So in-between curating my lunch and synergizing the attention economy, I happened to find some cool links.
Picking brand names in China is a business and an art unto itself. “
After a hard day’s labor, your average upscale Beijinger likes nothing more than to shuck his dress shoes for a pair of Enduring and Persevering, rev up his Precious Horse and head to the pub for a tall, frosty glass of Happiness Power. To Westerners, that’s Nike, BMW, Heineken and Coca-Cola, respectively.”
Playing to win: how to take video games (too?) seriously.
Fantheories, a reddit community that sprung up over night.
The Beast Mother, a comic.
Painting by John Baldessari.
The Latin Monetary Union was an attempt to unify the currencies in Europe. The union was created by France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland in 1865. Unlike the Euro, there was no single unified currency, but the national currencies were all pegged to a single gold and silver standard. Spain, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Serbia and San Marino joined later. Both Greece and the Vatican were thrown out of the union for producing coins with too little precious metal in them. The United States produced a super-rare coin, the four-dollar Stella, in a plan to adopt a US currency equivalent to the LMU standard. This plan never gained any traction, and only 425 coins were ever made. (The coins were meant for Congressmen, and legend has it they scandalously adorned necklaces worn by upscale prostitutes.) World War I finally killed off the union, which was officially disbanded in 1927.
Large format black and white digital camera. 95 mm by 95 mm sensor, 112 megapixels. Made for scientific applications. Droolworthy.Jun 25, 2012