• I'm always looking for a better way to listen to audio on demand and (other than WNYC's own app) this new one called Overcast is pretty great; easy to navigate, nice to look at. The app comes from Marco Arment, the guy who created Instapaper and hosts his own show, Accidental Tech Podcast. [1 of 3]
 

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tech 2 Sep 2014

Manoush Zomorodi hosts New York Public Radio's "New Tech City," the show about how technology is changing human beings. Before that she worked for Reuters and the BBC and wrote a guidebook called "Camera Ready." TWITTER  FACEBOOK  WEBSITE

 
  • Data & Society calls itself "an NYC-based think/do tank focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development." It was founded by Danah Boyd, who is such a voice of reason when it comes to parenting and tech. [2 of 3]
 
  • Breather lets you book a sparsely furnished room by the hour in various cities. (There's no bed, so get your mind out of the gutter.) Just strong wifi, a whiteboard, and a yoga mat. And chairs. I like knowing peace and quiet is available on demand. ...even if I never have time to use it again. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 28 Aug 2014

Kate Neuhaus on a few outstanding food experiences.

culture 26 Aug 2014

Divya Rao Heffley on the reflected self.

culture 22 Aug 2014

Newsletter-editor Alexa Jaccarino shares a few other newsletters she loves.

 


  • When was the last time you ate a meal in the environment where the ingredients came from? From fields to rooftops to beaches, for the past 15 years, Outstanding In The Field has re-connected diners to culinary adventures that celebrate the beauty of where our food comes from, and those who help transform it into a meal. [1 of 3]
 

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food 28 Aug 2014

Kate Neuhaus is Head of Culinary Programming for Life Is Beautiful, a lifestyle festival in Downtown Las Vegas featuring marquee musicians, world-renowned chefs, phenomenal artists, and iconic public speakers. TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
 
  • Imagine eating Nobu while rocking out to the Foo Fighters. I work on things I believe in, and Life is Beautiful, a festival that takes place in the under the radar, revitalized Downtown Las Vegas area, is one of those magical experiences, putting just as much emphasis on chefs and food as it does its musical headliners. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 26 Aug 2014

Divya Rao Heffley on the reflected self.

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design 20 Aug 2014

Yann Giguère on working wood in the Japanese tradition.

 


  • Jessica Helfand of Design Observer reflects on the digital posturing of selfie culture and posits a new narcissism driven by retweets, posts, and likes in her response to this stock photograph, part of the This Picture project on nowseethis.org. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 26 Aug 2014

Divya Rao Heffley is the program manager of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. TWITTER

 
  • Last week, The Workers, winners of the Tate’s IK Prize 2014, deployed a crew of telepresence robots remotely controlled by the public in Tate Britain’s galleries at night. These robots undoubtedly increase accessibility to masterworks of art, but does the experience deepen the chasm between the digital and IRL? [2 of 3]
 
  • This installation at The MIT Museum in 2009 about the surveillance state is more relevant in today’s panopticon of security cameras, surveillance art, and digital appropriation than ever before. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 22 Aug 2014

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design 20 Aug 2014

Yann Giguère on working wood in the Japanese tradition.

culture 18 Aug 2014

Carly Ayres on living minimally.

 


 

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culture 22 Aug 2014

Alexa Jaccarino is the editor of Very Short List, and she loves newsletter goodness! TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
  • "Dear Laughter Lovers..." begins each edition of From the Desk of Bob Mankoff, reflections on humor from the New Yorker's cartoon editor. [2 of 3]
 
  • The Full Plate is put out by (No Subject), a creatively-driven digital marketing and events agency out of Los Angeles, and provides "a full serving of goodness each week" focused on creative events and campaigns, cool culture and innovation news, and lots more! [3 of 3]
 
 

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design 20 Aug 2014

Yann Giguère on working wood in the Japanese tradition.

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Carly Ayres on living minimally.

food 15 Aug 2014

Dana Pollack reveals the food and fashion meet-cute.

 


 

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design 20 Aug 2014

Yann Giguère is the founder of Mokuchi, a fine woodworking studio specializing in Japanese techniques and hand tools. Mokuchi has recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY and on September 6th will be hosting the East Coast’s first ever Kezurou-Kai (a traditional Japanese woodworking showcase). INSTAGRAM  FACEBOOK

 
  • The Unknown Craftsmen is an inspirational book that guided my early years as a woodworker. It defined the Mingei Movement which is thought of as a Japanese version of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The author, Yanagi Soetsu, extends an appreciation of beauty and craft to simple objects used in daily life. [2 of 3]
 
  • My 9 year apprenticeship at Takumi was crucial to learning the physical and ethereal aspect of working wood in the Japanese tradition. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 18 Aug 2014

Carly Ayres on living minimally.

food 15 Aug 2014

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culture 13 Aug 2014

Ryann Bosetti and Alec Friedman on life in The Tropics.