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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Summary of “The Leftovers: The Best NBA Free Agents Still on the Market”

While sights are already being set on the start of the 2018-19 season, the free-agent market hasn’t closed just yet.
Here are some of the best remaining free agents, ranked by how much they may be able to help a contending team.
His disappointing fourth season and the lack of teams with cap space has left him without a market.
It’s why the Cavaliers, who are apparently still looking to remain in the East playoffs after extending Kevin Love’s contract, are reportedly interested in signing Hood to a three-year deal way below what he expected to get heading into the season.
On a micro level, it was a reminder that he’s still got it; zoomed out, his performance raised the question of whether an aging Wade is still Miami’s best offensive option in crucial moments.
As another offseason passes with the Heat locked into the same team, bringing Wade back becomes even more important for the franchise - not just for the sake of legacies, but because they still lack a clear-cut scoring option in crunch time.
Crawford should still be good to average double-digit points - he hasn’t averaged fewer than 10 since his sophomore season, in 2001-02 - but he hasn’t cracked 42 percent from the field in five years.
Trevor Booker O’Shaughnessy: Booker made more noise among real estate agents than he did on the court last season.

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Summary of “Ringer Top 100 TV Episodes: When Do TV Shows Peak?”

We can examine whether the growing pains that Apatow described-and the hypothetical decline that Rogen alluded to-are typical of TV shows on the whole.
TV shows aren’t necessarily subject to the same forces that govern human maturation and mortality, but there is a pattern to their progression and a point at which they typically peak.
To trace the life cycle of the average TV series, we gathered episode-by-episode IMDb user ratings for the nearly 1,500 shows with at least 5,000 votes.
Granted, the quality of a creative endeavor like a TV episode can’t be quantified as easily as an athlete’s exploits: As writer/producer Alec Berg says via direct message, “The very best episodes of an unbelievably innovative show may meet with a thunderous lack of response from an audience. They don’t get it, at all.” In some cases, Berg adds, the audience rating may be less a direct reflection of a show’s merit and more a measurement of when viewers “Start to ‘get’ the show and when they tire of it.”
As it turns out, the conclusions we can draw from the stats align in some ways with what casual TV viewers might expect, as well as what TV creators have told us about the process of producing long-running shows.
To generate our TV aging curves, we filtered out documentaries, any show in the sample with only one season, and all active shows with fewer than five seasons, so as not to skew the trajectories by including series that are still in the early stages of their life cycles.
The average quality for all shows combined is close to the top end of the 1-10 range because the sample is restricted to series that were popular enough to draw the minimum number of votes required to qualify.
“After a season or two, writers on successful shows get plucked with overall deals or a pilot, not unlike a championship team losing players and front-office personnel. Supporting actors that gained traction on a drama get a series commitment on another show and now you can’t use them anymore. New stars get movies and realize they’ve committed themselves to a TV show for seven series and now wish they hadn’t, and on some occasions their performance suffers.” Witness the swoon that The West Wing went into as creator Aaron Sorkin dealt with stress and budget constraints and finally left the series along with colleagues including Falls.

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Summary of “Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump – Rolling Stone”

The Handmaid’s Tale, Luke Cage, Westworld, Legion, 13 Reasons Why, Jessica Jones and Sneaky Pete were among the second-year shows to disappoint, frustrate and/or inspire reevaluations of their acclaimed debut seasons.
There are a lot of different reasons for how and why the first group of shows went awry.
If there’s a Grand Unified Field Theory to the phenomenon, it’s this: Like second novels and albums, sophomore seasons of TV dramas have an awfully hard time living up to the original, while comedies are much more immune to this.
TV shows don’t always work that way, but at minimum, there’s often a sense in freshman-show writers’ rooms to put the most vital and resonant material into that first year to make as big an initial splash as possible.
13 Reasons Why embarrassingly contorted itself this way and that to re-solve a mystery its first season had exhaustively solved, simply because the show was apparently too popular to cancel.
On top of that, one way TV execs are trying to break though the cluttered programming environment is with flashy, high-concept work that can more easily get attention rather than “Here’s a really well-executed variation on a thing you’ve seen three dozen times already.” Together, this means that a lot of shows are in the hands of screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, etc.
TV isn’t “Movies, but longer” – and a lot of shows are in the hands of people who never learned that.
Sophomore slumps are so frequent throughout TV history, you could probably find 1960s TV criticism along the lines of, “Ugh, again with the twists, Rod Serling?” Truly great shows manage to come back strong the year after and the ones that don’t make it clear pretty quickly that it’s all downhill from here.

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Summary of “Six Encouraging Summer League Developments”

Summer league can bring out the existentialist in an NBA fan.
From a scouting perspective, summer league has value.
Carter played stout interior defense by rotating well, playing sturdy post defense, and continuing to alter shots without fouling.
The early returns playing for the Las Vegas summer league champs are positive-he flat-out looks comfortable and plays with both pace and feel.
The fact Simons is already playing competitive defense by sliding over screens and generally being in the right position is even more encouraging.
Melton shot 28.4 percent from 3 and 70.6 percent from the line during his freshman season with the Trojans.
As The Stepien’s Cole Zwicker ‏tweeted, Melton made only a pair of 3s off the dribble in college, yet made seven this summer.
ESPN’s Mike Schmitz pointed out that Mykhailiuk showed similar scoring flashes playing last summer at the U-20 European Championship, but he’s reached a new level since the collegiate season ended.

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Summary of “N’Golo Kanté: France’s Biggest Key Was Their Smallest Player”

To watch Les Bleus stifle more creatively inclined opposition wasn’t captivating or particularly flashy in a traditional sense, but it’s this workmanlike efficiency that made us marvel at the team’s understated MVP. N’Golo Kanté doesn’t jump off the screen in the same way as his teammates-neither for France nor for his club team Chelsea.
Kanté’s presence on the pitch is itself a paradox: The 27-year-old defensive midfielder is self-effacing to the point of anonymity, but also omnipresent; a common refrain is that he’s got a secret twin, because there’s no way one single player can cover that much ground.
While forwards Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy contributed to Leicester’s explosive counterattacks, Kanté was the anchor of their midfield, intercepting balls and completing more tackles than any other player in the EPL that season.
As former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said of Kanté amid their title-winning season: “He’s a humble man, a humble player. I like him. I like these type of players who put the team before themselves.” For Kanté, I used to think the best NBA comparison was Kawhi Leonard and we all know how that’s going.
Put simply, Kanté was as integral to France’s World Cup success as Griezmann, Mbappé, and Paul Pogba-and his teammates know it.
After France won Sunday-a game in which Kanté underperformed and was subbed early in the second half, though it was later reported he tried to play through a stomach bug-Kanté was reportedly too shy to ask his teammates to hold the World Cup trophy, so Steven N’Zonzi had to ask them on his behalf.
Hopefully, with Les Bleus turning the Kanté chant into a nationwide rallying cry, the casual soccer fans of the world will get to know the world’s best defensive midfielder.
Unbelievable scenes outside the French presidential palace as Paul Pogba breaks out with the now famous N’Golo Kanté chant, Deschamps giddily joins in: “N’Golo Kanté, he is small, he is nice, he shut down Lionel Messi…” pic.

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Summary of “Wilt Chamberlain’s Trade to Los Angeles, 50 Years Later”

Los Angeles as a basketball city-the reputation of tradition and prominence that it has now-couldn’t buy a ring from the Boston Celtics until Wilt Chamberlain showed up.
In actuality, it was Wilt, then two years younger than LeBron is now and with comparable influence, pulling off a shadow free-agency move, 20 years before unrestricted free agency existed-and in doing so, simultaneously creating basketball’s earliest superteam.
“Kosloff and I argued about that through the whole summer after we won the championship,” Chamberlain wrote, “And I finally decided that I couldn’t play for the man any more if that’s the way he was going to treat me.” They finally came to an alternative agreement, equally unique: Kosloff would settle the dispute by paying a lump sum and tearing up Wilt’s three-year contract to sign him to a new one-year deal-with the understanding that after it expired, Wilt was free to go.
For the first time in his NBA career, the only person who owned the rights to Wilt was Wilt.
“There’s no way they could get fair value for Wilt to trade him,” said Melchionni.
“Players were sent as token payment,” Billy Libby wrote in his book Goliath, “Darrall Imhoff, Archie Clark, and Jerry Chambers-but by terms of his final pact with Kosloff, Wilt was free to go where he wanted. For Cooke, getting Wilt was merely a matter of getting together with him on a contract.”
By the time Wilt moved to Los Angeles, he was a four-time MVP, an NBA champion, and a seven-time leading scorer and rebounder, and he had ended the season prior as, why not, the leader in assists; Baylor had finished in the top three in MVP voting four times and had been named to nine All-NBA first teams; West had been named to six All-NBA first teams and had finished top three and top two in MVP voting.
By the time Wilt arrived, Baylor’s knees were going, while Chamberlain also had injury issues.

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Summary of “The Biggest Takeaways of NBA Free Agency”

The Lakers Will Be Better and Worse Than We Expect Danny Chau: The potential union of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard fascinates me more than any other feasible partnership in the league, and as a non-Laker fan, I’d rather watch two top-five players run roughshod over most of the league than watch LeBron potentially meme himself to death in wrangling extremely young talent and permanently suspended adolescents on the active roster.
Not every young player can successfully break from LeBron’s marionette strings while he’s on the court.
Kuzma is the kind of big with athleticism and floor spacing that LeBron hasn’t played with in a while; Ball is an offensive wild card, but has the playmaking and defensive instincts to get in the King’s good graces.
I’m even excited about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who might just prove himself to be the best 3-and-D player LeBron has played with in ages.
The Bulls Will Regret Matching Zach LaVine’s Offer Sheet Justin Verrier: Forty-three players made more than $19.5 million last season, and the majority are either cornerstones or millstones for their franchise.
LaVine is only 23 years old, and has flashed the sort of scoring potential that typically earns players top dollar on the open market.
In 24 games with the Bulls last season, while playing through minute and game restrictions, LaVine shot just 38.3 percent from the floor.
Just a few months later, Paxson is now paying LaVine as if he already is a better player.

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