Archive for December, 2018

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The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018

The tech world told a lot of lies in 2018, and it was caught in those lies at what feels like an unprecedented rate. Some Silicon Valley players even began to wake up to the lies they told themselves over the years. With such a flurry of falsehoods, it’s worth taking a look back to see who went big in the year that public trust in tech really started to tank.

https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-tech-lies-of-2018-1830832675

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All Basecamp policies are now on GitHub and licensed under creative commons

We try hard to write good policies at Basecamp. Make them plain and easy to understand. Without out all the dreaded legalese. By humans, for humans. But I’m sure we don’t always succeed. And…

https://m.signalvnoise.com/all-basecamp-policies-are-now-on-github-and-licensed-under-creative-commons-4f45d91eb5af

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Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits - WSJ

The Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy protection as the group faces dwindling membership and escalating legal costs related to several lawsuits over how it handled allegations of sex abuse.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/boy-scouts-of-america-considers-bankruptcy-filing-amid-sex-abuse-lawsuits-11544649657

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The Boy Scouts of America may file for bankruptcy because of sex abuse suits

Facing mounting legal costs from defending itself against lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of boys, the venerable nonprofit organization is considering filing for Chapter 11 protection.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boy-scouts-america-may-file-bankruptcy-due-costs-sex-abuse-n947576

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He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There. - The New York Times

Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/magazine/oakland-warehouse-fire-ghost-ship.html

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Rescinds Nomination After Discovering The Cure Was Voted In As Cruel Prank By Popular Kids

CLEVELAND, OH—Expressing regret after being misled by the ruthless stunt, the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame rescinded the nomination they offered to The Cure Thursday after discovering the band was voted in as a cruel prank by popular kids. “We will no longer be inducting The Cure to the Hall after learning they were selected to join our 2019 class by a group of jocks and preps who wanted to mess with the shy band,” said the organization’s president Greg Harris, as the goth rock group’s initial excitement quickly turned to despair after learning of the mischievous trick, causing the sensitive members to cry so hard their makeup streaked down their faces. “While we appreciate The Cure’s musical contributions, the band will not be taking part in our annual ceremony. We feel for the group—they thought they were finally being accepted, but it turns out the cool kids just wanted to embarrass them.” At press time, the organization had inducted the Dave Matthews Band instead.

https://entertainment.theonion.com/rock-roll-hall-of-fame-rescinds-nomination-after-disc-1831078351

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Edward John “Ned” Parfett (1896-1918) - Find A Grave Memorial

One of the most famous photos to come out of the Titanic disaster was a picture taken of a newsboy standing on the street in Trafalgar Square. The boy was 16 year old Ned Parfett. Ned went on to enlist in the Royal Artillery in 1916, first as a dispatch rider. He was re-assigned to reconnaissance duties. Ned didn't...

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6364763/edward-john-parfett

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How to Enjoy Life

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m a guest at a holiday get-together, once dinner is over and we begin to appreciate the scale of the impending cleanup, I’m always relieved to be given a clear job to do: […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2018/12/how-to-enjoy-life/

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Why Do Hospitals Hate Sleep So Much? – Mother Jones

This is why hospital routines strike me as deliberate negligence: they could only be put in place by administrators who literally don’t care about anything except the convenience of doctors.

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/12/why-do-hospitals-hate-sleep-so-much/

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Subtract | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes us to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting.

https://sivers.org/subtract

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Ansel Adams’ pictures of Los Angeles recall an era of war factories and 10-cent hot dogs

We’ve all seen Ansel Adams’ luscious black-and-white images of Yosemite. Lesser known are his pictures of life in World War II-era Los Angeles. In 1939, Fortune magazine commissioned the renowned…

https://medium.californiasun.co/ansel-adams-los-angeles-32a812bdb7db