Why Women Cheat

With the leak of user information from the adultery website, AshleyMadison.com, I thought it’d be appropriate to post this story from May 2014. Charles Orlando decided to create an account to figure out why women join the site.

But all were clear that they were not leaving their current relationship. These weren’t monkeys getting a grip on the next branch before letting go of the first. They just wanted to feel what they used to feel from the man in their life.

Weekend Long Read – February 7, 2015

Bill Simmons wrote a tremendous retro running diary on last week’s crazy Super Bowl XLIX. On Jermaine Kearse’s unbelievable 4th quarter catch that set up Malcolm Butler’s amazing inerception that sealed the game: 

 “People were yelling in disbelief all around me … I couldn’t move. They showed the replay. The football bounced off Kearse’s hands, Ryan’s hands and back up into the air. As Kearse fell on his back and tried to find the ball, safety Duron Harmon jumped over his head. Naturally, the football plopped back down off Kearse’s left leg and then his right leg, buying him time to tip it with his right hand, then it fell into his hands as he remained on his back. 

Also, he gave birth to a nine-pound baby just because everything else wasn’t unbelievable enough.”

Weekend Long Read – December 13, 2014

Twitter Clients in 2014

Federico Viticci on the state of Twitter clients in 2014:

For the past six months, I’ve been reevaluating my entire Twitter experience based on the apps I use to read tweets and interact with people. The idea made a lot more sense once I stepped out of my preconceptions: I wanted to understand what 2014 Twitter was like…

Weekend Long Reads – November 21, 2014

How To Carve a Turkey

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the United States and millions of people will be gathering with family around a turkey dinner. Serious Eats has a guide on how to carve a turkey.

The Best Turkey Frying Disasters

Deep frying a turkey is a popular way of cooking a turkey. It’s faster and produces crispy skin with juicy tender meat. It’s also fairly dangerous. Here is a collection of turkey frying disasters.

(Due to the holiday, there will be no Weekend Long Read next week).

Weekend Long Reads – November 8, 2014

The Long Way Home

THIS IS HIS contract year, his chance to set up the future, and maybe this is also how the pieces of an 11-year-old boy’s life fall back into place. If somehow he can continue to play well … and if he can break a few more records … and if the Broncos can win the Super Bowl … and if he can sign a long-term deal for $12 million a year … then maybe he can restore some stability to the family that lost it in 1999, on the morning of the raid. “Family first,” reads the tattoo he recently inked on the inside of his biceps.

“That’s all I’m playing for,” he says.

Weekend Long Reads – November 1, 2014

The Coming Out of Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘This Will Resonate’

Tim Cook’s declaration on Thursday that “I’m proud to be gay” made him the first publicly gay chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. But Mr. Cook isn’t just any chief executive. And Apple isn’t any company. It’s one of the most profitable companies in the Fortune 500 and ranks No. 1 on the magazine’s annual ranking of the most admired companies.

Naked and Marooned For 60 Days on a Tiny Island

Ed Stafford on being stranded on an island in the South Pacific:

The island was a classical sort of South Pacific island. It was uninhabited. It was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was completely covered in forest. None of it has been cleared, and if you look at it, it’s sort of encircled by a golden sandy beach on one side and jagged flat rocks on the inside. Outside of that, there was a coral reef that formed a lovely lagoon all the way around the island. If you look at it, it was an absolute paradise island, and one that you would pay thousands and thousands of pounds to go and stay on. That was pretty much what it was like.

A Week With the Retina iMac

“My review of the new Retina iMac could be said as one word: sensational.”

In my opinion, the canonical review of the new Retina iMac.

How Benu’s Corey Lee Attained the ‘Unattainable’ Third Michelin Star

Chef Corey Lee on receiving a three star rating from the Michelin Guide:

I think that’s one of the biggest things about something like this, is that you have a team of people who work so hard. We’re working 70, 80 hours a week and that time is spent in a 1,000 square foot room and you don’t have interaction with the guests all the time. It’s day in, day out and it’s one of those moments you can just take a breath and feel good that your work is acknowledged and appreciated and it’s just a great feeling for everyone involved.

Weekend Long Reads – October 18, 2014

To Siri, With Love

It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said.

Mac OS X Yosemite Reviews

Apple’s new desktop operating system was released this week and there are plenty of great reviews. Here are my favorite, starting with none other than the canonical review by John Siracusa.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

Six Colors: OS X Yosemite Review

With OS X Yosemite, Aqua’s All Grown Up

Weekend Long Reads – October 11, 2014

The Elon Musk Interview on Mars Colonization

‘I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,’ he told me, ‘in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct. It would be like, “Good news, the problems of poverty and disease have been solved, but the bad news is there aren’t any humans left.”’

24 Surprising Things about Parenting in the United States

My family is appalled at the way my son behaves at the table. He can’t focus, he doesn’t finish his meal, he refuses to eat certain foods, etc. Here in the U.S., it is considered normal. In France, that’s considered rude. My family sometimes thinks my child is pretty spoiled and that I am a so-so parent.

Weekend Long Reads – October 4, 2014

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

A New Zealander who worked for the tour company that arranged my tour told me that he was meeting with an employee of the North Korean government’s tourism agency outside North Korea (one of the rare times you’ll ever see a North Korean outside the country), when the news of Kim Jong Il’s death came in. He said the man, at the time, was trying to sign something with a pen, and that his hand was shaking so violently that he couldn’t do it. The man then tore away to the other room, and emerged a couple hours later, face swollen and eyes red. This was a man outside of North Korea with no reason to fake emotion.

A brutal, heartless totalitarian dictator has to play quite the mind tricks on his people to be truly beloved—the Kims are good at what they do.

Japan, and How I Failed to Figure it Out

First, the people are insanely polite. I was apologized to for no reason, smiled at constantly, my jokes were laughed at even when I didn’t make a joke and the laugher didn’t speak English, and best of all, the bows. So many bows. Bows to say hello, goodbye, thank you, I’m sorry—anything really. (I began to thoroughly enjoy bowing back, and now I’m crushed this isn’t part of my normal life. New Yorkers bow rarely.) An extreme politeness example would occur when someone would take my credit card—they wouldn’t take it with their fingers like I’m accustomed to, they’d hold their palms out like a platter for me to put it on, returning the card to me with another hand platter. All of this I’m going to miss.

It wasn’t just politeness that struck me, it was the lack of rudeness. Public altercations or even mildly unpleasant interactions don’t happen. At one point, I was in a taxi at a construction-hindered intersection being traffic-directed by an officer. The driver mistakenly went into the intersection at the wrong time, against the officer’s signal. In New York, the officer is not friendly about this and the driver responds by either ignoring him or yelling back. In Tokyo, the officer ran over to explain the mistake, acting like it was his own fault, the driver acted like, “No no it’s my fault you’re the best” and they both bowed to each other.

But What About Greenland?

There are also some dark things going on within the population… The government reported that 1 in 5 Greenlanders attempts to kill themselves at some point in their lives, and some I talked to there said almost every Greenlander knows someone who has taken their own life. The logical conclusion would be that suicides spike in the winter when it’s dark almost all the time, but it’s the opposite—the brighter months bring a rise in insomnia, and suicides are more frequent then.

Russia: What You Didn’t Know You Don’t Know

The people are not fond of the US. No bipolar situation in this case. About 28 of 30 people I talked to about this were strongly anti-America. When I asked them about something like the Ukraine situation, the universal response was that the US spent a ton of money to turn the Ukrainians against Russia for their own selfish reasons. This never translated to anyone being nasty to me, they’d just calmly explain that unfortunately, my country is a piece of shit, and that would be that.

Weekend Long Reads – September 27, 2014

Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

Jolicoeur spent about three weeks strolling around the island, asking locals to hold his ungainly, foam-sheathed microphone and tell the camera how they felt about the big acquisition. Everyone seemed to feel very, very good. “I want to thank Mr. Ellison,” one fishing-boat captain says. “He’s got a vision, and he’s taking care of us over here on Lanai.” A pack of landscapers, shown assiduously raking dirt, say things like: “Thank you for work, Mr. Ellison! Thank you very much!” The owner of a salon: “I just want to take this time to thank Mr. Ellison for the unbelievable, incredible takeover of Lanai.” Inside the island’s Catholic church, a priest in a purple robe, surrounded by children, says: “Heavenly father. . . . We ask for your blessings for Mr. Ellison, particularly, and those who work with him, that all the good plans and intentions that he has for Lanai be fruitful.” Elsewhere, a woman shouts a little breathlessly: “Mr. Ellison! Thank you for being here! We love you! I’ve never met you before and really would like to, and I can imagine that you will do awesome wonders for this place!”

The Power of Sleep

“Chronic sleep restriction is a stress on the body,” says Dr. Peter Liu, professor of medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and L.A. Biomedical Research Institute. And the cause of that sleep deprivation doesn’t always originate in family strife, financial concerns or job-related problems. The way we live now–checking our phones every minute, hyperscheduling our days or our kids’ days, not taking time to relax without a screen in front of our faces–contributes to a regular flow of stress hormones like cortisol, and all that artificial light and screen time is disrupting our internal clocks. Simply put, our bodies don’t know when to go to sleep naturally anymore.

iPad: The Microwave Oven of Computing

The microwave isn’t easier for every cooking task, and perhaps it takes longer to prepare a complicated meal in a microwave. Perhaps no award winning meal will be created in one, unless it’s a special contest for microwave cooking. But it simplified simple cooking, and consumers around the world saw it as a necessary piece of equipment within in years of it becoming popular. It didn’t need to be an oven, and didn’t need to be better than an oven. It just needed to be the best for some certain cooking scenarios, and that was enough to win the hearts and minds of people around the world.