Atlas Obscura: The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting.
Sychronicity. I’ve been working on my handwriting - printing, first - because notes I’ve left to myself prove to be undecipherable without context. This article makes me feel a little better. My cure - stop slanting, embrace verticality, increase volume of closed loops in characters. And SLOW DOWN. Interestingly, purchasing a Lamy Al-Star (in burnt orange) with an extra-fine nib (I wanted fine, but the stockist was out) forced this change. There’s no unreadability like thin chickenscratch unreadability ... now that I’ve adjusted my technique, I rather like the extra fine nib. Blue ink at the moment, but I suspect black ink will seal the deal for me.
NY Times: What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?
Atlas Obscura: The Unfathomable Collection of Lonnie Hammargren.
Is there any better display of American kitsch?
BBC: Barbie challenges the ‘white saviour complex’.
“... work and volunteering can work as long as some basic points are observed. Firstly, that people are aware that they are coming not to ‘save Africa’ but to help out locals who are already doing the work. Secondly, they need to acknowledge the privilege that they come with.” Even some budding journalists head over thinking they’ll find Africa still exists as 60’s National Geographic tableaus.
The Atlantic: You’re More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash.
“The Global Challenges Foundation estimates a 9.5 percent chance of human extinction within the next hundred years.” Oh, happy thoughts for the weekend. I didn’t read this. “La la la la ...”
One sentence equivalent articles.
I’m running into more and more lengthy ‘preach’ pieces ... you know, the old ‘best practices’ articles ... ones that run hundreds, even thousands of words long. And in each and every case, they could be communicated in one (admitted compound, but quickly-understood) sentence.
I’m reminded of a quote from Fowles’ The Magus: “Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?”
TechDirt: FCC To Ban Charter Communications From Imposing Usage Caps If It Wants Merger Approval.
“Like net neutrality, usage caps are a sign of a lack of competition in the broadband market, and streaming competitors like SlingTV worried that the Charter merger would simply result in yet another giant like Comcast - with a vested interest in using the lack of broadband competition to hammer emerging streaming TV evolution.” At least scan it.
PS Mag: Tell a Good Tale, Find a Great Mate.
Autoweek: Another reason the roads were so scary in the 1950s - Booz Barometer!
I don’t know. Perhaps if there were a machine like this: You put your keys in. You put in enough cash or credit to buy a taxi/Uber ride home. You dine, drink. You have to blow below the legal limit to retrieve those keys and your deposit.
Catapult: The Vortex Jumper of Sedona, Arizona.
“I’d like to be a ghost. Taking people up Bell Rock. They’d get lost and they’d have a figure show them a way up the mountain, and then they’d go back and tell people and everyone would say—that guy’s been dead for years. I’d like that.” Just an overall fun read for your Friday.
Gramilano: Franco Zeffirelli is named one of 35 living descendants of Leonardo da Vinci.
Neat. Still, one has to notice that the offspring of famous people only rarely achieve the same talent as their parent.
Guardian.UK: Boaty McBoatface - tyrants have crushed the people’s will.
“Boaty McBoatface is a godawful name for a boat, and anyone who voted for it deserves to be stripped naked and fed poison in a dungeon for the rest of time, but the people should get what the people want.”
Catapult Community: Fire Jobs Friday! Internships and writing jobs.
Thought some of my writer friends might find something of interest, or worth passing along.
LRB: Nick Richardson · Short Cuts.
On emoji. Good read.
DYT: How People Look After 1, 2 & 3 Glasses Of Wine
If you’re looking for a date, I’d say leave it at one.
NY Times: What You Learn in Your 40s.
And I’m still smiling after reading it.
SciAm: Blue Origin Launches and Lands Rocket for the Third Time.
“SpaceX, however, has not yet reused a Falcon 9 rocket stage ...” Less flash and dash, Blue Origin, yet fulfilling its engineering goals beautifully.
I won’t spend much time linking today ...
... with April Fool pranks, it’s a whole lot of wasted effort. Authentic interestingness vs. tomfoolery.
Philly.com: Longwood Gardens building its way through mud into the 21st century.
Breaks my heart to see it a mudhole, but I have confidence it will be restored beautifully. Noone does detailed landscaping like Longwood’s folks.
Mashable: Missouri proposes law ruling that ‘fiscal’ and ‘physical’ are two totally different words.
Not Meh: Photos of Miserable Men Trapped In Shopping Hell.
You would think someone could recognize this as a huge opportunity, y’know?
Thanks to Opus the Penguin ...
... I now appreciate that Lavoris still exists.
The Colour Clock.
Interpreting the time as a hexadecimal value. Kinda fun!
Mashable: Nap under your desk like a professional with the ‘Schnap’ hammock.
Pfffft. “Why is that desk snoring?”
Chipstone Podcast/Cellar Door: Pockets.
“It’s civilization in a nutshell, civilization in a pocket.” There is a transcript here as well.