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Arian Foster's manager once scolded him for spending $37 at Applebee's

When Arian Foster came into the league in 2009, he was just an undrafted rookie looking for a spot on the Houston Texans roster. Now nearly seven years removed from that point, he's one of the best undrafted players in NFL history.

As you can imagine, his rise to stardom didn't come easy. As a rookie, he didn't have the money he has now after signing a five year, $43.5 million contract in 2012. At one point, he had just $5,000 to his name and had to spend his funds wisely.

There was one instance, however, where he "failed" to do that, according to his business manager. As a rookie, Foster spent $37 on dinner at Applebee's and heard about it after the fact. He shared the story during his interview on Michael Rapaport's "I Am Rapaport" podcast.

"I spent $37," Foster said. "He called me, 'Yo, what the [hell] is wrong with you, man.' I'm like, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'You just spent $37 on Applebee's. Who do you think you are?'"

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Spending $37 dollars on dinner is no longer a problem for Foster, whose contract included more than $20 million in guaranteed money. Now he can treat himself to just about any dinner he'd like. One thing he doesn't do, however, is watch football.

In the same interview with Rapaport, Foster revealed that he no longer watches football. He did as a kid, but since joining the NFL, it isn't a part of his Sunday festivities.

"I watch zero football. I swear," he said. "Of course, I used to be a super fan growing up. Once you see the business side, you see it differently. I'm pondering entering the last couple, 3-4 years of my career and I'm thinking about what life will be like after football and I'm looking at the game differently. I look at it more like, 'I hope these guys come out healthy because they've got families.' It's not just entertainment to me any more. I see the men and the humans behind it. It's a vantage point that not a lot of people get to see. I still do enjoy the game. I love it, but it's just hard for me to watch it from a fan perspective."

That comes as somewhat of a surprise, given the fact that he's one of the bigger names in the league and has been around for six years. Guys like Tom Brady watch games for scouting purposes, even documenting it on Facebook.

Foster's reasoning is more than just not wanting to sit on the couch for 10 hours on a Sunday. It's because of the fact that he looks at the NFL differently now given the recent rash of head injuries and cases of CTE. And of course, there's nothing wrong with Foster taking that position.

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Smash Mouth Posts Touching Reminder That There Will Never Be Another David Bowie

The cover, which appeared in the 2006 film "Zoom,"is a touching reminder that there will never be another David Bowie -- or Freddie Mercury for that matter. For now, we are left with only the creators of "All Star"to comfort us with mediocre covers. Think download manager about that for a minute.

According to the Independent,Freddie Mercury and Bowie actually wrote the song in one nightwhile allegedly binging on cocaine and wine. And it was roughly 10,000 times better than the serviceable but inevitably Smash Mouth-y cover by Smash Mouth.

Seriously,listen to the greatness that is Bowie and Mercury's isolated tracks on the song.

Out of this world.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly implied that Smash Mouth had recorded the cover after David Bowie's death, when they had actually recorded a cover of "Under Pressure" years earlier. It also stated that Smash Mouth posted the cover on Monday, not Tuesday.

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Pat Sullivan and Sebastian Jackson

Startup founders strive to turn their dreams into reality, and the mentors who guide them often learn as much as they teach.

How startup ideas are developed and nurtured was the focus of conversations with the latest guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on Sirius XM Channel 111.


Joining me in the Stanford University studio were:


Listen to the full interviews by downloading them from SoundCloud here and here. (And download any of the past shows here.)

Clips from their interviews are below, but first a word about the show:

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. Pacific, 4 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM Channel 111. It follows the entrepreneurial journeys of founders sharing their experiences of what it takes to build a startup - from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries to entrepreneurial education and more.

The program examines the DNA of entrepreneurs: what makes them tick, how they came up with their ideas; and explores the habits that make them successful, and the highs, lows and pivots that pushed them forward.

Pat Sullivan is a serial entrepreneur who has been building software for more than 30 years, starting with the ACT! contact software he created in 1985. Pat was named one of the "80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History" and was twice named Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" for both ACT! and SalesLogix software.

Having had terrific mentors over the years, Pat makes it a point to pay his what he's learned forward. He's learned that mentorship is a two-way street:

I ... meet with any entrepreneur who has a legitimate idea, or is in the process of starting something, for two reasons. One (is to) give back. The other is, I find that I always learn something. Younger people than I, they're into things that I've never thought of. (For example) I thought Twitter was a really stupid idea, until my kids explained that it really wasn't. I always learn something extraordinarily useful by meeting with others.

... There are many times where I don't fully understand what exactly it is that they're trying to do, and the domain expertise that they have ... but there are many things that are general in nature, that I have that they don't have, and that I can give to them.

To hear the clip, click here.

Here are some of the things his mentors taught him:

Once I was agonizing over the fact that it took me a really, really long time to recognize that an executive ... I hired just wasn't making it. ... It took me forever to decide to fire him. I ... talked to my mentor and I was complaining how long it took. He listened, and listened, listened, just quiet, and all of a sudden he said, "You know, I think it's great that everybody back at the office knows that you're not quick on the trigger." It totally ... changed my perspective.

Another ... mentor ... said ...: "You know, I may not be the smartest, I may not be the richest, but I can out-work you." ...

That has always stuck with me, that I'm not the smartest, I'm not the brightest, I may not have the most money, but I can out-work you.

To hear the clip, click here.

Sebastian Jackson got his start cutting hair and dreaming of the day he might have is own barbershop. He said his early life had a profound impact on the way he thinks:

Sebastian: My mother, she suffers from schizophrenia. She was diagnosed when I was 1 (or) 2 years old. She's always had this imagination as a part of that illness. It's kind of helped me imagine things, right? .... Also I have to work, to execute on that imagination, just so that I know I'm not suffering from the same illness, that if I execute then it's real.

Steve: There is a fine line between insanity and genius.

Sebastian: There is. In America, I think it's money; if you can make money from your illness, then you are deemed a genius.

Steve: I mean, that is kind of ... it's interesting you say that. I don't mean to diminish what you went through with your mom but founders with big visions are treated as insane by most people who kind of go, "What do you mean you're going to create a rocket company?" Or, "What do you mean you're going to put the auto industry out of business?

Sebastian: Delusions of grandeur.

Steve: ... I think you said the magic word, the distinction between entrepreneurs and just people with ideas are they figure out how to get the resources to actually execute. ...

Sebastian: Absolutely. ...Oftentimes thought I was crazy but then ... another opportunity will present itself or I will create another opportunity and be able to execute on it and that ... validated my thinking. ...

To hear the clip, click here.


Both men are self-motivated and driven.

Pat explained that when he was a computer salesman, he created programs that eased his work problems and challenges. They became the foundation for ACT!

Being in sales, it struck me that, here I was selling computers but couldn't find a really good reason to actually use one.

... You could some word-processing, a little spreadsheet-type stuff but there wasn't really anything useful to me as a salesperson. For whatever reason, I began to teach myself programming and built what ultimately became the prototype for the product ACT!

I did it (on the side) for about three years while I was selling computers. I was building applications that I use day in and day out. Anything that was routine, I hated routine so I would figure out how to program that. The last thing that I built was a contact manager, the ability to track all the information about my prospects, about my customers, so that I could remember them. ...I solved a problem that I had.

... I really wish I could say that it was an overnight success. But April of 1987, we shipped the first version of ACT! My partner and I (had finally) decided to do a startup.

Steve: That was pretty scary, wasn't it?

Pat: I was a risk-taker. My wife and I discussed it with my partner and his wife over a weekend. I had put a couple of years into building this application. My wife said, "What's the worst that could happen?"

Well, in Texas, which is where we were at the time, they couldn't take your house. They couldn't take one of your cars and they couldn't take your kids. She said, "If that's the worst that can happen, then you ought to try it because if you don't, you'll never know."

To hear the clip, click here.

Sebastian also took a hands-on route:

... Before I started cutting hair for other people, I cut my own hair. ... It was a pretty good haircut. ... I just used a Schick razor and lined up the edges of my hair. Didn't cut any off the top. I gave myself kind of a little taper or fade on the side and the back, and it was decent. Used my dad's clippers. ...

It was spring break. I saw other people doing it. My barber did it and I said, "If he can do it, I can do it." ...

Now, that first time kind of validated that I had the ability. The second time, I was so confident that I had actually tried to cut the top down. I left patches and everything everywhere. ... It was terrible. ...

I went to the barber, and he fixed it.

That first time stuck with me, though. I had the confidence that I could do this and I continued to do it.

... From my sophomore year, when I was 15 years old, I started making five bucks a haircut, three bucks a shape-up, and started to travel to different clients in their homes, in their parent's homes. I made a little bit of pocket change in high school, out of my parent's garage, and out of other friends' basements and garages.

To hear the clip, click here.

Sebastian has a founder's signature tenaciousness. He had to write four business plans to get the OK to open his barbershop.

Wayne State saw that the previous business had failed, so they said, "No, no, no. No non-profit. We've got to make money here. How are you going to pay us?"

I wrote a second business plan and it showed how I would pay them. (It showed) the support I had to raise money to pay them and they still didn't like that.

The third business plan was a for-profit showing an actual business model. It was very simple. We're going to cut hair, people are going to pay us money, and then we're going to pay you a portion of that.

... They said, "You're onto something here."

The fourth one was the social club, which explained how we would create impact within this space ...

... Wayne State wanted to create a campus where student life was abundant, where they can really have students live on campus and have a great time. We showed how we could add value there we could use a barbershop to create a place where students could come and have a good time, and get a service that actually make money. A service that ... they're willing to pay for. ...

To hear the clip, click here.

The Social Club Grooming Company has become a community hub, in part because of its Shop Talk monthly panel discussions.

... We bring people of interest in; they tell their story while getting a haircut.

...As you're getting your hair cut, you're on the panel with maybe one other person and it's a traditional barbershop talk. It's an audience of people sitting around these 2 barber chairs. We take our other six barber chairs out of the way and we have two barber chairs that are front and center. People sit around and you tell your story. I moderate and then there's a Q&A between you and the audience. It's a TED talk in a barbershop.

... The real stickiness here is we're able to have these unfiltered conversations ... where you can tell us some secrets that you may not be willing to talk about in a traditional panel discussion setting.

The barbershop breaks (down social) barriers. If Reggie Bush comes in and does a Shop Talk, or if whomever comes in to a barbershop and there's a line (to get a hair cut), they have to wait. You're no longer this celebrity. You're no longer this influencer.

...It's a leveler and I think people really appreciate that about the barbershop heritage. ... I think ... my team ... can ... execute this and I think it's because of my ... being an entrepreneur and a download manager highly technically skilled barber.

I understand the barbers and I understand a bit about business and I'm asking a lot of questions and I'm getting opportunities like this when I can ask you more questions. ... Also, in interacting with our customers every day, I can learn quite a bit. I can ask them questions and really figure out what they want, what they want to pay for, so on and so forth. ...

To hear the clip, click here.

Pat discussed the characteristics of world-class founders and told me why he can't imagine doing anything else.

Tenacity.... persistence ... perseverance. I like the word perseverance because the word severe is in it, and you often face things that are severe. An entrepreneur who is formidable typically finds a way to get through it. I love the book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things (by Ben Horowitz) that there's always a way ...

Steve: So why do you still do it, after 30 years?

Pat: Well, first of all, it's the only thing I get paid for, so it makes me a professional. I would be totally unemployable, there's no one who would hire me, because they always know I'm going to do another startup. (And) doing something with particularly young, really, really bright people, doing something that's hard, is just a lot of fun. ...

To hear the clip, click here.

Listen to my full interviews with Pat and Sebastian by downloading them from SoundCloud here and here. (And download any of the past shows here.)

Next on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere: Andrew Breen, Vice President of Product Delivery for American Express's World Service division; and David Binetti, founder of Dinadesa, from the Lean Startup Conference.

Tune in Thursday at 1 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. ET on Sirius XM Channel 111.

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Braves activate two-time All-Star Freeman from disabled list

One game was all the rehab assignment Freddie Freeman needed.

The Braves' two-time All-Star first baseman was activated from the disabled list Saturday ahead of the day's game in St. Louis. He had missed 29 games with an injured wrist.

Freeman played in a game for the team's Gulf Coast League club Friday, getting two RBI on two hits in four at-bats, including a home run.

Freeman had been sidelined for six weeks, a span in which Atlanta's offense scored just 83 runs, the second-fewest in the majors and only ahead of the Mets' 75.

The 25-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 23 with a bruised right wrist that he suffered on June 17 against the Red Sox, forcing him to leave the game in the seventh inning.

On the season he is hitting .299 with 12 homers and 41 RBI.

Before his injury, Freeman was the active consecutive games played leader with 234 dating back to Sept. 24, 2013. That included his appearing in all 162 free soundcloud games in 2014 and setting a franchise record for innings played 1,449.

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How latency is killing online gaming | GamesBeat | Games

The advances in digital distribution have changed the game industry in the same dramatic way they changed music, video, newspaper, and book publishing. In fact, Newzoo projects the global video game industry to reach $1.07 billion by 2019.

And with so many of these living on the Internet or having significant online components, latency is their enemy.

Poor cloud and network performance have two effects on games: poor downloads and poor gameplay. We will cover both below. Before we do lets talk a little about the digital marketplace that we call gaming.

A mere couple of year ago the digital marketplace was a small portion of the landscape for delivery of games. The shift of computer game delivery away from packaged goods and toward 24/7 online services has happened. This has created new pressures on developers and publishers to be able to manage and predict consumer demand, so they can ensure positive online gaming experiences.

Measuring success in thousandths-of-a-second

It isnt just the big waits that cause customer dissatisfaction. The smallest delays in loading a web page or waiting for a video to start can determine a game publishers capability to acquire new customers.

Consider these facts:

Latency, the time interval between an action and response during multiplayer gaming, is another area where consumers dont like to wait. The amount of acceptable latency varies by game type. Academic research on the effects of latency on gameplay in different game genres Soundcloud Downloader is instructive.

In a first-person shooter (FPS) like Call of Duty, completing an action has tiny deadline, and latency of more than 100 millisecond can affect the experience of the gamer. In turn-based or simulation games such as Civilization or The Sims, latency has a less pronounced effect but can still negatively impact the user experience. Game developers and publishers need to find ways of ensuring that every possible amount of latency is removed from the entire value chain.

Generally gaming represents challenges in many areas. Lets list a few of the most obvious:

latency 1

Simply put: When Internet traffic slows game state information, players lose an advantage, and their immersive experience suffers. Game publishers face the technical challenge of simulating the smooth unfolding of time we experience in the regular world.

These customers will let the world know when traffic is ruining their experience. To have a successful product, providers of intensive gameplay for the vast audiences of massive multiplayer online (MMO) games face the technical challenge of simulating the smooth unfolding of time we experience in the regular world. Worldwide. All day. All night.

That means getting packets to every client on time, no matter the traffic conditions.

But what happens when latency rears its ugly head?

Failed downloads are a huge issue as well for these digital companies. The larger players are typically both building and maintaining their own download manager, or have outsourced that to one of the handful of download managers in the market. These products do a good job of dealing with loss connections and restarting when the connection has been restored, but they can only work as well as the content delivery network (CDN) or cloud from where the asset is coming from. Download failures are too high even with a perfectly performing download manager.

Lastly a new emerging entry into the gaming world esports! All the traditional issues with broadcasting livestreaming events is now a part of the gaming continuum. Video start failures, buffering, and all the other video specific metrics and issues must be addressed.

Real User Measurements as the standard

You cannot fix what you have not measured. So measuring latency and throughput are a high priority within the gaming industry.

Because of the high-tech nature, game companies have quickly realized that latency and throughput are best measured using real user measurements (RUM), not synthetic monitors. If your measurement is leading to a false sense of performance security then you will not understand the problem enough to fix it.

Synthetic measurements always lead to a false sense of security. So these companies typically already get the importance of RUM. What they sometimes fail to understand is the importance of community. When gaming companies take RUM measurements they are typically taking them directly prior to associating a player with a game server.

This is great as a first step. However, it does have some important issues, including:

Without a community of RUM providers you are not seeing enough networks on a regular basis to make good decisions.RUM is noisy. By just taking a couple of measurements or even a couple of hundred you do not get a correct sense of how a network/geo combination is performing. An occasional measurement can tend to be very wrong.

To overcome this, one must develop a community of RUM contributors. The problem for a single gaming company is that to do this requires billions of transactions a day. And none of them have that much traffic. Without adequate measurements your decisions engine is making guesses as to what Geo/Network combinations have the best connectivity to the various CDNs that you are deciding between. Guessing is not a good strategy.

Three solutions

There are threeways that architects have historically attempted to solve this problem.

Add more serversAdd more peeringDistribute the load to multiple vendors and locations

The reason that (1) does not work is that adding more servers only helps if the problem is that your servers are overloaded. If they are not then this has no effect. In fact, all it does is increase your costs.

Number (2) sometimes works because peering is really important to Internet performance. This is why companies such as Riot have such extensive peering networks. They are attempting to lower the lag on behalf of their players. The problem with this strategy is that it has limits. The biggest limit is the Speed of Light. The fiber that is in the ground can only be made to go so fast. All things being equal reaching a server that is in NYC will be faster from Boston than reaching a server in San Francisco. This is not always the case by any means but the fact is that peering can only take you so far. The best solution is a mix of (2) and (3). So lets look at (3) in some more detail.

Best practices for latency reduction

When faced with an Availability or Performance problem, the best practice for the IT architect is to scale the infrastructure by adding either other providers or at least adding other nodes. If you are using CDNs for delivery it is a best practice to involve a second CDN to ensure your downloads happen on time every time.

If you are using clouds for your game it is very typical to add a separate regional instance of your cloud in and direct traffic there when it performs best. For clouds we at Cedexis have seen this evolution as the Cloud Maturity Model and it looks like this:

cloud maturity model

In the past it was enough to have a second cloud instance reserved as a failover. This is called an Active-Passive scenario. Typically the architect would set up and alert if there was any problems and the traffic could be made to automatically fail over the the passive nodes. There are two problems with this scenario.

Traffic is untested on the secondary cloud thus there is risks of sending traffic somewhere it might not perform well.Location and Peering on second cloud may not be optimal for the traffic.

Because of these disadvantages, architects have started using an Active-Active strategy for traffic management. Having an Active-Active multicloud architecture improves availability. When cloud vendors have outages in one or more of their regional locations, traffic can be diverted to clouds (or data centers) that are still available.

But what about performance? Can using performance-based global traffic management to route traffic to the best performing clouds mitigate congestion issues? The answer is yes. A multi-cloud strategy can lower overall latency if it is able to take advantage of monitoring that shows which cloud is performing best from each network and geography that the users are attempting to play from.

But to do this as we discussed above billions of measurements from every network/geo combination to every piece of infrastructure in use (clouds, CDNs or private data centers) are required. These measurements must be made available to the global traffic management engine in real time.

But this is not enough for an industry that demands flexibility and scalability. What is also needed is the ability to consume this service as an API that allows the gaming client to be an informed participant in this decision tree.

In the end the gaming industry is perhaps the most demanding major vertical doing business on the Internet today. Other industries can learn from this vertical as it is forced to solve these challenging problems.

As a product evangelist at Cedexis, Pete Mastin has expert knowledge of content delivery networks (CDN), IP services, online gaming, and Internet and cloud technologies.

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Downloading files off the internet

A friend of mine was telling me that he had several spyware programs installed on his computer after downloading iTunes. I was curious to how this happened; I asked him where did the download come from? This is when it was discovered that the program he downloaded was not from the official really cool download manager source. You may ask yourself, Why would anyone download something not from the direct source? This would be an excellent question, but there are some tricky tactics people use to get you to download their files.

In this case the keyword used to search google was iTunes download when you put this into the google search bar and press enter you will notice a tan box show up at the top of the listing. These links in the tan box are Ads related to iTunes download, they are paid links from various sources which may or may not be from official parties. For this example if you take a look at the link in the middle from the website this is the link that was clicked on. This is not an official Apple repository for downloading the new version of iTunes. This link is at the top in the paid ads box to make it appear to be a top search for downloading the new version of iTunes. This is a trick to get traffic to their link. Generally speaking the higher you are on the search results the more traffic you will drive to your website.

This tactic while old still works as the conversation above shows, its recommended to always download programs from their official repositories. That way you know that you will be getting the program you want with no extra features you didnt plan on downloading. This is just the first line to protecting yourself and your data. The next step is to verify that the file you downloaded from the official repository did not have anything tampered with it as well. How you ask? Stay tuned for the next article.

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Experience virtual reality art in your browser

Google Developers Blog: Experience virtual reality art in your browser

Posted by Jeff Nusz, Data Arts Team, Pixel Painter

Two weeks ago, we introduced Tilt Brush, a new app that enables artists to use virtual reality to paint the 3D space around them. Part virtual reality, part physical reality, it can be difficult to describe how it feels without trying it firsthand. Today, we bring you a little closer to the experience of painting with Tilt Brush using the powers of the web in a new Chrome Experiment titled Virtual Art Sessions.

Virtual Art Sessions lets you observe six world-renowned artists as they develop blank canvases into beautiful works of art using Tilt Brush. Each session can be explored from start to finish from any angle, including the artist's perspective - all viewable right from the browser.

Participating artists include illustrator free soundcloud Christoph Niemann, fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers, sculptor Andrea Blasich, installation artist Seung Yul Oh, automotive concept designer Harald Belker, and street artist duo Sheryo & Yok. The artists' unique approaches to this new medium become apparent when seeing them work inside their Tilt Brush creations. Watch this behind-the-scenes video to hear what the artists had to say about their experience:

Virtual Art Sessions makes use of Google Chrome's V8 Javascript engine for high-performance processing power to render large volumes of data in real time. This includes point cloud data of the artist's physical form, 3D geometry data of the artwork, and position data of the VR controllers. It also relies on Chrome's support of WebM video and WebGL to produce the 360? representations of the artists and artwork - the artist portrayals alone require the browser to draw over 200,000 points at 30 times a second. For a deeper look, read the technical case study or browse the project code that is available open source from the site's tech page.

We hope this experiment provides a window into the world of painting in virtual reality using Tilt Brush. We are excited by this new medium and hope the experience leaves you feeling the same. Visit to start exploring.

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​B.J. Novak on the comical voices in his head

B.J. Novak may have become the most famous "temp" on television thanks to his role in the series "The Office." This morning, he's out of the office, and in a Question-And-Answer session with Ben Tracy:

For eight seasons on the hit comedy series "The Office," B.J. Novak played Ryan Howard, the sarcastic and only occasionally ambitious temp.

But Novak was one of the hardest-working people on set: an actor, writer, executive producer and director.

"What are you not good at?" asked Tracy

"Anything besides this!" Novak laughed. "I don't actually feel multi-talented. I just feel that I'm in this business where we give ourselves 100 titles and gold statues. It's like, lawyers aren't like, 'You're incredible! You're a professional arguer in front of the judge! You're great at paperwork!' No, you just get credit for one job."

"You know how to write a brief."

"Yeah, right, 'You're great at briefs.' What can't you do? Anything besides being a lawyer. So I can't do anything besides coming up with funny stuff sometimes."

Actually, he comes up with funny stuff so often that his ideas fill notebooks that fill boxes inside his house in Los Angeles.

"Here's an idea for a book called 'Other People's Problems,' where people send in their problem anonymously, and then it's just collected in a huge coffee-table book that, anytime you're feeling low, you can just flip through this book and be like, 'God, I'm glad I don't have those problems!'"

"So this is what you're doing while other people are watching reruns of 'Law and Order'?"

"No, this is what I'm doing when I'm at dinner with a friend!" Novak laughed. "Like, I'm the most anti-social person. And they always think I'm writing about them. And it's even more insulting when I'm like, 'No, this has nothing to do with you. I'm not even paying attention to you. I'm in this! I'm in my own head.'"


B.J. Novak reads from his children's picture book, "The Book With No Pictures."

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The 36-year-old got to express a lot of the ideas in his head in his 2014 bestselling book of short stories called "One More Thing." It includes everything from an imagined rematch between the Tortoise and the Hare, to a Comedy Central roast of Nelson Mandela.

Tracy asked, "You went to Harvard, you majored in English and Spanish literature. Was any of this a bit about showing your academic cred, that you really were a writer's writer?"

"My father accused me of showing off in the last story," Novak laughed. "So I'm sensitive to that accusation, 'cause it's the opposite of how I approach everything. I think of entertaining people as better than showing off. So for me this was just -- I didn't know how else to say these things."

But just to make sure everyone knows that Novak is aware writing short stories might seem pretentious, he fired the first shot, making a book trailer (in black-and-white, and in French) with his former "Office" co-star and one-time girlfriend Mindy Kaling:

He then wrote another book for a slightly younger audience. "The Book With No Pictures" is one of those ideas he once wrote down in a notebook.

"I believe you are the only person to write a book with no pictures for preschool-age kids," Tracy said.

"I would imagine I am!"

"That's quite a distinction."

"It is! When it hit the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list of picture books, I had that framed!" Novak laughed. "The mischievous kid in me was very excited to have pulled that off."

Hear an excerpt from "The Book With No Pictures," read by B.J. Novak:

The book is cleverly designed to make adults the butt of the joke. They have to say all sorts of silly things (like "Boo Boo Butt"). Novak agonized over every word of gibberish, and the color and size of every font.

"Oh yeah, I was obsessive," he said. "I drove them crazy. I went through two designers for a book that, like, looks like the plainest thing in the world."

Benjamin Joseph Novak download all tracks from soundcloud for free was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and credits his love of writing to his father, one of the most famous authors you've never heard of. William Novak was the ghostwriter behind many bestsellers, including memoirs for Nancy Reagan and Lee Iacocca. And his job provided B.J. with a real life story that sounds like something he might make up: As a child he played Scattergories with Michael Jackson.

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Zookeeper Killed By Malayan Tiger In Palm Beach

Zookeeper Killed By Malayan Tiger In Palm Beach

A zookeeper, killed by a Malayan tiger on Friday, April 15, 2016, was preparing for a talk show at the Palm Beach Zoo when the attack download manager happened. Lead keeper Stacey Konwiser, known as the "tiger whisperer," suffered a "severe bite" inside the Malayan tigers' habitat.

Zookeeper Konwiser, 38, was killed around 2 p.m. by a male tiger at the back of the exhibit in the tiger night house. She was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she died about an hour later.

According to Jezebel, Konwiser had been zookeeper at the Palm Beach facility for three years, when she was killed while preparing for the daily "Tiger Talk" show, in which tigers were made to demonstrate their natural abilities. The zoo made the following announcement on Facebook.

"It is with great sadness the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society mourns the loss of our Lead Keeper Stacey Konwiser. The entire Palm Beach Zoo family is saddened beyond what words can describe at this incident and tragic outcome."

Stacey KonwiserStacey Konwiser, the "tiger whisperer" [Photo via Facebook]Konwiser had recently accepted a position with the Food and Drug Administration, looking at long-term career progression to get into United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The zoo had reportedly gone through great lengths to create a new position in an effort to persuade her to stay.

A zoo official said that the death was the first by an animal in the history of the zoo, and no guests were injured or at risk of injury because the tiger was never on the loose. Police reportedly tranquilized the tiger but had to wait for the drug to take effect in order to safely treat the zookeeper, and transport her to St. Mary's. According to Fox News, the male Malayan tiger that killed Konwiser remains at the Palm Beach Zoo and is recovering from the tranquilizer administered after the encounter.

While the area where the zookeeper was killed was beyond public access, visitors were made to leave after a code red was issued. The zoo is on lock-down and will remain closed until further notice.

According to NBC News, zoo public relations manager Naki Carter released a statement on what led to the zookeeper getting killed.

"There was nothing out of the norm as far as what she was conducting at that time. A tragic incident occurred. This was her specialty, she loved tigers. These keepers don't get into this business without the love for these animals and understanding the danger that's involved."

Little is known about how exactly zookeeper Konwiser was killed by the tiger. She was in the tiger enclosure, referred to as the "night house," away from public view at the time of the incident. While zoo officials contend that Konwiser had done nothing wrong, mere speculation surrounds her encounter with the 300-pound tiger or if there was a breach allowing the tiger to attack her.

Tiger enclosureThe tiger enclosure called the "night house" [Photo via Facebook]The Animal Legal Defense Fund called upon the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Agriculture to determine how the zookeeper was killed and impose a penalty that would "ensure an end to these preventable deaths in zoos." Fox News reported that the same group asked O.S.H.A. in the past to enact workplace standards for employees who work with dangerous wild animals. The group issued the following statement.

"As long as employees are allowed to work in dangerously close proximity to tigers, elephants, and other dangerous animals, a significant risk of serious injury or death persists."

Grief counselors have been assigned to the staff where the zookeeper was killed. Konwiser's husband is also a keeper in the same facility.

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