• The World Wide Web turned 25 in 2014. Since its introduction in 1989, the internet has transformed nearly every aspect of life... in the US. While 87% of American adults now use the internet, adoption isn’t nearly as widespread around the world as it is in the US. [1 of 3]
 

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tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright is on the marketing team at Quartz, a digitally native news brand that launched in 2012 for people who are excited by change in today’s global economy. TWITTER  LINKEDIN

 
  • However, this is expected to change soon. Technologies and services are developing that will bring more of the world’s population online—largely via mobile devices in emerging markets. One example of this is Firechat, an app that allows users to send texts and images to each other using peer-to-peer wifi. [2 of 3]
 
  • Join Quartz at The Next Billion event in NYC on November 5 to explore more technologies, services, and strategies that will increase connectivity around the globe. As a subscriber of VSL, you have the opportunity to receive first come, first serve complimentary admission by registering with the code VSL. We hope to see you there! [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 27 Oct 2014

John Supko listens to a few generative music engines.

food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber finds harmony with the land.

culture 22 Oct 2014

The Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain tries on Hanukkah sweaters and public radio names.

 


  • The earliest example we have of a complete, notated musical score happens to have been chiseled on a tombstone sometime around the first century C.E. in present-day Turkey. The so-called Seikilos Epitaph sings to you across millennia here. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 27 Oct 2014

Composer John Supko is on the faculty at Duke University, where he teaches subjects ranging from 16th century counterpoint to electronic music and multimedia. His newest album s_traits, a collaboration with media artist Bill Seaman, was created with bearings_traits, a generative music engine designed for the project. s_traits comes out on November 4.

 
  • Fifty-five years before John Cage scandalized a concert audience with the premiere of 4’33”, which plunged them into the stuffy “silence” of their own environment, the French writer Alphonse Allais published his Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1897). [2 of 3]
 
  • The brainchild of Japanese musician and visual artist Yamataka Eye, noise band Hanatarash (“snot-nosed”) became infamous in the 1980’s for destroying the venues of their performances, and incorporating the sounds of real-time demolition into their music. This technique reached its ecstatic zenith in a 1985 concert, when Eye introduced a bulldozer into the proceedings by driving it through a wall and onto the stage. Here is an ear-laceratingly beautiful performance from 1996. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber finds harmony with the land.

culture 22 Oct 2014

The Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain tries on Hanukkah sweaters and public radio names.

culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein visits the world's coolest science museums.

 


  • One of the most beautiful places in the world is the original wine growing region Anjou in Western France. This region once stored and shipped wine in wooden casks and served as the inspiration for the creation of our wine. It’s a must-visit. [1 of 3]
 

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food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber is the Founder & Principal of Andegavia Cask Wines, the first ever sustainably-packaged luxury wine brand. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM

 
  • This quote is extracted from one of my favorite books, “Round River,” by famous environmentalist and author, Aldo Leopold. His stance on environmental sustainability inspired me to create a green and eco-friendly product. [2 of 3]
 
  • Nantucket holds a special place in my heart, as it’s where I met my wife (Andegavia co-founder) Kelly and where we first launched our wine at the annual Nantucket Wine Festival. I can’t get enough of the island life, so nantucketblACKbook’s Instagram never fails to make me smile. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 22 Oct 2014

The Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain tries on Hanukkah sweaters and public radio names.

culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein visits the world's coolest science museums.

food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis on food-related disputes that the courts had to decide.

 


  • Susan Sontag was a woman of rare and complicated brilliance. Check out the trailer for this amazing documentary, Regarding Susan Sontag. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 22 Oct 2014

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. The new season of her 2014 Emmy-nominated original series “The Future Starts Here” premieres tomorrow, Oct 23rd on AOL. Twitter

 
  • 'Tis nearly the season... for GeltFiend's ironic Hanukkah sweaters. Finally I get to wear holiday sweaters too. [2 of 3]
 
 
 

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culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein visits the world's coolest science museums.

food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis on food-related disputes that the courts had to decide.

culture 15 Oct 2014

Scent critic Chandler Burr shares his favorite olfactory art blogs.

 


  • At Le Laboratoire in Paris, creatives from fields of art and science work together on artworks and design products. Le Lab Cambridge, now open in Boston, MA, is conducting experiments in interdisciplinary learning while also exhibiting and selling the works generated by its French counterpart. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein is an interdisciplinary translator working at the intersection of science and the culture. Past projects include work on Eric Kandel’s book The Age of Insight and on the Charlie Rose Brain Series, and she is currently the Program Associate for Science & the Arts at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. INSTAGRAM  TUMBLR

 
  • If you ever find yourself near Dresden, don’t miss the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. Far from the traditional, kid-friendly science museum, this German institution is dedicated to exploring the truths of the human body. It programs special exhibitions on dying, or the passions of the soul, and is host to a permanent collection that includes ear muffs letting you experience the hearing loss of old age and a transparent glass cow with its innards on display. [2 of 3]
 
  • Entering the National Museum of Mathematics, or MoMATH, on 26th street in Manhattan you encounter math in unexpected ways—while riding a bike with square wheels or by trying your hand at a revolving slate of puzzles over lunch. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis on food-related disputes that the courts had to decide.

culture 15 Oct 2014

Scent critic Chandler Burr shares his favorite olfactory art blogs.

culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.