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.


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, 04.09.20

Feelin’ fine.

Well, not really. Honestly, I’m starting to get really tired of being stuck inside all the time. Guess I’m not suited for long distance space travel, huh?

Oh well. The mission to Mars will have to go on without me, I guess…

Anyway, how about a few links?

Punk Haircuts

I have a few friends who, knowing they’re not going to see their barbers for a few months, have gone full Ripley during quarantine. That’s a pretty bold move if you ask me.

Sure, slapping a number two on the Wahl clippers rusting out under your guest bathroom sink is a classic punk haircut β€” don’t think I haven’t considered it β€” but there’s also the chance that you’ll look like a giant-sized Bobby Hill. 😬

But hey, it’s not like you have any place to be rn, right?

Rollerblade Office Chair Wheels

After seeing Matt Haughey mention how much of an upgrade these were for his home office chair, I bought a set for my Sayl.

I’d had the wheels swapped out in under three minutes, and my chair rolls along the rug that’s under my desk so much smoother now.

Highly recommended upgrade, y’all!

Pocket Developer

A D20 full of developer cliches β€” like “Works for me”, and “Try it now” β€” ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. (via)

The 501 Developer Manifesto

We are software developers who take pride in our work but choose not to be wholly defined by it.

As someone who has spent the last few years trying to get the whole work/life balance thing right, I am really fucking feeling this.


Looking to waste some time? Sure, we all are.

Here’s an open-source re-implementation of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 that runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows.

You’ll need to get your hands on the object files from a copy of RCT2, but that’s not too hard to to do. πŸ˜‰

How to Look Good on Camera

Now this is the sort of journalism I pay The New York Times $14 a month for… 🀣

Maureen Dowd talked with fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford about how to look your best on all of the video calls you’re no doubt getting pulled into.

I’ve been working from home for ~8 years, so I went feral and stopped caring ages ago β€” but maybe you’ll find it useful, dear reader.

A Flock of 30 Zines

My pal Austin Kleon β€” author of the extremely inspiring Keep Going β€” has been spending his “indoor kid” time making zines, and I am deeply into his aesthetic.

He’s got links to all of them in the post. And, if you’re feeling inspired, he’s provided instructions on how you can make your own out of a single sheet of paper.

US Out of California

Since I’m talking about stuff my friends have made β€” and since Gavin Newsom went on MSNBC and declared California a “nation-state” β€” I might as well give Mike Monteiro‘s classic Cotton Bureau design a shout out. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Well, I’ve gotta go figure out what to do about a very full swimming pool β€” so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just see myself out.


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?