December 2019

This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

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In the Event of an Apollo 11 Disaster

The Moon Landing: An Undelivered Nixon Speech

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace…In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

The MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality has taken audio and video of Nixon and created a fake film of William Safire’s speech in the event of an Apollo 11 disaster.

Related: For All Mankind on Apple TV+ has been very solid to this point.

Houston TrAstros

A medley of stories and videos about the Astros use of video to steal and relay signs:

And for good measure, let’s not forget the disgusting behavior by both the Astros and (former) assistant general manager Brandon Taubman.

“Need tickets?” “Need tickets.”

Sinners, Scalpers and the Search for God: One man’s descent into the underworld of sports

The fans who needed tickets stood out. We called them “straights” because they stand straight up in a crowd protecting the cash they’re unused to carrying, hands stuck in their pockets, and you could make a few thousand dollars in a couple of hours if you knew how to spot them. The game was to sell your tickets for as much cash as the straights could cough up.

I had 30 tickets left with 20 minutes to kickoff. If I didn’t sell them they’d be worthless — deadwood. But with undercovers swarming the stadium, the risk of arrest swelled with every sale. Ticket scalping in Brazil carried a multi-year prison sentence, and I couldn’t speak Portuguese, so I had to be careful. Avoiding capture meant closing deals quickly and moving every five minutes. These were techniques my mentors taught me on street corners, outside the track at the Kentucky Derby, in the parking lots bordering the Masters, the hotel lobbies by the Super Bowl.

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Thanks for reading. Have a great month,

Clay