Inside the World of Longsword Fighting

Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules.

At Gucci, Frida Giannini Opens Milan Fashion Week - NYTimes.com

And so the ravening fashion hordes have come to Milan, heels click-clacking, iPhones at the ready. Talk of independence has been traded for talk of reform, thanks to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new imperative. At Gucci, however, it was not entirely clear that its creative director, Frida Giannini, had gotten the memo. Revisiting the brand’s 1970s heyday, she offered up a vintage-tinged, albeit crisply energetic, parade of faded denim cropped sailor trousers paired with skinny ribbed knits, maroon and forest green suede belted trenches complete with rows of brass buttons, and marching band jackets with gold-braid trim.

These Are the 25 Best Museums in the World | TIME

Chicago’s Art Institute tops this list by Trip Advisor, with Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology close behind If you’re booking vacations for the holidays, take note: TripAdvisor has released a list of the 25 best museums in the world. The rankings — part of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards — are based on millions of reviews from travelers across the globe over the past 12 months.

There’s a new OS for the iPhone. It’s called iOS 8. Why? Apple won’t say.
Regardless, we’ve got a new Tumblr app out today that takes advantage of iOS 8’s improved sharing features. Make a photo post right from your Photos app, for example. Or a link post right from Safari. Couldn’t be easier.
Also: Posts are now the full width of the screen. That means photos are 3% larger than before. Sounds like a little, feels like a lot.

There’s a new OS for the iPhone. It’s called iOS 8. Why? Apple won’t say.

Regardless, we’ve got a new Tumblr app out today that takes advantage of iOS 8’s improved sharing features. Make a photo post right from your Photos app, for example. Or a link post right from Safari. Couldn’t be easier.

Also: Posts are now the full width of the screen. That means photos are 3% larger than before. Sounds like a little, feels like a lot.

‘365 Postcards for Ants’, A Miniature Painting-a-Day Project by Lorraine Loots
Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.
Lauren Kate, Torment 

iPhone 6 Review | Re/code

After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which go on sale Friday. But it hasn’t just expanded the screens. It has radically redesigned the iPhone, making it thinner and more curved, and has beefed up everything from the screen to the performance to the battery life and wireless speed. I’ve been testing the more mainstream of the two models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, for about a week now, and I think it’s a terrific phone. In my view, it’s the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens. That includes a new service called Apple Pay for buying goods in stores and online electronically via the phone; it’s due next month. Apple Pay will only work with these latest iPhones, and Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch. But this review is just part of the story. While I’ve been testing the iPhone 6, my three colleagues on Re/code’s reviews team have been testing the rest of Apple’s new iPhone and iPhone-related products. Lauren Goode has the lowdown on Apple’s first phablet, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, here. Katie Boehret reviews the new operating system, iOS 8, here. And Bonnie Cha’s take on the iPhone’s all-new onscreen keyboard, and its third-party competitors, is here.

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Dinah Washington: You want me to sound like Julie London?
Producer: No, sound like Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington: Would you rather me sound like Lady?
Producer: I’d like you to sound like Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington: I could sound like Spokane, Washington (laughs)
Producer: I-I’d like you to sound like Dinah Washington! (laughs)

Ask a Wildlife Art Curator

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The National Museum of Wildlife Art will be participating in the 2014 Ask A Curator day on social media on Wednesday, September 17. Write to us on Twitter @WildlifeArtJH and our curatorial team will respond. Join the conversation online by following #AskACurator.

I dream too much, and I don’t write enough, and I’m trying to find God everywhere.
Anis Mojgani 

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write - Mic

The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary. No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference. By writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events, participants were significantly more likely to have fewer illnesses and be less affected by trauma. Participants ultimately spent less time in the hospital, enjoyed lower blood pressure and had better liver functionality than their counterparts. It turns out writing can make physical wounds heal faster as well. Even those who suffer from specific diseases can improve their health through writing. So what is it about writing that makes it so great for you?

be willing to move forward imperfectly.
Matt Perman : ’What’s Best Next’ p.175