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 single biggest problem over the medium to long-term for the Internet is an obvious one: privacy. Secure transactions today depend on some of the most sophisticated and elaborate cryptographic algorithms mankind had ever produced – stuff that makes the World War II Enigma machines look like a four-year-old’s substitution cipher. But cryptography is an arms race – no sooner is a new algorithm developed than steps are taken to crack the code. The latest shot fired by cryptographers is quantum computing, in which the weird phenomenon known as quantum entanglement is used to produce, in theory, unbreakable private keys, but scaling such systems has proven, thus far, an intractable problem. However, new research – based on a distributed node system – done by researchers at the University Of Bristol has shown a proof-of-concept model for quantum cryptography at a city-sized scale, with no theoretical obstacle to larger-scale implementation. Privacy, thy name is entanglement.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
I lived in Denver during the first year of my undergraduate studies. While there, I took a course that concentrated on the novels and essays published during the growth of the United States’ conservation movement in the late 20th century – think Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, and James Galvin. Although I now call a Brooklyn brownstone home, and my freshman syllabus is a distant memory, I still enjoy discovering new written works surrounding the preservation of nature in all its forms. This personal essay by Alice Driver that recently appeared in the Oxford American brought new perspective to me on the ideas of death, consumption, and how we interact with the land we inhabit. Driver follows her father, a potter who was part of the back-to-land movement in the 1970s, as he continues to work on his personal tomb, a project he’s discussed and deliberated on for decades. The potential death of a parent is a difficult topic, but Driver covers it with grace, illustrating her father’s sensible and sustainable approach to going his own way.
– Logan Baker, Editor, HODINKEE Shop
We’ve all done it. It’s weekend movie night at home, and everyone has to agree on what to watch. Someone suggests a film, and you say, “But look, it has a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes!” But what does it all mean? Well, The Ringer posted an article digging deep into the correlation between the movie review website, and the box office performance of films, looking into whether the site is even relevant any more. If you’re a movie geek, this is a fun one for sure. I, for one, have never paid much mind to Rotten Tomatoes. Many times I actually find that films which score around 60% (the sweet spot as I call it) are far better than those which are in the high 90 to 100% range. This is a really “inside baseball” analytical look at a fascinating part of the movie business, and it is definitely worth a weekend read.
– Danny Milton, Editor
I used to work for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, and every issue, we would run a story from the U.S. edition. Long before I ever knew Gary Shteyngart from the watch world or from Lake Success, I knew of him from a byline to an excellent piece we borrowed about doing something so simple and pure: Taking the train to Montreal from NYC. That piece stuck with me. Funny that, years later, I’d be chatting about the new holy trinity of watches with him for a piece that I’d be writing for HODINKEE.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
The film and broader pop culture world lost a titan last week, as actor Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer at age 43. You might have first come to know him in his role as Hall of Fame baseball player and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson in 42, or you might remember him from his turn as musical legend James Brown in Get on Up. But, most likely, you can’t picture the actor without imaging him placing both fists across his chest while proudly shouting, “Wakanda forever!” Black Panther changed big-budget cinema for good, and its director, Ryan Coogler, penned a stirring tribute to the super-heroic star. Boseman was thoughtful and passionate, Coogler tells us, but above all, he was an “epic firework display.” Thankfully, we all got to witness it at its brightest.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Michael Bourgault.