*“You can never be overdressed or overeducated,” Oscar Wilde once said. The weekends are an ideal time for dressing down, but they’re also a great chance to consume interesting media that you may be too busy to read during the week. Here are a few pieces to delve into on a slow Saturday.*
The Great Hack- Netflix
Digital privacy has been a topic of conversation for quite some time now, and Netflix has made sure we’ll keep talking about it with “The Great Hack”. This chilling documentary dives into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, but more importantly gives a frightening insight into the data industry (now bigger than oil), and its power to sway the masses — be it for commercial or political purposes — without anybody noticing.
– Nic Clair, Design Associate
Baking with 4,500 Year Old Yeast - @SeamusBlackley
If any of you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I am a big foodie. I love cooking and smoking meat in particular because I'm super into the cooking process and finesse it takes to produce truly amazing flavor. When I saw this tweet thread show up in my Twitter feed, I knew it was going to be a good one. I won't spoil too many details, but I am excited to see updates on this experiment in the future.
–Ryan LeFevre, Senior Software Engineer
You are not a brand- Fast Company
“You’ve got to build your personal brand,” is a piece of advice that’s often dispensed to young folks looking to make a name for themselves – but what exactly is a “personal brand,” and is it actually good advice? As we know from the watch world, it’s easy to create a bogus brand off the back of false history. Maybe “branding” isn’t the way to think about it. This article explores *alternative ways to look at it.*
– Cole Pennington, Editor
How Scientists Colorize Photos of Space - Vox
In "TIL" news today – that's internet speak for Today I learned – we dig into the process of how exactly those photos from the hubble telescope of distant galaxies and nebulae are colored. I'm sure by now we're all familiar or have been momentarily mesmerized by seeing historical photos colorized, but it turns out pictures of space are a lot more involved than combining red, green, and blue filtered negatives. Before I go on trying to sound like a know-it-all, check out the video explainer video from Vox and I promise you'll never look at a desktop background of space the same again.*
– David Aujero, Video Producer
This Land Is the Only Land There Is - The Atlantic
As someone who lives in New York City and regularly takes the subway, it would be difficult to deny that climate change is real. I mean, have you felt the temperature in the Broadway/Lafayette station in August? It's essentially a human easy bake oven slow roasting us commuters...
For those of you who require a bit more science, check out this article from The Atlantic. Robinson Meyer did a nice job summarizing the new IPCC report (IPCC = the UN-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) into seven key points. I highly recommend you check it out.*
In the meantime, here are a few key (scary) stats to share. Credit to the authors of The Atlantic Daily Newsletter who did the following work for me (copy/paste).
1.5 degrees Celsius
Or 2.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s how much the Earth’s land has warmed since the industrial revolution: This is the amount of warming climate activists say they want to prevent at a global scale (land warms twice as fast as the Earth overall). Uh-oh.
52 million square miles
That’s the Earth’s total land surface. It may sound obvious, but bears repeating: Not all 52 million square miles can be repurposed to sustain humans.
70 percent
The share of ice-free land already shaped by human activity. We’re already using most of what land is available.
5 gigatons
That human-handled land emits five gigatons of greenhouse gases per year. The other 30 percent of non-human-handled land absorbs 11 gigatons per year, thanks in no part whatsoever to human action.
1.2 trillion trees
A recent good-news study suggested that planting 1.2 trillion trees across 2.2 billion acres—roughly the area of the continental U.S.—could help absorb most of our earthly carbon pollution. Yay!
But—that land is already in use, and largely for farming. Which we need. To feed the human population. As Meyer writes, “Land can’t really multitask.
–Frank Roda, Director of Business Development


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