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Tuesday | 5.15.18
How a screengrab from a decades-old Japanese anime became the internet meme du jour


  • Apparently overcoming concerns about "inflation, rising rates, trade fights, and geopolitical tensions", markets closed on a gain yesterday, extending the Dow's eight-session winning streak (the longest since September). A bevy of economic news is on deck today, including retail sales, housing-market index, and speeches by Federal Reserve members. MarketWatch

  • Google has rolled out changes to its storage plans, introducing a new, low-cost plan (200GB for $3/month) and halving the price of its 2TB plan to $10/month. Interestingly, the new Google One plans will provide one-tap access to live experts via chat, email, or phone — the news of which comes suspiciously after the introduction of Google's human-like Duplex.  TechCrunch


  • Unrest continues along the Gaza-Israel border as protests rock the area as a result of a confluence of events, including the controversial recent opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. An estimated 58 people were killed yesterday, making it the deadliest day there since 2014. BBC

  • In a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law yesterday, paving the way for states to legalize sports gambling. New Jersey had led the fight, arguing that the law had treated states unequally and that sports betting could be a potentially lucrative source of tax revenue. Not as big of fans of the decision: sports leagues, who fear that game-fixing or other types of cheating could ruin the integrity of games. As a provider of media content with ample advertising real estate, I welcome the return of sweet, sweet DraftKings and FanDuel campaign dollars flooding the markets. Reuters

  • Primaries take place in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon today, with a particular focus on Pennsylvania given the newly redistricted congressional map. The change has led to the most contested congressional primaries in the state since 1984. FiveThirtyEight


  • [Basketball] The Golden State Warriors put on a display of offensive wizardry unseen since the Weasley twins, taking down their opening game last night against the Houston Rockets, 119-106. The advantage of home court now switches to the Warriors in this best-of-seven series, which picks up again tomorrow.

    Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final is tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET as the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to tie up the series against the Boston Celtics. Yahoo

  • [Hockey] The Vegas Golden Knights increased the odds of continuing their unexpected playoff run during their debut season, evening up their Western Conference series against the Winnipeg Jets to a game apiece.

    We turn back to the East tonight as the Washington Capitals head back to their home ice, seeking to build upon their imposing 2-0 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning. USA Today


  • Scientists have found new evidence that Jupiter's moon Europa may have plumes of water erupting from its surface, courtesy of data collected two decades ago by the Galileo spacecraft. Although the data had been available for some time, it wasn't until recently that planetary scientists were able to explain the findings. NPR

  • James Harrison, an Australian man who has donated blood and plasma regularly for more than six decades, is retiring from the good deed as he's now over the age limit for donors. Known as "the man with the golden arm", his blood contains a rare antibody that has helped save an estimated 2.4 million babies. NPR


  • "What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world [...] The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun."

    Thoughts on why the internet just isn't very much fun anymore: New York Magazine

  • Are internet memes considered fun? Probably not. But here's an explanation of the meme du jour, "is this a pigeon?", anyway: The Guardian

  • "There’s only one item on the menu: a single slice of French toast, served in a waxed-paper sleeve. They only let you buy one, and they sell them until they run out, usually around 8:06 a.m. They don’t have any maple syrup, but this French toast doesn’t need maple syrup. It’s that good."

    An example of how you should give recommendations to your friends visiting in town. Something to truly aspire to. The New Yorker


For when the Apple Watch has become too mainstream Giphy

I can't tell if it would be a reward or a punishment to be at the center of this insanity Giphy
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