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Is Kombucha Actually Good For You? - Eater
Kombucha’s unlikely rise from Soviet elixir to modern-day miracle drink
kombucha  drink  health  nutrition  review  history  USA  Eater  2018 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Is The Mafia More Powerful Than It’s Ever Been?
If you think of violent, influential organized crime in Italy as a thing of the past, think again.
mafia  crime  Ndrangheta  review  Slate  2018 
9 weeks ago by inspiral
Social media playbook - GOV.UK
This playbook explains how we use social media at GDS. In it, we share our best practice, what we've learned and what we're planning to do.
socialmedia  guide  playbook  strategy  calendar  metrics  tracking  influencer  brand  identity  gov.uk  2018 
12 weeks ago by inspiral
The Good Guy/Bad Guy Myth
Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and the association with folklore and mythology lends them a patina of legitimacy, but still, they don’t arise from a moral vision. They are rooted instead in a political vision, which is why they don’t help us deliberate, or think more deeply about the meanings of our actions. Like the original Grimm stories, they’re a political tool designed to bind nations together.
folklore  comparison  film  bad  good  simplification  review  critique  Aeon  2018 
october 2019 by inspiral
The Not-So-Great Reason Divorce Rates Are Declining
So, looking at married couples alone doesn’t capture the true nature of American partnerships today. “If you were to include cohabiting relationships [in addition to marriages], the breakup rates for young adults have probably not been going down,” Cherlin says. In other words: Yes, divorce rates are declining. But that’s more a reflection of who’s getting married than of the stability of any given American couple.
marriage  divorce  relationships  trends  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
september 2019 by inspiral
How Gerald Ratner lost $10B in 10 seconds
Today's tweet-obsessed business leaders are playing with fire. Case in point: Gerald Ratner, the CEO of the UK's biggest jewelry chain who, in 1991, sealed his own fate with an ill-timed joke.
GeraldRatner  reputation  socialmedia  publicrelations  failure  Ratners  history  TheHustle  2018 
september 2019 by inspiral
Why you should think twice before getting in a pool | Popular Science
Pools are festering, pathogenic baths that we fool ourselves into thinking are clean.
pool  swimming  health  review  critique  PopularScience  2018 
august 2019 by inspiral
Meet the marathon cheats | Global | The Guardian
As runners get ready for next Sunday’s New York Marathon, we look at what makes a person claim a medal when they haven’t gone the full distance
marathon  running  sport  fraud  Guardian  2018 
august 2019 by inspiral
In the Faroes, underwater tunnels revolutionize transport – CRYOPOLITICS
Driving around the Faroe Islands today, car commercial-ready roads descend into neon-lit subsea tunnels that spit you back out into a world of grassy islands connected by ephemeral misty rainbows. The country’s hardy fishermen and sailors have taken the plunge, replacing once treacherous journeys by sea with effortless drives beneath the waves.
tunnels  transport  automotive  Faroes  FaroeIslands  Cryopolitics  2018 
july 2019 by inspiral
New Study Shows That Diesel Cars Are Much Cleaner Than Most Electric Vehicles
The electric cars do not release carbon emissions, but the problem lies in the production of their lithium-ion batteries. The energy required to make the cells result in a high carbon footprint. It is so high that the automotive experts have estimated that an electric vehicle in Germany would take more than 10 years to break even with an efficient combustion engine’s emissions. Dr. Jan Burgard, managing partner at Berylls said in a statement, “Electric cars appear to be the panacea and reduce emissions by 35 %. After all, electric vehicles do not emit any carbon dioxide while driving – at least that is a widely held opinion.”
automotive  electricvehicles  pollution  environment  comparison  diesel  review  WonderfulEngineering  2018 
may 2019 by inspiral
How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who 'hit a hornets' nest'? | Science | The Guardian
Since his confrontation with Cathy Newman, the Canadian academic’s book has become a bestseller. But his arguments are riddled with ‘pseudo-facts’ and conspiracy theories
JordanBPeterson  profile  review  identitypolitics  AltRight  gender  identity  critique  Guardian  2018 
april 2019 by inspiral
Study Links Rise of SUVs to the Pedestrian Safety Crisis – Streetsblog USA
One of the key findings was that not only are crashes involving pedestrians increasing, they are becoming more deadly when they do occur. The share of pedestrian crashes that were fatal increased 29 percent during the study period. One culprit, according to the study, was SUV drivers.
pedestrians  safety  research  automotive  SUV  review  critique  Streetsblog  USA  2018 
march 2019 by inspiral
RA: Sonideros: The mobile soundsystems of Mexico City
Max Pearl reports from the Mexican capital on a timeless DJ tradition that stretches back to the 1950s.
Sonideros  cumbia  music  Mexico  MexicoCity  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The next Homeland? The problems with Fauda, Israel's brutal TV hit | Television & radio | The Guardian
The Netflix smash – about a ruthless Israeli unit hunting down terrorists – has been praised for its evenhanded portrayal of the Palestinian conflict. But are there glaring omissions?
Fauda  television  review  critique  Netflix  Israel  Guardian  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
How Google software won 2018
But it's not just what's outside that matters. When it comes to Google's products, software can not only make up for lackluster hardware, but even give the company's devices an edge over competing gadgets. This year, Google delivered thoughtful software and truly helpful AI that made some of its otherwise mediocre devices surprisingly compelling.
Google  software  review  advocacy  hardware  Pixel  Pixel3  CallScreening  GoogleAssistant  PixelSlate  ChromeOS  Engadget  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires – Foreign Policy
China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?
bikeshare  cycling  review  decline  China  ForeignPolicy  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities - WSJ
A tech-driven concentration of talent since the 1980s has helped the rich get richer. But it has also sharpened an urban-rural divide that, some say, threatens growth.
cities  urbandevelopment  winnertakesall  centralisation  NewYork  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  Austin  Boston  Seattle  review  USA  WallStreetJournal  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Wandering Through Georgia, the Eden of the Caucasus | Travel | Smithsonian
There is beauty and drama at every turn in the country’s rugged landscapes, at its feast-laden tables, in its complex history
tourist  guide  food  culture  Georgia  Smithsonian  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Bathroom renovations for Instagram are on the rise - Vox
Hotels and restaurants are hoping you’ll take a selfie in one of their novelty bathrooms.
selfies  bathroom  restaurants  hotels  socialmedia  Instagram  trends  Vox  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Childhood's End | Edge.org
The genius — sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental — of the enterprises now on such a steep ascent is that they have found their way through the looking-glass and emerged as something else. Their models are no longer models. The search engine is no longer a model of human knowledge, it is human knowledge. What began as a mapping of human meaning now defines human meaning, and has begun to control, rather than simply catalog or index, human thought. No one is at the controls. If enough drivers subscribe to a real-time map, traffic is controlled, with no central model except the traffic itself. The successful social network is no longer a model of the social graph, it is the social graph. This is why it is a winner-take-all game. Governments, with an allegiance to antiquated models and control systems, are being left behind.
GeorgeDyson  information  informationtechnology  evolution  review  Edge  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta » Nieman Journalism Lab
Though it’s too early to assess the implications of this approach, Ocasio-Cortez’s uses of Instagram seem to be less about humanizing an individual politician than about politicizing humans; that is, bringing more humans, particularly young humans, into the fold and representing electoral politics as something they have a genuine stake in. Ultimately, this may be a more meaningfully inclusive form of candor than what has come before.
AlexandriaOcasioCortez  politics  socialmedia  Instagram  review  NiemanJournalismLab  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. | HuffPost
A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.
cableTV  internet  employment  personalaccount  USA  HuffingtonPost  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
What Is Breadcrumbing - Why Breadcrumbiing Is the New Ghosting
Breadcrumbing, defined by Urban Dictionary as “the act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (ie "breadcrumbs") in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort,” equates to leading someone on. Don't do that! Don't be this duck either!
relationships  breadcrumbing  socialmedia  trends  Cosmopolitan  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Orbiting, Another Thing for Online Daters to Worry About - The New York Times
Digitally observing a prospective love interest, or an ex, online is yet another way that people are confusing each other romantically.
relationships  socialmedia  trends  orbiting  NYTimes  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant — Information is Beautiful Awards
Almost half of Americans believe that immigrants make crime worse. But the data tells a different story. This visual piece examines the relationship between immigration and crime in American cities over the past 40 years.
migration  immigration  crime  datavisualisation  USA  MarshallProject  casestudy  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Bussed Out: How America Moves Its Homeless — Information is Beautiful Awards
Each year, US cities give thousands of homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town. An 18-month nationwide investigation by the Guardian reveals, for the first time, what really happens at journey’s end. Through the combined use of (scrollytelling) data visualizations, video, photography, and of course, text, the article explains the impact of the homeless moving around the US. Both from the perspective of the homeless and the cities that are sending them away.
homelessness  migration  webjournalism  datavisualisation  Guardian  USA  casestudy  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Here’s How America Uses Its Land — Information is Beautiful Awards
How do Americans use their land? Bloomberg’s exploration uses a series of unique 8,000-pixel maps in a distinctive, scrolling web experience.
landuse  geography  datavisualisation  Bloomberg  casestudy  USA  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality | VentureBeat
So are DNNs the harbinger of superintelligent robots? Demis Hassabis doesn’t believe so — and he would know. He’s the cofounder of DeepMind, a London-based machine learning startup founded with the mission of applying insights from neuroscience and computer science toward the creation of artificial general intelligence (AGI) — in other words, systems that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can.
artificialintelligence  artificialgeneralintelligence  machinelearning  forecast  review  VentureBeat  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Post-Advertising Future of the Media - The Atlantic
Mid-century newspapers were as broad and unobjectionable as department stores, because department-store advertising was their business. News media of the future could be as messy, diverse, and riotously disputatious as their audiences, because directly monetizing them is the new central challenge of the news business.
media  journalism  webjournalism  onlineadvertising  decline  neutrality  partisan  forecast  TheAtlantic  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
“Succession” ’s Satisfyingly Nasty Family Ties | The New Yorker
The great strength of the show is that it manages to deepen its monstrous characters—to grant them meaningful context, even pathos—without glamorizing them.
Succession  review  television  HBO  NewYorker  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The era of the camera: Google Lens, one year in
Looking ahead, I believe that we are entering a new phase of computing: an era of the camera, if you will. It’s all coming together at once—a breathtaking pace of progress in AI and machine learning; cheaper and more powerful hardware thanks to the scale of mobile phones; and billions of people using their cameras to bookmark life’s moments, big and small.
GoogleLens  machinelearning  computervision  computationalphotography  Google  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Does AI make strong tech companies stronger? — Benedict Evans
This means that the implementation of machine learning will be very widely distributed. Google will not ‘have all of the data’ - Google will have all of the Google data. Google will have more relevant search results, GE will have better engine telemetry and Vodafone will have better analysis of call patterns and network planning, and those are all different things built by different companies. Google gets better at being Google, but this does not mean it somehow gets good at anything else. 
machinelearning  artificialintelligence  strategy  competitiveadvantage  data  review  BenedictEvans  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Supply Chain Africa Needs — The Prepared
Supply chain problems in Africa are quite complex, with most of them stemming from the sheer size of the continent. Africa’s land mass is greater than the USA, Europe, and China combined. Within this huge space there are 54 unique markets, few of which provide scale or adequate distribution infrastructure. Further complicating matters, there are over 2,000 languages spoken and very diverse cultural dynamics from one market to the next.
supplychain  trade  review  critique  Africa  Nigeria  SouthAfrica  Egypt  Kenya  ThePrepared  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Meera Sodha’s recipe for koshari | The New Vegan | Food | The Guardian
Look no farther than the store cupboard for this popular Egyptian street-food dish of rice, lentils and pasta topped with tomato sauce and fried onions
recipe  koshari  Egyptian  pasta  lentils  rice  author:MeeraSodha  Guardian  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
American Dreams in a Chinese Takeout - The Ringer
The grueling nature of Chinese restaurant work in the U.S. has been well-documented, but the immigrants living that life understand the trade-offs they’ve made. They see America as a place they might build a life for themselves. The question is how to go about building that life.
restaurants  employment  personalaccount  Chinese  food  USA  TheRinger  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire - The Ringer
A year of staggering revelations is a reminder of how much Facebook has corrupted life online, with the effect of making the internet seem a little less bearable and a little less human
Facebook  MarkZuckerberg  socialmedia  privacy  review  critique  TheRinger  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Influencers Are Faking Brand Deals - The Atlantic
“It’s street cred—the more sponsors you have, the more credibility you have.”
Instagram  sponsoredcontent  influencer  socialmedia  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
How Tinder Changed Dating for a Generation - The Atlantic
When Tinder became available to all smartphone users in 2013, it ushered in a new era in the history of romance.
onlinedating  relationships  trends  Tinder  Hinge  Happn  OkCupid  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Thomas Heatherwick, Architecture’s Showman | The New Yorker
The Vessel, in Hudson Yards, has a hundred and fifty-four staircases and eighty landings. Heatherwick has said that, at a site where there is nothing else to commemorate, the Vessel can be a “monument to us.”
ThomasHeatherwick  profile  design  architecture  TheVessel  HudsonYards  GardenBridge  NewYork  NewYorker  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Spreads 1975-83 - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
First UK Exhibition Dedicated to Rauschenberg's Major Series of Spreads, Inspired by "Autobiographical Feelings", After His Celebrated Combines
RobertRauschenberg  painting  collage  exhibition  London  GalerieThaddaeusRopac  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Brexit: A Test for Humanity - Bloomberg
The scary thing is this: So many of humanity’s core problems — addressing climate change, improving education, boosting innovation — ultimately have the same structure as “fixing Brexit.” It’s just that these other problems come in less transparent form and without such a firm deadline. We face tournament-like choices and perhaps we will not end up doing the right thing.
Brexit  politics  democracy  review  critique  UK  EuropeanUnion  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Brexit is a red herring when it comes to the plight of UK fishermen | John Lichfield | Opinion | The Guardian
Small fishing companies are harmed not by the EU, but by government rules that allow big interests to corner the quotas
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  fisheries  quotas  review  UK  Guardian  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
“Everyone’s for Sale”: A Generation of Digital-Media Darlings Prepares for a Frigid Winter | Vanity Fair
Vice, Vox, and BuzzFeed, among other companies that once heralded the dawn of a new media age, are now grappling with decidedly old-media problems.
Vox  Buzzfeed  Vice  media  review  critique  results  VanityFair  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
The Friendship That Made Google Huge
Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.
JeffDean  SanjayGhemawat  profile  Google  software  NewYorker  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Will Uber Survive the Next Decade?
Uber has succeeded in getting the business press to treat its popularity as the same as commercial success. A few tech reporters, like Eric Newcomer of Bloomberg, have politely pointed out that Uber’s results fall well short of other tech illuminati prior to going public. The pitch that dominance would produce profits is demonstrably false and Uber seems unable to come up with a new story. There’s every reason to think that investors, not local cab companies, will wind up being Uber’s biggest roadkill.
Uber  ridesharing  valuation  results  review  critique  NYMag  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Taiwan Can Win a War With China – Foreign Policy
Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.
conflict  review  China  Taiwan  ForeignPolicy  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge | Life and style | The Guardian
Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland ‘Pantsdrunk’ has been elevated to an official activity
pantsdrunk  culture  alcohol  Finland  Guardian  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Why Puffer Jackets Are at the Centre of Korea’s Class Divide | Global Currents | BoF
While the explosive popularity of puffer jackets is a boon for outerwear brands like The North Face and Moncler, the trend highlights some uncomfortable truths about South Korean society.
fashion  pufferjacket  incomeinequality  conformism  SouthKorea  BusinessofFashion  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Is Geotagging on Instagram Ruining Natural Wonders? Some Say Yes - The New York Times
Now, conservationists are concerned that photographers who geotag their precise locations are putting fragile ecosystems and wild animals at risk. As a defense, they are asking tourists to stop.

The Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board has created a campaign to get tourists to stop geotagging photographs on social media.
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Instagram  locationbasedservices  geotagging  tourism  review  impact  NYTimes  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
The Amazon Warehouse Comes to SoHo - The New York Times
Our shopper visits the new Amazon 4 Star store, which stocks items with customer review ratings of four stars or better. Brick and mortar never had it so rough.
Amazon  Amazon4Star  retail  bricksandmortarretail  review  critique  NewYork  USA  NYTimes  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
'I’m exhausted': life in England's homelessness hotspot | Society | The Guardian
Newham in London has topped homelessness table but problem doesn’t stop at rough sleeping
housing  homelessness  review  critique  Newham  London  UK  Guardian  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Climate Solutions: Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air? - Yale E360
A U.S. scientific panel reports that technologies that take CO2 out of the atmosphere could be a significant part of a strategy to mitigate global warming. In an e360 interview, Stephen Pacala, the panel’s chairman, discusses how these fast-developing technologies are becoming increasingly viable.
climatechange  globalwarming  carboncapture  geoengineering  review  interview  StephenPascala  e360  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
How Restaurants Got So Loud - The Atlantic
This trend is not limited to New York. According to Architectural Digest, mid-century modern and minimalism are both here to stay. That means sparse, modern decor; high, exposed ceilings; and almost no soft goods, such as curtains, upholstery, or carpets. These design features are a feast for the eyes, but a nightmare for the ears. No soft goods and tall ceilings mean nothing is absorbing sound energy, and a room full of hard surfaces serves as a big sonic mirror, reflecting sound around the room.
restaurants  architecture  acoustics  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
RA: Inside Copenhagen's fast techno scene
Kit Macdonald visits the Danish capital to investigate its emergence as a hotbed for 140 BPM dance music.
techno  fasttechno  music  Copenhagen  Denmark  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Higher Estate Taxes Can Prevent a Nation of Dynasties - Bloomberg
But inherited wealth means that wins and losses aren’t so temporary. Unlike income, wealth is easy to pass on to your descendants — you just sign it over in your will. Even if heirs make bad financial decisions and spend down their fortunes over time, inheritances can lead to inequality that persists for generations. And if heirs squirrel away the money in well-diversified portfolios of stocks and real estate, wealth inequality may actually be self-reinforcing.
inheritance  incomeinequality  socialmobility  politics  estatetax  DonaldTrump  USA  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
Why Trump Worries Historians More Than Economists - Bloomberg
If you think about these questions enough, you can end up very nervous indeed. Historians have seen too many modest mistakes spiral out of control and turn into disasters.

Economists, in contrast, work more with general models than with concrete historical situations, and those models emphasize underlying structural forces. Economies have fairly set populations, birth rates, natural resources, capital stocks, savings rates, trading partners, and so on. So to an economist, the final outcomes are closer to necessary than contingent.
history  economics  contrast  forecast  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
On magnets or underground: how does the Russian anonymous marketplace work? – Political Critique
The stores leave ‘ready made treasures,’ which are laid out in advance in the city. People pass by these readily available stashes every day without noticing them. Electrical transformers, garages, window sills, cemeteries, parks, trees, basements, public toilets. The drugs are hidden under slabs, attached to magnets, buried in the ground, covered with leaves or with stones. When you make a purchase you can usually chose the place to receive your goods.

Once the payment has been processed, the buyer receives a description of the ‘treasure’s’ location as well as GPS coordinates and photos.  The ‘ready made treasure’ option allows you to receive an order as quickly as possible – sometimes it can take less than an hour between payment and receiving the ‘treasure’. Only small amounts are sold this way – no more than a few grams, depending on the substance.

Another option is to have the order delivered via a dead drop. This is used for large volumes of drugs and wholesales. Within 48 hours after the transaction has been accepted, the dead drop is made for the buyer. Most often, these take place far away from residential areas. Encrypted messages are used in communications between the dealer and buyer.
drugs  market  darkweb  TOR  RAMP  RussianAnonymousMarketPlace  Russia  PoliticalCritique  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
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