Webflow Ecommerce is now in beta — for everyone
Webflow Ecommerce is now in beta for production stores. Take a look at what’s included in today’s release, what’s ahead, and how to get started.
web  eCommerce  design  platform 
13 days ago
An Introduction to 529 Plans
A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.
IRS  investing  investments  portfolio 
13 days ago
The Best Baking Cookbooks, According to Pastry Chefs and Professional Bakers
For our primer on baking cookbooks, we consulted a group of ten pastry chefs and bakers from across the country. This informal panel was comprised of Natasha Pickowicz, head pastry chef and baker at Café Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar; Umber Ahmad, founder and head chef at Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery; Miro Uskokovic, pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern; Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga, co-founders and co-owners of Ovenly; Dianna Daoheung, executive chef for Black Seed Bagels; Zachary Golper, chef and owner of Bien Cuit; Jessica Weiss, pastry chef at Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel and Marta, among other Danny Meyer properties; Margarita Manzke, pastry chef and co-owner of République and Sari Sari Store in Los Angeles; and Alison Pray, co-owner at Standard Baking Co. in Portland, Maine.

We asked each of these pastry chefs and bakers (several of whom are cookbook authors themselves) to put together a list of their favorite baking cookbooks, and they came back with dozens of recommendations for their most dog-eared reference books, easy-to-follow recipe books for every type of baked good and pastry, and the cookbooks that inspired them to bake in the first place. After combing through their lists, we only included books that were recommended by two or more of the bakers and chefs. Below, nine of the best baking cookbooks for home bakers of every skill level and interest, according to our experts.
books  cooking  baking 
13 days ago
600 free online courses
If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.
courses  online  edx 
13 days ago
Manu Propria fountain pens
MANU PROPRIA is a small, independent one-man manufacturer founded in 2013.

The atelier is based in Ittigen-Bern, Switzerland.According to the term manu propria „with my own hands“, all fountain pens are completely hand made by myself in my atelier.
fountainPens  lacquer  art 
13 days ago
South Africa Conservatory
This connection with the landscape continues through the interior thanks to the huge conservatory built into the core of the brick home. The glass structure, which is topped with translucent roof sheeting, provides spectacular views and also allows for passive temperature control. In the colder months, the glass panels allow solar penetration to warm the space. The area beyond the conservatory was built with glass partitions, which can be opened to allow warm air to flow throughout. In the warm summer months, the automated glass facade opens up completely to allow natural cross ventilation to flow.
13 days ago
Bon Appétit: The Next Cult Gluten-Free Grain: Job's Tears
Chefs are really into this chewy, gluten-free grain—and soon you will be, too.
grains  recipes 
13 days ago
How I’d like him … by Beatriz, Countess of Dia
How I’d like him …
Estat ai en greu cossirier
How I’d like him
how I would like him my
even if for a single night
naked in my arms
his head resting on my lap
I love him, more
than Floris loved Blanchflor

I did not tell him this

Everyone, everyone should know

To him I gave my heart my soul
my reason my eyes my life

My tender beautiful cavalier
when will I have you for myself?
For one night only
naked in your arms

If you could only take
my husband’s place
and swear to me you’ll answer
when I call, and heed my desire.
poetry  irishTimes 
13 days ago
Pentagram: Natasha Jen
Natasha Jen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she received her BFA with Honors in 2002. She has worked at Base Design as a senior designer on fashion and brand identity projects, at 2×4, Inc. as an art director leading large-scale branding, exhibition, environmental and editorial projects, and at Stone Yamashita Partners as creative director. In July 2010, she established her own studio, Njenworks. She joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in April 2012. Natasha’s practice has been notable for crossing media genres, drawing on references from a diverse range of cultural, historical, aesthetic, and technological sources. Her work encompasses brand identities, environmental design, multi-scale exhibitions, signage systems, print, motion and interactive graphics, created in collaborations with universities and professional organizations, museums and galleries, and retail and fashion brands.
pentagram  designer  design 
13 days ago
The Opportunity Atlas
Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?

The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s.

Now you can trace the roots of today's affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people grew up.

See where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.
atlas  opportunity  maps  statistics 
13 days ago
Paper Airplane Designs
A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.

airplanes  paper  fun 
13 days ago
Hope is undiscovered disappointment. ~ Fear Never Fixed Anything, Sense8
hope  quotes  from notes
13 days ago
NYT: Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe
Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.
A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions.
climate  change  palmOil  environment 
13 days ago
Shiny Milliskin Tricot Fabric
The shiny milliskin tricot fabric is 60" wide, 4 way stretch and approximately 80% nylon / 20% spandex. The fabric has a weight of 200 gsm (grams per square meter) or 9.6 oz per linear yard and features a shiny front face with a matte back finish. The shiny front and 4 way stretch makes this fabric extremely unique and a popular choice for all types of garments and crafts. Additionally, the fabric's nylon composition makes it extremely wrinkle resistant and highly resilient when compared to other spandex fabrics. When stretched, the nylon milliskin tricot fabric is able to recover it's original shape far better than other compositions.
fabric  material 
13 days ago
Metric Arch Punches
Punches for leather.

Elora Wad Punches, Gasket Punches, and Arch Punches are Manufactured according to DIN 7200 Form A
punches  leather  tools 
13 days ago
Zuleika Dobson: True Conjurer
The true conjurer finds his guerdon in the consciousness of work done perfectly and for its own sake. Lucre and applause are not necessary to him. ~ Max Beerbohm, 1913 in Zuleika Dobson
from notes
13 days ago
Porter's Generic Strategies:: Choosing Your Route to Success
Which do you prefer when you fly: a cheap, no-frills airline, or a more expensive operator with fantastic service levels and maximum comfort? And would you ever consider a small company with just a few routes?

The choice is up to you, of course. But the point we're making here is that when you come to book a flight, there are some very different options available. Why is this so? The answer is that each of these airlines has chosen a different way of achieving competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.
strategy  marketing 
4 weeks ago
Star Search: No Not the 90s Television Program
Ursa Major, is one of the least known most known constellations, which is confusing but completely accurate. This bear with a squirrel tail is usually identified by simply its tail. If you look at the picture closely you can see that the “Drinking Gourd”, also known as the Big Dipper, is on the rear of this cuddly creature. So, whenever you point out the Big Dipper, just know you are pointing to a bear’s bum. But why a bear? Why is this constellation that has been thought of as a giant forest creature, now forever resting in the sky? Well, there are plenty of theories spanning from cultures all over the world. The Chinese, the Native Americans, Mongolians, and Middle Easterners have all come up with folktales to determine why the Greater Bear is in the sky. The stories are packed with fantastic heroes, jealous rage and violent winds. The story most shared is that of Greek Mythology. And personally, it is the best story I have read to explain this phenomena.

Once upon a time in a kingdom far far away… just kidding, we are talking Greek Gods here. There was once a beautiful wood nymph named Callisto, a seductive huntress and one of Diana’s famed warriors. Zeus (Jupiter) caught sight of her and immediately desired her (like love at first sight with more “adult” undertones). He took on the shape of the goddess Diana and spoke to Callisto, who was delighted to see the form of her mentor. She began to tell him of her hunting abilities, and he responded by having sex with her. Yes, because obviously sex is the answer to everything. Anyway, Juno (Zeus’ wife) was overcome with anger and jealousy and then Callisto bore a son named Arcas, which infuriated Juno even more. Then comes the best form of revenge possible, she transformed young Callisto into a bear.

She lived for a time in the wild, watching over her son from a far. Then one day Arcas came across her while hunting. Unknowingly, he was about to kill his mother in her bear form, but the powerful Zeus, still enamored by Callisto, took mercy on her, stayed Arcas’s hand, and transformed him into a lesser bear. The king of gods then ordered that both mother and son would be sent into the heavens as neighboring constellations. So, his son Hercules with his immense strength, took both bears by their tails, and swung them into the night sky. That is why these bears have furry squirrel like tails; Hercules was so strong that he stretched them out when attempting to send mother and son into the stars.
stars  graphics 
5 weeks ago
Creative map design software for the Mac.
software  design  map 
7 weeks ago
A greenhouse is transformed into an experimental living space in Taiwan
Taipei-based design practice BIAS Architects recently completed “Greenhouse as a Home,” an experimental installation that reinterprets the living areas of a traditional house as five climatic zones. Created for the 2018 Taoyuan Green Expo, the project invited the public to experience the buildings with all five senses, from feeling the climatic differences to eating fresh vegetables hydroponically grown in the installation. Greenhouse as a Home consists of five independent yet interconnected steel grid structures with varying heights and climates ranging from 16 to 29 degrees Celsius (61 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit).
greenhouse  architecture 
7 weeks ago
How One Family Built America's Public Palaces
There, the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces is an impressive display. Photographs, diagrams, drawings and scale models show the beauty and breadth of the work of the Guastavino family — some one-thousand vaults and domes and ceilings in 40 states.
urbanism  architecture  NPR 
7 weeks ago
Why US public transportation is so bad — and why Americans don’t care
How American mass transit measures up against the rest of the world’s.

While some cities do have impressive webs of efficient rail, for the most part, we are a car-dependent society because Americans largely don’t understand how transit should work and see no need to prioritize it.

Walker also says most American customers mistakenly prioritize reach over frequency; they want buses or trains everywhere, on every block, as opposed to a few trains that come all the time. “There is a distinctly American idea to have infrequent trains from the suburb into the city,” he says. “That’s an example where you put a line on map and people say, ‘Oh, [transit] exists,’ and someone who doesn’t understand frequency is going to think an area is being serviced when it is not.” Those who are more familiar with public transit understand that it’s better to have a few lines with frequent trains, rather than many lines that leave once every two hours.
urbanism  transit  US 
8 weeks ago
Urban Interventionism and Local Knowledge
Not only do government interventions tend to compromise the knowledge-utilizing properties of the price system, they also impinge directly and in important ways on local knowledge, or Hayek’s “knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place.” This local knowledge includes norms and trust levels that promote impersonal market interactions and complement more familiar forms of production-related skills and
know-how. Thus, along with the well-known Hayekian lesson that the effective use of local knowledge depends on an extensively used and well-functioning price system, it is equally important to appreciate the reverse: i.e., the role of certain kinds of local knowledge in enabling the extensive use and smooth functioning of the price system to occur. In this way, interventionism can diminish the price system’s effectiveness not only by directly distorting relative prices, but also indirectly by undermining local knowledge. As is generally true of interventionism, these consequences tend to reinforce the interventionist propensities of public choosers
8 weeks ago
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Market Square
William H. Whyte’s famous documentary on public space.
8 weeks ago
bell jar obect
The SkLO reinvention of the classic bell jar, rendered here in substantial handblown Czech glass, includes three different sizes and proportions rendered in four glass colors. The SkLO bell jar has an open neck with fire polished top edge, and an open bottom with ground and polished edges. These sophisticated modern updates on the classic work on their own as objects, or can be used to present other objects in the traditional bell jar presentation.
jars  furnishings  glass  objects  gumps 
9 weeks ago
Jane Jacons :: Urbanism
In 2005, in collaboration with Jane Jacobs, a small group of accomplished urbanists and activists founded The Center for the Living City to build on Ms. Jacobs’ work. The Center’s purpose is to expand the understanding of contemporary urban life and inspire civic engagement and creative responses for the urgent advancement of social, economic and environmental justice.
urbanism  janeJacobs 
9 weeks ago
Snowflake: Tutorial: JSON Basics
Machine data can be generated by a variety of devices, such as servers, cell phones, browsers, and so on. Messages sent from a device are called events. An event describes any single user action or occurrence that you want to track. Machines that collect large numbers of events may organize them into batches. A batch is a container that includes header information common to all of the events; e.g. source device and user information.

In a common data collection scenario, a scalable web endpoint collects POSTed data from different sources and writes them to a queuing system such as Amazon Kinesis, Apache Kafka, or RabbitMQ. An ingest service/utility then writes the data to a S3 bucket, from which you can load the data into Snowflake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to partition JSON data batches in your S3 bucket, execute basic queries on loaded JSON data, and optionally flatten (removing the nesting from) repeated values. The actual data collection process is outside the scope of this tutorial.
javascript  json  tutorial 
9 weeks ago
Discover Earth's Data. Publish open data, share private data, and build new geospatial applications—all on your own branded site.
mapping  software 
9 weeks ago
Can Spanish Sparkling Compete With Champagne?
OENOFILE // 5 Bottles That Raise Cava’s Cred
1. Dibon Brut Reserve Cava, $10 This dry sparkling wine from the Penedès-based Bodegas Pinord is made from the three classic Cava grapes: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. It may not be complex, but it’s a pleasantly refreshing drink.

2. Mas Vida Brut Cava, $11 Citrus notes and a clean finish made this Cava a crowd favorite among our tasting panel, and at $11 a bottle, this wine is also an excellent buy. A perfect party sparkler, made from the classic Cava varieties.

3. Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava, $12 This is a dry Cava full of character from all estate-grown, organic fruit, a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Aged about two years on the lees, it has a rich, toasty note and represents remarkable quality for the price.

4. Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Brut Nature Cava, $17 This very dry, crisp wine commemorates 40 years of this bottling from the Juvé family, one of the most storied in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, center of Cava in the Penedès.

5. 2011 Gramona Imperial Brut Gran Reserva Cava, $30 The Gramona family produces what may well be called the Champagne of Cavas. This wine was aged almost six years before release, and the result is a full-bodied, complex, sumptuous wine with a soft finish.
cava  wine  champagne 
9 weeks ago
Why Buddhism Is True
Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.
10 weeks ago
Arielle Gamble
Arielle Gamble is an artist and designer based in Sydney, Australia.
art  illustration  design  artists  designers 
12 weeks ago
German home and accessories site.
accessories  design 
september 2018
Congress for the New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s built heritage as one interrelated community-building challenge.

We stand for the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions, the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy.

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

We recognize that physical solutions by themselves will not solve social and economic problems, but neither can economic vitality, community stability, and environmental health be sustained without a coherent and supportive physical framework.

We represent a broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals. We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design.

We dedicate ourselves to reclaiming our homes, blocks, streets, parks, neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment.
august 2018
MapChain the World
Spatial Consensus Driven Decentralized Map Economy of the World.

Hyperion aims to establish a global decentralized map economy for 7B people and 10B devices. Hyperion organically integrates innovations of three important dimensions, coined as the Hyperion Trinity of map technology, economy and society structures, to eventually achieve a sustainable and self-governed map economy of the world. People are empowered to build map technology, share economical return and govern map communities
mapChain  blockchain  mapping  maps 
august 2018
Mona Caron: Muralist
Mona is a San Francisco-based artist focusing primarily on creating murals in public space.
sanFrancisco  muralist  arts 
july 2018
Anne Griswold Tyng: 1920–2011
Architect. One-time muse of Louis Kahn. Big on geometry. See "Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry."
architect  geometry  patterns 
july 2018
Little Relish
“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
— W.H. Auden
july 2018
Stephanie Seal Brown Handwovens
Fresh and modern, these handwoven linen tape trims fill an open niche in the trim market for designers looking for clean and simple detailing. The strong graphic designs are relaxed by a simple linen weave and rich, stonewashed texture.

All tape is woven to order. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. Customizable. Samples available. Strike offs are recommended for custom orders. Available only to the trade
linen  tape  custom 
july 2018
Chusquea sp.
Bamboo for handles. Loves the Bay Area.
july 2018
Just another fine responsive site template designed by HTML5 UP and released for free under the Creative Commons.
templates  html5 
july 2018
FEMA’s Outdated and Backward-Looking Flood Maps
FEMA is required to update flood maps every five years. If a map is not assessed within the five-year window, the level of flood risk is considered “unknown.” FEMA must reassess flood maps regularly because flood risks are not static. Flood risks change over time due to a variety of factors, like changing land use patterns.

FEMA’s flood mapping program is falling short in protecting people and property from flooding. According to a September 2017 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, FEMA is unable to “provide members of the public with a reliable rendering of their true flood vulnerability or ensure that NFIP rates reflect the real risk of flooding.” Almost 2/3rds of FEMA’s flood maps have not been updated in the last 5 years. Numerous communities have not had a map update in more than 30 years. For example, many areas that flooded when Sandy struck in 2012 had maps that were last updated in 1983.
maps  FEMA 
june 2018
Ventusky: Weather Data Viz
We decided to take advantage of our knowledge and experience and create a top-quality application that clearly displays meteorological data from around the world and allows you to monitor weather development for any place on earth.
The Earth's weather functions as an interdependent system. For example, a hurricane in the Atlantic has the ability to influence the distribution of pressure formations in Europe. Occasionally, it may even make its way to Europe itself as a post-tropical storm. The Ventusky application allows for the illustration of the interdependence of the entire system, displaying the development of pressure, wind, cloud cover, precipitation, and temperature on the map.

For visualisation of wind data, we utilise current lines that are used to illustrate the movement of particles in liquids. Air and liquid have many similar physical properties, and, as published by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenber (Hint.fm, 2012), current lines are suitable for illustrating wind as well. Because of this, the map depicts wonderful formations illustrating pressure lows that draw in the air around them. We have created an entirely new system of displaying waves. Through the use of animated arcs, our visualisation clearly differentiates the direction of movement and height of both wind waves and swells. For the other meteorological elements, we chose colour scales that appropriately illustrate precipitation, air pressure, and temperature. The colours correspond with the feeling that the given weather phenomena evokes in us. For temperature, blue illustrates cool weather while dark red depicts hot desert air. For precipitation, we concentrated on the danger associated with it. Blue colours represent low precipitation totals that will not result in floods. Orange and red hues, on the other hand, are dangerous and may bring flooding.

The name itself, Ventusky, is a combination of two words. The first is the Latin word, Ventus, means wind, and the second is the English word, Sky.

The Ventusky application is accessible to anyone around the world, aimed at improving awareness about meteorological events in our atmosphere. Images from the application can be redistributed with source and thus help us achieve our goal.
dataViz  weather  mapping 
june 2018
New Sounds
New Sounds is New York Public Radio’s home for the musically curious. Free your listening from the limits of genre and algorithm.
sounds  music  publicRadio  WNYC 
june 2018
Candida Hofer
Interior space photography
interiors  architecture  opera 
june 2018
12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
Tech is more important than ever, deeply affecting culture, politics and society. Given all the time we spend with our gadgets and apps, it’s essential to understand the principles that determine how tech affects our lives.
medium  articles  tech 
june 2018
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