The Week's Links: April 18,2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?
  • Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down
  • The Problem with Being Too Nice
  • What It's Like To Design A Font From Scratch
  • 101-year-old bottle message found
  • In memory of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today at 87, a look back at Jon Lee Anderson’s Profile of the writer:
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87 -
  • The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires: The New Yorker
  • The Purpose of Philosophy is to Ask the Right Questions (Video)
  • ◉Simplicity and Innovation
  • The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever
  • The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic
  • The resurgence of ballet in opera.
  • Fantastic resource: Introducing Typekit Practice
  • ◉ The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn -…
  • Where Does The Internet Get Its Energy? Tech Companies' Power Sources, Visualized
  • 7 Priceless Items People Sold on eBay
  • Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea
  • A Visual Tour Of America's Most Fascinating Public Libraries
  • Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum
  • 101 Kick-Ass Music Magazine Covers
  • ◉ Seth Godin on Revolutions
  • 10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently
  • ◉ How Disruptive Innovations Happen At The Edges -…
  • How advertising cookies let observers follow you across the web
  • ◉ Wally Olins, a tribute -…
  • Free Online Shakespeare Courses: Primers on the Bard from Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley & More
  • John Hegarty's 5 Most Provocative Thoughts About Creativity
  • On the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, read the Sacramento Daily Union’s account of the night. 4/16/1865
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
  • TED Playlist: The future of medicine
  • Can You Read People's Emotions?
  • The Creativity Top 5: The Best Brand Ideas of the Week
  • Using The Science Behind Habits To Sell Better
  • The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain
  • ◉ Take Up Computer Games, Not Crosswords, As You Age
  • First Time Nationwide: Portland Presents All Of Shakespeare’s Works In Two Years
  • Bronze Sculptures of Five Extinct Birds Land in Smithsonian Gardens
  • 11 Of The World's Most Beautiful Libraries
  • One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard
  • ◉ Michael Wolff: Never Stop Asking "Why?" -…
  • Scientists Create an Unprecedented Map of the Developing Human Brain
  • Focus is like a muscle: It needs exercise
  • Museums urged to think a little like Ben & Jerry's
  • Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Winners announced
  • How to do software like Nasa, by Nasa
  • Can animals really dance? Study reveals which animals can, and which can't
  • ◉ Bajofondo "Lluvia"
  • Harvard discovers three of its library books are bound in human flesh
  • Interview with Oscar Ramos Orozco, Chief Curator of Behance
  • This Is What It's Like To Watch A Holographic Musician
  • Google Maps and border disputes: How the service responds to disputed territory like Crimea.
  • ◉ Font War: Inside the Design World's $20 Million Divorce -…
  • Watch Pixar's New Animation System Make Monsters In Real Time
  • Yelp Lets You Search With Emoji
  • Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention
  • Data Point: Social Networking Is Moving on From the Desktop
  • The Majority of Web Traffic Comes From Robots
  • Why MIA and Janelle Monae's Hologram Collab Signals The Inevitable Future of Concerts
  • What’s Next in the World of Making
  • A Tumblr Blog That Archives Old & New IBM Graphics
  • ‘Shape’, A Fascinating Animated Short Film About How Design Can Be Used
  • One Thing Productive People Do Before Reaching for their Phones
  • Understanding Habit: How to Build a Product That Gets Used Daily
  • Microsoft Is Suddenly a New Company. But Is It Too Late?
  • Saturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus May Have a Giant Liquid Water Lake
  • Why The Security Bug Heartbleed Has A Catchy Logo
  • Discovery, Science to broadcast Google moon landing live
  • Spontaneous ad recall is 28% higher when viewed using touch screen, study shows
  • 10 Wonderful Illustrations from the Original Manuscript of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince
  • "Grand Budapest Hotel" Spices Up Movie Posters With Spotify Playlists
  • The internet didn’t invent viral content or clickbait journalism — there’s just more of it now, and it happens faster
  • Fantastic: For the First Time Ever, Explore Angkor Wat With Google Street View
  • TED2014 summarized in an infographic
  • "Poetry Is Like Pooping" And Other Writing Tips From A TED Superstar
  • 5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
  • Why Website Speed is Important. Case studies from Amazon, Akamai, Google and others.
  • Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire
  • MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future
  • 5 Unexpected Ways To Get More Done
  • Actresses Lucy Lawless & Jaime Murray Perform Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" for The Partially Examined Life Podcast
  • ◉ Caro Emerald: Tangles, Transitions and Textures
  • Humanism and the meaning of stories - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • ◉ Recommended: 100 Ideas That Changed Art
  • Buzz Aldrin On Tinkering With The Bounds Of What's Possible
  • What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We'll Tell You Ours
  • Elon Musk's Rule About Job Interviews
  • Great: Tools for the Classroom - 21st Century Literacy
  • Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton's Great Equations
  • What Problem Are You Solving?

The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn

Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker, explores the fascinating reasons why we yawn:

Yawning is one of the first things we learn to do. “Learn” may not even be quite the right word. Johanna de Vries, a professor of obstetrics at Vrije University Amsterdam, has discovered that the human fetus yawns during its first trimester in the womb. And, unless we succumb to neurodegenerative disease, yawning is something we keep doing throughout our lives. “You don’t decide to yawn,” Robert Provine, a neuroscientist and the author of “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond,” told me. “You just do it. You’re playing out a biological program.” We yawn unconsciously and we yawn spontaneously. We can’t yawn on command—and we sometimes can’t stop ourselves from letting out a big yawn, even at the most inopportune times. (Case in point: Sasha Obama’s infamous yawn during her father’s 2013 Inaugural Address.) But what, precisely, are we accomplishing with all this yawning? If it’s so evolutionarily old, it must be doing something important to have survived.


How Disruptive Innovations Happen At The Edges

On her blog, The Story of Telling, Bernadette Jiwa address where great innovation comes from:

Great innovation, and thus products and services people care about, lies at the intersection of the customer’s latent desire and your solution. Innovation then is not always about giving people a slightly better version of what they’ve got, or have demonstrated that they need, even if that is what you’re equipped to deliver and how you profit today. Sometimes it’s about rewriting the future for a customer who doesn’t know what will matter to him in five years time, in a market that doesn’t yet exist.

More from Jiwa in her book Difference: The one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing.

Wally Olins, a tribute

Yesterday I shared a lively interview with Michael Wolff only to discover a few hours after I posted it that Wally Olins, the other half of legendary Wolff Ollins, had died. Creative Review has a lovely tribute.

Wally Olins, co-founder of Wolff Olins and chairman of Saffron Brand Consultants, has died aged 83. CR editor Patrick Burgoyne pays tribute

The Financial Times once described Wally Olins as "the world's leading practitioner of branding and identity" and it's hard to disagree with that assessment. Certainly Wally didn't as, in typical style, he placed it in a prominent position on his website.


Earlier this year Michael Wolff and Wally Olins were reunited at the Kyoorius Designyatra in India, which was chaired by Creative Review's editor Patrick Burgoyne. In this first video, Pat asks the influential pair what drove them mad about the other.