I can’t believe Electric Sheep is still going. This distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames has been going on for about 20 years now. One of the first things I put on my iMac.
Nice to see another Banksy bringing a little bit of inner city cheer. Do you think he does requests?
You can now get bedding complete with side pockets for your phones/tv remotes/fags. Something tells me that keeping these things so close might not be promoting a positive attitude to sleep.
So there’s to be a three-week delay for ‘most’ GCSE and A-level exams in England next summer. The main set of exams will start on 7 June and run until 2 July, apart from the English and Maths GCSEs, which will be held before the May half-term. Here’s the press release from the government.
Learn to live like a Stoic by enrolling on Stoic Week 2020, starting 19 October. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these in the past, just got to make these concepts and techniques ‘sticky’ once the week is through…
Here’s an infographic of 29 psychological tricks and tactics used to make people buy more. Some obvious, some less so. I’ve mentioned some of these before, but reducing syllables? Removing commas?
The New Yorker’s Alex Ross on Kyle Devine’s new book, ‘Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music’. “The ostensibly frictionless nature of online listening has other hidden or overlooked costs.”
Animation professionals, historians, and other experts have compiled a list of 100 of the most influential sequences in animation history. So much to love here, from George Méliès, Norman McLaren and Popeye, to Akira, Luxo Jr and Jack Skellington.
More nominative determinism, this time from the Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, via Futility Closet.
Universities should be two-thirds empty to avoid “almost inevitable” Covid spikes. As if I wasn’t worried enough about my son just starting university…
Blogger Minnesotastan perfectly captions this satellite image of Sally, Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky. There must have been a Tropical Storm Vincent by now.
Here’s an amusing account of what you can do with an Instagram of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s boarding pass. It’s a little scary just how easy some systems are to exploit. Not that we ever would, of course.
The perfect calendar for 2020. Simple but effective.
Google have published a list of all the .new links that we can use to get things done quicker. I knew about the doc.new and the sheet.new shortcuts, but there are hundreds here — from Adobe PDF converters and MS Office documents, to eBay, Medium and Github.
The fallout from the exams fiasco continues, with reports that Williamson was warned weeks before results day that the algorithm was flawed and unfair. He’s previously said that he was only aware of “real concerns” after the results were published. But perhaps the system was always broken.
The New York Times have compiled photos of students around the world returning to classrooms this week. Poignant attempts to get back to normal in a world where the virus has, in only eight months or so, infected over 25,000,000 people and killed more than 850,000.
WordPress have launched P2, their new internal communications platform—a potential competitor to Microsoft Teams, and perhaps Google’s Shared Drives. It’s free so naturally I immediately signed up. But, as with so many things like this, I’m only ever in teams of one (aww), so I may find it of limited use.