Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of the leap-second, DIY skateparks, wasabi-making caterpillars and more in this week's look at the web

1. The History of The Leap Second If Tuesday felt like it went by slower than usual, that’s because it did. A leap second was added to Tuesday’s time in order to keep the Earth’s rotation in sync with the atomic clock. As NASA explains it, scientists once analyzed radio waves sent from far off quasars to determine that our planet’s rotation is gradually slowing …

Patti Smith’s New Memoir

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Following up the beautifully written “Just Kids,” Patti Smith—singer, songwriter, poet, artist and icon—has announced her new memoir, “M Train,” will be released later this year. Described as a trip “through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations,” the book is said to explore Smith’s feelings about her craft and creative origins, as …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Grace Jones' memoir, 3D meat, Memphis in London and more in our look at the web this week

1. Lightning Strikes in the Grand Canyon The majesty of the Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders in the US—and the world. Even the most pedestrian photographers can capture beautiful images of the two-billion-year-old geological work in progress. But when professional Rolf Maeder recently went to shoot sunset photos, a lightning storm rolled in, providing him with even more spectacular scenery. Maeder …