Sometimes all you need in your life is some baby capybaras. [c/o TKSST]
Sometimes all you need in your life is some baby capybaras. [c/o TKSST]
I could be from anywhere within a massive red blotch from Cavan to Wexford, which feels like the research on Hiberno-English could be more specific.
I shouldn’t find this funny but I do.
I still have a bunch of Nat Geo maps from when I had a subscription that need to go up on a wall or something.
If there’s a moral to this story, it’s that these things can’t be forced. Imposing orthography from above? That’s been done before: Cyrillic, Korean, even modern Irish. But the nuts and bolts of communication are something else. How may people speak Esperanto, after all?
The Noticing newsletter is a welcome arrival in my inbox every week, and to close this year there’s a double-whammy best-of-2018 compendium (the B-sides are here).
Easily adjustable website frameworks via Bootstrap or CSS. Nicely done.
For working out text size ratios for website display.
Linked on a blog read by no-one. Oh, the irony!
This must have been a heavy situation. Heavy, get it?
A longform debunking of nearly every contemporary food/health myth you’ve ever heard.
The Milwaukee Bucks design above, from the late 1970s, might be my favourite from this massive Flickr repository of NBA basketball courts through the years. [c/o Kottke]
Wait, what?! Why?!
Here’s an oldie by now in online terms. File under ‘WTF’.
The worst consequences of monoculture and monovorism (and of post-colonial proxy war).
A strategy card game in the world of TV for one or more players? That’s got ‘me’ all over it.
“Writing makes you not like yourself very much, I’m afraid. I think anyone would feel the same if they’d looked that deeply into themselves for a couple of years. I’m having to rebuild that now, my acceptance and liking of myself, because I’ve so examined myself from so many angles in such an unflattering way.”
“Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and the association with folklore and mythology lends them a patina of legitimacy, but still, they don’t arise from a moral vision. They are rooted instead in a political vision, which is why they don’t help us deliberate, or think more deeply about the meanings of our actions. Like the original Grimm stories, they’re a political tool designed to bind nations together.” [c/o LinkMachineGo]
OK, I’m interested. No idea where to start, mind.
Another two-player tabletop game for the list.
2018.06.07 // Filed under: Aux
I wouldn’t go by their pronunciation guide (the language can be spoken with considerable difference depending on what part of the country you’re in) but this is a nice appreciation of Irish vocabulary. I wish I spoke Irish, but school ruined that for me, and I have no drive to learn it now.
Olly’s videos, like this one, are excellent stuff — and indeed represent Kant’s moral philosophy in praxis.
I’ve still got the basics down, but I could do with something like this as a refresher course.
For the maintenance of a cohesive visual identity. And I don't see why the principles couldn't apply to other media.
I’m a fair bit away from grokking this but here it goes for future reference.
It endures because it keeps thing simple, and does them well. I still remember the egg cream I had there in 2010 (and not only because the air conditioning was a blessing on such a hot day).
“One was just bouncing around on the windowsill and I was kind of losing my temper at this point, so I took off one of my shoes and I threw it in the direction of the seagull, and both the seagull and the shoe went out the window.” [c/o The Takeout]
When parody gets this close to the material its sending up, you know we’re in trouble.
1916 is when independence was declared. When was it achieved? Arguably, as a society, we’re not quite there yet. I think back to history class in school, reading about how Irish unionists dismissed Parnell with the slogan ‘Home rule is Rome rule’; sectarianism aside, they were right.
An hour in the driver’s seat from Nagano to Kanazawa by Shinkansen bullet train. This is my jam. (Be advised: there are a lot of tunnels along the first half of the journey.)
There’s a lot to unpack here: the portrait of Luxottica's founder as the Vince McMahon of the spectacle frame world; rising rates of myopia tied to lack of sunlight and tech-related dopamine hits; the world at the mercy of an optics giant that “can choose to interpret its mission more or less however it wants”.
I did not expect this story to go where it went. [c/o Noticing]
These all look delicious, which is why I’m saving this here, but more than an hour to prep and cook does not an ‘easy midweek meal’ make.
Here’s a damning indictment of the smug, self-absorbed, ignorant parasitism of libertarian ideology as professed by the odious likes of Peter Thiel, Elon Musk et al. It’s a tad overwritten (self-indulgent meta-analysis and all) but worth the read nonetheless.
A sobering contrast to my previous link.
My first MetaFilter FPP, after 13-plus years as a member, on Dan Hill’s visit to two especially interesting houses in Tokyo.
I would quibble with pith as a ‘perfectly normal food’ (if you’re not avoiding the pith when you eat citrus, you’re doing it wrong). Other than that, this mostly leaves me thinking about how much my palate has changed over the last few years. Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was That Guy who lived on starch and didn’t touch fruit or veg; I still don’t really eat fruit (it’s a texture and tartness thing for me) but I’m game for most vegetables now, provided they’re properly prepared and in the right combinations. (For instance, raw tomato is not appealing — but slice it, salt it, put it in a sandwich or on a burger? I’m good.)
Machine learning, unconstrained from the memes or tropes or expectations of human empirical understanding, produces what can best be appreciated as accidental art as it strives to compute a formula for the human mind. If you want to put it in a philosophical way, like. This also reminds me of something I read last year on the phenomenon of Afghan war rugs, and how the iconography divorced from context results in a similar semiotic clash — yet one produced by human beings, not computers. (I couldn’t find the source for that, but Phil Gyford just blogged about it. Serendipity!)
It’s not all that weird, unless you were naive enough to think your favourite mom-and-pop-feeling chain wasn’t decided upon down to the last detail. Maybe it also feels uncomfortable to think of oneself as an individual while at the same time fitting a little too neatly into a brand’s demographic classification, like a negation of individuality? No sweat; it’s as much in their heads as it is in yours. And I’d be more worried about Facebook doing it than a ‘fast casual dining experience’.
Frank Chimero’s talk lamenting the over-complication of front-end web development.
Not as sad a tale as you might expect, though it does raise questions as to what creative people in the digital realm will do when time goes on. What will we all do, in fact, as the notion of work changes from security to mere sustainability?
2018.04.23 // Filed under: Aux
This article really bothers me, and I think it’s mostly to do with couching the movement to repeal the 8th Amendment in terms of ‘debate’ as suits the No side, which in the case of this campaign should be taken in the competitive sense: an art of persuasion, irrespective of facts.
The author, Colleen Brady, writes: “At the minute I feel as though there is no unbiased information readily available for the public. From where I am looking, the information available to people is either swayed one way or another.”
The thing is, this isn’t the Lisbon Treaty. It’s a healthcare issue, it’s a social issue, an awkward negotiation of complex needs. Looking for some kind of elusive, singular ‘objectivity’ is a fool’s errand. There are facts about particular aspects, and there are lies and untruths about same, and that’s all we can deal with. More…
Almost as soon as it went up again, the Maser ‘Repeal’ mural must come down for a second time. But in true arts centre fashion, they will be making a live installation of its removal this coming Monday.
It was a different time, indeed.
Phil’s debrief on his recent website redesign is inspiring stuff. And I missed it on the first pass, but he even published a reference style guide for all the design elements. That’s dedication.
A text-based adventure (made with Twine) guiding an interstellar spacecraft full of colonists to a new home.