bprez

385 Flips | 25 Magazines | 415 Likes | 11 Following | 4 Followers | @bprez | Keep up with bprez on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “bprez”

I'm a former Marine who trains civilians to be mentally tough, and all too often I hear the same useless excuse

At age eighteen, I enlisted and was sent to Parris Island, SC for Marine Corps boot camp. A major part of the training process is marksmanship. As a missionary's kid, I had never fired a weapon of any kind. The marksmanship instructor asked me if I was left-handed or right-handed.<p>"Sir, left-handed, …

This Artist's Illustrations Perfectly Show What Life Is Like In A Long-Term Relationship

So funny, so cute, so true.

5 Years After “Control,” Ranking the Relevancy of All 11 Rappers Kendrick Called Out

From Drake to Jay Electronica, we tracked the course of 11 careers since that game-changing verse five years ago.“Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this …

The Banana Bread Recipe You Should Have on Hand If You Love Bananas

Step 1<p>Heat the oven to 350°.<p>Step 2<p>Grease and flour the bread pan. You can also buy cooking spray that already comes with the grease and flour, so all …

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why | Robert Reich

Starting in the 1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers have fought against unions<p>The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.<p>But …

Private Sector

'Bad things happen in the woods': the anxiety of hiking while black

I always knew about hiking and camping from commercials and magazines. But the people doing it didn’t look like me<p>The feeling was that if you went out into the woods by yourself – and you’re black – you might not end up coming back<p>When I was young I would have loved to have had someone encouraging …

Hiking

Wylie Dufresne's Soft-Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese

<b>Author Notes:</b><p>Wylie Dufresne, an early leader in the molecular gastronomy movement, gets around the classic custardy-eggs-must-happen-slowly rule in a smart and rather deviant way—he cranks up the heat and whisks swiftly, finishing his tiny-curded eggs in about a minute. Then he makes up for the …

grilled cheese

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Plant Expert Explains How Flesh-Burning Giant Hogweed Is Invading America

"It's started to spread more aggressively.'<p>About a century ago, New England garden enthusiasts adopted the British trend of cultivating a towering, …

6 Types of Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well-used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear …

San Fransisco's Homeless Crisis Is Now a Poop Crisis

The city is overrun with people who have nowhere to relieve themselves—and that's a problem for any resident, whether they have a home or not.<p>Every time I visit San Francisco, I am increasingly shocked at how the city is getting dirtier and more disturbing. Recently, while staying at an AirBNB in …

These Lynx Yelling at Each Other Sound Like People, And It's Hilarious

Cats can be so dramatic.<p>A video recently captured in Ontario, Canada shows a truly rare sight: two Canada lynx, yowling their furry little faces off …

Wildlife

The ex-slave in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon” tells his harrowing story without rage

Cudjo Lewis was a teenager when his home town in modern day Benin was decimated by a neighboring king. Lewis was captured, put into a barracoon, a structure to hold slaves, before spending 70 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean. He eventually arrived in Alabama, where he was given over to white …

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

How to speak puppy: a visual guide to doggy body language

From tail height and posture to pricked ears and eye contact, vet and clinical animal behaviourist Kendal Shepherd reveals what your dog is trying to tell you

Language

Kanye’s Politics Are What Happens When You Don’t Read Books

As someone who still owns land on Yeezy Island, I was anxious when Kanye West made his return to Twitter a couple weeks ago. Because as those who …

NBA Respect: Who's Got It, Who Doesn't and How to Get It

Ride-or-die players. Is the NBA driving them into extinction?<p>Perhaps nothing reflects how "soft" some in the game believe the NBA has become than a survey of players on who they'd want by their side playing in the park, based on who has the talent to keep the court <i>and</i> the toughness, if a …

Basketball

Could an Industrial Prehuman Civilization Have Existed on Earth before Ours?

One of the creepier conclusions drawn by scientists studying the Anthropocene—the proposed epoch of Earth’s geologic history in which humankind’s …

Climate Change

Klay Thompson is the Warriors’ master of efficiency

SAN ANTONIO — Late Thursday night, when he saw more than a dozen reporters packed into a small interview room in the AT&T Center, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shook his head and muttered to himself.<p>“Let’s make this quick,” Thompson said, his voice barely audible.<p>It was quintessential Klay: A master …

In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump’s Immigration Agenda

April 5th began in the usual way at the Southeastern Provision meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee—some workers were breaking down carcasses on the production line, while others cleaned the floors—until, around 9 <i>A.M.</i>, a helicopter began circling above the plant. Moments later, a fleet …

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

We've All Been Threading Needles Wrong This Whole Time

As long as people have sewed, they've probably been frustrated by attempting to push thread through needles. It turns out an easy alternative to …

The Report on Race That Shook America

It came out in 1968—yet little has changed since the Kerner Commission denounced “white racism.”<p>In July 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson formed a commission to analyze the riots then engulfing several major American cities, the radical wing of the civil-rights movement eyed his appointees …

What will happen when Earth's north and south poles flip

Earth's magnetic field is what protects our planet from harmful space radiation. But our protective shield might soon go into a transformation that could threaten the lives on Earth. This video shows what will happen when Earth's magnetic poles flip. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Did you …

13 Creative Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken for Dinner

If you're looking for an inexpensive shortcut to dinner, then pick up a rotisserie chicken from your supermarket. At usually less than 10 dollars a pop, rotisserie chicken can be shredded up and used seamlessly in almost any recipe that calls for chicken. Plus, you get to skip the steps of waiting …

Recipes

Porambo

The night Ron Porambo was shot in the head, he told his wife that he was going out to meet a friend. It was late, but that was when the 44-year-old …

Here's Why Some People Get 'Skin Orgasms' From Listening to Music

Those music chills.<p>Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and …

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps

There are probably more species of them than any other animal group.<p>When talking about whether theology has anything to learn from science, the British biologist J. B. S. Haldane used to quip that God must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”<p>He had a point. Around 380,000 species of beetle …

White Mass Shooters Are Not ‘Lone Wolves,’ and We Must Pay Attention

In America, white men are committing mass shootings, bombings and other acts of homegrown domestic terrorism, yet law enforcement refuse to brand …

'Memphis died with Dr King' – shadow of civil rights leader haunts city

Half a century after King’s assassination, what progress has been made on the march toward justice?<p>The Lorraine motel has more ghosts than most. Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding walked its corridors, slept in its rooms or lay …