I’ve been wondering since I started this blog if I should do a regular roundup of other web pages I find interesting. On one hand, I’m reluctant to add another “weekly links” series to the blogosphere. Since the style/lifestyle blog market is already so saturated, I’m really trying to limit my posting of the types of content you see in lots of other places. I figure that since so many other people do “Five Things” or “favorite links” type posts, I have a limited ability there to make an impact or establish myself as a credible voice.
On the other hand, I’m not a specialist in much. Beyond comparing denim washes and choosing typefaces, I don’t have expertise in a lot of the areas that I’d like to include in a blog about my interests. The great thing about being a journalist and/or content creator now is that I no longer have to be a specialist to create a valuable publication. Journalism today is as much–or more–about curating quality content from other places as it is about creating that content myself. Learning how to source and curate content is just as important as learning to write it.
With that long-winded justification in mind, here goes a new series focused on sharing the most interesting ideas I come across within the week. I hope these pieces will give you some food for thought, or at least some talking points for conversations where you’d like to sound more informed than you are (because let’s all be honest here, that’s most conversations). Get in the know with G(abriella) and Do(lce) below (haaaaa get it?? I rhyme??)
Futura forever, photo from Death to the Stock Photo
TO JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION: Everyone’s reading this New Republic article by a former Yale professor denouncing not only the Ivy League but the entire “elite” educational system. Tl;dr: the pressure to construct the perfect resume and college application is euthanizing the souls of America’s youth. We’ve constructed an oppressive, race/class/gender-biased educational system that makes social mobility beyond difficult and discourages the pursuit of true learning and personal growth in high school and college.
Reactions to the article are divided. Some dismiss the polemical tone of the article as, in my friend Michael’s words, “butthurt.” Carly Heitlinger over at The College Prepster pointed out that the author “definitely has an agenda.” While that’s true, many of his points resound with my own observations and frustrations with the college application process. As a scholarship student at an elite private school, I witnessed the SAT-coaching, resume-padding fervor at its highest level…and, to be quite honest, hated what I saw. That’ll be its own post someday.
TO JOIN IN THE FUN: The Internet is having a great time making fun of my woman crush Blake Lively’s new shopping website, Preserve. This article by Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel with a hilarious and optimistic twist on the situation sums up the best, most scathing critiques.
A shot from Preserve.us (are we supposed to read that phonetically?) Twitter, @SamuelAAdams.
TO MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER: I love lists in every form. The queen bee of lists, in my book, is the to-do list. Here, the Huffington Post gives six great pointers to make every day’s list more effective.
TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW: See this incredible video I found on my Twitter feed today about the history of typography. In five minutes of adorable stop-motion, The Atlantic’s Ben Barrett-Forrest teaches typography fundamentals and introduces the world’s most influential fonts. Think of this video like chia seeds: a small part of your daily Internet diet packed with nutritious information.
TO WIN BIG: Make a Pinterest board full of color inspiration and submit it to Rescue Beauty Lounge for a chance to co-create a custom nail polish color with “polish mixologist” Ji Baek. Manicure addicts, this is your chance to make a dream come true.
How cool is this example of Adam Harvey’s CV Dazzle? Twitter, @vincent_vella.
TO SOUND EDGY TO THAT HIPSTER: Mention this story by The Atlantic‘s Robinson Meyer about his attempt to camouflage his face from facial recognition software. He used a special technique called, wonderfully, “computer vision dazzle,” or “CV dazzle” for short. Invented by designer Adam Harvey while studying at NYU, CV dazzle uses avant-garde hair and makeup styling to mess up the way computers are able to read and identify the contours of the face. Props for looking awesome and being called “dazzle.”
TO GET INSPIRED: Watch this short video by Citizen Watches. In just over 90 seconds, it charts the evolution of the wristwatch, from the tick-tock of the very first one to today’s finest luxury model. The filming is very cool, as director Johan Kramer used a different vintage camera to shoot the scenes from each time period for an authentic retro look. The best part, though, is the saying at the end of each scene: every time a new upgrade for the watch is created, “The End” flashes across the screen. But then in the next scene, something new and even better is discovered. It’s a great reminder that every design is part of a constantly evolving world, and while nothing we create is permanent, every innovation is an important building block toward the next great discovery.
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