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Two Quick Links for Monday Noonish

Join me and the 1000 other backers in supporting The Brick House Cooperative, "a journalist-owned, wolf-proof home for independent media" from veterans of the Awl, Splinter, Gawker, Deadspin, and other like-minded publications. [kickstarter.com]The Root 100, a list of the most influential African Americans in 2020. Lots of bold-faced names (Nikole Hannah-Jones,...

Who Knew You Could Play Music with a Boxing Speed Bag?!

Alan Kahn, aka the Speed Bag King and author of The Speed Bag Bible, can seemingly do anything with a boxing speed bag…like make music. Just watch this 45-second video of him getting warmed up on the bag and then performing a tiny virtuoso concert for a small group of amazed onlookers. See also Kahn punch drumming the William Tell Overture. Again,...

Washington National Cathedral Bell Tolls for 200,000 Covid-19 Victims

In the next day or two, the official number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the United States will pass 200,000 (the actual death toll passed 200,000 back in July). To mark the grim occasion yesterday, the Washington National Cathedral tolled its mourning bell 200 times in remembrance, once for each 1000 people who have died. We toll this...

FKA twigs on Artemisia Gentileschi’s Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy

Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy is a painting made in the 1620s by Artemisia Gentileschi. The painting was presumed lost until it was rediscovered in a private collection in France and sold at auction for more than $1 million in 2014. As part of season 2 of Google Arts & Culture’s Art Zoom project (previously), British singer/songwriter FKA twigs gives...

Six Quick Links for Thursday Noonish

Back in early April, the USPS had a plan to send free face masks to every household in America. The White House blocked it. This would have saved many lives and prevented many severe infections. [twitter.com]Former model Amy Dorris says that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in 1997. This makes at least 2 dozen women to come forward with sexual assault...

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

A Promised Land is a forthcoming memoir from Barack Obama that he says is “an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody”. Here’s the official description of the book: In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs,...

The Song Exploder TV Series

Wow! Hrishikesh Hirway’s Song Exploder podcast is now a Netflix series! (For those who have never listened, Song Exploder features musicians telling the stories of how their songs were created.) Check out the trailer above, featuring song explosions by Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, R.E.M., and Ty Dolla . Hirway says on Twitter: I still don’t...

Reprogramming a Game By Playing It: an Unbelievable Super Mario Bros 3 Speedrun

After a fellow named Zikubi beat the speedrun record for Super Mario Bros 3 with a time of just over three minutes, speedrun analyst Bismuth made the video above to explain how he did it…by changing the game with the gameplay itself. The first couple minutes go exactly as you’d expect, but the speedrun takes a weird turn when, instead of using the...

In Search of a Flat Earth

In Search of a Flat Earth is a documentary essay by Folding Ideas’ Dan Olson that starts out talking about people who believe the Earth is flat (and why it’s so difficult to convince them otherwise) but then takes a sharp turn toward a more recent and much more worrying conspiracy theory, QAnon. Lots of interesting information and observations throughout....

Six Quick Links for Wednesday Noonish

New survey: "Almost two-thirds of young American adults do not know that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe Jews caused the Holocaust." [theguardian.com]James Fallows: "The press hasn't broken its most destructive habits when it comes to covering Donald Trump", including both-sides-ism, covering elections...

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