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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? πŸ˜„


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 β€” 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 β€” and, as we covered the other day, the internet feels pretty 90s lately β€” 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. πŸ¦ πŸ•Ή

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… πŸ™„

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 β€” 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. πŸ₯± Let’s call it a day, shall we?

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

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.13.20

Alright, International Brotherhood of Indoor Kids! How about we get back at it?!

Ugh. Do we really have to though? Mondays were already tough, but Mondays in these times are like peddling a heavy mountain bike up the steepest hill you can think of from childhood in first gear. 😞

Guess I should stop pedaling so hard and just walk the damn thing up the hill, huh?


Twelve Hours of Satellite of Love Ambient Noise

crysknife007’s YouTube channel is a veritable treasure trove of nerd friendly white noise, but I’ve got a soft spot for the low, rumbling background noise used on MST3K.

Don’t forget to turn down your lights (where applicable). πŸ˜‰

Bar None

I’ve had a Touch Bar MBP for ~3 years now, so I’ve grown to used to having a virtual function row on my machine. Hell, I’d even go so far as to say that I like my Touch Bar.

Still, I love this tool by Shaun Inman that disables the Touch Bar unless you’re holding down the fn key. (via)

House Industries Lettering Manual

New book alert!

One of my all-time favorite type foundries is publishing a gorgeous looking book β€” based on their wildly popular lettering workshops β€” that drops tomorrow.

Totally snuck up on me, but I’m glad Mike tipped me off to it.

TIC-80

An open source fantasy computer for game development, with an inexpensive β€” and totally optional, but still useful β€” Pro version.

πŸ€” Wonder if I can manage to get this running on my old PocketCHIP… (via)

Pro Chefs Make 13 Kinds of Pantry Pasta

I’m really glad that the Bon AppΓ©tit Test Kitchen crew are still making videos from home. Here, a whole bunch of them improvise a ton of different pantry pasta dishes.

Social Distancing and the Resurgence of Drive-In Theaters

I’m a great believer that mental stability is as important as physical stability. If people don’t have a certain amount of normalcy in their life, it’s going to affect them.

John Watzke, Owner, Ocala Drive-In Theater

I’ve got a lot of fond memories of going to the drive-in with my parents in the eighties. Double features… Sneaking in giant Tupperware bowls full of air popped popcorn and way too much butter… Bulk bags of M&Ms and Whoppers…

If we get a mini drive-in boom over the next few months, definitely I wouldn’t be mad about it. πŸ˜ƒ


Okay. Bike’s up the proverbial hill. Time to coast now. See y’all again soon!

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.06.20

Back at it again at Krispy Kreme


A browser based, live coding, video synthesis system, hosted on Glitch. There’s a ton of resources in the inline documentation if you feel like playing around with it.

Or, if live coding isn’t your thing, just light a joint, put something chill on the stereo, and zone out for a while.

I’ve been writing the presentations that I give at WordCamps in Markdown for ages. Now, with a tool like Video Puppet, I can turn my slides into videos β€” with automated narration! β€” without much effort.

Ever since I saw that Brandon Boyer Vine of Qrion dancing around to this track during a DJ set a few years ago, it has been a perennial favorite around these parts.

Listening to it always puts me in a good mood. Hopefully it’ll put you in a good mood too.

I’m a sucker for a good stencil typeface and this punky one from Shiva Nallaperumal is of my favorites from the past few years.

Probably ought to find a project to use this in then, huh?

I dunno… I’m just, like, really into late 60s, leftist, Parisian protest posters lately.

You could waste a nice chunk of your afternoon browsing through Gallica’s collection. I highly recommend it.

(I really feel like I ought to make a t-shirt out of this one.)

:takes long drag off of vape: Yeah, man… I remember FOAF.

I am 90% sure that I had a FOAF-a-matic generated RDF file on this site circa 2004, but I’ll be damned if I can find it in any of my backups.

Speaking of early aughts throwbacks, apparently Soulseek is still a thing?! Gotta get my ass back on that and find me a copy of Phish covering Gin and Juice

A great collection of notebooks that look like books and magazines featured on The Simpsons.

From here on out, I’m taking all of my notes in a Gigantic Asses notebook.


Alright… I’m running a marathon and not a sprint here β€” so eight is probably enough for today, yeah?