Girthy Thirty

I'm a big fan of Freitag. One of my top reasons why I love Bangkok is their pop-up shop in Siam Square. This video of their Sennheiser x Freitag headphones is just too creative: Freitag

“We are constantly course-correcting, adjusting as we make progress. A new opportunity and a new shape becomes possible, and we move to the new one. This won’t be the end of it: Everything is moving, our audience is moving, technology is moving, and we are working hard to make sure the organization is moving too.” Nieman Lab

Wonderful writing - the entire prose is all about flavors underpinned by famine and festival: "I took a pinch of MSG from a jar and sprinkled it into the hollow of my palm, licked it with the very tip of my tongue, firing off the taste-bud nerve clusters, impulses shooting through the brain layers and triggering an electrifying buzz—as if savoring the vast ocean refined and purified, that sensory experience called “umami”! Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Umami, by Bei Dao, via Aesop

I love the layout of Aesop's The Ledger.

In Anilao I stumbled upon The Fortune article on Heinz-Kraft merger and the Brazilian firm behind it: G Capital. This, for some reason, changed the way I look at the magazine. It's no-nonsense, and is more friendly than stern, warm than corporate.

The New Yorker article by Amanda Petrusich on Miley Cyrus' about face is thought-provoking, as she had essentially distilled it as an act of discarding Black culture - and that Cyrus's position enabled her to do so.

Amazon buys Whole Foods! (By the way, my wife loves their lobster bisque. And basically every single dish we had - the falafel, the quinoa salad, etc.)

From the New York Times: Jonny Sun as an online personality: he's Asian, sure, but only in a sense that he was born there? But very well-written piece - and an interesting field of study in Harvard, too. (They have a Center for Internet and Society?!)

The Creative Review article on the NYTimes article just shown the process it took them to do the comics issue, and it's super interesting.

Also read in the same magazine: the recent facelift on Bloomberg Business Week's design & layout that I found really drab and unimpressive.

"Development economists, for their part, see the company’s transfer fees as a drag on the finances of the poor. The World Bank estimates that fees eat up 7.5 percent of the remittances sent globally. That number is almost 10 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, where there’s less competition, in part because of exclusivity agreements Western Union and MoneyGram negotiate with their local agents." Bloomberg Business Week

Tacos, culture

This series by the New York Times just affirmed that the graphic novel is here to stay.

Also, this is too funny.