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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From headphones grown from fungus to a new understanding of procrastination, our round-up of the internet this week

LGBTQ+ Activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to Get NYC Monument

A statue planned for Greenwich Village’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle will honor Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists and icons of the LGBTQ+ community. The pair co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, an organization that offered support for homeless drag queens, gay youth and trans people. And, as legend has it, Rivera threw the first bottle during the Stonewall riots. Rivera and Johnson, both drag queens of color, offered a tremendous amount to their community and their contributions can’t be reduced to one statue—but it’s a significant step. It’s also an important reminder that Pride began with a riot, with activism, and with collective outrage. Head to the NY Times to read more.

Garage Italia Turns Vintage Autos Into Electric Cars

From Milan’s Garage Italia Customs, the Icon-e project sees Lapo Elkann’s creative and production agency replace vintage auto combustion engines with electric drivetrains. Their debut effort, a Fiat Nuova 500, maintains the spirit of the 1957-1975 production period, but there are several developments that make it fit for the road today. See more images at High Snobiety.

Developments in Our Understanding of Procrastination

“Procrastination is not a time-management problem, it’s an emotion-management problem,” Tim Pychyl, an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University, explains in Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. Numerous studies now reveal that troubles with mood and emotion-regulation trigger procrastination. As Sam Kemmis-Zapier explores for Fast Company, data-driven techniques can then be used to counteract these effects—like considering a project as a series of small actions rather than a towering amount of work. Read more about the psychology behind procrastination and more techniques to combat it at Fast Company.

Maurice Sendak’s Magical Stage Designs at The Morgan Library

An opportunity to step into the whimsical worlds imagined by one of the most revered children’s book authors, Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Design for Opera and Ballet will open at The Morgan Library on 14 June. The exhibition unites over 150 costumes, props, sketches, storyboards and set models for the first time ever. The productions addressed in the exhibit include Where the Wild Things Are, The Love for Three OrangesThe Cunning Little VixenThe Magic Flute and Nutcracker. Read more at Cultured.

Grown-To-Order Headphones Made From Fungus

Korvaa has developed headphones made of fungus, biomaterials and 3D-printed plastics derived from the lactic acid found in yeast. The leather-like material that covers the foam ear-pads is actually fungal mycelium, while the firm but adjustable headband is made from the aforementioned 3D-printed plastics. Despite not being in production (yet), the prototype is proof that companies can rely on alternative sustainable materials to produce a design-forward product. Read more at Fast Company.

Porsche’s New “Roads” App for Driving Enthusiasts

Roads, Porsche’s newest app, catalogs a deep collection of user-submitted drives and road trips. With over 500,000 users, the selection is vast and ever-growing. Available for iOS now and coming to Android soon, the app is by and for driving enthusiasts. Porsche’s Marco Brinkmann says, “It’s for all those that consider driving more than just transportation… It goes beyond the brand. It’s meant to be a scalable platform that allows us to create a sort of Michelin Guide for roads.” Head to Gear Patrol to read more.

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