Category Archives: Groovy Things

Some Links (Evasive Echidna Edition)

The sun came out and I drank it up. There’s a swamp in my backyard now. Some people had a good day for the first (well really second) time in weeks, geeze. Sometimes I read so slowly and other times I zoom through books and that’s the end of them. Could almost read this whole book today, but I won’t.

Forget Left/Right. It’s True/False now. It was ever thus.

Photos of people reading books. I could scroll through these all day (and probably will).

Oikeiosis. It’s a Greek word that means something like growing as a person or becoming wiser. This article captures my general philosophy about parenting.

You don’t have to be stuck on Facebook. There are so many other options. This blog post has a good run down of some cool things to try out.

Shades of Solla Sollew! A funny Lovecraft-inspired poem by Simon Bucher-Jones. (Here’s Part 2)

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Some Links (Elaborating Echidna Edition)

I read some poetry. It was pretty swell. The poetry was pretty well received too. The sun came out. It rained. I read some books. Walked to and fro. Chatted about rocks and Roald Dahl and any old thing.

Apparently, blogging isn’t dead. Good to know. (It’s a pretty good list of currently active blogs, btw.)

I’ve liked every other book that Patrick Stuart has written, so I’m thinking I’ll probably like this one too. (No, not that Patrick Stewart. This Patrick Stuart.)

A simpler time. (This video is bonkers!)

The tee shirts have images. The images are made up of the text of famous novels. Pretty cool.

A massive archive of old X-Men comics covers. I honestly don’t know how they get away with it. They must have some kind of arrangement with Marvel.

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Some Links (Infinite Dingo Edition)

Some days feel like three or six days wrapped into one. There were some laughs had. Wanted more sun than I got. It’s all good though. We’ll get plenty of sun soon enough.

I’ve found a lot of really cool stuff on this site, Colossal.

Like this Russian woman, Masha Ivashintsova, who was a secret photographer her entire life.

Or this app, Artopia, that lets you leave 3D AR graffiti in specific locations.

Or this artist, Katie Doka, who makes these delightful miniature birds.

Or Rune Guneriussen, a Norwegian who makes art out of lamps and books.

Oh yeah, and José Naranja, who does some pretty swell book art.

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Some Links (Gallivanting Dingo Edition)

Another day at the old salt mines working in the wizard tower. A certain someone hasn’t napped in years, but there you go. Sometimes you get tired. Knowing when to set aside all the digital delights to focus on, I don’t know, napping.

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I love these illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

A lot of good roguelike game stuff on the Temple of the Roguelike blog.

“11 Untranslatable Words from other Cultures”

Penflip “a GitHub for writers”. Looks pretty cool.

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Some Links (Deliberate Dingo Edition)

Some days don’t go according to plan. Like this one. Wheels, spinning wheels. Tears. It’s a good problem to have, having too many books to read. But it doesn’t always feel like a good problem.

“Equoid”: A great Laundry short story by Charles Stross.

“How to Dream” by Umair Haque. Sometimes you gotta read something a little inspirational.

A science fiction story about Kermit the Frog. I liked it.

“Why Sherman was Right to Burn Atlanta” for all you Civil War history buffs or just someone curious about it.

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesi Coates. One of our best living writers.

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Some Links (Quintessential Caracal Edition)

There was some sun today, whee! Typing words, not really the best way for human beings to communicate. Meditation on a mustache. Riding around in style. More typing, so much typing.

Ghost Devices by Simon Bucher-Jones. I have never have been able to track down a copy of this fascinating sounding SF novel.

I really dig this blurry fantastical sci-fi art by Alexandre Diboine.

Rudy Rucker meditates on how science fiction can help you think about and illuminate possibilities in the world.

A list of seven of Jorge Luis Borges’ favorite short stories. I know I want to read them all. Just have to remember to.

Because I’m a very silly person, a few years ago I spent about a year listening to nearly all of these 1001 albums.

 

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Some Links (Eery Caracal Edition)

Spears are just sticks with knives stuck on the end. They seem to be a lot more fun to twirl though. A short bus ride to delight. Sometimes you’re in the captain’s chair and those VR buttons are just a little hard to reach.

A funny take on X-Men #1.

Lots of translations of the Tao Te Ching side-by-side.

It’s a picture of everything. I think this is an accurate description.

Omniglot. It’s a linguistic cornucopia!

“Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge. A fun little SF short story.

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Some Links (Vindicated Caracal Edition)

Desert peacocks. Also, 79 cent palm trees as tall as the sky. CDs for everyone. I woke up way too early that one time and then napped all day. Some quiet time best filled with reading.

I read this book, Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, and I only had to look up how to spell his name three times. Made for a good airplane book. Long enough, not too heavy.

Dicey Dungeons, a fun little browser-based dungeon crawl game.

“When You’re Autistic, Abuse Is Considered Love”. Worth a read.

Silence is HARD. Especially when you’re standing in front of thousands and thousands of people. Watch the whole thing.

There’s nothing else I want to link to today.

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Some Links (Creeping Caracal Edition)

I saw Hamilton last night! It’s the best. Funny hair all day, accidentally. Good cosmic news. Less car yelling than some other times. Sometimes it’s tough getting those books back to the library on time.

This guy writes about playing D&D with his kids. I can get behind that.

Someone’s trying a little too hard to be Superman. (While I’m in-between “word books” I often read some comic books. In this case, Batman.) Oh yeah, don’t forget Gotham Girl.

I really like this Twitter account that posts 70s SF art. (They have a Tumblr too, if you’re into that kind of thing.)

A delightful little essay about lexicographers and profanity.

Dorothy Thompson “Who Goes Nazi?” Harsh but fair.

 

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Some Links (Convenient Caracal Edition)

The sun came out and everyone’s blinking, including the cherry blossoms. Tonight: Hamilton! Last night: poetical ruminations on moon conspiracies and Grendel’s ma.

Infographics on “possible tech-induced cognitive-behavioural disorders”.

“The 5:22” by George Harrar. I loved this sweet, gentle story about commuting on a train that LeVar Burton Read.

Slow Burn. There’s so much to learn about Watergate. I had never even heard of Wright Patman.

Hamilton! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s been dropping these Hamilton-related tracks. Good stuff.

An essay on maps of unreal, fantastical places.

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