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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 05.18.20

And it keeps coming and it keeps coming
And it keeps coming ’til the day it stops

LCD Soundsystem, Someone Great

Sometimes, you get overwhelmed by life and let things fall by the wayside. You don’t mean to do it. It just sort of… happens.

Eventually, you make it to the other side. But then you find yourself filled with the overwhelming desire to figure things out.

So… what now? You can’t say “I’m never going to let this happen again.” because never sure as hell is a mighty long time.

You’ve just got to find the thing that’ll work for you, and then try to do that thing for as long as you can.

Anyway… How about some links?


GMK Redacted Keycap Set

Not to go all mechanical keyboard guy on y’all, but this pre-order (through June 2, 2020) for a keycap set with a number of redacted keys is very much my vibe.

Stan Lee vs Rob Liefeld & Todd McFarlane

Now, I know this video is 28 years old, but I found it while doing a deep dive on YouTube a couple weeks ago and it is fantastic.

In it, Stan Lee lowkey savages Liefeld and McFarlane while they create one of the greatest examples of dumb 1990’s comic book maximalism, Overtkill.

The Third Quarter of Isolation

We may now be entering the dreaded third quarter of hollow-eyed stares, odd fixations and brooding resentment. Time grows sludgy. The days blur into the nights, and the weekdays into the weekends. You’ve hidden the notifications from a recently downloaded exercise app and you’re no longer telling people you’ll learn Italian. You begin to suspect that your friends have their own Messenger group.

See also: Fuck the Bread. The Bread Is Over.

Stealing Home

In lieu of watching the Dodgers play baseball this summer, I’ve decided to read this instead and grapple with the complicated history of one of my favorite teams. (thx) 😬

Tonight We Riot

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve spent a decent amount of time playing this Switch brawler that allows you to control a whole movement of people trying to throw off the shackles of capitalist oppression. 🌹

It’s unapologetically leftist, and I fucking love it.

Bad Baby Names

Why let Space Karen and Grimes have all the fun?

P.S. Please join us in welcoming our new child, Dr. Bronner Paulblart, Reloaded. 👶🏻

The Father of the Title Sequence

On what would have been his 100th birthday, Criterion celebrates one of my all-time favorite designers, Saul Bass.

This Word Does Not Exist

AI generated words, with definitions. Some of them feel as if they’ve been lifted out of a William Gibson novel. (via)

The Conspiracy Museum

A short story by Robin Sloan for The Atlantic’s Shadowland.

David Lynch’s Weather Report

Back in the early aughts, David Lynch used to do the weather report for LA alternative station, Indie 103.1‘s morning show. I don’t even know why he did it, but I’ll be damned if I missed a single one of them.

As of last week, he’s started doing them again and putting them up on YouTube. Even though I no longer live in LA, I’ve happily watched every. single. one.

I Paint Any Ass

You give them €40 and a photo of your butt and you get back a painting. Dunno what else to say about it, TBH.


Jeez. Seems like I’ve been saving them up for a while, huh? 😂

We’ll (hopefully) talk again soon!

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.16.20

While I didn’t get to cut out of work early yesterday, I did get to drink a beer by the pool. And it was everything that I thought that it could be.

Maybe I can do it again today, before I start whipping up dinner. 🤞🏻

P.S. I decided to try something new with the layout for this post. It looked wack in the RSS feed though, so back to the drawing board I guess…


Avatarify

Wild AI generated avatars for video calls. Zoom as Mona Lisa… Skype as Albert Einstein… Go live on Twitch as Steve Jobs…

Currently requires a system with a beefy GPU. MacBooks need not apply. 😞

Didn’t I Write This Story Already?

Naomi Kritzer on her 2015 story “So Much Cooking” about a food blogger living through a global pandemic.

I haven’t read this before, but it just made it to the top of my pile. (via)

Tsundoku

Speaking of my to-read pile, earlier this year I learned that the Japanese have a word for book hoarding, which I identify with very deeply. Maybe you will too.

Chasing a Ghost

Robin Sloan — one of the authors to consistently make it out of my to-read pile — explains the ghostly fade-out effect seen during title sequences of older movies.

Neven’s Pizza Dough

When you want to graduate from cooking bread with that sourdough starter you’ve been working on, consider Neven Mrgan’s pizza dough recipe.


And since we’re mixing it up today, let’s finish things off with with a quote…

Civilized life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.

JG Ballard

See y’all again real soon! ❤️