Things that happened recently:
Sales of instant print cameras keep climbing while sales of digital cameras are declining. I have one of these and I really should use it more—having physical prints feels so special and the film is more affordable than the film for original Polaroid cameras.
I'm sure by now you've listened to this audio clip—are you team yanny or team laurel? Originally all I could hear was yanny but the closer I listened the more I heard both at the same time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This is an interesting article about the evolving nature of friendships in the smartphone age. I was particularly struck by the idea of “Dunbar’s number”, which says that everyone knows an average of 150 people who might come to their wedding or funeral. "50 of these make the next cut to buddies, about 15 are good friends, around five confidants form our circle of trust, and finally we have an average of 1.5 people we deem our closest relationships."
Things to do in New York this weekend:
Are you going to watch the Royal wedding tomorrow? I couldn't sleep one night this week and ended up reading this interactive FAQ about the nuptials. I don't care much about American celebrities, but I've always had a soft spot for the British Royals (especially Meghan Markle and her soon-to-be sister-in-law the always flawless Kate).
We were supposed to take this Woodlawn tour last weekend but it was rained out. Things aren't looking great for this weekend either, but hopefully the weather Gods are kinder to us on Saturday night.
Things that I've discovered recently:
For decades Steffan Dam, a Danish artist, has been creating this insanely beautiful cabinet of curiosities made entirely of glass.
I had no idea there was the "Sistine Chapel of comic-strip art" hidden at the back of a bar in Midtown and now I want to go.
I had a bad week for Internet recommendations. I finally bought these shoes after seeing them advertised everywhere and hated them the second I tried them on. I also finished this book and pretty much hated the last two-thirds. I don't want to be that person that hates on popular things, but I feel manipulated and annoyed—I really hope that no one ever hates anything I recommend this much!
David is visiting his brother in Atlanta this weekend and we have Monday off for Shavuot so I have a three-day weekend filled with ... not a whole lot—and I couldn't be more excited about it. The Illuminated Mausoleum tour at Woodlawn was rescheduled for this Saturday so hopefully the rain holds off because I was really bummed when it was cancelled last weekend. I don't have the best luck getting into Woodlawn in inclement weather—and right now the forecast for Saturday says 100% chance of rain—but this tour looks so cool that I'd be really sad to miss it.
I'm planning on making a Target run and maybe checking out the Trader Joe's that just opened a few subway stops away from me, but mostly I'm looking forward to a lot of lounging and finishing the last three episodes of this crazy documentary. I'm glad to be done with Manhattan Beach because I just picked up this book and this book from the library and I can't decide which one to start first, they both look so good. Have a great weekend!