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In the News 12.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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JOHN HAMMOND WAS a boy of ten when he fell in love with the new music called jazz. Rather than heading home after school to his family’s mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he would jump on an uptown bus and deposit himself, 30 blocks away, in a different world. The world he left behind was monied, white, sedate; the one to which he travelled was poor, black and popping with energy. To John Hammond, it felt like real life. The shop-owners and doormen of Harlem got used to the sight of the skinny white kid in a blue blazer and peaked cap, riffling through records in music stores, flashing a toothy grin at every-one he encountered.

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Complex ideas begin as simple drawings. And data-visualization—the use of visual tools to analyze and present information— is no exception. Readers often imagine the creators of infographics as master programmers and number crunchers. But, many times, their primary design tools are pen and paper.

This creative process is laid bare in the Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks, a fascinating collection of preliminary drawings, unfinished mock-ups and intermediate prototypes that culminate with the finished illustrations.

Read the rest of this article at National Geographic

Does anybody remember when dinner was easy?

Surely there was a distant era in which the desire to eat someplace didn’t guarantee that a thousand people like you also wanted to eat there at the same time; when a Wednesday-night meal didn’t require planning twelve Wednesdays in advance; even when dinner was a mere question of sustenance on the way to a film or concert or other cultural event of the evening. For a long time now, food culture has beenculture. And, for almost as long, that culture has been oversubscribed.

So, let’s begin by conceding there’s a problem here that might need addressing. Not that the quickly expanding army of would-be disrupters of the reservations game is exactly waiting around for an invitation. The names trip off the tongue and clutter the App Store: Reserve, Resy, Killer Rezzy, SeatMe—all lined up to take on OpenTable, that behemoth purveyor of 5:30 and 10:30 seatings. One stands out as potentially revolutionizing not only how you get your table, but the nature of hospitality itself. The software system Tock is the creation of Nick Kokonas, the business partner of Chicago chef Grant Achatz, and its mission is to turn restaurant reservations into prepaid tickets, just like you would buy for a sporting event or a concert.

Read the rest of this article at GQ

By the time it reached Osaka, Japan, in late April, Paul McCartney’s “Out There” tour had been on the road for nearly two years. It had played to close to two million people, from Montevideo to Winnipeg, Nashville to Warsaw, with crowds in Seoul and Marseille and Stockholm still awaiting its arrival. “Out There” succeeded the “On the Run” tour, which itself followed closely on the heels of the “Up and Coming” tour, which began at the start of this decade. I could keep rewinding through his past in this way to make my point about McCartney’s tireless globetrotting, but not with anything like the energy and enthusiasm the man himself can summon for each retrospective spectacular. He plays up to 40 songs at each gig, from a catalogue that stretches back more than 50 years. Each show lasts nearly three hours. The intense demands this places on him would have been remarkable in 1965, when he was 23, so it’s anyone’s guess how he does it now. Not that he shows any signs of stopping, or even slowing down.

There are long breaks in the schedule, of course, and there have been years when McCartney didn’t perform in public at all, but at least since the turn of the century he has been out there (if not, until recently, “Out There”), with much the same band and much the same crew and friends and associates in tow, singing the songs that made him rich and famous and adored, many of which you and everyone you know and millions of people you’ll never meet can sing word for word. Really, who doesn’t know the opening lines to ‘Yesterday’?

Read the rest of this article at Esquire

After a hospital error, two pairs of Colombian identical twins were raised as two pairs of fraternal twins. This is the story of how they found one another — and of what happened next.

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They were two pretty young women in search of pork ribs for a barbecue later that day, a Saturday in the summer of 2013. Janeth Páez suggested that they stop by a grocery store not far from where her friend Laura Vega Garzón lived in northern Bogotá. Janeth’s boyfriend’s cousin, William, a sweet young man with a thick country accent, worked behind the butcher counter there, expertly filleting beef and cutting pigs’ feet that his customers liked to boil with beans. Janeth was sure he would give her and Laura a cut rate on the ribs.

As Laura walked into the grocery store, catching up with Janeth, she was surprised to spot someone she knew. Behind the butcher counter was a colleague from her job at Strycon, an engineering firm. She gave him a big wave. He hardly acknowledged her. ‘‘That’s Jorge!’’ she told Janeth. ‘‘He works in my office.’’ He was a well­liked 24­year­old who worked a few floors up from her, designing pipes for oil transport, so she was surprised to see him waiting on customers in the shop.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times Magazine

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