He’s tackled a lot more than this. OZY is thrilled to welcome the NFL’s defensive player extraordinaire and first-ever athlete to curate today’s PDB. The Denver Broncos’ stellar outside linebacker and perennial Pro Bowler recently became the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Von lit up Super Bowl 50, capturing an MVP award and a Super Bowl ring. Not bad for a day’s work. He did a victory dance, appearing on season 22 of Dancing With the Stars. Today he joins the ranks of past curators like Arianna Huffington, Brian Grazer, Sec. Julian Castro, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Tony Blair to share his take on today’s must-know news.
The Presidential Daily Brief
A must read. Whatever you think of his politics, President Obama will always stand as an example of just how much can be achieved in our country with enough effort, determination, optimism and opportunity. Here, Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on Obama’s tenure, concluding that America’s 44th led with a grace that represented “the best of black people.” No matter his politics, he’s a man of character, intelligence, dignity and class. My favorite line was Jesse Williams’ quote about Obama making it “possible to be smart and cool at the same damn time.” That said, I have zero desire to have THAT job!
As a glass-half-full kinda guy — and one who’s humbled by the impact my charitable foundation (vonmiller.org) has had on so many — I was surprised to learn that our natural desire to give to a cause that has meaning to us often leads us to make choices that are less impactful than others. Apparently, the act of writing a relatively small check may be far more effective than donating many hours of time to the same cause. Fortunately, one of my core beliefs is still very true: It is better to give than to receive. It actually makes us happier!
As a poultry sciences major at Texas A&M (gig ’em!), I became obsessed with chickens, eggs, the whole poultry industry. Heck, I even have my own farm in Texas. Reading about an archaeological find of a perfectly preserved piece of a feathered dinosaur tail from 99 million years ago absolutely blew me away! And according to scientists writing in the journal Current Biology, it was discovered not in an excavation but in an amber market in Myanmar, where it was being sold as a piece of jewelry. They almost missed it! You have to see what it looks like. Crazy. And definitely not a chicken.
Glamor Queen Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99, New Deal Re-starts Aleppo Evacuation and Putin’s Fake ‘Patriot’ News Pal
Know This: Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at age 99. The evacuation of rebel-held Aleppo has resumed after U.N. Security Council members agreed on a new deal. Beijing says it will return the U.S. Navy’s underwater drone while Donald Trump says China should “keep it.” And Jordan has announced the end of a castle siege that killed nine people.
Escape This: Members of the Electoral College, who cast votes tomorrow, are under fire: “The once-anonymous electors are squarely in the spotlight, targeted by death threats, harassing phone calls and reams of hate mail.”
Read This: How a British admirer of Vladimir Putin, using the star-spangled Patriot News Agency, became one of the biggest purveyors of pro-Trump, anti-Clinton fake news: “Tucked away on a corner of the site, next to links for Twitter and YouTube, is a link to another social media platform that most Americans have never heard of: VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook.”
VR and the cloud … now you’re speaking my language. With millions of dollars from venture capitalists, a British startup called Improbable is working with Google to find a new way of building virtual worlds. It’s amazing how far we’ve come with technology and how we’re still only scratching the surface. I’m waiting for someone to make a VR landscape of what it’s like from inside the helmet on game day. I’ll have to talk to my people at EA about putting the gamer inside the helmet to BE the quarterback. Everyone should know what it’s like to get strip-sacked by Von.
People who know me well know that if I had nothing but free time, a whole lot of it would be spent traveling the world. I love experiencing new places, new cultures, new people, new foods. And I really enjoy getting off the beaten path. So this story about a 4,000-mile road trip through six different African countries in 16 days caught my attention. It’s a fascinating account — and what a massive continent. I do love to drive, but I’m not in any rush to do this with a car full of kids!
Ah, the power of positive thinking! Whether you’re a high-performance athlete, a 9-to-5 desk jockey, a globe-trotting senior exec, a stay-at-home parent or a millennial slacker (like me), success starts with the right frame of mind. The combination of positivity and self-discipline is awfully hard to beat. In this case, also admitting that you are human and not a machine can actually improve your ability to sustain long-term commitment to your diet, and “resting” — as Men’s Health editor Paul Kita suggests — is always better than “cheating!”
I’m not a parent, so I can’t really say if I would let my kids use technology as much as I do or not … BUT it really seems like a lot of things parents do are things they tell their kids not to do. This report says parents of teens are on their screens about nine hours a day. Technology has become a force in our culture and lives — and that’s something that is not slowing down. It’s good to disconnect and enjoy life, but while I have you on this screen … go ahead and add me on Snapchat ;) @Millerlite40
One of the largest gatherings of denim, cowboy boots and hats must be at my house. But apparently it’s in Quebec at one of the largest annual rodeo events in the world. Why is GQ covering the rodeo? Fashion. That’s the thing I really like about fashion. It’s everywhere. I grew up in Texas and love my bolo tie, boots and hats. I also love my Louboutins. There is nothing wrong with working them together, and if you ask me, that’s what true style is. Check out this rodeo-fashion fusion and get inspired to be a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.