Link Blog, February 2022

  • Against the Stream

    CHOICE CAN BE OPPRESSIVE, and the lack of it, liberating. The poets who still try to rhyme know this. A rhyme scheme only seems to narrow your options, forcing you into warrens that will suddenly widen, leading you to unforeseen words. Anyway, artistic freedom is always a feint. No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job,” wrote T.S. Eliot.

  • The Futures of Typography

    …we first have to acknowledge a rather serious problem with the web: the web hates beautiful typography.

  • I Spent Hundreds of Hours Working in VR. Here’s What I Learned | WIRED

    VR desktops like Immersed put you in an environment like this spaceship, or a mountain lodge, or a serene forest shrine, and project your computer’s screen before you. Stretch your screen to massive proportions if you’d like. If you want a standing desk, just stand up and take a few seconds to flick your monitors to the right height. A month after getting the headset, I gave away my real-world desk.

  • Back To Normal Isn’t Enough | Defector

    The minimum wage is still atrociously low. Cops are still shooting black people in the streets. School shootings are only down because the students are learning virtually. Everything is more expensive and not any nicer. Our experiences of buying things are also bad. The government’s relationship with the people is that of a disapproving and forgetful grandparent with a very young and very naughty child. The country is in shambles, and everyone can feel it.

  • TODOs from Paper Systems — SLIME MOLD TIME MOLD

    The key to fixing this is coming up with a todo system where the emotional experience is pride. This way you often want to look at your todo list, you enjoy the experience of working with it, you approach it, you seek it out, etc.

  • How James Hoffmann Became the Coffee Expert

  • Is Old Music Killing New Music? - The Atlantic

    Decades ago, the composer Erik Satie announced the arrival of furniture music,” a kind of song that would blend seamlessly into the background of our lives. His vision seems closer to reality than ever.

  • No one will read your book - by Elle Griffin

  • The Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive

    This is how NFTs make me feel: like the future is useless but expensive, and world-altering technology is now in the hands of a culture so aesthetically and spiritually impoverished that it should maybe go back to telling stories around the cooking fire for a while, just to remember how to mean something.

  • Maybe All Boyfriends Should Be Offline

    It goes the other way too. I’ve never found myself more into a guy after seeing his social-media accounts — at best, my feelings stay the same; at worst, his feed is full of fish photos. Because so many of us (myself included) post like we’re shouting into the void instead of leaving things on the internet for the world to see, the chances of stumbling across something embarrassing about the guy you’re dating — or vice versa — are annoyingly high. Unless, of course, the guy is offline.

  • Ode to the Bimbos of HBO

    When I speak of the hyperfeminine, I am referring to an aesthetic that highlights a practiced, distinct, and obvious effort into looking traditionally, or even stereotypically, feminine. Think the color pink, effortful makeup, big jewelry, flashy clothing, and well-manicured acrylic nails. Hyperfemininity is in-your-face, often purposefully exaggerated. It has a rich queer history, particularly regarding queer people who identify as femme.

  • Ogilvy on Dating: The Consumer isn’t a Moron, She is [Hopefully] your Wife

    You cannot bore people into DATING. The average GIRL is now exposed to more than 1500 BLOKES a day. No wonder they have acquired a talent for skipping the DUDES in newspapers and magazines, and going to the bathroom during television PERSONALS.

  • I Hate Games

    I went into the arts to get away from this stuff. But it’s everywhere. Art is now structured like games are structured. What is fandom but a bunch of players trying to win a never ending game of Trivial Pursuit? It’s all trivia now, details. It’s all collecting, aggregating, and optimizing.

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February 23, 2022