Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Is Everyone Writing A Novel ?

New York City-based artist, writer and composer Cory Arcangel started an innocuous Twitter feed called “Working On My Novel” two years ago. Using only retweets of the phrase, Arcangel has just published a book which pulls together a curated selection … Continue reading

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Zippy Among the Sluggish (it’s all relative)

Between April 1 and June 15, 2014, the folks at wefi , a national network analytics firm, collected data from millions of public wifi hotspots around the U.S.. Based on 45 day average speeds, they’ve determined the fastest wifi in … Continue reading

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Monday is majorly miscellaneous

French Lessons What comes Afterglobe ? Isn’t a great bookstore worth traveling for ? See if these inspire. Venice is a time machine. Do you know the French Raymond Chandler ? If you can’t reach me, I’ll be spending the … Continue reading

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I Like Big Books

Founded in 1980, Pioneer Book store in Provo, Utah carries a wide selection of used, antiquarian, rare and out-of-print titles from the 17th through 21st centuries. Last week the popular bookshop unveiled its wonderful new façade featuring a huge bookshelf … Continue reading

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Altered Books

Minneapolis-based artist Joseph Decamillis resuscitates discarded old books by reworking the covers with inserted miniature oil paintings on copper and steel plates. Decamillis’ work transforms the volumes into sculptural pieces while adding a new narrative dimension with his postage stamp … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Alternatives

This guest post is from Rotterdam resident and blogger Michael Afanasyev. You can follow Michael at his own blog Small European Country Amsterdam alternatives Every major tourist destination has the “big ones”, the things everybody wants to see – like … Continue reading

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How To Beat Jet Lag

Over the years, I’ve tried just about every reasonable suggestion (plus some farfetched ideas) on how to beat jet lag with little success. Maybe the tips on this infographic from the British travel experts Thomas Cook could help?

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One City in Five Hours

I was looking for city maps for an upcoming Canada trip when I stumbled across a witty and entertaining series of hand-drawn maps with mini-guides. Each of the two dozen or so “One City, Five Hours” guides was illustrated by … Continue reading

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Chocolate Joy Generator

We’ve posted stories on pop-up vending machines that offered free coffee in airports, free beer, free sodas and even free chocolate. Now the Australian branch of the Cadbury candy company has rolled-out the “Joy Generator”, a vending installation that dispenses … Continue reading

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A Very Big Art Show

More than 38,000 Britons voted on artwork which will form a vast nationwide exhibition scattered throughout the UK starting today and running until August 31st. Art Everywhere consists of thirty thousand billboards, posters and bus stop displays around the country … Continue reading

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