TheSportsTrap: ESPN CONlumnist - Sarah Phillips


Sarah Phillips saga continues!


First off, looking back on the whole situation, I was blind to not see it was a con. Luckily, no account was ever sold, and no contract was ever “legally” signed. Everything has returned to its rightful owner.

It all start several weeks ago when I…

Weekend Reading / March 31, 2012

Reminiscing with Peter Bogdanovich about ‘The Last Picture Show’
by Anne Brodie for Criticize This! - March 30, 2012
It’s hard to sum up Peter Bogdanovich in a couple of paragraphs. An iconoclast, doer and dreamer, he was deeply influenced by the great early motion picture pioneers, and became one of the greats – Hollywood’s golden boy filmmaker for a time. He burst forth in 1971 as co-writer and director of the landmark 50’s small town Texas romance The Last Picture Show, starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms which won two Oscars and made stars of these untried young actors.
http://trap.it/ycA9st - discovered on Trapit 

Q+LA with Elmore Leonard
by Megan Abbott for LA Times Magazine - March, 2012
Whether in books, film or TV’s Justified, when it comes to cool, clever stories fueled by whip-smart dialogue, nobody does it better.
http://bit.ly/HxNAGY - discovered on Trapit via Paul Davis on Crime

Inside old-school books, every scribble tells a story
By Ian Brown for The Globe and Mail – March 30, 2012
Down in the subterranean caves of the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto, where anyone can walk in and pore over old Wolfie’s mopings, the custodians of the collection’s 700,000 rare items have no problem at all with e-books and digital culture.  Indeed, they love the lure of the online, because as digital files replace printed books as the storehouse of the world’s texts, printed books are rapidly becoming more and more valuable as “material objects of print culture,” as book scholars like to say – artifacts of the human mind, physical evidence of the way we read and think and feel. In the world’s most richly stocked libraries, books aren’t dead; they’re the newest form of history.
http://trap.it/hr4yVw - discovered on Trapit

Musicians as entrepreneurs
The Economist – March 30, 2012
Tethered to electronics, we forget that for centuries individuals were expected to read, write and perform for one another, in the flesh. Music enjoyed a particularly intimate history. Until the 17th century, secular music was played solely within one’s home (hence: “chamber music”).
http://econ.st/Hy14Bg - discovered on Twitter via @theeconomist

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing Abuses
by Janet Reitman for Rolling Stone - March 28, 2012
A Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top - but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth
http://lgrd.co/HiM8pm - discovered on Twitter via @Longreads

A Cocktail that Travels, Courtesy of Bartender Kevin Diedrich
By Emily Fleischaker for Bon Appetit – March
We’re not trying to get you arrested. But San Francisco bartender Kevin Diedrich recently showed us how well drinks can travel when he brought a cocktail to our office that he’d mixed and bottled 3,000 miles away. 
http://bonapp.it/H3Yj8W on Twitter via @bonappetit

A Super-Foodie’s Tijuana Tour
by Damien Cave for Food & Wine – March 2012
When Los Angeles’s best chefs need a jolt of inspiration, they make a run for Tijuana. Writer Damien Cave gets a private tour of the city’s wild, wonderful food scene, from taco stands to innovative restaurants.

How Hollywood uses Megaupload
by Jesse Brown for Macleans – March 30, 2012
Kim Dotcom, the indicted Megaupload tycoon, has some news about his accusers: they’re also his customers. The defiant Dotcom (real name, Kim Shmitz) lobs some grenades back at his attackers in an interview with the filesharing news site Torrentfreak.
http://trap.it/xcX7sv - discovered on Trapit

The Search for the Google of the Social Graph
by Mark Johnson for Wired Epicenter – March 30, 2012
Search is the great triumph of computer science and mathematics. A multi-billion dollar industry was built from a highly technical paper about random walks on the web, which was becoming more obtuse as it grew exponentially.  Google’s search breakthrough ensured that the web would not be a victim of its own success.  Now, the social web faces a similar problem. It is enormous, and growing, and central to our lives. There are many successful companies in the social space, just as there were search leaders before Google emerged. Yet so far there is no Google for the social graph.
http://trap.it/S76m9n - discovered on Trapit

Why Path Will Survive Its Privacy Scandal: Great Design
By Porter Gale for AdAge – March 30, 2012
What should we share online? What data should be public? What should be private? These are the very questions at the core of the social app Path, which unwittingly became the center of a scandal last month when a developer blogged that he “noticed his entire address book was being sent to Path” without his consent. That opened up a much-needed debate about the data safety in mobile apps, but the irony here is the company that was initially singled out is all about creating a private and closed environment for their users.
http://trap.it/3VGSge - discovered on Trapit

DuckDuckGo Aims To Beat Google With New Search Features
by Carl Franzen for TPM IdeaLab – March 30, 2012
Google’s core product — its web search engine — has been hit with a barrage of criticism for changes Google made in the way it displays search results, putting content from Google’s social network, Google Plus, up front and center, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Add to that concerns from users and regulators over Google’s new privacy policy, and Google search has had a difficult 2012 so far, to say the least.  In contrast, the fortunes of a relatively unknown search engine focused on privacy, called DuckDuckGo, have never been better.
http://trap.it/Szzp2w - discovered via Trapit

Facebook delves deeper into search

by Douglas MacMillan and Brad Stone for Bloomberg Businessweek – March 29, 2012
On Feb. 1, a few hours after Facebook declared its intention to raise $5 billion in what will likely be the largest initial public offering in tech history, Mark Zuckerberg gave close followers of his company a potential clue to its future.
http://buswk.co/HtsY1P - discovered on Twitter via @BW

Odd choice by Readability. Wonder how long this will last.

Odd choice by Readability. Wonder how long this will last.

Weekend Reading / March 17, 2012

Interview with Jorgen Bodum
DesignApplause, March 9, 2012
http://trap.it/kZ4bML - discovered on Trapit

'The Bachelor' Addiction and Why It Must Stop (After Tonight)
by Lizzy Acker for KQED, March 12, 2012
I’m not proud of how deeply I’ve gotten involved with the contrived set-ups and death defying “dates” that these highly manicured “Account Managers” and “Sales Reps” share in front of the cameras. But there is just something about watching people who seem suspiciously like robots try to “find love” for the “right reasons” in a leased mansion in LA, in helicopters and on exotic islands. Every season is the most dramatic, and of course “the most controversial.”
http://bit.ly/wMthjm - discovered on Twitter via @KQED

Sense Of Place: Portland’s Revered Record Stores
World Café on NPR, March 14, 2012
Our Sense of Place Portland series focuses on the history of Portland, Ore. pop music as observed by longtime resident Terry Currier. He’s uniquely qualified to survey the Portland music scene and the state of the record business because he owns Music Millennium, Portland’s premier independent record store, where he has worked since 1972. He is also the founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.
http://trap.it/TDtYZB - discovered on Trapit

Soul Food: Lee Fields Finds His Groove
by Rich Thomas for ChinaShop, March 13, 2012
When you’ve been in the business as long as Lee Fields has, you see patterns. You see how lifestyle choices lead to creative choices, and how those choices can mean the difference between burning up the charts with a hit or burning out your career. The North Carolina soul man has spent 40 years making records, and has toured with the likes of Sammy Gordon and Kool & the Gang, but it wasn’t until he partnered up with Desco Records for a string of single releases back in the late ’90s that he crept into the fringes of more mainstream music publications.
http://trap.it/euXL3y - discovered on Trapit

Where Fashion Is the F-Word
by John Swansburg for Slate, March 15, 2012
Patagonia makes gear for demanding climbers and itinerant surfers. How’d it catch on with the rest of us?
http://slate.me/FPGI3i - discovered on Twitter via @slate

LA’s New Rock Star
The Economist, March 17, 2012
Los Angeles loathes its reputation as a cultural backwater. Now a megalith weighs in to change the city.
http://econ.st/yv1g9m - disovered on Twitter via @theeconomist

What Makes Sushi Great?
by Francis Lam for Gilt Taste, March 12, 2012
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a gorgeous film of a master chef’s dedication… and its darker side. 
http://gi.lt/FSdv73 - discovered on Twitter via @the99percent

Street food boom towns: Three West Coast case studies
by Eric Hess for Grist, March 16, 2012
They may never catch up to Portland, but neighboring cities Seattle and Vancouver, BC, are making strides to put food carts front and center.
http://trap.it/nTnCRS - discovered on Trapit

What Happens When Agile Messes Up Your UX Process?
by Jared Spool for User Interface Engineering, March 12, 2012
UX and Agile work well together, if you know how. In fact, when done really well, it’s a much better way to get results than any other development process. http://trap.it/U2mD9B - discovered on Trapit

Is Google Siriously Nervous About Search Innovations?
by Kit Eaton for Fast Company, March 15, 2012
Seems Google is going to release sweeping changes to its flagship search functionality. Big news. So big it hides what’s really going on here: Google’s afraid of Apple’s Siri.
http://trap.it/kQQn9b - discovered on Trapit

Big Data and Big Content - just hype or a real opportunity?
by John Mancini for Digital Landfill, March 15, 2012
But there is also the stubborn reality that unstructured information is the red-headed stepchild of the Big Data equation - and the source of so much untapped value and intelligence in organizations. And our community - users, solution providers and consultants - knows something about this whole messy question of unstructured information.
http://trap.it/zmfeXM - discovered on Trapit

More Than Half of Internet Traffic is “Non-human”
by Zach Epstein for BGR, March 16, 2012
A new study suggests that more than half of all Internet traffic is generated by non-human sources such as hacking software, scrapers and automated spam mechanisms. The majority of this non-human traffic, according to cloud service provider Incapsula, is potentially malicious.
http://trap.it/mnKjPZ - discovered on Trapit