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