Robert Wright

757 Flips | 2 Magazines | 55 Likes | 118 Following | 179 Followers | @wright1000 | Design Professor and Practioner. Interested in design, art, fashion, music and media.

The Virtually Unknown Saga of Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann, It Girls on a Bumpy Ride

As the tale of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping resurfaces, it’s worth taking a look at the lives of Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann, twins who frolicked and tripped with him through a wild decade.<p>In early 1973, a pair of young German twins—dark-haired, pale-skinned beauties who looked like …

Andy Warhol

How Baby Boomers Broke America

<b>ONE</b><p>Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get …

Income Inequality

Welcome to the most Instagrammable museum on earth

Rabbit Town, a tourist attraction in Indonesia, exists solely for selfies.<p>The Late Middle Ages in Europe were boom times for pilgrimage; beyond …

Yayoi Kusama

Taking Notes: How Musical Nostalgia Creates Future Sounds

The 1960 movie Breathless was a landmark in modern culture, not least for <b>its stunning jazz soundtrack</b> by French-iciagerian pianist-composer Martial …

Universal Music

The 10 Best Poems According to a Professor Who Teaches the Best 100

The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman<p>If there is one poem on this list that you should memorize, it’s this one. A.E. Housman, pessimist, classicist and connoisseur of melancholy, was also one the greatest formal masters of his age. The elements he employs here are deceptively familiar: the rhymed …

Literature

Five things you should know about this year’s very bad flu

The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.<p>Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died of the infectious disease.<p>In addition, states across the …

Public Health

The Story and Inspiration Behind Claude Monet’s Iconic ‘Water Lilies’ Series

As the primary pioneer of Impressionism and a Modern Art master, Claude Monet is known for his distinctive style and iconic oeuvre. With an interest in capturing the fleeting effects of light on his subjects, the French artist often opted to paint <i>en plein air—</i>or “outside”—in his picturesque garden. …

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“DUE to the global warming, please keep the Snowhotel door closed” reads a sign at the entrance to what appears to be a giant white mound near …

Global Warming

15 Hyperrealistic Paintings That You’ll Have To See Twice To Believe They Are Not Photos

There are paintings that look like paintings, and then there are ones, that make it impossible to distinguish between a still picture and …

Mu Architecture completes black lakefront home with two-storey boathouse

Canadian studio MU Architecture has integrated a lake house into a steep site in southern Quebec, overlooking a secluded bay and private …

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Want your class to make the most out of learning opportunities? Try focusing not just on the task itself, but how they approach it<p>Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education …

Pedagogy

200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet …

4 Stunning Home Offices That Are Serious #DecorGoals . . . And How to Copy Them

Your home office should be an inspiring, enjoyable space to be in. If you don't know where to start when it comes to decorating, we chose four gorgeous offices that real people use every day as inspiration. We'll show you exactly what to buy to re-create these rooms for yourself. We basically did …

Why we need the left-wing critique of liberalism: Because liberals got us where we are today

Too many American liberals have betrayed FDR’s legacy — and the attacks from both left and right have some merit<p>Toward the end of the 20th century the term “liberal” went from being a source of pride for most Democrats, who fondly recalled the New Deal era and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt — …

10 innovative homes built on extremely tight budgets

Following the UK launch of an affordable micro home that takes less than a day to build, here's a look at 10 properties from around the world that …

Architecture

The art of tragedy: 150 years of Käthe Kollwitz

A true icon of pacifism and class struggle as well as one of the most recognized German artists of the 20th century, Käthe Kollwitz was born 150 …

Elon Musk's big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world

For months, politicians and fossil fuel industry have lied about the viability of renewables. Now Tesla’s big battery in South Australia will prove them wrong<p>• Tesla to build world’s biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia<p>Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South …

Gun Control

Find hope for humanity in this video of 65,000 people singing “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Counteracting the current mind-set that everything is terrible, some 65,000 fans waiting for the sold-out Green Day concert in London’s Hyde Park on …

These Architects Want To Make Algae Farming Just Another Part Of Urban Infrastructure

Will future office buildings harvest algae in their lobbies?<p>If you buy algae supplements–or foods with microalgae as an ingredient, like a brownie mix that includes “algal protein” to make the dessert slightly healthier–it’s likely that the algae may have come from large, industrial-scale …

The Woman Who Vanished

The doc ‘Letters From Baghdad,’ narrated by Tilda Swinton, tells the story of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer who helped shape Iraq—only to be …

Memorize the F-Stop Scale, Easily

In video and photography, knowing the stops on the f-stop scale turns those numbers on your lens into useful information.<p>This is an excerpt from "Hey …

The American dream? Top 20% pulling away from the rest, study finds

Does the American dream exist? Or has the middle class ruined it by hoarding opportunity on a scale that makes even the infamous one-percenters appear harmless and ineffectual?<p>That’s the question economics professor and Brookings Institution fellow Richard Reeves has set out to answer, and his …

Income Inequality

Explorer, Eco-Warrior, Spy: The Battles of Jacques Cousteau

One of the world’s great adventurers—and a Resistance spy—Jacques Cousteau warned me 25 years ago that humans were reaching the point of no return on …

'It takes literally one second': A former Google engineer just gave me the best meditation advice I've ever heard

The tip, which originally comes from Tibetan Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche, appears in Chade-Meng Tan's 2012 book, "Search Inside Yourself."<p>Tan summarizes the advice for his readers:<p>What Tan's really telling readers: Don't get too ambitious when it comes to meditation.<p>It doesn't make you lazy — …

Print: A Concept Digital Instant Camera in the Age of Smartphones

Digital instant cameras are an emerging trend in the world of photography: Polaroid launched the Pop in January, and Fujifilm followed suit with the …

The Mind-Matter Duality: Is The Human Mind Capable Of Manipulating Our Physical World

Lucien Hardy is a theoretical physicist from the Perimeter Institute in Canada. Hardy was always asking questions, gathering information, looking for …

These are the top 10 fastest growing careers in New York

Good news for new grads: The latest job statistics for the New York area are in — and they’re pretty promising. “The New York job market is as strong …

Mysterious Dark Illustrations by Dawid Planeta

Dawid Planeta’s mysterious illustrations take you on a trip into a dark world of deep forests and mythical creatures.Dawid Planeta is a freelance …

Vincent Van Gogh

Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality

Psychologists have only begun to unravel the concept of “personality,” that all-important but nebulous feature of individual identity. Recent studies suggest that personality traits don’t simply affect your outlook on life, but the way you perceive reality.<p>One study published earlier this year in …

Consciousness

Alt-Right, White Nationalist, Free Speech: The Far Right's Language Explained

<b>Updated 9:26 a.m. ET on Aug. 14</b><p>Alt-right. White nationalist. Free speech. Hate speech.<p>A number of labels involving the far right have been tossed about once again after a weekend white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly.<p>Here's a look at some of the phrases being used to …

Rights & Freedoms