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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! ❤️

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.10.20

I know today is technically Friday, but the past few weeks have turned into sort of an indefinable gelatinous cube of time.

It’s almost feels like I’ve managed to become unstuck in time. Completely incapable of escaping the world’s longest, mass hallucinated Wednesday.


Songs for Pierre Chuvin

The Mountain Goats’ first all-boombox album since All Hail West Texas, which is one of my all-time favorite albums, period. This one’s inspired by Chuvin’s A Chronicle of the Last Pagans.

Keep Distance Ruler

Artist Keisuke Terashima has created an incredibly useful script for these times that you can run on your iPhone.

The script drops a six foot circle around you in AR — which you can then use to make sure you’re safely distancing yourself while venturing out in the world.

The better thing is to not, you know, go out in public. At least until after we get the all clear. But this is still here, should anyone happen to need it.

In Depth: The Game Boy Printer

A delightfully wonky deep dive of one man’s attempt at emulating the Game Boy Printer in his open source emulator.

GB Studio

Speaking of the Game Boy, my buddy Rich pointed me at this rad, cross-platform, drag and drop game creation tool that’ll export your game as a playable ROM!

I mean, why not spend some of our collective downtime making your very own Zelda-like?

If You Can’t Smash It, Set It On Fire

Big mood. Huge.

I’ve already got the sticker version of this on my laptop, but I really love the colors on the patch.

Bread Scheduler

Unlike the rest of the International Brotherhood of Indoor Kids, I haven’t managed to get a sourdough starter going yet.

This site looks like it’ll be handy for when I get around to it though. I mean, c’mon… Gantt charts!

How to Take a Decent Photo of Your Own Shoes

Matt Haughey coming through with the 🔥 sneakerhead protip.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a weekend of moderate drinking and meal prep to get to.

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