Summary of “Rocket woman: How to cook curry and get a spacecraft into Mars orbit”

Can you guide a spacecraft into orbit around Mars and cook for eight people morning and night? Yes, if you get up at 5am, and your name is BP Dakshayani.
Four years ago, the picture of a group of women in saris celebrating as an Indian spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit shone a light on the role played by women in the country’s space programme – among them BP Dakshayani.
A year after she began working at Isro, her parents arranged her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Manjunath Basavalingappa – which meant that she suddenly had a household to run.
Her voice is full of enthusiasm as she talks about how she juggled home and work life, how much she enjoyed her work and how solving problems gave her happiness.
As she brings out tea and delicious snacks, the couple talk about the decades they’ve spent together, about how they have supported each other in tough times and how their relationship and respect for each other has grown over the years.
“Sometimes I would go to work on Saturdays and he thought maybe that was because I was not doing my work properly,” she says.
Today, Dr Basavalingappa says he is incredibly proud of his wife and what she has achieved by her hard work – the Mars mission, for example, and the “Space recovery project” where Dakshayani calculated how to ensure that a space capsule returning to Earth would not burn up on re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, and could be safely recovered at sea.
Dr Basavalingappa explains that as a doctor, his working day often stretches up to 18 hours, while his wife mostly worked office hours.

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Summary of “The Realistic Magic of Hal Ashby, the Greatest Director of the 1970s”

More so because Ashby had a way of making his movies about weighty ideals and real-seeming people, neither of which have aged much in the past 40 or so years.
Of Ashby, Jack Nicholson once said that when friends referred to him, it’s “Like we’re writing a recommendation for a college scholarship.” When Ashby won the Oscar for Best Editing, he delivered one of the shortest and most precise speeches in the ceremony’s history: “To repeat the words of a very dear friend of mine last year when he picked up his Oscar, I only hope that we can use all of our talents and creativity toward peace and love. Thank you.” He walked off the stage without another word.
I realized through more research that the mythology about Hal Ashby being this burnout hippie wastoid that couldn’t do anything was just not accurate.
The director Norman Jewison adopted Hal Ashby as a kind of mentee and became a father figure to the hardworking but nomadic Southwestern refugee.
The Ashby we talk about now was a late-blooming creative talent who spent the first 34 years of his life slowly nosing his way into the upper echelon of the movies.
No matter the genre-lace-curtain thriller or Cold War satire, social-issues drama or sleek caper-Jewison and Ashby pushed the style and structure of movies, toying with jump cuts, pans, close-ups, insert shots, and particularly multiframe formats that would subtly reinvent the visual language of Hollywood movies.
Shampoo is the second Ashby film made from a Robert Towne script, after The Last Detail, and you can feel the director locking into the deep, idiosyncratic material.
Ashby was the original director chosen for Tootsie, getting so far as to shoot screen tests with Dustin Hoffman in character and costume.

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Summary of “Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world”

September 4th, 1998: Google incorporates with $100,000 in angel funding Inspired by the vast number of links between pages and how their search engine would only become more accurate and useful as the web continued to grow, Page and Brin renamed their company after the mathematical term googol.
Long before Google became a verb, Yahoo was the premier internet search engine.
Google went on to launch Google News later that year, a content aggregative service that would change how digital media was published and distributed on the web.
January 27th, 2006: Google launches its search engine in China While Google had offered a Chinese language version of its website for users in China since September 2000, that service was based in California and was subject to blockades and firewall slowdowns.
June 2012: The introduction of Google Glass with a skydiving demo Alongside smartphones and web services, Google also began working on experimental hardware under the Google X and ATAP divisions.
July 1st, 2013: Google Reader shuts down RSS nerds all over the world cried out in horror when Google said it would shut down Reader in 2013.
August 10th, 2015: Google restructures as Alphabet Inc. Google co-founder Larry Page decided to reorganize the giant conglomerate that Google became, thanks to its moonshots into a new company called Alphabet.
October 2016: Google solidifies hardware launch with Pixel, Google Home Following its years of dabbling in consumer hardware with its Nexus program and other one-off devices, Google jumped into the deep end with the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and Google Home smart speaker.

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Summary of “”Female” Is Not a Musical Genre-It’s a Strength”

It’s an incredibly romantic declaration, but Mitski has admitted that most of her love songs are not about other people so much as they are about “Music and trying to pursue it and not feeling loved by it. A lot of the ‘yous’ in my songs are abstract ideas about music.” On “A Pearl,” she tells what seems this time like a human “You”: “Sorry I can’t take your touch.” The problem is that she’s been through a war that “Left a pearl in my hand and I roll it around every night, just to watch it glow.” And so our heroine rides solemnly into the sunset, away from the world of flesh and into the realm of creativity, art, and ideas.
Its lyrics are partially a collage of things disbelieving men have said to Camp Cope over the years, about how their success was the result of luck rather than hard work, about how they should book a smaller venue because they might not be able to fill up the room, about how promoters aren’t the ones at fault for booking all-male shows because there “Just aren’t that many girls in the music scene.” Drummer Sarah Thompson was astonished at the breadth of the song when Maq sent her the demo: “I was so impressed Georgia literally rhymed all these things.”
“The Face of God” is one of the most devastating songs the band has ever released, and although Maq wrote it before the #MeToo movement, the recent onslaught of similar stories gives the song a new power.
Nashville-born Allison had been playing guitar her “Whole life” and every summer attended the Southern Girls Rock Camp, where she was free to unleash her inner rockstar-“Every year I would get my hair done up in a mohawk, full-on teased and sprayed up”-she did not feel emboldened to share her songs with other people until college, because she “Didn’t feel like people would take it seriously.” But within a few years recording under the name Soccer Mommy, that has proved untrue.
At its most raging, Allison has said that the record is about “That feeling of wanting to be perfect but not being perfect.” Her songs are alive with the energy of a young woman realizing, after so many years of being constantly told otherwise, her faults are not her fault.
“Mary has a heart of cold, she’ll break you down and eat you whole,” Allison marvels, as friend-crush-struck as Kathleen Hanna is in “Rebel Girl.” “I saw her do it after school-she’s an animal.” Allison sings the song to a boy, but they’re linked in their mutual awe of Mary: “I wanna know her, like you.” It’s the most romantic song on the record.
The songs, she’s said, form “a nice mix of not giving a fuck and giving a fuck,” which feels like as good as any a description of what’s required for a girl who’s alive in the United States in 2018.
Decades of lazy “Women in Rock” articles have polluted the atmosphere so thoroughly that it seems impossible to talk about more than one female artist together without conjuring images of wind machines gently mussing tresses, leather pants, and god-awful adjectives like “Kick-ass.” I don’t want to suggest that all of these bands sound alike, or that they are the only exciting female artists making rock music, or that female is ever, under any circumstance, a genre.

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Summary of “The Future of Music Festivals Is the Internet?”

This year a wall of ferns situated stage right became the latest quirk at one of America’s most unusual music festivals.
Pickathon’s founder is fortifying the festival’s digital presence amid increasing turbulence in the world of live music.
The same year Pickathon kicked off, a concert promoter named Paul Tollett started another underfunded music festival in the desert of Southern California.
The festival lost nearly a million dollars and might have been a forgotten blip in the history of live music.
It’s placing an intense strain on the festivals just below the top tier, which can face devastating financial straits if music fans don’t show up.
Might the challenge of trekking to a festival and the risk that the whole thing turns out to be a Ja Rule-endorsed scam convince young people that it’s simply not worth the effort? Why leave home to enjoy live music when YouTube will beam it directly to your bedroom? Insiders in the live music business are confident that the appeal of festivals will be ongoing, and not just a fad taken up by millennials.
Despite its elaborate digital efforts, Pickathon will not have the most popular online music festival event of the year.
Festivals often include the right to livestream a set in the contracts that artists sign but have to renegotiate for other rights to the music, as Pickathon does for its original videos.

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Summary of “How the once-proud Kenmore brand ended up on the scrap heap”

“When Whirlpool came up with an idea, the first time customers saw it was often on a Kenmore product,” said Mark Cohen, the director of retail studies at the Columbia Business School and a former CEO of Sears Canada.
Cash-starved Sears has been trying to find someone to buy Kenmore for years.
Fifteen years ago, Sears valued Kenmore at $2 billion, according to retail consultant Steve Dennis, who was once vice president of corporate strategy for Sears.
A Sears spokesperson said it’s not clear when the company will make a decision on Lampert’s offer for Kenmore.
As much as the value of Kenmore has declined over the years, the value of Sears has fallen even more.
A year ago Sears reached a deal with Amazon to sell Kenmore on its site for the first time, but it did little to boost sales.
When Sears started to lose market share, it responded by cutting costs, cutting back on research and development and marketing support that the Kenmore brand needed to be competitive.
Fewer locations are selling Kenmore products, and customers are concerned about Sears’ long-term future.

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Summary of “The NFL’s Most Likely Surprise Contenders”

After a fourth-place finish in the NFC East the year before, the Eagles went into last year with its win total set at eight-lower than 18 other teams.
Last year the Bengals were forced to design plays that got the ball out of Dalton’s hands quickly, and he finished with the third-shortest average time to throw last year among all regular starters.
The Broncos defense had a relative down year in 2018, but relative is certainly the operative term.
Keenum doesn’t need to light it up and throw the ball all over the field; he just needs to take care of the football like he did last year for Minnesota.
Bill Musgrave, now officially the offensive coordinator after finishing last year in an interim role, would do well to implement many of the same concepts Shurmur leaned on to help Keenum to a career year in 2017: run-pass balance, personnel and formational diversity, plenty of play-action, and some college offense concepts.
Most people probably assume that Alex Smith is going to fall back to earth after putting together a career year for the Chiefs in 2017, posting 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions, averaging 8.0 yards per attempt, and registering a league-best 104.7 passer rating.
It’s going to take a smart plan from head coach and play-caller Jay Gruden-they may borrow a few concepts from the Chiefs’ scheme-and Smith will need mismatch tight end Jordan Reed to play most of the year, but the wily veteran passer proved last year he has the upside of a top-10 quarterback, throwing with the type of aggressiveness and confidence he lacked earlier in his career.
In addition to Reed, Smith will be throwing to one of the most dynamic slot receivers in the game in Jamison Crowder, a field-stretching contested-ball specialist in Paul Richardson, an elusive open-field missile in running back Chris Thompson, and, if he can finally break out in Year 3, a jump-ball red zone threat in Josh Doctson.

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Summary of “The jaw-dropping story behind an NFL coach’s search for his family”

IN EARLY 2017, now-Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough signed on to coach the running backs at USC, having spent the previous six years in the same position at Indiana University.
Despite interest from other schools, the decision to attend Miami University was easy for McCullough, especially after the home visit, during which Smith charmed Comer as well.
Smith left Miami University after that season to be the tight ends coach at the University of Illinois, but he and McCullough stayed in touch.
He had no idea that off the field, McCullough was consumed by the search for his family.
McCullough called Briggs from a hallway at USC as he awaited the start of a football family dinner.
Instead, McCullough began by talking about his search for his birth parents, how he had found his biological mother, and she was from Youngstown, just like them.
He thought about McCullough’s coaching internship a few years earlier, how Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel hadn’t stopped cracking jokes about Smith and his protege acting like a father-son duo.
Sometime in the weeks between that first phone call and the test results, Smith realized that he was hoping he was McCullough’s father.

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Summary of “Inside the Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, and Utterly Exhausting World of Cruise Performers”

The passengers cheer as four of the world’s best cruise entertainers walk into the glare of a spotlight: British singer-comedian Jo Little sparkles like a disco ball in a glitzy red dress.
Finally, the steely illusionist Michael Barron glides in serenely, as if he already knows whose name is inside the cruise director’s envelope.
I’m on my first-ever cruise because I wanted to see how the entertainment world’s 99 percent, as Bernie Sanders might say, work for a living.
He’s seen cruise life turn entertainers into drunks and gamblers.
Seven years ago, he created the Entertainer of the Year competition to reward the ones who bring, he says, “a real legitimacy to cruise entertainment.” Since passengers rate everything at the end of their cruises, acts who receive five-out-of-tens never get asked back.
So she switches to comedy, working hard and fast to win fans with a rim-shot drumroll of jokes about the Home Shopping Network, menopause, plastic surgery, dieting, the cruise buffet, the cruise toilets, her husband and child, and her height.
A cruise entertainer’s job is to help the passengers just be happy.
A cruise isn’t a bad place for a piano man.

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Summary of “The New Old Age”

That’s a small but telling example of why women seem better prepared for old age than men: we are willing to take on new experiences.
The plan does not cover prescription drugs dispensed by pharmacies, dental care, psychotherapy and physiotherapy by non-physicians, or home and community care for those who can no longer manage on their own.
Frequently, the elderly are admitted to hospital not because they are desperately ill but because there aren’t enough medical and social supports to care for them at home or available spots for them in long-term care residences.
Median wait times to move into long-term care in Ontario in 2014/15 was sixty-eight days for hospital patients and ninety-four days for those living at home, according to the Canadian Medical Association.
Calculate the price of keeping somebody in hospital who would be better cared for in the community, either at home or in a long-term residence, and you can see why health care expenditures are soaring.
These care gaps, along with excessive wait times for non-emergency treatment and a clunky arrangement whereby most physicians are independent contractors rather than an integral component of health care delivery, have downgraded our system internationally.
That’s why CARP “Is advocating for greater financial support, particularly for low-income caregivers and recipients, significant investments in respite care, and home care to help alleviate the burden on caregivers,” Wanda Morris says.
The federal government committed in its 2017 budget to spending $11 billion over ten years on home care, palliative care, and mental health care.

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