Summary of “Interview: John Mulaney on ‘SNL,’ Broadway, Dave Becky”

We may never know whether or not John Mulaney wrote for Saturday Night Live, but one thing’s for sure: He’s one of the nicest and funniest comedians working today.
John Mulaney February 28, 2019 People are still tweeting at me trying to argue that Mulaney definitely wrote for SNL, but I’m not seeing any new arguments or proof, so I think it’s time to move on.
The headline I used for the post was “Hey SNL, Please Hire This John Mulaney Kid.” And on Facebook, there were comments from a couple guys saying, “Um, he wrote for SNL,” or, “You don’t even know that?” – “Megh, come on, you should know this.” So I just kind of Oh, that’s great.
You know the “John Mulaney as” meme where people post screenshots from your specials related to a certain theme? Or just the general idea of being turned into a reaction GIF? What is it like to experience that happening to you? Is it weird to see yourself meme-ified?It sounds like mummified, which is I’ve never heard it used that way.
In terms of the using quotes thing, I saw one of them that was Shakespeare plays, and I was embarrassed because I didn’t know enough about the plays to get how the quotes of mine matched up.
You know, it’s a wonderful song, but something about the lyrics and the makeup of the audience it was definitely a unique thing.
I’m not sure if you know Natalie Walker, but she’s a very funny comedian who tweeted recently that she wants you and Rachel Bloom to host the Tonys together.
You know, look, I don’t know if anyone’s offering it to us, but We’ll take it, and we only have a small rider.

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Summary of “The Underground Worlds of Haruki Murakami”

I’m a writer, and I’m writing, but at the same time I feel as though I were reading some exciting, interesting book.
I go deeper and deeper, as I concentrate on writing, into a kind of underground.
You’ve told the story many times about how, forty years ago, at a baseball game, you suddenly thought, I can write a novel, though you hadn’t even tried to write before that.
To write one book is not so difficult, but to keep writing for many years is very close to impossible.
Some writers try to do something completely different in every book, and some writers tend to hone the approach they’re best at.
So many writers write small, shallow things in a complicated, difficult style.
If you are a reader and I’m a writer, I don’t know you, but in the underground world of fiction there is a secret passageway between us: we can send messages to each other subconsciously.
I’m a writer, and to write in my study is my privilege.

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Summary of “Warren Buffett’s “20 Slot” Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results”

It was 1994 and Munger had spent the last 20 years working alongside Warren Buffett as the two men grew Berkshire Hathaway into a billion-dollar corporation.
About halfway through his presentation, hidden among many fantastic lessons, Munger discussed a strategy that Warren Buffett had used with great success throughout his career.
When Warren lectures at business schools, he says, “I could improve your ultimate financial welfare by giving you a ticket with only 20 slots in it so that you had 20 punches-representing all the investments that you got to make in a lifetime. And once you’d punched through the card, you couldn’t make any more investments at all.”
Warren Buffett’s “20-Slot” Rule isn’t just useful for financial investments, it’s a sound approach for time investments as well.
Simplify and Go All In. If you take a look around, you’ll notice very few people actually go “All in” on a single skill or goal for an extended period of time.
Rather than researching carefully and pouring themselves into a goal for a year or two, most people “Dip their toes in the water” and chase a new diet, a new college major, a new exercise routine, a new side business idea, or a new career path for a few weeks or months before jumping onto the next new thing.
If you view your life as a 20-slot punchcard and each slot is a period of focused work for a year or two, then you can see how you can enjoy significant returns on your invested time simply by going all in on a few things.
Unlike financial investments, your 20 “Life slots” are going to get punched whether you like it or not.

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Summary of “Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected”

The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown.
Among the 13 bursts of fast radio waves, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away.
“And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles – where they’re from and what causes them.”
The telescope only got up and running last year, detecting 13 of the radio bursts almost immediately, including the repeater.
“We have discovered a second repeater and its properties are very similar to the first repeater,” said Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University, Canada.
“This tells us more about the properties of repeaters as a population.”
FRBs are short, bright flashes of radio waves, which appear to be coming from almost halfway across the Universe.
Scientists have detected about 60 single fast radio bursts and two that repeat.

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Summary of “What We Read Into Dinosaurs”

Their attraction to dinosaurs suggests that the giant creatures appeal to something innate, or at least very elemental, in the human psyche.
There are many picture books about dinosaurs, for children that are just learning to read, mechanical dinosaurs, and countless accessories sporting pictures of dinosaurs.
Accordingly, we will be better able to understand the significance of dinosaurs to the contemporary world if we do not think of science as monolithic, much less as a “Realm apart.” It would be more accurate to regard “Science” as a vast area of human endeavor, requiring not only researchers but philosophers, web designers, artists, teachers, journalists, museum professionals, and so on.
Within a very short time of their discovery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, people had an emotional relationship with dinosaurs that was as complex, ambivalent, multifaceted, and in some ways intimate as our bond with just about any living animal, including the dog and the cat.
Early discoverers of dinosaurs such as Gideon Mantell greatly exaggerated their size, appealing to the public’s taste for both grandeur and novelty.
Since, even with highly sophisticated tools, it is possible to infer only so much information from bones and related objects, those who wish to reconstruct the appearance and habits of dinosaurs have plenty of scope for imagination.
Most popular representations of dinosaurs ignore even the limits imposed by paleontology, while often incorporating a few recent discoveries in order to appear up to date.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dinosaurs were often used to represent big business, though their eventual demise could seem like a proletarian revolution.

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Summary of “Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acts Out”

“Saturday Night Live” went on the air when Louis-Dreyfus was in high school, and she watched it with her family every week, rapt.
As the boss, Louis-Dreyfus has achieved the ensemble focus she craved at “S.N.L.”-in stark contrast to Selina’s management style.
Louis-Dreyfus got the news just as she was starting work again on “Veep.” “It was out of the blue,” she said.
“Given the fact that that heinous shit came out, I would simply say I’ve kept this under wraps out of reverence for my dearest Emma,” Louis-Dreyfus said.
Louis-Dreyfus, who is fifty-seven, had a memorable part in the 2015 sketch “Last Fuckable Day,” on the Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer.” In it, Schumer is hiking through the woods when she happens upon Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey, feasting and drinking toasts to Louis-Dreyfus.
Out of character, Louis-Dreyfus wears jeans, casual sweaters, and Blundstone work boots-outfits that express a desire to fit in, and that do not draw attention to the fact that she has a body that doesn’t stop.
She went outside with her assistant, Rachel Leavitt, who took out her cell phone to record Louis-Dreyfus in front of a brick wall.
Hall, who is as fair and blond as the sisters Louis-Dreyfus grew up with, pulled a bottle of lotion out from behind his beach chair to prove it.

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Summary of “A Brand New Interview with David Foster Wallace”

There’s some fiction that’s very good that I think is trying to be difficult by putting the reader through certain sorts of exercises.
I’m not one of those, so within the camp people usually talk about me being one of the more accessible ones, but that camp itself is not regarded as very accessible and I think it tends to be read by people who have had quite a bit of education or a native love of books and for whom reading is important as an activity and not just something to do to pass the time or entertain themselves.
See, when people would ask me that question before it was because I was very young and I was in the youngest generation, and I think there’s probably a whole new generation now.
As far as I can think it’s really only Richard Powers in Galatea 2.2 and he’s got a new book out called Plowing the Dark, which is partially about virtual reality.
You know, some of that is the constraint of the page, and I think to an extent the footnotes are to suggest at least a kind of doubling that I think is a little more realistic.
DFW: The very first story in there, which is about a game show that I don’t know if people in Spain will have heard of called Jeopardy, is a very very good story, and there’s a story about Lyndon Johnson that I think works very well.
The very last piece in there which is partly about John Barth, I really liked when I did it and then for a few years I didn’t like it at all and was tired of talking about it and I re-read it about a year ago and actually now think it’s very good again.
Now, that’s talking about my own work; as a reader I think I get the same sort of sense.

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Summary of “Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy”

Joe Pinsker: One of the premises of your book is that people may have a sense of what will make them happy, but they approach those things in ways that don’t maximize happiness.
In most people you can see that that’s not a very sustainable source of happiness.
When you don’t need to compare yourself to other people, you gravitate towards things that you instinctively enjoy doing, and you’re good at, and if you just focus on that for a long enough time, then chances are very, very high that you’re going to progress towards mastery anyway, and the fame and the power and the money and everything will come as a byproduct, rather than something that you chase directly in trying to be superior to other people.
Most of us are the products of people who survived in what was for a very, very long time, in our evolution as a species, a scarcity-oriented universe.
Raghunathan: Daniel Pink, in his book Drive, talks about how what used to be used as motivators to employees-what he calls the carrots and sticks approach-are now being replaced by what he calls “Motivation 2.0,” which is more trying to figure out what is it that people are really passionate about.
Pinsker: You mentioned earlier how easily people adapt to positive changes in their lives, and I’m familiar with the research showing that lottery winners are no happier, a year later, than even people who just as recently suffered serious injuries.
If you were to break capitalism down into two very important tenets, one is the freedom of movement of people, thought, and goods, and the freedom of choice.
Some people consciously arrive at a more socialistic way of living, by choice.

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Summary of “Why Elon Musk fears artificial intelligence”

Elon Musk is usually far from a technological pessimist.
“As AI gets probably much smarter than humans, the relative intelligence ratio is probably similar to that between a person and a cat, maybe bigger,” Musk told Swisher.
To many people – even many machine learning researchers – an AI that surpasses humans by as much as we surpass cats sounds like a distant dream.
AI scientists at Oxford and at UC Berkeley, luminaries like Stephen Hawking, and many of the researchers publishing groundbreaking results agree with Musk that AI could be very dangerous.
Musk wants the US government to spend a year or two understanding the problem before they consider how to solve it.
From Musk’s perspective, here’s what is going on: Researchers – especially at Alphabet’s Google Deep Mind, the AI research organization that developed AlphaGo and AlphaZero – are eagerly working toward complex and powerful AI systems.
Bostrom makes the case in Superintelligence that AI systems could rapidly develop unexpected capabilities – for example, an AI system that is as good as a human at inventing new machine-learning algorithms and automating the process of machine-learning work could quickly become much better than a human.
In a conversation with Musk and Dowd for Vanity Fair, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman said, “In the next few decades we are either going to head toward self-destruction or toward human descendants eventually colonizing the universe.”

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Summary of “Bill Gates talks with Ezra Klein about global progress in 2018”

With an endowment of more than $50 billion, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is, by far, the largest foundation in the world.
Bill Gates There is a type of poverty trap where if your economy doesn’t develop, then it’s very hard to bootstrap those things.
Ezra Klein When I heard discussions of changing governance structures to drive economic growth 10, 15 years ago, they were more optimistic in this way: There was a belief that you needed something that was much more like the American model.
With the Goalkeepers construct, the idea is: Is all this innovation continuing to help the poorest countries, people in extreme poverty? At least once a year, there’s a question about did we let HIV spread and create a disaster there? Did we continue to innovate malaria so we could stay ahead of drug resistance? Why do we still have places left where over 15 percent of the kids die before the age of 5? What’s it gonna take for those remaining areas to get below that? There’s progress and then there’s progress with equity.
Bill Gates Well, the people in the future will have more knowledge and more resources than we have today.
Ezra Klein A lot of people have become very focused on the question of AI risk.
Bill Gates But most of those people aren’t working on AI risk.
Ezra Klein Do you think we should worry about, from a philanthropic view or moral view, the suffering along the way? You were talking about developing vaccines and genetic strains that make animals more productive and able to live in some of these conditions.

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