This Week in Culture: August 8, 2014
A guide to cultural happenings of the week.
Why “Cosmos” is a Beacon of Hope
When I was little, the Discovery Channel ran cultural and wildlife documentaries and history specials. It was stuff that made me want to become a paleontologist. Now, the station runs shows like “Amish Mafia,” “Game of Stones,” and “Rods N’Wheels,” not to be confused with the similarly named -- and similarly themed -- “Fast N’Loud.” In these dark times, the upcoming Cosmos reboot offers a glimmer of hope.
Shoot Anywhere With These Five All-Weather Canvas Camera Bags
We know you love leather bags, and so do we. But there are times, say, when you’re toting your photography gear, that you need a more all-weather, utilitarian alternative. In fact, we'll say it now -- leave the leather for trips and commutes. We've rounded up our favorites and put them through their paces to come up with our list of the five best canvas camera bags for the discerning photographer.
National Geographic State Recreation Atlases
We cling to our smartphones like Wesley Snipes to a tax attorney -- but even the coolest apps are worthless when your battery bar's hurting. A new line of National Geographic Recreation Atlases ($18), described as "part road atlas, part trail guide, part trip planner", serve as a great old-school solution getting the most out of your next vacation.
Briefings: Tony Scott, High-Frequency Trading, Pappy Van Winkle, Mobile Phone Throwing, and the Oglala Lakota
National Geographic National Parks App
A wise man uses his smartphone on vacation for rare occasions only -- ok, and maybe some Angry Birds slingin', too. The National Parks app by National Geographic (free, $1 per park guide) has us reconsidering that though. With its
Briefings: Weedless in Amsterdam, A Kenyan Runner, Good Drives, Cycling in Brussels, and Exploding Cars
Life is filled with surprises, like the Netherlands tightening its marijuana laws even as we relax ours in the States. What’s next -- freedom of religion? Geez. News about that, plus things on wheels (bikes, exploding cars) and people who run
Revisiting the Sinking of the Titanic
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSGeskFzE0s&w=650&h=360]Does the world need another take on Titanic? When the response involves James Cameron and National Geographic, the answer is always yes, as long as charcoal drawings aren't involved. This latest installment of Viewfinder combines James Cameron's fascination with the ocean, and state of the art
Briefings: Skullware, Cold Patrol, Cashing Out, Cosmopolis: Cronenberg Makes DeLillo, and Trojans
Timekeeping: Rolex Deepsea Challenge
In-Depth: Deepsea Challenger
Daily Briefing: 11.15.2011
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Roundup The Atlantic One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco This is Colossal Did Manny Pacquiao Just Become the Villain? Grantland Inside the Nest: iPod creator Tony Fadell wants to reinvent
Daily Briefing: 11.11.2011
The Footage the NFL Won't Show You Wall Street Journal (account required) George Clooney Talks Sex, Politics and Fame Rolling Stone How to Take Better Camera Phone Photos National Geographic Fall Cycling Gear Cool Hunting The Macallan X-Ray Boxes by Nick Veasey NOTCOT How to
On Assignment for National Geographic by Camp 4 Collective
Have you've ever sat there at home, flipping through the pages of your favorite yellow-framed adventure magazine and asked yourself the question, "I wonder what it's like to be an expedition photographer for National Geographic?" If so, then you'll want to watch this film. Chronicling the epic lengths to which