source Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for extravagant, newly built landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah, and the Dubai Mall. Towering over the city, at 2,717 feet tall with 160 floors, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world. It has an observation deck on the 124th floor. While the Burj Khalifa is a marvel from below, heading to the top is an exhausting, overhyped, and, frankly, boring experience. The observatory is cramped, the way up to the top is excruciatingly long, and the view is nothing to write home about. Three decades ago, Dubai was little more than desert. But an oil boom in the United Arab Emirates produced unprecedented wealth for the small Gulf nation. Dubai’s rulers Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his successor, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, put into effect a plan to turn the city into the world’s top tourist destination. The … [Read more...] about I visited the top of the tallest building in the world, and it was a colossal waste of time
Quotes for forgetting the past and moving on
Sun., Sept. 30, 2018 Nice week here to end up a nice week out here in Vancouver, glad I got to show up, the stories I think worked out okay and now it’s time to go home. Have at this while you’re maybe watching a marathon of golf and we’ll be back with more stuff Raptors-related later on. I’m not going to Utah with them but we’ll stay on top of the story somehow and have the usual fare each morning. - Q: Welcome back to the west coast. I can't focus on the NBA training camp season quite yet. For one thing, I've been enjoying the FIBA women's world cup too much. Notwithstanding the irritation of watching games on a small screen, and the fact that Canada ran into a buzz saw against the home team today, a number of things have struck me from the surprisingly good officiating to a Belgian team that has seemingly come out of nowhere. Article Continued Below You're quite right about Shona Thorburn. Always a cerebral player, she brings … [Read more...] about Are practices fun? What’s up with DeMar? And travel tales
By Susan Delacourt Star Columnist Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 It wasn’t exactly the wisdom of crowds on display in Florida this week, when supporters of President Donald Trump got openly hostile with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Chanting “CNN sucks” and “go home, Jim,” the mob seemed intent on chasing the veteran reporter out of the pro-Trump rally in Tampa. But then something unexpected happened: when Acosta went over to chat with his noisy critics, they turned into adoring fans — asking him for his autograph or to pose in selfies with them. As Fox News’ Evan Axelbank reported on Twitter: “After the cameras are off, all I see is them asking his opinion on everything under the sun and if they can take pictures with him. It’s quite a phenomenon.” This one incident also perfectly captures the public’s ambivalence these days about elites and celebrities. We know the public generally seems to be in an … [Read more...] about The mood in Canada is anti-elite. But does that mean we’re anti-celebrity?
Sun., March 25, 2018 You’ve touched on an awful lot of different things in here so well done, folks. Enjoy this until game time at 6 for what might be an entertaining tilt with the Clips. - Q: All right, good people are doing good work here on all fronts —players and coaches and general managers, ownership and referees.’ How do we get to the point where we’re respecting the hard work that people are putting in from their various portions?” Doug: This quotation from respected former NBA ref McCutchen stands out for its sensibility: The NBA is made up of different workers doing different jobs - they deserve respect. McCutchen is aiming for professional excellence from refs based on a renewed respect for the hard work being put in by all concerned. Article Continued Below How sad that such respectful solidarity amongst those working in NBA should be a hard sell. But the current culture has diminished civility, including respect … [Read more...] about Lots of ref stuff but lots more, too, in the weekend mail
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places