Travel Hacks


I’m a sucker for blog posts and websites that dangle the clickbait title of “travel hacks”, but usually it’s the same old common sense stuff any traveler should know. How many times do we have to see so called hacks like “pack your socks into your shoes” or “take a picture of your passport and email to yourself”. Well, this short video, which was sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, actually has a few clever ideas. I love the t-shirt/underwear/sock wrap.

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The Mind Is Like An Iceberg


One hundred years ago Sigmund Freud published his groundbreaking paper titled “The Unconscious”, which revolutionized thinking about the mind. To mark this centenary, this week the Freud Museum London is launching a three-month long celebration to demonstrate how the unconscious mind influences human behavior and thinking.


Along with films and animations, the museum has commissioned the sound-art collective Disinformation to create an audiovisual installation. Visitors will also be invited to spend some time on Freud’s own couch and even participate in an archeological dig in the museum garden.


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It’s Fathers Day in the USA


H/t to Buzzfeed for these very appropriate Game of Thrones themed Fathers Day cards. Apologies to non-GOT fans.







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Like Spotify for books (sort of)


How do you chose your reading material ? Do you ask a friend ? A librarian ? Maybe you only read New York Times bestsellers. Now the pressure is off. You can get book recommendations from some of the best writers in the English language working today. While it’s still in beta, the Alexi app promises to provide “hand-picked” reading suggestions from writers such as Ali Smith, David Mitchell, William Boyd, Maria Semple, Julian Barnes, and John Le Carré.

Alexi says that it is a “curated app for discovery of great books”. It promises to provide meaningful suggestions and thematic lists from both in-house editors and guest curators. And best of all, there’s no pressure to purchase anything—yet.


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Oslo is a Scream


Norwegian artists Steffen Kverneland and Monica Tollnes recently teamed up to bring a street art twist to Edvard Munch’s iconic work “The Scream”. The mural, in central Oslo’s Tøyen neighborhood, is based on a magazine cover by cartoonist and illustrator Kverneland, and it marks the first major street art piece for the pair.



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Colossus NYC


As an artistically challenged person who lives with an extraordinarily talented artist, I am awestruck on a daily basis by the brilliance of creatives. So, it’s no surprise that I was blown away by the amazing video of British artist Patrick Vale’s superb pen and ink, freehand drawing of the New York skyline. The timelapse video, titled “Colossus”, captures each moment of creation of Vale’s stunning triptych.


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Seventy-one Square Miles Seeded With Hustle


The just launched Brooklyn from the Wildsam Field Guide Series describes the New York Borough as “…seventy-one square miles seeded with hustle and grit and leaps of faith”. As the product of more than a century of Brooklynites on both sides of my family. I heartily endorse that notion.


As a travel guidebook, this addition to the growing Wildsam series on U.S. cities is far from comprehensive, but it more than makes up for any shortcomings with creativity and local insights. Just 140 pages, with 45 original illustrations, the book is equal parts travel guide and cultural barometer. It offers wonderful hand-drawn illustrations and maps by Lauren Tamaki, interviews with famous Brooklyn characters, hotel picks, food and drink recommendations, shopping hints, and insightful essays.




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Game of Maps

What could be more fun for a map geek and GOT fan than a compilation of filming location maps and graphics. As the last episode of the season has just aired for the season, I’ll refrain from any spoilers, but what a thrill to see some of the fantastic shooting locales.


The very cool graphic below was created by the travel firm Lawrence of Morocco , and shows highlights of the magnificent places that GOT is filmed. I’m ecstatic at the opportunity to get back to Iceland this summer and the chance to visit a few of the locations there, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir and the cave at Grjotagja.



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Happy Elves Do It


h/t tom gauld

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Globoscope is an immersive traveling installation of sound actuated luminous spheres. Created by the Grenoble-based “artistic laboratory” of Collectif Coin, the peripatetic show originally launched in Lyon last year, moved to the Licht festival in Ghent, Belgium, and most recently surfaced in a park back in Grenoble, France. To discover more about the project, and to find out where it will appear next, check out the website.


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