Monthly Archives: April 2015

NYC and Philly Optimized

If you follow travel blogs, you have probably seen posts on the optimal road trips through the United States and Europe. The brilliant coder behind these maps is a PhD candidate named Randy Olson. Now he has used the same … Continue reading

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Fantastic Cities

It seems that adult coloring books (no, not that kind) are a thing now. They’re even topping Amazon’s bestseller list. Ontario Canada-based artist Steve McDonald has created a timely coloring book for grown-ups called Fantastic Cities. The highly detailed architectural … Continue reading

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The Perfect Flight

The travel search engine Skyscanner.net surveyed 2,000 travelers regarding their flying preferences and then commissioned mathematician Eugenia Cheng from the University of Sheffield to create the formula for the perfect flight.

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Fly BOAC

 

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How Does Yours Rank

The Passport Index is an interactive website that collects, displays and ranks passports from countries around the world. Passports can be explored by country name, cover color, world map, and by “Passport Power Rank”. Guess who is number 1?  

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Call Allen Ginsberg

I nearly forgot to mention that this is National Poetry Month. To celebrate San Francisco’s literary heritage and to commemorate the Beat Poets, a clever cabal of contemporary hipsters developed the “Call Allen Ginsberg” project. They installed street art pieces … Continue reading

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Sonnet 27

Two years ago, the New York Shakespeare Exchange launched an ambitious, crowdfunded project to create 154 short films based on Shakespeare Sonnets. The Sonnet Project, which features 154 different actors filmed in 154 different New York City locations, aims to … Continue reading

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Hey Taxi

Whether you call them cabs, taxis, jitneys, jeepneys, or hacks, when you need to get somewhere fast they’re worth the price. This infographic from The Taxi Centre compares rides around the world.      

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London G. O. T.

It seems that most people that I know are counting down the hours until the new season of Game of Thrones begins tonight. Although those of us who were early readers of the Ur text are already grumbling about the … Continue reading

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Why Not Brooklyn

When I first heard that there was a store in New York City devoted to the humble pencil, I assumed that it was in Brooklyn—the home of all things artisanal. But surprisingly CW Pencil is located on Forsyth Street in … Continue reading

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