2019

  • Sonos is bricking old devices with ‘Recycled Mode’

    Sonos is bricking old devices with ‘Recycled Mode’

    Chris Welch reporting at The Verge writes: Late last week, Sonos was called out on Twitter by Devin Wilson for its practices around sustainability. The company drew particular attention for a “Recycle Mode” software feature that, once activated, begins a countdown that eventually renders older Sonos devices basically inoperable. Recycle Mode is part of the trade-up program that…

  • Curbed Marfa Travel Guide

    Curbed Marfa Travel Guide

    Executive Editor at Vox, Mercedes Kraus, penned a travel guide for would-be visitors to Marfa. Marfa is located in West Texas. Heck, even the Simpsons visited Prada Marfa: Texas, is well known for many things. A couple of venerable and memorable characters from Texas’s past include Sam Houston and Lyndon B. Johnson. A few of…

  • John Krasinski breaking character on The Office

    John Krasinski breaking character on The Office

    The Office was pure gold. The Jim Halpert and Michael Scott characters were the unstoppable dyads in the series. Behind the scenes, when the comedy dam breaks, John Krasinski’s laughter is contagious as the flu. I love hearing Steve Carell completely lose it over Krasinski’s wincing high-pitched giggles and his explosive belly laughter explode like…

  • Drought-stricken Queensland struggles as a Chinese company moves in to bottle its water

    Drought-stricken Queensland struggles as a Chinese company moves in to bottle its water

    Marc Bain writes at Quartz: Drought has been a chronic issue in southeastern Australia for years. In regions such as southern Queensland, months can pass without rain. Local communities have to ration water or risk running out. Yet a company owned by Chinese investors based in Brisbane still got approved last week to run a commercial water-mining operation in the area.…

  • How Baseballs Are Made

    How Baseballs Are Made

    From the winding of twine around the rubbery-core, to the wrapping of the stretched leather, to the hand-sewn red stitching — it’s a miraculous process to behold. Kind of romantic that they’re still hand-sewn nowadays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBr2tR5pjrE

  • Jim Shaugnessy’s 60-Year Odyssey Photographing the Evolution of the North American Railroad

    Jim Shaugnessy’s 60-Year Odyssey Photographing the Evolution of the North American Railroad

    Allison Meier at Hyperallergic: “Always restless, even daring when he had to be, Shaughnessy worked hard to get in and around the railroad, in all conditions, in all settings,” writes Kevin P. Keefe, former editor-in-chief of Trains magazine, in a book essay. “If the life of a crossing watchman was important, then Shaughnessy shuddered through a subzero night…

  • Word on the Water, a Floating Bookshop in London Kings Cross, Regent’s Canal

    Word on the Water, a Floating Bookshop in London Kings Cross, Regent’s Canal

    The whole idea of a floating bookstore is just so quaint and charming. The interior of Word on the Water is probably exactly what you are imagining. Bobbing up-and-down in London, England at Regent’s Canal, is the utterly unique Word on the Water bookshop. It’s has cozy corners, thick carpets and a complimentary hardwood interior.…

  • Every Two Weeks, a Language Dies

    Every Two Weeks, a Language Dies

    Nina Strochlic at National Geographic writes: Between 1950 and 2010, 230 languages went extinct, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Today, a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker, 50 to 90 percent of them are predicted to disappear by the next century.…