Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy wit your morning coffee.

  1. Ex-clown is hard to hide on a resumé.
  2. Should we stop looking for intelligent life?
  3. Anger over tourists swarming hot spots sparks backlash.
  4. How I caused California’s housing crisis.
  5. The major mobile providers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — are selling your location information.
  6. How the Internet killed the critic.
  7. A bank glitch gave a down-on-his-luck Australian man access to unlimited funds. Then he did exactly what you think he did with it.
  8. Ethiopia is now Africa’s fastest growing economy.
  9. The trouble with hating Ernest Hemingway.

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy with your morning coffee.

  1. The all-American bank heist.
  2. Why the dancing makes ‘This Is America’ so uncomfortable to watch.
  3. Apple’s Jonathan Ive talks watches for the very first time.
  4. Eight years after it finished, why is Lost being reappraised?

If you’re looking for a good book, David Itzkoff’s compassionate biography of Robin Williams —  titled simply Robin — was released Tuesday. Here’s a review.

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy with your morning coffee.

  1. A criminal gang used a drone swarm to harass an FBI raid.
  2. An oral history  of Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison at 50.
  3. The gambler who cracked the horse-racing code. Related: The man who cracked the lottery and author delays book about poker due to huge wins.
  4. The physics of doing the laundry.
  5. It’s official: Tut’s Tomb has no hidden chambers after all.
  6. Meet the man who spent the last 20 years as a full-time resident of Royal Caribbean cruise ships (video).
  7. Why barns are red.
  8. A thermodynamic answer to why birds migrate.
  9. American Airlines flight attendants rent out their seniority for $200.
  10. Ian McEwan “dubious” about schools studying his books, after he helped son with essay and got a C+

If you’re looking for a good book to read, I recommend The Sun Does Shine, the autobiography of Anthony Ray Hinton who was sent to Alabama’s death row in 1985 for two murders he didn’t commit. It’s an extraordinary story of rising above hate and stoically serving as an inspiration for others. Here’s my full review.

Robin Williams movies on streaming services

Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.

I’m currently reading Dave Itzkoff’s revealing biography of Robin Williams, which will be released on May 15. It’s a compelling book and I’ll post a full review soon. Reading about the talented comedian made me want to rewatch some of his films. Below is a list Williams movies currently available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu streaming services. Of course many others are available for rental, but this list covers what’s included in the plans most people have.

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Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week. If you’re in need of a good book, check out my latest very short reviews of books.

  1. The return of the brick-and-mortar store.
  2. Is Marvel Killing the Movies?
  3. Fake books on Amazon could be used for money laundering.
  4. The gamification of retail.
  5. Pirate radio stations explode on YouTube.
  6. The next  big tech leap that will free us from our phones won’t be here anytime soon.

Friday morning coffee reads

Here is a regular roundup of interesting stories from the week.

  1. A landslide of classic art is about to enter the public domain.
  2. There is an arms race in artificial intelligence.
  3. The most serious environmental problem is indoor air pollution from burning dirty fuels like wood and dung.
  4. The rise of Russia’s neo-Nazi football hooligans.
  5. Southwest 1380: Think about the flight attendants.
  6. A farewell to free journalism.

Friday morning coffee reads

A weekly compendium of interesting articles. Grind, brew, sip and enjoy.

  1. Inside the booming black market for Spotify playlists.
  2. Why disco should be taken seriously.
  3. A video trip through 1911 New York City. The playback speed is corrected and that makes the video come alive.
  4. What you get with a $150,000 vacation package.
  5. Is British English Conquering America, or Vice Versa?
  6. The fate of the $100 laptop.
  7. Disney is building a Netflix rival.
  8. An extra wine of glass a day will shorten your life by 30 minutes. Related: Did drinking give me breast cancer?
  9. Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn.
  10. Jamie Livingston’s one Polaroid a day project is now a book.

Friday morning coffee reads

A selection of stories to enjoy this Friday morning as you roll into the weekend.

  1. Inside the worst U.S. maritime disaster in decades. A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.
  2. There’s a lot that goes into a riot. Here’s a closer look.
  3. Photographs of Andy Warhol’s apartment, just after he died.
  4. Inside the secret workshop of the Louvre.
  5. The 100 best one-star Amazon reviews of The Great Gatsby.
  6. How the Wes Anderson aesthetic took over the world.
  7. The dizzying story of the largest cruise ship ever built.
  8. The Twitter accounts of famous, dead authors.

What photography is doing to our memories

I joined Kenny Smith on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast to discuss the Vox story “What smartphone photography is doing to our memories.”

We discuss research that shows the taking and sharing of smartphone photos is changing the way we remember experiences. Because of that, what we remember may not be an accurate version of events.

But the good news — in what may seem like a paradox — is that if used mindfully, cameras can actually enhance memories of certain experiences. The key is to understand what’s happening when you start taking pictures.

You can go directly to the podcast or listen below. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the interesting stories discussed on each episode.

Friday morning coffee reads

An assortment of articles to while away the hours this Friday morning.

  1. Smartphone photography may subtly change what — and how — we remember.
  2. If you want a reservation at this Maine restaurant, you need to mail a letter. “You’re free to mail a handwritten request between April 1 and April 10. They’ll gather them all up and draw names in a lottery on April 11 to fill tables.”
  3. If a Banksy appears on a building overnight. Who gets to cash in?
  4. Elderly Japanese women are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.
  5. Live Nation rules music ticketing, some say with threats.
  6. How Instagram became art’s new playground.
  7. Paucity of phosphorus hints at precarious path for extraterrestrial life.
  8. If everyone’s a “curator,” does the word loose its meaning?

Friday morning coffee reads

Friday forenoon features for curious coffee connoisseurs.

  1. Portlandia is being blamed for the death of old Portland. “‘Portlandia was the moment something shifted and a new kind of person started showing up in Portland, who wasn’t the same kind of hearty doer, but more of a spectator who wants to be entertained by a city,’ said Carye Bye, a former Portland-based artist.”
  2. Remembering when artists had day jobs.
  3. When does a work of art violate the subject’s rights?
  4. Trade is not a job killer. “Fears of losing jobs to trade are inconsistent with our larger embrace of innovation and competition. More ominously, given that trade-induced job losses are a tiny portion of all job losses, such fears are wildly overblown — so much so that they now have America and the world on the brink of a potentially calamitous trade war.”
  5. The world’s best hitchhiker shares the secrets of his success.
  6. Amazon Prime’s streaming numbers are out, and they’re surprisingly underwhelming. You can dig deeper into the numbers in this Reuters story.
  7. Waffle House uses these secret emergency menus during disasters, when the power and water go out.
  8. This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you.
  9. The FBI agent who can’t stop thinking about Waco. “A quarter century after 82 Branch Davidians and 4 federal officers were killed, Byron Sage is still arguing about what happened.”

Friday morning coffee reads

It’s time to settle down with a steaming mug of coffee, some interesting stories and begin putting off getting any meaningful work done today.

  1. A new view of how the moon formed.
  2. Against the Octopus. It’s not a crafty, soulful genius. It’s dinner. Of related interest is one of the best books I read last year: Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith.
  3. The oldest restaurant in the world has had the same fire burning for 293 years.
  4. What it’s like to transit the Panama Canal on a 43′ catamaran. Here’s another blogger detailing the same trip.
  5. An engineer’s take on working at major tech companies.
  6. Colossal family tree shows genetics explains only a small part of differences in how long a person lives.
  7. Is Spotify really worth $20 billion?
  8. Man jailed after stabbing his neighbour for ‘incessantly’ reciting poetry.

The good news story of craft beer

I again had the pleasure of joining journalist and Indiana University Media Adviser Kenny Smith on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast. Today we discuss why the craft beer industry is thriving, based on this story from The AtlanticCraft beer is the strangest, happiest economic story in America.

From 2008-2016 the number of craft breweries expanded by a factor of 6 and the number of brewery workers grew by 120 percent. The growth was fueled by a number of factors, including consumer tastes, support for local businesses, trendiness, social media and the falling cost of production equipment due to globalization.

You can go directly to the podcast or listen below. While there, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the interesting stories he and his guests run across.

Friday morning coffee reads

Some interesting stories to read while you begin the end of your week.

  1. Urban bird feeders are changing the course of evolution.
  2. A stolen Degas painting is recovered — on a bus.
  3. Twenty years after its launch, Rotten Tomatoes’ verdict is now seen as vital to a film’s success or failure. Is the site too influential for its own good?
  4. The tyranny of convenience.
  5. You Can’t Have Denmark Without Danes. “What a small, happy country can teach a huge and fractious one. And what it can’t.”
  6. The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader. “Non-subscribers visiting WSJ.com now get a score, based on dozens of signals, that indicates how likely they’ll be to subscribe. The paywall tightens or loosens accordingly.”
  7. Americans and Russians fought a battle in Syria — it’s time to care.
  8. When a YA novel was criticized for racism prior to publication, the author attempted something radical — she pushed its release date and rewrote it.
  9. How can a place with 58,000 homeless people continue to function?
  10. The lost art of bending over: How other cultures spare their spines.

Debunking conspiracy theories for dummies

I had the pleasure today of joining journalist and Indiana University Media Adviser Kenny Smith to discuss conspiracy theories and how to debunk them on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast. The conversation is centered around the column “how to test your favorite conspiracy theory” by Bloomberg writer and George Mason University Professor of Economics Tyler Cowen.

You can go directly to the podcast or listen here:

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