Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Let’s Spend the Night Together

I don't need a car. We can share a ride. I don't need an office. We can share some workspace. I don't need a place to live. We can all live togeth... uh wait, what? Yes, the next phase of the on-demand, sharing economy has arrived. And it sort of looks like a college dorm. "People live in group homes for many reasons, and in many circumstances -- think of retirement homes, rehab centers, and communes and kibbutzes. But co-living isn't just about a living situation. It's about a specific stage in the modern bourgeois life cycle: the period that sociologists call extended adolescence." I'm adolescent in most ways, but this? No. Seriously, no. The threat of this kind of co-living makes me want to build a moat around my house. But as The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe found out, many Millennials are perfectly happy being together.


Trash Tracking

"Dead electronics make up the world's fastest-growing source of waste. The United States produces more e-waste than any country in the world." So where does all our e-waste go after we throw it away? An e-waste watchdog group (yes, they have those) wanted to find out. So they connected some GPS devices to your e-garbage and followed along. (I wonder where they disposed of the GPS trackers once the project was over.)


Left Holding the Baghdad

"Iraq's Interior Ministry says more than a third of the victims were women and children." ISIS has been losing ground in Iraq, but they're still quite capable of launching suicide attacks. Three of them hit Baghdad on Wednesday. More than 85 people were killed.


Marathon Plan

"A 1:59:59 marathon would require a searing pace of 4 minutes 34 seconds per mile, seven seconds faster than the pace of the current world record. It would require 85 to 90 percent of a runner's maximum aerobic capacity — twice the capacity of an average man — and a sustained heart rate of about 160 to 170 beats per minute." The NYT takes you to the Dead Sea to check in on one scientist's quixotic quest to propel a runner past the two-hour barrier. (I can't even lace up my sneaks in 4 minutes 34 seconds.)


Stall Tactics

"During the Victorian era, English women had to fight for access to public bathrooms, which were only available for men. During the civil rights era, efforts to block black Americans from public toilets sometimes turned violent." As MoJo explains: N.C.'s transgender skirmish is just the latest in a long history of bathroom freakouts.

+ Buzzfeed: North Carolina officials rethink pepper spray in schools to defend against bathroom "perverts." And no, this isn't a satire.

+ And now, for my definitive take on the matter, I humbly submit the following ten quick thoughts on the North Carolina bathroom law: Shit Where You Want.


Negative Energy

"Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity." Quartz on the weekend when Germany had so much renewable energy that they had to pay people to use electricity. (This is a career opportunity for my 7 year-old daughter.)

+ So you finally got that electric car. Does that mean you're running clean? Well, that depends on where you're getting your electricity.


Running Lines

Aspiring actors are now driving Ubers instead of waiting tables. And as Nick Bilton found out, they have some interesting stories to tell. "If he was driving his own car, he could get pulled over for any number of reasons; not stopping at a light; not using a blinker; speeding. But if I get pulled over, the cops aren't going to search him and I'm certainly not going to get into any trouble." Yes, you can order drugs on your mobile phone and have them delivered by a dealer riding in the back of an Uber. I'd say that makes this the right time to reassess who gets to be called the greatest generation.


Hyper, Active

"Ultimately, capsules will scream through the center of such a tube at 700 miles per hour on a cushion of air—a way to get from A to B faster and more efficiently than planes or trains. The first public tests of this concept, albeit on an open-air track, will take place in North Las Vegas this week. They're aiming to hit 400 miles per hour." Yeah, so, this Hyperloop thing is sort of happening. MIT Tech Review: The unbelievable reality of the impossible Hyperloop.

+ And that first public test took place today.


Bro Code

"'It's not personal,' one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is -- for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction." Ronan Farrow in The Hollywood Reporter: My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked.


Bottom of the News

"The drama includes accusations of sabotage, choke holds, gay slurs and vendettas, according to court documents." Bloomberg on Cabbage Patch Kids, the toy that is still fueling fights today.

+ ProPublica: How Typography Can Save Your Life. I don't know about that. But choosing the wrong font can definitely drive readers to want to kill someone.

+ The secret life of a medieval fight club warrior. (Maybe some things should stay a secret...)

+ Oh hey, I should probably mention that NextDraft readers donated about eighteen grand to our new 826 Valencia center in the Tenderloin. That's pretty damn great. Thanks.