Best Of the Web: Lists! Critics Pick Best Films, Books, Gifts + some great photos

More of an end-year review feel to this curated list. Aside from the “Best Of” everything lists from around the web, I include some great photos, some self-help tips (music to reduce anxiety, how to wear a V-neck sweater) and the top earning You Tube Stars of 2018 (#1 earns $22mn a year, but guess how old he is).


Photo Gallery

A personal space for the open office —Soundproof phone booths Gulp

Guide To Computing: A Visual History Of Computing 1945-1979 Beautifully shown

Top 25 News Photos of 2018 Some stunning shots


Surgery Of Self-Help

Underestimating the power of gratitude – recipients of thank-you letters are more touched than we expect New study found that the senders of the thank-you letters consistently underestimated how positive the recipients felt about receiving the letters and how surprised they were by the content. The senders also overestimated how awkward the recipients felt; and they underestimated how warm, and especially how competent, the recipients perceived them to be.

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent “Weightless,” by Marconi Union is that song 

Self help books that work Recommended by the FT’s Tim Hartford. Includes “The Tao Of Pooh” and “Getting Things Done” 

How to Be an Artist 33 rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively).

Explaining the power of curiosity – to your brain, hunger for knowledge is much the same as hunger for food Study shows that curiosity is an appetite like hunger

The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing a V-Neck Sweater Very handy


Library Of The Best Books Of 2018

23 must-read books that Bill Gates recommended in 2018 Includes “Bad Blood” (about the Theranos blood-testing scandal), “Army of None (about putting computers in charge), and “The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness”

Lit Hub’s Favorite Books of 2018 Lots of books I haven’t heard of, but sound good like “Bearskin” which is “the most vivid pieces of nature writing I’ve come across in some time, with a genuinely heart-pounding thriller nestled inside.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 The book review site gives the most voted books in various categories. Jojo Moyes’ “Still Me” wins Best Fiction and Michelle McNamara’s” I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” wins Best NonFiction

Here are the Biggest Nonfiction Bestsellers of the Last 100 Years Lists it by year! In 1995 for example, the top seller was John Gray’s  “Men Are from Mars, Women are From Venus”

The New Yorker’s Best Books Of 2018 Includes “Ordinary People,” by Diana Evans (tragicomedy set around two couples, “Small Fry,” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (memoir by Steve Jobs daughter) and “Convenience Store Woman,” by Sayaka Murata (Keiko sells rice balls and other conveniences at the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart, She loves her work, but her sister worries: Why won’t she settle down, find a boyfriend?…)


Your Gift Lists (No Excuses Now!)

GQ’s Best Stuff of 2018: 21 Luxury Gifts for Men  Includes Nike React Element 87¸Hay Sowden Bottle and OneStep+ i-Type polaroid camera

Bose’s $199 audio-based AR sunglasses are available for preorder Using these GPS and motion sensor data points in conjunction with voice commands and a single multifunction button, the glasses could  offer information about whatever we were looking at via the speakers in each of the sunglasses’ arms. Promising

Futurism Holiday Gift Guide Includes Gravity Blanket (to reduce stress) and Molecular Gastronomy Kit!

The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Contains links to lots of other best gift guide sites. Kottke picks out things Anove Sous Vide Cooker, the new Kindle Paperwhite (waterproof!) and a $7 pedometer

These pants are designed to last 100 years Pants to die for–and in (!). And for Brits, pants = trousers!


Science Lessons Of 2018

The Biggest Science Stories of 2018 Includes “Martian dreams were realised”, “Space equipment broke” and “Bodies hackers and DNA collectors”

Easy-To-Read Summary of Important AI Research Papers of 2018 For the AI interested

The Best Science Books of 2018 | Five Books Expert Recommendations Books Physics, Biology and Space

The 100 greatest innovations of 2018 Includes fastest spacecraft ever, the first migraine-prevention drug and the one-pound (weight) tent


Tech support

How to Reset All of Your Browsers Back to Square One Useful as browsers end accumulating lots of gunk.

The new word processor wars: A fresh crop of productivity apps are trying to reinvent our workday So many! At some point, we could lose sight of what we are actually producing!

Tom Cruise wants to fix your TV by turning off motion smoothing Please — it’s ruining your movies.

Best Of Film, TV and Videogames In 2018

The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich Includes “First Reformed”, “Paddington 2” (yeah!) and “Madeline’s Madeline”

Apple presents the best of 2018 Apple editor picks. Includes iPhone game of the year (Donut County), artist of the year (Drake), best podcast (a bunch including “Everything Is Alive”) and best TV (“Americans”, “Barry” + more)

New Yorker’s Best Video Games of 2018 I’m lost, but I’m sure this list means something to someone: Return of the Obra Dinn , Tetris Effect  (I think I know this!), and Red Dead Redemption 2

Golden Globes 2019 Film Nominations –Full List Includes Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born and If Beale Street Could Talk

Matt Zoller Seitz’s 10 Best TV Shows of 2018 Includes Atlanta, Pose and Glow


Best Music 2018

The New York Times’ 28 Best Albums Of 2018. Includes Janelle Monáe, ‘Dirty Computer’, Mitski, ‘Be the Cowboy’ (I saw her in concert!) and serpentwithfeet, ‘Soil’

United States of Music Great interactive graphic by US state on which popstars played well over the course of the year. For example Camila Cabello was big during May in NY 

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2018 Includes Childish Gambino’s “This is America” and Tierra Whack’s “Pet Cemetery”

City Guide

The most expensive New York City neighborhoods in 2018, ranked Garment District is #3, SoHo is #2 and …..

Best Christmas pantomimes in London A British tradition. It wouldn’t be Christmas in London without a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn’t…

Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama In case you’re in Tokyo


Things That Make You Wonder (and Smile)

The New Yorker’s The Best Jokes of 2018 funny

Einstein’s ‘God Letter,’ a Viral Missive From 1954 The letter where he wrote on his lack  of faith is going on auction. Pre-sale estimate $1mn-$1.5mn!

These Were the Jobs of the Future, According to Experts in 1988 I love these sorts of articles. So the predictions were:  Ocean hotel manager, wellness consultant, sports law specialist, lunar astronomer and even robot trainer

Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2018: Markiplier, Jake Paul, PewDiePie And More #1 is Ryan ToysReview. Ryan is 7 years old. He earned $22m in 2018




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