Extreme Commuting, SB Nation’s Unpaid Workers, & Documentary Recommendations – Link Roundup

Articles

Podcasts

  • Edible Arrangements: Tariq Farid – I wasn’t expecting to love this interview so much. Tariq has an inspiring story of growing a small family flower shop into this huge franchise. [How I Built This]
  • The Starbury – I bought a pair of these $15 basketball shoes a decade ago. Now Stephon Marbury is bringing the Starbury back. [Planet Money]
  • A Queen Of Sorts – The story of how “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun helped Phil Ivey win over $20 million in baccarat…to get revenge on a casino who slighted her. [30 for 30 Podcasts]
  • Uncut Interview: Mark Zuckerberg – the uncut interview used in Season of Masters of Scale. It’s rare to hear an extended casual conversation like this with Mark. [Masters of Scale]
  • Mouse’s Vineyard – a scientist proposes genetically engineered mice as a solution to Martha’s Vineyard’s lyme disease problem. [Undiscovered]
  • From Intel to Disney – Disney staring their own streaming service isn’t as simple as it would seem. If they charge enough to make it worthwhile, they’ll likely alienate a large portion of their target audience. [Exponent]

Documentaries

  • Five Came Back – how five Hollywood directors fought back against Hitler’s propaganda films with our own propaganda, as told by five current prominent directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. [Netflix]
  • Betting on Zero – activist investor Bill Ackman raises hell by shorting the gigantic pyramid scheme that is Herbalife. [Netflix]
  • Bigger Stronger, Faster and Prescription Thugs – Chris Bell first documents the hypocrisy surrounding steroid use, and then follows it up with another film about prescription drugs after his brother (and star of the first film) passes away from prescription drug abuse. [Netflix]

Books

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2 comments on Extreme Commuting, SB Nation’s Unpaid Workers, & Documentary Recommendations – Link Roundup

  1. Scott says:

    Re Starbury: After hearing this podcast a few weeks ago, I was curious, so I bought a pair (for tennis). Verdict? At $19.98 the price is right but when they tack on S&H of $11.98, $31.96 is no longer quite as attractive. Still, compared to the lowest end brand name tennis shoes at $50 and most hovering around $100, they are still attractive – assuming they hold up.

    I’m a few weeks in and have played a handful of matches.
    Looks: I got a few comments on my “new shoes”. No one loved them nor hated them. In my opinion, they are fine. Except for the gold shoestring tips which I promptly removed with a pair of pliers (to reveal black tips).
    Quality: Plenty light, comfortable and played well in competitive singles. My only point of concern is the wear rate on the sole. They seem to be wearing out very fast.

    Summary: For general walking around shoes they look good and feel good – I recommend. For tennis, where playing surface is abrasive, the verdict is out. Admittedly, they are probably designed more as a basketball shoe and on a wooden court would hold up much better.

    I probably won’t buy again via mail due to shipping but I understand they my be carried in CitiTrends stores. If I can pick them up for $20, it’s a no-brainer.

    • Adam McFarland says:

      That’s good info Scott, thanks for sharing! I thought the original ones were pretty low quality. At the time I played a decent amount of basketball but pretty quickly decided against using them for anything other than casual wear. Hopefully they keep working on improving them, the idea of bringing affordable basketball shoes to everyone is admirable (unlike say the Big Baller Brand $400+ shoes).

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