Weekend Reading

Another week, and I’m still reading loads of random crap… who knew there was so much stuff on the internet?!

  • How to design an enduring logo: Lessons from IBM and Paul Rand
    Many tech companies these days obsess over constantly redesigning and tweaking their logos. In that context, IBM’s 43-year-old logo is veritably the branding equivalent of ancient sacred scripture. Its iconic eight-bar logo is the marquee for IBM’s awakening to the power of design in the 1950s.
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  • Meet a man who has been dating a crowdsourced Internet girlfriend for the last three months
    This year, a start-up launched that lets lonely souls buy a text message-based significant other. Called Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend—depending on your gender of choice—the start-up relies on thousands of crowd-sourced workers to write messages to its customers.
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  • How Dare You Say That! The Evolution of Profanity
    At street level and in popular culture, Americans are freer with profanity now than ever before—or so it might seem to judge by how often people throw around the “F-bomb” or use a certain S-word of scatological meaning as a synonym for “stuff.
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  • Everyone Likes Red and Pink Candies Best
    There’s an Internet meme floating around—Miley Cyrus posted it to Instagram a few months ago—that implores, “Don’t ever let someone treat you like a yellow Starburst. You are a pink Starburst.”
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  • There’s an Escape Release in Car Trunks Due to One Woman Kidnapped and Locked in Hers
    Above the mantlepiece in the living room of Janette Fennell’s home, there’s a painting in whites and pinks and sweeping blues and yellows. At the center, an angel is holding a baby. Behind her, two others hover. And then, there, in the bottom right corner, are two small, human figures.
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  • Muji’s minimalist white toaster  JUL 24 2015
    Fukasawa also designed Muji’s wall-mounted CD player. The toaster is only available at select stores in the US for now, but can be found in the UK and Europe in a few months. Or buy it now on eBay. (via @daveg)
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  • Labour is now so passive, it might as well be led by an out-of-office email
    So Labour passed the welfare bill with the passive silence of a married orgasm. It has lost touch so badly that it is now getting lectures on empathy from someone from Paisley. Harriet Harman might as well stand down and leave the party to be managed by an out-of-office email.
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  • John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician
    On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left home with a trunk on his back. He was a skinny 18-year-old, with long, unkempt hair – a sort of proto-hippie – and although he generally preferred to go barefoot, on this occasion he wore strappy Jesus sandals.
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  • What’s In A Namaste? Depends If You Live In India Or The U.S.
    If you take a yoga class in the U.S., the teacher will most likely say namaste at the end of the practice. It’s a Sanskrit phrase that means “I bow to you.” You place hands together at the heart, close your eyes and bow. That’s not the namaste I know.
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  • Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons
    Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” and calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”.
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  • The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar
    In the last few years, I’ve watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet, you’re going to run into one of these.
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  • Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits
    Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the principal’s office.
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  • Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.
    Reaching the quietest square inch of land in the U.S. is literally a walk in the park. Well, a rainforest, to be precise.
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  • The Man Who Walked Out of Prison a Few Times
    In early 1998, an emaciated Texas inmate named Steven Jay Russell was granted a special parole — one which put him in the custody of a hospice. Russell’s medical records spelled out the reason: he had HIV/AIDS, and wasn’t likely to survive much longer.
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  • Vine star Logan Paul profile
    Logan Paul knows how to blow up the internet: That’s the easy part.
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  • This Teenage Duo Could Be the Future of Music—for Better and Worse
    Jack & Jack’s new EP, Calibraska, is no one’s idea of groundbreaking music.
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  • The ‘Happy Birthday’ song could soon be free for you to use
    “Happy Birthday to You,” the song that has graced billions of birthday celebrations in the last 120 years, is not free for the public to use.Movies and TV shows, for example, must pay royalties if they include the ubiquitous ditty.
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  • How A Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina
    NEW ORLEANS — As Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the coast, small-time drug dealer Jabbar Gibson and a friend decided to hunker down in a motel down the street from his home in the dilapidated Fischer public housing complex.
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  • Lead Finger: Incredible Miniatures Carved Out of Pencil Tips
    Eagle feathers, the folds on Yoda’s robe and individual bricks on iconic buildings are among the impossibly tiny details captured in pencil lead by miniaturist Salivat Fidai.
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  • A month later, Apple Music hasn’t killed Spotify
    Apple Music, the company’s long-awaited streaming music service, launched one month ago. So far, two things are clear: Apple Music was a bit rushed, and Spotify, the leading independent streaming service, is doing just fine—for now, at least.
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  • How the way you type can shatter anonymity—even on Tor
    Security researchers have refined a long-theoretical profiling technique into a highly practical attack that poses a threat to Tor users and anyone else who wants to shield their identity online.
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  • The Invisible Man: The End of A Black Life That Mattered
    Editor’s note: Since the original version of this story went to print, our reporter was able to review unreleased body cam videos of the incident and recordings of police interviews with those involved. The story that follows incorporates this new information. Open your eyes. Sunday.
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