Webcurios 17/05/24

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Do you ever get the feeling, maybe, that you perhaps don’t quite have the same…checks and balances as other people? That perhaps your moral compass is somewhat askew?

I ask only as a I did a thing this week which involved standing up in front of people and talking about Things I Did In The Past, and there were various points when…well, let’s just say when it became clear that things that *I* found funny, or at the very least examples of ‘well, the past was a different country!’, were seen by others as examples of what might best be described as ‘severe moral turpitude’ (to be clear, NOTHING CRIMINAL).

Am…am I a cnut?

As with so much of Curios, dear reader, that is a rhetorical question and I really, really don’t need or want to hear your opinion on it. Just know that I occasionally ask myself, and let’s leave it at that.

Anyway, this week’s edition is, if you’ll excuse the momentary autofellatio, quite a good one I think, so why don’t you get on with reading it and I’ll go back to enumerating all my many failings to seven decimal places.

I am still Matt, this is still Curios, and you really should make sure to check out the video at the end this week because it is EXCEPTIONAL.

By Charlie Tallott (images nearly all lifted from TIH, for which thanks)



  • Project Random: ‘THE ALGORITHM!’, we all cry, powerless to resist its thrall. ‘THE ALGORITHM!’, we weep, bowing and scraping before its might while simultaneously wishing we could take it between our fingers and grind it to dust. ‘THE ALGORITHM!’, we wail, flinging the word about willy-nilly as though it’s some sort of monolithic entity rather than a complex agglomeration of multiple mathematical models which we are long-since being past being able to understand. What I’m saying, basically, is that it feels ever so slightly like we as a species (or at least those of us privileged enough for this sort of sh1t to even vaguely count as ‘a problem’) are rather tired of the invisible hand of maths determining what we see (and therefore think, buy, play, hear and fcuk) (although, on reflection, the slavish devotion we continue to display to the similarly-unknowable and similarly capricious invisible hand suggests we’re stuck with this for a while yet). Anyway, that’s by way of unnecessarily-overwritten introduction to Project Random, an avowedly anti-algo project which seeks to inject a bit more serendipity in your mindless content-guzzling – click the link and you’re presented with the opportunity to browse 15 different platforms – from YouTube to Spotify to Snap to TikTok to Deezer (lol!) and a bunch of others without the pesky forces of attention-based capitalism seeking to funnel you down one rabbithole or another. Per the copy, “Project Random randomly serves obscure content from around the web. It puts the web on shuffle by randomizing the algorithms behind social media and streaming platforms, to unearth content that you (or anyone in the world) might otherwise never see. The Internet today is dominated by engagement-based algorithms that are designed to serve popular, addictive content. The content that we see and interact with is only the very tip of a colossal media iceberg. It is within the depths of this iceberg where we find the obscure web: content that is uploaded, only to remain unseen and forgotten about for the remainder of its existence. Project Random gives forgotten content a chance to be seen by someone, somewhere in the world.” Obviously I approve of this hugely, and it reminds me a lot of one of my favourite projects of recent years (Nobody Live, featured in…2021 I think?, which shows you Twitch streams with no viewers), and in my brief time playing around with it (I tried TikTok and Vimeo and Snap fwiw) threw up a load of odd stuff – TikTok in particular is fascinating because of the volume of interesting, mundane, slice-of-life video being posted from all over the world which it’s genuinely interesting to dip into. This is fun, give it a try.
  • Serve Your Trash: Unless you are pretty technical this is still very much in beta and so inaccessible – but the idea is genuinely brilliant, and PROPERLY ART (I say so, therefore it is TRUE – I am available for the Turner selection committee should anyone be interested in getting me involved, is all I’m saying). Serve Your Trash is a project that allows (or will allow) anyone who wants to participate to share the contents of their desktop ‘Recycle Bin’ with anyone else who wants to see it – the idea is that it effectively creates an online, shared read-only folder into which your deleted items get dumped, and which anyone else in the world can also keep on their desktop so that at any given moment you can click in and see what, for example, Juanito in Aruba has been furiously removing from his hard drive. Obviously this has ALL SORTS of privacy implications, and is no way suitable for, say, spies, or people working in Government, or anyone working on projects of dubious ethics for a major multinational corporation (I KNOW SOME OF YOU READ THIS), but as a concept it is thrilling – one man’s trash, after all, is another’s treasure (although, fine, that perhaps doesn’t apply to the first three abortive drafts of your screenplay). There are instructions for setting this up yourself from the command line, but unless you’re the sort of person who is comfortable working in the terminal then it’s probable beyond you (oh, and this is MacOS-only – chiz chiz) – still, have a read here as it explains the whole thing rather better than the somewhat-opaque homepage; honestly, this is such a cool idea and I think has genuinely-interesting potential.
  • Space Trash Signs: Every few years a project comes up which causes me to remember the concept of The Graveyard Orbit (yes, I know, I have talked about this before, IT IS MY BLOGNEWSLETTERTYPETHING AND I MAKE NO APOLOGIES (but, well, sorry for the tedious repetition), the area of space around the Earth where all of the various junk that we have spaffed into the cosmos over the past 75 years or so agglomerates – so it is with this, which is a brilliant and fascinating and ever-so-slightly troubling visualisation of some of that junk, and where it is in the sky. Clicking the link takes you to a really nicely-rendered view of space, with the various clumping of dead satellites and sensors arranged into ‘constellations’ (the idea is they’re like star signs made of rubbish, DO YOU SEE?). “Space Trash Signs is an initiative to visualize the consequences of space debris on different aspects of life on Earth. These signs were identified by monitoring real debris orbiting the planet. Each sign depicts the impact of a single consequence of the collective problem that space pollution represents. The matters of space are discussed in closed conference rooms around the world, and they are barely made accessible to the general public. But we all have the right to participate. After all, our lives on Earth heavily depend on space.” This is a joint project between various organisations, including the European Space Agency – you may not be surprised that Starlink, a genuinely incredible company (I do mean this – whatever I may think of That Fcuking Man, Starlink and SpaceX are quite astonishing achievements) which is responsible for an even more incredible quantity of the material that is soon to be clogging up your next attempt to view the Aurora, is not involved. Anyway, I think this is a great idea, a lovely site and a *slightly* depressing reminder of our species-wide tendency to just sort of leave a trail of material crap wherever any of us go, with no regard whatsoever for the potential long-term consequences.
  • Higher Intellect: A BIG WEB CURIOS CAVEAT: THERE MAY BE BAD STUFF IN HERE. I haven’t been through all of it – lol, I have barely scratched the surface of the surface – but the limited amount I have checked out does include some…quite old-school documentation of the ‘how to easily and relatively-painlessly top yourself at home, using nothing but the contents of your kitchen cupboard’ sort, and as such I’m reasonably certain that there’s likely to be some sort of amateur bomb-making instructions buried in the archives somewhere. Caveat emptor, is all I’m saying. Anyway, this is a quite remarkable collection of old files from the old web – the BBS and messageboard days, when text files acted as digital samizdat, copied and shared on floppies or low-bandwidth servers, and the web was populated by…look, let’s just say it out loud, genuine outsider weirdos. “Higher Intellect is a World Wide Web server hosting a searchable database of over 750,000 text files on a variety of subjects” runs the blurb – but that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. The topic listing should give you an idea of the sort of esoterica on display here – the first entry is ‘aliens and UFOs’, ffs – but a selection of other categories includes “Ancient Texts, Cryptography, Cryptology, Employment, HAM Radio, Images, Laugh, Lyrics & Music Related, Manuals, Movie & TV Scripts, Other, People, Recipes, Sensitive Documents, Sporting & Recreation, Strange Information, UN & NATO”, so you get the idea. I imagine there is some genuinely mad stuff in here, which is the appeal – but, again, really, tread carefully as you maybe don’t want a bunch of instructions on ‘how to make napalm in your bath’ in your cache.
  • Hexagen World: Another of those ‘infinite canvas’ projects where an infinite number of people from all over the web can claim plots of ‘land’ on a website and create their own small townscapes which will live on in perpetuity for anyone else to look and marvel at – except the gimmick here is that the small parcels of land are decorated based on the AI prompt that you input. Which, yes, I know, AI ART=BAD, but not everyone has the time, patience or skill to painstakingly compose a pixelart masterpiece, and there’s something pleasingly-democratic about the fact that anyone can drop in and add to the canvas. You need to scroll around to find a spare plot at the edges – zoom out as far as you can, and scroll down-and-right – and you can only add to a plot which is connected to an existing design on at least one side, but it’s simple, easy and free, and it’s quite pleasing to add to something collaborative like this. I presume that there are various guardrails in place to prevent you from creating, I don’t know, “A high-rise city constructed from phalli”, but, well, why not test the boundaries? This is pretty new, I think, and there’s a bunch of functionality they want to implement including the ability to ‘take over’ other people’s hexes – which, frankly, will probably make the whole thing significantly worse, so get in early and have a look around before it gets turned into some sort of tedious Channish turf war between bored children (you can browse without adding anything – it’s worth taking a look, promise).
  • Otto Writes: I’ve long been of the opinion that while everyone has a book in them, most of those books don’t deserve to be published, or read, or written – the same applies for autobiographies, except quadruply so. Still, if you’re possessed of a degree of hubris so great that you think ‘you know what? I AM FASCINATING AND MORE MUST KNOW OF MY UNIQUE STRUGGLE’ then a) I don’t like you; and b) you will possibly find something to love in Otto, an AI-powered (OF COURSE) platform which purports to help YOU – yes YOU! – write your own story. The idea is that the AI will ask you a bunch of questions about yourself, which you can answer simply by speaking into the app – do it at your own pace, whenever you feel like it – and the software will then turn that into AMAZING PROSE (it will not be amazing prose) which will eventually be compiled into “a 7500 word professionally written biography for a fraction of the cost.” I think they are *possibly* stretching the definition of ‘professionally-written’ to its very limit here – and, honestly, can you IMAGINE the sort of copy that will result from anyone self-obsessed enough to actually want to do this being allowed to burble unfiltered ID into a microphone based on prompts like ‘what are your dreams?’? – but if you’re the sort of dreadful, egocentric monster whose ‘friends’ have started glazing over every time you start talking about being in your ‘rise era’ then GO FOR YOUR LIFE!
  • Globe Engineer: I am pretty sure I featured this a few months ago [AUTHORIAL NOTE – yes, I did, in March], but it has had a glow-up and, honestly, I think this is genuinely useful in a way that few other AI things (outside of your Big LLMs and image-generators) are, and so I am featuring it again in the hope that some of you give it a try. Globe Engineer is basically a topic mapping tool – put in any topic you like and it will generate a genuinely helpful sort of…well, topic map (sorry, that was VERY poor) of the concept. Put in ‘long-distance running shoes’, for example, and in LITERALLY SECONDS it will pull together a dashboard covering types of foam cushioning, insoles, medial postings (no idea), heel counters (again, no idea) and the like, with screenshots from useful web resources. It doesn’t pretend to go DEEP, but as a way of getting an almost-instant birds-eye view of a subject this is honestly INCREDIBLY helpful – all of you strategists and planners who often have to immerse yourselves in a completely new category for a pitch, bookmark this as it is properly helpful in a way that I didn’t expect it to be.
  • The Chronosphere: Significantly less sinister than the name makes it sound – or at least I think it is; I’ll let you know if a Pinhead-alike appears unbidden in my kitchen as I’m typing this and attempts to separate my skin from my skull – The Chronosphere (seriously, WHY?) is actually a really shiny 3d virtual museum platform which, as far as I can tell, basically brings together elements from different and disparate collections around the world in surprisingly-high-quality 3d renders, which you can ‘walk’ around in-browser. Ordinarily I’m quite sniffy about ‘walk through the museum’ stuff, because in the main these things are, let’s be honest, dogsh1t, but the tech here is really very good, and the quality of the graphics and the modeling on the works displayed is superb. Collections so far are limited to ‘Stuff from Ancient Rome’ and ‘Stuff by Goya’ (with Egypt coming soon), but it’s worth a look as it’s significantly more impressive than these things tend to be – although be warned, it absolutely FCUKED my laptop (which is admittedly VERY SH1T and VERY OLD) which was wheezing like an emphysemic until I shut down every single other tab.
  • Walked Out Niemans: The TikTok account of an experimental videogame developer – look, you really just have to click this and scroll and watch some of the videos, because this stuff is both ART and NIGHTMARE and SOCIAL COMMENTARY, and while it’s not (to my mind at least) on the same level as Dan Douglas’ ongoing, genius, Duke Smoochem project (I will say it again – GIVE THAT MAN THE TURNERT PRIZE HE DESERVES YOU COWARDS) it is brilliantly unhinged and quite…striking in its visual design. Seriously watch this – no, watch ALL of it, with the sound up, full-screen – and tell me that something special’s not happening here.
  • Wikipedia Fact-Checker: If you were to travel back in time 15 years and confidently tell people that Wikipedia would in the future be considered a genuinely useful place to do research and source facts you would have been laughed out of town – WELL WHO’S LAUGHING NOW??? Erm, noone, as it happens – the fact that we’re all so reliant on Wikipedia says far more about the degradation and pollution of the global informational water table than it does anything else tbh – but it’s true that it’s an incredibly comprehensive and largely-accurate resource here in fcuked-up old 2024. This is a Chrome extension which uses (I think) GPT API access to check Wikipedia for you on demand – install the extension, highlight any text on any webpage that yo’d like to quickly run a check on, and The Machine will toddle off to Wikipedia and confirm or deny the veracity of whatever it is that you’re querying, along with providing a link to, and citation from, the relevant page. This is…this is great, honestly, a really smart use of both the LLM and of the Wiki corpus, and it’s easy to use, and, in my limited trial, it…seems to work? Honestly, for anyone who does a lot of desk research this is worth a look.
  • All The Birds With One Stone: Prolific digital artist Chia Amisola returns with a new, small project – I don’t want to explain this too much, it’s small and lovely and it will make you feel…nice? I don’t get to say that too often in Curios, so enjoy the rare moment of respite from the crushing futurehorror (you will need to enable popups for this to work properly, fyi).
  • Scott Darby: I have a vague feeling I have come across Scott’s work before over the past 20 years of internetspelunking, but I had never seen his homepage before – Scott is a Bristol-based creative developer who tends to work in and around datavisualisation, and his website…God, I can’t explain how much I *adore* this, the visuals and the aesthetic and the kinetic way the whole thing sort of slides around under your eyes, like the digital offspring of Richard Serra’s sculpture’s and Frank Gehry’s architecture (yes, I know, pretentious as all fcuk, but I promise you’ll see what I mean), and I think this is a work of art in and of itself. There are links to a selection of his projects too, which are worth exploring, but, honestly, this is SO beautiful.
  • Watch The Titles: I am slightly astonished that I haven’t come across this before – turns out the internet is really big! Who knew?! – but if you’re interested in visual design in cinema then this will be right up your street. “Forget the Film, Watch the Titles! is a project dedicated to the art of title design and its creators. Launched in 2006, the recently renewed website features a growing collection of over 200 title sequences and behind-the-scenes content, offering a unique glimpse into the people, ideas and processes behind their creation.” This is a quite incredible resource – there is SO MUCH in here – and obviously a real labour of love by one Remco Vlaanderen who’s seemingly responsible for curating the whole thing.
  • Famicase 24: Every year, a competition takes place where designers submit their, er, designs (FFS MATT!) for cartridge art for imaginary games on the now-defunct Super Famicom games console (known as the Super NES in the West) – this is this year’s selection of entries. Obviously none of these are real games, but so many of them really ought to be – and the imagination and skill on display here is hugely impressive. It’s worth taking a bit of time to go through them – click the first one and then cycle through, as they’re a bit small to see all at once, and tell me that you don’t think the person who designed the cart for ‘Body Golf’ shouldn’t win some sort of international prize (seriously, even if this doesn’t tickle your particular fancy, do check it out).
  • My Girlfriend Is An Artist: Not mine, my friend Kris’ – this is a site he made for her birthday, featuring photographs by her, captioned by him. I think this is SO BEAUTIFUL and SO LOVELY – each time you refresh the site you get a different image and caption, and there’s a sort of poetry in just clicking ‘reload’ for a few minutes and wandering through someone else’s family love story (sorry if that sounds creepy, man, it’s really not meant to).
  • Twelve Football: I think this is designed for ‘professional’ football data analysts, but it’s another interesting use of layering an LLM over data – the idea is that you can run natural language queries against an enormous corpus of player data from across the major leagues around the world, letting you ask things like ‘which left-footed striker has the highest nXPG from open play between minutes 73 and 90 when playing against a flat 442?’ (ok, I am guessing here, but it feels like that sort of thing). It’s only in trial at the moment, but if you’re someone who’s interested in how you can do more with data using this sort of tech then it’s possibly a useful case-study – equally so if you’re the sort of person who takes their FPL team far too seriously. It’s interesting to me how democratised this stuff is getting – this and McClachbot are genuinely impressive data analysis and scouting tools, made available to anyone, which is sort-of remarkable really.
  • AI Tarot: On the one hand, a tarot reading done by AI is obviously TOTAL BOLL0CKS – on the other, so is a tarot reading done by an actual human being (sorry, it really is) so why not just let the AI do it? Pick the sort of reading you want, frame your question, and MARVEL AS THE DIGITAL CARDS REVEAL YOUR FATE! This is all textual with no graphical bells and whistles, but it’s clean and quick and if you want a quick answer to ‘should I quit my job and set up shop as a freelance strategist?’ (the answer is ‘lol, do you know how many middle-aged people are glutting the market with this sort of sh1t right now and do you know how necessary they are, lol?’) then you could do worse than consult the major and minor arcana through this site (to be clear: you could not do worse, this is STUPID and should only be treated as a joke, do not let The Machine cosplaying as Mystic Meg dictate your life).
  • Kitchen Confidentials: I have…some questions about how long this is going to stay live for, particularly given it’s operating in the famously-litigious New York area, but WOW is this a great idea and a source of some cracking restaurant industry gossip. Kitchen Confidentials is basically ‘glassdoor for the NYC restaurant scene’, and its mission statement reads as follows: “Kitchen Confidentials exists to empower workers in the food service industry. Kitchen Confidentials grew out of a need for a platform where food service workers can access trustworthy information regarding the compensation, workplace culture, and benefits offered by establishments in New York City. Kitchen Confidentials is committed to fostering positive change in the food service industry. We celebrate businesses that prioritize the well-being of their employees, and create accountability among businesses that could improve worker treatment. We believe in the power of transparency to create an industry where owners, managers, waiters, line cooks, dishwashers, and customers can all thrive.” A great idea, a good initiative and SO FUN to read (in a sort of schadenfreude-y way) – MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN LONDON, SOMEONE! This feels like it has ‘Vittles Spinoff Project’ written all over it.

By Molly Bounds



  • Rap Feud: Now that the dust has seemingly settled – at least momentarily – on The Great Beef, take a moment to enjoy this really nicely-made site which takes you through the timeline of HOW and WHY and WHEN it all went down. This is really, really good – obviously it’s interesting if you’re interested in the story and the people and the music, but also as an explainer project and as a piece of webdesign in its own right. As you scroll, you pass through each individual track – you can listen to it, get information on the backstory as to why it was written, read the lyrics, get information on the artists and the targets… regardless of your interest in Kendrick, Drake or the whole thing, this is just really good webwork. Also it taught me that one of the samples on the Metro ‘BBL Drizzy’ beat was in fact AI-generated, which had totally passed me (and I imagine lots of other casual listeners) by, and which feels like a Rubicon of sorts has been crossed here.
  • The Most Horrible Advert I Have Ever Seen: I’m not exaggerating here. This really, really upset me – not joking! Made me really really sad! – and I would honestly take steps to actively harm the product in question were I ever to see it in the wild (but I think it’s only in North America, and I can’t imagine the brand is going to exist in a few years’ time). Seriously, watch this and see what happens when you take ‘ironic detachment’ far too far.
  • Birdify: By way of a palate-cleanser after that horrid ad – SO HORRID – have this lovely project, by one Thomas Newlove, which simply lets you listen to the sound of birds. That’s it! Search for your favourite, or simply browse through the list – it’s simply pleasant to hear birdsong, but it’s also nice to have a listen to some of the more common British varieties to see if you can start to recognise them in the wild; I am back in leafy South London and it is SO NICE to be able to hear birdsong again (although I am probably going to have to revise that opinion if the pigeons obviously living on the roof directly above my bedroom don’t start shutting the fcuk up).
  • Words About War: Not really a Curio, this, so much as a serious and useful project (there’s that whiplash thematic sidewindering again, really must try and address that one day) – Words About War is a document which is designed to act as a language guide for people writing about conflict to seek to ensure that the words they use are fair and accurate. From the homepage: “From George Orwell’s critique of the language of totalitarian regimes to today, discussions of war and foreign policy have been full of dehumanizing euphemisms, bloodless jargon, little-known government acronyms, and troubling metaphors that hide warfare’s damage. Think of “collateral damage” (civilian deaths), “overseas contingency operations” (wars), and “bug splat” (killing human beings with drone-fired missiles). This guide aims to help people write and talk about war and foreign policy more accurately, more honestly, and in ways people outside the elite Washington, DC foreign policy “blob” can understand. We encourage you to use this guide, to share it with others, and to adapt it as necessary to local contexts. The guide should be especially helpful to journalists and other writers, podcasters and vloggers, policy analysts, teachers, scholars, and people involved in public education projects.” Leaving aside the slightly-irksome reference to the ‘foreign policy blob’, this is a useful and interesting project, and it’s worth having a look at the short version, even if you can’t be bothered with the whole thing, and then bearing what it says in mind next time you read reporting about, for the sake of argument, Gaza.
  • The Desktop Cat Cursor: Inspired by an idea floated by legendary internet geek Foone, this is a small download (which costs a quid) which will turn your computer cursor into a long cartoon cat’s paw, reaching in from outside the boundaries of your screen to move and manipulate things on your desktop. Why? BECAUSE IT’S FUNNY (sort-of, if you’re a particular type of person).
  • Digital Art From the Era of Japanese PCs: Ok, so, again, an upfront warning – this is a decade-old forum thread collecting examples of pixel art from Japanese videogames in the 80s and early-90s, and as such it features QUITE A FEW EXAMPLES OF PIXELART NUDITY, almost all, inevitably, of women, because Hentai. Still, it’s not ALL slightly-tawdry pseudo-bongo, and, honestly, this is aesthetically fascinating, I promise (as well as there being some really beautiful work in here). From the person who started the thread: “So over the past few years I’ve been saving pictures from old Japanese games that I really liked and I thought I’d share them with you all. Most of these pictures come from Japanese PCs from the 80s to mid 90s like the MSX, PC88, PC98, X1, X68000, FM Towns and a bunch of others. They’re pretty impressive because they display a level of graphical quality that Western computers just weren’t capable of producing until much later. Take a look at the intro for the PC88 RPG The Screamer. It’s hard to believe that this game came out in 1984; there was nothing remotely comparable coming from Western computers at the time.” There is a LOT in here – there are 4 full pages of screenshots – and if you’re interested you can read a little more about the technical ‘why’ of this stuff on this page (but, again, apologies for the nudity on this one – it turns out that the venn diagram of ‘people who are minded to collect screenshots of old Japanese videogames’ and ‘people who like looking at pixelart representations of anatomically-improbable women’ is a circle).
  • Shund: This is one of those links that is very much Not For Me – mainly because I don’t speak a word of Hebrew, or Yiddish – but which I like to think will for ONE READER be genuinely fascinating and useful. Shund is a searchable database of Yiddish popular fiction from down the years, searchable and readable on-site, and while it’s intended for linguistic and cultural scholars I would imagine that, if you can read the texts, there’s something in here for the more casual historian. “A Woman’s Honor, The Lost Daughter, It’s Hard to be a Mother, The Masked World—these are just a few titles from the thousands of Yiddish pulp novels published during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Serialized as stand-alone pamphlets or in the pages of the Yiddish press, novels like these are twisting tales of murder and infidelity, adventure and political intrigue. Though labeled by critics as “trash” (shund in Yiddish), they were central to Jewish daily life throughout the global network of Ashkenazi Jewry. Today these texts remain largely unstudied even as scholars assert their importance to understanding Yiddish culture and its afterlives. This project aims to bridge this gap by producing a collaborative, open-access database that will synthesize shund’s varied and disparate archives and facilitate new scholarship. With a better understanding of what exactly constitutes shund, a group of scholars can together produce comparative histories of the genre while theorizing it as a paradigm for how marginalized cultures confront the modern world.” The site’s not the most user-friendly in the world, but it does work – I just couldn’t understand a word of the content, but that’s my problem not theirs.
  • Pasta Guide: A guide to pasta! As it says right up top, this is not a recipe guide or a cookbook (although there is a recipe for making actual pasta) – it’s just a guide to what pasta is, how it’s made, some of the shapes…Look, I fcuking LOVE pasta (obviously) and I genuinely don’t understand the slight air of shock and horror that people in my life have occasionally exhibited at my ability and indeed inclination to eat it multiple times a day, and I am very much in favour of this sort of technical appreciation of one of the world’s greatest-ever foodstuffs (fight me) (don’t fight me, I am weak and sickly)…and if you click through the ‘Experiments’ tab you’ll be taken to Adriana Gallo’s Are.na page where she documents her experiences of making the stuff…this is not the most comprehensive pasta resource on the web, but I love it precisely because it’s just one person’s celebration of something they really like, which is basically what the very best of the web is all about.
  • Dupe: Look, let’s get this out of the way – I don’t approve of buying stuff just for the sake of it, I don’t approve of consumption in general (yes, I am fun at parties, and no I don’t get invited to many, why do you ask?) and I’m increasingly feeling like some sort of ascetic preacher of doom in the face of the world’s ceaseless attempts to dull the pain with shopping. THAT SAID, I am equally aware that sometimes you do actually need things, and that you might find it useful to have a way of finding stuff that looks like the expensive version you really want but can’t afford, at half the price. Thus, Dupe – a service in beta which lets you plug in the url of any product you care to mention and which promises to find you a selection of knockoff versions of said product from around the web. I can’t vouch for how well or otherwise this works, but it’s worth a go I think. This is firmly focused on home decor, before you get all excited about getting couture knockoffs, but if you’re decorating then this might be useful.
  • Il Campionato Mondiale di Umari: This is a project by one of my favourite niche newsletters (Scope of Work, which I’ve featured in here a few times before, which is mostly about building and construction and the process of making stuff), and I’ll let Spencer, who runs it, introduce the concept to you: “Umari is the plural form of umarell, and umarell is a jocular Italian [AUTHOR’S INTERJECTION – it’s actually dialect, Bolognese iirc. God I’m a prick] term for a person – classically a man of retirement age – who pauses to observe work in progress. The term might be used as light-hearted mockery, but I think more people ought to umarell.  To umarell is to take an interest in the built environment – the environment that our species creates, and in which most of us spend most of our time. An umarell turns their attention to that environment’s creation, taking time to appreciate the materials, machines, and muscles from which it emerges.” Isn’t that a wonderful concept? Anyway, Spencer is running a small contest, to celebrate people who are observing work in interesting ways – whether in sketch form, or in writing (whether technical or creative) – and I think this is SUCH an interesting concept and potentially a source of some really interesting work, and I wondered maybe one or two of you might think it the sort of thing you might want to have a go at.
  • Open Glass: I imagine the number of people reading this who might be interested in cobbling together their own homebrew version of AI-enabled glasses is a round zero, but, just in case, here are some instructions on how to do so. You remember 12 years ago when Google Glass came out and the world wasn’t ready, and the term ‘glasshole’ was coined? Trust me, you would need to invent whole new words for people wearing these. Still, pretty fcuking scifi (NB – I think this is the second of these projects I’ve featured in here, but this one’s managed to strip the hardware costs to about £25 which is…frankly insane).
  • The Black Games Archive: “Black Games Archive is a multimedia, public-facing database of games, digital resources, accessible scholarship, and designer interviews that are relevant to the intersections between Black culture, games, and play.” This is a great resource, both for people seeking titles that feature better representation of black people than was often traditional (although thankfully the industry’s come on leaps and bounds since I worked in it in the mid-00s) and for anyone interested academic readings around race, society and representation in the medium – there’s also a section focused on essays and scholarship, which is useful for anyone wanting to delve into this further.
  • While We’re Talking About Games, I Did A Talk: The link takes you to the (terrible) slides, and you can read my (terrible) notes here, should you be interested. I am genuinely sorry to everyone who listened to it for all the swearing and for using a Bad Word Which Is No Longer Acceptable In The 2020s when describing the Daily Mail’s reaction to God of War II’s launch party.
  • Fanzine World: This is a nice idea which I don’t think *quite* works, but you might find something in it – Fanzine World is designed to let anyone pull together a list of 5 ‘creators’ based on a theme of their choosing, the idea being that anyone can say ‘Hey, I’m really into haberdashery, here are the 5 creators I think are most interesting the haberdashery space RIGHT NOW’ for anyone else to find and peruse and enjoy. Basically it’s a way for people to share their passions, and it’s potentially not a bad way of finding creators within a certain vertical should you need one.
  • Campane Marinelli: Are any of you in the market for a church bell? I mean an actual church bell, massive and sonorous, to hang in a church tower, made in a foundry and weighing tonnes? No, of course you’re not, but I was so pleased with the fact that PEOPLE WHO MAKE CHURCH BELLS HAVE WEBSITES that I felt compelled to include this one. Campanologists, this one is for YOU!
  • Digitiser: Now this is one I really can’t believe I haven’t featured before – those of you who a) grew up in the UK; and b) are old, like I am, may have fond memories of TeleText, the text-based internet precursor (it was nothing like the internet) which basically let you read pages of text on your telly, and which was arranged into various sections, not unlike a weird sort of TV-based magazine, and which was where people used to buy cheap holidays and keep track of the football scores as recently as about 1998. One of the BEST things about TeleText was its coverage of music (honestly, I bought SO many great albums based off their recommendations in the early-90s) and videogames – the games section in particular was a genuinely-hallucinatory mix of off-kilter humour, tips, properly good reviews and some VERY STRANGE low-res 8-bit pixel art, and some utterly baffling (to anyone who wasn’t already immersed in the lore) in-jokes and running gags…and the archive is online! YOU CAN READ DIGI AGAIN! Honestly, if you remember this stuff then I can’t tell you what a treat it is; if you don’t, it’s worth clicking this link and having a dig around because a) you will be amazed by how genuinely strange so much of it is, and how odd it must have been to find it just a button-press away from the aggressively-normie confines of ITV in 1993; and b) you will get an idea for how incredibly bored teenagers were , when we would literally sit and wait 20s at a time for the pages to automatically turn so we could read a comic review of Prince of Persia.
  • AntARctica: Sorry about the bad joke sorry sorry sorry. This is genuinely great, though – an (I think) educational portal for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust with a bunch of AR experiences that let you ‘experience’ the magic and mystery of being VERY COLD on the tundra, with your huskies – you can do these on your phone, and there are six different experiences including swimming with the penguins, running with the sledding dogs and freezing to death, alone and cold and frightened (one of these is in fact a lie).
  • The Labyrinth: This is by no objective standards ‘good’, but, equally, it’s a game that was made by a team of forty ten year old kids in Croatia – it’s a small platformer, which uses the children’s drawings as the source art, and while it’s very simple and very janky it’s also weirdly charming, and I have to say that if it was a bit more polished I like the aesthetic enough to play for longer than the 45s I actually lasted.
  • PixoGuess: Can you guess what the pixellated thing is? CAN YOU? Pick from various categories – logos, pokemon, videogame characters, etc – and see how quickly you can guess what they are as they go from HUGELY PIXELLATED ABSTRACT MESSES to recognisable images. This is…moderately fun, and you can create local lobbies so you can spend the afternoon challenging your colleagues should you not have anything better to do with your life.
  • EyeSpy: Play I Spy in your browser with what I presume ae Google Earth images – you’re plonked somewhere in the world, and given an option of 3 objects which appear somewhere in the 360 image – all you need to do is select the correct one. This is…quite hard, but you get the feel for it after a couple of goes and it’s a not-terrible way of killing time while you wait for timesheet-o-clock.
  • Showdown: This is ‘rock, paper, scissors’, but more fun than you’d think – you play against a moustachio’d cowboy figure, which responds to your strategies, and there’s a betting mechanic which keeps it compelling, and this is FAR shinier and better-made than it needs to be, and, honestly, I really enjoyed this and I think you might do too.

By Not The NoName



  • Models Meet Mean Girls: Photographs of models juxtaposed with quotes from Mean Girls – there is ONE person I know for whom this is basically a perfect website, but maybe it will be that for you too.


  • Art Deco Society NY: Via Blort, this is a lovely Insta feed featuring, er, art deco stuff in New York. But, you know, not just the Chrysler Building – OTHER art deco stuff. Look, it’s good, you’ll enjoy it, have a click.


  • All The OpenAI Stuff: Ok, so obvious caveat here that I am not a journalist (lol, like you needed telling) and that therefore me casting shade on the reporting around this week’s BIG AI ANNOUNCEMENTS, but it was incredibly disappointing, in the case of OpenAI, to see all the coverage literally saying ‘IT IS GOING TO BE JUST LIKE ‘HER’ LOL!’ without applying anything resembling a critical lens to the fact that a) THIS IS ALL DEMO STUFF AND UNTIL IT IS IN THE WILD YOU SHOULDN’T REPORT ON IT LIKE IT’S FACT FFS; and b) by so doing all you’re accomplishing is the perpetuation of the already-creepy ‘female digital figure as servile male fantasy companion’ trope that should already have been retired many, many years ago. Anyway, my tedious kvetching aside, it’s worth going through all the of the promo materials from the GPT-4o launch because there *is* a lot of impressive-looking stuff there, but it’s all NOT YET ACTUALLY CONSUMER-READY YET (just like Sora! And that hasn’t stopped millions of words being written about how amazing it is, despite the fact that only about 300 people in the world have actually used the fcuking thing). What I will say is that the move towards ‘true’ multimodality, from both OpenAI and Google, is going to be genuinely transformative – the assistant stuff is, to my mind, the least-interesting bit of this, whereas the potential applications for industry are vast and thrilling (to me, at least). I’ve been playing with GPT-4o this week (or at least the bits of it that are available, which is basically the sped up model and the ability to do better and more useful stuff with Excel) and my quick impressions are that it’s LOADS faster but not ‘smarter’ in any appreciable way, BUT its writing feels…less awful than the standard GPT-4, which is useful, and the DallE-3 integration can now do faultless text, which again is helpful. Still, NONE OF THE FANCY STUFF IS LIVE YET, so perhaps hold off on spaffing joyously into the breeze with excitement just yet, eh?
  • All of the Google I/O AI Stuff: As for OpenAI, for Google – ALMOST NONE OF THE STUFF THEY SHOWED AT THE DEMO IS ACTUALLY LIVE YET! SO MUCH OF WHAT PICHAI SAID ON STAGE WAS COUCHED IN TERMS OF ‘WHAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO’ NOT ‘WHAT WE CAN DO’! FFS! Anyway, I thought it was interesting – and, let’s be clear, a genuinely inspired bit of PR/Marketing on the part of the team doing the demo videos – to include the ‘and look! Astra (the digital assistant part of the show) can find your glasses WITHOUT EVEN BEING TOLD TO NOTICE THEM!’ bit, which is what EVERYONE in my feed was getting super-excited about (if nothing else, Google know exactly how old most tech reporters are in 2024, it seems, and what they personally care about). Still, the BIG NEWS which has been criminally underreported in the wake of this week’s news has been exactly how hard every single business that has been built on ‘traffic equals revenue’ is going to be fcuked in the next 12 months. Seriously, if you currently make money from ad revenue then, well, KISS THAT GOODBYE!
  • Plastic Everywhere: This week’s ‘unpleasantly-sobering dispatch from the pointy-end of the environmental sh1tshow’ comes in the form of this ProPublica article, in which Lisa Song spends some time at the UN Environmental Programme’s Conference on Plastic Pollution and discovers that a significant number of the delegates are…enormous plastic producers, swanning around with access-all-areas badges and treating the whole thing as a massive lobbying opportunity while the delegates from the countries currently having their waterways clogged with infinite quantities of Coke bottles and P&G/Unilever single-serving plastic sachets get to stick posters up in the corridors and cry quietly into their terrible coffee. I can’t stress enough that every single multinational company currently saying things like ‘we really want to be part of the solution, and in fact we need to be, because without us the ‘energy transition’ or ‘plastic free oceans’ or ‘movement to limit water scarcity’ (delete as applicable) at conferences like this is ALSO, behind closed doors, whispering into the ears of the political classes…’but we have to go slower, because otherwise CIVILISATION (and, coincidentally, our margins) will collapse around our ears’.
  • What Elon Musk’s Favourite Game Tells Us About Him: When I reviewed the Musk book last year, I noted that the Walter Isaacson had a bizarre and very boomer-ish  (sorry to use that word, but in this case it feels apposite) habit of thinking that Musk’s enjoyment of videogames somehow marked him as ‘interesting’, ‘unique’ or, heaven forfend, ‘strategically brilliant’ – here, Dave Karpf takes that and runs with it, spending a bit of time playing Musk’s favourite game (per Isaacson), a mobile free-to-play number called ‘Polytopia’, and doing a bit of a thinkpiece on What It Means if this particular title is your favourite game in the world. Honestly, this is BRILLIANT and I think the most savage takedown of That Fcuking Man and his intellectual prowess I have ever read – please do read the whole thing, it is smart rather than snarky, and it makes so much sense. I mean, look: “There are no hidden layers to Elon Musk’s thinking. He likes the gratification of impulsively pushing a button and seeing the numbers go up. He likes games that are straightforward and easy to beat. He’d rather reset every 45 minutes than execute meticulous plans that extend far into an uncertain future. He does not think ten moves ahead. He just responds with maximal aggression to the latest change of conditions. (The stock is down again. Announce robotaxis!) When this works, he gets the satisfaction of dominance. When it doesn’t, he can always just reset and try again.”
  • AI Forgeries: I rather enjoyed this piece, in a ‘wow, I did not for a second think of that as a potential side effect of the rise of generative AI, but now you come to mention it it makes perfect sense’ sort of way – Maggie Appleton writes about the flood of prints of works by classic artists that are cropping up all over Etsy and eBay (not purporting to be originals – just people selling prints) which are not in fact paintings that have ever existed in the real world. Turns out if you just plug ‘in the style of [dead old master] into your image generation machine of choice, along with whatever scene you fancy, you can conjure up the sort of thing that looks like it belongs in a lineup of the artist’s other works and which is convincing enough to fool someone who has no idea about the artist’s actual body of recorded work. The examples in here are fascinating ‘Plage Rose’ by Monet (not Monet), an infinity of knockoff William Morris prints…as Appleton puts it, this is all pointing towards a degree of ‘epistemic collapse’: “You can peruse this evidence and conclude I’m just a gullible idiot, which I’ll accept. A more learned and cultured individual could easily distinguish a real Morris from a Midjourney hoax. Despite earning a snowflakey liberal arts degree, I failed this test. How many others do you think would pass it? What happens to the next generation of gullible idiots, when they ask their AI assistant to show them “william morris prints,” and those keywords have already been tainted by the sea of Etsy images? What about when more capable models can create even-more-convincing Morris prints, sans their telltale artefacts and slip-ups? When do the generated images become epistemologically indistinguishable from what Morris created?” Well, yes, quite.
  • The Indians Fighting In Ukraine: This is a quite remarkable story – and a very bleak one, to be clear – all about how kids in India are being lured to Russia on the pretext of (relatively) well-paid work, only to find themselves shipped off to the frontline. Honestly, you will read this with slowly-mounting disbelief and horror; SUCH a future story, this one, and Gibsonian in the most horrifying of ways.
  • EVs in China: I don’t care about cars, and this piece is a bit *too* car-y for my general tastes, but I’m including it because it paints a fascinating picture of something we should all have realised by now and which I (and, to be fair, loads of other smarter people) have been wanging on about for a while now – specifically, THE WEST IS VERY MUCH NOT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD ANY MORE, OR THE VANGUARD, AND WE WILL NOT BE AGAIN FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. This is motoring journalist Kevin Williams on his experience of going to a recent EV motorshow in China, and being blown away by the quality and sophistication of the vehicles on offer there, even at the low end, compared to what’s coming out of the US (this is a US-centric perspective, but I can’t imagine that the picture looks significantly better if you’re a European manufacturer). There’s a sense as the piece goes on that Williams is having something of a Damascene moment, and not in a way that he’s enjoying.
  • Print Is Coming Back: On the one hand, I agree with the basic premise of this piece – that there is a renewed desire for physical media, particularly amongst younger generations, as part of the general trend towards fetishising the analogue past, and ‘doing a magazine’ is the sort of thing that will help you appeal to a certain sort of demographic; on the other, I also think that the prospects of being able to ‘do a magazine’ in a way that makes money in a sustainable way are, in the main, basically zero. Look at The Fence, for example – a magazine I like a lot, and subscribe to, and which is in rude health, relatively-speaking, but which is also INCREDIBLY WELL-CONNECTED in London medialand, which is run by a man who is by any token INCREDIBLY FCUKING POSH, and where at least one of the people closely connected to the publication has a title. Try launching a mag without those sorts of hookups and see how far you get, is all I’m saying. Still, printed collateral ftw and all that.
  • The Hidden Pregnancy Experiment: In which Jia Tolentino tries to keep her pregnancy hidden from The Algorithms. You will of course all remember the now infamous story about the woman who found out she was pregnant because the advertising algos worked it out before she did and started advertising nappies to her – well in this instance Tolentino knows she’s pregnant and decides to see how long she can keep it a secret from the advertisers, not doing any searches for pregnancy or child-related topics and trying to determine whether it’s possible for The Machine to work it out from inference. You will be reassured to know that the answer is ‘yes’ – so can we PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD put the whole ‘my phone is listening to me’ lie to bed now, please?
  • The Life Of A Secret OnlyFans Chatter: This is a great piece, if a legitimately sad one – Brendan Koerner writes for WIRED about taking a job as one of the people who pretends to be an OnlyFans model in the chat, running accounts as part of borderline-criminal engagement farms, which run accounts for multiple women who effectively act as fronts for schemes where the REAL money is made from getting the marks chatting, paying for extra attention and, occasionally, buying third party goods where the engagement farmers get a kickback (not to mention the fraud stuff). This is…this is really bleak, honestly, from the fact that SO MANY PEOPLE are doing this – Koerner initially struggles to find a job, because the supply of people willing to do this stuff outstrips demand, and even when he does the money is pretty dreadful – to the fact that at every turn you’re confronted with the fact that the people being scammed are desperately lonely and desperately unhappy. Don’t, whatever you do, think too hard about what AI is going to do to this industry.
  • The Battle For Thamesmead: Apologies for the Unherd link, but this is just a straight bit of writing with no apparent attempt to push a mad right-wing ideology (unless I am missing something obvious here) – instead, it’s about the redevelopment of the Thamesmead Estate, where A Clockwork Orange was in-part filmed, and how what is happening there can be seen as a synecdoche for the problems facing UK housing, planning and development in general. Look, you have to be…quite interested in housing in the UK for this one to be of interest, so I won’t be offended if the non-Anglos skip this one, but this really is interesting, I promise (if enraging in places).
  • The Actual History of Emoji: The second link in Curios this week about the ways in which the intersection of the unique quality of the Japanese written language combined with the country’s technological sophistication in the 20th Century resulted in really interesting, parallel-track innovation – in this instance, it’s a surprisingly-interesting (no, really!) look at the REAL history of emoji, which did not in fact start in the internet era but instead, this piece argues, as far back as the 1960s. Honestly, this really is fascinating (and I don’t like emoji).
  • Music Vs Lyrics: Are you a music person or a lyrics person? I have to say that personally I don’t totally get the distinction (though, I suppose, it’s always words, always words), but I really enjoyed this piece in which a variety of different ‘music journalists, DJs, musicians, editors, authors…people generally paid to think about music for a living’ think about where they would put themselves on the one-vs-the-other spectrum and why. I enjoyed this mainly because it’s one of those wonderful windows into the way in which everyone’s brain works differently, and everyone’s experience of everything is necessarily utterly subjective, and therefore we are all fundamentally alone and will die alo-no, hang on, that wasn’t meant to be the takeaway! Anyway, this is really interesting as much from the point of view of human psychology as it is from the point of view of music.
  • Making the XKCD Machine: You will, of COURSE, remember the massive, interconnecting series of Rube Goldberg machines that XKCD let people create earlier this year (you do, I wrote about it, don’t be obtuse); well, this is a piece about how they built it. Which, I know, doesn’t sound that interesting, but I promise it’s FASCINATING from the point of view of design, UX and UI, how to design systems, how to create collaborative experiences, how to plan for and manage human psychology…honestly, this really is SO GOOD if you have ever made, or tried to make, anything for people to mess around with on the internet, and shows the insane amount of thinking and hard work that has to go into making something this good.
  • Designs for the Great Tower of London: I genuinely had no idea that this was ever mooted, but it turns out that when Paris got the Eiffel Tower, London got VERY jealous and, for a brief period, seriously considered attempting to one-up the French by building our own. This is piece about that, which also includes an embedded PDF of an old book featuring ALL the designs submitted as part of the public contest to come up with a structure. There are some AMAZING (and some very, very mad) designs in here, and what I think I love most of all is that while some of them were obviously submitted by teams of architects and the like, a significant number seem to have been knocked up by ‘some bloke in Sydenham with a pen and some time on his hands’. Amazingly construction was actually started on one of these, but the project ran out of money in 1889 after seven years and just 47 metres. OH WHAT WE COULD HAVE HAD!
  • I Don’t Know How To Live If My Anorexia Dies: This one is obviously all about having an eating disorder so, for the third time this Curios, caveat emptor. If you can stand it, though, this is (to my mind, at least) quite an incredible piece of writing – it’s rare that I read something about a condition like this that is so honest, so clear-eyed and so unflinching in its depiction of the mental state one finds oneself in when one can acknowledge that one has a problem but, equally, when the problem is so much a part of one that without it, one may well cease to exist, even if, with it, the same outcome is probably likely. This is not an easy read, and, look, if you’re having a hard time then I might suggest you approach it with caution, but I think it’s superb.
  • Eating Rabbits: On meat, and animals, and the relationship between the two, and poverty and memory and and and. This is beautiful – but, also, it is about killing and eating animals, so, y’know, be aware.
  • The Garden of Time: As this republication of JG Ballard’s short story SCREAMS from the top of the page, ‘THE STORY THAT INSPIRED THIS YEAR’S MET GALA’ – it’s Ballard, so obviously it’s great (although personally it’s far from Classic JG, to my mind), but the reason it’s worth reading is that it’s *quite hard* not to see the choice of theme as a fairly explicit ‘fcuk you, you fcuking idiots’ to either the people paying all that money to attend the Met, or to those of us gawping at their outfits with our noses pressed against the glass (of our phone screens), and I honestly can’t decide which I think it is.
  • Sour Face: The Quietus is one of the UK’s best music magazines, and has been for years, and it relaunched its website this week and is now SHINY and, you know, MODERN-LOOKING, and they also published this absolutely cracking piece of writing by Benjamin Myers recounting the few years he spent as member of a punk outfit called Sour Face, gigging as schoolkids (this was the era of Ash, who were also about 13-14 when their first EP got them on the radar of Chris Morris and others, and I think were 15/6 when they first appeared on TOTP, although I would imagine Myers would fcuking hate the comparison), supporting ridiculously-famous bands like NoFX in Newcastle and across the North East. If you’ve ever been in a band – or if you’re like me and haven’t, but can remember the band that was on the cusp of making it in your hometown when you were a kid (Cinnamon Smith, RIP) – then this will resonate hugely; I know I am OLD, but there’s something slightly elegiac about this as I can’t imagine this being an experience that’s really possible 30 years hence.
  • The Wrestlers Who Made Soho: Ok, this is VERY LONG, and I appreciate that the title might put some of you off, but, honestly, it would be impossible for me to give less of a fcuk about wrestling and I still inhaled this like it was smoke off tinfoil. Patrick W Reed writes about his unlikely friendship with Twiggy, a former denizen of Soho’s colony rooms, a contemporary of the French House drinking set that congregated there when Soho was still, well, Soho, and from that friendship paints a quite incredibly detailed picture of the area and the people that inhabited it in the mid-to-late-20th Century. Yes, ok, there is stuff about the history of UK wrestling, but also about the history of London, and counterculture, and Bacon and Barnard and so many others, the Coach & Horses and GOD I LOVED THIS IT IS SO GOOD. Seriously, give it a go – but it’s definitely one that needs a whole pot of tea (don’t try and drink through it, although you may be tempted given the general air of booze and fagsmoke that pervades the whole piece).
  • I Ran Away To Spain: Gabrielle De La Puente writes on White Pube about…running away to Spain. This is so so so so so so good, a piece of very personal writing that doesn’t ever feel self-indulgent, long as it is, and which touches on art (obviously) and bodies and illness and self and self-definition and feeling like if there was a button just *over there* that you could press and it would turn you off forever that you would press it so fast noone would even see your arm move, and which really is a great piece of writing that I can’t recommend highly enough.
  • You Are The Product: Finally this week, Paul Dalla Rosa writes about ‘interacting with the internet’ – this isn’t long, but it might be the truest-feeling thing I have read all year and I commend it to you entirely.

By Jeremy Hutchison (via Blort)