More random stuff I’ve found on my web wanderings.
Designers : Apple Watch “fails to excite,” is “underwhelming”
In April, Apple courted the design world by presenting the Apple Watch at a pavilion in Milan and holding a glamorous dinner for leading designers. So what do designers think of the product now – and why are so few of them wearing it? Dezeen investigates.
Austin Kleon — Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese,” from New and Selected…
Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese,” from New and Selected Poems, Volume One Here’s a recording of her reading the poem:
It’s the queers who made me. Who didn’t get married … I EXPECTED to like Kate Bolick’s recent book Spinster. I would certainly seem to be its ideal reader.
Give me file hierarchies, or give me chaos.
Even in an age when the biggest operating systems in the world actively eschew file hierarchies, Dropbox is thriving—its service matters deeply to countless users.
How a bunch of government space geeks at NASA won the internet
In an era when the media whips itself into a frenzy over how to make things go viral, and marketers take their cues from big brands, a government entity has quickly and quietly become the darling of the internet. Those searching for proof need look no further than this week’s Pluto flyby.
The end of capitalism has begun
The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above.
The Pixar Theory of Labor
A lot of Pixar films come packaged with a quasi-humanist narrative hook that enables the public digestion of their work.
Reddit needs a real leader
Will a real CEO please stand up? Someone? Anyone? In 2005, Reddit was founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian: two college roommates who wanted to create a place to exchange links. It wasn’t a “bastion of free speech,” or anything even resembling a community.
How Kindness Became Our Forbidden Pleasure
“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now,” Jack Kerouac wrote in a beautiful 1957 letter. “Kindness, kindness, kindness,” Susan Sontag resolved in her diary on New Year’s Day in 1972.
“Can’t you just CHOOSE?”: Being bi with a preference
I’m bisexual. Genuinely, dyed-in-the-wool bisexual. I shit pink, purple and blue, I pray nightly to the spirit of Saint Brenda Howard Mother of Pride and I know all the words to everything Ani DiFranco ever even thought about writing.
The Really Big One
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh.
The impending Pacific Northwest earthquake JUL 19 2015
Flick your right fingers outward, forcefully, so that your hand flattens back down again.
Obama on the Hoofbeats of History
I’m a fan of Glenn Thrush. For me, he is in Politico but not of it. But I think he gets this take on Obama, coming off his fractious and steely Iran deal press conference, simply wrong.
Katie Hopkins : ‘I definitely identify with that murderer thing, where you click off’
Most people will do anything to avoid being hated, but Katie Hopkins seems to run frantically towards hatred. Take the 18 days of her life beginning on 29 March. She started with a series of tweets mocking depression: “UK has seen a 500% growth in anti-depressants since 1991.
Go to Sleep : The Washington Post
See that lady on the bus, back there. The lady with the long black-brown braids, with red wine lipstick and feet so swollen they seem to melt into puddles, spilling over her black shoes. See her backpack, her home on her lap. She is wearing a jacket, despite a heat index of 106.
The Media Is Lying to You About Men’s Emotions, And It’s Really F*cked Up – Here’s a Healthier View — Everyday Feminism
Robot Hugs (RH): Hey, you know what’s weirdly gendered? Person #1: Everything?
16 Emoji You’ve Been Using All Wrong
If you have an iPhone, chances you’ve used an emoji or two in a text. But are you actually using them correctly? There are a few popular ones that are often misinterpreted, but we’ve found their official meanings via Unicode.
Who Was the Greatest Wizard: Gandalf, Merlin, or Dumbledore?
This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. Answer by Ernest W.
My Tattoos Aren’t an Invitation for Harassment – So Please Stop ‘Tatcalling’ Me — Everyday Feminism
I’m standing in line at an airport Starbucks, shifting my weight back and forth as I try to leverage the bulk of my backpack-stuffed-with-too-many-outfit-choices-for-a-weekend-trip, peering over the counter to see if they have any packets of earl gray tea left. I feel a tap on my shoulder.
The science of “hangry”—why some people get grumpy when they’re hungry
Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry)—the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed.
How Mindfulness Meditation Builds Compassion
Mindfulness meditation is best known for its positive effects on practitioners’ brains and bodies. My research suggests it may also encourage compassion toward others.
Does Mindfulness Mean Anything?
We are in the middle of a mindfulness revolution. According to Time, The Huffington Post and a host of other media outlets, mindfulness and meditation are having their moment in the spotlight.
Inside the warped mind of Anders Breivik
Four years after Anders Behring Breivik slaughtered 77 people in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocity, the author Karl Ove Knausgaard looks for answers Norway is a small country. It is also relatively homogeneous and egalitarian.
Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it
I love Apple. I love them because they take difficult problems and come up with innovative, simple solutions. The things they make just work and we trust them. Unfortunately, my experience with Apple Music has been exactly the opposite.
Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up.
Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California’s Monterey Peninsula hammerheads into the Pacific. It’s a rugged landscape, designed to inspire people to contemplate their evolving place on Earth.
The Lingerie Football Trap
For top female football players, there’s no game in town besides the no-pay Legends Football League and its revealing dress code Heather Furr just twitched: a quick nod toward the women behind her, who wear football pads and eyeliner and garments that