Sunday Links



Espaces d'Abraxas (above): Set between a shopping centre car park and Boulevard du Mont-d’Est in Noisy-le-Grand outside of Paris, this high-density housing complex was designed in the late seventies by the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill on behalf of the French government. It was inaugurated in 1983.

In a Word: A nomenclator was “a slave with a good memory who accompanied a public figure when he went out and whispered in his ear the name of anyone important he was about to meet.” (Anthony Everitt, Cicero) Much later, Franklin Roosevelt’s campaign manager, James Farley, would keep a file on everyone Roosevelt met so that the candidate might later ask after a spouse or child. Modern politicians maintain “Farley files” for the same purpose. (more words here)

The Amish Las Vegas: What happens in Pinecraft stays in Pinecraft

October 13 is designated as Lancelot Jones Day in Florida. The Jones Family Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes the former home and farm of Israel Lafayette Jones and his family on Porgy and Totten Keys. Read the story


This has been the story of my life for the past few months (but we aimed for  less, not zero, waste). It’s been pretty awful. How We Downsized and Sold Our House Without Creating Waste

Southampton Lair: a 1972 Hamptons home  transformed into a James Bond-inspired bachelor pad. 

Why are 500,000 people watching paint dry? Martijn Doolaard has released 83 videos documenting his restoration of an Alpine cabin and they have been hugely successful. via

The Era of the $44(US) Salad Has Arrived (but only if you toss a big hunk of meat on those greens)


The happy dysfunction of Dover I had planned on staying in Dover for two nights, but by the time the police came to take John away, it was clear I’d been fooled by decades of tourist board propaganda. Read more (Thanks, Bruce)

Fifteen years ago I would have seriously considered this island on an island: A private island on a Vancouver Island lake.

Countless off-the-shelf office chairs, lounge chairs or car seats that appeared in Star Trek productions are commercially available. (via everlasting blort)

Leaving Twitter had no effect on NPR’s traffic: The brittle equilibrium of stage three enshittification.

Ladies on Records is a curatorial venture. Its primary focus is female music caught on dusty records and tapes, in the hidden archives and back catalogs of the music labels from around the world. (via Webcurios)

Milkshake neuroscience: Rich, high-fat foods such as ice cream are loved not only for their taste, but also for their ‘mouthfeel’.

The Mosely Folding Bathtub (endorsed by the Jobbing Trade)

Confessions of a Tableside Flambeur how the flambé became the ultimate tableside flex.

A simple guide to 15-minute cities No, the 15 minutes does not refer to how far you will be able to travel from your home. That’s just another viral conspiracy theory.

The most wounded yet unkillable soldier couldn’t stay away from battle.

Maximalist Cocktails: In this new era of maximalist drinking, every trend from the past 25 years is happening everywhere, all at once, sometimes in a single drink.

There are one-billion people living on this planet who are experiencing some form of disability. It’s time for design to consider their needs. These attractive toothbrush handles are designed for people with limited dexterity.

When I Worked for Fox News: Barbara Fischkin once wrote a liberal political column for Fox News that was at times decidedly leftist. (This is true-true and not fake news.)

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