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read • 16116 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. Frequent-flier point programs were initially designed for occasional free flights, but evolved into turbo-charged schemes for travelers to earn points quickly.
  2. Weighing ingredients in cooking can make a big difference in recipes, especially in baked goods, where even small variations can impact the final texture and taste.
  3. During winter, composting slows down as decomposition rates decrease, signalling a time for compost piles to rest and wait for the warmer season for active decomposition.
Patti Smith • 25492 implied HN points • 03 Nov 23
  1. The writer shares a message from the airport, mentioning the struggle of buying coffee without a credit card.
  2. The writer reflects on the upcoming family gathering and the significance of significant events for them.
  3. The post ends with a wish for the readers to have a great day while considering the challenges faced by others.
Londonist: Time Machine • 199 implied HN points • 31 May 24
  1. Savoy Court in London is not the only place where you must drive on the right; there are other examples like bus stations, car parks, and public roads with reversed layouts.
  2. The Savoy Court's unique right-hand drive rule was established in 1902, but similar scenarios can be found elsewhere, challenging its exclusivity.
  3. Examples exist of public roads with unconventional driving directions, such as the Tottenham Hale gyratory system and minor roads like the one in Twickenham.
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Patti Smith • 13660 implied HN points • 03 Oct 23
  1. Patti Smith returned to Parma for a festival honoring Guiseppe Verdi and St. Francis.
  2. Loris Borghi, who previously presented an honorary doctorate to Patti Smith, passed away in 2018.
  3. Patti Smith's visit to Parma included exploring the town, sharing pictures, and a venue performance the next day.
The Greek Analyst • 239 implied HN points • 17 May 24
  1. Greece is a popular destination for foreigners, attracting expats, retirees, digital nomads, and more, who share their experiences in the country
  2. Major areas of interest for foreigners in Greece include Athens, Greek islands, and villages, each offering unique experiences
  3. Foreigners in Greece appreciate the sunny weather, outdoor activities, friendliness of locals, and delicious food, but also highlight issues like language barrier, bureaucracy, and pollution
Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter • 4932 implied HN points • 01 Dec 23
  1. The Mourning Moon serves as a warning of impending dark days and the need to grieve losses and prepare for challenges.
  2. Cahokia, once a thriving city in ancient times along the Mississippi River, is now abandoned, with only earth mounds remaining as haunting reminders of its past.
  3. The heartbreaking reality of modern war and the power of grief, especially in the face of atrocities like the mass killing of children in Gaza, are difficult truths that are hard to reconcile but important to acknowledge.
Londonist: Time Machine • 39 implied HN points • 02 Jun 24
  1. London offers locations where you can explore and experience Kubrick's legacy, as he spent much of his career working around London.
  2. Beckton Gas Works in London was a notable filming location for movies like Full Metal Jacket, For Your Eyes Only, and 1984, showcasing its versatility on the silver screen.
  3. John Rogers' book 'This Other London' highlights how certain areas in London have changed over time, offering a unique perspective on locations featured in Kubrick's films.
Why is this interesting? • 1447 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. Ruddy Aboab, head of Fip Radio, shares his media diet, starting and ending his day with music and incorporating various sources like Fip radio, France info, and magazines.
  2. Ruddy's reading includes books like 'L’été des Charognes' and 'Nino dans la nuit' by Simon Johannin, showing his interest in raw, emotive writing.
  3. Ruddy's deep dive into freediving after watching a documentary led him to immerse himself in the world of apnea, competitions, and sea-related content online.
Tom Ryan, Author • 1533 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Author shares experiences from a road trip in Moab and upcoming plans to visit Kanab and Tucson
  2. Different terrains in each location provide unique walking experiences
  3. Post is exclusive for Founding Members, prompting others to consider upgrading
David Lebovitz Newsletter • 4933 implied HN points • 25 Sep 23
  1. Brittany is a beautiful region known for its rocky coasts, dramatic weather, and delicious food like moules-frites and local hard apple cider.
  2. In Languedoc, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation with fresh seafood, warm beaches, and charming markets like the one in Olonzac.
  3. Exploring vide-greniers in the French countryside can lead to great finds, while enjoying delicious food at local restaurants can be a highlight of the trip.
David Lebovitz Newsletter • 4363 implied HN points • 01 Oct 23
  1. The author missed writing the September newsletter but enjoyed taking a break in Sicily.
  2. In France, 'Non' doesn't mean being rude; it's about valuing personal time like vacation and work-life balance.
  3. When dining in France, tipping is not mandatory as service is included in the price, but leaving a little extra for good service is appreciated.
Tom Ryan, Author • 7999 implied HN points • 22 Feb 23
  1. The author explores Tsé Bitʼaʼí in the Sonoran Desert.
  2. The stay in Kanab, Arizona was disrupted by mud during a snowstorm.
  3. Kanab is a place for the author to center, walk, and write.
From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy • 1316 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The newsletter relaunch focuses on giving more time and space for essays and discussions about food nonfiction.
  2. The author aims to provide flexibility for subscribers to choose email frequency and plans to provide monthly updates on the newsletter's status.
  3. Recent content includes essays, book recommendations, and upcoming projects like a long-form book.
Caravanserai with Samantha Childress • 1139 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. The newsletter has a new name and focus: Caravanserai, centered on personal stories and world cultures
  2. Caravanserai is inspired by the historical roadside inns along the Silk Road where travelers exchanged stories and experiences
  3. Readers can continue to enjoy personal tales and insights in this transformed publication
Garrison Keillor and Friends • 1179 implied HN points • 08 Jan 24
  1. Fans share personal stories and experiences with Garrison Keillor, showing deep appreciation and connection with his work.
  2. Garrison Keillor responds to fan messages and comments with wit, humor, and humility, engaging with his audience in a friendly manner.
  3. Audience members express excitement, plans, and hopes for attending Garrison Keillor's upcoming shows, showcasing their anticipation and admiration.
David Lebovitz Newsletter • 3007 implied HN points • 20 Sep 23
  1. Brittany is a popular destination for its cool weather, coastline, beaches, and delicious food like seafood, crêpes, and pastries.
  2. Brittany is known for its sparkling apple cider, love of salted butter, and local specialty honeys.
  3. Reserve in advance when dining in Brittany, explore local beverages like cider and wines, and try the delicious salted butter available at markets.
Why is this interesting? • 361 implied HN points • 11 Mar 24
  1. Geoff Rickly reads voraciously, including magazines, newsletters, and novels, with a preference for publications with a strong physical presence.
  2. Rickly recommends John Fosse's 'Septology' as a transformative read that had a profound impact on him as an artist, blending modern and eternal spirituality.
  3. Rickly fell into a deep rabbit hole exploring perfumes, starting from wanting to smell good to seeking unique and even repulsive scents, mentioning various indie perfume brands and his personal favorite, MeM by Antonio Gardoni.
Scott's Substack • 746 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. CodeChella Madrid 2024 is a four-day workshop in Madrid focused on diff in diff, featuring various speakers.
  2. The workshop aims to be fun, supportive, and educational, providing practical exercises and hands-on coding experience.
  3. Costs for attending are kept reasonable, with discounted rates for students and faculty, along with affordable hotel options.
Burnt Toast by Virginia Sole-Smith • 2614 implied HN points • 25 Jul 23
  1. The reason for the trip was afternoon tea at The Plaza - inspired by the iconic picture book "Eloise."
  2. Eloise represents a girl who has adventurous experiences that are often reserved for boys in children's books.
  3. The Plaza's Eloise branding has evolved into an American Girl dolls-Barbie fusion, catering to a different idea of American girlhood.
Brent and Michael are Going Places • 668 implied HN points • 13 Jan 24
  1. Decide whether to stay in one place or see as much as possible based on your circumstances and preferences.
  2. Consider that fast travel can be expensive, especially during high season.
  3. There is no right answer to whether to stay in one place or travel quickly - it depends on your unique situation.