Jack Schulze and Timo Arnall on the importance of material exploration and experience design

I liked this bit:

I’ve always been interested in technologies that are widespread and a bit boring. A good example of this is the pager motor. It’s the component inside your phone that makes it vibrate. There are about 3 billion smartphones running right now, and if you think about every mobile phone that has been manufactured since about 2000, they all had pager motors in them, which means on Earth there must be 10 billion motors of this kind. They almost never burn out and are incredibly efficient. They’re amazingly well made pieces of technology.

How to Start Knitting (and Learn to Love It)

I do, however, want to dispel the notion that some people aren’t “crafty” and therefore can’t knit. Anyone can! It doesn’t take some special crafting gene, and you don’t need superhuman dexterity (or even a lot of patience). You just need to follow a few basic rules and, most important, you have to want it.

12 years ago today I signed up to a website called twttr.

Salvage Beast

With roughly 100,000 large merchant ships in the water at any time, scores sink, burn, break apart, run aground, or explode each year—often with toxic consequences. It is Captain Nick Sloane’s job to board troubled vessels and salvage what he can. Against heavy odds, he recently refloated the doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia.

Go fishing

There is nothing worse than sitting at a desk all day. And there is nothing better than being in or near water with a long stick attached to some kind of cord.

How to spot a perfect fake: the world’s top art forgery detective

Leaving straight forgeries aside, any discussion about the “authenticity” of an artwork opens suddenly, like a trapdoor, into the murk of semantics. On the sliding scale of attribution that art historians use – painted by; hand of; studio of; circle of; style of; copy of – each step takes the artist further from the painting.

Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast

[E]verywhere Bourdain goes young cooks greet him as “Chef.” When I asked him if that felt strange, he bristled slightly. “Look, I put in my time, so I’m not uncomfortable with it,” he said. “What makes me uncomfortable is when an actual working chef who cooks better than I’ve ever cooked in my life calls me Chef.”

This is a great article.

Why does a spray bottle work?

I took apart a simple spray bottle to see how it kept fluid flowing only in one direction from the reservoir to the nozzle. It does so with simple check valves made of two pieces of plastic, a spring, and a small sphere. It’s a simple way to solve a tricky problem.

The Calmest iPhone Yet

Because we each will be in control of these settings on our own iPhones, Apple isn’t telling us there is a specific right or wrong way. They are simply saying that, perhaps, contestant use isn’t the best use.

The improvements to the Do Not Disturb functionality in iOS 12 look great.

Tacos from Tortilleria El Pastor

Tortilleria El Pastor
58 Stanworth Street, London SE1 3NY

Don’t Eat Before Reading This

In the early seventies, I dropped out of college and transferred to the Culinary Institute of America. I wanted it all: the cuts and burns on hands and wrists, the ghoulish kitchen humor, the free food, the pilfered booze, the camaraderie that flourished within rigid order and nerve-shattering chaos.

By Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain, 1956 – 2018

Is there an app that let’s you do crosswords with friends? There should be.