
“Pocket Monster seizures” had become a meme both online and off by the time the games arrived here a year later, under the catchy name Pokémon.
The games were still burning up the Game Boy sales charts when The Simpsons aired its 1999 episode “30 Minutes Over Tokyo,” in which the entire family was rendered catatonic by a popular Pokémon satire, “Battling Seizure Robots.” A few months later, South Park took its own swing at Pokémon with the episode “Chinpokomon,” in which the community’s parents fretted that their kids had become swept up by a Pokémon-inspired fad. Meanwhile, major publications like Time and Newsweek explored the Pokémon phenomenon in alarmist terms, ultimately assuring parents that it would all go away on its own.
The initial release in each of Pokémon’s seven generations of games ranks among of the 50 best-selling games of all time.
Pokémon came into being as an intimate, intricate labor of love Pokémon also taps into the social aspect of gaming at every level.
The game’s lead designers, Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori, conceived of Pokémon as an attempt to translate their own enthusiasm for competitive bug collecting into a video game concept that would take advantage of the Game Boy’s link cable connection.
Pokémon didn’t debut in Japan until 1996; Tajiri and Sugimori’s studio, Game Freak, spent all that time defining and refining the game to make sure it lived up to their dreams and expectations.
Pokémon Go, fad that it is, makes the journey to capture Pokémon literal.

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Summary of “The California Sunday Magazine”

Outspoken, attuned to social media, a creative basketball mind, someone who’s keenly aware of the pressures that society puts on modern players, Kerr would be the first to say that Jackson has been a major influence in how he thinks about the game and how he leads.
It’s a long year, and players were tired, and they had shown some vulnerability.
Jackson Bringing on a very volatile player who’s very talented and a surprising addition to your team -  - has given you some new things to conjure up as far as coaching and taking a load off some of the other scorers.
It’ll be an intellectual challenge that our core players, I think, will really enjoy.
Kerr First, my playing career was about as strong an apprenticeship as anybody could possibly have if they wanted to get into coaching.
Once you make it in the league - once you realize, “OK, I’ve made it, and I can make a living, and I’m going to play for a while.” - then you start to think about how you can use your influence for something better.
Whereas the NBA got out in front of all of it just by being partners with the players and being pretty upfront and outspoken themselves, going back to the stuff a few years ago and really beyond.
He’s one of the most unique players who’s ever played.

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