The Collection

Weekly digest of the best things on the internet

Edition One

Sunday 25 Oct 2015

Welcome to the first edition on The Collection, if you would like to read about why this magazine exists or about the goals and missions please read the Prologue. The first edition features a mix of old and new articles, with time there will be a greater lean towards newer articles.

Did you know that in many states in the US drivers licenses are oriented based on age? I found out the other day that in almost all states getting a license under 21 will result in the license being rotated vertically. Along with this, many establishments won't permit entry to “vertical licenses” and in a lot of these states your license automatically expires when you turn 21, forcing a license renewal to get a horizontal license.

1 How The New York Times Works

To kick off a new publication I see it only fitting to learn about how one of the most prominent and established publications runs. Wiedeman goes in depth to look at how everything from getting out sport scores at record pace, all the way to printing and distributing the most recognised newspaper in the world works.

Obviously I'm biased towards enjoying this read, but Wiedeman has done a great job of covering so many aspects of the running of the NYT that most people will take something away from it. It's amazing how much technology is used in what is considered “old media”, it really is a testament to the NYT’s ability to innovate in a shrinking market.

How The New York Times Works
by Reeves Wiedeman for Popular Mechanics on 11 February 2015.
25 min read

2 Australian Men Are Bad at Keeping Friends

…the problems that arise from hemorrhaging mates as you move towards a more grown-up lifestyle is something that isn't often discussed. Charlie Coulton, a researcher specialising in social interactions, wants that to change… You may not have noticed, but if you're a man in your mid 20s, your world has probably started to shrink. Friends you used to see regularly are dropping off into the periphery as they settle down, move away, or just stop being around.

We Asked an Expert Why Australian Men Are Bad at Making and Keeping Friends
by VICE Staff for VICE on 18 October 2015.
5 min read

3 No More Nudes in Playboy

Unlike the NYT above, the web has destroyed Playboy's main premise. The only way for the company to overcome its dwindling sales and almost irrelevancy is to compete not with nudes but more “cleaner PG-13” content. Already having toned down its online presence years ago to be allowed onto social networks with strict indecency policies (i.e., Facebook) Playboy makes most of its profit from licensing the name to the Chinese market.

“That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

Nudes Are Old News at Playboy
by Ravi Somaiya for the New York Times on 12 October 2015.
5 min read

4 The Long History of City-building Games

As someone who doesn't game very much (I don't have any consoles right now) simulation and city-builders have always been my favourites type of games. With the exception of the newest Sim City, the Sim City franchise has been a smash hit amongst gamers and non-gamers the world over. Richard Moss looks at twenty-six years of Sim City and the cultural influence the franchise has had on both itself and other games.

As an asside, I've been playing Cities: Skylines a lot this year, and while it's not perfect it's what Sim City 2013 should have been.

From SimCity to, well, SimCity: The history of city-building games
by Richard Moss for the Ars Technica on 12 October 2015.
15 min read

5 Mum and Dad: The Similarity of Languages

An interesting look at why across so many languages these two words are so similar. Hint: it has something to do with ease of making those sounds. I've always found it fascinating that English is the only language that calls the 🍍 pineapple the pineapple. Every other language uses some form of “ananas”. That is an easy one to explain, Columbus wanted an exotic name for the first exotic fruit from the New World.

It's still intersting how mum and dad transcend millennia of language. Oh, and then in Finnish it's isä and äiti.

Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages
by John McWhorter for the The Atlantic on 12 October 2015.
7 min read

6 The Bird that’s More Valuable than Ivory

The illegal trade in elephant tusks is well reported, but there’s a type of “ivory” that’s even more valuable. It comes from the helmeted hornbill - a bird that lives in the rainforests of East Asia and is now under threat.

The bird that’s more valuable than ivory
by Mary Colwell for BBC Magazine on 12 October 2015.
3 min read

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