Summary of “A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote ‘In My Life'”

A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote ‘In My Life’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney have differing memories of who wrote the music for “In My Life.” A mathematics professor has spent 10 years working with statistics to decide once and for all.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote lyrics and music for almost 200 songs and The Beatles have sold hundreds of millions of albums.
Over the years, Lennon and McCartney have revealed who really wrote what, but some songs are still up for debate.
Part of the confusion is that Paul McCartney said he wrote the music.
John Lennon said Paul McCartney wrote a section of music.
Cutting to the chase, it turns out Lennon wrote the whole thing.
When you do the math by counting the little bits that are unique to the people, the probability that McCartney wrote it was.018 – that’s essentially zero.
Keith, alright, I ask you – what about the artistic process of collaboration? Isn’t it possible they were such close and accomplished collaborators that they inhaled a little bit of each other’s technique and Lennon could write like McCartney and McCartney like John Lennon?

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Summary of “A notorious mansion. An alleged assault by a Hollywood producer. A suicide. What happened to Brian Claflin?”

In his statement, Claflin said Goddard and a friend of the filmmaker persuaded him to inhale nitrous oxide one night, which was the first time he had used drugs.
He immediately felt dizzy and passed out, he wrote, and awoke to being further drugged while Goddard sexually assaulted him.
“I was in a delirious state and remember saying NO, NO, NO, several times but they persisted,” he wrote.
“I just sort of shut down and went somewhere else in my head. After a while I remember praying aloud to God to just make it/them stop.”

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Summary of “One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.”

Letters of uniform width looked cramped without extra space after the period.
Anything more than a single space between sentences was too much.
The original printing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence used extra long spaces between sentences.
Reading speed only improved marginally, the paper found, and only for the 21 “Two-spacers,” who naturally typed with two spaces between sentences.
Everyone tended to spend fewer milliseconds staring at periods when a little extra blank space followed it.
The study’s authors concluded that two-spacers in the digital age actually have science on their side, and more research should be done to “Investigate why reading is facilitated when periods are followed by two spaces.”
No sooner did the paper publish than the researchers discovered that science doesn’t necessarily govern matters of the space bar.
Johnson told Lifehacker that she and her co-authors submitted the paper with two spaces after each period – as was proper.

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Summary of “Winn-Dixie and Tops grocery stores are close to bankruptcy”

Bloomberg reports that Winn-Dixie parent Bi-Lo and Tops Friendly Market could both declare bankruptcy this month, an ominous shakeout in a grocery industry that is bracing for new competition from Amazon and its newly acquired Whole Foods subsidiary.
Dig a little deeper and the situation is more complicated: Both companies are wheezing under heavy debt loads after being acquired by private equity firms.
Tops was sold by Koninklijke Ahold to Morgan Stanley Private Equity in 2007, and then in another leveraged deal to the company’s management in 2013.
PE firm Lone Star Funds bought Bi-Lo in 2005, saw the company through a bankruptcy in 2009, and then helped fund the acquisition of Winn-Dixie.
The classic PE playbook is to buy a company with borrowed money, take out enormous loans, and pocket the proceeds.
According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, from 2013 to 2017 PE firms received $100 billion in debt-funded payouts, while PE-owned companies defaulted on $49.2 billion worth of loans.
Last week the footsteps of doom in the grocery sector got louder: Amazon announced the launch of two-hour Whole Foods delivery in four US cities, free for Prime members.
“Free two-hour grocery delivery is ludicrously convenient, perhaps the most convenient thing Amazon has come up with yet. And why should we consumers pay for huge dividends to Kroger shareholders?”.

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Summary of “Feeling Older? Here’s How to Embrace It”

Daniel B. Kaplan, an assistant professor of social work at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., said in an email that living to an advanced age was a relatively recent achievement.
Get readyMany of the problems that adults face as they get older are unrelated to the normal part of aging.
Discuss with your family and friends what you expect from old age and what type of lifestyle you desire.
Mr. Ludwig said the reality of aging was not as bad as stereotypes would suggest.
“What is the alternative to aging? It’s dying young.”
Reject ageist attitudesThough it is true that as we age, we may gain some weight and lose some of our intellectual abilities, it is no reason to give in to stereotypes about older adults.
Leslie K. Hasche, an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, said she supported AARP’s “Disrupt Aging” initiative, which seeks to counter social and cultural myths about what it means to be old.
“For many people, old age creeps up slowly and sometimes without fanfare or acknowledgment,” he wrote.

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Summary of “This Is How To Be a Better Communicator Online and Off, According to a Conversation Expert”

I fancied myself a good online conversationalist-until I met Celeste Headlee, conversation expert, viral TED talk giver and author of the forthcoming book We Need to Talk.
Face-to-face conversation is hard because it’s supposed to beI asked Headlee what makes for a good conversation and she responded that conversation isn’t about “Basic exchanges of information: what do you want for dinner, pizza, OK, sounds great.”
Online conversation is the appetizer, not the entreeDigital chats should be small talk leading up to bigger, better connections over the phone or in person, according to Headlee.
You need to accept that online communication has limitationsHeadlee told me that there are a few things we can do to avoid miscommunication and open dialogue for offline conversation: “The best online conversation is one that accepts the limitations of the platform and doesn’t attempt to convey emotion or nuance.” Using texting or Tinder for “Complicated conversation is very problematic,” she wrote.
Tech gives us license to throw social boundaries out the windowI asked Headlee what’s changed in conversation today versus a few decades ago.
“If you met someone through work or a mutual friend, it was very hard to simply never call them again without repercussion. Ghosting is simple now, but it’s no less rude and hurtful.” She adds that ghosting is a symptom of many changes in conversation that are negatively affecting us: “Trolling online is possible because of anonymity and convenience. Same for ghosting. We are using tech to avoid entanglements with other humans, but it’s the entanglements that make relationships so interesting and rewarding.”
Specifically, I wanted to know how to end a conversation with someone I didn’t want to call in a couple of days.
My back-and-forth with Headlee revealed that when it comes to conversation today, most of us don’t know what we’re doing.

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Summary of “Bill Gates’ favorite books on science”

For decades, Bill Gates made billions in technology.
Over the years, Gates has recommended a number of science-related books to the public.
Genome science can hardly be considered a topic of mainstream interest, but Gates says Mukherjee manages to capture its relevance to people’s daily lives.
“The Grid” is a perfect example of how Bill Gates thinks about book genres the way Netflix thinks about TV and movies.
Gates calls Shah’s book “Probably the best choice” if you only have time to read one book on the subject.
Harari’s most recent book makes him a repeat appearance on Gates’ summer reading list.
“So far, the things that have shaped society – what we measure ourselves by – have been either religious rules about how to live a good life, or more earthly goals like getting rid of sickness, hunger, and war,” Gates wrote.
On the heels of the 2015 Paris climate summit, Gates wrote on his blog that “Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open” struck him because so few environmental books talk directly about “How we make stuff.”

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