Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Photographing cannabis, ocean-friendly Jenga, self-flying helicopters and more

1. How to Freeze Soap Bubbles in Winter Weather A craze transfixing photographers lately: capturing the freezing process of soap bubbles in winter weather yields orbs with glorious, unexpected patterning. No two bubbles are the same, and footage at Fstoppers reveals as much. They also provide extra insight and include a video from photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj—revealing that photographing these bubbles is the easy part, but …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Naming space objects, a new design for Rockefeller Center Plaza, the history of pink and more in our look at the web

1. Help NASA Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target A small, frozen world known as (486958) 2014 MU69 is the next flyby destination for NASA’s New Horizons. Understandably, the space agency thinks it needs a snappier name. Some billion miles past Pluto, MU69 is located in the Kuiper Belt and is now in the market for a nickname. Hosted online, there’s a contest where the public …

Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Presents for $25 and Under

For those who want to keep the spending low, but the positive vibes high

The holidays can be an expensive time, so it’s always wise to have a budget of some kind—no matter how flush you feel on pay day. With that in mind, we have trawled the internet finding all kinds of goodies that are fantastic but affordable. From toys to books, games and grooming products, items that encourage creativity and organization, we have just about everything covered—for …

Miami’s Funding Arts Network Turns 20 Years Old

Miami’s Funding Arts Network (aka FAN) turned 20, and continues its mission to support, empower and enhance the city’s artists. To celebrate its long and significant role in the art scene, FAN offered up grants “totaling $250,000 in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to 21 Miami-Dade non-profit organizations.” Since founders Deborah Hoffman and the late Nita Prieto-Maercks discussed starting the initiative, FAN has contributed …

Save Rex Ranch

Longtime Director of Digital Initiatives at Sundance Joseph Beyer wants to transform an abandoned dude ranch in Arizona into a cultural arts mecca

Can an organization raise $735,000 in 40 days to buy an abandoned dude ranch in the southwestern Arizona desert? It just might be possible with Joseph Beyer—eternal optimist and Director of Digital Initiatives at the Sundance Institute—personally leading the cause, armed with the vision of transforming the historic Rex Ranch into an interdisciplinary arts and culture mecca. Built in the 1880s in the small town …