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Two Quick Links for Thursday Afternoon

The recipe for the shortbread that Ted Lasso makes for his boss in the show is from a @melissaclark recipe for Bittersweet Brownie Shortbread. [david-smith.org]Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards. OMG, the face slapping one! [theatlantic.com] ---Note: Quick Links are pushed to this RSS feed twice a day. For more immediate service,...

Life in Color with David Attenborough

A new three-part nature series premiered today on Netflix: Life in Color with David Attenborough. Animals can use color for all kinds of different reasons — whether to win a mate or beat a rival, to warn off an enemy or to hide from one. To understand how these colors work, we need to see them from an animal’s perspective. With new cameras developed...

The Worst NBA Player Is Way Better Than You

Last month, a video of a high school kid challenging former NBA player Brian Scalabrine to a game of 1-on-1 went viral. Scalabrine, of course, won easily: 11-0. As this Sports Illustrated article about the video put it: “Even NBA benchwarmers are ungodly basketball players.” The video is a reminder of just how much better pro athletes are than regular...

Two Quick Links for Thursday Noonish

The NY Times published their profile of stoner workaholic Seth Rogen on 4/20. "[Marijuana is] just a tool we use to make our experience more palatable." [nytimes.com]Advice for post-pandemic re-socialization from someone who was previously house-bound with a health thing. "If you feel overwhelmed [around people], just park your ass on a bench and centre...

How to Draw a Self-Portrait in 11 Levels of Increasing Complexity

In this video, artist TM Davy demonstrates how to draw a self-portrait in 11 levels of increasing complexity. As he notes early on, this isn’t so much about the mechanics of art as the levels of thinking that go into creating a portrait. Davy defines complexity as “the layers of thinking that help us to build observational truths that are necessary...

Building Black: Ekow Nimako’s All-Black Lego Sculptures

For his series called Building Black, Ekow Nimako uses only black Lego pieces to build fantastical and futuristic sculptures based on West African masks, folklore, and medieval kingdoms. From Colossal: Running through each of these artworks is a fluid understanding of time and space that blurs the distinction between generations, locations, and histories...

Three Quick Links for Wednesday Afternoon

In launching his new newsletter, I love @tedgioia's promise to be an "honest broker" of cultural recommendations. [tedgioia.substack.com]FTC Rules Businesses Must Disclose Whether They Actually Cool Or Just Use Minimalist Branding. [theonion.com]Adam Serwer on the limits of this single criminal conviction. "There will be more Derek Chauvins, because...

Trailer for The Underground Railroad

This is the trailer for The Underground Railroad, a limited series from Amazon based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, directed by Barry Jenkins. The series will contain 10 episodes and be available to stream on Amazon Prime from May 14. Tags: Barry Jenkins   Colson Whitehead   The Underground Railroad   trailers   TV   video

The New US Climate Normals

Every 10 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updates its definition of what it defines as “normal” weather. As soon as the 2021 New Year’s celebrations were over, the calls and questions started coming in from weather watchers: When will NOAA release the new U.S. Climate Normals? The Normals are 30-year averages of...

Six Quick Links for Wednesday Noonish

Eau D'Office, a line of scented candles with workplace smells (like "Warm 96-Page Deck Left on the Printer" and "Afternoon Rush at the Coffee Bar"). [instagram.com]Chef José Andrés makes what he calls the creamiest omelette "in the history of mankind": mix 1 egg + 1 spoon of mayonnaise in a measuring cup and then 1 minute in the microwave. [tiktok.com]A...

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