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In the News 22.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 22.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82

“Mr. de la Renta achieved fame in two distinct realms: as a couturier to socialites — the so-called ladies-who-lunch, his bread and butter — and as a red-carpet king. He also dressed four American first ladies, but it was Hollywood glitz, rather than nice uptown clothes, that defined him for a new age and a new customer.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times



2. Why Instagram Worked

“At first, we were building an app called Burbn, a location-based social network written in HTML5. Burbn was well-liked and had a few passionate daily actives, but it wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Our attempts at explaining what we were building was often met with blank stares, and we peaked at around 1,000 users. For those early adopters, though, it was a new way of sharing what they were doing out in the world. Many of our favorite updates came from friends who posted to Burbn after putting their photos through some early filter apps, compensating for the lower image sensors on phones like the iPhone 3G.”

Read the rest of this article at Backchannel



3. In a Bookstore in Paris

“Strolling up to the store’s early 17th-century building on a one-block stretch of Rue de la Bûcherie, with its small half-plaza in front, its weather-beaten bookstalls, its green-and-yellow façade, its hand-hewn, rustic-looking signage, can feel like entering a time warp to a quieter, older Paris—a little bit Beat Generation, a little bit Victor Hugo.”

Read the rest of this article at Vanity Fair



4. Ron Arad shares his rules for innovative thinking

“Arad has been one of Britain’s best-known designers for more than 30 years and has a global stature to match. In recent years he has had retrospectives at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, MoMA in New York and the Barbican Centre in London. Arad could run a larger operation, signing off designs he had little to do with, but that’s not how he operates.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired


5. Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

“It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when in motion, instead of a force to keep them moving, and so on.”

Read the rest of this article at MIT Technology Review


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.



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