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In the News 10.08.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


The 2015 WIRED 100


We reveal the 100 most influential individuals in the wider WIRED world, as nominated by more than 200 people in our network. The only rules for nomination to the WIRED 100 are that the individuals must have a strong European connection, if not a base here; and they are being judged on their influence today, rather than historic achievements or funding raised.

For the WIRED 100, as in each of the past five years, we wanted to identify not success nor wealth, but influence: that special ability to touch the culture, to build scalable success, to connect millions of people. From investors to inventors, engineers to e-commerce innovators, we collated hundreds of suggestions on little paper tabs (paper!) on our office walls, and with the input of the WIRED team put them in order. We excluded anyone from Condé Nast for avoidance of conflict, as well as names not closely linked to Europe.

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How Apple’s Transcendent Chihuahua Killed the Revolution


Think back to 2007, when you got the first iPhone. (You did get one, didn’t you? Of course you did.) You don’t need me to remind you that it was a shiny object of impressive design, slick in hand and light in pocket. Its screen was bright and its many animations produced endless, silent “oohs” even as they became quickly familiar. Accelerometer­triggered rotations, cell tower triangulations (the first model didn’t have GPS yet), and seamless cellular/WiFi data transitions invoked strong levels of welcome magic. These were all novelties once, and not that long ago. What you probably don’t remember: that first iPhone was also terrible.

Practically unusable, really, for the ordinary barrage of phone calls, text messages, mobile email, and web browsing that earlier smartphones had made portable. And not for the reasons we feared before getting our hands on one—typing without tactile feedback wasn’t as hard to get used to as BlackBerry and Treo road warriors had feared, even if it still required a deliberate transition from t9 or mini­keyboard devices—but rather because the device software was pushing the limits of what affordable hardware could handle at the time..

Read the rest of this article at Longreads

The Big, Funny, Tragic Life of Chris Farley


Chris Farley, who died in 1997, at the age of thirty-three, from an overdose of opiates and cocaine, was the greatest physical comedian of his generation, a manic cannonball who could appear surprisingly athletic one moment and perilously ungainly the next, as likely to pull off a nifty cartwheel as he was to obliterate a piece of furniture. He was always big—plainly and dangerously overweight, owing in part to his genes and in part to his massive appetites for food and alcohol—and his thick neck and huge gut, stacked atop a pair of comparatively dainty legs, were a central part of his appeal. He shouted big, sweated big, laughed big, and fell down big.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

Stakes Is High: Drake Ghostwriting Accusations Matter More Than You Think


The first weekend of August saw the coronation of a new King of Hip-Hop. Like all transitions of power, it had been years in the making and orchestrated by powers both seen and unseen.

For some, Aubrey Drake Graham, the Canadian former child actor circling around the hip-hop throne for years, had long been the King, and all that was left was the inauguration ceremony. For others, it was a moment of acquiescence — that after all of the hits, the sales, the hits, the record-breaking chart appearances, the hits, the ubiquity, the popularity and the hits, Drake had become undeniable by not only his sheer undeniability, but by the sheer undeniability of his swift and total dominance over friend-turned-rival Meek Mill, over the course of a week and a half, for no king is King with only power reserved; power must be actualized and demonstrated. For others still, it was moment of sad resolution, a hip-hop version of the 2000 or 2004 presidential election — something they’ll forever believe was won under the most questionable of circumstances, but will not speak on in mixed company, for fear of being labeled a loon, a conspiracy theorist, a hater or simply out of touch with the times.

Read the rest of this article at NPR

The Curious Case of the Bog Bodies

Who will say ‘corpse’
to his vivid cast?
Who will say ‘body’
to his opaque repose?
—Seamus Heaney, “Grauballe Man” (1975)


One Saturday in the spring of 1950, brothers Viggo and Emil Højgaard from the small village of Tollund, in Denmark, were cutting peat in a local bog when they uncovered a dead man. He looked as though he had only just passed away. His eyelashes, chin stubble, and the wrinkles in his skin were visible; his leather cap was intact. Suspecting murder, the brothers called the police in nearby Silkeborg, but the body wasn’t what it seemed.

Cracking the case required a special breed of forensic analysis. Famed Danish archaeologist Peter V. Glob, from the University of Aarhus, arranged for the body, along with its bed of peat, to be excavated and transferred to the Silkeborg Museum in a giant wooden box. An examination of the contents of the dead man’s stomach suggested—and radiocarbon dating later confirmed—that he had lived during the third century B.C., in the pre-Roman Iron Age. For more than 2,000 years, Tollund Man, as the corpse became known, had lain at the bottom of the bog, nearly untouched by time, as all of recorded history marched forward over his head.1

Since the 18th century, the peat bogs of Northern Europe have yielded hundreds of human corpses dating from as far back as 8,000 B.C. Like Tollund Man, many of these so-called bog bodies are exquisitely preserved—their skin, intestines, internal organs, nails, hair, and even the contents of their stomachs and some of their clothes left in remarkable condition. Despite their great diversity—they comprise men and women, adults and children, kings and commoners—a surprising number seem to have been violently dispatched and deliberately placed in bogs, leading some experts to conclude that the bogs served as mass graves for offed outcasts and religious sacrifices. Tollund Man, for example, had evidently been hanged.

Read the rest of this article at Nautilus

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