Pro Bono

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

Don’t you hate it when house guests request listening to something other than everyone’s favorite band, U2? Fret no further, new smart speaker Pro-Bono exclusively plays the band’s new album Songs of Innocence—you know, the one Apple recently attempted to force on all iPhone users? Through Pro-Bono, even if someone selects a song from a different band, the speaker overrides it and only plays U2. …

In Residence: Ricardo Bofill

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

Iconic architect Ricardo Bofill tells the story of his monumental home in a Nowness video that’s strangely haunting and entirely fascinating. The house is a huge, converted former cement factory located outside Barcelona—a place Bofill says he wanted to transform from a polluting machine into a green space full of a team of thinkers. He says, “The beauty of this labyrinth is that people don’t …

It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

Back in 2009, McSweeney’s writer Colin Nissan stunned stateside suburban mothers with his hilariously accurate article, “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.” Each fall since, the cultivated San Francisco outpost re-publishes the think piece to great delight, reminding us all of just how silly it is to fill a wicker cornucopia with the orange-hued, hard-skin fruit in the name of seasonal cheer. But in that spirit …