The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Neat articles on the plastic pink flamingo, true crime, Nudge politics and more.

3/50 Project: Support Local Business, Keep Your Town Afloat

I came across a pretty cool nascent web-based social movement the other day, thanks, I must admit, surprisingly, to the Captivate, the elevator TV network. It's called the 3/50 Project and it encourages patronizing small businesses as a means of sustaining the communities they serve. I'm not typically a frequenter for business blogs that have taglines like, "Success only runs in one direction," and that feature FAQs where the author writes of herself glowingly in third person. They remind me that I tend to fail at chatting in conference rooms. Despite its roots in just such a blog I am struck by the 3/50 project as a pretty good idea.

Found Photographs Unearth Amazing Talent

This one has been in the news for a couple of years, but it's news to me and it's really cool. I stumbled across this story this morning via - an article on details the life and work of a previously unknown photographer named Vivian Maier. She was an amateur photographer and professional nanny who lived in New York and France, but her work largely centers around Chicago in the 1950s and 60s. I'm a bit of a shutterbug myself. I love black and white, portraits/street life, and medium format (square) prints, so Vivian Maier is my new favorite photographer. Her eye and framing is amazing and her use of natural light and shadow is pretty breathtaking at times. But that's not what makes this story so interesting...