Weekend Round-Up: Black Holes, Record Store Day, And Helvetica Now?

By HODINKEE

Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.


This Is The First-Ever Picture Of A Black Hole – Vox

The scale of the M87 supermassive black hole is almost impossible to comprehend. Despite the fact that the M87 is 6.5 billion times more massive than our Sun, what is seen in the widely circulated photo (right) is some 46.5 million times smaller than the full moon. The thing that really gets me about the whole story isn’t just that it is insanely far away, insanely massive, and never-before-seen, it’s that it took so much time, energy, smarts, and luck to make this image possible. 200 scientists from all over the world spent eight years working around the clock to capture this image. They had to synchronize (using absurdly precise atomic clocks) a global array of 10 radio telescopes to all focus on the same minuscule object in the sky. Then they had to transport and process an unfathomable amount of data to make this single image. Dig into this piece by Vox to learn about how this incredible image actually serves to prove Einstein’s theories about black holes. This kind of thing helps remind us not only that we are so, so small compared to what’s “out there” but also just how impressive humans can be when we work together toward the common goal of discovery.

– Adam Becker, HODINKEE Shop Associate


Behind The Process Of Helvetica’s 21st Century Facelift – The Verge

When our designer Ian dropped this story into Slack, I saw the headline and nearly broke my keyboard typing a slightly less genteel version of “HELL NO!” over and over again. But then, like, you know, not an idiot, I actually read the story and found it super interesting. The idea here wasn’t to make Helvetica as we know it “better” but rather to create some new versions of the typeface based on the original principles but suited specifically to modern uses like phone screens. If only the font wasn’t called Helvetica Now…

– Stephen Pulvirent, …read more      

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