Summary of “If you want to understand Silicon Valley, watch Silicon Valley”

Considering the huge impact that Silicon Valley has on our lives, I’m surprised by how rarely pop culture really gets it right.
It’s about a small team of developers at an Internet startup called Pied Piper.
The show is a parody, so it exaggerates things, but like all great parodies it captures a lot of truths.
Most of the different personality types you see in the show feel very familiar to me.
Silicon Valley gives you the impression that small companies like Pied Piper are mostly capable while big companies like Hooli are mostly inept.
I also understand why the show focuses so much on Pied Piper and makes Hooli look so goofy.
I’ve seen every episode of the first four seasons and am working my way through season 5, which ended in May. I’ve read that the show’s creators originally planned to stop after six seasons, but now they’re open to doing more.
I’ll keep watching as long as they keep making this hilarious show.

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Summary of “Kirk Goldsberry on The King’s evolving offensive game”

Since entering the NBA in October 2003, LeBron James has transformed from one of the league’s least effective volume scorers into a hyper-efficient offensive mastermind, dominating opposing defenses with an incredible blend of interior scoring prowess and perimeter shot creation.
James struggled mightily as a scorer in his rookie campaign.
Of the 46 players who attempted at least 1,000 field goals that season, James ranked 41st in effective field goal percentage.
James’ ability to score at the basket would quickly become his calling card.
The story of James transforming from inefficient rookie into NBA scoring champion is one of a player learning how to attack defenses with his ferocious blend of speed and strength to create scoring chances in the paint.
During the 2007-08 season, James was the only player to attempt 600 or more shots in the restricted area.
James became the best in the world at scoring in the little area that NBA defenses work to protect the most.
To defend James over the past decade is to pick a poison: Either you let him blow by one-on-one coverages and score countless buckets at the rim, or you slow down his interior attacks with help defense and allow him to create clean looks for his teammates.

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Summary of “The Eight Best Players of the 2018 NFL Season So Far”

For the second straight season, Gurley has been the most dangerous player on arguably the league’s best offense.
Why the hell would the league’s best running back face light boxes on nine out of every 10 runs? The answer is that the Rams use 11 personnel on nearly 93 percent of their running plays, and opponents are forced to respond with sub-package defenses.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings The Case: After finishing Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Cardinals with 123 yards receiving, Thielen became just the sixth player since the merger with at least 100 receiving yards in six straight games – and the first player in NFL history to do over the first six games of a season.
Jared Goff, QB, Rams The Case: For anyone wondering why the Rams are still undefeated and clearly the best team in football, maybe it’s because their running back and quarterback both have a viable claim as the league’s best player.
Goff’s improvement from his rookie year to last season’s sophomore campaign was the largest jump any player in the league made over that period, and he’s continued his ascent in his third season.
Truly great players pull off feats in plays that aren’t even designed for them.
He’s been one of the best pass-protecting left tackles in the league for years, but he’s brought his play up a notch in 2018.
No one is playing better on the blind side right now, and the gap between Bakhtiari and the other players at his position is arguably the biggest in the league.

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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 “The 34 People and Things That Will Define the 2018-19 NBA Season”

We heard you like rankings, so to kick off The Ringer’s 2018-19 NBA Preview, we’re devoting the week to evaluating the players, the story lines, and the odds and ends that promise to make the upcoming season one to remember.
The two consensus top-10 recruits took peculiar routes to the NBA draft - Robinson eschewed his commitment to Western Kentucky to dedicate the season to draft preparation; Simons, a 2018 recruit, eschewed college basketball altogether.
For all of the accelerated aging Smith forced upon James during their three-plus seasons together, their working relationship helped the Cavs to four Finals in a row and the game’s most infamous marksman to squeeze out some good basketball - and land one last big payday - as he crept into his 30s. What will happen now, with Smith entering his age-33 season without James by his side? Judging by the glimpses we’ve gotten of his offseason improvements, it will be captivating no matter what.
Smith followed up a dreadful 2016-17 season with an equally brutal 2018 postseason; if the downward trend continues, and one of the young wings in the Cavs’ stockpile takes a step forward, our access to Smith and the life he injects into the game may be limited.
Porzingis’s games played have trended downward since his rookie season and could hit a career low this season depending on when he returns from February’s torn ACL in his left knee.
Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Chau: Just over 12 years ago, in the 2006 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade seemingly solidified his standing as a top-five shooting guard of all time - in only his third season.
It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the shoulder issue that derailed the first NBA season of the no.
For all the possibility that Simmons’s first NBA season elicited, the Celtics’ success in exposing his limitations was a cold, hard reminder of how far the 22-year-old still has to go.

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Summary of “The Most Underrated Acquisitions of the NBA Offseason”

While Howard made a significant impact on the league in his heyday - he was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-NBA selection - he never annihilated opponents in the ways that Shaq could and never progressed the big-man template as the game changed.
Howard has become a player that no one wants, an antiquated offensive big man whose schticky humor annoys anyone in his orbit.
Despite being a player that everyone loves to hate, Howard is still effective.
Dwight Howard, Wizards Signed for two years, $10.9 million with a player option in the second season.
Howard isn’t the defensive force he once was, but he’s still a deterrent around the rim, using his sheer size and length to alter the competition’s shot or defend like a brick wall in the post; he ranked 14th in interior defensive rating - an advanced defensive statistic created by Stephen Shea - for players who logged at least 1,000 minutes last season.
Now he’s going to play with Wall, the best point guard he’s played with since James Harden.
If Howard does focus more on rim runs, cuts, and rolls - and a Washington Post interview with Howard and his trainer, Justin Zormelo, suggests that Howard knows it’s “Either evolve, adapt or get left behind” - then Howard and a core of Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. could actually make things interesting in the open Eastern Conference.
Parker wasn’t a hot commodity for two reasons: He has torn his ACL twice and plays defense like he doesn’t think players get paid for it.

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Summary of “How Did 30 Chinese Baseball Players End Up on the Texas AirHogs Roster?”

Instead of fielding a typical American Association team of fringe prospects, has-been minor leaguers, and guys trying for one last shot at The Show, the 2018 AirHogs would, in effect, lease out the majority of their roster to players from the Chinese national baseball team.
Shipping their players to North Texas to play one hundred games against American pros would be the first big step.
The Chinese national team players that arrived in Texas were young, inexperienced, and far from world-beaters.
Nelson suggested the Chinese players-many of whom grew up playing other sports and came to baseball as teenagers-needed more games, better competition, and a more rigorous talent development system.
The AirHogs’ leadership may have been experienced, but none of them were sure how the Chinese players would compete against the American Association competition-or if they could at all.
Martin said that he had “Heard all sorts of theories on how good or bad these guys were and none of them were quite right.” McLaren, a Houston native, had known some of the Chinese players since he took over the national team in 2011, and he admitted that before the start of the AirHogs 2018 season he “Didn’t think we were ready for this.”
Signs began to emerge that there were better times ahead. Scott Sonju, who runs the day-to-day operations of Neltex Sports, told me that he knew things were looking up when an opposing pitcher beaned an American AirHog and the Chinese players responded by flooding out of the dugout and onto the field to come to his defense.
The starting lineup featured four American players and five Chinese players.

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Summary of “The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics and Biology”

“Hello! I am David Kaplan, and I am not an expert. But I hope in this series to learn as much as possible and explain it to you the best way I can.”
So began Quanta Magazine’s In Theory video series, hosted by David Kaplan, a theoretical particle physicist and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Particle Fever.
Our first video, published in the summer of 2015, asked and attempted to answer: “What happens when you fall into a black hole?”.
Two years and eight videos later, spanning topics from cosmic inflation to symmetry to the origin of life, season one of In Theory concluded with a virtual Kaplan appearing among the celestial bodies in a virtual-reality tour of how our solar system came to be.
As in the first season, we plan to dive into the big, fundamental questions of science and math that serve as intellectual leitmotifs at this magazine.
We plan to do so with the same spirit of shared curiosity and open learning, but we also want to experiment with our approach to video storytelling.
In the words of the season two producer, Michelle Yun, these five new explainer videos will “Demonstrate complex ideas in science and math in a clear, quirky and aesthetically pleasing style.” To help dream up and engineer this new format, we teamed with the talented science filmmaker Emily Driscoll of BonSci Films.

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Summary of “and How They’re Fixing It – Rolling Stone”

You’ll often hear streaming drama creators claim that they’re making “a 10-hour movie,” which is a self-defeating concept that ignores the value of crafting individual episodes, even if those episodes are part of a big serialized arc.
So you’ll hear people talking about the underwater BoJack episode or the Thanksgiving Master of None episode in a way they don’t tend to about your dramas.
Not just with number of episodes but episode length and varying episode length.
Do you have particular favorite episodes you would cite of some of your original dramas?I actually am one of the people who liked the episode seven of Season Two of Stranger Things.
Some of those are probably for budget reasons though and they’re like, OK, how do you get the bottle episode in here? So, I’m not casting aspersion, I just, knowing production as I do, that’s often what happens.
The Good Wife did 22 episodes a year on CBS, and maybe half of them were serialized in some way and half were just to fill the episode order.
The great thing about that show is, if I’m in the mood, I can go back and revisit one episode, where with a lot of intensely serialized shows, I know that if I try to rewatch one, I’m going to want to rewatch five, and I don’t have the time.
What were some of your favorite episodes of TV ever?Favorite episodes of TV ever, oh my gosh.

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Summary of “Ranking the 25 Best NFL Players Who Have Been in the League Since 2008”

The average pro football career spans roughly three seasons, and even some of the league’s most talented players can flame out quickly.
Here are the top 25 players who have played in the NFL since at least 2008.
The next step for his career would be getting that elusive ring, and while the world-beating offense of 2016 isn’t coming back, Atlanta has still put Ryan in an excellent spot to be successful: Entering the 2018 season, they may have the best receiving corps in the league.
He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past five seasons, and, now on the Rams, is part of what may be the best on-paper defense in the league.
In 2018: A decade later, Smith isn’t just still in the NFL, he’s coming off the best season of his career.
In 2018: Whitworth had one of the best seasons of his career in 2017, earning All-Pro honors and solidifying the Rams offensive line, which helped quarterback Jared Goff make a sophomore jump.
He’s one of the best tackles in game, but now his health is in question: Peters tore his ACL and MCL seven games into the 2017 season, though he was participating in 11-on-11 drills in training camp.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders In 2008: Does anyone outside of Erie County, New York, remember the time when Marshawn Lynch played for the Bills? Well, he actually made the Pro Bowl in 2008 season with the team, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.

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