Category: New Discoveries

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Casa Palma

When visiting the magical city of Guanajuato, the colorful and ingeniously constructed cultural mecca in the heart of Mexico, try to score a reservation at Casa Palma. Set halfway up a South-facing mountainside, with views of everything, Casa Palma is a beautifully renovated three-level house — and miniature orchard — situated on a narrow callejon (an alleyway without...

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Overview, with Rick Overton

God bless the Internet. Thanks to digital immortality, all the things we call “content” never fully disappear. It’s possible now to discover new programs that are in fact quite old — or on indeterminate hiatus. Our current favorite podcast extant is “Overview, with Rick Overton,” an hour-long conversation between the legendary improviser-comic-actor-writer Rick Overton and one...

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The Areas of My Expertise

The short title of John Hodgman’s 2005 book is: The Perfect Bathroom Companion. True, as it lends itself to random visits of indeterminate length. The complete title is: An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by myself, John Hodgman, a Professional Writer, in The Areas of My...

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Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Eating nutritious, delicious, organic, un-processed whole foods can be crushingly expensive, especially if you procure your whole foods at Whole Foods. The Website Don’tWasteTheCrumbs is aimed at folks who want to live healthily and frugally. Created by a mother of two named Tiffany, DWTC offers clever recipes, monthly meal plans and “life hacks” for budget-minded shoppers determined...

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I’ll Be Me

“I’ll Be Me,” a documentary about music legend Glen Campbell’s decent into Alzheimer’s is a deeply affecting, often painful portrait of an artist slowly going away. Director James Keach successfully tiptoes the line between education and exploitation, between truthfulness and vulgar voyeurism. The film has many of the hallmarks of a stylishly produced “Reality” show — confessional...

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Slingshot

For fifteen years, the prolific inventor Dean Kamen, creator of insulin pumps, heart stents, electric wheelchairs and the Segway personal transporter, has tried to solve the world’s potable water problem. (Yes, there is one, Instagram-scroller.) His newest invention, dubbed “Slingshot” to suggest the slaying of giants by technology, is a compressed vapor water purification system...

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The Physics of Light

Almost everyone knows who Albert Einstein was. Almost no one can articulate his General Theory of Special Relativity. Ditto Issac Newton and how he mathematically proved planetary gravity. The pop science series “The Physics of Light” explains these universal concepts with superb animations, trippy CGI and clever graphics, all delivered in a storytelling, non-academic style. The...

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Katie Bull

On her fifth album, “All Hot Bodies Radiate,” Katie Bull continues to redefine the concept of “jazz vocalist.” She’s no chick singer. Bull’s instrument, her voice, isn’t extraordinarily powerful, plangent or peculiar, and she doesn’t project conservatory-trained technique and tuning. Yet her work mesmerizes and invites repeated listening. That’s because Bull is a singing poet, a writer...

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MondayPunday.com

For five years, every Monday, the comedian Matthew Broussard has published a cartoon pun puzzle on his site, MondayPunday.com. It could just as well be called, “Think You’re Clever?” These are not painfully obvious joke drawings. Broussard’s visual puns are witty, subtle, and frequently adorable. Many of them are also quite difficult, which makes MondayPunday the kind of site...

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MOPDTK’s “Mauch Chunk”

Mostly Other People Do the Killing’s latest iteration, a quartet, is led by bassist Mopppa Elliott, whose modern bop compositions are featured on the band’s new album, “Mauch Chunk,” a rollicking, raucous  dash through jazz history that’s firmly in the right now. MOPDTK’s sax man is Jon Irabagon, one the most exciting players in the world....