Sebastian Braff

124 Flips | 1 Magazine | 5 Likes | 4 Following | 55 Followers | @sebastianbraff | "Open Letters" is the blog where Sebastian Braff makes suggestions, provides commentary, and demands answers from faceless corporations, ephemeral ideas, and anyone else who won't respond to illegible scrawl on coffee-stained papyrus. The "Open Letters" Flipboard magazine is where you can read the blog, as well as articles from other authors that more or less fit into that same genre.

Dear Mores,

I was perusing the Code of Hammurabi in the original Akkadian cuneiform last night, as any thrill-seeker such as myself is wont to do after the rush …

Dear Parents,

Anyone who knows me knows I don't exactly "have a heart for children." In 2013 I wrote a post suggesting, nay, demanding a return to the good old …

Dear Hand Washers,

I was in a bar last night.<br>Not bragging or anything; it's just a fact.<br>It was the kind of bar that draws a wide swath of the population as a target …

Dear Interrogators,

When I was about twelve years old, my mom gave me a copy of Dale Carnegie's famous, 1936 genre-defining self-help book, <i>How to Win Friends and</i> …

Dear Grey Zone,

Like a Goldman Sachs lobbyist, the last five months have brought out the worst in both of America's political parties, and in the 56% of us who …

Dear Time Zones,

I learned many things during my recent trip to Japan. <br>Many of those things were learned on the way to Japan, and some of the things I learned didn't …

Dear Risk Averse,

As an American living in Europe, there's one topic of conversation you never get away from when meeting new people.<br>"How many guns do you …

Dear Bigots,

Well. So much for "the most accurate predictive engines the world has ever seen." It's <b>Trump Time</b>™.<br>I must confess, I have been taking some perverse …

Dear Goers with the Gut,

Ahhhh, the old gut- not just a place for digesting food or housing your microbiome. The guts were long considered to be the seat of various emotions …

Transcript of the Final Meeting to Select a Name for the Houston NFL 2002 Expansion Team

Monday, May 29th, 2000<br>Conference Room B at the Ramada Houston Intercontinental, Houston, TX<br>Attendees: Bob McNair (Majority owner, Houston NFL …

Dear Cornucopia of Olympic Bodies,

The activities we do every day shape our bodies accordingly. It's why most of us exercise- the endorphins may or may not be enough motivation in and …

Dear Cobblestone Streets,

Who doesn't love cobblestone streets? The romantic, old-world charm. The handlaid, historical implications. The quaint, aesthetic patterns. If a …

Dear Ethical Vegetarians,

I was musing the other day about morality. I was thinking about how stretchy and subjective and arbitrary it is. I was considering how desperately …

Dear Robert Pike Elementary,

I pride myself on quick thinking and spontaneous excuse generation. I like to think I can deflect with the best of them when someone invites me to …

Dear Phone Fondlers,

People like new things. People also like old things. But rare is the person who likes the stuff in between. A 2017 Mustang is cool. A '67 Mustang is …

Dear Shire Pharmaceuticals,

Today I saw something which made me shudder to my core. I saw something that encapsulated, within the space of 77 seconds, pretty much everything …

Dear Christkindl,

When it comes to Christmas, no one does it better than the Germanic countries. The holiday as we know it was practically invented there. Before …

Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator

It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a …

Deepak Chopra

Dear Liberal Arts Majors,

Sure, I've been known to make a joke or two at Liberal Arts majors' expense. You'd be forgiven for mistaking me for your own disappointed, …

It’s no coincidence that terrorists keep targeting France

Even before the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris, I knew what they would say. They would claim that France is a “crusader nation”; that France’s Muslims are oppressed; that France participates in operations against ISIL and has deep historical ties to the Muslim …

France

Dear Traditional Chinese Medicine,

Sometimes it seems like you can hardly realign your chakras these days without running into a practitioner or a patient of Traditional Chinese …

Free will is back, and maybe this time we can measure it – Stephen Cave

The cat is crouched low to the ground, whiskers brushing grass. It inches forward in minute movements, eyes drilling towards two sparrows just ahead. …

African-American News

Vaccine safety tested (again) by injection into infant macaques

Neither behavior nor brain structure change in response to vaccination.<p>A new paper published in <i>PNAS</i> goes where many studies have gone over the last …

Dear Faith & Purity,

These words have positive connotations for most people. In fact, I just conducted a small survey here at the coffee shop, and two out of two baristas …

Blood cells, honed in the lab to kill cancer, lead to four-year remissions

Three of 14 leukemia patients are in complete remission<p>Four years after being treated with modified versions of their own blood cells, three of 14 cancer patients are in complete remission. And they haven’t had any additional treatment in that time.<p>The report published in <i>Science Translational</i> …

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May aim to be on air next autumn, Andy Wilman tells Radio Times<p>Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hope to start filming their new motoring show for Amazon’s Prime TV service in the new year, according to Top Gear Producer Andy Wilman, who is …

Top Gear

Doorless cabins, known as paternosters, are used for everything from speed dating to concerts. Now fans are fighting off attempts to restrict their use because of safety fears<p>As the paternoster cabin in which he was slowly descending into the bowels of Stuttgart’s town hall plunged into darkness, …

Europe

Dear Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs,

I was watching <i>Jurassic World</i> a little while ago, enjoying Chris Pratt's improbable transformation from the pudgy village idiot in <i>Parks and Rec</i> to the …

Dear Innovators,

I'll never forget the first time I met a real-life, honest-to-god Innovator. I was operating* (*babysitting) AV equipment at SXSW in Austin, TX, and …

Innovation: The History of a Buzzword

In the 17th century, "innovators" didn't get accolades. They got their ears cut off.<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>The word <i>innovation</i> might be mantra of business leaders and the inevitable future star of <i>The Atlantic</i> and Aspen Institute's forthcoming Aspen Ideas Festival. But the irony behind the king of …