Summary of “California: San Francisco, rich and poor, turns to simple street solutions that underscore the city’s complexities”

At the same time, the city has banned the use of another plastic item: the drinking straw.
The streets of San Francisco – hilly, curvy, cinematic and, in recent years, a bleak showcase for the mentally ill and economically displaced – have long reflected this eccentric city’s governing priorities and many civic contradictions.
Breed is the first African American woman to run San Francisco, emerging from a close election in June that was largely about how the city is changing and what should be done to preserve its character.
“You begin to wonder about all the tax dollars and whether they are being spent in the right way,” said Jeffrey Ouyang, a 10-year city resident who works for the tech start-up Zumper, a real estate search site.
Among Breed’s first decisions was to deploy a five-person Public Works crew to do nothing but clean the streets of human feces – it was dubbed the “Poop patrol” – as the city has received more than 14,000 reports about human waste this year alone.
Under a measure before the city government, new tech companies would not be allowed to open on-site cafeterias, long a lure to would-be employees, hoping to better spread the wealth from within the city’s insular tech offices to the local restaurants and lunch trucks just outside.
It is not just Breed and city employees working on those streets.
“This is all kind of new to me – homelessness, the drug use, people living in BART [transit] stations,” said Piña, who came to the city from the San Joaquin Valley city of Tracy.

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Summary of “There’s a big problem with immortality: it goes on and on”

What sort of life would that be? Immortality – the film is suggesting – might be a curse, rather than a blessing.
The moral philosopher Samuel Scheffler at New York University has suggested that the real problem with a fantasy of immortality is that it doesn’t make sense as a coherent desire.
A desire for immortality is thus a paradox: it would frustrate itself were it ever to be achieved.
There is something both deeply and persistently appealing about the idea of immortality, and that cannot be dispelled by simply pointing to examples where immortality would be a curse.
On the face of it, a desire for immortality most obviously seems to be a response to the fear of death.
Immortality might itself turn out to be one of them.
The contrast with immortality as being somehow unable to die is clear.
Immortality is, obviously enough, an impossible fantasy – hence it cannot be a genuine solution to the unfortunate yet elemental facts of the human condition, nor an answer to the fraught complexities surrounding euthanasia as regards both social policy and moral judgment.

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Summary of “25 incredibly useful Google Docs tips and tricks”

While Google Docs may seem simple on the surface, it’s practically overflowing with out-of-sight options that can help you get more done with less effort.
Docs can automatically organize your documents to make them easier to get around: Open up the View menu and select “Show document outline”-or just hit Ctrl-Alt-H-and the app will create a complete outline in the left area of the screen, with every line of header text representing a section.
Attention, Google Photos users: Docs makes it easy as can be to add images from your Photos collection directly into your documents.
Docs has its own tool to let you crop or edit images: Just click on an image within your document, then click the Format menu and select “Image.” There, you’ll find the command for cropping as well as a broader “Image Options” selection that contains functions for recoloring and adjusting the image’s transparency, brightness, and contrast.
Docs has a native system that can translate entire documents into other languages: Click the Tools menu, then select “Translate document.” You’ll then be able to select the language you want and provide a new name for your translated file.
You’d never know it, but Google Docs allows you to tag other users to get their attention while collaborating.
Docs will start offering options from your Google Contacts list.
Google Docs can give you a helping hand with design by way of its built-in template gallery: Open up the gallery to browse through the available options-ranging from résumés to project proposals and even some advanced business and legal document formats-and then select any item to open it in Docs and use it as a starting point.

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Summary of “How Sia Saved Herself – Rolling Stone”

She’s made a few celebrity buddies as well, like Katy Perry, who serves as Sia’s unofficial “Pop-star concierge.” “She gave me the doctor that comes to your house, the nutritionist,” Sia says.
Sia answered it and heard an old friend say, “Squiddly-diddly-doo!” That was how Sia used to answer, back when she still had a spark.
Sia is hoping to be out of the Google shoot by 9 p.m. – she’s been invited to Kanye West’s house, in Hidden Hills, for a party.
In her dressing room, she dons a white robe and sits down with her manager, Jonathan Daniel, to listen to a few tracks she recently cut with LSD. Daniel taps both feet to the first song, “Gen-ius,” a sort of back-and-forth between Sia and Labrinth, with references to Einstein and Stephen Hawking and a chorus that goes, “Only a genius could love a woman like me.
Several hits later, Sia usually gets 50 percent of the publishing profits for any song she writes, a deal known in the industry as an “urban split.
Then a producer will start working on the chords as Sia writes the lyrics, starting with the hook, which is usually a single concept from which the whole song will be hung, a metaphor or specific image: diamonds, titanium, a double rainbow.
Ziegler has become Sia’s recurring avatar, donning a Sia wig in videos and in live performances, and the pair have become close.
That’s the biggest scene they’re shooting today – essentially a music video for a song Sia wrote a few weeks ago that will likely be the film’s ending.

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Summary of “The education of Derek Jeter, baseball CEO”

MIAMI – FOR TWO DECADES as New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter distinguished himself with his impeccable work habits and mind-numbing consistency.
“Amid numerous reports that Jeter wants to rid Marlins Park of the”Homer” sculpture in center field, Jeter refuses to be pinned down publicly.
DEREK JETER THE PLAYER developed a great comfort level over 25 years in uniform.
“I’m a frustrated game watcher,” Jeter says.”Over the years, I heard people say, ‘He doesn’t like to watch baseball.
“In my mind, baseball needs to cater to the younger demographic,” Jeter says.”It’s not always about who wins, but the experience you have.
“That’s one of my goals during the season – to pick his brain and talk to him about how he prepared to play 162 games at shortstop,” Rojas says.”I feel like it’s a blessing that we have Derek Jeter around and we can take advantage of that.
It’s all part of the balance Jeter must strike as a new team owner and baseball icon.
He’s the best, most persuasive advocate for the Marlins franchise, but he wants it to be less the Derek Jeter Show and more a long-range team effort to build something that lasts.

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Summary of “How Dare You Represent Your People That Way: The Oral History of ‘Better Luck Tomorrow'”

Nearly two decades ago, Justin Lin had a bold idea: What if he made a movie about Asian-Americans?
“I didn’t want to make an Asian-American film. I wanted to make a movie about Asian-American characters.”
“I grew up wanting to be Robert De Niro, not some good Asian boy next door.”
“Asian-Americans, in the hierarchy of race, never quite made it to the top. We always get pushed over for some reason.”
“In some ways, it’s harder to make a film that matters than it is to make a good film. Better Luck Tomorrow mattered.”

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Summary of “What to Know About Money in Your Late 30s and 40s”

You can also read about what you should know before you’re 20 and how to manage your money in your 20s and 30s. Stay tuned for more tips for your 50s, 60s and beyond.
Here’s what to know about money as you leave you enter into the second half of your career.
Really consider what you’ll want to do in that time, and what skills you’ll need to do it.
You don’t want to go into retirement with debt hanging over your head, although an increasing number of people do.
This is one of two potentially uncomfortable financial tasks you’ll want to get a handle on before it’s too late.
“Sometimes parents just need a little time to think about it.”.How to Talk to Your Parents About Money Without Being a Jerk.
Whom do you want to name as guardians for your children in the event that you and their other parent dies?
Whom do you want handling your financial affairs if you’re ever incapacitated? Whom do you want making medical decisions for you if you become unable to make them yourself?.

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Summary of “Did You Fail At Something? Good-Do Something Else”

“When things are going bad, there’s going to be some good that will come from it.”
Every time something goes wrong, focus on the good thing about the situation.
Instead, he says that something good could emerge out of something bad. But it requires you to focus on the good first.
How do you do that? By saying GOOD every time something goes wrong.
“Oh, the mission got canceled? Good. We can focus on another one.Didn’t get the new high-speed gear we wanted? Good. We can keep it simple.Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better.Didn’t get funded? Good. We own more of the company.Didn’t get the job you wanted? Good. Go out, gain more experience, build a better resume.Got injured? Good. Needed a break from training.Got tapped out? Good. It’s better to tap out in training than tap out on the street.Got beat? Good. We learned.Unexpected problems? Good. We have an opportunity to figure out a solution”.
How do you hold up when big setbacks happen? Do you still complain? Or have you trained yourself enough to always focus on the good?
For me, it took about two years to get really good at this.
When things go wrong, I see it as a trigger for doing something else.

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Summary of “This is what being in love looks like”

In 2017, to find joy once more, she decided to go on a road trip across France, asking random strangers to share their most defining and life-changing love stories with her.
Yann: “Alexandre and I met on Facebook through friends. We then talked on Skype for two months and we fell in love. Alexandre was kicked out of his house and he came to live with me and my family. My parents were not aware that we were in love or that I was gay. But my mother guessed it, because we were looking at each other lovingly. One day she searched my room and found all the letters we wrote each other. In my family, we don’t speak about our feelings. She had a hard time accepting it. The day she gave me her blessing, I immediately asked Alexandre to marry me. We got married two weeks ago. We are the second gay couple to get married in Elbeuf!”.
Alexandre: “I decided to take Yann’s last name. I am completely estranged from my family except for my father, but he died in April. I was brought up in a foster family who I’ve since taken to court for mistreatment. And when I finally went back to my mother’s house, she ended up throwing me out because I was gay. Today, I am at peace. With Yann, I feel confident. I love Yann’s body and his childish side. I am always doing little things for him, like every night, I pour him a bath with candles, and I bring him breakfast in bed. We want at least four children.”
“He had the reputation of being a great charmer. All the girls wanted him. He would always go out with end-of-the-line duchesses, or dancers with long legs. I, on the other hand, was a tiny girl with no money. He made accessories for a circus company, and I was an equestrian performer. I would go naked on the horse’s back, stand on it, or ride sidesaddled. I fell in love with him because I wanted security. But it turned out to be the opposite: he harassed me mentally and physically, and denigrated me as an artist. I directed comedians and acrobats, but he would go behind my back to tell them my artistic direction was all wrong. He would break everything I did.”
“I think I’m an inveterate romantic. I could fall in love so easily. I would love to raise a second child. I have been given the green light to adopt one.”
“The problem when you are 17 and that you fall in love with an older man is that you ask yourself: do I have a psychological problem? Do I have an oedipal complex?”.
“I am with Katia now. She is from Paris. She is a good person. I met her when she was 17 and I was 25. She was my employee. She loved me, but it wasn’t reciprocal. I was with someone else at the time. And we spent 30 years without seeing each other. But we met again and we got married 10 years ago. I never got married with the others. Why? Because they didn’t ask. She just had an operation, so she is in Paris, resting. Do I love her? I don’t know. Love is a weird word. I care about Katia. That must be love. She cares about me too – a bit too much.”
“It wasn’t love at first sight with Thierry. His web profile was too perfect, and a lot of men had lied to me. He said he cooked; he doesn’t. But he does do the cleaning. He tells me he loves me, that he thinks I am pretty. We can’t live without each other. It has been two years.”

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Summary of “What’s driving Elon Musk? We asked the people that know him best”

Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society: “When I met Elon it was apparent to me that although he had a scientific mind and he understood scientific principles, he did not know anything about rockets. Nothing. That was in 2001. By 2007 he knew everything about rockets – he really knew everything, in detail. You have to put some serious study in to know as much about rockets as he knows now. This doesn’t come just from hanging out with people. You have to crack some books.”
Ambras: “We invited Elon to a Saturday-morning bike ride, and he agreed. It was the only thing I ever did with Elon outside of work, socially. It’s a long climb, it’s pretty steep, and it was a very hot day. All of us found it very challenging. One of them was his cousin, Russ Rive – he worked for us at Zip2. Russ was really athletic. He beat me up there, but as I was riding up to the very top, Russ just lost his lunch. He just vomited all over the place. That was a sign of how hard it was.”
Ambras: “We’re all at the top waiting for him, we just assumed he turned around and went home. Then we see him coming up around the turn, and he was just completely red. Beet-red. He was riding his bike, he wasn’t walking his bike, and it was just clear that he was killing himself. He just looked like he was torturing himself. When people ask me what’s different about Elon – every other person I know in the world would have just turned around because they were not physically conditioned to do that ride.”
Take the creditZubrin: “People sometimes ask me what I think motivates Elon Musk. I will tell you it is not money. Elon certainly likes money and he finds it useful, but that’s not what he’s about.”
Hollman: “As the years went on at SpaceX, the holiday parties became kind-of infamous. The first holiday party was just at Elon’s house – 12 or 15 people with their spouses or significant others, and then they grew and grew and became more and more notorious and those were a lot of fun. It went from different fancy restaurants to a full-blown party in the factory, having it set up with stuff like a carnival. Elon was really good at working people hard but then making sure they really had fun when opportunities came up.”
Boehm: “A lot of the whimsical, silly side of Elon shines through there. The holiday party is the biggest one. They spare no expense for that. It’s one of the craziest events I’ve ever seen. We had a giant adult-sized ball pit like you’d see at a Chuck E. Cheese’s or one of those kids’ places, with the big coloured balls, and people would jump into them. There were those big stunt mats and you could jump from the third storey. It was huge – they needed a map for the party just to get around. I never really saw Elon dance much or get too crazy, but he clearly enjoyed it, and I think he was heavily involved in the planning.”
Cantrell: “There was one guy who was thin and scrawny and missing some teeth. He was introduced to us as the chief designer. Elon launches into the same speech he gave me over the phone. You could just see this guy getting visibly upset. He wasn’t saying anything, but he was starting to fidget. He asked us a few questions, and then he starts hitting a staccato response about how this was a weapon of war, and how it was never meant for the capitalists to use it for going to Mars on some bullshit mission, and then he spat on our shoes! Elon turns to me, and he goes, ‘Did he spit on us?’ And I say, ‘Yeah I think he did. I think it’s a sign of disrespect.'”.
Zubrin: “What Elon did was very different. He didn’t just throw some play money in. He put in his heart, his soul and his mind. He put his talent into it – not just his technical talent, which while I would say is first class, there are other people that are comparable. What is incomparable is his business talent, in terms of recruiting the right people and creating the right company culture and defeating people out to destroy him in the political realm.”

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