A months-long investigation by TIME, however, found that Boyarkin, a former arms dealer with a high forehead and a very low profile, was a key link between a senior member of the Trump campaign and a powerful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I ❤️ a good turn of phrase


Wholey moley! I forget how much US TV ads suck.


“I take the opportunity each day offers.”
—Andy Goldsworthy

PSA: The iPad’s keyboard gestures are more robust than you might think

The iPad actually has quite a few options for text selection that I don’t always see mentioned here, including a few that I don’t think even 3D Touch iPhones have. There’s the obvious one:
• Swipe with two fingers to move cursor.
But there’s also
• Tap and hold with two fingers to begin selecting, then move fingers to expand selection, OR
• Tap once with two fingers to select single word.
• Double tap with two fingers to select sentence.
• Triple tap with two fingers to select paragraph.
While text is selected:
• Swipe left/up with two fingers to move left selection handle.
• Swipe right/down with two fingers to move right selection handle.
* Tap once with two fingers to exit selection and return to cursor mode.
The cursor position will return to either:
* The beginning of the previous selection, if you adjusted the handles to make your selection, OR
* The spot of the previous cursor, before you entered selection mode, if you selected text using the single/double/triple tap to select option and did not adjust the size of the selection.
I hope these are useful for some of you!

PSA: The iPad’s keyboard gestures are more robust than you might think : apple
Seems to work, but takes some patience to practice.

Fried Chicken Christmas

While Christianity officially arrived in Japan with Portuguese traders in the 1540s, Aomori legend says that Jesus himself is buried in the mountain village of Shingo. Ancient documents unearthed, and subsequently lost, in the 1930s purportedly reveal the Messiah eluded crucifixion, moved to northern Japan, became a garlic farmer, had three daughters and died in Shingo at the age 106. His tomb has a website. Two thousand years later, Christmas Eve is celebrated in Tokyo as a date night with fried chicken. Celebrate the season, for whatever your reason, with these Yuletide events.

(Via TokyoCheapo)

Man who invented Keurig K-Cups regrets it / Boing Boing


Man who invented Keurig K-Cups regrets it / Boing Boing:

John Sylvan, the Keurig engineer who invented the K-Cup pod coffee system in the 1990s, regrets his mistake. It was intended for the corporate service market and the idea that people have these things in their homes leaves him “absolutely mystified.”
> He says he doesn’t begrudge the company for its success, or for wanting to make money, but he does question consumers’ slavish devotion to the things. The company’s latest product, the Keurig 2.0, which allows users to use pods to make larger cups and pots of coffee, is a great example of that.
> “I stopped when I was walking in the grocery store aisle and I said, ‘What is that?'” Sylvan recalls. “I picked it up and looked at it and said, ‘You have to be kidding me.’ Now they want you to make a pot of coffee with a Keurig machine.”

K-Cups are terrible but better than the coffee you don’t have.
I am still a pour-over fan using a burr grinder with recently roasted beans. But I’ve gone lazy, relying on my local chain shops (not Starbucks) to deliver my coffee.


Why are 50% of people near me talking on the phone and 50% of those doing it on speaker?


One by one, the urgent goes away:

Those emergencies from a year ago (and a month ago), they’re gone.
Either they were solved, or they became things to live with. But emergencies don’t last. They fade.
Knowing that, knowing that you will outlast them, every single one of them, does it make it easier to see the problem, not the panic?

(Via Seth’s Blog)

Culture You Can Heft


Culture You Can Heft:

Digital Culture and Culture You Can Heft Working Together

While I’ve increased my consumption of heft-able culture, I haven’t completely abandoned the digital variety. I’m just more deliberate about when I use one or the other, and about intentionally keeping a healthy dose of the former in my life.
I’ll stream music to my Sonos speaker in my garage gym. But if it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, I’ll have Gus pick out an album for us to listen to together on my turntable while we play chess.
I still use a Kindle when I’m reading books for article research because it allows me to copy and paste my highlights into a single doc for when I’m ready to write. But if the book ends up meaning a lot to me, I’ll buy a hardcopy version for my physical library. With books I read for the podcast (where I make highlights and notes but don’t need them transcribed), or that I read for pleasure, I always prefer to read a hardbound copy.
The Art of Manliness is largely a digital site, naturally, and we even utilize infinite scroll. But we also offer hardbound versions of some of our content, and we’d like to create more in the future for those who itch to take more of their reading completely offline.
It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Find a mixture that works for you, remembering that culture is not merely to be consumed, but experientially touched, handled, hefted.

(Via The Art of Manliness)
I’ve commented on this idea for a while now. I like how Brett defines the concept of “heft”. The article is a long read but well worth your time.