12 June 2024

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🌈 POLY MONO color font - Otherwhere Collective

How wicked and cool is this abstract font design thing.

12 June 2024

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⚽️ The Original 92 — 12p

Meant to post this earlier, but it’s sold out now. I couldn’t stomach spending $300 on a soccer ball, but boy are they cool. I’ve been following this guy on Instagram for awhile, marveling at all the balls he hand stitches. He sold out of all 1000 of this ball so I expect we’ll get more cool things down the line.

12 June 2024

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That’s largely because Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingas have been Boston’s best players through two games in these finals. The real test will be how Tatum does with Porzingas out now.

12 June 2024

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I talked about Tatum not having that killer instinct as the reason the Celtics couldn’t win a championship, but so far he hasn’t needed it.

11 June 2024

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🧑‍⚖️ Convictions of Biden’s Son and Trump Put the Justice System on Trial — The New York Times

But under tremendous political pressure, 12 jurors in both cases appear to have taken their jobs seriously, weighing the evidence and delivering convictions. The system seemed to work more or less as it is supposed to.

The contrast in reactions here is truly insane. I wish it were surprising, but it’s obviously not given the state of the GOP. I’m a big fan of Representative Raskin and I think he nails it:

Compare and contrast the difference in reaction between the Republicans and the Democrats,” Mr. Raskin said. The Republicans are attacking our entire system of justice and the rule of law because they don’t like the way that one case came out, whereas the son of the president of the United States is prosecuted and I don’t hear a single Democrat crying foul.”

he rests his case…

11 June 2024

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🔱 Dan Hurley Rejected the Lakers. Will LeBron Be Next? — The Ringer

James has a player option for next season that he must decide on by June 29. So he will get to find out what the Lakers do in the draft, whether it’s making a big trade acquisition or drafting his son Bronny James.

I had a feeling Hurley might stick with UConn; leaving just didn’t make sense. I never considered LeBron would leave LA though and thought the idea was preposterous when I started reading this, but after… boy would it be fun to see him next to Wemby under Pop.

11 June 2024

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💵 Paramount tycoon Shari Redstone pulls the plug on proposed Skydance merger — The Guardian

National Amusements, the vehicle that owns Shari Redstone’s controlling stake in Paramount, said it had been unable to reach mutually acceptable terms with Skydance Media.

Wild to see this completely fall apart. It finally seemed like the best option was going to put an end to all the unknowns, but it’s back to square one.

6 June 2024

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🧺 Lakers’ Pursuit Of JJ Redick Gets Even Funnier, In That They Are Now Pursuing Dan Hurley — Defector

Trying something new and linking to the annotated article with my highlights and comments throughout with Readwise. Not sure it’s the best idea in terms of future proofing, but feels like a cool idea, no?

5 June 2024

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📰 The Real Story Behind Sally Buzbee’s Departure From WaPo — 🎁 Puck

At a place like the Times, the C.E.O. effectively runs only half the business. At the Post, Lewis now appears to have all the power. It’s his way or the highway.

Great piece by Dylan Byers going over the messy situation that occurred with some of the executive turnover at the Post. Comes across as a bit too friendly to Lewis, especially given how he scrutinized over every little decision Licht made at CNN, but only time will tell if Lewis finds a way to turn the ship around.

4 June 2024

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🍀 The Boston Celtics and What Greatness Looks Like — The New Yorker

I have also found myself thinking about Walton’s unusually open acknowledgment of flaws—his own and others’—and how fixing or adapting to them is essential to a team’s success. Isn’t that a part of greatness, too?

Really great stuff from Thomas. Boston is the better team on paper, but just as she mentions, I don’t trust them. Brown is too shaky with the ball and decision making, Tatum doesn’t have that killer instinct (not to mention from St. Louis, coming across as a whiny little punk). On the other side, Luka Doncic is incredible.

4 June 2024

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💶 Sneer of Cold Command — Dada Drummer

The first time I read the Ek quote, I had the same reaction. However, and not that a billionaire needs someone to defend them, I think the point he was (poorly) trying to make, was it’s easier than ever to create today. Then again, Spotify is one of those companies trying to turn the future into some perverted dystopia.

4 June 2024

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🗞️ You Can’t Undo Fake News — Webworm

The original story was driven to the top of every news service and social media site by metrics and algorithms built to feed us what is often the biggest bullshit of the day. The stories about the story won’t get nearly the same amount of attention.

See also: yesterday’s Daily Show with John Stewart where he goes into the responsibility of the news and why people are quick to say things in public that they wouldn’t in court.

1 June 2024

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⚽️ Real Madrid win Champions League final as Dortmund rue missed chances — Guardian

For Carlo Ancelotti, it was his fifth as a manager—a record; he has two more from his playing days—while it was number six as players for Carvajal, Nacho, Kroos and the substitute Luka Modric, equalling Paco Gento’s all-time mark.

It really has been a remarkable run for Real Madrid, especially considering both of these teams lack the oil money that’s come into European soccer. I was cheering for Dortmund, but it’s hard to deny greatness, which will likely only continue with Bellingham’s rise.

31 May 2024

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🐎 The Mavericks Have Met The Moment — Defector

This was a series that boiled down to its most basic elements—are my two best guys as good as your two best guys?—and Doncic and Irving were distinctly better bets than Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards.

I’m obviously a bit late at this point, but the Mavs punched their ticket to the Finals quite easily on Thursday night. The NBA Finals kick off next Thursday, 6 June, in Boston.

31 May 2024

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🗑️ Lakers Rumors: JJ Redick Already Calling Potential Assistant Coach Candidates — Lakers Nation

Things can always change and nothing is set in stone obviously, but it sounds as if the Lakers have already made their decision and now Redick is hard at work putting together the right staff for this job.

I hope I’m wrong, but I think this is going to go down as one of the worst coaching hires. There are so many good ex-player candidates who have gone through the ringer for a chance (Dudley, Cassell), but JJ spends two years on TV and is going to land one of the biggest jobs in the league? And while they might have a podcast together now, I don’t see the LeBron/JJ dynamic working, especially as JJ is a first time HC.

31 May 2024

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🥼 Explaining novel scientific concepts to people whose technical acumen does not extend to turning it off, then turning it on again — Nature

A fun, satirical, science-y short story from foofaraw contributor, Joel Glover, was published in Nature. How cool.

31 May 2024

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👗 Infinity Nikki is an upcoming open-world fashion RPG full of BOTW inspo — Polygon

I don’t game much these days, but this looks fascinating. The light aesthetic, with gameplay that feels like Final Fantasy meets Breathe of the Wild meets Pokémon Snap? Maybe even with some Mario thrown in for good measure.

31 May 2024

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🤦‍♀️ Kara Swisher’s story about Sam Altman is falling apart — Disconnect

While Swisher might make the occasional jabs at the man-boys” of Silicon Valley, as she refers to them in her book, she’s desperate to be in their circles and part of the power game. She’s chosen a few CEOs to more regularly criticize now that they don’t give her the access she craves, but there are many more whose narratives she will happily help turn into the official record whenever it will help them.

Paris does not hold back on this one nor should they. If Swisher weren’t so loud about how she calls it like she sees it” then this wouldn’t be as bad, it’d just be like every other access journalist.

30 May 2024

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🧑‍🎨 The New Generation of Online Culture Curators — The New Yorker

I didn’t want it to be something that was a diary; I wanted it to be a service,” she said.

I love this quote from Laura Reilly of Magasin. It’s how I think of foofaraw—providing a service (with a hint of diary). The role of the curator is all the more important with the rise of AI. So supporting those who bubble up things you dig is important to offset those robots.

30 May 2024

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📼 TOE HUNTERS from ULYSSA

Courtesy of [SIC], a new album from UYLSSA (a label..?) which I’ve never heard of before. I’m not sure how to describe it… it’s upbeat, experimental, lofi-ish? Their Bandcamp page has a ton of fun looking stuff. Toejazz.

30 May 2024

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🎞️ Glen Powell on Tom Cruise’s Career Advice and Batman Role Interest — Variety

Powell expected to be among a crowd — but no, it was just him alone, in an empty theater. For six hours,” GQ UK reports. Watching Tom Cruise speak directly to the camera, breaking down everything he’s learned about filmmaking over the years. According to Powell, Cruise has no intention of putting it out into the public sphere.”

I was always a Batman guy,” Powell said. I would have a wild take on Batman. It definitely would not be like a Matt Reeves tone — it’d probably be closer to [Michael] Keaton.

While I’m sure it’s incredibly informative, sitting in a dark room alone having to listen to Tom Cruise monologue about everything he’s learned sounds excruciating. Also, I’m not a huge Powell fan, but the idea of him doing Batman more akin to Keaton is fascinating.

30 May 2024

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📰 FT CEO on AI: News orgs have leverage and should insist on payment — Press Gazette

He warned that disintermediation and the separation of publishers from their readers was the biggest threat” to the news industry right now but that this is why the FT is doubling down” on its high-quality reporting and investigations.

Ridding said publishers like the FT with trusted, accurate human-made journalism could be in a strong position because for all the hype, AI makes a lot of mistakes and falls short when facts are formed.

There’s obviously the Facebook video pivot comparison to make here where orgs relied on those big payments, increasing their value, only to have the chair pulled out from under them. It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, your stuff is likely getting scraped already, so yeah, insist on getting paid. On the other, any form of AI that’s just regurgitating stuff should be outlawed.

30 May 2024

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🍻 Scientists develop gel that can intercept alcohol and prevent hangovers — The Independent

Scientists have developed a gel from whey protein that breaks down alcohol in the gut and reduces its intoxicating effects, an advance that could lead to a new way of treating hangovers.

You have my attention. Pop one of these bad boys before bed and wake up anew? Count me in.

30 May 2024

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👉 Wrong Case, Right Verdict — The Atlantic

But as fiercely as Florida Republicans oppose voting by felons, they feel entirely differently about voting for felons. That’s now apparently fine, provided the felon is Donald Trump.

This is the best line I’ve come across so far in regards to today’s guilty verdict.

30 May 2024

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🧑‍⚖️ Donald Trump Is Guilty on All Counts in Manhattan — The Atlantic

The verdict is only the end of one chapter in this case. No sentence will be decided until July, and Trump has said that he will appeal the decision, which will likely delay any punishment. He is eligible to run for president and serve even if convicted—and indeed even if incarcerated.

Even if we do get past the appeal and to sentencing, jail time is still highly unlikely. Probation or house arrest are the scenarios I’d expect.


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