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.
The Man Who Solved ‘Jeopardy!’ – Five
A daily moment of zen can take many forms - a morning matcha, a podcast on your commute, a book in bed at night... For me, it's whenever I manage to find 30 minutes to zone in to Jeopardy! and test how much I really know. While Alex Trebek, the show's long-time affable Canadian host continues to battle cancer, another Jeopardy! headline has emerged this season. James Holzhauer has now (as of Friday afternoon) won 21 games, the second longest run in the history of the show, and displays no signs of slowing down as he climbs towards Ken Jennings' all-time record with alarming velocity. Not only is James winning, he's doing so in record fashion, owning the seven richest games ever. Fivethirtyeight breaks down his strategy as the contestant who has managed to take the famed gameshow, now in its 35th season, to its logical conclusion.
Bradley Slavin, Advertising Manager
Are Restaurant Chairs Getting More Comfortable? – Bon Appetit
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good chair. I also love a good conversation about a chair, a good photo of a chair, and a good article about a chair. This kinda ticks all the boxes. The folks at Bon Appetit (who have been killing it lately) did a deep dive into the seats you occupy at restaurants and how they've been changing at the latest crop of hip restaurants. It might sound silly, but it turns out this is serious business. Your butt will thank you.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
The Stolen Kids Of Sarah Lawrence – The Cut*
A harrowing exposé of a con man, manipulator, and cultist that took multiple bright college students at Sarah Lawrence college under his wing, creating a path of destruction behind him. It's a fascinating look into how a cult starts and evolves over time as the leader, Larry Ray, manipulates reality to his advantage. This one is a long read, and a bit dark, but I highly recommend it.
Ryan LeFevre, Senior Software Engineer
When Wildfires Break Out, This Elite Team Of ‘Smokejumpers’ Parachute In – National Geographic*
Developed infrastructure in Southern California makes it possible to fight the regularly occurring wildfires from both the ground and air. In the lower 48 states, 90% of fires start within a half mile of a road, so what happens when a brush fire is spotted deep in a road-less part of the Alaskan interior? Send in the Smokejumpers. They parachute in from bush planes strapped with chainsaws, water pumps, axes, and water bladders to fight fires that simply cannot be accessed any other way. In their May issue, National Geographic does a deep dive into the Fort Wainwright, AK-based elite fraternity of men and women who jump out of a perfectly fine plane only to fight raging and remote infernos.*
– Cole Pennington, Editor*
These Super-Precise Clocks Help Weave Together Space And Time – Wired
With mechanical watches, we fret about precision in terms of seconds per day. But in the grander scheme of precision, it is remarkable to think about how big of a performance gap there is between state of the art mechanical watches, and atomic clocks. Jun Ye is a physicist at the research institute JILA, where he built the world’s most precise clock. Ye’s atomic clock uses strontium atoms and has a precision that is around 100 billion times more precise than a quartz watch. This clock, and its associated research, will be used to do a lot more than just keep you on time for your appointments. It is so precise, that it can be used to measure vast distances in space by measuring the time it takes for light to travel. Soon, these cesium-based atomic clocks will be miniaturized and placed on spacecraft for navigation. In 1761, John Harrison invented the marine chronometer, enabling accurate navigation at sea. 258 years later, clocks are still making navigation possible, this time in the vastness of space. To learn more, read this excellent piece from Sophia Chen for Wired.
Nicholas Manousos, Technical Editor*