Posted on November 2, 2018
Hello, bonjour! Happy Friday. Good for you Saskatchewan, Madagascar, Peru, Hawaii, Arizona, etc etc etc for taking a stand – you won’t be changing your clocks this weekend. For the rest of us, we get an extra hour of sleep (or not) in exchange for a much darker morning. So PSA – it is daylight saving time this weekend (for most of us). Get ready to fall back.
This week, my favourite story is about dwarsliggers — tiny, pocket-size, horizontal flipbacks that may revolutionize how we read books. And, as someone who remains dedicated to the physical book, I love this idea. Plus, industry trends in podcasting, marathon cheaters, passwords, an oral history of Britney’s “…Baby One More Time,” and the vast wealth of Keith Chapman – who? He invented “Paw Patrol” (be there on the double).
- What’s Next for Podcasting ~ The Industry is taking the first steps toward paid subscriptions and exclusive content | Tech Crunch
- Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read? ~ Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint, has just released its first batch of mini books, with a box set of novels by the best-selling author John Green. | The New York Times
- Paris la nuit, ville endormie? ~ Par-delà les indéboulonnables adresses du Paris mondain, des lieux éphémères et une joyeuse effervescence de l’autre côté du périphérique insufflent aujourd’hui une nouvelle dynamique à la capitale française | Le Temps
- Moka pot, machine, filter or instant – which produces the best coffee? ~ The company behind the iconic Italian stovetop gadget is in financial difficulties – is that because there are now better ways of making coffee? We put the most popular methods to the test | The Guardian
- Meet the marathon cheats ~ As runners get ready for next Sunday’s New York Marathon, we look at what makes a person claim a medal when they haven’t gone the full distance | The Guardian
- The future of passwords? Your Brain ~ Forget “guest.” Forget two-factor. Soon, all you’ll need is your unique brain waves. | Fast Company
- Getting your story straight ~ Emotional stories help innovative ideas attract attention—and get funded. Here are the narratives that help good ideas break through | McKinsey
- I need TV that lets me fall asleep ~ Not prestige drama, not mindless reality, but something somewhere in the middle. | The Outline
- Éloge de la gratuité ~ Le projet de revenu universel suscite l’enthousiasme de certains, dans leur immense majorité animés par un souci d’équité et de générosité. Mais leur ambition repose-t-elle sur des fondations solides dès lors qu’elle postule l’idée d’une « crise du travail », laquelle suggère qu’une partie de plus en plus importante de la population ne trouvera plus à s’employer ? | Le monde diplomatique
- Post Malone is the perfect pop star for this American moment. That’s not a compliment. ~ The most popular young artist in the most unpopular young nation is a rhinestone cowboy who looks like he crawled out of a primordial swamp of nacho cheese. Post Malone is a Halloween rental, a removable platinum grill, a Cubic Zirconium proposal on the jumbo screen of a last-place team. | Washington Post
- The dark side of gamifying work ~ One of the most common user experiences of our time is also a tool of social control. And nowhere is that more true than in the workplace. | Fast Company
- My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness ~ Rosecrans Baldwin had lived in Los Angeles for nearly four years before he realized he was missing out on something essential to life in the Southland. People all around him were trumpeting new self-improvement projects with cultish devotion: at boutique juice bars, at hallucinogenic ceremonies, at mysterious wellness retreats. So, in an effort to get in on the woo-woo, he tried everything he could for one month. And wound up in darker depths than he ever imagined. | GQ
- What Makes Superstar Conductor Gustavo Dudamel So Good? ~ The Venezuelan maestro of the Los Angeles Philharmonic conjures joy in difficult times. | NYTimes
- Redefining the Kilogram ~ Officials will vote to overhaul the SI system of measurements, basing units such as the kilogram not on physical objects but on fundamental constants | Scientific American
- Pourquoi les mannequins ne sourient pas? Dans les défilés, les photos de magazine et les publicités, les mannequins affichent, presque toujours, un visage très sérieux. Pourquoi les mannequins ne sourient-ils pas? | La Presse
- ‘They’re Bold and Fresh’: The Millennials Disrupting Boston’s Transit System ~ Armed with data and outside-the-box ideas, TransitMatters is redefining citizen engagement.
- Quake split a tectonic plate in two, and geologists are shaken ~ An intense temblor in Mexico was just the latest example of an enigmatic type of earthquake with highly destructive potential. | National Geographic
- The ‘Best Illusions of The Year’ Have Just Been Released, And Yes, Your Brain Will Hurt ~ The Best Illusions of the Year competition is nothing to sneeze at – every year a group of experts (along with internet users) vote for the most interesting and mind-melting illusions, submitted from all over the world.
- ‘Britney Spears wanted to be a star’: An oral history of ‘…Baby One More Time‘ ~ Twenty years after its release (on Oct. 23, 1998), we take a deep dive into one of the most groundbreaking hits in history. | EW
- Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries ~ As the days grow shorter, one might feel a strong urge to find a warm place indoors and cozy up to a good book. As much as our world hurtles toward digitized information, physical books remain popular, useful, and revered items.
- Why Is CBD Everywhere? ~ Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, a cure-all now available in bath bombs, dog treats and even pharmaceuticals. But maybe it’s just a fix for our anxious times.
- A Prayer for Squirrel Hill—And for American Jewry ~ The Pittsburgh synagogue killings show that dormant hatreds have reawakened. | The Atlantic
- Everything You Wear Is Athleisure ~ Yoga pants, tennis shoes, and the 100-year history of how sports changed the way Americans dress | The Atlantic
- Paw Patrol and the Twilight of the World-Conquering Kids TV Show ~ The cartoon about rescue puppies now generates more than $1 billion a year, and even its creator worries it might be the last of its breed. | Bloomberg
Compiled, with love, by Emmeline Hobbs
Knowledge and Learning Officer
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