How to Land a 737 Without Pilots

by Christopher Paul on February 12, 2016

Just in case this happens, Tim Morgan writes on Quora on what to do if you’re in an airplane and both pilots are unconscious.

I’d like to think I’d be calm enough under pressure to do this but I don’t know.

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Best Longform of 2015

by Christopher Paul on December 16, 2015

Well, it seems another year has gone by and I’ve not written anything here. I do hope to pick it up again in the new year. While I’m dusting off my publishing workflows, I’ll leave you with a link to Longform’s Best of 2015.

There are ten categories with the best five articles in each. They also list their favorite 10 articles and the top ten from their reader’s poll and most clicked. Hopefully, you’ve read most of them by now. But if you need to top off your read later service with good reads, you’ll have almost 80 to choose from.

You’re Probably Bad at Choosing Charities

by Christopher Paul on December 3, 2014

It's that time of year where there's a bell ringer on practically every block looking for spare change. It's also a time many donate food, clothing, and dollars to charitable organizations who help serve the less fortunate. But Jason Kuznicki explains how many people are "bad" at giving.

His point is that, while giving something to a charity is better than nothing, more lives can be saved or altered by avoiding the more recognizable organizations in the US or being more efficient with the types of donations provided. If you do give something other than your time to charity this holiday season, Kuznicki recommends looking up some impactful organizations who could save millions of children from disease and death from measles, malaria, and tuberculosis at GiveWell's charity evaluator.

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How Times Square Works

by Christopher Paul on August 7, 2014

Times Square certainly has changes a lot over the past 100 years since it was renamed — I think it, more than any other place in the city, has changed the most. Gizmodo took a look at its history and wondered what it takes to keep the glitzy billboards and jumbo screens working. Some of the details are a little geeky but If you want to know what goes on behind the curtain (pun intended), it’s a good read.

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30 Third-Party Apps for Journalists

by Christopher Paul on July 30, 2014

Joanna Geary crowdsourced a list of 30 third-party twitter apps for journalists. Tim Carmody, who’s writing for Kottke this week, highlighted a few of his favorites.

If there is one thing that Twitter could do better (besides increasing the character limit to 256 — which I think would be better for more “mainstream” users) is better list management. I was planning on spending an hour or two just going through my lists and followers one Saturday just so I can get a bit more out of the service. Using something like TweetBe.at — and the other services listed — might be helpful.

I keep my “following” list pretty low — and I think I should lower it still. I’ve created lists by subject and added people to them so, when I need to, I can easily find relevant content without the cluttering my main feed. Some lists I keep are for NYC/Hoboken emergencies (when Hurricane Sandy hit the area), the New York Yankees and New York Giants, and Apple news.

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