Benjamin Franklin’s famous formula for success had a lot to do with his schedule: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He even wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty. Others have said that “the early bird gets the worm,” while an old German proverb states “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund” – the early morning has gold in its mouth. Ok, so most people think getting up early is important, but just how much does our entire daily schedule factor into our success? [Read more...]
We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more...]
I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”
And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more...]
In my wildest dreams, my home would be filled with amazing relics from our planet’s history. My shelves would be filled with things like dinosaur fossils and lunar rocks, constant inspiration in every room.
So that may never happen. But now I can have small pieces of those extraordinary things in one portable little display. [Read more...]
As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]
Andy Warhol was an extremely complex figure, with a lot depth in his work and personality – despite his own assertion that all that he was, was on the surface. The creation of the persona and brand ‘Andy Warhol’ was probably his most successful work of art, at least commercially. It is hard to know how much of this was real and how much was constructed. What we can gather about Warhol was that he was an incredibly hard worker and was (at least during his first decade of production) redefining what was possible in a number of different artistic modes. [Read more...]
30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.
The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more...]
Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more...]
Designer Joe Luxton and his brother have been recreating childhood family photographs as their adult selves. Like so many things, we’ve seen this concept a number of times before, but there’s really something about the attention to detail and awkward situations these two have remade that sets this collection apart. [Read more...]
Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more...]