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In the News 30.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 30.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 30.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

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THE BRAIN SURGERY lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. In the afternoon, after the anesthesia had worn off, the neurosurgeon came in, removed his wire-frame glasses, and held them up for his bandaged patient to examine. “What are these called?” he asked.

Phil Kennedy stared at the glasses for a moment. Then his gaze drifted up to the ceiling and over to the television. “Uh … uh … ai … aiee,” he stammered after a while, “… aiee … aiee … aiee.”

“It’s OK, take your time,” said the surgeon, Joel Cervantes, doing his best to appear calm. Again Kennedy attempted to respond. It looked as if he was trying to force his brain to work, like someone with a sore throat who bears down to swallow.

Meanwhile, the surgeon’s mind kept circling back to the same uneasy thought: “I shouldn’t have done this.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired

Modern Grief

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FOR THE PAST few months I have been searching through tweets, emails, Facebook posts, and text messages for a missing person. He isn’t a stranger. He’s my husband and the father of my two children. And he’s not really missing. He’s dead.

Often, late at night after I put our kids to bed, I begin my hunt for Jonathan. I reread emails about mundane dental appointments or brunch dates. “Whose job is more important today? ” reads one, sent when a child needed to be picked up early. I linger over quick asides, our kids’ pet names, and his simple sign-off, “love JJ.” Each time I find another morsel, some note that makes me smile, I can almost hear him. But I know I am trying to do the impossible: to reanimate the love of my life word-by-word, tweet-by-tweet, text-by-text.

My husband was a writer. His voice, no matter what the medium, was distinctive and clear. He made wry observations in a few crisp words. We met in journalism school in Winnipeg. “I am strangely attracted to a badly dressed man,” I thought when I first met him. He needed a haircut, and he wore runners and rugby shirts he got from playing the game. I hated sports. We took the same car pool, where our daily commute became a rolling, laughing ride through the streets. Jonathan’s biting wit earned him the sarcastic moniker, Sunshine.

At school we learned about interviewing, accuracy, and storytelling while meeting high-pressure deadlines. We both ended up interning at a local newspaper where only one computer was connected to the Internet—and using it was regarded as a suspicious waste of time. Email was new.

Read the rest of this article at The Walrus

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The Ethical City: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Globally, there is intense discussion about the future of urban life through the World Urban Campaign. The central proposition is that:

… the battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.

Presumably, this is predicated on the fact that 54% of the world’s people live in cities, where 70% of global GDP is generated. By 2050 the urban population will have risen to 66%.

In parallel, following the Paris climate agreement, major cities are committing to measures designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The poster for this campaign should read “Coming to your city soon”.

It is clear 2016 will be the “urban year” as the global community prepares for the Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador, this October.

At Habitat III, governments will agree an urban agenda to guide global urban development over the next 20 years. The agenda is taking shape through preparatory meetings (the next one is in Indonesia in July), as well as regional and thematic meetings.

Read the rest of this article at The Conversation

iPhone, therefore I am

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STEVE JOBS once visited an apple orchard while on a fruitarian diet, and it gave him the idea for the name of the company that he, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne went on to found. Jobs thought the name would make the company seem quirky, approachable and fun. Its popular, highly profitable products have helped make it the world’s most valuable company for nearly five years. However, questions are growing about its shelf life.

On January 26th Apple announced profits for its most recent quarter of $18.4 billion, more than any listed firm worldwide has yet made in a three-month period. However, the good news was overshadowed by Apple’s warning of a sharp fall in revenues in the current quarter. In the past six months its shares have fallen by over 20%, more than double the decline in the S&P 500 index, on fears that sales of the iPhone, which provides most of the firm’s revenues and profits, have peaked. Is it only a matter of time before Apple (worth around $550 billion) is overtaken by Alphabet, Google’s parent ($500 billion)?

Read the rest of this article at The Economist

Virgil Abloh: from Pyrex to Paris

Kanye’s creative director has gone from making graphic t-shirts on a laptop to showing at fashion week – he discusses his accidental journey into the industry, and why Raf Simons is ‘the greatest designer of our time’

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“I look at my job, or mission, or passion, as defining streetwear,” remarks Virgil Abloh. “It’s a term that I always say could end up like disco if not handled well… I’m trying to see how far I can push it.” He pauses and steps away to snap a picture of a model in a tailored Off-White coat who’s about to be shot for his label’s AW16 lookbook. Rails upon rails of samples surround us, the room packed with stylists, make-up artists, photography equipment and a slew of people with no apparent role. In short, it’s a scene of chaos. “This is my version of working a desk job,” he smiles.

We retire to an office crammed with boxes, which feels utterly serene in comparison to next door. 24 hours earlier, Abloh took his first bow as a designer at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, displaying a collection that merged his unique street sensibility with undulating overcoats and refined elements of tailoring. Set on an industrial orange runway, with a youthful, unisex cast, it was an accomplished display for someone who is still very much regarded as a newcomer by the world of fashion. Entitled “Don’t Cut Me Off,” the collection was undoubtedly a triumph for Abloh and Off-White; although there were elements that referenced past collections, this was a far more ambitious proposal than anything he had previously shown. Spliced, oversized car coats sat alongside exaggerated printed bomber jackets, which were a far cry from the screen-printed t-shirts that many believe define his work.

Those who turned out to support Abloh also reflected the unique position that he occupies within his field. His bow at the end was hijacked by Ian Connor – the stylist and creative director of A$AP Rocky who embodies the brash youthfulness of streetwear. Meanwhile,Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing watched on, embracing the designer at the end of the show. It was an unusual coming together of seemingly disparate fashion worlds, but then again, Off-White has always made a point of occupying a hard-to-define middle ground between high and low brow.

Reclining in a black leather office chair, Abloh considers his wayward path into the industry. “I never made the conscious decision to be a designer,” the 35-year-old Chicagoan admits (in fact, he formally trained in Engineering before earning a master’s degree in Architecture). “I just had an exorbitant amount of ideas; fashion design is a place for people like that because there are a lot of decisions to make.”

Read the rest of this article at Dazed

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