What I’m reading, eating, & tweeting

Because I spend a good portion of my day on the Internet, whether it’s for work or for fun, it seemed silly to not keep this blog at least semi-regularly updated. So here’s a quick look at what I’ve been reading, the places around NYC I’ve been eating, and interesting things I’ve found around the Internets that have merited a Tweet. (Here’s hoping I can look back on all of these and either be proud or deeply embarrassed about my choices.)

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Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev, Grub Street // Dylan Stilin, NYU Spoon University

More accurately, “read.” I just finished New York Times reporter Nick Bilton’s “Hatching Twitter,” which tells the story of the site’s inception and growth over the past eight years, while highlighting the co-founders’ stories and challenges along the way. Bilton describes everything from the power struggles among the founders to the celebration of major company milestones, making the ubiquitous site seem a bit more human. A fascinating read, and there’s already a TV series in the works.  

 

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Photo: IDEO

Last week, a few friends and I headed to Black Seed, a new bagel shop in Nolita. The bagels were being touted as a hybrid between Montreal and New York-style, but since I can’t really tell the difference, I was just excited to eat a delicious bagel. And they didn’t disappoint. I ordered an everything bagel with scallion spread and it was probably among the top five bagels I’ve ever had. For fans of Mile End and The Smile (Black Seed co-founders’ other ventures), this place is a must.

 I’m a big fan of IDEO’s design work and the at-home manicure, so this was a fun read. IDEO partnered with beauty company Julep to redesign the nail polish brush from the tiny, awkward one that’s in the cap of the polish to an elegant wand that’s much easier to handle. This piece on the company’s blog details the prototyping process and the design collaboration.

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