1. mattbischoff:

    New York Times brings print edition to tablets and computers with Today’s Paper web app

    The daily print edition of The New York Times now has a home of its own on digital devices. A new web app called Today’s Paper, released today for tablets and computers, offers solely the articles and sections that go to print every day in an attractive layout similar to the paper’s full iPad app in Newsstand.

    This is one of the most pointless things the Times was actively working on while I was there. Truly great designers, engineers, and editors spent effectively years tying to make this web app that would mimic all of the “features” of a physical product without all of the power that digital media brings. I hope this project is killed as soon as possible when the company realizes that many of the people who will use it will soon be dead.

    Just because a vocal minority of users constantly ask for this product, doesn’t mean that the Times had to build it. In fact, I’d bet that number gets smaller every year.

    We should be working together to make the world better through technology, not make it more like the past. Circa gets it and I hope The Grey Lady catches up soon.

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    DETAILS: What kind of intelligence impresses you?

    Mario Batali: There are two kinds of smarts. There’s Christopher Hitchens smart, which is Yes, I know everything, and I want to impress you smart. And then there’s guys like Michael Pollan, with an I want to share it with you smart. You sit down with the share it with you smart guy and suddenly you feel swollen and more intelligent. That’s what I’m looking for all the time.

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  3. thirdlooks:

    L’Officiel Hommes China “The Professional” Editorial

    I loved this movieeeee! 

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  4. I’ve heard it be said that listening for the voice of God can be like trying to stop and listen for the sound of birds singing in the midst of a bustling city street. It’s there, but you often can’t hear it in the midst of all the distraction. 

    This past Sunday I woke up and heard the birds singing outside my window for the first time since I moved here. Then I went to church and heard this message be preached from the pulpit. 

    I fortunately have not had to deal with the death of a loved one near and dear to my heart just yet but I have loved ones who have. Friend, if that is you I strongly encourage you to listen. Listen and know that death is unnatural, that the Resurrection is absolutely everything. That the resurrection is not the “extra point” after the touchdown. That is simply not true. Without the resurrection the cross has absolutely no meaning at all. 

     
     

  5. Literature in the age of ebooks and hyperealities

    bookmania:

    During the age of Facebook, and of virtual hyperealities, teaching literature is underdeveloped, but the most valuable. The lack of technological adaptation is not a threat, but a challenge to the teacher of literature. Technological advancements and lack of educational budget puts literature teachers at challenging points, favoring teachers who share their knowledge in the technical fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine. But considering this inevitable fact, literature teachers address the challenge by proving themselves worth it. Time comes when students realize that the most valuable knowledge they have ever known originates from literature.

    Consider this: Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, widely known as STEM, are where majority of the parents prefer to put their children because doing so does not make them wait a few more years to reap the fruits of their “investment” to their children. Their stereotypical judgment on technical course – that it will always leads to gaining instant money on their side – is a disappointing thought, which sometimes forces a student to study a course that does not interest him or her.

    With the acronym  sounding like the working backbone of everything, being the center of what we consider as the real world we call the corporation, we refer to them as the STEM. As what colloquial terms dictate engaging into those STEM courses is the only way to grow in an island, which is untrue.

    With parents experiencing pressure to pay for their bills and settling their needs in life, the pleasure of studying is eclipsed by pressure. This has a long-term impact on the number of literature graduates teaching literature courses, which puts a University at the edge of becoming just a machine capable of producing graduates inclined in gaining money in the corporate world. On the other hand, we could not just imagine a University without liberal arts.

    We could never imagine a school not teaching humanities and literature. On the other hand, disregarding literature courses will break the chain of academia practically in any University majors. It is like a bottle without soda or an ocean without water. It is like eating a chicken sandwich without chicken, like a body without soul.

    Studying literature is different, much more when one teaches it. Technical courses provide a yardstick difficulty to the students and they teach to mold the students, which aims to generate uniform actions like a factory. In any given college major, may it be in STEM or Liberal Arts, what gives shape to anybody and provides distinction is the teacher of literature. Without a teacher in literature, studying in a University or in any schools will be boring and meaningless. Teaching literature is like reshaping an otherwise considered unchangeable and stiff. It is how one tames a wild beast. Engaging a student to various forms of literary works whether it is local or international is life-changing. Engineers having knowledge of Virgil, nurses with The Fish Hair Woman mean that they are not only having superficial lives, but the soul which is capable of changing other people’s lives.

    Seeing the horizon of the future of literature and its teaching in the modern world, one might further ask, still, is there a space for a teacher to hold on to? Provided that everyone does need University education, yes, and we also want to gain money after graduation, and the corporate world is waiting for us, and there is a need for teachers of literature, is there a need for a teacher in literature in the digital age?

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    A long but worthwhile read for anyone who remotely cares about literature, humanities, and technology:

     

  6. "Be kind to yourself while blooming. I know sometimes it feels like your soul doesn’t always fit. It’s all a part of the process."
    — Emery Allen  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: wethinkwedream, via happythings)

     
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  8. Vanessa Jackman

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    A: ”Hennessy on the rocks, yo” sliding a cup of coffee across the counter.

    B: ”Do you know that your Kings suck yet?”

    The casual banter between the man behind a cash register and his customer in a deli we visited every day near our “Harlem Palace” in the Spanish Harlem.

    "The Subway costs almost $3 now, I know, it’s crazy"

    A kind African American mother waiting for the Subway at 103 & Lexington as three girls tried to figure out the best cheapest way to cross the Central Park to Barney’s Greengrass.

    "…"

    The words a young man didn’t have to use as he silently observed the two of us standing as one of our friends sat to his left. Then the simple gesture as he stood up and motioned for all of us to sit together. 

    What I love most about traveling, the world, the country, this city, is the opportunity to witness and appreciate how large our world is. But every time I do travel I am reminded that it is not always in the grandiose things — the architecture, the food, the culture. It’s simply in the small, ordinary things that I am quieted and humbled.

    *Now I know that the one on the right is just a smidgen crooked, dangit.

     

  10. "Life is not somewhere waiting for you, it is happening in you. It is not in the future as a goal to be arrived at, it is herenow, this very moment — in your breathing, circulating in your blood, beating in your heart. Whatsoever you are is your life, and if you start seeking meaning somewhere else, you will miss it. Man has done that for centuries."
    — Osho  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: lazyyogi, via thatkindofwoman)

     
  11. S and I made it to the airport just an hour before my flight. Boarding would begin in promptly 30 minutes. We rushed through security but at 4pm instead of being at my gate I found myself sweating through my coat (and my heat tech, ahem) frantically chasing down B36. I didn’t fly all the way to NY to not get Shake Shack, is how I justified my rather inexcusable behavior.

    After guilt tripping the poor Shake Shack employees for making me almost miss my flight I grabbed my shake and burger, said my goodbyes, made plans for winter, and started running down Delta to go back to Virgin. (seriously my father would have had a heart attack if he knew. )

    Just as I got to about B30, an airport patrol officer came by on his patrol mobile (what are those called anyway?) and asked me where I was headed. Next thing I knew I was on this patrol car knowing that if I were to make this flight it would simply be a miracle. The greasy white shake shack bag in my left hand caused a sheepish grin as I beeped beeped beeped my way through ~30 gates of travelers and shoppers but hey, how are you going to put a Shake Shack in JFK and NOT expect one or two people to jeopardize their flight to get a bite before they leave, am I right? He dropped me off directly at my empty gate where I then ran to fill my seat. 

    That was the epic end to my 2013 NY Friendsgiving with nothing but thankfulness in my heart.

     
     
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  13. Happy Thanksgiving world! From the most adorable penguin on a subway in Queens.

     

  14. "The problem is not enjoyment, the problem is attachment."
    — Tilopia  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: ephe, via thatkindofwoman)

     

  15. "You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things."
    —  Jamie Tworkowski  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: cosmiccalculation, via thatkindofwoman)