Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Links

Haircuts as political statements

This Optical Illusion Is Breaking Our Brains 

Who Was Somerton Man? An unidentifiable body found was on the beach in 1948. The mystery is still unraveling.

45 Awesome Things People Did in 2017

Hear a Transcendent 12-Hour Mix Featuring John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock and More

Ugly Christmas Sweater History: From House Party to Ironic Icon: The tale of how a Vancouver house party made the ugly Christmas sweater into the pinnacle of modern ironic taste. Via

Squirrel Still Visits South Carolina Family 8 Years After They Rescued Her

Mars efter Lowell's Glober A manuscript globe, hand painted and lettered, representing in 3-dimensional form the maps of Mars published in the American astronomer Percival Lowell's books, Mars and its Canals (1906) and Mars as the Abode of Life (1908)

Augmented content creation: A predictive text bot wrote a new chapter of Harry Potter and it’s beautiful

The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 : NPR

The Art of the Bar: From Baroque Nudes to Life-Size Bronze Satyrs

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction

5 Ridiculous Fidel Castro Assassination Attempts By The U.S. Over the course of his life, there would be over 600 Fidel Castro assassination attempts and plans.

French Farmhouse Villa I could live here.

100 Must-Listen-To Podcasts Of 2017. 

The Park Slope ‘Blue Hat’ Incident, 10 Years Later: One winter day in 2006, a good Samaritan named Alice* found a small hat on a Brooklyn sidewalk and sought its owner. She posted to Park Slope Parents, the community listserv: “Found: Boy’s Blue Hat,” with a short description. The moment she clicked “send” unwittingly precipitated an iconic moment in modern Brooklyn parenting and early social media.

From Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter: : "After reading the classic essay [PDF], I  have been waiting for the book version of How To Read Nancy for years. It didn’t disappoint."

Free games on

If anyone is interested, Sweetland is the best book I read in 2017. It's three years old but I finally got around to reading it.

Back to the Future: Fifty Years of Amazing Automotive Concept Art 

A Boeuf Bourguignon for the End of the World

Meet The Music Nerds Behind The Tunes You Hear At Starbucks 

‘I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.’

Why do actors from Hollywood's Golden Age have such a distinct and strange accent? 

71% of us are guilty of 'sidebarring' people. Are you?


Cyn X said...
*le sigh*
one to play on is free games @
that Trump liar link!
just a few stand outs. thank you!

xoxoxoBruce said...

I’d read in the early days of radio they sought speakers from the Connecticut river valley of Massachusetts for their clear enunciation which was more easily understood over the air.

Matthew said...

Thanks for the Sweetland tip. You're the third person who has recommended it in just over a week. Now I really do have to read it.

The Nag said...

Let's move to France, shall we?

Cyn X said...

you think they'd understand Texan? ;) if so...oh, yeah!