Sunday 9.11.2016 New York Times Digest


1. What Should You Choose: Time or Money?

“The people who chose time were on average statistically happier and more satisfied with life than the people who chose money.”

2. Arm Wrestling’s Popularity Goes Over the Top

“Mr. Ayello works as a New York City firefighter for Ladder Company 135 in Glendale, Queens, but for seven years, he has moonlighted as a professional arm wrestler.”

3. With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs

As debates about athletes’ rights intensify in big-time college sports, the next frontier, independent experts say, could be privacy issues related to wearable tech, which in coming years could expand beyond health trackers like Fitbit and the Apple Watch to so-called smart clothing, with sensors embedded in the material itself.

4. Boise State Mounts a Paper Defense of Its Home Turf

“Boise State has the right to license or deny any field that could be mistakenly associated with its trademark.”

5. How to Become a C.E.O.? The Quickest Path Is a Winding One

“Early evidence suggests that success in the business world isn’t just about brainpower or climbing a linear path to the top, but about accumulating diverse skills and showing an ability to learn about fields outside one’s comfort zone.”

6. A Robot May Be Training to Do Your Job. Don’t Panic.

“Eventually … the moment will come when machines possess empathy, the ability to innovate and other traits we perceive as uniquely human. What then? How will we sustain our own career relevance?”

7. We Need ‘Somebody Spectacular’: Views From Trump Country

“She voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and says her political choices are gut-driven rather than party-driven. ‘I have never been this political,’ she tells me. ‘This is the most fired-up I’ve ever been for a candidate.’ She believes Trump will get business going, revoke trade deals she sees as draining domestic jobs, and ‘clean up the mess Obama has left us.’ But what, I ask, of Trump’s evident character flaws? ‘Sure, he’s kind of a loose cannon, but he tells it the way it is and, if elected, people will be there to calm him down a bit, tweak a word or two in his speeches. And I just don’t trust Hillary Clinton.’”

8. Before You Spend $26,000 on Weight-Loss Surgery, Do This

“It is nonsensical that we’re expected to prescribe these techniques to our patients while the medical guidelines don’t include another better, safer and far cheaper method: a diet low in carbohydrates.”

9. Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

“At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.”

10. Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and Free Speech, Too

“A little heads-up can help students engage with uncomfortable and complex topics, and a little sensitivity to others, at the most basic level, isn’t coddling. Civic discourse in this country has become pretty ugly, so maybe it’s not surprising that students are trying to create ways to have compassionate, civil dialogue.”

11. Temperatures Rise, and We’re Cooked

“Murders go up with the temperature.”

12. The Trauma of Violent News on the Internet

“There are several reasons to suspect that the emotional impact of such intimate social-media images or internet-derived news is different, and perhaps even longer-lasting in some cases, than that from old-media sources.”

13. One-Thing Shop: Tinned Fish, Lisbon

“Really, our future is our past.”

14. How the American Revolution Worked Against Blacks, Indians and Women

“Can a revolution conceived mainly as sordid, racist and divisive be the inspiration for a nation?”

15. Jon Ronson Reviews a New Book About Bad Digital Behavior

“This is her provocative and at times compelling thesis: The internet — ‘the largest unregulated social experiment of all time,’ in the words of the clinical psychologist Michael Seto — is turning us, as a species, more mentally disordered, anxious, obsessive, narcissistic, exhibitionist, body dysmorphic, psychopathic, schizophrenic.”

16. The Hunger in Our Heads

“We often seek food after focused mental activity, like preparing for an exam or poring over spreadsheets. Researchers speculate that heavy bouts of thinking drain energy from the brain, whose capacity to store fuel is very limited. So the brain, sensing that it may soon require more calories to keep going, apparently stimulates bodily hunger, and even though there has been little in the way of physical movement or caloric expenditure, we eat.”

17. Letter of Recommendation: Glass Bricks

“You’ll find them all around you once you start looking, hidden in plain sight, suturing together memories of the past and visions of the future.”

18. The New High-School Outsiders

“When these students land in Idaho, they may know little or no English. The bucolic landscape looks nothing like the America they say they fantasized about from glimpses of pop culture abroad.”

19. Fortress of Tedium: What I Learned as a Substitute Teacher.

Everything is interesting. Potentially. Sometimes it may not seem so. You may think a certain thing is completely without interest. You may think, or I may think, eh, dull, boring, heck with it, let’s move on. But there is someone on this planet who can find something interesting in that particular thing. And it’s often good to try. You have to poke at a thing, sometimes, and find out where it squeaks. Any seemingly dull thing is made up of subsidiary things. It’s a composite — of smaller events or decisions. Or of atoms and molecules and prejudices and hunches that are fireflying around in unexpected and impossible trajectories. Everything is interesting because everything is not what it is, but is something on the way to being something else. Everything has a history and a secret stash of fascination.”

20. When Dick Cavett Met Seth Meyers

“There’s no honor now to have a talk show.”

21. The Most Famous Pop Artist You Don’t Know

“Throughout the decades of underappreciation that followed his original success, the shy, slim Cincinnati native produced a polished and graphically appealing body of work that, nearly 12 years after his death and 40 or so after the first cold shoulder, is re-emerging as a joyful, innocent rejoinder to the cynical materialism of much of contemporary art.”


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