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.
Usually the benefits of quantum computing are difficult to understand unless you’re actively working in the field, but one of the most relatable problems that quantum algorithms could solve better than classical algorithms is the “recommendation” problem. Basically, the question of how services like Netflix or Amazon can find new things you’ll like based on your viewing/browsing habits and community ratings in a reasonable amount of time. Previously, it was believed that quantum algorithms were the only way to solve this problem, but an 18 year old MIT student has developed a way for today’s computers to solve it just as fast.
– Ryan Lefevre, Senior Software Engineer
“Testing – can you hear me?” Aretha Franklin asks as she begins a 1968 performance of “Dr. Feelgood,” as seen in this remembrance from the New York Times. Jon Pareles, Time’s chief popular music critic, walks us through her remarkable career, which spanned five decades and symbolized immense cultural change. In the late 1960s, for instance, “Respect” became an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement; in 2009, she sang at President Obama’s inauguration. We heard you Aretha, we heard you.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
The story here is good: A bunch of park rangers have taught crows in western France to pick up trash by rewarding them with food. Oh, you’ve got a cigarette butt? Here’s something to nibble on. Simple enough. But what’s really great here is the writing. “Rook At This Mess” for the headline? Whoever wrote that deserves a damn Pulitzer. Or a Nobel Prize. Or something. The fact that the writer goes on to quote actual animal experts only adds to the amusement.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
I’m an oat milk fanatic. I started taking my coffee with it last summer, and now stock only Oatly – the Swedish brand that invented oat milk – in my home fridge. While lamenting the recent shortage at my local grocery store, I came across this New Yorker article about Oatly and its steep rise to popularity. Read up on Oatly’s lengthy journey to popularity, from its invention of oat milk in 1994, to being sued by the Swedish dairy lobby, to the extreme demand that caused what I am calling the “Great Oat Milk Shortage of 2018.”
– Ashley Kinder, HODINKEE Shop Manager
Sometimes you have a rough day. Or a rough week. Elon Musk is having a rough…while. It’s hard to bet against the guy, but he’s become pretty erratic of late and it seems like it’s starting to build up for the world-changing billionaire. From tweeting about taking Tesla private to sleeping in the automaker’s factory multiple nights in a row, Elon has been putting himself through the ringer and the story is only getting more fascinating by the minute.
– Frank Roda, Director of Business Development