Just think, there’s still poop on the moon. There’s even a map of where it is. 💩 🌝

On the Connection Between Megan Rapinoe and Nipsey Hussle ⚽️🎶

Justin Tinsley writing for The Undefeated:

Hussle knew the location of his soul. There’s honor in loyalty. In the company one keeps, and the morals one lives by. The graphic stories Hussle narrated were born and bred in South Central. They were for his people. But they were meant to be heard, embraced, and they were calls to action for neighborhoods far beyond Slauson and Crenshaw. Clearly, that resonated with Rapinoe.

There’s much of Hussle’s message that can and should be carried through life, regardless of your background. In the end, it’s about making the world a better place by making us all better people. Integrity and motivation will have a lot to do with getting us there.

The Athletic posted an article yesterday detailing the different scouting services the Washington Huskies football program subscribes to. One of those companies, Hudl, is right in my own back yard. I could imagine a dream job of chopping up and tagging recruiting videos.

Dave Grohl tells his story on how he ended up in Seattle. I’m thankful he did. 🎶

Pancake-stacked supercell in Nebraska stuns storm chasers and scientists alike - The Washington Post

Some incredibly stunning shots from near Imperial, Nebraska the other night.

Can Zion Williamson turn NFL-loving New Orleans into a basketball town 🏀⚜️

Shannon G. Sims, writing for The Washington Post:

(Gayle) Benson is trying. She recently hired David Griffin, the general manager of the title-winning 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, to be vice president of basketball operations, with former player and Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon as the new general manager.

“There are signs that Gayle is taking the Pelicans seriously and hiring good people,” Butler said, recommending that ownership also find new ways to draw in fans, including bringing in brass bands such as The Soul Rebels and playing more authentic New Orleans music during games. “Bring the actual swag of the city into the arena,” he added.

I always thought the Pelicans should bring more of New Orleans into the gameday experience. The whole reason for them being the Pelicans instead of the Hornets was to instill civic pride in the team. But, catching what I can on TV, their game days have always seemed vanilla whereas Saints games have always brought Bourbon Street indoors.

I think a marriage of that flavor with Zion Williamson embracing it could potentially save the Pels for the city. I hope that happens, as this is only the first generation of fans watching the Pels, whereas the Saints are multigenerational. Just maybe we’re looking at this franchise 20 years from now as something the city can’t do without and it could all center around Zion.

Florida, Colorado Announce Home-And-Home Series in 2028-29 - Florida Gators

This is big! Florida almost never leaves the state for non-conference games.

ACLU says US border agents have ‘near-unfettered’ ability to seize iPhones, other devices

I can’t really say I’m surprised.

Agent: Russell Wilson’s new Seahawks deal sets NFL record 🏈

Gregg Bell, writing for The News Tribune

Agent Mark Rodgers confirmed to The News Tribune at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday the contract is worth $140 million in new money over four years, with a $65 million signing bonus.

That $35 million per year makes Wilson’s the richest contract in NFL history, as he had sought and the Seahawks had planned for their franchise and Super Bowl-winning quarterback all along.

I don’t care how much they paid the guy, I’m just glad they paid the guy. Now, hopefully, he doesn’t post any more weird videos from his bed on social media.

Go Hawks!

AT&T may have just signaled the end of Hulu as you know it today - The Verge

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for The Verge

Now that AT&T no longer has skin in the game, it’s easy to imagine a future where the company pulls its shows entirely in favor of its own streaming efforts. (AT&T now has its own video empire after purchasing Time Warner, after all.) And if Comcast follows suit, it could leave Hulu as an exclusively Disney service that compliments the upcoming $7-a-month Disney+. Disney has even hinted as much, with the company highlighting in the past few days the different roles it intends for Hulu and Disney+, with Hulu offering more mature content, and even the potential for a joint bundle. (Perhaps AT&T saw the writing on the wall when Disney assumed control.)

I’m posting this for reference.

📰 Notre Dame Fire Cathedral Ablaze in Paris

Sad news out of Paris. This is history which may not be replaceable.

Magic stepping down as Lakers' president

From ESPN

“I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said at an impromptu news conference held before Tuesday night’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

This is wild.

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name

Malcolm Ritter, writing for The Associated Press

Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo says there’s no evidence cats actually attach meaning to our words, not even their own names. Instead, they’ve learned that when they hear their names they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet. And they hear their names a lot. So the sound of it becomes special, even if they don’t really understand it refers to their identity.

My cat, Remy, definitely knows what “food” means. He always perks up and gets really chatty whenever that word comes up.

De La Soul’s Early Albums Will Finally Be Made Available On Streaming Services

The good news is their music is available in digital formats. The bad news is what De La is getting out of it.

Long story short, see these guys in concert, buy t-shirts, etc. if you’re a fan.

Shortcut Monday: Daily Journal Prompts in Day One Tracked with Streaks - Brian Renshaw

Just discovered this blog, which led me to this shortcut. I like the approach and how it integrates using Streaks.

Experiences With Racism In American South Inspired Gary Clark Jr.'s 'This Land' NPR

In an interview on All Things Considered, Clark told NPR’s Michel Martin that a neighbor came up to him last year and asked who lived on the 50-acre property that Clark had bought in Austin with his wife Nicole Trunfio to raise their two children.

“I do,” Clark responded.

“There’s no way you can live here,” the neighbor responded.

This type of interaction is what infuriated me about some of the initial reactions to Colin Kaepernick kneeling. So many wanted to call him and others who kneeled spoiled, because who were they to complain when they have so much money? There’s an idea that when a black person earns a lot of money they no longer have to deal with the problems other black people deal with.

NBA player Sterling Brown would beg to differ.

James Blake would beg to differ.

Gary Clark Jr. would beg to differ.

Clark Jr. covers his anger on the track (and album of the same name), “This Land”, a track I came across a couple weeks ago. I often rate songs (like or dislike) based on how likely I am to want to hear them again. This track was jarring on first listen, which would usually cause me to bypass the track. I kept listening to it, however, and ended up putting a like on it. It’s a message I feel I need to hear mixed in with everything else I listen to. If it comes up a lot, so be it. It needs to be heard.

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🏀 Warriors' Kevin Durant sees Kings as 'team to be reckoned with soon' - ESPN

“That’s the fourth game that we deserved to lose against this team,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said after Thursday night’s 125-123 win over the Kings. “But [we] just figure it out at the end of the games. … Sometimes you’re not going to win it with the team game and the way we always play. Sometimes you’re just going to have to play streetball, you know what I’m saying? I think tonight, throughout spurts of the game, both teams did that.”

This game was close throughout and this has certainly been a trend with Warriors-Kings games this year. Buddy Hield looked really good early before cooling off, finishing with 19 points. That said, Hield is averaging 20.5 per game. Remember, he was the prized part the Pelicans sent to the Kings in the DeMarcus Cousins trade, in which it was said at the time the Kings had gotten fleeced by then Pels GM Dell Demps.

Two years later, Hield & the Kings are growing, Cousins is a Warrior, and Dell Demps is out of a job. This only furthers my stance of not overblowing every trade for the near term. These things can play out years down the road to look entirely opposite of what they originally seemed.

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Woke up this morning to the news that Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. The more I think about this, the more I feel it’ll be better for both parties, as long as the Pelicans don’t fleece themselves. 🏀 #doitBIG

Raccoons drunk on crabapples cause false rabies scare - The Seattle Times

Cleve R. Wootson Jr., writing for The Seattle Times:

The apprehended animals were held in custody and allowed to sober up in what can only be deemed a raccoon drunk tank.

Breaking up Facebook is up to us - via @manton

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times

I really want to get off this god forsaken site, but until those close to me choose to do the same, it still feels like a necessary evil. Get a blog, folks! I’ll subscribe.

Douglas Rain, Chilly Voice of a Computer Named HAL, Dies at 90

It’s been a day for sci-fi and comic fans.

An NHL fan’s guide to the WHL

A good primer from NHL to Seattle. 🏒

🔗 Send James Paxton to Atlanta, Sigh

From Lookout Landing

As much as I’d hate to see James Paxton leave Seattle, I could very much get behind him going to Atlanta. Seattle needs to build its farm system. It’s epically bad and I’m a believer any model of sustainable success for most teams is through building the farm system.

I grew up watching the Braves do it as a kid and I’m watching them do the same now. It’s how Houston went from being the worst team in the league to World Series champs. Sometimes it takes trading top level talent to get there. The M’s may have to make that sacrifice.

Via Stephen Hacket on Twitter:

Made a “Fake Twitter” journal in Day One and put the app in Tweetbot’s spot on my iPhone’s home screen, as I’m trying to spend less time here.

I have invented the social media version of the “vaping when trying to stop smoking” technique.

I like this idea. I have Day One on my home screen, but I don’t use it as much as I would like. That said, I think replacing your Twitter app of choice with your micro.blog app of choice could be a solid move.