Seeing eye people.
Here to help you walk and text at the same time.
Seeing eye people.
Here to help you walk and text at the same time.
Shooting proud, legal gun owners. (With a camera.)
Photographer Ben Philippi spent 4 years hanging with “gun-toting patriots” to create his book God, Gun & Guts so it’s fair to say he has some pretty good stories. In his own words, “I think this is an art book and a celebration saying there’s nothing shameful about owning a gun. God Bless America.”
This creature that I am: The mysteries of George Jones.
Riding tractors to liquor stores, flushing money down toilets, surviving domestic abuse. George Jones had quite a life. If you want the short version, NPR has a quick recap, but the good stuff is over at Billboard.com, from a 2006 interview with the man himself.
Andrew Mason on how to deal: From founder to ex-Groupon CEO.
I can vaguely remember when Groupon first started. I wouldn’t consider myself a coupon clipper, but I before I knew it, I found myself buying coupons for dinner, drinks, even live lobsters to be sent to my home. And then I forgot to use one of the coupons. And Gmail started sending the Groupon emails to spam. (Or maybe I did?) And without even thinking about it, I stopped using Groupon. But the story of Groupon - and the promises for its future - are still incredibly interesting to me. Whether you’ve been keeping tabs on founder, Andrew Mason or have never even used a daily deal site, this article by Elizabeth Spiers will likely have you paying more attention to what Groupon becomes.
Drugs, porn, and counterfeits: the market for illegal goods is booming online.
Featuring upwards of 11,000 listings, Silk Road looks like an early eBay, only the listings are mostly for illegal goods, ranging from drugs to guns to art to knockoff apparel. It’s a site with “a long, cryptic address that can only be accessed through Tor, a decentralized network of servers that encrypt and relay traffic in order to obfuscate a user’s online activity.” In June 2011, when Gawker first covered the site, it was the one and only. But lately competitors have sprung up and are making some serious dough, $400k+ of revenue in a month. So where are the authorities? After a recent conviction in Australia, Silk Road (and others) are more on the map, but police are struggling to figure out a solution. (Remember Bitcoin? People can pay for these goods and services with Bitcoin and are essentially untraceable.) I had no idea this kind of thing even existed, so am quite fascinated!
The power of ‘I don’t know.’
While many writers try to be as succinct as possible, often omitting any evidence that they may be second guessing themselves, Kreider reminds us that it’s OK to not be 100% sure of something. Writing isn’t always prescriptive (or proscriptive) and doesn’t have to carry an all-knowing, smug, undertone. So why has it become the social norm? Kreider thinks a big part of it is a fear: “To admit to ignorance, uncertainty or ambivalence is to cede your place on the mast head, your slot on the program, and allow all the coveted eyeballs to turn instead to the next hack who’s more than happy to sell them all the answers.”
No rich child left behind.
[This article is part of The Great Divide, a series on inequality by the NY Times.] Over the past few decades the difference in educational success between students raised in a high-income household as opposed to a low-income household has grown significantly. Sean Reardon dispels the myths of why it is and explains why we should be investing more in parents.
Marilyn Monroe, Vodka, and Lolita: The images of “Original Mad Man” Bert Stern.
Alright, alright, I’m an ad geek, I know. But I’m guessing that even if you’re not in this crazy industry, you’ll still think Bert Stern is a super interesting dude - and that the images he created are fabulous. As one of his former models says, “His life has a perfect three-act structure: poor kid growing up in Brooklyn during the depression, becoming famous at 24 as the biggest photographer in the world, and losing everything.And then there’s this resurrection.”
Prison reviews on Yelp.
Yep, it’s a thing. Yelp is being used to review prisons — and intentionally or not (I’m gonna go with not on that one) they’re pretty damn funny!
The anatomy of Owen Wright.
I love the visual style of this infographic presented as a movie. Also: um, wow. Enjoy, ladies.
A “Whom Do You Hang With” map of America.
A theoretical physicist from Germany decided to map America based on 1MM+ reports from the website WheresGeorge.com to show just how connected we are as a country. If you aren’t familiar with the site, WheresGeorge.com tracks how dollar bills travel based on data input from “volunteers.” In addition to this “money-in-motion proxy,” NPR also shows our connectedness mapped through long-distance phone calls.
Celebrate tornado week with a tweet-powered tornado.
I had no idea that Tornado Week was a thing, but I’m pretty excited that it exists. The Weather Channel interns have transformed part of their office into a tornado simulator, and with every #TornadoWeek tweet, the winds increase in speed. (Their goal is to reach 1MM mentions, which will apparently increase wind speeds up to 200MPH!)
Beyond the screen: How TV shows are extending the story to digital.
As my friend and former colleague Michelle writes, “An immense amount of time and effort goes into developing a great narrative - and no one knows this better than the brilliant writers within the television industry.” So I suppose it makes sense that TV shows are rocking social activations, giving their fans ways to engage beyond the episodes themselves. From GIRLS to Shameless, Michelle gives you the skinny on the evolution of storytelling.
The impossible decision.
While the author is specifically questioning/referencing the decision to go to graduate school, the way he writes about the conundrum could be applied to many important life decisions: “You can guess what these things will be like; you can ask people; you can draw up lists of pros and cons; but, at the end of the day, without having the experience itself you cannot even have an approximate idea as to what it is like to have that experience.” We have a desire to make rational decisions, but at the end of the day, sometimes we have to cast logic aside. Of course, that’s coming from someone who just quit her job to travel the world ;)
It seems that in the past few years there’s been a pretty big push in favor of antioxidants and the health benefits they provide. But according to this article, antioxidants aren’t always great - especially if you’re a smoker. It sounds like it’s not something to freak out about, but better to get your antioxidants from your diet instead of through supplements. I’m (obviously) not a doctor, so not in the position to provide medical advice or credit/discredit this article, but they did cite several medical journals where studies were published. (And a quick Google search shows that a blogger from The Daily Beast also covered the topic.)