Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
Have a tough week a work? That commute getting to you? Well, at least you didn’t swim two miles with your feet bound and your hands tied behind your back. That’s exactly what a 64-year-old in Bulgaria did this week, looking like something of a freakish composite of a dolphin and a giant, writhing hot dog – all in the name of setting a world record.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
Science fiction means futuristic, right? Well, not if your science fiction starts with A Long Time Ago… With that in mind, how do you create a universe which feels both familiar and totally original? In the case of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon, the story includes hamburgers, glued together paint cans, and scrapping your idea entirely at the eleventh hour. Michael Heilemann writes this exhaustive history of designing Han Solo’s spice freighter. As he included in an earlier version of this tale, “new readers, just pretend you know what I’m talking about, you will in about 20,000 words.”
– Brad Slavin, Advertising Manager
22-year-old surf photographer Amber Mozo had travelled all over to shoot some of the most beautiful and well known surf breaks on the planet – with one notable exception. The Banzai Pipeline, or simply “Pipeline,” is one of the most famous (and dangerous) surf reefs in the world. It’s also where Amber’s father, Jon, lost his life chasing and photographing big waves. This short film from Reb Bull Media House is the touching story of Amber’s journey back to Pipeline to confront – and ultimately forgive – the wave that took her father’s life.
– Greyson Korhonen, Associate Producer
It’s easy to forget that as individual consumers we can have a real, tangible impact on what products get made in the future. This not-as-snarky-as-you’d-expect article from Fast Company starts with a case study of a failed business and goes on to look at broader market trends that reinforce the belief that more conscious consumers can actual create more conscious companies – people want to sell you things, after all, and if you’re not buying they’ll change what they’re making. It’s a great piece about the power of more thoughtful consumption.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
Two things in this world are known to be dicey: humor, and user-generated content online. Put the two together and you get a lot of chaff with your wheat, certainly, but not only is there wheat to be found, there are some positive gems out there as well, to stretch the metaphor past its breaking point. A personal favorite of mine is the ongoing project known as SCP (Secure, Contain, Protect) which has as its conceit that there exists a top-secret organization tasked with concealing and containing psychic and supernatural anomalies. Community members contribute entries and most are very serious, but there are a number of humorous entries as well, and one of my favorite involves a rare strain of tomatoes which hurl themselves, violently, in the direction of any audible joke. SCP-504-J, presented for your consideration; first discovered “after a woman reported to the police that her farmer husband had been ‘murdered by his lunch.'” (Bonus: SCP-blank, which reads, in its entirety, “It’s a rock that makes you procrastinate. I’ll finish this later.”)
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief