Tate Williams

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Best Music of 2016!

What a year, what a year of music. There were drone attacks, midnight surprise drops, the 1990s, earthquakes, tsunamis, low-flying panic attacks. [...]

December 30, 2016 Arts & Culture, Uncategorized
Ocular prostheses are made for a social programme benefiting those unable to afford one, in Cancun March 6, 2015. Specialist Doctors for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Campeche in conjunction with the System for Integral Family Development Cancun, as part of the programme, treated more than 100 people with various visual impairments. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR4SDZB

The Prosthetic Eyeball Is a Work of Art

Originally published at TheAtlantic.com. Making a realistic eye takes more than technical skill: an Object Lesson. The eye is about the size of a quarter, resting gently in Kurt Jahrling’s hand as he adds faint washes of yellow and blue to [...]

July 16, 2016 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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What Exactly is Christmas Tree Flocking?

Originally published at Mental Floss on Christmas morning 2015. Of the many curious holiday traditions (figgy pudding? wassailing?), one of the oddest has to be spraying down small trees with a mixture of adhesive and cellulose fibers to satisfy our longing [...]

March 4, 2016 Arts & Culture
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Best Music of 2015

I love year end lists. Love reading them, love writing them. Something about listing music in particular captures the spirit of the year in a bottle. [...]

December 16, 2015 Arts & Culture
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The Chaos Behind Closed Doors: Zero History, The Cabinet & airbnb

Originally published on Blue Ant, August 31, 2015.  Victorian English literature is filled with angst about what chaos lies behind proper and unassuming exteriors. In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marlow says Brussels always reminds him of a “whited sepulchre,” a [...]

October 31, 2015 Arts & Culture
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A New Program Is Using Yoga to Enhance Social Work

Originally published at Boston Magazine online, September 3, 2015. [...]

October 31, 2015 Arts & Culture, Science & Environment
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The Short Life—and Awesome Resurgence—of the Aluminum Christmas Tree

Originally published on Mental_Floss, Dec. 24, 2014. For a short window in the 1960s, aluminum Christmas trees gleamed in living rooms nationwide—but this glorious, glittering reign would be all too brief. Within the decade, they were relegated to the curb as aesthetic [...]

January 4, 2015 Arts & Culture
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Best Music of 2014

I was kind of down on 2013 in general when I did a roundup last year, but I have to say that 2014 is the best year for music I can remember, since maybe 2007. Which makes me think maybe [...]

January 4, 2015 Arts & Culture
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Mad Scientist Club

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio
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In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos

Originally published at Curbed on June 18, 2014.  Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings—heck, just vacant buildings—are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant—it, as abandoned [...]

July 14, 2014 Arts & Culture