This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web:
Listen closely. The Roaring Twenties was a noisy decade, and nowhere was noise more bothersome than in New York City. The website documents noise complaints, organizing them by type of sound, year, and location. An interactive map and timeline shows what’s going on graphically, and news reel videos of noise-producing activities—blasting, drilling, Salvation Army preaching, and even a Kung Fu demonstration accompanied by drums—help users experience it aurally.
Everyday things. A museum of the everyday object in Parma, Italy, has on display a collection of 60,000 things—tools, shoes, shoe laces, cups, canned goods, clocks, socks, sunbursts, suitcases, graters. Some objects are whimsically arranged on walls. Others march across shelves and line the floors.