How to Do Philosophy -
If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.
TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us -
Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.
DIY Dot Org -
A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.
The Steve Jobs Video Archive -
A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order
Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.
Water Wigs are pretty amazing.
Jonah Peretti's letter to BuzzFeed’s employees -
If you’re wondering what a excellent blueprint for a modern media company looks like, look no further than Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti’s latest email to his employees. In it, Peretti explains a lot of his company’s virtues, the most important being a relentless focus on always providing what’s best for the user. Vox Media (operators of The Verge) is the only other company I can think of which approaches this level of reform and execution.
The Covers Project -
I love this so much: a cross-referenceable database of cover songs, searchable by song or artist. Slowed down, acoustic covers — no matter the song — are so enjoyable to me that I wish it was a requirement to play one at every show. If you like them as much as I do, make sure to check out M. Ward’s Let’s Dance or Sun Kil Moon’s entire album of Modest Mouse covers.
More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter. — Tim Kreider’s denunciation of the cult of busyness is excellent. (via jimray)