Posts Tagged "compelling read"

William Wesley: The Most Powerful Man in Sports?

I’m not a big sports person but I found this GQ article about William Wesley, entitled Is This the Most Powerful Man in Sports? pretty fascinating to read. Wesley seems like the ultimate person who knows everybody, able to ring up Michael Jordan or Jay-Z on a whim. He seems to be ever present, in the most unlikely of places….

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a story about Chris Kenneth Gerhart (a film student at the University of Wisconsin) and Christopher Chichester, a member of British Royalty descended from Lord Mountbatten. It also involves Christopher Crowe, who was hired as a computer whiz for a Connecticut brokerage firm… and later hired as a department head at Nikko Securities,…

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The Enemy Within: Fascinating Article About the Conficker Computer Worm

We’re dealing with one of two things: either we’re dealing with incredibly sophisticated cyber criminals, or we’re dealing with a group that was funded by a nation-state. Because this wasn’t the kind of team that you could just assemble by getting your five buddies who play Xbox 360 and saying, ‘Let’s all work together and see what we can do.’…

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Raising the Dead: The Incredible Story of Extreme Diver Dave Shaw

Yesterday, on the way home from work, I got sucked in to a captivating, gripping and heartbreaking story about extreme deep sea divers entitled Raising the Dead: The Incredible Story of Extreme Diver Dave Shaw. It was one of those articles that I simply couldn’t stop reading. While diving at Bushman’s Hole (a remote sinkhole in South Africa), at a…

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Ronald Mallett – Physics Professor, Son and Secretive Time Traveler

A few days ago, I came across a pretty fascinating article that I simply couldn’t stop thinking about. Ronald Mallett is a UConn physics professor who has kept a pretty big secret his entire career (and his entire life pretty much). Afraid of being ridiculed by his colleagues, he only recently let it be known that the primary reason he…

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The System – Article about ZT Online, a Money-Centric, Chinese MMORPG

By day, 27-year-old Lu Yang is a sonogram technician at a hospital in Chengdu. At night, she was a monarch, the ruler of the “kingdom of Chu”–game players like to respectfully put “queen” before the name of her character. In this virtual kingdom, the “queen” commanded several thousand subjects, her fervent warriors. In the less than a year since the…

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The White Lobster: Found Cocaine and the Economy of Bluefields, Nicaragua

This morning I got sucked into a fascinating story about Bluefields, Nicaragua. Due to its location (halfway between Columbia and the US), a lot of drug smugglers pass by. Oftentimes, when the smugglers are fleeing authorities… they end up throwing the drugs overboard, effectively getting rid of the evidence. Those bales of cocaine float, and the currents bring them west…

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The Peekaboo Paradox, by Gene Weingarten

This morning, while going through my routine of browsing sites and updating the blog… I came across an incredibly long article about a clown named “The Great Zucchini.” Ok, that sounded a bit weird. For context, I was on MetaFilter and was reading this post. That post led me to the Washington Post article by Gene Weingarten, entitled The Peekaboo…

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Move Over Jobu, Meet… Shabu

I’m usually really bad about reading articles online. My attention span is such that, if it’s more than a page… I’ll tell myself I’ll read it later, but never do. That said. Once I started reading this article, I couldn’t stop. One page after the next, start to finish. I just got sucked in. It comes wrapped in red foil…

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