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.
What Really Happened To Malaysia's Missing Airplane – The Atlantic
Over the course of aviation history, literally hundreds of aircraft have vanished without a trace, each one leaving behind little more than a perplexing mystery. An example now more than five years in the making, the questions surrounding the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 have still gone mostly unanswered. To get a very detailed picture of the entire disappearance, dig into this long-form piece from renowned aviation author William Langewiesche as he investigates the many unfortunate and disheartening reasons as to why so little is known about what happened to flight 370.*
– Jonathan Baker, Senior Software Engineer
The Market for Land Art Challenges Us to Think About Collecting Differently –*Artsy
It's no secret that the art market has gone completely bananas over the last couple of years. If you think that the prices for Daytonas have skyrocketed, just look at things like $110 million for Haystacks by Monet and your heart might start to race. But as contemporary art often pushes beyond the boundaries of canvas and plinth, the conventions in collecting need to abstracted in the hopes of accommodating new mediums and ideas. In this article, Artsy's Scott Indrisek looks at land art specifically as a litmus test for what the art market is doing these days, how ownership has become such a hot-button topic in the art world at large, the role photography plays in monumental art, and more.
–*Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
It’s A Beach If We Say So: Lost Scenes From Downtown’s Hipster Landfill – The New York Times
Remember when Manhattan had a beach at its southwestern tip? Me neither. I was alive and living in Manhattan back then and completely unaware that such an oasis ever existed. The New York Times has dusted off some photos from their '80s staff photographer Fred Conrad from pre-battery park city New York, when Manhattanites found some un-manicured sand by the Hudson River and claimed it as a leisure destination. While certainly no rival to Coney Island, the interest here lies in seeing these bizarre images of a seemingly impossible past. New Yorkers sunbathing in rubble that would later become high rises and boutiques while positioned directly in the shadow of two iconic skyscrapers that would ultimately be reduced to rubble.
-Aram David, Photographer
Ergonomics Expert Explains How to Set Up Your Desk – The Wall Street Journal
About a month ago, I fractured my collarbone in two places. [Pause for sympathy] And like most healthy-ish people, I didn't fully appreciate how essential my collarbone was to my day-to-day until I broke it. Even the most sedentary of tasks (say: editing at my desk here at HODINKEE HQ) became uncomfortable. So, I set about reconfiguring my desk to accommodate my gimpy arm. I ultimately settled on this bizarre feng shui with my computer at the far corner of my desk, slightly angled, and my forearm against the corner opposite. The result? Immediate relief. So, to my fellow desk warriors, do yourself a favor and watch this handy video from the WSJ about ergonomically sound desk setups. Take it from me, a little reshuffling can go a long way.
– Grey Korhonen, Producer
Norway Island Wants To Be World's First Time-Free Zone – CNN Travel
Sommarøy (Summer Island) is a Norwegian island 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Due to the island’s extreme northerly location, the sun does not set from May 18 to July 26. Because of this, Sommarøy has a tradition of not following time norms during those 69 days. You can find people mowing their lawn, painting their house or going for a swim at what the rest of the world would consider the middle of the night. Now, Sommarøy has presented a petition to the Norwegian government to become the world’s first time-free zone. Seeing as visitors traditionally abandon their watches and fasten them to the guard rail of the bridge to the island, perhaps the proposal has some merit. Traditions aside, while it is probably impossible to abandon the concept of time and still have a functioning society, perhaps Sommarøy residents are proposing this for another reason as well – tourism and publicity. Either way, I would like to visit! For more information, read Jøran Mikkelsen’s article and video on CNN.
– Nicholas Manousos, Technical Editor


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