Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Vale Elaine Stritch Broadway legend and all-round sassy broad Elaine Stritch passed away this week and the outpouring of grief has been a testament to how special and appreciated she was. In his tribute to the icon, Steve Reiss writes, “She wasn’t traditionally beautiful, she didn’t have a particularly melodious voice, and her sole fashion imitator might be Diane Keaton. But she projected integrity, …

Vale Elaine Stritch

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

Broadway legend and all-round sassy broad Elaine Stritch passed away this week and the outpouring of grief has been a testament to how special and appreciated she was. In his tribute to the icon, Steve Reiss writes, “She wasn’t traditionally beautiful, she didn’t have a particularly melodious voice, and her sole fashion imitator might be Diane Keaton. But she projected integrity, honesty, vulnerability and charisma …

Why We Quote TV

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

Evidently, singing the “Monorail” song from The Simpsons or quoting the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is just a way to make friends. Australian linguist Lauren Gawne calls The Simpsons a “cultural touchstone” for those who grew up with the show, thus quoting Homer or Dr Nick (or any character from your formative years) is simply a way to connect with others. Gawne says, “We like …

Pimp My Cooler

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

Portland’s Ryan Grepper is pleasing the masses with Coolest, a 21st century cooler that is the ultimate party on wheels. His rendition—which is now on Kickstarter—includes an 18-volt blender for mixing up drinks on the go, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, a USB port, beach tires, a cutting board, a built-in bottle opener and a bungee cord for strapping more gear to the top. Grepper’s clearly found …

Malala Day

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

On Monday, the world celebrated global education advocate Malala Yousafzai on her official commemorative holiday. Yousafzai marked the occasion the way she does best, by taking a stand against those who are still attempting to keep women from receiving an education and writing a deeply moving essay on how the world needs to unite in the fight against academic oppression.