- With this genome I thee wed. [Gary Robbins]
- Store Closing: the death of brick and mortar retail. [Marty Manley]
- The loneliness of Black Friday. [Paul Hiebert]
- Does your dog love you back? [Jason G. Goldman]
- Valley Guy, a photo essay: [Alec Soth]
- Why Twitter buying MoPub is a very big deal. [Antonio Garcia]
- Firms race to transmit Wall Street data at nearly light speed. [Andrew Tangel]
- How to eat curry. [The Guardian]
- ‘Algorave’ is the future of dance music (if you’re a nerd.) [Daniel Dylan Wray]
- How Wall Street has turned housing into a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme — again. [Laura Gottesdiener]
From Bill Moyer’s website: “Scholar Henry Giroux says America’s current political system is leading to a culture where people are so focused on surviving, they become like ‘the walking dead.’” Giroux is the author of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism.
- Computer gets smarter by looking at photos all the time. [CMU]
- Quantum light harvesting hints at entirely new form of computing. [MIT Tech Review]
- WWD Editor writes back to fashion industry: Don’t Ask. [WWD]
- What are you going to stop doing in 2014? [Brad Feld]
- The value of music vs the value of a fan. [Topspin]
- Meet the Blackberry wizard who mastered Android. [The Register]
- Pictures of success: Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel. [Jennifer Van Grove]
- Animals were harmed. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- GoldieBlox, fair use and the cult of disruption. [Felix Salmon]
- Is the game of cricket a model for surviving the 21st century? [Mathias Crawford]
This Thanksgiving Weekend, San Francisco any many other cities will get a chance to see perhaps one of the most iconic, ironic and interesting films of 2013: The Great Beauty. They are calling La Grande Bellezza a shoo-in for the best foreign film at the Academy Awards. It looks spectacular and the reviews match the hype. Here are some articles and reviews on the film, that are worth reading. I am assuming you folks read the big papers like the New York Times:
- The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty [Daily Beast]
- Is Paolo Sorrentino like Fellini? Even Better. [The New Republic]
- Paolo Sorrentino talks “The Great Beauty.” [Wild Magazine]
- Roman Holidays. [The Nation]
- Bella Italia [The Oxford Student]
Needless to say that I will be going to see this movie. One thing that caught my eye when checking out the publicity stills and watching the trailers was the quality of the outfits worn by lead character, Jep Gambardella played by Toni Servillo. The character is a writer — so less formal than bankers and business men. Jep in older — 65. He is a lothario, and a bit of a peacock. And yet the outfits he wore were subtle and sophisticated.
Fantastically tailored and resplendent sports jackets, pocket squares that contrasted well with those jackets, shirts in basic whites, great shoes and matching pants. The sports costs are really Neapolitan jackets made by Cesare Attolini, probably one of the best menswear tailors in the world.
What is the difference between classic (say British) sports coats and Neapolitan jackets?
Neapolitan jackets have a wonderful the soft shoulder (with no or minimal canvas lining) that is much like a shirt shoulder, have larger arms, winder lapels and are shorter than say a British jacket. They have a boat shaped breast pocket with double stitch and jackets also support patch packets. They have buttons that can be unbuttoned.
They are lighter, softer and airier and feel more casual. If I can afford to buy them, I would only wear those every day — especially now as I am entering the grown up phase of my life. The whole look supported by Toni Servillo makes perfect sense for anyone who is lucky enough to live in mostly Mediterranean climate. But I think it would work in Northern California as well — get a light coat for the evenings.
Check out these fantastic photos — courtesy of Janus Films.
- Coin (a money-focused startup) builds a bridge, but can it cross the divide? [UX Magazine]
- Did you learn anything useful in VC? [Sarah Tavel]
- The end of private cloud – 5 stages of loss and grief. [John Treadway]
- A neuroscientist’s radical theory of how networks become conscious. [Brandom Keim]
- Sex in the senate. [Politco Magazine]
- My smartphone contacts the network 10 times per hour when it is idle. [Martin Sauter]
- Marvel, a super-simple framework to create mobile and web prototypes. [Murat Mutlu]
- Still on Facebook, but finding less to like. [Jenna Wortham]
- Kickstarter and the gate keepers. [Michael Galinsky]
- Happy Thankgivinukkah. [Ben Blatt]
Lug soles on classic shoes/boots are like the denim-leggings: an atrocity committed on good taste and appreciation of decorum. #via