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Two Quick Links for Monday Late Night

SNL's Big Hollywood Quiz deftly lampoons our current celebrity & streaming media overload. [youtube.com]Gene editing company Colossal Biosciences is going to try to bring back the dodo bird. It wouldn't be an exact replacement...more of a dodo-ish pigeon. [theguardian.com] ---Note: Quick Links are pushed to this RSS feed twice a day....

HBO’s Gritty Prestige TV Adaptation of Mario Kart

If you’ve ever wondered what HBO and the producers of The Last of Us might do with some slightly different source material, Pedro Pascal and the cast of Saturday Night Live took a crack at a gritty adaptation of Mario Kart. I mean, I would 100% watch this. Tags: HBO   Mario Kart   Nintendo   Pedro Pascal   remix   The Last of Us   TV   video

Two Quick Links for Saturday Morning

The wind chill on Mount Washington in NH dropped to -108°F last night, setting a record for the lowest wind chill ever recorded in the US. (The "feels like" temp at my place in VT last night was about -50°F.) [usatoday.com]It's so cold in New England right now that "the troposphere could dip below the summit of Mount Washington", which would then be...

Two Quick Links for Friday Afternoon

The Italian Futurists declared war on pasta on the early 20th century. (“Too traditional!” said Filippo Marinetti. “Holding us back!”) So of course they named a pasta sauce after him [atlasobscura.com]A Eulogy for Gawker. Despite having designed the logo & the initial website (for a pittance, I might add), I do not have fond feelings for Gawker....

How Fairy Tales Break All The Rules

Fairy tales are fun to read not least because they violate every rule of what makes “good” literary fiction: Instead of “show don’t tell,” fairy tales prioritize telling over showing. Instead of demanding “round characters,” fairy tales embrace flat ones. Instead of logical “worldbuilding,” fairy tales operate with a surreal dream logic in abstract...

Another Rosetta Stone

Two ancient clay tablets discovered in Iraq in the 1980s and possibly smuggled illegally to the United States during the Iran-Iraq War (!) bear cuneiform-like writing. But while one of the scripts is in Akkadian, a kind of Babylonian lingua franca that is well-known to scholars of ancient writing, the other is in Amorite, a “lost” Semitic/Canaanite...

Layoffs on TikTok

Just about everything on the web is on TikTok, and going viral there too, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that people who’ve been laid off are there too, trying to figure out what it all means. Part of me is cynical about this. You mean that as people, we’re so poorly defined without our jobs that our only resource is to grind out some content about...

Another Castle Built On Shit

Twitter has announced that it will end free access to its API, likely bringing to an end most of the sites’ popular bot accounts (including @kottke, which powers this site’s QuickLinks feature). At BuzzFeed, Katie Notopoulos and Pranav Dixit interviewed some of the bots’ creators. Daniel, the 23-year-old student in Germany behind @MakeItAQuote,...

Kafka’s Diaries / The Writer’s Desk as Theater

Franz Kafka’s Diaries, a combination of a private journal and a sketchbook for stories and essays, have been available in English since 1948, but in a much altered form, prepared by Kafka’s friend and literary executor Max Brod (who famously ignored his friend’s instructions to burn whatever remained). Brod tidied up the diaries for publication, removing...

Two Quick Links for Friday Late Night

Ted Gioia on ChatGPT as a confidence game: "The con artist always gives people exactly what they want. And in a post-truth society, nobody does this better than AI." [tedgioia.substack.com]Jamelle Bouie: "I think it's worth saying, again, that the institution of American policing lies outside any meaningful democratic control." [nytimes.com] ...

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