Quarterly Co. is a "subscription service for wonderful things. [They] send people physical items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice." Today, they interviewed me about my Quarterly picks and some good and bad things I get in the mail.
1. How did you come up with the idea for your latest Quarterly mailing?
As a kid, I loved the Johnson Smith Catalog. It was a thick, digest sized catalog loaded with different kinds of novelties: miniature cameras, magic tricks, specialty wristwatches, glow-in-the-dark paints, rubber masks, and other odd curios. I wanted to recapture that magic feeling that I got when I perused the catalog.
5 Questions for Mark Frauenfelder
How do you explain an abstract concept to children? Kid lit is filled with depictions of good manners, sharing, and other physical acts that lend themselves well to visual representation, but until now I haven’t read a book that tackles the very notion of idea itself. The fact that What Do You Do With an […]
The deceptively simple Collatz Conjecture is one of mathematics’ most difficult puzzles. Alex Bellos shows off a cool rendering by Edmund Harris that looks like a beautiful life form from the sea.
Barry’s is Ireland’s finest cheap black tea in a bag. Folks seems awful fond of PG Tips and someone brought me a box.
Yeah, Bluetooth audio is pretty common these days, so why should you care about these earbuds? Look how happy that woman up above looks. She’s got FRESHeBUDS in. Boom. There’s your reason. She’s also at the beach and it appears to be a very nice day.But for the sake of promotion, wireless earbuds are fast becoming the […]
“Gets stuff done,” is a good way to be described by anybody. Especially by coworkers or bosses. Because whether you’re in finance or a children’s librarian, stuff needs to get done. But how do you make sure stuff gets done? You definitely can’t do all the stuff yourself, unless your company/organization/government office consists entirely of you. And […]
Even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. That’s why music aficionados designed The Basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. Does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? Not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]