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Links of the Week: The Solar Eclipse, Rotten Tomatoes, and What Happens When Silicon Valley Takes Over Journalism?


So the there will be a total solar eclipse on Sunday, as you may have heard.

I have to be honest, I haven’t ever been too excited about eclipses. I don’t know what it is - I remember distinctly being at Flint Lake Elementary School when an eclipse was happening and being fairly indifferent. At the time, we weren’t allowed to see it because not everyone had those sweet, sweet glasses required to watch it. But I didn’t mind.

But there’s something very… human about being excited about these. They have been the subject of attention since the dawn of human existence. Did you know a Roman emperor once starved himself to death because the eclipse freaked him out so much? Did you know that in ancient Korea, they thought eclipse happened because dogs were trying to steal the sun. They say that this year’s eclipse will be the best for US residents in 70 years.

I’ll buy in this year. Let's go eclisping!

Where will you be on Monday around noon? I’ll check it out in the backyard of Camp Life, glasses on and everything.

Here are your Links of the Week.

A couple of months ago, the Cubs were under .500 on the season, and people were freaking out. Good thing they had over 100 games still to play! Great recap on how Kris Bryant is returning to form and leading the team back into the playoff picture. [ESPN]

Great #LongRead on O.J. Mayo, the high-school phenom and third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, who seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth after some suspensions and injuries began to derail what was becoming a pretty solid career. [LongRead]

“The Untold Story of SNICK?” You had me at the headline, Vanity Fair. [Vanity Fair]

Few industries adapt to change as slowly as traditional media, so allow that to color your thoughts when reading this deep dive into Silicon Valley companies taking over journalistic endeavors (think: Amazon/Washington Post). [The Atlantic]

What happens when the Olympics leaves?” is a question that rarely gets answered with, “A lot of really cool stuff!” Here’ s a look at post-Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [ESPN]

Interesting take on Rotten Tomatoes, which has turned into the #1 review source for movies coming out every weekend. I have to admit, it’s the first thing I check before seeing a movie. [The Ringer]

Here is a bird that loves drumming. [Twitter]

Where and when do people listen to podcasts? Acast measured 14 million listens in the US in June and published a report on learning about the popular audio medium. [AdWeek]

Since Kobe Bryant retired, the “traditional” Shooting Guard in the NBA has gone by the wayside, with players being training to either play as point guards or small forwards. The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks has a great take on the modern SG. [The Ringer]

Wait, Jim Carrey is a really talented painter? Huh. Have a good weekend.


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