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Sunday Morning Links - 6/19/16

Greetings again. Made it to the third week of the Sunday Links. It's a slightly shorter batch this week, but lots of good stuff to gather.

NBA Finals Game Five Box Score from @boscoreart

NBA Finals Game Five Box Score from @boscoreart

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  • New Christo Alert! - Amazing new project from the artist, Christo, where two piers and a small island in Italy are connected with floating cubes and covered with vivid orange fabric, allowing viewers to walk on water.

  • How half New York's Paper Waste Gets Turned Into Pizza Boxes - Cool article from the Wall Street Journal about a recycling plant and paper mill on Staten Island that processes half of the city's paper waste. It's great to see how quickly your waste can be turned around into a functional product. Hoping we see a lot more articles like this in the future.

  • TED Ideas: India+Internet=?? - An exploration on what will happen when the 1 billion people of India gain full access to the internet in the coming years. Written by my friend, Kate Torgovnick May, the article looks at the amazing ways that the country is applying progressive thought to connectivity from education to mental health. Really interesting, especially considering the massive scale.

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  • Becoming Wise w/ Krita Tippett - Krista Tippett is the host of On Being, a podcast that explores spirituality from a modern perspective. It's easily one of my favorites. Krista has a stupifyingly high amount of empathy and understanding; it pours out of her no matter who she's interviewing, and it creates compelling stories about how to live properly in our society. Becoming Wise is a short podcast series accompanying her new book by the same name. Each 10-12 minute segment highlights a brilliant thought from one of her interviewees on living with wisdom.  A great short podcast to augment your regular schedule.

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  • The NBA Finals - I think we've all become accustomed to how supernatural LeBron James is at playing basketball. Going against one of the best teams in history, LeBron is playing basketball at a level I can't remember seeing from a talent, determination, and creativity perspective. Game 7 is tonight, and you best be wtaching it. While you're at it, go ahead and consume every bit of media and content aorund it you can. It's sport at its highest level, and we need to appreciate watching a performance this good for what it's worth.

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  • Air Jordan XXX "Cosmos" - I love sneakers, and I love outer space. These most recent Jordan's combine two of my favorite things and are straight fire.

Sunday Morning Links - 6/12/16

Good morning! Here are some links that made my week, hope you enjoy.

Debut of the Phillies "swirling-p" uniforms in the 1970's

Debut of the Phillies "swirling-p" uniforms in the 1970's

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  • National Geographic Food Waste Cover Story - This article was on the cover of National Geographic a few months ago. It details the massive scale of food waste in the world, mostly for silly reasons like cosmetics. This issue is becoming really important to me, and I think it should be something pretty easy to solve with some concerted effort and attention. Solving this problem will have two major benefits of feeding the underserved and reducing excess greenhouse gas. Definitely a good read and a cause worth working on for the benefit of the planet.
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman - Don Norman is one of the foremost thinkers in user-centered design, and I was fortunate enough to have him as a professor at Northwestern. This book is the gospel in understanding how people think in relation to designed products and experiences. It examines how we fault ourselves for poorly-designed objects, how designers and engineers need to think first about the needs of users/ how they might make errors, and mapping the intended function of a product to the interpretation of people. 

I haven't read this book since I was assigned it ten years ago in college, and just started re-reading it. I have forgotten so much of the content even though I work in the field every day. This is an insightful book that will help you consider how the work you do can be better for the people you serve, no matter what your profession is.

  • The Squid 3 - My friend Earl is an awesome comic book author and artist. He just released the third issue of his independently published series The Squid. It's a futuristic tale of a part man-part squid battling organized crime and mega-corporate powers. The artwork is really intricate and the story is funny while being action-packed. Follow the link and pick up a copy (grab issues 1 and 2 while you're there.)

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  • Charles Bradley - Changes - This album is soooo good. Charles has an incredible voice, and this album feels wonderful even when he's singing about heartbreak. It has the characteristic Daptone soul sound you can hear on Sharon Jones or Budos Band records, and it musically pulls samples from other songs like a hip-hop record. Going to be on repeat all summer.
  • Real Lies - Real Life - Speaking of a record being on repeat, a song from this album popped up on my Spotify Discover playlist in March and I played the album almost everyday since. This British band captures the late-80's sound of Depeche Mode, New Order, and The Pet Shop Boys, then combine it with a house and ragga club sound. It's wonderfully emotional, and I can't believe I haven't heard anyone else talking about it. Please listen and support this band, you'll be hearing big things from them in the future.

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  • Evan Puschak TEDx talk on The Rise of the Video Essay - Evan is one of my good friends from my Summer Camp days, and one of the most engaging and funny people I've met. As The Nerdwriter on Youtube, he makes awesome video essays that dive into art, media, and cultural topics with honest curiosity and a truly open-mind. He just gave a TED talk about the power of the video essay and how it came to its current state. A really enjoyable video about defining your own thoughts and beliefs through careful examination. Definitely give it a watch and subscribe to the Nerdwriter channel to get new essays every Wednesday.
  • Rapping Deconstructed by Vox - A cool video explaining the progression of rhyme schemes in hip hop and how complex the best rappers can make them. Shoutout to MF Doom, Operation: Doomsday is one of my favorite albums ever. This video shows that hip-hop can be much deeper and artfully-constructed than it seems to the inexperienced.

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  • Adam Banks Mighty Ducks Jersey - It's difficult to explain how big The Mighty Ducks movie was to kids of my generation. The only logical explanation is that it was so big, Disney bought an actual pro hockey team, named them The Mighty Ducks, and while it seemed slightly childish, people actually accepted it and bought lots of teal and purple gear with a duckbill-shaped goalie mask on it. In the movie Adam Banks was the alpha and key player that the crucial final game hinges on. His fictional jersey from the movie is up for auction, and I really wish I had couple extra grand lying around because it's an amazing sports-entertainment crossover art piece.
  • The Aeropress - This might be my favorite product that I own. I make coffee just for myself every morning, and this is by far the best single-cup maker available. Not only does it brew wonderful coffee, but IT CLEANS ITSELF!!! I hated using a French Press because it's a burden to clean (note: most people in New York don't have garbage disposals, so dumping coffee grinds down the sink is very bad.) The Aeropress solves this by using the rubber wiper to both maintain pressure as coffee is being pressed and to wipe the chamber clean at the same damn time. Get one and enjoy the easiest, tastiest coffee you can make at home. 

Sunday Morning Links - 6/5/16

Good morning. I wanted to share a bunch of links, stories, videos, etc. that I've really enjoyed over the last week or so. They cover a wide range of my interests and will hopefully bring something new and interesting into your world. Enjoy.

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  • Lucky Peach Vertical Farming Article - A really cool look at indoor mass farming operations and how they might be the solution to food shortages around the world. There is the potential to lessen the damage to the environment from large-scale farming from fertilizer runoff and nutrient depletion in the soil. I really enjoy progressive ideas on how to provide quality food for the world's population and this is worth pursuing.
  • Moonwalking With Einstein - Just finished this book about the World Memory Championship circuit and how memory is more a trained skill than a natural trait. It was a fairly quick read that is pretty fun while also providing insights on memory techniques and background on how the brain forms memories. I've thought I had a poor memory, and now seeing that it's more a creative function than a physical trait, I'm working on building mine to serve me better everyday.
  • Bill Simmons' on Kevin Durant - Bill is my favorite voice in sports media. He has an incredibly deep understanding of the history and inner workings of sports (especially basketball). He just launched an awesome new website called The Ringer, and this is the first column he's written in over a year. It explores the difficult decision Kevin Durant faces in his upcoming free agency and what it means for his legacy and future in the NBA.

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  • School of Life: Wu Wei - In really love these videos from the secular emotional intelligence organization The School of Life. This video focuses on Wu Wei, the Eastern concept of doing by non-doing. All of their videos are incredibly insightful and probably my favorite thing to relax and watch after a day at work.
  • David Lynch on Meditation and Creativity - Has me thinking about trying Transcendental Meditation (via Swiss Miss)
  • Cam'ron interviewed by Whookid - Not everything is serious here. Cam is one of my favorite rappers and this interview gets deep into his history and how he ended up working with Kanye, Jay-Z, and Juelz. Really funny and a good peek behind the curtain of how things go down.
  • Emergency Awesome Game of Thrones Recaps - I'm big into GoT (only the TV show, never read the books) and this guy's explanations are really helpful in seeing how each episode connects and what might be coming in the future. He's incredibly enthusiastic and breaks down big concepts in an understandable way. Also check out Ask the Maester on The Ringer.

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  • Phillies 1976 Stovepipe Throwback Hats - The Phils turned back the clock to 1976 Friday night against the Brewers and wore these awesome Stovepipe hats that players wore during the '76 season. They're called stovepipes because of their tall round shape compared to a normal baseball cap,
  • Ebbets Field Flannels Ballpark Sweatshirts - You'll see here that I'm into fashion, athletic uniform design, and how the two intertwine. Ebbets Field Flannels makes the best historic reproductions of old baseball jerseys and hats. They've been expanding their offerings in more everyday styles, and these old ballpark sweatshirts are awesome. I like the Shibe Park one for obvious reasons, but they're all great.
  • Box Score Art NBA Finals Breakdowns 

 

I run a project called Box Score Art that uses the raw stats from sports to create abstract art. For each game of the NBA finals I'm making an image based on the score differential minute-by-minute. It's a cool look at the flow of the game, and it really shows how easily the Warriors can blow a game open in a short stretch. I'm working on a lot of cool ideas for this project, so sign up for the newsletter the website, and follow @BoxScoreArt on twitter to catch the next breakdowns.


I hope you enjoy these links. Have a great week, and keep your eyes peeled for more.