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A new World Bank rumor

Ray Washburne, the Texan property developer who heads the US government’s development finance institution, has emerged as a contender in the race to be Donald Trump’s nominee for the presidency of the World Bank, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr Washburne became a candidate following his efforts to bolster the Overseas Private Investment Corporation since taking up the reins in September 2017, earning new funding from Congress that could help counter China’s sweeping investments — and influence — across many developing economies. Before taking on that role, Mr Washburne’s career spanned commercial property and restaurants in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was also a prominent Republican party donor, including helping raise money for former president George W Bush and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

That is from James Politi and David Pilling at the FT.

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Source: Marginal REVOLUTION | 16 Jan 2019 | 12:56 am

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Arctic cold freezes men on the Eastern front battlefield
16 January 1944: Arctic cold freezes men on the Eastern front battlefieldSome men fainted as the cold struck them, paralysed before they even had a chance to scream. Survival seemed almost impossible. Our hands and faces were coated with engine grease, and when our worn gloves were pulled over this gluey mixture, every gesture became extremely difficult.

Source: World War II Today | 16 Jan 2019 | 12:00 am

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Apple’s first film collaboration with A24 is ‘On the Rocks,’ reuniting Bill Murray & Sofia Coppola

Back in November, it was reported that Apple was working with film studio A24 to produce original movies. Now, Variety reports that the first initiative to come of that partnership is a feature film starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

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Source: 9to5Mac | 15 Jan 2019 | 10:53 pm

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Tim Cook shares story of user who discovered A-fib and other health issues with Apple Watch

On Twitter today, Tim Cook has shared the story of another Apple user whose Apple Watch warned them of major health problems. Elissa Lombardo said her husband’s Apple Watch alerted him he could have A-fib, prompting him to seek medical attention.

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Source: 9to5Mac | 15 Jan 2019 | 10:05 pm

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‘Inflammatory statements’: NBC News stumbles over Steve King, ‘racist’ comments
Guidance preached avoiding the term in characterizing King's comments. It didn't go over well.

Source: Erik Wemple | 15 Jan 2019 | 5:21 pm

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The Art of Noticing

When Tim and I first started the Noticing newsletter, I got a note from Rob Walker, a design and technology journalist whose work I’ve followed for some years. He said he was working on a book about paying attention and that the book and an affiliated newsletter were going to have a similar name to “Noticing”. Name collisions like that are always a bummer, but we didn’t challenge each other to a duel or anything. Instead, he asked me to contribute a tiny bit to the book and I said I’d write about it when it was coming out.

So here’s the skinny. The book is called The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy In the Everyday, will be out in May 2019, and can be preordered from Amazon right now. Walker describes it as a practical guide to becoming a better observer, “a series of exercises and prompts and games and things you can actually do (or reflect upon) to build attention muscles or just get off your phone and enjoy noticing stuff that everyone else missed”.

The Art of Noticing is an expansion of an essay by Walker called How to Pay Attention. One of the suggestions is “Look slowly”:

Robert Irwin, the artist mentioned above, shaped his practice in part by spending insane-sounding amounts of time simply looking — at his own paintings, at rooms, at outdoor settings. “Slow Art Day” is an annual event at multiple locations around the country that picks up this spirit in a perhaps more manageable form: Participants meet at a museum and “look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience,” the event’s site explains.

The weekly newsletter associated with the book is right here if you’d like to join me in signing up. So far, it’s both whetting the appetite for the book and also providing interesting attention-adjacent things to snack on in the meantime.

P.S. I love Walker’s idea that paying attention is something that a person can learn to do. In the introduction letter to Noticing, I wrote about a similar assertion Walter Isaacson made about Leonardo da Vinci in his biography:

One of Isaacson’s main points in the book was that Leonardo’s accomplishments were due in no small part to his extraordinary powers of observation. By observing things closely and from all possible angles, he was able to make connections and find details that other people didn’t and express them in his work. Isaacson argues that Leonardo’s observational powers were not innate and that with sufficient practice, we can all observe as he did. People talk in a precious way about genius, creativity, and curiosity as superpowers that people are born with but noticing is a more humble pursuit. Noticing is something we can all do.

P.P.S. When working on the book, Walker asked a number of people for tips on paying better attention. My tip (the “tiny bit” mentioned above) didn’t make it into the book, so I thought I’d share it here:

The thing that popped into my head about noticing suggestions is to pay attention to kids. They are literally at a different level in the world, ocularly speaking, and so notice different things. They’ve also got Beginner’s Minds, again literally. Having been a designer for many years, I am pretty good at observation, but my kids are always noticing details that I miss. I’m not saying you should crawl around on your hands and knees, but occasionally directing your gaze as a child would is often instructive.

Related to this, a few months ago I was able to add a new tool to their observational skills. The kids were having repeated difficulty with the door to a store in our town and on one particular visit, my son voiced his frustration. I asked them why he thought the door was so tough and they couldn’t really say, so I told them about Norman doors and now every time they have trouble with, say, a PULL door with PUSH indications, they go, “Norman door! They should get a better designed door.” It’s really fun because it turns a boring shopping trip into a little exercise in how the world could be a tiny bit better if people were just a little more observant about how others use things.

P.P.P.S. <— Last one, I promise. A version of this post first appeared in last week’s Noticing newsletter. If you’d like to subscribe, right this way.

Tags: books   kottke.org   Rob Walker   The Art of Noticing

Source: kottke.org | 15 Jan 2019 | 4:31 pm

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William Barr on jailing journalists: ‘I know there are guidelines in place’
In Senate confirmation hearing, Barr tiptoes around an issue on which Trump hasn't been quite so careful.

Source: Erik Wemple | 15 Jan 2019 | 2:34 pm

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Meet the Black Market Dropgangs

Ok, this is fascinating. In “dropgangs, or the future of darknet markets”, Jonathan Logan shares how vendors on the darknet have evolved in recent years. Instead of relying on markets like Silk Road to connect with customers and the post office to deliver, vendors have brought customer communications in-house and utilize public dead drop locations for delivery, just like espionage organizations.

To prevent the problems of customer binding, and losing business when darknet markets go down, merchants have begun to leave the specialized and centralized platforms and instead ventured to use widely accessible technology to build their own communications and operational back-ends.

Instead of using websites on the darknet, merchants are now operating invite-only channels on widely available mobile messaging systems like Telegram. This allows the merchant to control the reach of their communication better and be less vulnerable to system take-downs. To further stabilize the connection between merchant and customer, repeat customers are given unique messaging contacts that are independent of shared channels and thus even less likely to be found and taken down. Channels are often operated by automated bots that allow customers to inquire about offers and initiate the purchase, often even allowing a fully bot-driven experience without human intervention on the merchant’s side.

The use of messaging platforms provides a much better user experience to the customers, who can now reach their suppliers with mobile applications they are used to already. It also means that a larger part of the communication isn’t routed through the Tor or I2P networks anymore but each side - merchant and customer - employ their own protection technology, often using widely spread VPNs.

The other major change is the use of “dead drops” instead of the postal system which has proven vulnerable to tracking and interception. Now, goods are hidden in publicly accessible places like parks and the location is given to the customer on purchase. The customer then goes to the location and picks up the goods. This means that delivery becomes asynchronous for the merchant, he can hide a lot of product in different locations for future, not yet known, purchases. For the client the time to delivery is significantly shorter than waiting for a letter or parcel shipped by traditional means - he has the product in his hands in a matter of hours instead of days. Furthermore this method does not require for the customer to give any personally identifiable information to the merchant, which in turn doesn’t have to safeguard it anymore. Less data means less risk for everyone.

Logan expects this type of thing to become more widespread in the near future and it will be difficult to know what effect it will have on society. Maybe one of those effects is that being a corner hopper (like in The Wire) will be more widely available to young people (emphasis mine):

More people will find their livelihoods in taking part in these distribution networks, since required skills and risks are low, while a steady income for the industrious can be expected. Instead of delivering papers, teenagers will service dead drops.

(via @pomeranian99)

Tags: crime   drugs   Jonathan Logan

Source: kottke.org | 15 Jan 2019 | 2:26 pm

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Germans crack down as Red Army gets closer
15 January 1944: Germans crack down as Red Army gets closerThe overall feeling is that this time the Germans are unable to stop the Russian offensive. In the German administration and also the German military you can see complete chaos. Germany is already finished. Their might is breaking apart and the time for the end is near. This is an all-embracing feeling, but the people who are more realistic are still counting on very difficult days.

Source: World War II Today | 15 Jan 2019 | 12:00 am

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‘God Is Not Done With Us Yet’: The Move Toward Local Renewal

The prospect for governance at the national level is dark. If you were in doubt, here is some recent grist.

This makes it all the more important to notice, to connect, and to learn from the dispersed examples of local-level renewal, progress, and reinvention around the country. That is the intended theme of this ongoing thread.

With minimal elaboration, here are a few recent installments and bits of evidence toward this end:

1. Progressive federalism: My friends Lenny Mendonca and Laura Tyson have written extensively on this phenomenon, and how exactly cities, states, and regions and work most effectively in a time of national dysfunction. (Lenny Mendonca is the former head of CalForward and recently announced chief economic adviser to new California Governor Gavin Newsom. Laura Tyson was head of Bill Clinton’s National Economic Council and is a professor at UC Berkeley.)

In an article “America’s New Democracy Movement,” they detail a theme discussed here over the months, and evident in the 2018 mid-term results: moves toward structural improvements in the machinery of governance, at the local and state level. The state-level moves in the opposite direction, notably in North Carolina and Wisconsin, are well known. Mendonca and Tyson say there is an opposing and more positive trend:

But the story of the 2018 midterms is about more than Trump and the future of his presidency. It is about an American electorate yearning for democratic reforms. Like in the Progressive era of the early twentieth century, when citizens and states spearheaded a wave of measures to improve democratic governance, voters from both parties used the election to signal their support for democracy….

With the federal government mired in dysfunction and now in its third shutdown since January 2018, voters are taking charge. Come 2020, there is every reason to expect that “progressive federalism” will usher in democratic reforms on a scale not seen since the heyday of the original Progressive movement.


2. Also in California, the governor-once-removed Arnold Schwarzenegger is continuing his drive for progressive democratic reform, notably through anti-gerrymandering measures. On January 10 his institute at USC had a big “Fair Maps Incubator” conference about a new approach to districting. I look forward to seeing the results.


3. Also in California, our friend Joe Mathews reports in the San Francisco Chronicle on the Salinas Valley town of Gonzales, many of whose residents are farm workers and where the median income is only $17,000 a year, that has found an ambitious way to give its young people a much better chance. As he writes:

Against the odds, Gonzales has assembled such a rich suite of services for children—27 programs—that it spends more on youth than on its Fire Department. Gonzales residents are poor, but they still voted for a half-cent sales tax that helps fund youth services. And while leaders in this Monterey County town don’t have much power, that didn’t stop them from sharing power with their own children, who help make decisions on spending and policy.

Gonzales, for all its challenges, has real strengths. It has developed an industrial park and agriculture-related businesses that produce steady tax revenue. And it has stable and thoughtful local leadership….

As much as possible, Gonzales employs the city’s own children as part-time workers or interns in its programs. Students as young as ninth-graders are asked to interview and fill out applications — giving them experience. The city also gives part-time work to college students from Gonzales to keep them connected to the town.

The whole story is worth reading.


4. Not in California, but from a state resident (and former San Jose Mercury reporter): Dan Gillmor writes about experiments in re-connecting local journalism with its civic audience, and with a potential economic base. This one is in Kansas City, to give local residents a view inside the news room.

Our work with newsrooms, including Kansas City, has been about collaboration in every respect. At The Star, for example, the collaboration with the public library has been astoundingly productive. The organizations teamed up on “Java with Journalists” meetings at branch libraries — a project soon to be expanded to other public library systems in the Kansas City metro area — and, of course, the “What’s Your KCQ” project. The latter has another partner: Hearken, a Chicago-based specialist in what it calls “public powered journalism” in which the public is integral to the reporting….

Speaking personally, some lessons are already clear. Among them: Each newsroom and community is different, so the engagement/transparency projects need to be tailored to fit the people and place; the principles don’t change but the specific tactics may.

Samantha Max, of the Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, has a related report, which like Gillmor’s is carried at Arizona State University’s NewsCo/Lab site.


5. From a very different perspective, drawing from the works of Friedrich Hayek and the doctrine of “subsidiarity” with a heavily Catholic emphasis, Andy Smarick of the libertarian R Street Institute talks about conservatives’ obligation to work out the practicalities of a local-centric approach. His essay in National Affairs is called “Toward a Real Decentralization,” and it says:

Conservative leaders who embrace [the localist] view should be comfortable even with formations that adopt initiatives they may not like. By recognizing our own limitations and the authority of others, we can see that the American unum requires a pluribus.

There are many instances in which leaders on the right seem to miss this point. For example, after the city of Charlotte passed an ordinance in 2016 permitting transgender people to use the bathrooms they prefer, state lawmakers in North Carolina hastily passed a bill overriding this policy…. Similarly, as political-science professor Jay Aiyer pointed out in a paper on localism in Texas, "Texas is a conservative state with growing liberal urban centers. However … the leadership in Texas has chosen to centralize authority through the legislative process, undermining local control on a myriad of issues." In other words, to prevent liberal policies from taking effect, or what Texas governor Greg Abbott often refers to as "the Californization of Texas," conservative leaders at times proudly subvert local authorities.

The essay is a useful complement to the progressive-minded examinations of the likes of Tyson and Mendonca.


6. Finally for now, former senator and presidential front-runner Gary Hart, subject of this recent story in The Atlantic, from his site Matters of Principle. In “The Darkness Before the Dawn” he writes:

Despite the chaos in and around the White House and the fog of stagnation it creates, emanating from a man who could care less for this country, and despite the cultural changes shrewdly observed by my friend, there must and will be a return to sanity and to a brighter day for the country we love.  We are optimists because we are Americans.

As Reverend Jesse Jackson used to say about himself, God is not done with us yet.

Details on what God may have in mind for the people of the United States, and what Earthlings may do about it, ahead.

Source: James Fallows | The Atlantic | 13 Jan 2019 | 10:11 pm

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Trump Refuses to Soothe a Wounded Nation

Editor’s Note: This article is one of 50 in a series about Trump's first two years as president.

There is one presidential duty that each incumbent must eventually bear, but whose timing no one can foresee. Sooner or later in each presidency, something sudden and terrible will occur—an attack, a natural calamity, something as inevitable as a mass shooting or as unusual as a space-program disaster.

In response to these sorrows and emergencies, previous presidents have understood a specific, very important part of their job. At least for a moment, they must shift from head of government to head of state—leader of us all—and reflect the shared sentiments of supporters and critics alike.

[Read: Harvey exposes Trump’s empathy deficit]

In this role (and using examples from only the past few decades), a president can express a broad sense of national grief—as, for instance, Barack Obama did after the 2015 Mother Emanuel gun massacre in South Carolina, in which a 21-year-old white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at worship. In this role a president can express a sense of national resolve, as Ronald Reagan did after the on-live-TV explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Or as Bill Clinton did after an antigovernment terrorist killed 168 people by bombing a federal office building in Oklahoma City in 1995. And in this role a president can reassert enduring national principles, as George W. Bush did in the best speech of his presidency, an address to a joint meeting of Congress nine days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

These are the roles all past presidents have assumed and the responsibilities they have borne, as leaders of us, the whole American public. Donald Trump has not risen to this opportunity nor accepted this burden, even once, because he has proved himself incapable of thinking or acting beyond the interests of me.

His callous, tweeted response to the deaths of nearly 50 people in the gun massacre at an Orlando nightclub when he was still campaigning for president—which began, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism”—prefigured the way he would respond to tragedies when he took office. After thousands of people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Trump awarded his administration, via tweet, “A Pluses for our recent hurricane work” and blamed “a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan” for anything that had gone wrong. About Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, he seemed mainly to notice its “biggest ever!” size. After the deadliest gun massacre in American history, when one murderer in a hotel tower killed some 59 people and wounded hundreds in Las Vegas, Trump breezily said, “Look, we have a tragedy. [But] what happened is, in many ways, a miracle. The police department, they’ve done such an incredible job.”

[Read: “President Trump did disrespect my son”]

The list of instances when Trump said the wrong thing could go on. The more important point is that he’s never said the right thing. Conceivably, weather might have kept him from paying his respects at the World War I battlefield in France last month. Nothing but narcissism kept him from driving the few miles from the White House to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington, for the presidential duty of laying a wreath on Veterans Day. Any normal president would have recognized the responsibility to show up that comes with his uniquely privileged and powerful job. Trump manifestly did not.

Trump appears to have no moral, emotional, or intellectual ambit that extends more broadly than his own person, or some of his business interests, or perhaps some of his children. It’s not really fair to criticize him for something he cannot do. It would be like criticizing a person born without a larynx for not joining in song. This is how he is made, and how he is limited.

But this particular silence is deafening.

Source: James Fallows | The Atlantic | 13 Jan 2019 | 9:08 pm

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Movin’ On Up: Devin Haney Dominates Xolisani Ndongeni

Prospect. Contender. Champion. Star.

That’s the arc. Sure, an Olympic pedigree or a famous last name can expedite the process but for anyone who has ever strapped on a pair of gloves and asked to be paid for it, this is the assigned career path.

And let’s be honest, most fighters will never make it past that first step. Shit, most never even make it past the starting line. Pick any vaguely Spanish sounding name, type it into boxrec and you’ll see just how many farmhands and bouncers try to parlay their garage karate skills into a professional boxing career and get nothing but a 0-7 record and a toilet full of black urine for their troubles.

Bay area native Devin Haney (21-0, 13 KO) began his ascent towards boxing’s summit the old fashioned way by starting early and perfecting his craft in the amateurs, racking up a reported 130-8 record in the process. Haney had his first professional fight at the age of 16 and, much like my illustrious history with prostitutes, his first four times were in Mexico because he was too young to do it in the United States.

Along the way he compiled an undefeated record and caught the eye of The Money Team, of which he is now a card carrying member. He also reportedly dated someone or something called Blac Chyna but if you think I’m googling whatever that is, well, enjoying prancing through that field of blind optimism. The point is Devin Haney has already proven to have star quality outside the ring. Now could he prove it inside where it matters most? Friday night in Shreveport he would get his chance.

Making his third appearance on Showtime’s long running Showbox series, Haney faced off against tough South African, Xolisani Ndongeni. A sturdy, if not particularly showy fighter, Ndongeni  (25-1, 13 KO) had put together an undefeated record in an eight and a half year pro career, mostly against guys whose names look like a Plutonian Eye Chart and whose own dogs couldn’t pick them out of a line-up. There’s a win over Mzonke Fana in there but it’s not 2004 anymore so that doesn’t quite carry as much weight as it once might have. Regardless, he was expected to go rounds and test Haney which he sort of did.

Haney started quickly behind an active jab and proceeded to walk down Ndongeni for much of the round. There were some good exchanges along the ropes with Haney’s right hand more often than not getting the better of them.

Partway through the second round Haney managed to floor Ndongeni with a short right hand. Ndongeni looked to be a bit off balance and he popped right up but it was an indication of how the rest of his night was to go. To his credit, Haney didn’t panic and rush in for a stoppage. He took his time setting up his shots and showed a calmness not generally seen in most 20 year old fighters.

The mid rounds showed more of the same as Haney backed Ndongeni up with his jab and found a home for his straight right and looping left hooks. The South African fighter showed his durability and landed his shots when he had the opportunity. This wasn’t scintillating stuff but it was exactly what a fighter in Haney’s stage of his career needs.

In the sixth round Haney upped his body attack. He dug short left hooks into Ndongeni’s liver and hips, which sounds like a Hannibal Lector spoken word album. He’ll have some sore knuckles from banging away at the elbows that the crafty Ndongeni kept mostly low enough to protect his organs that make and expel urine but his attempt to slow down his opponent by targeting his lower torso showed another level of poise from Haney not generally seen in fighters his age.

As the bell rang for the final round the only intrigue was whether or not Haney would get the knockout he craved to put an exclamation point on a mostly dominant performance. He continued to chop Ndongeni down with body shots while using his left hand to measure distance for his straight right. He came close and Ndongeni looked out a couple times but ultimately they both finished on their feet, though just barely as Haney attempted to slingshot Ndongeni through the ropes at the final bell.

When the scorecards were read it was a mere formality. Haney took home a near shutout victory with judge Pat Dayton awarding him a 99-90 victory and judges Mickey Lofton and Laurence Cole each scoring it 100-89 in his favor.

*record scratch*

*freeze frame*

Laurence Cole, you ask? Hall of fame level fuck up and referee of your nightmares? That Laurence Cole? Yep, fraid’ so.

Look, congratulations to him I guess for actually getting it right and not just pissing all over himself and declaring a mistrial or something but if Laurence fucking Cole is judging high level fights now, Lucifer help us all. Hell, if Laurence fucking Cole is judging anything other than an Anthony Scaramucci lookalike contest, I want there to be federal oversight.

In the end, Devin Haney did more or less what he came to do. Show his skills against a solid opponent, flash a winning smile and take a step up the ladder toward being a legitimate contender in the lightweight division.

Naturally, there’s things to work on. He probably throws his punches a bit wide and there’s balance issues that could be problematic down the line but nothing that can’t be addressed and corrected by his team in the gym. Haney has all the cards in his deck he needs to be a star. Now he just has to play them.

And with…*squints*….Blacc Chyna at his side, the sky is the limit.

 

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Source: Bloguin.com Blogs | 12 Jan 2019 | 1:51 pm

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Ode to the 767

An American Airlines Boeing 767-300

January 10, 2019

MY FONDNESS for the 757, Boeing’s venerable, inimitable twin-jet, is well documented. But hey, how about a shout-out for its slightly bigger sibling, the 767?

The 767 is a twin-aisle, longish-haul airliner that first flew in 1981. With a seven abreast, 2-3-2 layout in economy, it’s a quasi-widebody with seats for around 210 passengers, depending on configuration. It was developed in conjunction with the single-aisle 757. Despite an obvious size difference, the planes have similar internal systems and virtually identical cockpits, allowing pilots to fly both models.

I hate saying it, but both jets are by most measures obsolete. They’re a rare sight elsewhere in the world, where carriers long ago sent them to pasture. But here in the U.S. it’s another story. The 757 and 767 fleets at the big three — American, United, and Delta — still number in the hundreds. The intensive maintenance overhauls and cabin refurbishments required to keep them in the game aren’t cheap, but neither is replacing them outright. Plus the damn things are so remarkably versatile. Short-haul or long-haul, domestic or international, these machines can turn a profit across the whole spectrum of stage lengths and markets. In the case of the 757, as I talked about before, there simply isn’t a newer plane that can match its combination of range, capacity, and efficiency.

I haven’t updated my logbook since who knows when, but I’ve got roughly the same number of hours split between the two models. I’ve been flying them for eleven years now on routes across five continents. While they’re both fun to fly — and my earlier raves for the 757 notwithstanding — if given the choice I will always pick the “seven six” over its smaller sister. The 767s at my carrier are, on average, newer than the 757s, which means the cockpits are cleaner (the filthiness of airliner cockpits is a subject for another time). They’re also roomier and, due to a differently designed recirculation fan, much quieter. (Funny how it’s the ergonomics and creature comforts that mean so much. You probably expected me to say something about speed or engine thrust.) Plus the plane is, well, bigger, and there’s that pilot ego thing. Flying in the U.S. I get to say, “heavy” after our radio call sign, which brings out the little kid in me.

Curiously, at almost twice the size, it’s the 767 that’s lighter and more twitchy on the controls. This is due mostly to a pair of inboard ailerons, which the 757 does not have, and which make the jet surprisingly sensitive on its roll axis (i.e. turns). It’s also quite light on the pitch axis (nose up and down). The 757 is recalcitrant and heavy, particularly on takeoff, requiring a good flex of the biceps to get the nose up. The 767, even at 400,000 pounds, can be flown with two fingers.

With respect to lift and power, both jets are pretty damn muscular. In my previous story I boasted about the 757’s fantastic performance on short runways. Well, the 767 can do it too. And then some…

Cockpit of a Boeing 767.

Departure

We’re at Boston-Logan. We’ve just called for push when the guy on clearance delivery asks if we can take runway 22R. The longer, parallel runway is closed for some reason. “Standby a second,” I tell him.

I look at the chart. “That’s only 7800 feet!” But we send for the data and it all looks fine.

“Yeah, we can do that.”

We’d already set up and briefed for runway 22L. So things get very busy for a few minutes. We have to review the new thrust and flap settings, input the revised takeoff data into the FMS, plus reload the departure procedure, reviewing all the associated turns and climbs and speed restrictions, which are different now. The taxi route, too, has changed and needs to be briefed. When that’s all done, we re-run the checklists. Then it’s time to start the engines and get moving. We’re blocking the alleyway and two inbound jets are waiting; the apron controllers are antsy for us to roll. Believe it or not it’s these first few minutes off the gate, long before you’re in the air, that are some of the busiest and most work-intensive minutes of a flight.

The short runway means a flaps 20 takeoff, which is somewhat unusual. Even so, the numbers say we can use reduced thrust all the way down to an assumed temperature of 45 degrees Celsius. That’s some monster performance on a plane this heavy, with two-hundred people and eight hours of fuel.

I love flaps 20, because the V-speeds are so tame and you’re off the ground in under twenty seconds. V1 today is a measly 144 knots — about twenty less than it’d be at the standard flaps 5. This will give us low (safer) tire speeds and a nice, gentlemanly rotation with tons of runway remaining.

It’s my turn at the controls, and we are in the air by the time we’re abeam the old TWA gates at terminal C. I see the control tower to my right, zipping past out of the corner of my eye, and the old 16th floor observation deck where as a young teenager I spent so many afternoons.

How fun is this? We didn’t use even two-thirds of that runway, and we’re climbing at four thousand feet a minute! No way could a 737 have done this. They’d be skimming into the harbor at 170 knots.

Also it’s Christmas, and I’m wearing one of the Santa hats that Ray, our relief pilot tonight, brought along for everyone.

 

Arrival

It’s just after dawn and the visibility at Charles de Gaulle is fluctuating between a thousand and fifteen-hundred meters. Fog, drizzle — typical Paris morning. That’s a little tight, but plenty good for a Category 1 ILS.

Everything is set up: the arrival, the transition, the approach and the checklists. We’ve briefed the ILS right down to the type of approach lights to expect, and gone over the expected taxi route to the gate — CDG’s spaghetti snarl of taxiways being one of the most daunting in Europe, requiring you to flip back and forth between four different charts and diagrams. Paris won’t assign you a runway until fairly late in the descent, so there’s a lot of talking and button-pushing in the last fifteen or so minutes of the flight.

We’re eight or so miles out on a long final to 26R. Approach control gives us a speed of 170 knots and hands us off to de Gaulle tower.

“Bonjour,” says the tower controller, asking us to slow to 160 knots. We’re following an Etihad A380, he tells us. We can see him on the TCAS screen. Even as we decelerate it looks like the distance between us is shrinking. It’s busy this time of the morning, and controllers are doing their best to get everyone in. Etihad and us are just two of several jets lined up for the runway. The winds, I notice, have dropped about 25 knots in the last thousand feet of altitude. Shifts like that can mess with the spacing.

“Reduce to minimum speed, please,” says the tower. That means about 150 knots for us, with everything out. The flaps are at 25, the gear is down and the landing checklist is complete.

That’s pretty slow. But the A380, just over the numbers now, is apparently slower.

“Go around,” says the tower. Yup, we had a feeling this might happen.

With my left thumb I activate the TOGA switches attached to the thrust levers. The levers slide forward and the engines roar — that grinding, deep-throated lion’s roar that only high-bypass turbofans can make. I loved that noise when I was a kid, and I love it now, making it happen. The jet immediately pitches up to the command bars; the acceleration and climb are instant. The power and acceleration, kicking up through the seat of your pants, is more than just encouraging — it’s something fierce.

“Go around engaged,” says the captain.

“Flaps 20,” I say.

“Positive rate,” he says.

“Gear up.”

There’s so much thrust that the climb feels almost effortless, as if the plane is floating, levitating upwards. Wow, I’m thinking. Has this thing got some juice.

Back in the cabin, half the passengers at this point are probably whispering goodbyes to their loved ones. Go-arounds have a way of scaring the bejeezus out of people. They’re abrupt, loud, and disorienting: the sudden change of pitch, the power increasing, the gear clunk-clunking back into the wells, and so forth. “We were coming down, and then all of a sudden it was up, up up!” It’s not the most sensory-friendly thing for customers, I admit. But for an airplane, that transition from descent to climb is perfectly natural. For the crew, it’s a busy maneuver, but a routine one just the same. If anything, let all that racket assure you that the pilots and their plane are doing exactly what they need to.

“When we level at three,” I say, “Let’s do 200 knots and flaps 5.”

The missed approach altitude is only 3,000 feet. So now, only a minute or so into the climb, the thrust levers come hauling back. The engines wind down nearly to idle and the nose falls back to the horizon. Again this is all perfectly natural, but likely a bit alarming to the vacationers back there.

I’ve got my eye on the airspeed, because I don’t want to overspeed the flaps or slats as they transition to the 5 setting. But the jet handles the level-off just fine — as smoothly and safely as you could hope for.

Then it’s another big series of turns, descents, speed adjustments and checklists as ATC brings us around. I’m flying while the captain is talking to the controllers, eyeing the fuel gauges and setting up the FMS again. Ray, in the jumpseat between us, makes a PA and talks to the flight attendants. I can’t hear what he’s saying, but hopefully he’s not too cavalier with the microphone; this is one of those instances where passengers go home with some hair-raising story about a “near-miss.” We were nowhere remotely close to colliding with that A380, but phrases like “a little too close to another plane” play to people’s fears.

I’m just hoping they don’t switch runways on us, because that would require loading the new approach, verifying all the points and altitudes, and another briefing.

Fortunately they keep us on 26R.

So, what do you think the odds are for two go-arounds? Don’t laugh, it’s actually happened to me. Once about eight years ago, in a 757 at La Guardia, and another time in 1992, in a Beech 99 at Hyannis.

No, not today. This time we’re first in line for the runway, and the rest is all just kinda boring.

 

The 767 has existed in three basic variants. The original, short-bodied -200 model is all but extinct, while the -400 was a sort of orphan project that sold only a few dozen examples. The -300, particularly the -300ER (extended range), is the one you see most commonly today. In fact this plane remains in production. It’s been years since a passenger model was sold, but Boeing continues to roll out brand new 767-300 freighters, FedEx being the biggest customer. These have has a redesigned, 777-style cockpit. A military tanker, called the KC-46, is also based on this airframe.

 

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Dating Advice for Women

I don't usually give dating advice to women, but recently two of my female friends have been asking me a lot about dating, so I figured I'd consolidate some of the stuff we've been talking about here. Some of this stuff will apply to men, too, but for once I wanted to focus on the female perspective.

There are two primary issues for women to deal with in dating: the first is sifting through the masses of men who will present themselves, and the second is keeping the man once they begin dating. The other parts, the parts that are hard for men, are easy. Most women have no problem getting attention from men or getting dates.

For the first part, my advice is to just get out there and go on as many dates as possible. Women are often attracted more by personality than appearance, so the initial screening process is more difficult. However, personality can be sized up reasonably accurately quickly.

Rather than leave it to chance, spend time in places where guys you like might be. You can also go approach guys, and guys tend to think this is amazing, but just showing up in places where guys you might be interested in are should be enough. When a guy approaches you, encourage him. It can be terrifying.

Once you're on a date, realize that you don't owe the guy anything other than to show up. If he's creepy or rude, leave immediately. It's rude to leave, but ruder to make someone feel uncomfortable. And if the date isn't great, don't go on another date. You don't owe him another date, even if he feels like you do.

Women are often afraid of upsetting the male ego, because it can be fragile and men are likely to say extraordinarily stupid things when they are rejected. It's not fair that you have to hear those things, but you can at least be kind to yourself and realize that they are entirely reflections of the man's inner world, and not of you.

Silence is often the best answer. If a guy says something stupid to you, just ignore it and block him. This will prevent you from hearing more nonsense and it will also starve him of the attention he's trying to get.

If you have a great date, make sure the guy knows. On average we are far worse at reading signals than women are, so signals that you think are clever and just subtle enough will go totally unnoticed.

When you start dating a guy and he likes you, he will generally advance the relationship. Make him do at least half of the work in terms of texting and setting up dates. If he's not willing to do that, he's not interested enough in you.

If you're looking for a serious relationship, don't allow yourself to be someone's second priority. He either puts in the effort and gets to spend time with you, or he doesn't.

On the other hand, it's critical not to rush his decision making process. While men tend to know sooner whether they're physically attracted to a woman, women tend to know sooner whether they're interested in a relationship.

And just as a guy moving too fast physically can scare off a woman, so too can a woman moving too quickly towards a relationship. Don't worry. If he likes you, he'll get there.

Never ask if he likes you. If he's seeing you, he does. Don't ask relationship questions to which you aren't very confident the answer is yes. That includes whether he wants to be exclusive, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.

There's a very common situation that happens where a guy is still trying to figure out if he wants to be in a relationship with a woman and she rushes the decision. It's very common to feel like you probably do eventually want that relationship, but if you have to commit now, you have to say no. It's much better to be a little bit patient than to rush him into a decision that will force him to say no. Every guy has been there.

Understand how important freedom is to a man. Maybe not all of us, but it's commonly an important value. A woman who tries to encroach upon our freedom will be seen as a threat. On the other hand, a woman who supports us having a lot of freedom will get a ton of credit for that, and the benefits of that freedom will actually get credited to you. Many guys complain about how their girlfriends or wives restrict their freedom, so a guy who isn't in that position is constantly reminded how lucky he is.

Your goal as a partner should not be to hold on to him no matter what. It should be to be irreplaceable. Rules, threats, ultimatums, and bargaining will never keep a good man. Being the best version of yourself and working with him to create an incredible relationship will.

Dating is tough for both men and women, and it can feel disheartening sometimes. The good news is that you only need to really succeed at it once.

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2018 Fighter Of The Year: Oleksandr Usyk

It’s sad, really, the way America — and much of the rest of the globe, actually — gives no fucks about the cruiserweight division, the stubbier sibling of the kaiju heavyweight class. So many of history’s best heavyweights, from Joe Louis to Rocky Marciano to Muhammad Ali, hovered around the cruiserweight 200-pound limit for large swaths of their careers. And while, yes, it’s truly satisfying to see real-life giants crash into each other, the more fleet of foot big men at 200 pounds often produce a more pleasing and well-rounded style of combat while also offering plenty of fulfilling crunch.

For one year, at least, Oleksandr Usyk (née Alexander Usyk) made everyone take notice. His 2018 cruiserweight campaign was so damn good that the suggestion he’s now the best ever to roam the class isn’t entirely stupid. He’s done it all in just 16 fights. And he’s done it in style — well, styles, to be more specific, with something for every kind of fan.

Start with his January meeting against Mairis Breidis, who, rankings aside, proved themselves the two best cruiserweights in the world in their January conflagration. It was, for this writer, the kind of fight that best hits the spot. This was elite boxing with good, offensive-minded fighters doing intelligent battle on almost equal terms, with the outcome shrouded in doubt until the scores were read. It wasn’t the Fight of the Year, but it wasn’t far off, either.

Move next to his victory over Murat Gassiev in July, who via the World Boxing Super Series had risen to the finale against Usyk coming off a nasty knockout in a tough battle against Yunier Dorticos. Usyk utterly neutralized Gassiev and outclassed him from start to finish. It’s extraordinary that Usyk can do this, and he does it routinely; it’s what made the Briedis fight all the more compelling, that he was in a fight that ever was in question. Every night out other than against Breidis, it’s Usyk by way outclass or KO, against younger, older, just plain anyone in a division that has marked parity. And with this win, Usyk established himself as the true champion of the division.

So why not put a cherry on top? In November, he smote the shit out of Tony Bellew, a division veteran who had established he could compete at heavyweight and even score knockout there. Popeye could hardly have done it better than Usyk did against Bellew. After it happened, Bellew retired from the sport on the spot.

(An aside: God bless boxing’s Ukrainians for elevating the sport in 2018. The country’s population is marginally larger than California’s, but between Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Usyk/Loma trainer Anatoly Lomachenko, it accounted for a significant percentage of the year’s excellence. Extend to the entire Soviet bloc and it gets even more disproportionate.)

When he took out Bellew, that made three whole divisional contenders Usyk conquered by calendar’s end. Every other Fighter of the Year finalist beat two. Besides what he did at cruisereweight, you can make the case that Usyk is now the third best fighter in the world of any weight. His Fighter of the Year-ness was so clearcut it was the only category where the TQBR team voted unanimously.

And now Usyk will give in to the siren song of the heavyweight division, as many a cruiserweight before him did. He’s so skilled there’s no skepticism he’ll be able to compete, but whatever comes, there will be the “might have been” had Usyk stayed home, something that would’ve been more viable if cruiserweights’ earning potential wasn’t hampered by the universe’s disinterest in them. The chance to put insurmountable distance between himself and anyone else for the claim of “best that ever was” will evaporate. At least he gave us a year to remember on his way out.

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Aloha 2018

Well, that's another amazing year in the books!

2017 was an exceptionally great year for me, so much so that I thought that 2018 wouldn't be able to stack up. But this year was even better than 2017 by a decent margin.

As is now tradition, I'll talk about some of the highlights of the year for me.

Marriage

My first year of marriage was pretty awesome! There was obviously some adjustment as could be expected during the merging of two lives, but I felt like we handled it really well and have found harmony. I'm even happier to be married now than I was when we first got married, and I'm enjoying our life together. Just as my years keep getting better and better, hopefully this trend of my marriage getting better and better also continues.

Coaching

I cut down on the number of coaching clients I have, generally not replacing people once others "graduate". I like having a little more flexibility in my schedule and only opening a few days per month per call, and I really enjoy the long-term I've been able to work with people. I err way on the side of privacy so I won't give specifics, but it's been really amazing to see people make huge gains over the year+ I've been working with most of my existing clients.

I also did my first live event last March and it went better than my greatest expectations. I really chalk most of that up to having such an excellent group of people that came motivated, open minded, and willing to trust the process. I'm doing another one in March that's now full and will do one in Budapest later in the year (if you emailed me about Budapest but haven't gotten a reply, don't worry— I have a big list of everyone and I'll figure out the event in the next month or two and email you).

CruiseSheet

CruiseSheet has really become very stable and consistent. It made 25% more than the previous year and required far less work from me since the heavy lifting is done and I hired an employee. I worked a lot on it early in the year but then put it on the back burner for the past few months, largely because what it really needs now is marketing and I just have zero interest in doing those sorts of tasks.

Vegas

We now have 11 units, up from 7 last year. My wife and I now own two adjacent onces which we've sort of converted into one big one. One room is a full gym with leg press, cables, rows, a rack with weights, etc. She also motivated me to finish a lot of projects on my original condo, so now it's even more pleasant to be there.

Now that we have so many units, there are basically always people besides us in our neighborhood. It feels sort of like a luxe version of college where you can always find someone to have a meal with, except now we all have cool apartments instead of bedrooms in a dorm.

Hawaii

As predicted in last year's update, we got one more place for our little real estate empire: a condo in Hawaii. I've already been 3-4 times in the 6 months we've had it and it's been a really nice change from the places I normally go. My favorite part of it is going scuba diving all the time. I bought a used set of scuba equipment and now I just go scuba whenever I want, even by myself sometimes.

Budapest

I spent a bunch of time in Budapest and had even more family members visit, which was really a blast. Near the end of the year we finally found some contractors to renovate the place (extremely difficult in Budapest), and those renovations are almost done. I can't wait to go again in the next month or two to see how it all came out.

Island

I got solar and electricity going at the yurt and my cabin and we finally got the yurt furnished. It really makes a big difference to have couches and a table to sit at versus a few camping chairs. I had six family members visit in one trip that may have been the most fun island trip yet.

One disappointment is that I wasn't able to make much progress on my cabin. I didn't put any shingles up and my attempts to waterproof it didn't amount to much. I'm really hoping to get those things done this year so that I can work on the interior.

Writing

As I mentioned a few posts back, I wrote an entire year of blog posts in ten days so that I didn't have to worry about the looming deadlines. I think it was the first tangible improvement to my writing system in many years (though some people said that it felt different once they knew they were pre-written). I published Forever Nomad, which got great reviews, and may very well be my last non-fiction book.

Travel

I did a TON of travel this year, but only went to one new country (Kazakhstan) and a few new cities in the US and Taiwan. Overall my interest in getting deeper into the places I really like is very high, and interest in exploring new places is relatively low. My interest in traveling solo to new places is just about zero. This year I did a great job of only going on trips that matched my criteria of good places with good people. It was easily the year in which I had the most family trips, which are some of the most important to me.

For a while years back I felt like my traveling was out of balance, but I don't feel that way anymore. I did start to feel like I wasn't getting enough work done while traveling, but I've adjusted my habits to correct that and will continue to do so.

I don't keep exact records, but I probably went to Hawaii 3-4 times, Tokyo 3-4 times, Budapest 3-4 times, the island 3-4 times, China 2-3 times, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, one cruise, and a handful of other trips, plus lots of domestic travel.

Overall

At this point I feel like I've acheived all of my real goals and have gotten a lot more out of life than I expected I ever would. That's a great thing overall, but I do feel like I have a bit less fire than in years past. These days I'm pretty happy to enjoy the fruits of my labor, explore random projects like anodizing titanium and building LED candles, and make incremental improvements to various things. I oscillate between thinking that that's exactly what I should be doing and thinking that maybe I should fire myself up a bit.

It feels like in the past two years the groundwork that I've been laying for the past 5-10 years has all paid off and come together and life is better than ever across just about every axis.

Next Year

People keep asking my what my goals are this year and I don't have too many big ones. All of our properties need some finishing touches so I'd like to get all of those taken care of. I'd like to get my cabin on the island fully waterproofed properly. I'll throw an event in Budapest this year. I'm still working on getting a place in Tokyo but it's a tricky nut to crack and I haven't found the right fit yet. I'll continue to put energy into building our Vegas neighborhood.

But mostly my goals are to just keep doing what I'm doing — working with good people, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to my favorite places.

Hope you had an amazing year as well and that your 2019 will be even better!

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Photo is a really cool world time thing, I think in the Taipei airport, but possibly Shanghai.

The March Superhuman 2 Event is now full, but if you want to be on the waiting list or be first to know when I anonunce next year's, feel free to email me. You can also email if you want to be added to the Budapest list, though I suspect I already have enough people to sell it out, as I'm going to keep it very small.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Pimp My Sleigh by...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Pimp My Sleigh by @fatheadsbeer 🌲 🎁 ❄️ 🍺 • • • #Beerlabelsinmotion #blim #instabeer #brewstagram #craftbeer #beerlabel #beergeek #fatheadsbeer #pimpmysleigh https://www.instagram.com/p/Br0penAAPCv/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1ad9s0gsczbhm

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Lockerbie at 30

December 21, 2018

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21st, is the winter solstice and either the shortest or longest day of the year, depending on your hemisphere. It also marks the 30th anniversary of one of history’s most notorious terrorist bombings, the 1988 downing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Flight 103, a Boeing 747 named Clipper Maid of Seas, was bound from London to New York when it blew up in the evening sky about a half-hour after takeoff. All 259 passengers and crew were killed, along with eleven people in the town of Lockerbie, where an entire neighborhood was virtually demolished. Debris was scattered for miles. Until 2001, this was the deadliest-ever terror attack against American civilians. A photograph of the decapitated cockpit and first class section of the 747, lying crushed on its side in a field, became an icon of the disaster, and is perhaps the saddest air crash photo of all time.

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The investigation into the bombing — the U.S. prosecutorial team was led by a hard-nosed assistant attorney general named Robert Mueller — was one of the most fascinating and intensive in law enforcement history. Much of the footwork took place on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where the explosive device, hidden inside a Toshiba radio and packed into a suitcase, was assembled and sent on its way. The deadly suitcase traveled first from Malta to Frankfurt, and from there onward to London-Heathrow, where it was loaded into flight 103’s baggage hold.

Among the security enhancements put in place after the bombing is the now familiar requirement that passengers and their checked luggage travel together on the same flight. (“Bag pulls,” as we call them, are a common occurrence on overseas flights when passengers — but not their bags — miss their connections, frequently resulting in delays.)

Robert Mueller, assistant attorney general, circa 1990.

Two Libyans, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, were later tried in the Netherlands for the bombing. Fhimah was acquitted (a verdict that generated plenty of controversy), but al-Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life.

Both al-Megrahi and Fhimah had been employees of Libyan Arab Airlines. Fhimah was the carrier’s station manager in Malta. During my vacation to the island a few years ago, it was a little eerie when I found myself walking past the Libyan Airlines ticket office, which is still there, just inside the gate to the old city of Valletta.

In 2009, in a move that has startled the world, Scottish authorities struck a deal with the Libyan government, and al-Megrahi, terminally ill at the time, was allowed to return home, to be with his family in his final days. He was welcomed back as a hero by many.

The FBI’s investigation into the bombing remains open. It’s possible, if unlikely, that other individuals could someday be held accountable.

There’s lots to read online about flight 103, including many ghastly day-after pictures from Lockerbie. But instead of focusing on the gorier aspects, check out the amazing story of Ken Dornstein, whose brother perished at Lockerbie, and his dogged pursuit of what happened. (Dornstein, like me, is a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, and he lives within walking distance. I’d like to meet him one of these days.)

The Libyan government of Mohammar Khaddafy was also held responsible for the 1989 destruction of UTA flight 772, a DC-10 bound from Congo to Paris. Few Americans remember this incident, but it has never been forgotten in France (UTA, a globe-spanning carrier based in Paris, was eventually absorbed by Air France). A hundred and seventy people were killed when an explosive device went off in the forward luggage hold. The wreckage fell into the Tenere region of the Sahara, in northern Niger, one of the planet’s most remote areas. (Years later, a remarkable memorial, incorporating a section of the plane’s wing, was constructed in the desert where the wreckage landed.)

Khaddafy eventually agreed to blood money settlements for Libya’s hand in both attacks. The UTA agreement doled out a million dollars to each of the families of the 170 victims. More than $2.7 billion was allotted to the Lockerbie next of kin.

 

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Winter is coming… @stonebrewing @stoneberlin...

Winter is coming… @stonebrewing @stoneberlin • • • #Beerlabelsinmotion #blim #instabeer #brewstagram #craftbeer #beerlabel #beergeek #ilovebeer #beerporn #aftereffects #ruination #stoneruination #germany #berlin #gargoyle #beercan #ipahttps://www.instagram.com/p/BrlUsuTgRLP/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1j40sakfb1o3g

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My amazing daughter. Alternate title: I don’t think you’ll have a problem with this at all but if you do you can fuck all the way off.
A few years ago when Hailey was 12 she announced that she had something to tell me over breakfast. “I’m gay.” I responded with “Okay.  But could you hand me the syrup?” I suspect she was disappointed in my reaction … Continue reading

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Lily is all of us. Also we’re the person yelling at Lily. Also we might be the mud. Hard to say at this point.
I can’t stop watching this and every time I end up laughing until I cry as Hailey and I scream “LILY!” at each other and I think you need to watch it too: You’re welcome. ******* And on an entirely … Continue reading

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Time is of the Essence or at Large
Image result for clock antique  printI've used the phrase time is of the essence all my life without realising that it has a quite precise legal meaning. I just thought that it meant something like get your skates on or show a leg or hurry up. But it is much stronger than that. Time is of the essence because it's essential to the contract.Contracts usually have a deadline in them, but it's not that important. If I have a contract to write a book and I hand it in a month late nobody particularly cares. The world remains quite extraordinarily calm.Some contracts, like building ones have a deadline where the supplier is penalised a bit if they're late. But the contract itself still stands (and has usually taken all this into account).But sometimes the whole contract is based on the deadline, and if the deadlines is missed the contract is null and void. If I'm delivering perishable goods, like milk, to you, and it arrives three weeks late and very sour: then the goods are worthless. The deadline is broken and with it the whole contract. You pay me nothing.A wedding cake that arrives too late is no longer a wedding cake. It is mere cake. The essence of the task, the central part of it, has been destroyed.In cases like this the contract stipulates that time is of the essence, which means that failure to meet the deadline renders the contract defunct.The opposite of time is of the essence is the much rarer, but rather beautiful time at large. Time at large, in a contract, means that the task must be done, but it really doesn't matter when. Take your time. Have cup of tea. Go for a stroll. Wander around like a lazy outlaw who is at large.You can find out more from these two articles on construction contracts.A grand tip of the hat to the Antipodean for pointing this out to me. And for those who like a little light swearing: P.S. For anybody interested. My book A Short History of Drunkenness is now out in Polish, Italian, Estonian, Romanian and Portuguese (for the Brazilian market).

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A Measure of Rudeness
Image result for dr syntax rowlandsonI've found something beautiful. The British television regulator, Ofcom, whose job it is to see that we are shocked politely, commissioned a study of exactly how rude rude words were. The poll was carried out by Ipsos Mori who went off and quite earnestly asked a representative sample of the Great British public what they thought about the word tits.This is therefore the official British list of naughty words.The results, in all their muddied glory, are available online here. They're rather fascinating, and very usefully arranged by subject. So if you were trying to mildly insult an old man, but couldn't think of anything to say, you could consult the survey and find:Coffin Dodger: Mild language, generally of little concern. Seen as humorous, including by older participants. Some said that more aggression or specific intent to hurt would heighten impact, but not common enough for this to be based on experience.Some of the words in the survey were previously unknown to me. I had never in my life heard of a bloodclaat or a chi-chi man, which shows that I am an essentially innocent person. I'd also not heard the term Iberian Salute, although a quick check on the Internet shows what it is (bend your right elbow, clench your right fist with the knuckles facing away from you, put your left hand on your right bicep. The French call it the bras d'honneur).Anyhow, it's a fascinating read, and you can measure your opinion of a word's rudeness against that of the general public. My favourite line in it, though, came under Discriminatory Language, subsection Race and Ethnicity.Taff: Medium language, potentially unacceptable. Some uncertainty outside Wales about how offensive it is to Welsh people.It is time to end this uncertainty. I'm off on a research trip to Offa's Dyke with a megaphone and a pair of binoculars.
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P.S. I wrote a post about the origin of the word poll once, it's here.

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Kristin Chenoweth opens up a new (suit)case for Trial & Error

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, July 19. All times are Eastern.

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Source: The A.V. Club | 19 Jul 2018 | 1:00 am

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Hey, who wants 4 new Chance singles, pretty much out of nowhere?

Although he eventually put the kibosh on rumors that he was dropping an album this week, Chance The Rapper has now made it abundantly clear that his claims about being in the studio lately were right on point. Per Pitchfork, the Chicago-based independent dropped four new singles onto the internet tonight, his first…

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The Last Time
Sometimes we are not aware when something happens for the last time. Circumstances change without our intervention; we take leave of someone quite casually and we don’t know that we will never see them again;  decisions are made over which we have no power which have  sudden and deep consequences in  our lives. But a few times  only  there is a conscious choice to end something of major importance.  Last night when I was sitting with my sunset cocktail over- looking the mosque, I knew that this daily ritual was happening for the very last time. I was regaled with a blue cloudless sky and a clear  sunset and I hung on to the very last dying ember of light as it descended on the horizon to the right of the Great Mosque. Then I had dinner on the roof alone under a clear bejewelled Malian sky.
The night before was the final party: a ‘family affair’ for those that have served at the hotel: a lovely evening complete  with Diao, our faithful Fulani  milkman who arrived  with his son; our griots came and sang mine and Keita’s praises.
They  sang of those that have gone, of Beigna and Pudiogou and of Fatou, but also of Papa, Baba and Maman, and of course of the lovely Elisabet, my film-making cousin.  
We feasted on the goat that we bought in Madiama market a few days ago, and Papa was respendent in his white hatted chef outfit.
For days the contents of the hotel have been quietly leaving.  Mattress by mattress, air conditioner by air conditioner, the hotel has trickled away until it stood quite bare, and only Maman, Baba and Papa were left this morning, dividing the last spoils between themselves. There has been a change of state: this hotel which I created no longer exists.
December 12, 2006:“Tomorrow it will be just a week before Hotel Djenné Djenno is officially open. In two weeks time my Christmas guests will already be leaving. But today the site was still just as usual, full of workmen, and full of wheel barrows and mud. But the clearing up has begun. Something major is about to happen- a change of state.In just over a week I will no longer be building a hotel, it will actually exist, and I will be running a hotel. My reality is about to change. Today I looked at all the space of the hotel which is about to be born. I thought of all the unknown things which will happen in this space, and which are now resting here like embryos. It is all about to begin to unfold. I thought of all the people who will one day come here, and laugh, have fun and make love here, although today they don’t even know it. And yet, by some mysterious workings they will come here ...So Maestro, soon soon, let the play begin..”And it did, and the players were many. And last night they all finally left the stage, sweeping the floor with their feathered  hats as they took  their final bow...
 
 ( this is the last message from Djenne Djenno. There will be more about other places and other adventures, inshallah.   Should you wish to follow me there, please look in here now and then. You will be directed to another blog  soon.  Thank you to all you who have looked in over these 11 years and followed my life and adventures in Djenné. It has been, so far, the best years of my life.)

Source: djenne djenno | 4 Mar 2018 | 5:34 pm

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Tuesday Morning

Getting ready to get on big metal flying thing and go to isle of Manhattan. Smoke on your pipe and put that in.

But it's hard to think about that and to not think about, in alphabetical order: Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. My sympathies and shock are kinda bouncing back between the two of them, appalled that we don't do more to prevent what happened in the former and to help with what's happened to the latter. I sent money to Operation USA, which is about all I can think to do to aid Puerto Rico. I mean, it's not like I'm the head of a government who could care a lot more about those people down there.

About gun control? That's long seemed hopeless to me. I do have friends who own enough firearms to qualify as Gun Owners in anyone's eyes. Not a one of them believes people should be allowed to own the kind of gun you can take up to the 32nd floor of a hotel and use to kill 59 people, injure 527 others and leave countless others in shock. Any one of them could probably write a batch of laws that would cut down on massacres while still preserving the rights of responsible hunters and those who need a weapon for protection. But they're not driving this bus and I'm skeptical that those kinds of folks ever will, not even after the next "Greatest Massacre in U.S. History" or the one after that or the one after that or the one after that…

I do like what Seth Meyers said in the video I embedded last night. Maybe it's time to get politicians to at least self-identify where they stand. Get each one on the record answering questions like, "Would you be willing to support laws that would have prevented Stephen Paddock from obtaining the weapons he had in that hotel room?" And then we have to wait for the day when it would cause more candidates to lose elections if they said "No."

Gotta go pack. Posting will be sporadic here for the next week but it will include reports on the New York Comic-Con and various shows on or slightly off-Broadway.

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Source: News From ME | 3 Oct 2017 | 11:04 am

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Great Shakes!

I start most days with a chocolate protein shake made with Jay Robb Whey Protein.  It's the only chocolate thing I ingest since I (largely) gave up sugar about ten years ago.  Jay Robb products are free of sugar and also of artificial sweeteners, which neither I nor my body like.  They make 'em with Stevia and it's a pretty nice, protein-rich drink especially if you make yours with real cold water.  For a time, I also put in a splash of milk but I stopped doing that.

They have a couple of flavors but I like the chocolate way more than the others.  Recently though, I came across a product at the market that I'd never seen before — Jif Peanut Powder.  I tried adding a teaspoon of it to my Jay Robb chocolate shake and in addition to upping the protein count, I got a pretty good peanut butter flavor drink.

I was expecting something not unlike a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup — a mix of chocolate and peanut butter — but it doesn't work like that. No matter how little peanut powder I put in, the result tastes like peanut butter with almost no trace of chocolate. That is not a bad thing though. You might want to try Jay Robb Whey Protein, with or without the peanut powder.

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Source: News From ME | 3 Oct 2017 | 3:50 am

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Commuting to Timbuktu
For a continuation of my adventures please go to my new blog here.

Source: djenne djenno | 20 Jul 2017 | 7:23 am

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everythingthatgoespop: Breaking News: George and Amal Clooney...

everythingthatgoespop:

Breaking News:

George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins!❤👶🏻

2017 taketh away (civil liberties), but 2017 also giveth (celebrity twins).

(Just popping back in to say AAAAAAAAAAAMAL. And BEYONCE.) 

Source: Suri's Burn Book | 9 Feb 2017 | 4:02 pm

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After Nine Years and 2,810 Posts, a Dot Earth Farewell
After nine years and 2,810 posts, a blog seeking a sustainable path for humans on a finite planet comes to an end.

Source: Dot Earth | 5 Dec 2016 | 7:07 am

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Facing Standing Rock Campaign, Obama Administration Blocks Dakota Pipeline Path
Intensifying Indian protests prompted the Obama administration to block a pipeline's path in North Dakota.

Source: Dot Earth | 4 Dec 2016 | 6:38 pm

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Seriously, though. If I go away, who’s going to tell Blue Ivy...

Seriously, though. If I go away, who’s going to tell Blue Ivy that she DOESN’T NEED TO HANG OUT WITH APPLE MARTIN JUST TO BE NICE? Because come on. You are better than that.

Source: Suri's Burn Book | 24 May 2016 | 5:00 pm

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999 Posts + The Big Blog Re-Design
This marks the 999th time I have opened my blogger account and started typing into this blank, white box. Not every post made it live, but the official file number is 999. I cannot fathom how that's possible, but I have never been prouder.This project started as a place to share what I was experiencing as a confused post-grad in a big, expensive city (again, because my friend Matt made me do it). I didn't have an ulterior motive; I just needed somewhere to write. And then somehow it became the catalyst for almost every major change in my life from that point - truly. I can track everything from my first script and first literary manager to my move to Los Angeles and my husband to this blog. Today it continues to fuel my creativity and serve as a place that I always return to find my voice as a writer. I owe everything to this little space on the world wide web.And so I thought I'd give the blog a little 1,000th post congrats gift - a full and complete re-design.It's way past time to take 20/30-Nothings into the 21st century. New logo. New look. Far better functionality, readability, and shareability (this is a word?). I'll also be introducing new features and ways to connect. And, most importantly, there will be really cool colors involved.   I'll be off-line for a week or so until the transformation is complete, but after that it's right back to work. Until then, please enjoy some back-log reading of my personal blog superlatives.And really, truly, THANK YOU. I think that a writer without an audience is technically still a writer, but it's really so nice to have you.   

Source: 20-Nothings | 24 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am

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Meditation For Beginners, Who Are Terrible at Meditation
As I mentioned, I've just started one of Deepak Choprah and Oprah's 21-Day Meditation Challenges. As I failed to mention on purpose, this is the third time...Basically Oprak create this user-friendly, totally guided, 100% free content that is released daily for 21 days. Each installment runs for approximately 20 minutes and includes an intro by Oprah, a lesson by Deepak and timed meditation with really lovely music. There is even an app you can download in case opening the e-mail they send and clicking on a link is too cumbersome - as it apparently was for me, twice.Each 21-Day challenge has a different focus. The first one I tried to do was something about finding the calm in your life, the second I can't remember, and this one is about Manifesting True Success. Bottom line they're all about centering your mind, but the focus is a nice specific angle...so they can keep doing them, I assume, but that's fine. So why do I want to do this? Because it is my understanding that meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for use in calming the hell down, something I could use 20 minutes (or years...) of in my life. Also, I like the idea of starting every day with some thinking, and then some non-thinking. And finally, people who meditate endlessly boast the benefits, and they are almost always people that I like and respect.So how is it going? I'm not sure I know yet. I have found a comfortable place and way to sit, which took three days. I really like Oprah talking to me every morning. Deepak has had some great things to say - like today he said that our body is our greatest ally in life, and if we can be in touch with it and work in union with it, we'll be in far better shape emotionally and physically. I tend to treat my body more like this annoying, evil twin that I have to lug around all day/life, so that was a cool brain shift.But when it comes to the actual meditating, I'm horrible. You're supposed to keep your mind clear and focus on repeating the mantra over and over again, but my mind immediately races to another topic, and then it's minutes until I realize I've been through three more topics and haven't said the mantra silently in my head once. It's frustrating, which is the last thing you want when meditating. That said, it's my understanding based on a Google search that this is very common. Meditation takes year and years of practice, and I have given it 4, 15-minute sessions. This time, I'm hell-bent on getting to 21. I'll provide an update at half of 21 (sorry, don't have a calculator on the ready). Until then, any advice?

Source: 20-Nothings | 19 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm

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January 26 2015: The first reported US drone strike of the year...

January 26 2015: The first reported US drone strike of the year killed three people travelling in a vehicle in central-southern Yemen. This was the first attack since Houthi insurgents forced the country’s president Abdu Rabbu al Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and cabinet to resign. #drone #drones #yemen (at Hareeb, Shabwa-Mareb border)

Source: Dronestagram | 2 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am

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January 19 2015: CIA drones targeted a house in Shawal area of...

January 19 2015: CIA drones targeted a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan killing five, six or seven people. The identities of the dead was not immediately known however a senior Pakistani official said “non-Pakistani, foreign fighters” were among the dead and Taliban sources said the attack also killed local fighters associated with Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. This was the third of four strikes to reportedly target Bahadur himself, or men loyal to him. The Pakistani government condemned the strike as a breach of sovereignty – a reiteration of its official position on the drone attacks. #drone #drones #pakistan (at Shahi Khel, Shawal, North Waziristan)

Source: Dronestagram | 2 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am

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