Monday, December 16th, 2013
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What Are You Reading? Part 8

Over the next week for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

John: Mike, sir! How do you do? Could this be our eighth and final WHAT ARE YOU READING CHAT? Is that possible?

Mike: Is it eight already? These have flown by!

John: Well, you know what they say about time when you're having fun…When this started I was IM'ing with no punctuation and now look at me.

Mike: Haha, maybe that makes me an influencer? A THINKFLUENCER Omg, just kidding. I'm not [...]

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What Are You Reading? Part 7

Over the next week for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

Mike: Hey John, how are things?

John: Miiiikkkkeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy Things are excellent. I'M PLUGGED IN I gotta tell you too– I wasn't feeling all that plugged in, but there's nothing like a great read while listening to some sweet tunes to suck you into the web. ALL PERIPHERAL DEVICES: GO

Mike: Haha What've you been reading?

John: Well, it was a short essay, but every sentence packed a punch. And it spanned [...]

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What Are You Reading? Part 6

Over the next week for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

John: Yoooo Mike! How goes it?

Mike: Hey John—I'm good, how are you?

John: I'm great. Looking for some quality reads, per usual.

Mike: Haha, well I got one for you!

John: My man. Always on point Is it a Byliner original?

Mike: This one is actually a Byliner exclusive by Meghan Daum who wrote an essay called "Memoirs of a Commercial Girlhood" in 1996 for The Bellingham Review. You'd be [...]

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What Are You Reading?

Over the next few weeks for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

John: hello my dear friend mike dang how do you do?

Mike: John! One of my most favorite people! Hello I'm good, how are you?

John: Why thank you good sir. Incredibly kind of you to say. I'm well. Just on the ol' "crushing it" grind, yk?

Mike: Always crushing it, John

John: cant stop, wont stop UNLESS THERE IS A GREAT ARTICLE TO READ which brings me to my point: [...]

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What Are You Reading?

Over the next few weeks for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

John: Hello, Mike. How goes it?

Mike: John, hey! I'm guessing you want to talk about what I've been reading?

John: I was going to say: Have you consumed any interesting media lately?

Mike: Haha, yes, let me pull up my Byliner list. I chose a story from Mary Roach, have you heard of her?

John: Hm. What if I said no?

Mike: Haha, that would be okay! She usually writes [...]

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What Are You Reading?

Over the next few weeks for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.

John: hey miiiike whats going on

Mike: Hey John!

John: how are you doing? big weekend?

Mike: Things are great! Yeah, I just got back from a weekend away in the Poconos where I spent a lot of time hiking and grilling steaks. And reading! Want to talk about what we read this week?

John: definitely I AM READY

Mike: Haha, what did you read this time around?

John: [...]

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What Are You Reading?

Over the next few weeks for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold's Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them. John: Hello, good sir. How do you do? Mike: Hi John! I'm good, how are you? John: I'm good! A bit self conscious about punctuation after our last chat, but other than that? Superb! Mike: Haha, well, that's how people like to chat using instant messenger. I happen like typing with punctuation! John: hm seems there is a typo in that last sentence tho :) Mike: Ha, yes, that [...]

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What Are You Reading?

Over the next few weeks for a sponsored/advertising project on behalf of Byliner, Mike Dang and John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them. John: heyyy mna *man how's it going? Mike: Hello, John! John: helllo mikkeee are you bussy? do you want to chat about sweet byliner stories that we read over the weekend? Mike: Yes, totally John: thats why i love you you are the man I read one story about how this guy basically lived his life for a day in the exact opposite way Michael Pollan's new book recommended but i would like to [...]

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"Bet Raise Fold": How To Make A Modern Poker Doc

The documentary Bet Raise Fold tells the story of three online poker players, the companies who make online poker possible, and online poker's Black Friday—the day in 2011 that the government seized the domains and froze the bank accounts of three of the largest online poker operations.

The movie's genesis is wholly of the modern day too. This is an independently produced and distributed documentary, funded by a group of 12 online poker players. No big studios were involved. The production spanned three years. Distribution is being supported by direct-to-consumer distribution platform VHX. A Kickstarter campaign provided the funds for music [...]

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There's No Place Better To Be Than The Tour de Fat On A Saturday in DC

When we last left you, we were preparing ourselves for a journey to New Belgium Brewery's Tour de Fat event in D.C. As with all journeys, one can only find what's two steps ahead by taking the next step. We've taken steps, train rides, photographs and, most importantly, bike rides and are now back to report, as promised. We know you want the TRUTH BEHIND THE TRIP.

To enjoy the Tour de Fat one must like at least one of the following: Juggling pancakes, all-lady drum bands, quality brews, artisanal sausages (or food trucks, generally), wacky costumes, meeting people who are talking heads on cable [...]

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Yo, We're Going to D.C. for Tour de Fat

There always comes a time in life when a person has to take a journey. Steve Jobs once said : “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, 'Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.' And they [...]

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17 Photos About Friendship and Buying a First Home

Chris and Lisa recently bought their first home. But it needs some work. Luckily, Chris' friends graciously offered to help one weekend.

Let's meet the crew…

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New Dads, What's IT Like?

John & Anderson

How good are you at changing diapers?

John: “Diapers are easy, dealing with baby vomit is where I struggle.”

There comes a time in the evolution of everyone's Facebook newsfeed that the babies take over. Here we dive into the questions behind the photos.

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