London Stopover

There are so many things to see and do in London that it would take a lifetime to cover them all. So what would you do with a 24 hour stopover in the British capital? The infographic below from Central London Apartments has an action packed (if slightly unrealistic) plan for a one day whirlwind tour.

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Little Free Airstream

Ink & Bean is a popular coffee spot in Anaheim, California. One of their draws—besides serving Stumptown coffee—is a unique Little Free Library housed in a classic Airstream trailer. Looks like a great spot to hangout just down the road from Disneyland.

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Quiet Mornings at the Museum

Visiting New York City’s great museums can be anything but peaceful, but on the first Wednesday of each month the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) offers a uniquely tranquil opportunity to mindfully experience their artworks. MoMA opens three hours early for those lucky enough to snag tickets online and allows visitors to silently tour select galleries. Then at 8:30 AM there is a guided meditation for 30 minutes led by guest meditation teachers. To learn more and to reserve tickets click here.

images courtesy of MoMA

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Making Great Books Even Better

In conjunction with the TV debut next month of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, the Folio Society has released a new edition of the novel with fantastic illustrations by Gaiman’s longtime collaborator Dave McKean. The beautiful edition includes 12 original illustrations and a decorative slipcase. The bad news is that the edition sells for $120. However, if you’re feeling lucky, the Folio Society is giving away signed copies here.

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Sunday Morning & Nico

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How Airlines Make Money

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How We Live Now

Yesterday morning, the Trump regime announced its first budget blueprint and as expected the plan aims to eviscerate programs that support the arts throughout the United States. The proposed budget, which requires Congressional approval, eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which supports local arts communities in every state, as well as funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Together, these agencies combined amount to just 0.0015% of the Administration’s projected 2018 military spending, where the eliminated arts and education funds will be directed. In the 2017 federal budget, the NEA and NEH are receiving just $148 million each, while the CPB is getting $445 million for more than 350 stations, and the ILMS will get about $230 million. Support for the arts, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting for the entire nation amounts to less than $1 billion. In comparison, military spending this year will be $639 billion—not including hundreds of billions of dollars for “black ops” and intelligence agencies.

To put this in some perspective, the cost for public broadcasting amounts to just $1,35 per U.S. citizen annually.

I’m confident that much of this funding will be replaced by voluntary contributions from private citizens and companies. But we are clearly entering a dark age. Sad.

h/t Scott Listfield

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How To Design Book Covers

h/t Tom Gauld

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They had me at chocolate

New York chocolate guru Jacques Torres has just opened Manhattan’s first chocolate museum in Soho. The Chocolate Museum and Experience focuses on the origins, evolution and cultural significance of the food of the gods. The museum features relevant Mayan, Aztec, and European historical artifacts, chocolate making exhibitions, and multiple chocolate tasting opportunities. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are available online here.

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Love Is A Losing Game

As I get older, I feel the tragic lose of remarkable young artists even more than the greats who died young during my own youth. This is especially true when it comes to the amazingly talented Amy Winehouse. I still get teary when Valerie or Love Is A Losing Game comes on the radio. Still, I look forward to seeing the Jewish Museum of London’s new exhibition titled “Amy Winehouse: Family Portrait”. The two part show features personal memorabilia and a street art trail paying homage to her short and tragic life.

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