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.
It turns out that the picture most of us have in our heads of the marble statues and temples that were so prevalent in the ancient world is probably inaccurate. Recent developments have shown that these works of art were likely decorated with bright colors and had varying skin-tones (some were even plated with gold!). For decades, when scientists and archeologists have uncovered ancient sculpture and ruins, they have scrubbed away any traces of pigment that survived the centuries. The question about whether or not statues were monochrome or polychrome isn’t just about aesthetics: complex political and moral issues based on the conventional wisdom that the ancients were primarily “white” are wrapped up in this colorful debate.
– Adam Becker, HODINKEE Shop Associate
This year, the remote resort town of Cholpon Ata on the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan hosted the World Nomad Games – a five day event that includes seven varieties of wrestling, intelligence games, and displays of strength and pure showmanship. From horseback archery, horseback wrestling and hunting with eagles to Kok Boru (you’ll have to read the article to find out what this is), the event has garnered attention throughout the years mostly for the uniqueness and barbarism of its sports but also for the allure of the Kyrgyz people, a culture with roots in the empires of Ghengis Khan, Tamerlane, and Alexander The Great.
– David Aujero, Associate Producer
Deep in the desert of South Australia, a long way from anywhere, is the community of Coober Pedy. It’s a mining town, known for the rainbow-colored opal its few thousand residents search for underground. But the most interesting part? Because of the intense heat of the Australian Outback, the residents also live underground. Chilean photographer Tamara Merino takes us there.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
I’ve been a longtime fan of photographer Tom Blachford’s unusual nocturnal photography. His series (and book) Midnight Modern takes the familiar mid-century landscape of Palm Springs and the surrounding areas and shows it in an entirely new way – lit only by the full moon and shot with long exposures. Blachford’s more recent work takes the Japanese capital as its subject, and the same approach makes the massive city look like the setting for dystopian fiction of the most captivating kind. If you wondered whether or not the future was here, this ought to answer your question.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
Ever wonder why a cool fall day feels chillier than a spring day at the same temperature? I’ve always put this odd sensation down to my changing perspective, that I was comparing fall with summer, spring with winter. But according to a story in the Times science section, there may be a much more complex – and interesting – biological factor at play. It posits that thermoreceptors in one’s skin and the hypothalamus in one’s brain adapt their the body’s response to climate over time. So that glorious first day of spring isn’t just in your head. It’s in your skin as well.
– Jon Bues, Senior Editor