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Wednesday | 5.9.18
This morning I'm enjoying poetry from Gchat archives


  • Google demonstrated some amazing (and terrifying?) technology at its I/O conference, particularly the calling capabilities of Google Assistant. Using a technology called Google Duplux, Assistant is able to make scheduling or appointment calls on your behalf that are so convincingly human that the person on the other end has no idea they're chatting with a digital helper. The Verge

  • In one of the largest U.S. technology acquisitions this year, Glassdoor has been acquired for $1.2 billion by Recruit Holdings, a Japanese human resources company that also owns Indeed. The ten-year old job hunting service best known for its user-provided reviews had raised just over $200 million from investors at a valuation of around $1 billion. TechCrunch


  • As expected, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the landmark accord with Iran that had lifted sanctions in exchange for limits on the country's nuclear program. Much can be said about how the abandonment of the agreement threatens to distance the U.S. from its allies, gives political ammunition to Iranian hardliners over reformists, jeopardizes the possibility of a deal with North Korea, and detrimentally impacts businesses such as Boeing and GE, but I keep thinking about how much easier it is to destroy than to create. Whether you're talking about politics, building a business, or pretty much anything in life, it's important to remember that hard things are hard. We grow and become better by working relentlessly, not by jeering at past efforts or by giving up because the first attempt didn't work perfectly. BBC

  • CIA director nominee Gina Haspel appears before the Senate today in a tough confirmation hearing that is expected to touch on her role in the controversial interrogation programs after Sept. 11. She's the first woman to be nominated for the position, having spent more than three decades working undercover for the CIA before emerging last year to become the agency's deputy director. Reuters

  • Washington Republicans breathed a sigh of relief after Don Blankenship, who served time in prison after 29 people died in one of his mines, failed to win the Republican Senate primary in West Virginia. Across the board, for both Republicans and Democrats, yesterday's primary results in four states showed relative calm, though angst over Washington peeked through as Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District became the first sitting congressional representative this year to lose a primary challenge. NPR


  • [Basketball] The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors will face each other in the semifinals after each advanced last night with 4-1 records over their respective opponents, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Just one game tonight at 8 p.m. ET as the Boston Celtics, up 3-1 in the series, attempt to close out the Philadelphia 76ers. Yahoo

  • [Baseball] Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, good for MLB's second individual no-hitter of the season. He's also the first Canadian to throw a no-hitter since 1945. SB Nation


  • Hot on the heels of his sensational and tea-ruining directorial debut Get Out, Jordan Peele has announced his next film will be out in March 2019. Titled Us, the "new nightmare" has eyed Lupita Nyong'o, Elisabeth Moss, and Winston Duke to star. Variety

  • Friendly reminder that Mother's Day is this Sunday...


  • Wednesdays are the best day to work from home Quartz

  • "Poetry from my Gchat archive"... I like the idea of rebranding my chat history as "poetry". Usually I call it "the reason I'll never be able to achieve political office". The New Yorker

  • "Top millennial injuries reported at urgent care facilities" McSweeney's


You can add playing soccer with an overhead view to the above list of millennial injuries Imgur

The pollen situation in New Jersey is a bit much Gfycat
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