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daily 08/12/2016

    • Lance Armstrong was a very good cyclist, perhaps the best the greatest who ever lived. Anyone who says otherwise is ignoring history.


    • He had Americans excited about cycling in 1999, when the Internet hadn’t yet made relatively obscure sports easily available to all. He won seven consecutive Tours.
    • Lance never crashed out. Never let a bad day on the road ruin his chances. And, for seven straight years he rode into Paris in yellow.


    • All of the haters will say he doped. (And how! You have to admire just how precise and detail-oriented his doping regimen was.) To this I say: So what? This tidy New York Times graphic shows just how prevalent doping was when Lance was on top.
    • the planet is particularly important to Jedi, because it’s where they collect the materials for lightsabers.
    • The Gerrera voiceover continues over a shot of a desert fortress — clearly the sort of place that Imperial officers will hang out. It’s weird to see a Star Destroyer hanging out in the atmosphere. Maybe this is a local garrison on Jedha, watching over Jedi groupies?
    • Generating fantasy maps



              path, line {  fill: none;  stroke: black;  stroke-linecap: round;  }   .field {  stroke: none;  fill-opacity: 1.0;  }   .slope {  stroke-width: 1;  }   .river {  stroke-width: 2;  }   .coast {  stroke-width: 4;  }   .border {  stroke-width: 5;  stroke-dasharray: 4,4;  stroke-linecap: butt;  }   text {  font-family: “Palatino Linotype”, “Book Antiqua”, Palatino, serif;  color: black;  stroke: white;  stroke-width: 5;  stroke-linejoin: round;  paint-order: stroke;  }   text.region {  stroke-width:10;  font-variant: small-caps;  }   svg {  float: right;  background-color: white;  }       

    • For two decades now, L.A. has stuck its leg out and tried to entice the NFL at the expense of nearly a dozen other cities.
    • human experience can be boiled down to something like an incredibly advanced, metaphysical version of The Sims.


    • The other interesting thing is that the natural world behaves exactly the same way as the environment of Grand Theft Auto IV. In the game, you can explore Liberty City seamlessly in phenomenal detail. I made a calculation of how big that city is, and it turns out it’s a million times larger than my PlayStation 3. You see exactly what you need to see of Liberty City when you need to see it, abbreviating the entire game universe into the console. The universe behaves in the exact same way. In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed. Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this. One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.
    • And if it only behaves in a finite way when it’s being observed, then the question is: Is it being computed? Then there’s a mathematical parallel. If two things are mathematically equivalent, they’re the same. So the universe is mathematically equivalent to the simulation of the universe.
    • Maybe that’s why it took longer than some of us expected for the Cavs to realize their potential. The Cavs didn’t just need a strategic makeover; they needed a psychological one, too.



      It wasn’t going to work at all unless, and until, someone took control and then implemented a style that matched the Cavs’ personnel — and personalities.

    • MOST DAYS START the same — behind the wheel of a white 1997 Dodge Caravan SE outfitted with a bubble-top Mark III conversion kit, a VHS player mounted to the roof inside and a r8hers personalized plate. Mark Davis pilots this machine from his East Bay home to the nearest P.F. Chang’s, where he sits at the left end of the bar, same spot every time, puts his white fanny pack on the counter, orders an iced tea and unfolds the day’s newspapers. Beside him on the bar, next to the papers, is his 2003 Nokia push-button phone with full texting capability. When someone calls and asks him where he is, he says, “I’m in my office,” and sends a knowing nod to the bartenders. It gets ‘em every time.
    • As Davy Prentiss lies dead in the rubble below us, shot by his own father, shot by the man I just set free– And as Viola

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