Summary of “Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency – Rolling Stone”

Specifically, they are here to help Brock Pierce – a child actor turned video-game entrepreneur turned crypto titan – give away a billion dollars to charity.
Bruce Fenton, a crypto economic adviser and leading figure on the scene, describes Pierce as one of the community’s most unsung connectors: “In one way, Brock is this larger-than-life and extremely colorful character. In another way, he’s extremely quiet behind the scenes and doesn’t take a lot of credit for what he’s done. There’s hundreds of millions of revenue out there because Brock was the seed that brought people together. We’re talking about stacks and stacks of people.”
So here’s another way of thinking about what Pierce is doing: Since its inception, in 2009, when a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created and mined the first Bitcoin, cryptocurrency has spawned a $350 billion market that’s attracted millions of investors, entrepreneurs, gamblers, hackers, activists and institutions.
Anything’s possible – and that’s why Brock Pierce matters.
Pierce claims, DEN’s executive team told him to persuade Collins-Rector to settle the suit and “Make it go away.” “I convinced Marc to do that,” Pierce says.
When asked how it was possible to spend so much time around Collins-Rector and not be aware of what so many others have alleged, Pierce responds, “No one saw anything or knew anything. It was not something out in the open. I also didn’t know he was doing this to other people. I only heard Turcotte’s version of events four years ago.” Asked why he remained with Collins-Rector despite the lawsuit, Pierce says, “I’m a pariah at this point – no one else would work with me. Of course I’m going to stay with my friend and partner.”
Will O’Brien, an adviser in Blockchain Capital, who has hired Pierce as a consultant, says, “I’ve seen many interactions when Brock makes a promise to an entrepreneur, and he’s followed through every time. That’s integrity.”
The plan is to create a charity cryptocurrency token, tentatively called One, of which Pierce will buy $1 billion worth and then inspire other individuals to do something similar.

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Summary of “10 of the best words in the world”

One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation.
There are words that come close, that encapsulate something of the spirit of this word – and the word itself is spirited.
Ask a Finn to define the national character, and it’s the word most still reach for.
Ta’arof is a Persian word that has no English equivalent, referring to the art of etiquette ubiquitous in everyday Iranian life.
Tiáo is one of at least 140 classifiers and measure words in the Chinese language.
It’s a measure word for long-narrow-shape things.
These measure words embrace the ways in which shape imprints itself upon us, while playfully noticing the relationships between all things.
The measure word kē is used for small, roundish things, or objects that appear small: pearls, teeth, bullets and seeds, as well as distant stars and satellites.

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Summary of “Small business: 11 secrets of success”

Over the years, my small business has had its share of ups and downs.
If you can work on your business while you still have your day job, that’s the way to go.
One of Rhonda’s Rules is “Things take longer and cost more than anticipated.” The first few years of business you’ll likely face low income and high outgo.
First, I was a consultant developing business plans, then I was approached to write a book on business planning, then a column, then I launched an internet company.
Keep your clients if you want to keep your business.
That’s part of why I’m not only still here but why my business grew.
An experienced business colleague will help you keep your balance during the roller-coaster ride of setbacks and successes.
Register for her free business tips newsletter at PlanningShop.com.

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Summary of “How to Stay Married After Your Baby is Born, or, I’m not Divorced Yet”

Taking care of a child is so hard, so time consuming: it made sense that our emotions and needs would consume me and that in turn, three years later I would have a blank space for a lot of where Josh should be.
Sad, because it’s almost always, from other mothers I’ve talked to, true: that blank memory space for me, is partly blank because I expected the relationship I had with Josh to be on hold while I kept the baby alive.
Back in the earliest days of our relationship, when I was barely a known entity to Josh’s brother and parents, I felt uncomfortable but energized by their ability to make decisions quickly, where my family, the one we now had without my mother, sometimes took hours to decide what to have for dinner simply because everyone failed to speak their mind in a timely fashion.
“You’re all like your father!” my mother used to say in exasperation, years after my parents divorced.
Though Josh and I had taken on his personal characteristic of openly and sometimes hostilely attacking each other over, say, how good the films of Paul Thomas Anderson are, the stakes of so many of the arguments we’d had over the years before Zelda were extremely low.
At the time of the separation, with my oldest brother, David, already at college, we decided that my brothers and me would stay with my mother.
We wanted to stay with our mother too, because, well, she was the cool parent.
If we’d never had children, I believe Josh and I would probably never have been truly confronted with this need to learn how to make decisions together, how to relent or come to an agreement even if disagreement remains.

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Summary of “The World Economy Runs on GPS. It Needs a Backup Plan”

There are 2 billion GPS receivers in use around the world, a number that Europe’s satellite navigation agency estimates will hit 7 billion by 2022.
One of the loudest voices pleading to shore up GPS vulnerabilities is Dana Goward, who runs the nonprofit Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation.
In between, the unit monitors the GPS network for quirks and defects, based on precise navigation and timing signals the airmen send the satellites every 1.5 seconds.
“The thing people get concerned about is, what if someone very gently drifts time ahead or back for the purpose of injecting confusion into the operations of the financial industry?” Even though most major Wall Street companies have their own atomic clocks to backstop GPS timing, introducing subtle anomalies could spook the algorithms that run the world of high-frequency trading, sparking a mass sell-off.
Inside, past the armed guards, a half-dozen workers in calf-length jackets, hairnets, and shoe coverings, all antistatic and lint-free, are assembling the next generation of GPS satellites.
The tests mimic the conditions of outer space using pumps and cold or hot air, yielding low pressures and temperatures ranging from -238F to 302F. The GPS 3 satellites are designed to last 15 years, 25 percent longer than the current generation, which have far exceeded their life expectancy thanks in part to careful fuel management.
The GPS 3s also provide a signal eight times stronger, which makes it tougher to jam, with triple the location accuracy.
There’s been no serious effort to set up the backup system in the U.S., even though military officials briefed members of Congress on GPS vulnerability by 1997.

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Summary of “Kurt Vonnegut Offers 8 Tips on How to Write Good Short Stories”

You can’t talk about American literature in the second half of the 20th century without talking about Kurt Vonnegut.
He worked wonders with the short story, a form in whose heyday he began his writing career, but he also had a knack for what would become the most social media-friendly of all forms, the list.
Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
In the short lecture above Vonnegut gets more technical, sketching out the shapes that stories, short or long, can take.
In one possible story the protagonist begins slightly happier than average, gets into trouble, and then gets out of it again.
Vonnegut first explored the idea of story shapes in his master’s thesis, rejected by the University of Chicago “Because it was so simple and looked like too much fun.” Clearly that didn’t stop him from continuing to think about and experiment with those shapes all throughout his career.
He assigned term papers that can still teach you how to read like a writer, he appeared on television dispensing advice to aspirants to the craft, and he even published articles on how to write with style.
Nobody could, or should try to, write just like Kurt Vonnegut, but all of us who write at all could do well to give our craft the kind of thought he did.

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Summary of “The billionaire who bought the LA Times: ‘Hipsters will want paper soon'”

A bright, restless mind, Soon-Shiong is now seeking to remedy a very different source of malignant metastasis: news.
Fake news, superficial news, clickbait news, shrill, shouty, polarising news, he plans to tackle all these ailments in his latest incarnation as a media mogul.
“I’m a news junkie number one, a complete news junkie,” he told the Guardian in an interview at the LA Times’s new home, a still-under construction 10-acre campus in El Segundo, 20miles south of downtown.
Can we compete with the New York Times and the Washington Post? Not can, we must.
65, wants to turn his flagship daily into a multimedia leviathan of independent, innovative journalism in the Trump era – a font of essential reading, viewing and listening to rival the Washington Post and New York Times.
The doctor-turned tycoon has an ambitious agenda to redress not only fake news – the “Cancer of our time” – but also short-attention spans and hyper-partisan discourse.
A version of the LA Times’s masthead adorned the roof, the Gothic-style lettering visible from the 105 freeway and, staff said, from planes landing at adjacent LAX. After trying in vain to lure Dean Baquet from the New York Times and Martin Baron from the Post, Soon-Shiong hired Norman Pearlstine, a 75-year-old veteran of Bloomberg, Time and the Wall Street Journal, to be the paper’s editor-in-chief.
A solid choice to stabilise the LA Times and chart a new course, Ken Doctor, a media analyst, noted in a NiemanLab article.

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Summary of “If You’re Not Changing As A Person Then You’re Not Intelligent”

Education Through Reading and Experience”You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”- Charlie Tremendous Jones”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela”Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” - T.S. ElliotIn a powerful lecture on how our brains change through experience, Neuroscientist Dr. Dafna Shohamy explains that our brains assimilate information for the purpose of prediction.
If you’re trying to make a powerful change in the world without changing yourself, then you’re simply trying to force the world into your box.
When you begin changing yourself, you’ll be equipped to change the world.
If you seek to change the world, you’ll be required to change yourself.
If you’re proactively seeking change and transformation, you’ve probably made HUGE changes.
If you turn around and measure your progress against where you started, then you’re in The Gain, and you’ll experience a sense of having moved forward, of having achieved something, and you’ll be motivated to continue on to your next stage of growth.
ConclusionAre you intelligent and changing?Or are you unintelligent and staying the same?Are you being transformed through new experiences?Are you being transformed by taking on new roles?Are you being changed as you grow into powerful goals?Do you have a vision and a mission that compels you to become far more than you currently are?Make a change today.
The moment you even make a small change in the right direction, you’ll begin to experience a flood of motivation, energy, and momentum.

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Summary of “Mom, in Touch”

Every morning, just before heading out into the predawn light to her job as a dentist for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, my mom would hunch over the laminate countertop in our dimly lit kitchen and scribble a note for me.
My mom had a particular attachment to handwritten notes.
In the letter, Mom assured me that she was no longer hurting, that her death had been a release.
At the same time, I was morphing from an oval-faced kid into something resembling an adult, one who looked and behaved much like my dad. At every milestone I was becoming ever more distant from the girl that my mom knew.
Her father left when she was a kid, and her mother dropped in and out, so my mom spent many of her teenage years taking care of her siblings.
At first I’d consumed the notebook so rapidly that the fact of its existence-that it was here, and my mom was not-was all that registered.
“Abby, Mom went to school a long time to become a dentist, and there is really not a way I can stay home with you. When you’re older, and understand more, maybe my hours will be flexible enough to spend time with you.”
In the first moments she learned of her cancer, my mom was not thinking about the pain or the treatments or the daunting uncertainty.

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Summary of “7 Minimalist Ways To Declutter Your LifePick the Brain”

What Minimalism is really all about is reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff – the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities – that don’t bring value to your life.
In this article, I will talk about 7 little ways you can declutter your life with a minimalistic approach.
A lot of people who are successful in the health area of their life apply this principle to their life.
The goal should be to either eliminate debt out of your life or never get in debt at all.
Minimizing time is also a way to become more of a minimalist.
It’s important to know where you’re spending your time on, try to focus on the highest value activities in your life and minimize the time you spend on low-value activities.
Try applying at least 1 of these tips to your life right now and see how you feel.
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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