Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


You, But Better

Athletes have always trained. But in recent years, that training has become much more sport and skill specific, and athletes are using a host of biometric sensors to measure everything from strength and fatigue, to the quality of a night's sleep. The result: The best are getting better. But everyone else is getting better too. "That's actually the biggest change in performance over the past few decades -- it's not so much that the best of the best are so much better as that so many people are so extraordinarily good." And these tools are coming to a body part near you. From The New Yorker's James Surowiecki: How the performance revolution came to athletics -- and beyond.


Watch Your Six

What if you were the guy who shot Osama bin Laden and everyone suddenly knew your name? You'd be an instant celebrity and, at least for a few moments, you'd be the most famous person in America. You'd trend, you'd meme, you'd animated GIF, you'd Buzzfeed Quiz, you'd get to trade barbs with Rosie on The View, and compete in a viral lip synching battle against Jimmy Fallon. You'd also be maligned by those in the military who share a core value: Operations like the one that got bin Laden are about teamwork and years of training and planning, and no one person should ever take personal credit for anything. What happens in Seal Team 6 should stay with the team. Fox News is promising to share the shooter's identity next week. But, as a couple readers have pointed out, at least one military blog is already calling him by name. You can either follow this story now or wait for it to follow you over the course the next week.


Let’s Elect

How many Americans are heading to the polls? The answer will have an impact on the day's biggest storyline: Will the GOP take over the Senate? Nate Silver says the Republicans have a 76% chance of doing just that.

+ For many people, the best part about election day is that it brings a (brief) respite from nonstop campaigning. Well, don't get your hopes up. The outcome of the race to control the Senate might not be "known for days, weeks or even a couple months."

+ The Atlantic: The midterm election user's guide.

+ Who will win? Forget the pundits and polls. Just read some history.

+ How long will you have to wait in line to cast your vote? Well, that largely depends on the color of your skin. (I couldn't believe my polling place didn't have a special line for Amazon Prime members.)

+ The Verge: How Facebook is changing election day (aside from just making it more irritating).

+ The grammatical tweaks that can decide an election.


Cost of Coverage

The rise of ISIS, and other international stories, have caught many of us by surprise. In part, that's because these stories are hard -- and extremely dangerous -- to cover. Here are some stats from The Committee to Protect Journalists: "A grim toll of 370 journalists have been murdered over the past 10 years in direct retaliation for doing their job. An even more alarming statistic is that 90% of their killers have not been brought to justice."


Arresting the Mayor

From the LA Times: "Jose Luis Abarca, the fugitive mayor of the Guerrero city of Iguala who is accused of ordering an attack on 43 students missing and presumed dead, was captured early Tuesday along with his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda."


What’s the Meaning of This?

Are you reading this at work? Then maybe you "crave more meaningful -- and more demanding -- responsibilities." (Either that, or reading this is just that awesome.) From The Atlantic: The art of not working at work.

+ Working the nightshift can take a toll on your mind.


Putting Tinder Through the Grindr

Tinder, the app, has changed dating. Tinder, the company, has made for a crazy saga at the top. Forbes' Steven Bertoni takes you into the green room where Sean Rad was fired as CEO. (Sometimes I wish we'd go back to dating the old-fashioned way; by using websites.)


The Strongman

"The strongman and his girlfriend are driving from Burbank to Martinsville, Indiana, in the strongman's mother's Honda CR-V. Toward the end of the drive, the strongman starts to worry that his weight has done something to the seat of his mother's car." From Grantland's Alex Pappademas, a glimpse into the life of the seventh-strongest man on the circuit.


Run and Gun Defense?

"'It's about letting your opponent know we are going to use our best players. And whether we use them or not, that's up to the coach. ... 'Hey Spain, I'm not going to start Lebron and Kobe tonight.' I don't think you do that. Now how much I play them? Let the guy try to figure out how much I'm going to play them." Everyone has advice about how the president should fight ISIS. Even Coach K. Better the Blue Devil you know....


The Bottom of the News

According to the AP, "shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a 'painfully awkward' actor Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public." I'm guessing that filing this complaint won't make it any easier to go...

+ The Daily News with the headline of the day: "Iggy Azalea suffers wardrobe malfunction when pants split during Bar Mitzvah show." (Now a lot of people probably feel bad for just getting the kid a gift card...)

+ "Mum thinks I'm an idiot. Dad's not too proud either." Those seem like reasonable parental reactions to a son who decided to pretend to surf on a whale carcass surrounded by sharks.

+ Ten maps that explain the midterm elections.