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More JWST (I really can't get enough of this thing):

(Via Kottke)

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If—for whatever reason—you feel like ratcheting up your anxiety levels, check out the Busy Simulator and crank up the frequency on each of the apps. I can almost guarantee that your blood pressure will spike in mere moments.

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I read through this article on the James Webb Space Telescope this morning and 🤯🤯🤯. I have a coffee table book of Hubble images and flicking through it blows my mind every time... really can't wrap my head around the capabilities of the JWST and what it's going to enable astronomers to see.

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Probably the best rendition of Ringing of the Bells I've ever heard by probably my three favorite Muppets of all time (with a cameo from the two who would round out the top five).

(Via Laughing Squid)

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A little late on this one, but I just found out that Brooklyn Grange have started operating a garden/farm on the roof of the Javits Center. I got to visit the farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (+ part two) back in 2014... such a great use of rooftop space.

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Not entirely sure if this is real or not. If it is, 🤯. And even if it's not, it's still pretty funny in a sad-but-true kind of way.

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Kinda wild thought experiment posited by Kevin Kelly. I have no idea what sort of argument someone would have to make to get me to take a one-way trip 500 years into the future. I'd probably jump on the two-year version just out of curiosity, no real convincing needed.

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TIL that the flat, color-blocked style of illustration that is almost ubiquitous on startup websites is called “Corporate Memphis”.

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Going through some of the "back catalogue" in my Apple Music library... this album reminds me of moving to New York; it was on heavy rotation for me around that time, especially Lanterns and Wild at Heart.

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I am a huge fan the em-dash (and the ellipsis!), but will admit to using the double-hyphen on occasion—but most software is pretty good at doing the ol' switcheroo with that one, so it's easier to get away with. Now that I know the Option + Shift + - shortcut though, I'm going to try and mend my evil ways.

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This is pretty cool: a web demo of Oskar Stålberg‘s Townscaper. I bought it for my Switch back in August—there’s no story or objective, you just assemble the blocks to build your little island town. Kind of relaxing, really.

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Whoa. You don't need to watch this all the way through to get the gist of it, but if you have a few minutes to kill, it's pretty fun.

(Via Laughing Squid)

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This is the best refutation of the (fallacious) “I have nothing to hide” argument about privacy I’ve read yet:

Don’t confuse privacy with secrecy. I know what you do in the bathroom, but you still close the door. That’s because you want privacy, not secrecy.

That’s definitely the highlight, but the whole piece is worth a read and should only take a few minutes of your time.

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Kottke posted about this yesterday, but Tuesday’s WITI covered a topic near to my heart: the murder mystery novel. You’ll see Agatha Christie pop up from time to time in my reading list; detective stories are high on my list of go-to vacation reads.

Of additional interest are Knox’s 10 Rules of Detective Fiction, especially at the moment as my wife and I are watching Only Murders in the Building—it adheres to a pretty classic murder story structure where you can definitely see some of these rules in action.

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I am starting this Thanksgiving with a bit of a post-Covid vaccine booster hangover, and even though I feel a little under the weather, I could not be more thankful.

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It occurred to me earlier that I've never really sat down and thought about why I spend time messing about with this site. So I did, and typed them up.

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I’m a sucker for a good timelapse, and this one is great: what it’s like at the South Pole during the summer solstice. 🤯

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“Your work will be endless, but your time is finite. You cannot limit the work so you must limit your time. Hours are the only thing you can manage.” Kevin Kelly

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How all vacation house shower faucets work:

A diagram showing how narrow the window for a comfortable shower temperature is

(That's "holiday house" and "shower taps" for those of you who speak the Queen's English.)

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Filed under definitely-not-light-reading-but-sounds-fascinating: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. I started reading about sorting algorithms a while back, after seeing a visualization of how different types work (volume down on this one!), but quickly got out of my depth—hardcore computer science is not my strong suit. This looks like it might be an easier introduction to the broader subject.