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Michael Tabb

Michael Tabb

Video journalist at Quartz
  • Earlier this year, we began reporting on some innovative ways that Olympians train. But when coronavirus started forcing athletes out of their regular facilities and into isolation in their homes, our initial plans totally changed.

    Over the past several weeks, some of the world’s top athletes have had

    Earlier this year, we began reporting on some innovative ways that Olympians train. But when coronavirus started forcing athletes out of their regular facilities and into isolation in their homes, our initial plans totally changed.

    Over the past several weeks, some of the world’s top athletes have had to find ways to adapt to practicing with just the stuff they’ve got in their own houses. We made this video to capture their resourcefulness, and also to show how all of us can stay active even in these exceptional circumstances.

    For me personally, weathering the pandemic in New York, where I’m not supposed to leave my apartment, I’ve found their Olympic insight extremely instructive and useful.

  • As I was reporting this story and spending time with Jane, a natural short sleeper, I started to realize more and more how tired I feel most of the time. While 5-6 hours of sleep leaves me well-rested enough to get out of bed, guzzle down some coffee, and do my job, I regularly feel exhausted. And I

    As I was reporting this story and spending time with Jane, a natural short sleeper, I started to realize more and more how tired I feel most of the time. While 5-6 hours of sleep leaves me well-rested enough to get out of bed, guzzle down some coffee, and do my job, I regularly feel exhausted. And I can feel my focus slipping by late afternoon.

    Everyone I've discussed this story with has claimed they or a good friend does fine with five hours of sleep. This research validates that for some people, it's true. But I think the most important takeaway from the research is to be honest with ourselves about how much sleep we actually need. Most of us need 7-9 hours. A rare fraction of us need less, and some need even more. One day that may change, but not yet.

    Just because you're functioning doesn't mean you're getting enough sleep, especially if you're propping yourself up with coffee or other drugs. Coffee might be good for you, but not if you're using it to compensate for sleep deprivation.

  • Loved getting to report this with my coworker Anne Quito; cool designs are what got me interested in Bauhaus, but they're such a small part of the school's lasting impact.

    Before Bauhaus, art was typically something decorative and imitative, that came out of an atelier. The idea that art can serve a

    Loved getting to report this with my coworker Anne Quito; cool designs are what got me interested in Bauhaus, but they're such a small part of the school's lasting impact.

    Before Bauhaus, art was typically something decorative and imitative, that came out of an atelier. The idea that art can serve a purpose—and an egalitarian social agenda—is still really powerful.

  • Let's save the takedowns and hit pieces for people who are actually causing harm to society.

    It's one thing to apologize about a story that's sloppy or misguided. But unless this was a really failed attempt at sarcasm, which no one has actually suggested, I really don't know what could have happened

    Let's save the takedowns and hit pieces for people who are actually causing harm to society.

    It's one thing to apologize about a story that's sloppy or misguided. But unless this was a really failed attempt at sarcasm, which no one has actually suggested, I really don't know what could have happened here. And a boilerplate apology doesn't explain anything.

  • I had lots of fun filming these prototype self-driving boats in the canals of Amsterdam. I love the idea of using autonomous boats as a new kind of adaptive, temporary infrastructure. So many cities are built on water, and it's a huge amount of space that could be used more effectively.

    Of course, the

    I had lots of fun filming these prototype self-driving boats in the canals of Amsterdam. I love the idea of using autonomous boats as a new kind of adaptive, temporary infrastructure. So many cities are built on water, and it's a huge amount of space that could be used more effectively.

    Of course, the boats will have to be bigger and learn to dock before they're actually useful to anyone. But I'm very curious to see where this goes.