We’re back with yet another installment of the Weekend Round-Up. To say it’s been a strange week in the news would be an understatement, but there are still tons of fun, uplifting, and in no way problematic stories for you to read on a lazy Saturday morning. Check out the below, tune out the news cycle, and just relax.
Photography just has a way of conveying what words just sometimes cannot – a way of illustrating worlds and circumstances that we, in our respective bubbles, are often oblivious to. Nobody does it like National Geographic and William Daniels’ shot of the woman at a refugee camp in Bangladesh ( #31) is particularly powerful.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
This podcast is always outstanding, and the latest episode is about one of my all-time favorite movies, David Fincher’s Zodiac. The hosts cover everything from why this incredible flick was snubbed by the big awards, how the performances hold up, and how it’s more of a workplace procedural than a crime thriller. Watch the movie, then give it a listen.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
For those of us into overly-engineered, extravagantly-expensive feats of human ingenuity, this explanation of why LA’s Getty Center chose not to evacuate its priceless art collection even as embers from the nearby Skirball wildfire licked at the front door is a fun (quick) read.
– Walker Tovin, Associate Designer
The astronomical clock of Jens Olsen deserves to be better known. An incredibly complex timepiece whose designer was inspired by the great astronomical cathedral clock in Strasbourg. The slowest turning wheel in the clock rotates once every 25,753 years (showing one full cycle of the precession of the Equinoxes – that is, the wobble of Earth on its axis).
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
This story shines a light on a superannuated technology found in some of New York’s oldest apartment buildings. The last time I was in an elevator that required manual “leveling” by a trained operator was in my father’s office in the mid-80s. Even back then the whole thing was akin to entering a time capsule.
– Jon Bues, Senior Editor