Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation

Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze.

He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies.

Jeremiah Shoaf:

I first encountered TEFF Lexicon when type designer Kris Sowersby chose it as one of his top three favorites typefaces. Having never heard of Lexicon or TEFF (the foundry that released Lexicon), I decided to do a bit of Googling around. I discovered a very beautiful typeface, but was a bit taken aback by the price — $391 for a single cut or $4,996 for the complete family.

In the days of Ten Dollar Fonts (apparently designed by “typographers” rather than type designers), selling a typeface for $4,996 seems a little crazy…

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TEFF Lexicon: How much should a typeface cost?

Lexicon is a serif typeface designed by Dutch type designer Bram de Does between the years 1989 and 1992. The typeface was specially designed for use at very small point sizes in Van Dale’s Dictionary of the Dutch Language. — Wikipedia

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How the design firm behind the Xbox built the bike of the future

Denny concept bike

From The Verge: Teague was enlisted to design a new kind of bike by Oregon Manifest, a non-profit dedicated to making the world think differently about bikes.

Oregon Manifest’s three pillars for the competition were safety, security, and convenience. Teague decided convenience mattered most:

“You don’t have to think about gears. They’re like go-karts, you just go. It wasn’t even really a choice for us.”
Roger Jackson, creative director at Teague

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How An Architect Who Has Never Left North Korea Imagines The Future

io9 spoke to Nick Bonner, founder of Koryo Tours who have been bringing travellers to North Korea since 1993. Bonner commissioned an architect to create a series of designs imagining how a future North Korea might accommodate a huge influx of tourists:

Many buildings in North Korea have what we in the West would call a retro-futuristic feel, so something that we have seen before, except this time we were pushing the eco side of it all.

The project was commissioned in-house – an experiment between Koryo Tours and the North Korean architects, and looking at the future of sustainable tourism. When we started taking the first tours to North Korea in 1993, only a small handful of people were visiting, but now we take over 2,000 a year (more than half of all the foreigners who visit). It still remains the least-visited country in the world, but also one of the most interesting experiences possible.

Shape of things to come

How an architect who has never left North Korea imagines the future

“You only need to walk around Pyongyang to see buildings that express originality within the limitations of what is allowed there, and what is actually achievable in terms of the available technology (for example, no glass-curtain walls, and most buildings still built with concrete and reinforcement bars).” — Nick Bonner, Koryo Tours

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Some of the best movie trailers in recent memory

I love trailers. Sometimes I’ll go back and watch them again, just for the excitement they capture so well. These are just a few of my favourites from recent years. Some give away too much of the story or too many moments from the final act. Some of the movies ended up not being very good. I don’t care about all that: these are still great trailers.

Watchmen (2009)

A more conventional second trailer followed.

Inception (2010)

I think I may have been one of the few people to be relatively disappointed with Inception, but the later trailers had me really curious to see it. Of course, it’s become famous for the ‘Inception horn’ sound, some variant of which has been used in almost every action trailer since.

Cloud Atlas (2012) extended trailer

An emotional, rich and exciting five minute epic of a trailer that almost feels like a movie in its own right.

Next up: Prometheus and Man of Steel →

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How Did Soviet Psych Experiments Lead To Rocky?

Intercut! Montage! The illusion of continuity! All hallmarks of the edit – the point in a film’s production where a film comes together and becomes greater than the sum of its shots.

In less than 7 minutes (and plenty of cuts), we’ll show you just how important editing is to the creation of film: from the first stop trick to today.