Cosmic Reef, a New Collection of Digitally Native Work by Leo Villareal

Minting his first set of NFTs, the artist is already at home in this medium

Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have unlimited utility as essentially traceable serial numbers in the decentralized web3 world. For artists, they’re an invaluable tool to authenticate, protect and ensure royalties from their digital work. NFTs are often minted for static illustrations and many of these pieces are the subject of hype media given their massive trading values in crypto communities. The NFT art I’m most excited …

Notes: On Winter Walks

A Pittsburgh winter makes us wonder whether change is inevitable

Last week, with cracked fingers, I opened a 2009 article from The New York Times: Is Cold Air Cleaner Than Warm Air? by C Claiborne Ray. I didn’t need a definitive answer; I wasn’t sure they’d have one. I really only wanted to believe the colder air out there was better for me—that the sting was worth enduring. At the very least, it felt so …

Notes: Return of the Drive-In Movie Theater

A renaissance of these outdoor venues has offered more than film screenings

What a year for cinema! With the postponement of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (to 1 October 2021) and the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die (to April of next year), it seems like 2020 will go without a blockbuster. It makes sense, of course, what with movie theaters being unsafe places to settle in for a few hours—and the tepid response to Christopher Nolan’s Tenet demonstrates …