We’re churning out so many of these that it helps me to think of them in weekly packages. To that end, I thought I’d do a round-up thingy at the end of each week to talk about that we did. There’s no thematic thru-line here (though we do have a lot of things about the arctic coming up, for some reason), just five stories and five big ideas from Lissette and I.
MONDAY,The Kid Who Invented A Braille Printer Out of Legos: Ok, Shubhamb Banerjee is only 13 and he’s already way more of a badass than me (it’s a low bar). He used his Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit to build a printer that can turn any document into Braille. All I can build is a house. :(
TUESDAY, The Fight To Save New York Subway Dancers: If you live in New York City, you’ve seen the Litefeet Dancers. Last year, the NYPD decided to crack down on them big time, but this puts yet another NYC underground art movement at risk. Yeah, on bad days, when all I wanted was to shut the world out, the dancers could be annoying, but I’d be sad to see them go. Also, where do they practice? Some Oceans 11 subway car replica?
WEDNESDAY, The Child Prodigy That Time Forgot: I came across this story from a tweet by John Green, linking to a Lapham’s article about Barbara Newhall Follett, the 12-year-old novelist who wrote a few not-just-for-a-kid amazing books, then disappeared forever at 25. Spooky. Also, find her book, The House Without Windows, and read it. So good.
THURSDAY, The Hunt For Europe’s Great Lost Typeface: Disclosure: I’m fucking obsessed with fonts. I don’t know why, I just am. So this story about Cobden Sanderson (favorite name of the week) and Doves Press sucked me in right away. The dude dumped his font into the Thames river 100 years ago and it was lost…until now! This one’s for my typogra-freaks.
FRIDAY, What Makes Social Movements Work: Lissette’s only piece for the week, but a killer one. I think about this issue a lot, actually. How do we judge whether social movements are successful? Occupy Wall Street got so much flak for not knowing what it wanted, for not having a solid objectives. It’s still debatable whether that’s something you need to have, but One Billion Rising, the women’s rights movement Lissette talks about here, is very practical in its approach and makes a real difference for women in the world.
Yay! Overall, I think this is a good crop of stories and ideas. These are the stories we’d be reading about and discussing even if we didn’t have this show. We just like to think about stuff. We find that fun.
Enjoying this really interesting Pinot Grigio out of Santa Barbara with my owl buddy here! Tropical fruit gummies, apples, mango skin, and a hint of petrol on the nose. Fuller body than most Pinot Grigios out there with pears, apples, and tropical fruit on the palate. Nice rich feel. Would go great with citrusy seafood, grilled calamari, and mango salsa!