Intro / Preface / Extra Words
"The Most Unwanted Song"
What if several composers conducted an opinion poll based on what people like about music then incorporated all the things at the bottom of the list into one song? I'll just say this... it has a rap by an opera singer in it. -Brian
Jeff Goldblum Critiques Jeff Goldblum Tattoos
This video is exactly what it claims to be in the title. And it is exactly as entertaining as I hoped it would be. - Calvin
Why You Wouldn't Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde - The TU-144 Story
I remember in college when the Concorde crashed. It was the first time as an "adult" I was riveted to the 24 hour news channels to the detriment of my other responsibilities. Like the Soviet space shuttle (I've seen one at a museum near Heidelberg and it was incredible) the Soviets also built a Concorde equivalent. It just wasn't very good. 'Murica? Err ‘Gland?-Brian
A Stylish Kill Switch for Digital Distractions
Sunglasses that make screens invisible (just not the most distracting screen–yet). - Calvin
Generic Tips for Becoming a Casual Wine Snob
My favorite Medium food blogger returns! -Brian
Back-to-back long reads about crazy schemes and the work done to catch the bad guys? Yes please. -Brian
How to deal with jet lag
First article to ever get this right. You have two systems and understanding how they interact is crucial. Worth reading for sure, and as a TravelPro® let me toss in my main 3 tidbits:
- Max sleep - don't mess around with trying to stay up to reset your clock. Sleep deprivation is way worse than a messed up circadian rhythm.
- Hydration and exposure to as much sunlight as possible during the day.
- Going east is so much harder than going west it isn't funny. Just be prepared to be out of it for a week or so.
You Fancy, Huh
The $1,500 iPhone
If you think the new price tags for the latest iPhone models are insane, remember that Apple has tried this before. And it really, really worked out for them. I enjoy reading M.G. Siegler's hot takes on tech, and I think he's onto something re: Apple's plan to have you pay them for a phone in perpetuity. -Calvin
Sports (Disc Golf)
'I'd been paid $1m': How to streak at the Super Bowl
Look everyone has to have a thing right? And one guy has a thing where he runs naked onto the field at sporting events. For money. Maybe we are all doing it wrong? -Brian
How the NBA used Twitter to dominate sports social media
This is not a new article, but since the NBA season begins soon I thought it was time to revisit it. - Calvin
On social media, there’s nothing like NBA Twitter. It’s a sports bar that doesn’t close, a barbershop with unlimited seating, a family cookout where the NBA stars show up to hang.
I love technology (and science)
Want to convince someone that you’re human? This one word could do the trick
Look I'm not gonna click-bait you here, the word is poop. K, now you owe me a link click...sucker! -Brian
GM CEO Mary Barra developed a two-word dress code for employees
Courtesy of Tiffany - I love this approach. The more I treat my team like adults the more they act like adults. Now how do I get someone to treat me like an adult? I'm 40! I'm a man! -Brian
The real Goldfinger: the London banker who broke the world
I disagree pretty substantially with the take (it is very r/latestagecapitalism) but the history is fascinating. We have a lot of goals here but at least one of them is to put things in front of you that you don't agree with, and wouldn't otherwise make it inside whatever sort of bubble you've created for yourself. -Brian
How Box Conquered the Enterprise and Became a $1.7 Billion Company in a Decade
Love me a good startup story. This article is well-researched, and has thoughtful questions at the end. - Calvin
The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced.
We aren't far removed generationally-speaking from times of human misery and suffering so dark it breaks the mind to even try to empathize. -Brian
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — sonder
The wikipedia of dictionaries except it is only full of words that should exist but don't. Sonder is my favorite word from it. It definitely needs to exist. -Brian