Notes: On Quantifiable Taste

Harboring identity statistics that do not impact our health or wellbeing

On the morning of 2 January, I purchased my first monthly MetroCard of the decade. The act made me wonder if I had actually bought 12 of them in 2019 or if my travel schedule had prevented it. I didn’t keep track. I could have looked through Mint to see my transaction history—but I didn’t. Instead, I opened my iPhone Notes app and went to …

A Wave of “Airbnb for Luggage” Services

There are plenty of scenarios in which, before a plane or after a hotel check out or vice versa, there’s time to explore but no place for luggage. Hotels do help but many other types of accommodation might not. A slew of new services aim to find a location for luggage while travelers make use of that time, in essence “Airbnb for bags.” Apps and …

Chris Sheldrick’s System for Giving Every Location an Exact Address

Billions of people live without an address—something that can hinder everything from emergency assistance to pizza delivery. From his time in the music industry overseeing the delivery of music equipment for performers, Chris Sheldrick was able to develop a system that offers every single location on earth a precise, three-word address. It’s done by dividing “the entire planet into [roughly 57 trillion] three-meter squares” and …