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24 Feb 19:45

Cormac McCarthy’s Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts

by Kristina Libby and Timothy Cahill

Late, but great 🖤

Taken from works of the late great Cormac McCarthy.

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13 Feb 20:07

In the house of you

by Juan

New Secret Knots comic, called “In the House of You”. It’s been a while! This comic is made possible thanks to the kind support of Patreon subscribers.
12 Feb 21:02

Old' aVista — Internet Time Machine

by bookofjoe




"Rewind to the web search of 1999 and see what it was like for us working then."

"Try a search for ChatGPT: turns up nothing."

Fair warning: there goes the day.

12 Feb 20:37

Will we have to flee again?

by Ruba

A heartbreaking personal blog

Today is the 9th of February. Time is flying and yet it feels like I’ve been here for a very long time. In spite of the fact that we are surviving it doesn’t mean we are strong, it doesn’t mean we are ok, it doesn’t mean we are coping well. It just means that in order to remain alive we have to make do with what we have. We could never have survived this far without clinging on to the hope that things will end one day and that we are going to return back to our homes and that this time will pass and will become a memory like the many hard times the Palestinians have been through. 

A lot of things have been happening with me, especially as I’ve been trying to leave for a while - it’s no secret anymore. In spite of all the love I carry for my home and my city I’m finding it very hard to stay. People are really suffering and we are hearing their stories every day. I just heard a friend of ours in Rafah was taken out of the rubble alive, so that was good news. I still have to cope with a very difficult living situation which is very hard for humans and animals and everyone. 

One of the things that happened recently was the creation of family WhatsApp groups. Families from Gaza are spread out all over the world - like my own family; part of it is in Spain, part of it is in Saudi Arabia, part of it is in Libya, another part is in Norway, another part is in Sweden, another part in Canada - and the list goes on and on. We could have lost contact with each other by the time the next generation grows up but now due to this war we are all connected with each other and we ask about each other and they call us whenever they can. The support I’m receiving from friends is also incredible and has a strong impact on my own mental health and wellbeing and therefore it impacts everyone around me in a positive manner. I don’t want anyone to underestimate how powerful it is to provide a good word or whatever kind of support they can because people here need it.

I have recently realized that the children here miss going to school. One of the members of the host family is 15 years old and although the house is so busy, crowded and loud, she takes the time to read from her school books and she keeps trying to remember what the situation was like before and what school was like. She told me that she misses school, she likes to have some private time alone and this is her way of spending her private time. 

These days I can see the impact of the deteriorating health situation showing up in the form of insects, diarrhea and fever. Although relatively we are in a better situation than others. People are still hoping for a truce or a ceasefire - they are looking forward to that. However in Rafah I have noticed that military operations increased before they said they would publicly. This happened in Gaza City too - the Israelis had already started the ground military operations about a week before announcing it publicly. The same thing happened in Khan Younis and from my observation the same thing is happening here. Everyone is saying they are coming to Rafah soon and people have already started to flee to the middle area of the Gaza Strip. I don’t know if we should flee there because I have  a responsibility - I have my father, my pets and the luggage and my car is not working. The first time it was relatively easy because the car was working but now that it’s so hard to find fuel I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it. 

I don’t have a lot more to say - I feel like I can’t add anymore, partly because I don’t have the energy and partly because I have some ongoing personal issues. Maybe I’ll share them once they’re over. But I’m alive and I’m ok. I just hope that this ends soon, like everyone here does. Let’s see where things will take us and I’ll keep you informed for the next few days.

11 Feb 20:43

4,000 of My Closest Friends

by Dorothy
07 Feb 21:22

RSS Anything

by swissmiss

Not the first or only but always handy!

This site transforms any old website with a list of links into an RSS Feed.

(via Chris)

07 Feb 21:04

BE LATE Wall Clock from Brutto

by Bobby Solomon

Wishlisted SO MUCH

“In a world that often glorifies punctuality and values every minute of our day, it may seem counterintuitive to emphasize the importance of being late. However, there are moments when tardiness can carry its own significance and lessons, reminding us that life’s pace isn’t always a sprint, but sometimes a leisurely stroll.” That is the thinking behind Brutto’s adorable new wall clock, aptly titled BE LATE. It features a mid-century inspired “face” that gives you one time, Twelve, and nothing else, embracing the vibes of being late. I really enjoy the color palette they’ve used here, it feels both fresh and timeless. I imagine I’m going to be seeing a lot of this clock pop up on TikTok.

BE LATE Wall Clock from Brutto
BE LATE Wall Clock from Brutto
BE LATE Wall Clock from Brutto


06 Feb 16:52

[Article] RSS Zero isn’t the path to RSS Joy

by Dan Q

laughs with 1000+ unread items 😅

Feed overload is real

The week before last, Katie shared with me that article from last month, Who killed Google Reader? I’d read it before so I didn’t bother clicking through again, but we did end up chatting about RSS a bit1.

Screenshot: Google Reader Notifier popup advises of "461 unread items".
I ditched Google Reader several years before its untimely demise, but I can confirm “461 unread items” was a believable message.

Katie “abandoned feeds a few years ago” because they were “regularly ending up with 200+ unread items that felt overwhelming”.

Conversely: I think that dropping your feed reader because there’s too much to read is… solving the wrong problem.

A white man with dark hair, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, moves to push over a stack of carboard boxes, each smaller than the one beneath it. From bottom to top, the boxes are labelled: stress, email client, mobile pings, doomscrolling, social media silos... and the very top, very smallest box, which glows with sunbeams emitted from it, reads "rss reader".
About half way through editing this image I completely forgot what message I was trying to convey, but I figured I’d keep it anyway and let you come up with your own interpretation.

Dave Rupert last week wrote about his feed reader’s “unread” count having grown to a mammoth 2,000+ items, and his plan to reduce that.

I think that he, like Katie, might be looking at his reader in a different way than I do mine.

FreshRSS sidebar, showing 567 unread items (of which 1 are comics, 2 are friends, 186 are communities, 1 are distractions, 278 are geeky, 1 is "me", 57 are youtube, 13 are strangers, 1 is software, 7 are rss club, 29 are podcasts, and 3 are polyamory. A further 107 are marked as favourites. The "friends" and "rss club" categories are showing warning triangles.
At time of writing, I’ve got 567 unread items. And that’s fine.

RSS is not email!

I’ve been in the position that Katie and David describe: of feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of unread items. And I know others have, too. So let me share something I’ve learned sooner:

There’s nothing special about reaching Inbox Zero in your feed reader.

It’s not noble nor enlightened to get to the bottom of your “unread” list.

Your 👏  feed 👏 reader 👏 is 👏 not 👏 an 👏 email 👏 client. 👏

The idea of Inbox Zero as applied to your email inbox is about productivity. Any message in your email might be something that requires urgent action, and you won’t know until you filter through and categorise .

But your RSS reader doesn’t (shouldn’t?) be there to add to your to-do list. Your RSS reader is a list of things you might like to read. In an ideal world, reaching “RSS Zero” would mean that you’ve seen everything on the Internet that you might enjoy. That’s not enlightened; that’s sad!

Google Reader's "Congratulations, you've reached the End of the Internet." Easter Egg screen, shown when all your feeds are empty.
Google Reader understood this, although the word “congratulations” was misplaced.

Use RSS for joy

My RSS reader is a place of joy, never of stress. I’ve tried to boil down the principles that makes it so, and here they are:

  1. Zero is not the target.
    The numbers are to inspire about how much there is “out there” for you, not to enumerate how much work need have to do.
  2. Group your feeds by importance.
    Your feed reader probably lets you group (folder, tag…) your feeds, so you can easily check-in on what you care about and leave other feeds for a rainy day.2 This is good.
  3. Don’t read every article.
    Your feed reader gives you the convenience of keeping content in one place, but you’re not obligated to read every single one. If something doesn’t interest you, mark it as read and move on. No judgement.
  4. Keep things for later.
    Something you want to read, but not now? Find a way to “save for later” to get it out of your main feed so you. Don’t have to scroll past it every day! Star it or tag it3 or push it to your link-saving or note-taking app. I use a link shortener which then feeds back into my feed reader into a “for later” group!
  5. Let topical content expire.
    Have topical/time-dependent feeds (general news media, some social media etc.)? Have reader “purge” unread articles after a time. I have my subscription to BBC News headlines expire after 5 days: if I’ve taken that long to read a headline, it might as well disappear.4
  6. Use your feed reader deliberately.
    You don’t need popup notifications (a new article’s probably already up to an hour stale by the time it hits your reader). We’re all already slaves to notifications! Visit your reader when it suits you. I start and end every day in mine; most days I hit it again a couple of other times. I don’t need a notification: there’s always new content. The reader keeps track of what I’ve not looked at.
  7. It’s not just about text.
    Don’t limit your feed reader to just text. Podcasts are nothing more than RSS feeds with attached audio files; you can keep track in your reader if you like. Most video platforms let you subscribe to a feed of new videos on a channel or playlist basis, so you can e.g. get notified about YouTube channel updates without having to fight with The Algorithm. Features like XPath Scraping in FreshRSS let you subscribe to services that don’t even have feeds: to watch the listings of dogs on local shelter websites when you’re looking to adopt, for example.
  8. Do your reading in your reader.
    Your reader respects your preferences: colour scheme, font size, article ordering, etc. It doesn’t nag you with newsletter signup popups, cookie notices, or ads. Make the most of that. Some RSS feeds try to disincentivise this by providing only summary content, but a good feed reader can work around this for you, fetching actual content in the background.5
  9. Use offline time to catch up on your reading.
    Some of the best readers support offline mode. I find this fantastic when I’m on an aeroplane, because I can catch up on all of the interesting articles I’d not had time to yet while grounded, and my reading will get synchronised when I touch down and disable flight mode.
  10. Make your reader work for you.
    A feed reader is a tool that works for you. If it’s causing you pain, switch to a different tool6, or reconfigure the one you’ve got. And if the way you find joy from RSS is different from me, that’s fine: this is a personal tool, and we don’t have to have the same answer.

And if you’d like to put those tips in your RSS reader to digest later or at your own pace, you can:  here’s an RSS feed containing (only) these RSS tips!


1 You’d  be forgiven for thinking that RSS was my favourite topic, given that so-far-this-year I’ve written about improving WordPress’s feeds, about mathematical quirks in FreshRSS, on using XPath scraping as an RSS alternative (twice), and the joy of getting notified when a vlog channel is ressurected (thanks to RSS). I swear I have other interests.

2 If your feed reader doesn’t support any kind of grouping, get a better reader.

3 If your feed reader doesn’t support any kind of marking/favouriting/tagging of articles, get a better reader.

4 If your feed reader doesn’t support customisable expiry times… well that’s not too unusual, but you might want to consider getting a better reader.

5 FreshRSS calls the feature that fetches actual post content from the resulting page “Article CSS selector on original website”, which is a bit of a mouthful, but you can see what it’s doing. If your feed reader doesn’t support fetching full content… well, it’s probably not that big a deal, but it’s a good nice-to-have if you’re shopping around for a reader, in my opinion.

6 There’s so much choice in feed readers, and migrating between them is (usually) very easy, so everybody can find the best choice for them. Feedly, Inoreader, and The Old Reader are popular, free, and easy-to-use if you’re looking to get started. I prefer a selfhosted tool so I use the amazing FreshRSS (having migrated from Tiny Tiny RSS). Here’s some more tips on getting started. You might prefer a desktop or mobile tool, or even something exotic: part of the beauty of RSS feeds is they’re open and interoperable, so if for example you love using Slack, you can use Slack to push feed updates to you and get almost all the features you need to do everything in my list, including grouping (using channels) and saving for later (using Slackbot/”remind me about this”). Slack’s a perfectly acceptable feed reader for some people!

05 Feb 13:45

Happy New Year!

Title: New year’s Resolution Panel 1: A figure sits at a desk composing a note which reads “This year I will devote myself to reading serious literature, forsaking easy pleasures and tirelessly seeking out truth and profundity in the work of the greatest writers” Panels 2-5: The writer looks at the note then scratches out various portions. Panel 6: Most of the note has been scribbled out leaving only the following words: “This year I will… read… for… fun” ALT

Happy New Year!

28 Jan 21:28


by cyriak

Some silliness I made using various photos of a goose

15 Jan 00:09

This is also possible in real life too


In Paper Mario: The Origami King, it is possible for Mario to accidentally lock himself in a fridge forever.

If, during the investigation portion of Overlook Tower, Mario opens the doors of the fridge in the restaurant kitchen and jumps inside before the doors close, there will be no way for him to get back out as the door interaction prompt does not appear while Mario is inside.

Note Mario’s silhouette inside the fridge, attempting fruitlessly to escape. The only way to continue playing is to reset the game.

Main Blog | Twitter | Patreon | Source: user “Zakubinator3000”

This is also possible in real life too

08 Jan 12:00

should auld lore be forgot and never brought to mind? no no, remember it too. better study all my legends just to be safe

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January 1st, 2024: The first comic of the new year! But it's not just a new comic, it's some NEW SITE UPDATES, including an on-site search engine! If you click "search" at the top you can try it out. Also, on January 1st there's going to be a new transcript button on the comic pages beneath the comic, so you've got that as an option too! This is all thanks to Jan Szejko who created a super cool transcript generator for Dinosaur Comics over the past while - and in so doing found a TON of little mistakes that had been lurking in the comics, sometimes for years. (Did you know I misspelled "Dromiceiomimus" a few times several years ago?? Well NOT ANYMORE!) So I want to sincerely (and publicly!) thank Jan for all their hard work here, and for the super slick code they produced. And the site is better because of them - thank you Janek! And have fun with the new search engine specifically for my talking dinosaur comic. :)

– Ryan

01 Jan 03:36

A phone charger that only works when you recharge yourself

by Nathan Yau

Recharge, an art installation by Dries Depoorter, uses a system that detects when you close your eyes. Recharge yourself and your phone gets to also.

Tags: Dries Depoorter, phones, vision

14 Dec 23:55

The Best Novels of 2023, According to 20 ‘Books of the Year’ Lists

by David McCandless

A consensus cloud of the most mentioned novels in best-books-of-the-year polls.

Which literary novels do the critics agree are the best of 2023?

We’ve been updating this the last few years. It currently covers 2020-2023.

» See the visualisation
» Check the data

Sources: Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, NPR, The New Yorker, Harpers, Kirkus, GoodReads, Booker Prize, Book Riot, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah’s Book List, Chicago Public Library, New York Public Library, Vogue.

Dynamic word clouds generated with VizSweet

12 Dec 14:04

Trance _|If the loop is not seamless the mantra is broken. Gif...

Trance _|

If the loop is not seamless the mantra is broken. Gif is meditation.

2 eds at Objkt.

10 Dec 16:16

the fun part is parrots aren't even unique to the Americas and were already known in the old world, but i am NOT complaining. parrotland for life



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December 8th, 2023: This comic follows up from this one from last week - and thanks to Lee for letting me know about Parrotland! You can read more about the story here.

– Ryan

10 Dec 09:52

Life in the Gaza Strip

by Nathan Yau

The New York Times put together an image of what life is like in Gaza right now: bombing, death, food and water shortage, and limited medical supplies. A 3-D basemap of the Gaza Strip sets the foundation of the story and layers of individual stories and overall destruction display on top.

Tags: Gaza, life, New York Times

04 Dec 23:33

Ten Years Ago

by bookofjoe

Screenshot 2023-11-25 at 10.17.16 AM

See what the internet looked like on November 25, 2013.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

01 Dec 22:38

thedaddycomplex:mathcat345: vaginadude:earhartsease: jaks21:icy...


I love my library so, so much










Can everyone who reads this PLEASE reblog it?!?!?  Libraries literally saved my life as a child!

Being abused at home, bullied at school and lost in the world, the library and all the books I could escape to the most amazing worlds, kept me alive!

I would walk to the library, and spend all day, from 10 am to 9 pm reading there!! I got special awards for how many books I read, I wrote little blurbs on why i loved the books (probably why I love to BETA and do ARCs) 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Just hit the green arrows and the reblog!!!

As a 50 year old woman, the library offers me so much. Digital art pads to borrow, 3D printing, book clubs that are face to face (yeah, the introvert likes face to face because a moderator will stomp on anyone getting snarky)

New books in LARGE PRINT! I’m visually challenged and as much as I love my kindle, The feel of a real book in my hands will always be a beloved feeling!

Our library also has quarterly books sales of almost free books!! For 5$USD we get in a day early and can buy as many as we want. Anyone else has to wait and there is a limit for the first 2 days.

Also many, many libraries have inter library loan(it may be called something different). This means if they don’t have the item you want, they can get it for you. This may include photocopy/pdf of articles. This can also include along with books and DVDs, microfilm/fiche which is also a huge resource. Check around for libraries that are listed as depositories if you want to look at government documents.

Remember that many colleges and universities have open stacks for the public. You will likely have to pay a membership fee but you will get to stuff.

I love the library ☺

The library was one of my favorite places to go as a kid and I still live to go and just. Sit and read. Or do homework. The university I’m at has a massive 8-story one I love to just wonder around in~ Great places

Libraries are amazing places, we need to protect them to ensure their continued existence.

I used to wander about the fiction section in my local library, and choose books with the most interesting titles - I discovered two amazing authors that way

If you feel disconnected from your local community & want to find ways to get involved, seriously consider spending some time at the library. Go to some events! Organize a reading group!

Support your libraries!

Read banned books!

People who don’t learn can be more easily controlled and told what to think!

Echoing @mathcat345, if your school has banned a book, your library will likely have it. Read it. Fuck censorship.

20 Nov 20:48

March of the Penguins, Narrated by Soren Kierkegaard

by Corey Mohler

Søren Kirkegaard sounds exactly like Werner Herzog in my mind


PERSON: "You are fired."
18 Nov 18:22

“Vague Magazine - November 2023” — Oh boy, I can’t wait to rub my own gromp


Would read

“Vague Magazine - November 2023” — Oh boy, I can’t wait to rub my own gromp

Cover photo by Rolando Brando from Pexels

18 Nov 17:40

Building fair algorithms

by Nathan Yau

Emma Pierson and Kowe Kadoma, for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, have a short and free course on Coursera on practical steps for building fair algorithms:

Algorithms increasingly help make high-stakes decisions in healthcare, criminal justice, hiring, and other important areas. This makes it essential that these algorithms be fair, but recent years have shown the many ways algorithms can have biases by age, gender, nationality, race, and other attributes. This course will teach you ten practical principles for designing fair algorithms. It will emphasize real-world relevance via concrete takeaways from case studies of modern algorithms, including those in criminal justice, healthcare, and large language models like ChatGPT. You will come away with an understanding of the basic rules to follow when trying to design fair algorithms, and assess algorithms for fairness.

It’s geared for beginners and no coding is required.

Tags: algorithm, bias, Coursera, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

09 Nov 23:07

NASA's On-Demand Streaming Service NASA+ launches today

by bookofjoe

Nice! 🚀

YouTube description:

Introducing NASA's new streaming service, NASA+ — — launching November 8, 2023.

More space.

More rockets.

More science.

More missions.

More NASA.

All in one place.

No subscription needed.

NASA+ is ad-free, no cost, and family friendly.

It will feature NASA's Emmy award-winning live coverage and new original video series.

NASA+ will be available on most major platforms via the NASA App on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices; streaming media players such as, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV; and on the web across desktop and mobile devices.

Download the NASA app now to be one of the first to get NASA+ —

09 Nov 09:16

how to say no to things at work

by Ask a Manager

So handy

06 Nov 17:40


05 Nov 11:29

(via Ballerina in Containers, On the Edge – By JR in Le Havre,...

28 Sep 20:29

Loneliness, life satisfaction, and time

by Nathan Yau

For The Pudding, Alvin Chang examines loneliness through the lens of individual responses from the American Time Use Survey:

In this story, we’ll go through 24 hours of a typical weekend day in 2021. We know what people did – and who they did it with – because, since 2003, the American Time Use Survey has asked people to track how they use their time.

By the end of the day, we’ll learn that Martin’s isolation isn’t unique. In fact, loneliness has become a far more common experience in the last few decades – and it was supercharged by the pandemic.

The heart of the piece is in the anti-aggregate view of individuals through 24 hours. See each person’s schedule, who they spend time with, and how that changes through the day. Sorting draws patterns. The scrolly clock on the right ticks. And it works on mobile. Chang makes the data immediately relatable.

See it.

Tags: alone, Alvin Chang, The Pudding, time use, well-being

28 Sep 20:28

Two maps with the same scale

by Nathan Yau

So handy!

When you compare two areas on a single map, it can be a challenge to compare the actual size of them because of the trade-offs with projecting a three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional space. Josh Horowitz made a thing that automatically rescales side-by-side maps as you pan and zoom, so that you get a more accurate comparison.

Tags: Josh Horowitz, scale

23 Sep 19:46


by Li



17 Sep 18:04

'Terrible Chair' — Michele Oka Doner

by bookofjoe

This really is a terrible chair


From websites: 

The story goes that Miami- and New York-based artist-designer Michele Oka Doner chanced upon a thorny branch one day and got the notion to domesticate its menacing, untamed beauty.


"Terrible Chair" is the fulfillment of that ambition.

Oka Doner fashioned real thorn bushes into the shape she desired, then cast the form in gilded bronze.

The end result is less a straightforward, functional piece of furniture than an artifact from a magical fairytale setting.

"Terrible Chair" is imbued with the mystery of a cursed princess's makeshift home in an enchanted forest.


Designed and manufactured in 1981

31.5" x 17.5" x 15"

Edition of 1 (one)