World Wide Wednesday

by Ryan Glasspiegel – Follow Sports Rapport on Twitter

How I saw the Internet last week

Deep Routes

– On The Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger excerpts his new book about his special needs son. If I can ever write 25% this beautifully, I will feel accomplished.

– In the Wall Street Journal, Charles Wheelan writes his own version of a commencement speech, giving new college graduates 10 pieces of advice for their impending careers. #3 is my favorite:

3. Don’t make the world worse. I know that I’m supposed to tell you to aspire to great things. But I’m going to lower the bar here: Just don’t use your prodigious talents to mess things up. Too many smart people are doing that already. And if you really want to cause social mayhem, it helps to have an Ivy League degree. You are smart and motivated and creative. Everyone will tell you that you can change the world. They are right, but remember that “changing the world” also can include things like skirting financial regulations and selling unhealthy foods to increasingly obese children. I am not asking you to cure cancer. I am just asking you not to spread it.

– On Grantland, Wright Thompson profiles the acclaimed documentary Searching for Sugar Man and its subject, Sixto Rodriguez, an early 1970s Detroit musician whose music and mythology has inexplicably made him enormously popular in South Africa.

– In Inc, Leigh Buchanan tells the story of Moses Kizza Musaazi, an inventor, entrepreneur, fixer of things that are broken in the troubled country of Uganda. (Via Byliner)

Quick Reads

– On Business Insider: a handy chart serves as a reminder that 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy.

– USA Today: Interracial marriages are up 28% since 2000. (Via PourMeCoffee)

– My friend Scott passed along an interesting link: Verge writer Paul Miller is leaving the Internet for a year. I think it would be easier for me to run a marathon than to give up the sweet, sweet Internet for that long.

– Gawker: Almost Half of All Doctors Regret Becoming Doctors

– Zach Davis joins forces with the current McDonald’s ad campaign and encourages you to take your lunch break. WILL DO! (Via Bryan Tublin)

– David Stern hints that after this year’s Olympics, NBA stars might need to be 23-and-under to compete.

– On SB Nation, a great GIF video that parodies Amare Stoudemire’s battle with a fire extinguisher by superimposing the relevant players in the classic printer beatdown scene from Office Space.

Food Porn

Eggs Benedict at O’Rourke’s Diner (Middletown, CT)

Fennel Spiced Australian Rack Of Lamb w/ White bean puree, baby carrots, lamb “bacon”, artichoke, whole grain mustard jus @ Max Downtown (Hartford, CT)

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