Conversation Piece, April 30, 2017

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Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

Ace in the hole. Bad news for Technical Cashmere fans: Vancouver-based clothing retailer Kit and Ace has shuttered its international shops. In its first year alone, the chic basics brand from Lululemon’s Wilson family spread 60 stores across the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan—a rapid expansion speculated by retail analysts to be the reason for the mass closures. And so, our global friends must look to the company’s online platform, or else visit the remaining Canadian showrooms for a stroke of the silky-soft threads. More from The Vancouver Sun, here.

Fantasy wars. Dealing with dwarfs is no small matter, according to J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The fantasy novelists once went on an innocuous movie date to Walt Disney’s Snow White, only to be disgusted by the goofy and simplistic portrayal of the mythical race they regarded so highly and wrote of. Although letters from the authors praise the film’s “terrifying bits”, it’s a delight to read the king of Narnia dub Disney a “boob”. Read more, here.

Aurora Borealis’s BFF. From Hudson Bay to Alaska, a streak of purple light has been seen tracing the night’s sky, spotted alongside the Northern Lights. Not much is known about the purple streak—except that it is not an aurora itself. Possibly. Well, scientists don’t yet know for sure, but to distinguish it from other aurora-related phenomena, the ribbon has been given the unassuming name of “Steve”. Meet Steve, here.

The nature of sound. Sorry to break the news, but the sounds you hear during nature documentaries are rarely made by the creature itself. While visuals can be captured from afar thanks to telephoto lenses, there is no equivalent for audio—and clipping a lapel mic on a lion isn’t exactly a viable option. As the podcast 99% Invisible explains, there are people known as Foley artists who use everyday objects to recreate sounds for film and television. As it turns out, a pigeon taking flight sounds a lot like a flapping rubber glove. Learn more, here.

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