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.*
How to Move a Masterpiece - The Guardian
While admiring artwork at a museum, we often ponder its style, technique, significance, and value. But how often do we think about how that artwork was shipped? It turns out that the logistics of shipping artwork is extremely complicated and astronomically expensive. There are different schools of thought when it comes to shipping priceless masterpieces. Sometimes they are joined by a full motorcade and armed guards, even shutting down roads as they pass through. Other times, the shipment is purposefully made as low key as possible, as to not attract any attention at all. A common practice is to have a courier accompany the shipment “nail to nail”, that is from the moment an artwork is removed from the wall in museum A, until the moment it is hung on the wall of museum B, often halfway around the world. If you want to learn more, read Andrew Dickson’s in-depth article for The Guardian.
- Nicholas Manousos, Technical Editor
The Five Pitches That Would Make the Ultimate MLB Pitcher - ESPN
This past Thursday was opening day for Major League Baseball, which, as a Mets fan, means it's time for my annual five-month slide into accepting that there's always next year. But for now, let's bask in the optimism that comes with warmer weather, drinking a cold beer in front of the TV, and getting really nerdy about other people playing sports. This incredible package from ESPN breaks down some of the best pitchers in the game and why they're able to do what they do so well. It's wild.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
Why Clothing Quality is Declining in Your Favorite Brands - The Kavalier
My close friends and family know that I love clothes (sometimes too much). Recently, I’ve shifted from buying a lot to a little, and the one thing that has dictated that change is quality. Quality, when you can afford it, ensures longevity, humane working conditions, and minimization of any carbon footprint. Unfortunately, quality for most retailers is declining. This video offers insight into the economic strategies behind your favorite brands and why you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.
- Nic Clar, Design Associate*
Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right - after 2,469 years - The Guardian
There's nothing better than a little vindication, and this particular one goes back 2,469 years. The OG historian Herodotus, in his famous work The Histories,*had described some ships he spotted in the Nile during his trip to Egypt that were nothing like any ship he had seen before. And apparently, no historian since had ever encountered a ship like the ones he described... until now with the discovery of a supporting shipwreck. For years, scholars have wondered if they were interpreting his texts incorrectly, but now they have archaeological proof that finally ends the debate.
- Ryan Lefevre, Sr. Software Engineer
Powerful Bering Sea Fireball Spotted from Space in NASA Photos - Space.com
At the beginning of Arthur C. Clark's 1973 sci-fi classic, Rendezvous With Rama,*is the sentence, "Sooner or later, it was bound to happen." The "it" in question is a major meteor strike over a populated area in Italy, which causes mass casualties. That it's only a matter of time before this actually happens is a matter of fact, not conjecture, but it's an easy enough risk to ignore, more or less. However, we've had a couple of close calls in recent years, and last December an asteroid exploded over the Bering Sea with a force equal to 10 Hiroshima bombs. Space.com has the story, along with images of the earth-shattering kaboom captured by the Terra satellite.
- Jack Forster, Editor-In-Chief