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In the News 18.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 16.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


 

1. The Shape of Things to Come

“In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it belonged to someone else—has described himself as both “deeply, deeply tired” and “always anxious.” When he sits down, on an aluminum stool in Apple’s design studio, or in the cream leather back seat of his Bentley Mulsanne, a car for a head of state, he is likely to emit a soft, half-ironic groan. His manner suggests the burden of being fully appreciated. There were times, during the past two decades, when he considered leaving Apple, but he stayed, becoming an intimate friend of Steve Jobs and establishing the build and the finish of the iMac, the MacBook, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He is now one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company. He sometimes listens to CNBC Radio on his hour-long commute from San Francisco to Apple’s offices, in Silicon Valley, but he’s uncomfortable knowing that a hundred thousand Apple employees rely on his decision-making—his taste—and that a sudden announcement of his retirement would ambush Apple shareholders. (To take a number: a ten-percent drop in Apple’s valuation represents seventy-one billion dollars.) According to Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’s widow, who is close to Ive and his family, “Jony’s an artist with an artist’s temperament, and he’d be the first to tell you artists aren’t supposed to be responsible for this kind of thing.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 

 


2. People Are Animals, Too

Tommy the chimpanzee got his day in court on Oct. 8, 2014. He was unable to attend the hearing in “person”—spending the day, like any other, in a cage at a used trailer sales lot in Gloversville, New York. But an hour’s drive away, in a courtroom in the state capital of Albany, Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project argued that Tommy should indeed be considered a person under New York state law. If so, Patrick and Diane Lavery of Circle L Trailer Sales could be summoned to determine whether they are imprisoning him illegally.

 
Read the rest of this article at BuzzFeed

 

 


3. Exclusive: The Kanye West Interview

“I might as well declare an interest at the start: I think Kanye West is onto something with the Adidas Originals collection he showed in New York last week. Processing the lessons of the two poorly received ready-to-wear collections he showed in Paris in 2011/2012, he has landed on a new approach, almost in the way that many tech startups these days pivot until they find the path to success. The impetus behind his Adidas line, which is essentially to bring the same level of integrity to mass-market clothing that a company like Apple brings to its products, seems to me a valid and timely one. It’s too early to say if he will succeed—among other things, there is the irony of one of the most visible people on the planet looking to produce clothing that’s almost invisible in its utilitarianism—but when you look at what else exists in the market, I wouldn’t bet against him. Of course, with West, things never proceed in a straightforward manner, and some of his message was lost in the furor around the show in New York. Two days after the presentation, I sat down with him at the Mercer Hotel in New York to talk about his Adidas plans, his insistence that he doesn’t listen to what critics say about him (not always true in my experience), and why he’s opposed to the elitism of luxury fashion. He started by pulling up some images of the collection that had just been shot in the studio.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Style.com

 

 


4. Snowfall Blues

The best musician you’ve never heard of was born in Buffalo and grew up in Ohio and western New York. He started singing as a child in rural Elyria in northern Ohio, a place he described as a “wartime world” of chickens and country music playing on a radio at all hours. He performed, a kindergartener, as the youngest member of his church choir. Then his family moved back to New York, to the snowy town of Cheektowaga. He began playing the guitar as a kind of physical therapy: On March 31, 1954, part of his elementary school, the Cleveland Hill School, went up in flames after a coal furnace exploded. The furnace was below the music room, where eleven-year-old Jackson C. Frank sat in music class at the time.

 
Read the rest of this article at VQR

 

 


5. Too Many Worlds

“Despite its shaky foundations, quantum mechanics is extraordinarily successful. In fact you’d be hard pushed to find a more successful scientific theory. It can predict all kinds of phenomena with amazing precision, from the colours of grass and sky to the transparency of glass, the way enzymes work and how the Sun shines.”

 
Read the rest of this article at aeon

 

 


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