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 Negroni Is a Century Old, But Just Hitting Its Stride The New York Times
Once upon a time, when HODINKEE was yet young (at least in its present incarnation) we had with us a young software engineer of few words and many talents, who instituted a now forgotten ritual known as Negroni Friday (the fact that it is now but a fond, ever-green memory probably makes HR happy, but I miss the beverage and the easy congeniality it engendered). I quaffed my portion happily, giving little thought to the history of the beverage but it turns out that the Negroni is (a) much older than I'd thought and (b) "having a moment" as the phrase goes. Delicious, just intoxicating enough, and apparently foolproof, the Negroni was recently the subject of an in-depth story from the New York Times, which chronicles its illustrious history (its inventor was an Italian count) promising present, and (apparently) bright future.
- Jack Forster, Editor-In-Chief
Vintage Cars Meet Pool Floaties In This Artist's Kooky Midcentury Landscape Dwell
Here in New York, summer is in full swing. The office is HOT, leaving many of us here at HODINKEE HQ wishing we could work poolside, floating in blow-up flamingos, laptops in, well, our laps. Instead, we are suffering through a broken air conditioner and watching videos of inflatable vintage Porsche 911s hopping around Palm Springs. This video by artist Chris Labrooy, while certainly strange, brings a bit of lighthearted irreverence to the world of classic cars, as he rebuilds some of the most iconic vintage cars with pool floaty bodywork and then proceeds to set them loose around a series of mid-century homes in Palm Springs.*
- Sarah Reid, Business Development Manager
How Pixar's Toy Story 2 Was Deleted Twice The Next Web
Check out this absolutely crazy story of the time that Pixar's Toy Story 2 was nearly erased from history, twice. Chronicling the length that Pixar employees went through to save an accidentally deleted Toy Story 2 only to then later delete it anyways this feels like the worst case example of accidentally deleting your homework. As a software engineer, reading this story gave me some serious heart palpitations at the thought of losing 90% of a project over a simple accident. Back up your files, folks.*
-Ryan LeFevre, Senior Software Engineer
How To Scare A Crow - The New York Times
The animal kingdom is a weird, wild place. It's easy to forget though that you don't have to go to some far-flung corner of the globe to uncover insane behavior from other creatures. Take the common crow, for instance. It turns out that they can distinguish individual human faces, are vindictive against both humans and other crows and are extremely hard to scare off. I won't spoil the article too much, but the fact that "you need variability and unpredictability" should tell you what direction this is going in. Enough said read the story and keep an eye out for any local crows.*
Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
Let's Talk About Margins - *Medium*
One of the cool things about working at HODINKEE is being on the periphery when it comes time to produce our magazine. Seeing the editors involved in the different creative processes is like being inside an Aaron Sorkin drama, albeit a good chunk of the script involves things like painstakingly going back and forth about copyediting, mulling over photography, feeling the weight and quality of the paper, and sprinting to the finish line to get the final proof ready for the printer you know, stuff that's probably not great for TV. In a similar vein, take a look at this article if you've ever wondered what makes a beautiful book beautiful. Sometimes it boils down to some of the more transparent aspects of design that give the photography and words levity: things like margins, space, and the emotion they inherently create.*
-David Aujero, Video Producer*