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Zack Rosebrugh

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The World in 50 Years

Up, up, and away

A jumpsuit for space tourism. Virgin Galactic and Under Armour collaborated on a one-piece suit, underwear, and boot set for those who book an Enterprise spaceflight ticket.

The first commercial spacesuits are like soft, high-tech pajamas

I love the way the spacewear looks and I love the way it feels. I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability in the design. Not sure how many people will be wearing them around after, but the designers hope they will at least sometimes.

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

Apple is at crossroads. It revolutionized the way we communicate with the iPhone nearly 13 years ago, but its longtime cash cow has started to waver. Apple has a host of new bets in the works, some that could also change the world as the iPhone did. But will any of them actually be able to do it?

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch as to how they would turn it around by either building a full ecosystem of products/services or new revolutionary ideas.

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of change with Apple’s introduction of screen time, grayscale, health monitoring, which potentially forecasts the company’s testing of a new experience that combats the addictive tech dependencies and negative impacts of its tentpole product. Holding out hope for a re-imagining as Apple approaches an anniversary year :)

Marking 30 years of the web

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Quartz at work

There’s a new generation of networking groups for people of color. Niche social spaces providing a place to get advice, consult with others, network, and vent about work situations, are on the rise.

The impact of workspaces for people of color go beyond feeling welcome

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken and explicit. Trying to learn all the rules and perform them perfectly puts one in a state of "constant translating" as one of my colleagues aptly described. Now couple this state of existence with the historical power structures that create a specific cultural dominance in the corporate and white-collar workplaces. The mere appearance of a diverse workspace isn't inclusivity. Culture manifests in the shows discussed the next day, the humor, language and colloquialisms (code-switching), ideas valued, food eaten in the office, promotions, perception of intelligence, opportunities given, salary, and in media (my industry) the stories considered worth telling. I could go on as this is a complex topic, but TDLR, a place of respite to lay my head and rub minds with folks whom I share similar culture and experience is much needed.

Look, diversity is hard work. It’s a two-way dialogue that requires indomitable humility and incessant curiosity. The world is so big. And in the workplace where foreign backgrounds and experiences clash — let them clash and create new conversations and relationships. Sometimes, you gotta ditch the bagel for some jollof rice. They’re both carbs.

I recommend several NPR’s Code Switch episodes:

1. You Are What You Eat: This week, we tackle reader questions on vegetarianism, the specter of grocery store Columbuses, and the quiet opprobrium directed at "smelly ethnic foods" in the workplace.

2. Respect Yourself - “What does "civility" look like and who gets to define it? What about "respectable" behavior? This week, we're looking at how behavior gets policed in public.”

3. Getting a Foot in the Door - Anali, a young woman from Los Angeles, wants to break into the film industry. A local program taught her the skills of the trade and the language, but will any of that that matter in an industry that runs mostly on connections?”

4. Talk American - What is the “Standard American Accent?" Where is it from? And what does it mean if you don’t have it. Code Switch goes on a trip to the Midwest of find out.

Last-minute Brexit deal

There’s no uniform “European way of life” either. The remarks of the incoming European Commission president might be wishful thinking. Survey data shows a range of views across the continent—covering everything from welfare, immigrants, LGBT rights, and even democracy.

Even Europeans don’t agree on what the “European way of life” is

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission that there is a "shared European way of life" to protect. If so, what is it?

Debate watch

AOC backs Bernie. First-term congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar plan to endorse Bernie Sanders for president, the Washington Post reports.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine already.

So This endorsement sort of represents her second coming and publicly re-aligns her with the far left wing of the party going into 2020. And it all has nothing to do with Trump.

AOC’s is a powerful endorsement that won’t convince Bernie’s critics he is electable. But it does show he’s cool. Bernie also has the support of the very vocal cardi b. Thus, he must surely be doing something right.

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all but insured that at least some of the post-debate political energy/chatter would be devoted to him—even if Warren knocked-it-out-of-the-park.

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring for others. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals.

Come back soon!

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RGIII over Kaepernick? The NFL is just trolling us now

RGIII over Kaepernick? The NFL is just trolling us now

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  • I have to wonder how much the media fixation on Kaepernick also contributes to his continued unemployment. It's become a meme in the sportswriter universe to point out Kaepernick's job status every single time an "inferior" QB gets a contract. With this much attention focused on it, why would any owner

    I have to wonder how much the media fixation on Kaepernick also contributes to his continued unemployment. It's become a meme in the sportswriter universe to point out Kaepernick's job status every single time an "inferior" QB gets a contract. With this much attention focused on it, why would any owner or GM willingly invite that kind of scrutiny for what amounts to a pretty low-value position? (Apologies to Nick Foles). If a team signed Kaepernick at this point, 25% of the sports-conscious universe would praise that team unendingly, 25% would get cynical about it and remind everyone of how long it took and how bad that was, 25% would rip the team to shreds for whatever BS political reasons got Kaep blacklisted in the first place, and the remaining 25% of us would just beg for everyone to shut up already. If I'm a GM trying to sign a player who I hope and pray will never see the field, why would I choose someone who will get me thrown in the proverbial washing machine on the spin cycle?

    Kaepernick chose to make a gesture designed to draw attention to some very real problems our society deals with. His employment status does not have anything to do with the delivery, effectiveness, or importance of that message. Instead of sounding like a broken record every time Kaep doesn't get signed, I'd prefer sportswriters focus on what he has contributed to the movement, other players on- and off-field contributions to the movement, and the movement itself.

  • I find this article very mind blowing because NFL owners have made it very clear that Kaepernick does not have a future in the NFL. So what is the purpose of comparing RGIII to someone who might possibly never throw another football in the NFL. I will say that It is an injustice because Kaepernick has

    I find this article very mind blowing because NFL owners have made it very clear that Kaepernick does not have a future in the NFL. So what is the purpose of comparing RGIII to someone who might possibly never throw another football in the NFL. I will say that It is an injustice because Kaepernick has proven that he is a better quarterback than a myriad of other quarterbacks in the the NFL. But since he won’t be given the chance to play, then these constant comparisons are irrelevant.