This short video is a fascinating study in the reaction to panic. The subject is virtuoso pianist Maria Joao Pires, who faces a performer’s worst nightmare - she prepared for the wrong piece.
There’s a worrying social trend in the US that is going largely unnoticed:
Nearly half of middle-class workers may be forced to live on a food budget of as little as five dollars a day when they retire.
In 1969, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young performed for nearly half a million people at the legendary Woodstock Festival. A year later they released their first album, Deja Vu, which sold 14 million copies worldwide. Then, things started coming apart.
This is effectively a one and a half minute commercial, but it’s also one of the most soothing, satisfying things you’ll see today.
What happens when you hit the big time but can’t scale your production fast enough to keep up with demand? When your product is digital, there’s a solution for that (it’s called cloud computing). But when your product is physical, gooey, and melts fast at room temperature, “move fast and break things” doesn’t work so well.
In the last few decades, the World Wide Web, search engines, mass video broadcasting, social networks, and many other tools attributed to the so-called “attention economy” have fundamentally changed human behavior and self-organization.
My favorite article of the week is this tongue-in-cheek review of the product that no one needs - the Microclimate Air.
In a mere four minutes, this interactive page imparts some of the most basic rules of good web design. Even if you’re not a web designer, it’s a great investment in 21st century literacy.
Everyone knows the sad story about how John Lennon was senselessly killed on the street in front of his apartment by a deranged fan. This article provides an intimate glimpse into what Lennon’s life was like on that last day.
As 2020 draws to a close, check out this fascinating summary of things learned this year, from a very inquisitive person.
Check out this beautfully written profile of a woman caring for her husband, who has developed rapidly progressing Dementia in the prime of his life.
If you’re of a certain age, then you remember Pez, the candy, and even more so, the ingenious spring-loaded mechanical dispensers. They were the kid’s equivalent of a gold cigarette lighter.
If you really want to know what’s going on, ask the people on the front lines.
Check out Google’s annual year in search video. What a weird year this has been - so sad, yet so inspiring.
Check out this pleasantly concise and coherent description of how mRNA-based Covid vaccines work.
Check out the stunning work of Belgian photographer Sebastien Nagy.
Check out this New York Times photojournal of still-standing vestiges of segregation and racial oppression in US history.
This powerful animated short film takes you inside an ER struggling with the Covid outbreak.
Samuel Wilmot rates benches throughout the UK on Instagram. Seriously, that’s what he does with most of his free time. And his reviews are sincere, thorough, and accurate.
Do men and Women experience dating sites differently? How does someone’s profile affect their experience? These and other burning questions answered in the linked study.
All I’m gonna say is when you watch this, put it into full screen mode.
Watch Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, get owned in the nicest possible way by a ten-year-old British drumming prodigy.
We learn differently at different ages. The learning advantages of the young mind are well established, particularly in the area of language acquisition. But in some dimensions, we may actually learn better at a more advanced age.
I don’t speak a word of Italian and I have very little interest in the culinary arts, yet I was absolutely riveted by this video about how traditional authentic Italian tomato sauce is made.
Can you imagine the sort of worldwide panic that would ensue if everyone’s smart phone suddenly stopped working? Something analogous happened thirty years ago when, on January 15, 1990, the entire US long-distance telephone network crashed for nine hours.
I find this animated short film, featuring the words of British philsopher and writer Alan Watts, haunting and thought provoking.
Here’s a gem from some people who are no stranger to making mistakes in public, the Wikipedia editors. What’s amazing, though, is how universal their advice is.
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