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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, 04.22.20

We’ve got a big one today. The next post might suffer for it, but why should I sit on all of these tasty morsels and end up get scooped by the likes of Kottke and Waxy? 😄


Epidemic Lofi

Let’s kick the day off on a chill note. This Soundcloud playlist from Epidemic Sound has damn near 200 songs worth of lofi hip hop vibes to get you through your day.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll use whatever I can to get through my day at this point.

Blind Users Struggle with State Coronavirus Websites

Forty-one of the 50 state pages we surveyed contained low-contrast text, which can be challenging for users with low vision, including seniors, who are at higher risk in the outbreak.

Navigation was another challenge for users with visual disabilities. Thirty-one of the 50 state pages contained empty links or buttons, which means a screen reader will not be able to tell the user what the button does or where the link is supposed to go.

😞

Of course most of these sites are lousy on accessibility. People with disabilities tend to be an afterthought all over the web.

Big Honking Button

Why press Y to honk when you can press a big honking button instead?

This is more than “just a button” though — it’s a hackable, one-button sampler that runs CircuitPython.

Psilocybin Produced in Yeast

Too bad there’s a yeast shortage, because I could really stand to get trip balls on some dough rn. 🍞

Gophers

Keep a gopher network alive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland – your community will thank you for it.

I’m pretty fucked out on post-apocalypse shit at the moment, but I really adore the concept and style of this (free!) game produced as part of Ludum Dare 46. (via)

98.css

Nothing means anything anymore — and, as we covered the other day, the internet feels pretty 90s lately — so why not make something that looks like Win98? (via)

People of the Pandemic

An effective visualization of how a pandemic can spread through a community, masquerading as a game. 🦠🕹

I find it interesting that the game uses the decisions of 19 previous players to inject a little entropy into your decisions. Because, in situations like these, you’ve always gotta worry about what the other assholes in your town are doing… 🙄

MonoLisa

I know what some of y’all are saying… “$350 for a typeface for my terminal?! Are you high?”

I mean, a little. 😬 Don’t worry though — there’s also a more modest $70 version for the junior ballers in the crowd.

Still, take some time to look at the specimen and fuck with the playground on the site. I’m sure you’ll agree that MonoLisa is a beaut.


Hoo boy. 🥱 Let’s call it a day, shall we?

Hope to see all you nice people back around here soon!

P.S. I’m still crossposting these regular link dumps 💩 to my newsletter. If you’re still not reading RSS feeds because you haven’t quite gotten over losing Google Reader, you should subscribe.

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.15.20

It’s 82° F and clear in Bakersfield today. The sort of day that, TBH, we don’t see all that much. Late spring through early fall is, usually, oppressively hot, and late fall through early spring tends to be right above freezing. So days like today are a treat.

I probably ought to cut out of work ~30 minutes early — before the sun gets too low — go sit on a lounge chair by the pool, and tell myself “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.


Other Music

An amazing looking documentary on iconic NYC record store Other Music. They’re doing a virtual screening April 17–20th in partnership with a bunch of indie record stores, including my local fave. (thx)

We’re on the Brink of Cyberpunk

While Blade Runner’s once-distant future of November 2019 feels resonant in so many ways—vast corporate power, persistent surveillance, life in a time of constant crisis—it misses the actual 2019’s most salient feature: an inescapable, painful awareness of politics and of the presence or deliberate absence of government in daily life.

Our dystopia is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. 🦾

Flipper Zero

Speaking of cyberpunk, this portable “tamagotchi for hackers” meets hacker multitool looks like a blast. RFID, Infrared, GPIO out, rubber ducky emulation, iButton support… 🤯 (via)

PowerWash Simulator

One of my favorite things to do after a stressful day is throw on a pressure washing video and just sort of zone out.

Okay, so now that you know that, you’d better believe that I was thrilled af to discover this game — which just dropped as an early beta. I was less thrilled to see that it’s (currently) Windows only, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be easy to port elsewhere because Unity.


I don’t know about you, but I’m good with calling it a day at four links. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Guess I should go grab a tallboy out of the fridge and pull up a lounge chair before the sun up and calls it a day.