Summary of “How SpongeBob SquarePants came to life on Broadway”

SpongeBob SquarePants, of the 18-year-old Nickelodeon cartoon, is a talking yellow kitchen sponge with a head that takes up more than two-thirds of his body.
This is all just to say, for designer David Zinn, when it came to bringing SpongeBob SquarePants to the stage, the question of the pineapple under the sea turned out to be the least of his problems.
SpongeBob SquarePants debuted on Broadway on December 4, at the Palace Theatre.
“You’re doing SpongeBob SquarePants, so at some point, you kind of have to use a kitchen sponge,” he said; for one backdrop, in an opening scene, he wound up using more than 4,000.
SpongeBob came with its own bizarre constraints.
In the end, it was less a matter of dressing up like SpongeBob than finding a way to transmit SpongeBob’s essence.
The earliest SpongeBob SquarePants workshops included actors, designers, a Foley artist, a choreographer, and a clowning expert.
If cartoons succeed by surprising a viewer with all in the world that is not possible, then this real-life version of SpongeBob SquarePants similarly surprises with all the things that are.

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Summary of “My Year of No Shopping”

My plan had been to give up what Elissa gave up – things to wear – but a week into my no-shopping year, I bought a portable speaker.
My first few months of no shopping were full of gleeful discoveries.
The trick of no shopping isn’t just that you don’t buy things.
The things we buy and buy and buy are like a thick coat of Vaseline smeared on glass: We can see some shapes out there, light and dark, but in our constant craving for what we may still want, we miss life’s details.
It’s not as if I kept a ledger and took the money I didn’t spend on perfume and gave that money to the poor, but I came to a better understanding of money as something we earn and spend and save for the things we want and need.
I know there is a vast difference between not buying things and not being able to buy things.
Not shopping for a year hardly makes me one with the poor, but it has put me on the path of figuring out what I can do to help.
“There were people to help, things to do. Not shopping frees up a lot of space in your brain.”

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Summary of “The Little Parts of a Basketball Game Are What Make the NBA So Fun”

The way some players have little routines or habits that you can grab ahold of and mimic.
When my wife gave birth to our twin sons, the first thing I did when the doctor handed me one of the boys was hold him the way Tim Duncan would hold the basketball before every Spurs game.
The way a player will solemnly tap himself on the chest twice on the way back down the court as a way to acknowledge the mistake he’s just made.
This is a good way to acknowledge a mistake on a basketball court, yes, but that’s it.
The way a player will give low fives to the other players on his team after he shoots his first free throw.
The way a player will point to someone on his team after a made bucket as a way to acknowledge an assist.
If you were to gather every one of the little parts of watching basketball that make it great and so much fun, the thing where you read a player’s lips and can figure out what he’s saying is hands down, far and away, no question about it, the very best thing.
The two lined up next to each other during free throw shots, and Randolph, who is perfect in every way, said to Cousins, “Where I’m from, the bullies get bullied. In my hood, bullies get bullied.” And, definitely, it was excellent because that’s such a fucking gnarly thing to say DeMarcus, who is a wonderful NBA bully.

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Summary of “The Secret Life of ‘Um'”

So if you are late, it suggests you were not able to hit that target because of some trouble in finding the words you wanted.
You’re not going to lose anything too significant, and the reason is you’ve changed the context completely in which people are going to consume those words.
At the moment, the words I’m producing are being interpreted by you in real time.
What they’re doing is telling you, “No, that word is not what I meant, I’ve doubled back and I’m now going to replace that word with this word.” Or, “Wait a second, I’m about to get the word I’m looking for.” But as soon as you transcribe those, people are not consuming the words at the same time and place as I’ve created them.
Beck: So you don’t need the words that you use to edit yourself anymore because I’m literally editing you?
If you want to game the system, and all you want to do is hold the floor, then words like “Um” can be exploited in that way.
What does using words like “Um” have to do with morality?
It’s that whole moral architecture that human beings have, it’s the root of so much of our cultural life and our social life: the defining of what’s appropriate, what’s inappropriate, and policing those things and judging others on the basis of those things.

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In a new study by researchers at the University of Toledo, toddlers who were given fewer toys played more creatively and were more engaged in their play than those who had many toys available.
Researchers placed 36 children between the ages of 18 and 30 months in different open play sessions, one with four toys in the room and the other with 16 toys.
The toys varied-some were battery-operated, some had wheels, and some were made to teach a concept such as shapes or counting.
In the environments with four toys, kids engaged with the toys 108% longer, and played with them in a greater number of ways.
When kids were surrounded by lots of toys, they tended to move more frequently from thing to thing to thing.
No one is saying we should ban toys, but simplifying may do a lot of good.
If you’re buying toys, look for ones that are open-ended-blocks, dress-up accessories, little kitchen tools, playdough and toy cars.
Have a small, dedicated space for toys Give the gift of experiences rather than things.

The orginal article.

Summary of “There’s More Than Enough Time, When You Use The Time You Have”

Even worse than being over-busy is being distracted by things with little or no value - like mindlessly surfing the web when your child wants to play.
Good Things Are A Dime-A-Dozen”We should be careful not to exhaust our available time on things that are merely good and leave little time for that which is better or best.” - Dallin Oaks.In every situation, you must ask yourself, “Is this the best possible use of my time?” Is this the best approach? Or am I settling for less? Derek Sivers has created a great benchmark for activity: If something is not a HELL YES!, it’s a no.
The problem with doing good things is that they are easy to justify, because they are inherently good.
What is the “Best” thing you could be doing right now? Context determines what is good, better, or best.
In some situations, the absolute best thing you could do is relax and chill-out.
If I’m going to be a good foster parent, then I don’t have time to do many of the things I used to do.
Whatever it is you truly value, devote your time to those things.
Remove the things in your life that get in the way of the “Best” things.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Remembering the Wonderful Little Idiosyncrasies of ‘Good Will Hunting’ on Its 20th Anniversary”

As a way to arrive at that point, Sean tells a quick, funny story about an embarrassing eccentricity his deceased wife used to have.
The way Lambeau leans way over the table while eating dinner with Sean.
The way Will ignores Sean’s bench-press question when he realizes that Sean can lift more weights than he can.
The way Will says “Big time” when he’s trying to convince Sean that he’s had sex before.
The way Will transitions from laughing when Sean is talking about his wife farting to being taken aback when Sean starts talking about how she is dead. The way Will looks at Skylar while she’s watching the dog race.
You get the sense that he’s thinking about Sean talking to him about the way he loved his wife, about how it’s the little things you grab hold of.
The way Will backpedals when he thinks he’s offended Sean.
The way Will says, “Jesus Christ, you know the fucking day?” It happens when Will asks Sean how he knew that his wife was the one for him.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Science and metaphysics must work together to answer life’s deepest questions”

Philosophers of science usually take the existence of things and events for granted.
We ask ourselves questions such as: why is science so successful at finding stuff out, if indeed it is? Is there a method that underlies this success? How do values shape scientific enquiry? Mainstream metaphysics keeps us in our place, generally saying that the scientific endeavour is just too narrow to address profound questions about existence, being and reality.
Since science aims to discover truths about the world, surely it should tell us something about the very deepest levels of our reality, which is to say, metaphysics.
I won’t defend naturalistic metaphysics from its critics so much as show you how it helps us inch towards an answer to one of the oldest chestnuts in the history of philosophy: is reality made up of things that somehow change over time, or are things just temporary shapes that our perception plucks out from a flux of unruly, unfolding processes?
In the living world, at least, a metaphysics of ‘things’ is hard to sustain.
The really remarkable thing about the world isn’t how much things change, but how they achieve stability for any length of time.
If science can lend a hand with metaphysics, can naturalistic metaphysics be a boost for science? Some scientists are suspicious of philosophers encroaching on their turf, but others are more welcoming.
Metaphysics will still have concrete implications for the practice of science itself, and could even provide deep criticisms of bits of science that conflict with the wider picture.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Nothing is “hard,””

Rather, my resistance to it made the experience feel like a serious challenge.
Resistance was reacting emotionally to the mere thought of the event.
Resistance was tightening up and getting anxious before going.
It’s not the event that was hard, but my resistance to it.
It is only your resistance to it that is - and feels - hard.
Some things in life are genuinely hard, yes, like being eaten by a bear.
We feel resistance when we overcomplicate and over-exaggerate.
Become a ninja at letting go - guiding yourself again and again to the path of least resistance, which is to accept and move on.

The orginal article.

Summary of “21 Behaviors That Will Make You Brilliant At Creativity & Relationships”

Spend more time with your loved ones and away from work.
I’ve made this mistake and destroyed important relationships with people I deeply admire - people who invested lots of time and energy into me.
Research has found that experiencing awe can expand your perception of time, alter your decision making abilities, and enhance your well-being.
Awe alters your experience with time because it helps you see things more astronomically.
Think More Flexibly About “Limits” on Time”It is utterly beyond our power to measure the changes of things by time.
Time is an abstraction, which we conceive by the change of other things.
Take away: Let go of your beliefs about fixed-limits of time.
Time is a unique concept, which few of us understand.

The orginal article.