A bumper edition this week and my favourite section is ‘beautiful things’, filled with a plethora of videos from around the world that make the world look appropriately stunning. That, combined with what’s effectively Lonely Planet’s new guide of ‘hot cities for 2016’ – a concept that’s always interesting – has me feeling that the next year’s going to be a very exciting one. Good inspiration for some plotting.
A Guide To New York’s Best Climbing Trees: “Of limited actual use unless you live in New York, but I love the style of this New York Times interactive, as well as the idea of a guide to trees that are good for climbing. Yes, ok, I can see that it’s perhaps a *touch* twee, but come on, climbing trees is ACE and should be done more often.”
I’m Just Walkin’: “One man’s slightly obsessional quest to walk every single street in New York City, about 8,000 miles all-in-all, documented on this site. Photos and anecdotes, uploaded irregularly, abound – I would honestly love to do this in London. I say that, but obviously I’d probably start being a bit selective about the definitional aspects of ‘London’ when I found myself trudging around Enfield at 5pm on a February afternoon.”
Road Trippers: “Not the first thing of this ilk I’ve found, but I’m posting it despite the lack of novelty as I think there’s a HUGE brand opportunity being missed here. The idea is you plug in a start and end point, tell it what you’re interested in seeing along the way, and it gives you a roadtrip route with places of interest based on the criteria you’ve selected. I mean, for example, if you were Michelin why WOULDN’T you do something like this but with restaurants, sorted by price range, cuisine, style, etc? If this already exists, please don’t tell me as I will feel VERY DUMB. If it doesn’t, though, and anyone from Michelin is reading this, that’ll be £5k. Thanks!”
Holiday Memories: Great piece of promo webwork for Love Holidays, pulling together a whole load of stuff around the history of holidaymaking in the British Isles. Not hugely exciting, fine, but nicely made and actually pretty interesting considering it’s just there for marketing purposes.
Stop Googling, let’s talk. “Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel.” Get outside and forget your phone.
Airdonkey: “LIKE AIRBNB BUT FOR ASSES! No, hang on, not that at all. LIKE AIRBNB BUT FOR BIKES! Yes, that’s it. Really clever idea which is currently seeking funding, this lets users set up their bike as a potential by-the-hour rental, which for cities without their own urban bike rental system is a pretty strong idea. I reckon in Amsterdam you could probably subsist off the income from this alone with a large enough fleet of vehicles. I can see this becoming a PROPER THING, though as mentioned with tedious regularity my track record at picking winners through this newsletter is patchy at best (read: laughable).”
Beautiful things (photography, pictures and sound)
Jasper Clarke photographs the cyclists in training at Japan’s Keirin racing academy. Beautiful. (Credit to him for the lead photo)
How Trigger Warnings are hurting mental health of campus. “Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control. One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. ” A lengthy but exceptionally good long read.