Summary of “The Force Belongs To Us: THE LAST JEDI’s Beautiful Refocusing of Star Wars – FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!”

A charming way of storytelling that whispers sweet nothings in your ear and is out the window before you wake up.
In making a Episode 7, I was hoping he’d cast it aside, and in some ways he did, and in some ways doubled down on some of his worst story habits of “Momentary effect” over building to a coherent point.
Sometimes it’s done in a funny way, sometimes in an incredulous way, but it’s always in purposeful way.
So for something to be “Invisible” and for you to be “In it” is not necessarily a virtue of any filmmakers ability or the lack, but largely what we bring in our own way of seeing.
The way the film plays with audience expectations with her is never a “Ta-da! surprised you, didn’t I!?” It’s what most good turns do in that they make you slap your forehead and go “Of course!” Poe’s mutiny was always misguided, him repeating the mistakes of the past.
Because it has to earn so much of the real biggest mystery presented in the last film and that’s WHY, why would Luke ever do this and run away? The answer, and then the films answer to that answer, is one of the most brilliant last lessons that the Star Wars universe has yet to give: and that is the acceptance of / and learning from failure.
“My friend said this in a conversation a long time ago. And he didn’t mean it about the characters themselves, nor what they meant to him. He meant it in the sense of the Star Wars series’ focus on lineage and the way some all powerful family who are the most powerful force users who basically controlled the fate of galaxy was super gross. And he’s right, quite frankly. Because it’s everything I hate about the notion of ‘destiny” and “Why I’m destined to be a hero!” bullshit.
Who, within them so innately carry the understanding of the horrors of that world, and thus so tangibly know the simple, inescapable ways for it to be better.

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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 “Tony Romo on CBS NFL TV broadcast, Dallas Cowboys, more”

The first Cowboys game you called this year was obviously an emotional day given the team honored you in a pregame ceremony and your family was there.
For you, there will never be another Cowboys game like that, but as you move on in your broadcasting career and call more Dallas games, how do you anticipate your work will be on those games versus the experience this year?
The first Cowboys game for me was difficult for many reasons.
If you listened to the second game, I let it go a little more, and in the future I am pretty sure I will treat it like every other game.
If you love the game, hopefully you will enjoy learning it.
The way I think about the game, I wanted to show viewers that there is a whole bunch of things that they don’t know.
So I want to start something early in a game and it unfolds before your eyes as you are watching it.
Then it is like, Are you still going to stick with this after you have rushed for 1.0 yard per carry over nine carries? Are you going to keep going with three tight ends and running the football because that was your game plan coming in? Will people change their mindset or stick with their guns? A lot of that is really fun to see how that unfolds.

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Summary of “Will they hand the internet over to the big cable companies? Not if we do something about it.”

Congress Needs to Hear from You.Call your members of Congress and urge them to stop Pai’s plan.
Last week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revealed the anti-net-neutrality proposal his agency is set to vote on December 14th. These rules are way, way, WAY worse than expected.
If passed, this would eradicate crucial protections for free speech, competition, and innovation online.
It would be legal for big cable companies to create fast lanes, to throttle the speeds of competing websites, or to filter out social media posts they don’t like.
This could mean that you pay more for less of the web.
At this stage of political gamesmanship, Congress holds a powerful sway over this issue.
There’s already been a groundswell of opposition, but we need to raise the volume even higher so that every elected official knows how toxic Pai’s plan is.
Keep updated on copyright and other issues affecting Internet health.

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Summary of “Can neuroscience rehabilitate Freud for the age of the brain?”

Following his death in 1939, the British author W H Auden was able to declare in his poem ‘In Memory of Sigmund Freud’ that Freud had represented ‘a whole climate of opinion’, and the subsequent two decades represented the heyday of psychoanalysis.
Adherents to this amorphous research programme – spearheaded by the South African neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst Mark Solms of the University of Cape Town – are keen to rehabilitate Freud’s reputation for the age of the brain.
‘We don’t need Freud; we need an approach which takes seriously the mental nature of the mind’.
This is why Freud is less important to the field than what Freud represents.
Researching this piece, I kept wondering: why hang on to Freud? He is an intensely polarising figure, so polarising that through the 1980s and ’90s there raged the so-called Freud Wars, fighting on one side of which were a whole team of authors driven by the ‘heartfelt wish that Freud might never have been born or, failing to achieve that end, that all his works and influence be made as nothing’.
Within neuropsychoanalysis Freud symbolises the fact that, to quote the neuroscientist Ramachandran’s Phantoms in the Brain, you can ‘look for laws of mental life in much the same way that a cardiologist might study the heart or an astronomer study planetary motion’.
As Solms himself put it to me: ‘We don’t need Freud; we need an approach which takes seriously the mental nature of the mind.
It feels like, Freud or no Freud, we should try.

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Summary of “When Every Leader Promises to Change the World, How Can We Tell Who Will Leave Us Better Off?”

They hurt people, often impulsively, and then call it “Authenticity.” They claim to have to shake things up to put an end to dysfunctional institutions, and lead the way to a better future.
At a time when all leaders claim authenticity and promise disruption, it is not always easy to distinguish anti-social leaders from the counter-social variety.
Yet it is ever more important to tell them apart, to understand what propels one or the other kind of leader to the top, and what drives us to become-or support-either one.
We must look at how societies make leaders and what leaders do to societies in turn.
Counter-social leaders defy certain structures or norms to make civilization more spacious.
While counter-social leaders make sacrifices for the greater good, anti-social leaders promise that you, too, won’t have to make any.
First, we cannot tell those leaders apart by their command of science or their elegant style.
Counter-social leaders might use simple gestures and blunt tools – and leave us more civilized.

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Summary of “Confessions of a Semi-Reformed Video Game Completionist”

I’d settled for the small dopamine-the brain’s reward neurotransmitter-kick that comes from accomplishing quick repetitive tasks in a video game.
My trouble comes when I either use the games’ simple tasks to avoid my life, or get to the point with a game where I feel like I’m clocking in for a job.
For every game such as Mario Odyssey, where it’s fun to track down every single secret, there are a dozen games such as Assassin’s Creed Unity or Watch Dogs 2, where seeing everything the game has to offer means spending hours hunting down bullshit on a map.
“No matter how worn out you are or how bored you are with the game, its stream of rewards can completely disrupt your ability to tell yourself ‘hold on, I’ve been playing this game for ten hours a day for a month. I’m not getting anything out of it.’ It stops you from being able to look at the long term.”
We’re in the early days of psychological studies of the effects of video games and video game addiction, but the science seems to back up Wortmann’s assertions and my experiences as a completionist junkie.
He’s currently studying video game addiction and he’s about to publish a study on the subject, but it hasn’t yet cleared the peer review process.
“If video game addiction is like other addictions, it also should have a pathway like that,” Gentile said.
Pokémon Go is the mobile version of Nintendo’s popular monster catching franchise, When he first played the game, the old obsessive completionist behavior set in.

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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.

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Summary of “In Defense of Laziness”

First off, my simple belief in the cure boosts immune function, improving my recovery in ways that modern medicine does not.
Such placebos seem to work even if I know the vegetable will do me no good - even the skeptics benefit.
The fastest way to recover is to do nothing.
In a similar manner, von Hammerstein understood that the worst thing you can have is a hardworking idiot that goes around creating more work for everyone else.
“If you dedicate your life to eliminating waste, you will undoubtedly succeed in a grubby kind of way. But, along with waste, you will be eliminating perhaps 90% of something far more important - your chances of getting really lucky. If you clamp down on frog-kissing, you don’t have much chance of finding a prince. This may explain why actuaries very rarely become rock stars.”We want to believe that great things come from hard work, from careful planning, from directed action.
It’s not clear to me whether action without prudence - mindless effort by idiots with good intentions - is the way to make the world a better place.
If you’re hardworking and smart, perhaps there’s a reason to steer clear of all the hullabaloo about productivity, efficiency, hard work, constant action, etc.
If you’re hardworking and stupid, well, you could always work less and then ask your boss to give you a raise ;’)..

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Summary of “Westbrook, Durant, and the Rules of NBA Revenge”

Which brings us to a sacred event in sports: the Revenge Game, in which the primary motivation for winning, or performing in outstanding fashion, is a grievance.
In a world where money rules the day and titles are the ultimate measure of success, where the respective goals of athletes, teams, and fans are rarely aligned, where big-market superteams run roughshod over the competition, the Revenge Game offers something vital and rare: justice.
The best way to simulate the deceit vital to a satisfying act of revenge is to constantly deny that the game in question is in any way about revenge.
For a game to be considered a Revenge Game, vengeance must be the primary motivation.
Counter-counterintuitively to what I just wrote, elimination games are the best Revenge Games.
The You Didn’t Believe in Me When a team trades a player against his will, and that player returns to torch his former employer, that’s a YDBiM. Fear of this type of Revenge Game is why many teams take care to deal star players only to teams outside of their division and conference.
The You Talkin’ to Me? When a player or coach, on purpose or by accident, through word or deed, insults another player, causing that player to seek revenge, that’s a YTtM. Example: In January 1997, Michael Jordan avenged himself on Jeff Van Gundy and the Knicks after JVG referred to MJ as “a con man.” Jeff’s reasoning was that MJ “Used” his relationships with other players as a way to charm and disarm them, thus making them easier to beat.
The Lawn Mower When a coach or team executive maligns a player - or, if the player perceives that to be the case, even if that’s not accurate - the ensuing Revenge Game is known as a Lawn Mower.

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