Archive for December, 2019

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Chagrin Falls prepares to drop 'Hugh Mungus,' a 233-pound popcorn ball, to ring in new year

The annual tradition of the giant New Year’s Eve popcorn ball drop is back, but this year it’s bigger and better. Every year, the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop creates a massive popcorn ball to drop at midnight to ring in the New Year.

https://www.news5cleveland.com/lifestyle/chagrin-falls-prepares-to-drop-hugh-mungus-a-233-pound-popcorn-ball-to-ring-in-new-year

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Time is personal. Your year changes when your life changes. | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: A new day begins when I wake up, not at midnight. Midnight means nothing to me. It’s not a turning point. Nothing changes at that moment.

https://sivers.org/mny

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@jasontheblock: Like and retweet this so James Cameron understands the true potential of his IP favorite

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@jasontheblock: I played telestrations with my 11-year-old cousin this week. She sketched out what she thought a “Terminator” was w… https://t.co/vYpJa95lBV favorite

https://twitter.com/85913717/status/1211060391675121664

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10-bedroom mansion offered for only $50,000, with one catch | myfox8.com

A 6,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom Victorian mansion could've been yours for only $50,000, but there was one catch: You had to put together a restoration proposal for the historic property in order to be considered.

https://myfox8.com/2019/12/27/10-bedroom-mansion-offered-for-only-50000-with-one-catch/

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Charles Dickens's Deep Christmas Strolls - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

A few days ago, I took my two older boys to a small stage production of A Christmas Carol. Afterwards, me being me, I decided to read up on Charles Dickens and

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2019/12/27/charles-dickenss-deep-christmas-strolls/

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Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines - The Washington Post

The systems highlight how widespread surveillance has increasingly become a fact of life: Students “should have all the rights, responsibilities and privileges that an adult has. So why do we treat them so differently?”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/12/24/colleges-are-turning-students-phones-into-surveillance-machines-tracking-locations-hundreds-thousands/

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An art dealer disappeared with $50M. 17 years later, a documentary crew found him | CBC Radio

Michel Cohen made millions selling art and lost it all trading stocks. Desperate and in debt, he stole more than $50 million by double-selling famous paintings. Then he disappeared. In her new documentary, Vanessa Engle recounts Michel’s story and her 17-year search for the missing art dealer.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/an-art-dealer-disappeared-with-50m-17-years-later-a-documentary-crew-found-him-1.5297422

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SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines - The New York Times

The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/world/asia/the-secret-history-of-seal-team-6.html

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Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes - The New York Times

The Navy investigation of a highly decorated platoon leader who now faces court-martial found a subculture that prized aggression and protected wrongdoers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/us/navy-seals-crimes-of-war.html#click=https://t.co/96y9SthWPX

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A Lonely Plea: ‘Anybody Need a Grandma for Christmas?’ - The New York Times

A woman from Tulsa, Okla., with no place to go for the holidays became a painful reminder of the isolation felt by many older Americans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/us/grandma-for-christmas.html

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Opinion | We Can’t See ‘Star Wars’ Anymore - The New York Times

The cultural industry that the 1977 film spawned has ground its original charm and wonder out of existence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/opinion/star-wars-movie.html

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Adactio: Articles—The Layers Of The Web

The opening presentation from the Beyond Tellerrand conference held in Berlin in November 2019.

https://adactio.com/articles/16251

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How To Make Meditation Ten Times Easier

Meditation has reached an interesting place in Western culture. It’s popular, well-reviewed by clinicians and scientists, and most people seem to have tried it. Yet for all the acclaim meditation receives, it’s not very common to actually meditate regularly. As […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/12/how-to-make-meditation-ten-times-easier/

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Hello Weather

The exceptionally useful, no-nonsense weather app for iOS and Android. Get all the weather info you need, and nothing you don't!

https://helloweatherapp.com/blog/inside-the-weather-machine

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Best of 2019: Dangerous Nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s — Strong Towns

Large swaths of our cities were built to reflect a post-World War Two boom that was an economic anomaly. But that party is long over…and, in many ways, wasn’t that great to begin with. So why do we keep romanticizing the past rather than thinking about the cities we need now?

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/18/best-of-2019-dangerous-nostalgia

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RT @jordanful: hi Chicago fam — I'm looking for a desk or small office for myself, ideally in West Loop/Fulton, to post up for the next mon…

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Best of 2019: What Democrats and Republicans Get Wrong (About Each Other) — Strong Towns

A recent study on the “perception gap” between America’s two major parties gives some hope that, at least at the local level, we can find ways to work together, despite our differences.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/17/what-democrats-and-republicans-get-wrong-about-each-other

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Best of 2019: #NoNewRoads Gains Traction in D.C. — Strong Towns

Until America gets its infrastructure priorities straight, the last thing we need is to pump more spending into a broken system. 2019 felt like a breakthrough year for our call for #NoNewRoads, one in which we had more influential allies and receptive ears on this point than ever before.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/17/best-of-2019-no-new-roads

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Is Free Transit the Equity Fix Kansas City Needs? - CityLab

The Missouri city is the first major one in the U.S. to offer no-cost public transportation. Will a boost in subsidized mobility pay off with economic benefits?

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/12/free-transit-how-much-cost-kansas-city-bus-streetcar-fare/603397/

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Best of 2019: The Trickle or the Fire Hose — Strong Towns

Most neighborhoods face a stark choice between the trickle or the fire hose: either virtually no new development or investment, or cataclysmic change that leaves a place unrecognizable. We need to get out of this destructive dichotomy.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/16/best-of-2019-trickle-or-the-fire-hose

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Best of 2019: Four Ways Traffic Engineers Thwart Public Will — Strong Towns

Public officials trying to make their city’s street more humane are often thwarted by the professional engineers giving them advice. If that’s your city, it’s time to make a change.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/12/four-ways-traffic-engineers-thwart-public-will

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Product Vision, In Action | Blog

Product vision comes from a place of experience and daily practice. Not long ago, I led product development at a fast-growing tech company in London.

https://www.crowdform.co.uk/blog/product-vision-in-action

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Social Media's Shift Toward Misery - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

My friend Eric Barker recently pointed my attention to an intriguing paper published earlier this fall in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. It

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2019/12/13/social-medias-shift-toward-misery/

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Best of 2019: One Line of Your Zoning Code Can Make a World of Difference — Strong Towns

Sandpoint, Idaho eliminated its downtown parking minimums 10 years ago. Since then, at least four projects that could not otherwise have happened have brought new vibrancy and economic productivity to downtown.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/11/one-line-of-your-zoning-code-can-make-a-world-of-difference

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Best of 2019: Want to Start a Local Revolution? Ask a Kid This Question — Strong Towns

I asked my daughter a simple question on the way to school one morning. Her response gave a valuable kids-eye-view of the neighborhood…both as it is and as it could be.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/10/want-to-start-a-local-revolution-ask-a-kid-this-question

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Best of 2019: Why Urban Design Should Come From the Bottom Up (Part 1) — Strong Towns

Professional planners are trained to yearn for tighter urban design controls, as if cities without comprehensive, top-down planning would devolve into chaos and disorder. In reality, cities evolve according to mechanisms that allow us to gradually discover optimal urban design across time.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/12/9/how-cities-design-themselves

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How Incremental Development Came to Miami — Strong Towns

Often, what prevents the incremental development movement from taking root in a community isn’t lack of will, knowhow, or resources. Here’s how a change to Miami’s parking minimum rules opened the door for small-scale development in The Magic City.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/11/25/small-and-incremental-development

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Most Accomplishments Are Invisible

A few weeks ago a viral tweet went around asking, “There’s only one month left in the decade… What have you accomplished?” If that question strikes you as uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Both the tweet and its tweeter have since […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/12/most-accomplishments-are-invisible/

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Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm - CityLab

In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement.

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/12/car-free-streets-plans-sf-market-street-new-york-europe-us/603391/

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Why Most Programmers Get Pagination Wrong – Java, SQL and jOOQ.

Pagination is one of those things that almost everyone gets wrong for two reasons: User experience Database performance Here's why. What's wrong with pagination? Most applications blindly produce pagination like this: This is how GMail implements pagination. With my current settings, it displays 100 E-Mails at a time and also shows how many E-Mails there…

https://blog.jooq.org/2016/08/10/why-most-programmers-get-pagination-wrong/

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The Advice I Gave My Students - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

Toward the end of class today, one of my students asked me what advice inspired by my books I'd give them as they headed into the university's final exam period

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2019/12/06/the-advice-i-gave-my-students/

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@jonasdowney: Super amazed by the interest in this, thank you all! ❤️ I’m doing invites in small batches, so if I haven’t replied… https://t.co/7vZ3a26XMp favorite

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@okdan: Can confirm! The feeling throughout the audience was electric, and everyone is restless to put things into motion.… https://t.co/5yBWWnCNzS favorite

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Mr. Rogers Wasn’t a Saint, He Was One of Us

Last week, a friend and I went to see Last Christmas. It was sold out, which turned out to be a stroke of holiday good luck. We saw the Mister Rogers biopic instead, and I think it made us kinder. […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/12/kindness/

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@okdan: Just wrapped day 2 of the Shape Up / Jobs To Be Done workshop with @bmoesta and @rjs in Chicago. Probably the most… https://t.co/07qRpbKQ4c favorite

https://twitter.com/35679148/status/1202735937756762113

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Why Taxpayers Pay McKinsey $3M a Year for a Recent College Graduate Contractor

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few days ago, Ian MacDougall came out with a New York Times/ProPublica piece on how consulting giant McKinsey structured Trump immigration policy. Lots of people cover immigration. I’m going to discuss why the government buys overpriced services from McKinsey. (Spoiler: It goes back to, of course, Bill Clinton.)

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/why-taxpayers-pay-mckinsey-3m-a-year

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The New York City Subway Map as You’ve Never Seen It Before - The New York Times

The city has changed drastically over the past 40 years, yet the M.T.A. map designed in 1979 has largely endured.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/02/nyregion/nyc-subway-map.html

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How Social Media Hacked Civic Conversation - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

The most recent issue of The Atlantic includes a fascinating article by Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell. It's titled, "The Dark Psychology of Social

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2019/12/01/how-social-media-hacked-civic-conversation/