Racially Diverse Emoji

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

In 2012, Miley Cyrus tweeted about the lack of diversity within the pre-installed Emoji on Apple devices. Last week, actor Tahj Mowry did the same. Then MTV Act blogger Joey Parker emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the issue. Katie Cotton (Vice President of Worldwide Communications at the tech giant) responded, assuring Parker that an update—representing more races and cultures—is on its way. While some …

The Great Barrier Reef, An Obituary

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

One of the undisputed wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is taking its last breaths, according to experts. This expansive, multi-media scroll-through feature from the Guardian outlines the 133,000 square mile spectacle’s biological history; from tectonic activity millions of years ago to recent human ruin caused by irresponsible tourism and fishing. While the story of the reef …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

1. The Modern Day Pantheon One of the most memorable talks from this year’s TED conference in Vancouver was from Bran Ferren who spoke about combining art and engineering to create a modern-day Pantheon. The former Head of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering and founder of Applied Minds, Ferren describes the brilliance behind the Roman temple built over 2000 years ago while citing …