Insane prices in the art market make art forgery a potentially high-profit business. So how do art buyers tell real undiscovered artworks from fakes? To analyze and identify forgeries, experts must apply their knowledge of art history, plus the science behind the materials and techniques of artists. In the video above, forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor show Wired how they identified a forgery of Jackson Pollack’s drip paintings (which are actually famously hard to forge).
The signs of a forgery can take many forms. The marks of the Pollack forgery include:
Factual errors in an accompanying document
Signs of painting techniques that don’t match Pollack’s style
A stapled canvas, uncommon during the period
Chemicals that indicate faked “aging” of the canvas
That’s just a sample of the errors riddling this sloppy forgery. Watch the video to see what else Piwowarczyk and Taylor caught as they analyzed the painting.
What’s your favorite mental hack? How do you trick your dumb human brain into doing its job right? Hacker News, a forum for people too nerdy for Reddit, traded their favorite tricks in a thread started by simonswords82. Here are the best.
Simon names a few tricks used by the chairman of their corporate board. One is the 10/10/10 rule: Before making a decision, he considers how he’ll feel about this decision in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years. This, says Simon, helps the chairman look past present circumstances and consider long-term consequences.
Manage your thoughts and feelings
Hacker News member cdicelico names “suspension of judgment” and “suspension of value judgments”: When your opinion of something is dictating your mood, thoughts, or actions, interrogate that opinion. Can you downgrade it from a value judgement (“this is bad”) to a feeling (“I feel this way about this”), or to no opinion at all? (Personally, I’ve found this method essential during brainstorming, when other people’s great ideas can sound bad at first glance or before further development.)
“If I’m getting upset, I’m probably wrong.” That’s nothrabannosir’s mantra. “It’s a specific kind of feeling, when my brain starts protecting itself against information that proves me wrong.” But he checks for it any time he has a flare of anger. “I find it hard, and I wish I could say it gets easier, but it doesn’t. It sucks being wrong, and it’s humiliating.”
Control your habits
“Utilize laziness,” says sanj. “I don’t install Facebook on my phone; I have to use the crappier web version. I block Reddit on my laptop, so I have to use my phone. Just by making stuff not ubiquitous, you add a little mental friction to using it that dissuades its usage.”
Member jjclarkson has a small card in their office listing eight tactics and systems for productivity, including “always be knolling.” Knolling is a simple organization habit, as described by artist Tom Sachs:
Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
Group all ‘like’ objects.
Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.
Stevenkovar has advice on overcommitting: “Default to ‘no.’ Simple math: if you say no to almost everything, you are free to say yes to the really important things. This is a skill you can practice and get better at. This is more specific to deals and opportunities than spending time with colleagues, friends, and family. However, if you find yourself constantly in meetings or going out, start saying ‘no’ until it feels special each time, or you get home feeling energized instead of drained.”
Get things done
HN member Insanity names one of the simplest, most fundamental hacks: when they have so much to do that they don’t know where to start, they write down a to-do list on a piece of paper. This is an extremely common tactic among the successful people we interview on Lifehacker. Most productive people can’t hold all their tasks in their head, but most days you don’t need a complicated to-do app to track all your tasks. A paper list can’t distract you with bells and whistles.
Dboreham adds: “Write down what you have done. It can be (for me) hard to remember, giving rise to the mistaken feeling that you’ve achieved nothing.”
Bsaul has another simple productivity tip: “Whenever you can’t motivate yourself to start working on something, think about the smallest thing you can perform and make it your only goal for the day.” You’ll make the project feel less scary, and you’ll usually accomplish a lot more than that small goal. But even if that’s all you get done, it’s way better than doing nothing because you’re intimidated.
Of course, you can also build out more elaborate to-do lists. But here’s how to keep those lists doable, instead of further intimidating yourself with all you need to accomplish. According to HN member beat: “Never ever write down a ‘task’ that cannot realistically be done in a single sitting of work. If you can’t do it in an afternoon at worst, it’s not a task, and needs [to be] broken down further.”
You got a job, you got a car, and you got a roof over your head. Now it’s time to climb the ladder of success and make an investment in your look.
As a watch-collecting beginner, you’re probably reluctant to double down on a flashy aspirational timepiece like a Rolex GMT or a Patek Philippe. Rather, you’d like to dip your toes into the world of timepiece collecting without fronting to be in the C-Suite when you’re years away from a corner office.
Or, really, any office.
You gotta crawl before you walk, you gotta walk before you run.
Here’s how to make a calculated investment in your watch collection on StockX without missing a student loan payment.
#1: You have to think like a collector
Are you someone who sees a watch as an investment? What’s your risk tolerance? What’s your position – a short term flip for a quick buck or a long-term hold for accruing value over time? Or are you simply in the game for style and swagger? Do you even know the engineering that go into making good watches great watches? Are you going quartz movement with a battery or mechanical movement timepiece from a trusted watchmaker who’s been keeping tabs on time for generations?
StockX.com is a platform that uses real-time data to educate and empower watch buyers, regardless of the size of their collection. It’s the world’s first true, live ‘bid/ask’ marketplace, where potential buyers can place bids on a timepiece, a sellers place an asking price, and when a bid and ask meet, the transaction just… happens!
#2 Keep your eyes peeled for limited edition releases
Just like sneaker collecting, the more limited edition, the better. But stay woke – Not all limited editions are created equal and most are pure marketing plays that collectors can see right through. You don’t want to end up with the Beanie Babies of timepieces.
It’s also important to know that limited edition drops come in all price ranges, not just in the tens of thousands of dollars.
For example, G-Shock is consistently releasing new, limited edition timepieces in celebration of the brand’s 35 anniversary this year. These watches tend to sell quick and retain their value. In September 2018, G-Shock released the GLACIER GOLD collection. It’s a modern take celebrating the OG Casio watch that every high school chemistry teacher wore, with a clear, icy clean aesthetic and a gold-tone face.
Here’s another example from the world of digital watches: The sleek, stainless steel G-Shock GMWB5000D-1 hit the market at $500 and sold out quick. A pre-owned version recently resold on StockX for $577 – An 11.5% increase in value on the resellers marketplace.
#3. Don’t be afraid of the staples.
Watch geeks LOVE Seiko watches as entry-level watches for a collection. SEIKO boasts handsome designs, a heavy feel, beautiful movement, and incredible Japanese engineering precision that’s all made in-house – all for a price under $500, new.
Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz-movement watch in 1969. Fun fact: They were also one of three brands to introduce the world’s first automatic chronograph, ref 6139, all the same year, and continues to wow the watch world with products collector’s love.
SEIKO’s PROSPEX watches literally means “Professional Specifications” and are world-renown for some of the best dive watches, complete with more watchmaking firsts – The first titanium case, the first ceramic shroud in a dive watch, the first analog-digital watch, etc.
Also, SEIKO fanboys love to talk about how SEIKO is one of the only watchmakers to manufacture automatic movement watches like high-end dive watches for a low price point. In addition to the SEIKO Prospex, keep your eyes peeled for Coutura, and Presage – These are staples on StockX, with prices fluctuating in value based on the rarity of the release.
The best thing about using StockX, instead of a trip to a jewelry store, is that they’re completely transparent with the pricing on historical sales.
#4 Yes, You Can Afford A Swiss Heritage Brand
If you’re focused on finding a Swiss-made watch with automatic movement, there are three heritage brands to focus on for building your collection: TAG Heuer, Omega, and Tudor both offer handsome dive watches under the $3,000 price point. In fact, the Tudor Black Bay and the Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster are many-a-collector’s very first foray into owning a four-digit timepiece.
Tudor dive watches have a storied military history, including with some of the very first Navy SEAL Frogmen during the Vietnam War, alongside it’s more expensive cousin, the Rolex Submariner. Also of note: The Omega Seamaster with a blue dial has been James Bond’s watch of-choice dating back to Goldeneye.
And it’s possible to get one of these iconic pieces of Swiss art on your wrist for around $2500. The beauty of StockX is that you can do it on their bidding system, naming a price for what you’re willing to pay.
All of their pre-owned watches are authenticated by an in-house team of experts, meaning you’re getting an amazing watch in excellent condition that is 100% real and authentic, often for much cheaper than retail.
At the end of the day, the first steps to building a watch collection comes down to personal taste and style.
You wouldn’t spend your money on a stock you don’t like…
Because, why the hell not, fans of Marvel’s Avengers movies have been begging and pleading with NASA to do something to save poor Tony Stark, who is still stuck in space, as evidenced by the first Avengers: End Game trailer that debuted last week.
Considering that almost half of the trailer focuses on poor Iron Man telling his true love Pepper Potts all about how he’s out of food, water, and running short on air, Tony’s plight seems to be kind of important in the grand scheme of the fourth Avengers movie.
Thankfully, this is 2018 and we have the internet, and more importantly, social media, so Marvel fans could inundate the real-life NASA with requests to help.
@NASA Hey guys… On behalf of all the survivors I request you to pls find Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, resident of 10-8-80 Malibu Point, 90265, Malibu, CA. He is stuck somewhere in space without food and water with oxygen about to run out anytime now. Here’s his pic- pic.twitter.com/N3aDeVemFH
And because this is 2018 and we have the internet, and more social media, NASA, of course, responded with a solution for Mr. Stark.
“Hey @Marvel, we heard about Tony Stark. As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for “@Avengers, we have a problem.” But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams use all resources to scan the skies for your missing man,” NASA wrote on Twitter.
Hey @Marvel, we heard about Tony Stark. As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for “@Avengers, we have a problem.” But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams use all resources to scan the skies for your missing man pic.twitter.com/zavXrsPljq
Designed to tickle your childlike fancy, the Treetop Cabin models itself on the concept of a treehouse, and the stylings of a triangular prefab. Designed with an A-shaped roof that travels downwards to become the wall, the house would, at first appearance, look small, but climb up the spiral staircase and into it, and you realize exactly how cozy and comfortable it is.
With two floors, the PAN Treetop Cabin gives you a living room, kitchen, and a bathroom on the lower level, and a comfy bedroom on the top. With glass facades on two sides, you get an aerial view of the forest and if strategically placed, a view of both the sunrise and sunset. The elevated design allows the cabin to be non-intrusive, giving freedom to the animals below to move around freely, while the four stilts below the cabin come with braided steel cable reinforcements, to keep the treehouse secure and upright, giving you an elevated, and magnificent view of the Norwegian forests of Finnskogen.
When everything’s going wrong and your industry’s sinking, who you gonna blame? Uhh, uhhhhh, millennials? Sure.
According to a controversial report in the , the canned tuna industry is in trouble, with a giant finger pointed at millennials who apparently "can’t be bothered to open and drain the cans, or fetch utensils and dishes to eat the tuna."
Andy Mecs, vice president of marketing and innovation for StarKist Tuna, went event further, telling the Journal, "A lot of millennials don’t even own can openers."
So, can they even open a can of tuna? Jimmy Kimmel wanted to make sure, so he asked passing millennials in the street to demonstrate their skills. While it’s pretty hammed up, those can openers still can be tricky for any generation. Read more…
Ever tried to fill a big bucket in a tiny sink? If so, you know that it’s impossible to use the bucket’s full capacity because of the tilt. Even worse, if the sink is too small, you might not be able to fill it at all. Designed with these issues in mind, the WATHIELD bucket aims to make this everyday task much easier.
Shaped like a traditional bucket, it sports an additional feature in the form of an extended lip that funnels water into the bucket with ease. Better yet, it can be tucked away when it’s not being used. Simply unfold the lip and run it under the sink to capture water even if the space is compact.