Summary of “The Famous Soccer Player Hiding in Plain Sight in a California Bakery”

“Like LeBron James – he speaks about the president, the government,” Sukur said.
Sukur said recently he had a conversation with a friend, a Turkish television personality, and they agreed on how bad things were in Turkey.
“There are thousands and thousands of people living in this situation,” Sukur said.
“Last Friday my father says to my son, ‘I miss you,'” Sukur said in English, before turning to Turkish to finish the story.
Sukur sees himself as an immigrant, trying to build his own American dream for his family.
“At the moment there are a couple of investors,” Sukur said.
Like most of Sukur’s customers, not all the neighbors know who he is – or was.
“One of my neighbors came here to my bakery, and people were taking pictures with me,” Sukur said.

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Summary of “Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?”

In my work as an astrophysicist, I’d begun researching global warming from an “Astrobiological perspective.” That meant asking whether any industrial civilization that rises on any planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift.
“How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?”.
Could researchers find clear evidence that an ancient species built a relatively short-lived industrial civilization long before our own? Perhaps, for example, some early mammal rose briefly to civilization building during the Paleocene epoch about 60 million years ago.
It would be easy to miss an industrial civilization that only lasted 100,000 years-which would be 500 times longer than our industrial civilization has made it so far.
So if these are traces our civilization is bound to leave to the future, might the same “Signals” exist right now in rocks just waiting to tell us of civilizations long gone?
Civilization building means harvesting energy from the planet to do work.
While some energy sources will have lower impact-say solar vs. fossil fuels-you can’t power a global civilization without some degree of impact on the planet.
So the more sustainable your civilization becomes, the smaller the signal you’ll leave for future generations.

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Summary of “All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray”

The release is jam-packed with goodies, many of which cover things we’ve covered on the site already, such as Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson’s different opinions on Luke Skywalker, the Captain Phasma deleted scene, and Johnson’s motivations behind some of the film’s bigger, more controversial moments.
Before he even wrote the movie, writer-director Rian Johnson had these very specific ideas in his head: The idea of a casino planet where the one percent of the Star Wars universe lives.
Seeing BB-8 doing repairs inside an X-Wing was another of Johnson’s first ideas, because we’d never seen exactly how R2-D2 fixed Luke’s X-Wing in the original trilogy.
The idea of Rose being a fan of Finn’s came late in the writing process and only after Kelly Marie Tran changed Johnson’s perception of the character from mopey to more positive.
The reveal shot behind Yoda was his idea and, later, he went into the editing room to give Johnson ideas on how to edit a puppet scene and make it more dramatic.
In the original version of the Crait Falcon chase, Johnson imagined a giant crystal monster that would attack the ship from underground, but it was cut well before filming.
While writing, Johnson considered having Luke use the Force for some massive attack at the end, but felt it went against his idea that the Force is not a superpower.
Johnson recorded his director’s commentary before the movie was released, so he never addresses some of the more “Controversial issues.” However, even then he already had an idea they would be polarizing.

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Summary of “How to Keep Your Devices’ Batteries Alive As Long As Possible”

Sure, all batteries degrade eventually, but you can take some preventative steps to keep them in good health for as long as possible.
To keep it operating nominally, you’ll need to occasionally participate in some time-consuming activities, or go against your habits and beliefs as to how you should charge a battery.
For the most part, batteries can take care of themselves and combat our bad habits as long as you monitor a few factors.
Here’s what you should look into when determining the health of your battery, and how to keep it full of electrons until it’s time for a replacement.
You should try to keep your battery’s temperature between 5 to 45 °C. Heat causes a battery to speed up its chemical reactions, which translates to a battery that drains faster than it should.
iPhone batteries are one of those things that no matter how long they last, it isn’t going to be.
Apple has a list of maximum cycle counts for each laptop so you can see how close you are to the limit, when battery life starts to degrade.
iOS: Apple, thanks to its unpopular decision to throttle iPhones with older batteries, is updating its battery management service in the upcoming iOS 11.3 software update.

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Summary of “‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler Cover Story”

Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt.
It’s not just the first superhero movie with a predominantly black cast – it’s the first with a black director, black writers, black costume and production designers, and a black executive producer.
“If you think about Barry [Jenkins], Ava [DuVernay], Ryan – it’s a renaissance of black film. But it’s still not enough. It’s a numbers thing. If you have 15 shots, I got three. If you have nine chances to mess up, I have one. Each one of us knows that if you mess up, your career is done. I see the intensity. I see how Ryan is. If you have a dud, you’ll never work in this town again.”
Chadwick Boseman shares the first time he tried on the ‘Black Panther’ suit, watch below.
Much has been made about Coogler being the first black director on a Marvel movie, but comparatively little has been made about his youth.
“The wunderkind’s previous two movies – 2013 Sundance darling Fruitvale Station, about the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man shot in the back by police while facedown on an Oakland subway platform; and 2015’s Rocky reboot, Creed, about a young boxer who grows up in juvenile detention and learns to channel his anger in the ring – were both critical and box-office hits, leaving little doubt Coogler was up to the challenge. But Jordan, who starred in both of those films, says it was still”surreal” being on the set of a $200 million movie with the same director who, five years ago, was shooting a $900,000 indie with, as Jordan puts it, “some duct tape and one camera.
Coogler has said Black Panther is the most personal film he’s ever made – which seems unlikely, until he explains.
Some of the issues Coogler started grappling with at YGC would become themes of his first two movies: broken families, over-policing and over-incarceration, the dearth of opportunities for young black men.

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Summary of “500ish Words”

What?!Netflix had just taken my internal debate and turned it on its head. We’re used to seeing ads that preview movies coming out in the next few months.
Netflix took a complicated process and boiled it binary.
A couple years ago, I found myself wondering what was next for Netflix.
Netflix just lowered the barrier to make this happen.
Everyone knows movies and shows based on videogames are awful, right? Well, how about let’s just try to do an animated Castlevania show and see what happens? You know what? Brilliant.
Seven years ago, I offered up the idea of Netflix using its unique model to “Save” cancelled cult hits.
The point is, it’s a combination of great content, mixed with Netflix’s willingness to experiment with new formats and methods of distribution that is truly changing Hollywood’s game.
It’s not just the window or the price, it’s Netflix’s eagerness to not just bend the rules, but to defy them and to create new ones.

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Summary of “but Are Oblivious to Their Weaknesses”

Yet what we see when we administer 360-degree feedback surveys on behalf of these leaders is that the executives with really low scores in one or more areas are often completely unaware of their fatal flaws.
Let us explain what we mean by a “Fatal flaw.” Everyone has weaknesses, but over the course of administering assessments to tens of thousands of leaders, we have found that most of the time that mild weaknesses do not impact a person’s overall effectiveness.
These are weaknesses that are so extreme that they can have a dramatic negative effect on a leader, seriously hampering their contribution to the organization and their career progress.
Why are weaknesses and fatal flaws so hard for us to spot in ourselves? Here’s our theory.
Weaknesses – especially fatal flaws – are the opposite.
Fatal flaws are “Sins of omission.” They’re a result of inaction, of the leader not doing something.
We occasionally do find leaders whose fatal flaws are “Sins of commission” – like a boss with a terrible temper, or an executive who lies – but those people are very rare.
If roughly one-third of leaders have a fatal flaw and you are sitting in a management meeting, look to your right and then to your left.

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Summary of “Does the Illuminati control the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea”

If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe.
Since the whole point about secret all-powerful elites is that they are mysterious, maybe that’s to be expected.
Pattern-seeking is essential for our survival, and the penalties for seeing patterns where none exist are lighter than those for missing patterns that really are there.
Pareidolia is seeing patterns in random data, such as the face of Jesus in a cream cracker or the date of the apocalypse in Donald Trump’s social security number.
In many circles, it is a sign of intelligence, not eccentricity, to attribute ultimate power to “a secret cabal that’s actually running the world”, as Hellyer put it.
Because these lesser conspiracy theories are grounded in evident truths, people easily fail to notice when they slide from seeing real, limited power to imagined, total power.
The difference between vested interests that exercise influence all over the place and those that exercise control literally everywhere is in some ways small, in other ways critical.
Rather, we should see the Hellyers of this world as the price we pay for being willing to question the manifest order and to expose the secretive interest groups who seek to manipulate the world for their own benefit.

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Summary of “Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin”

“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.” -Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind, 2004.
Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the first science-fiction writers I read. I was in college at the time, breathing the heady air of second wave feminism, when a book clerk handed me The Left Hand of Darkness.
I’ve heard many other readers say the same thing I felt: that book took the top of my head right off.
There is no reason a book of ideas can’t also be deeply moving, gorgeously written, and inhabited by people who take rooms in your heart and never move out.
You can regret a decision you made in an earlier book and correct it in a later work.
There is no reason why your next book can’t be your best yet, no matter how old you are allowed to become.
In 2014, at the National Book Awards, she warned us that bad times were coming and that we’d all have to work to “Imagine some real grounds for hope.”
“If you can see a thing whole,” he said, “It seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives But close up, a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful earth is, is to see it from the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death.” -Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed, 1974.

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Summary of “Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture.”

Even though black holes excite the imagination like few other concepts in science, the truth is that no astronomer has actually seen one.
We’ve “Heard” them, so to speak, as scientists have recorded the gravitational waves emanating from black holes that collided with one another billions of years ago.
Because as massive black holes are, they’re actually incredibly hard to see up close.
Why no astronomer has ever seen a black hole with a telescope Black holes are born when massive stars collapse in on themselves and create a region of gravity so intense that not even light can escape its grasp.
What’s more, because of their strong gravity, black holes tend to be surrounded by other bright matter that makes it hard to see the object itself.
We do have indirect images of black holes, however Some of the best indirect images of black holes come from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Astronomers have observed stars orbiting apparent black holes We can’t see a black hole.
Very soon we may see an actual black hole Because the black hole in the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A, is so relatively small, and surrounded by so much occluding material, it’s going to take a huge telescope to see it.

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