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Five Quick Links for Thursday Afternoon

The Last Duel, a historical film set in medieval France starring Adam Driver and directed by Ridley Scott? Sure, yeah. [youtube.com]A fantastic interactive feature from the NY Times on Adam Ondra, the world's best rock climber. [nytimes.com]"If nothing slows their momentum, Amazon will control nearly 80% of the consumer book market by the end of 2025....

Save Your Mask for the Next Disaster

In what will be an increasingly common occurrence in the years to come, smoke from fires in the western United States and Canada covered a large part of the US over the past few days. The smoke drifted thousands of miles to the eastern seaboard and turned the skies hazy, the Sun orange, and the air dangerous for some people to breathe. But there’s good...

How to Draw Yourself as a Peanuts Character

In this video, The Snoopy Show storyboard artist Krista Porter and Apple’s Anthony Jackson show us how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character. Once you get past all of the Apple synergy stuff (Pages! Pencil! Apple TV+!), this is actually pretty neat and you can obviously do it with any device/app or even pencil & paper. They’ve even included a...

Four Quick Links for Thursday Noonish

Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit At Record Rate. "It was almost like there was this unplanned, unorganized general strike." [npr.org]Anti-vax groups have invented their own alternate vocabulary to avoid being kicked off Facebook for misinformation -- e.g. "dancing" = "getting vaccinated", "Pizza King" for "Pfizer", "oxygen...

What Else Is There to Say About Climate Change?

Sarah Miller, author of this 2019 article on Miami real estate & rising oceans, recently wrote this resonant piece, All The Right Words On Climate Have Already Been Said. I told her I didn’t have anything to say about climate change anymore, other than that I was not doing well, that I was miserable. “I am so unhappy right now.” I said those...

The Power of Overthinking

For The Guardian, Annalisa Barbieri wrote Why I’m glad that I’m an ‘overthinker’. “Just going with it” is not something I do. I have to really understand what I’m doing and then I think through almost every possibility and eventuality, like a mind map on steroids. And I plan. When people say things like: “Who could have imagined XYZ would happen?”...

Two Quick Links for Thursday Morning

The Internet Archive turns 25 years old this year. One of the cornerstones of the open, living web. [blog.archive.org]"A new study lays to rest the tired argument that electric vehicles aren't much cleaner than internal combustion vehicles. Over the life cycle of an EV...it will release fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gas-powered car." [theverge.com]...

Living with Delta

This piece by Susan Matthews is really helpful for those of us who are vaccinated and trying to figure out what their risks are regarding the much more transmissible delta variant of SARS-CoV-2. Covid-19 is endemic now — how do we live with that? What reasonable actions should we take to keep ourselves, our communities, and our loved ones safe? All...

Three Quick Links for Wednesday Afternoon

High school basketball player Hansel Enmanuel lost his left arm in a childhood accident and it doesn't slow him down on the court at all. [youtube.com]What the fuck is going on with the FDA? Why haven't they given full approval to the Covid-19 vaccines? It's been *months* and people are dying of preventable disease. [nytimes.com]The first part of the...

“It’s Too Late”

Dr. Brytney Cobia treats Covid-19 patients at the Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, a state that ranks last in the US in fully vaccinated adults. In a recent Facebook post, Cobia shares that people are willing to get vaccinated after having to watch an unvaccinated member of their family die from Covid. I’ve made a LOT of progress...

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