Every Monday, words to start the week.
The New Yorker: a portrait of Chloé Roubert, a full-time, self-proclaimed "pigeon scholar." At 31, she's learned much about the species that she's eager to share — that they have excellent eyesight, for example. That they can be entered into pigeon-specific beauty pageants. And that "like many New Yorkers, [they] are bagel-eaters, immigrants, and scavengers, and are put off by new high-rises that are inhospitably spiffy." Find the essay, written by Betsy Morais, here.
Four more, just because:
-This sign language interpretation of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" is amazing.
-You, too, can be a cloud reporter. (Thanks, Tina.)
-Loved learning that the design of the Rubik's Cube was inspired by water. Says its inventor: "In the mid-1970s, I was teaching design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest. I was searching for a way to demonstrate 3D movement to my students and one day found myself staring into the River Danube, looking at how the water moved around the pebbles. This became the inspiration for the cube's twisting mechanism. The fact that it can do this without falling apart is part of its magic."
-And lastly, from Miles: "Do not fear mistakes. There are none."
More recommended reading, here. Have a happy Monday! Photos by Julia Robbs.