Weekend Round-Up: Leaked Source Code, Roundball Rock, And A New Japan

Weekend Round-Up: Leaked Source Code, Roundball Rock, And A New Japan

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.

War

The Failing Of War Photography – National Geographic

I’ve been an avid fan of National Geographic‘s photography for as long as I can remember, but Anastasia Taylor-Lind is someone who has, somehow, remained off my radar until now. This incredible podcast episode offers first-hand insight into the interesting life and photographic mission of Taylor-Lind, who made her way from growing up in a horse-drawn cart in the English countryside to taking pictures of world conflicts in an effort to tell unknown stories. But, ultimately, the real story at the core of all of this is one that’s deeply personal and fascinating in ways both unexpected and relatable. I’ve already listened to the episode twice.

– Stephen Pulvirent, Manager of Editorial Products

Japan

The 1964 Olympics Certified A New Japan, In Steel And On The Screen – The New York Times

Writing about the Seiko 55th anniversary pieces this week sent me to a Japan I wish I’d been alive to see. In 1965, Seiko’s first dive watch was released to a flourishing Japan. The dive watch is just a minuscule piece of a very larger story of a nation developing a distinctive aesthetic and design style in the ’60s. A Seiko collector sent me this piece that highlights the Japan the rest of the world came to know at the 1964 Olympics, and boy what a time it was. Nostalgia plays an important role in Japanese culture, and after reading this piece and taking in these photos, it’s easy to see why.

– Cole Pennington, Editor

Nintendo

An Unprecedented Nintendo Leak Turns Into A Moral Dilemma For Archivists – The Verge

Do the words Ocarina of Time mean anything to you? If so, like me, you were probably raised in the ’90s. Very few things are cemented in my memory more than playing video games with my older brothers, and The Verge’s article on the recent leak of Nintendo Source code from some of the company’s most beloved games transported me back to those carefree times. While the circumstances of the leak do call attention to the growing need to address digital intellectual property and data privacy issues, I just couldn’t help but smile seeing some of the characters and features that might have been in my favorite games (Luigi in Super Mario 64?!). Maybe it’s time to dust off the ‘ole N64, order up some ‘za, and crank up the nostalgia vibes. Yahoo!

– Jeff Hilliard, Retail Director

Roundball Rock

“BA-BA DA-DA-DA BAAA!”: An Oral History of “Roundball Rock” – The Ringer

If you were a fan of NBA basketball in the 1990s and early 2000s, then you are familiar with the theme song, “Roundball Rock.” Maybe you don’t know it by name, but once I say “NBA on NBC,” it will come flooding back to your brain. It is a composer’s dream to create an iconic theme for television, let alone sports. Monday Night Football immediately springs to mind. While “Roundball Rock” may not be quite to that level, it has established a certain icon status all its own. In connection with the restart of NBA action in the bubble at Walt Disney World, The Ringer put together an oral history of the song, speaking with the composer and revisiting the heyday of ’90s NBA basketball. This is an interesting read about as niche a topic as there is: broadcast sports television theme music. Enjoy. 

– Danny Milton, Editor

Jeans

What’s That Little Pocket on Your Jeans For? – Art of Manliness

I’ve always wondered what that tiny pocket on a pair of denims is meant for. For years, I honestly thought they were meant for coins. In 2005, Steve Jobs let the world know that it’s a perfect holder for the first generation iPod Nano. I can tell you that fetching loose change from it is a huge pain, and leaving an iPod Mini in there is quite uncomfortable for your sitting pleasures. The folks at The Art of Manliness are here to tell you what they are designed for. That said, I am curious to know what everyone actually uses that tiny pocket for.

– Andy Yang, Vice President, Commercial

Lead photo by Chris Barbalis

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