How to Find Comet NEOWISE in the Night Sky This Month

If you live in the US and Canada, you might have the opportunity to check out Comet NEOWISE over the next few weeks with a good pa | Continue reading


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The Story Behind the 1968 Olympics Protest

You've probably seen the photograph: Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raising a black-gloved fist during the playing of the US | Continue reading


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Nursing Home Residents Recreate Famous Album Covers During Pandemic Lockdown

This is delightful. Over the past few months of pandemic lockdown, the residents and staff of the Sydmar Lodge Care Home in | Continue reading


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A Moment of Reflection: On the Paradox of Individual Creative Work

After producing over 220 art history videos in 6 years, YouTube channel The Art Assignment is going to take an extended break to | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

ISO Isolation

Felicia Chiao's illustrations depicting isolation, dissociation, and loneliness have taken on an added resonance during the | Continue reading


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Feeling Loved From a Distance

This is a great interview with Jia Tolentino in Interview magazine. Take for instance her answer to the question "What has th | Continue reading


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The Sculptor Tasked with Completing Gaudí’s Sagrada Família

In this meditative short film, Etsuro Sotoo talks about what made him want to spend 41 years working as a sculptor in an attempt | Continue reading


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The 2020 Audubon Photography Award Winners

From more than 6000 submissions, the National Audubon Society has selected the winners of The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards, | Continue reading


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The New Normal

For Vox, David Roberts writes about how "shifting baselines" affect our thinking and how easily overwhelmingly large i | Continue reading


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Acceptable Risk

Some Americans obviously aren't troubling themselves with this but many of us are constantly running risk calculations in our he | Continue reading


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A History of Policing in America

This video provides a quick overview of the history of policing in America through the lens of race, from the slave patrols in t | Continue reading


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A Time Lapse World Map of Every Covid-19 Death

From January to the end of June, over 500,000 people died of confirmed cases of Covid-19. In order to demonstrate the magnitude | Continue reading


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The Ideology of American Policing

For What the police really believe, Vox's Zack Beauchamp interviewed several former police officers and policing experts to find o | Continue reading


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New Cartoons from The Far Side’s Gary Larson

In 1995, after his massively popular single-panel cartoon The Far Side had run daily in newspapers for 15 years, cartoonist Gary | Continue reading


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The Indigenous Peruvian Trap Music of Renata Flores

Quechua is an indigenous language family spoken by millions of people in the Andean region of South America, primarily in Peru, Ec | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 6 days ago

Japanese Aquariums’ Flowchart of Penguin Relationships

A pair of aquariums in Japan have published flowcharts that track the relationships of their penguins.Penguins, the way they w | Continue reading


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Behind the Scenes with Danny MacAskill

Trials rider Danny MacAskill (one of our favorite athletes around these parts) has recently started sharing some behind-the-scen | Continue reading


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Doublespeak: Language Designed to Mislead While Pretending Otherwise

Linguist William Lutz, former editor of the Quarterly Review of Doublespeak, went on CSPAN in 1989 to promote his book, Doublesp | Continue reading


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A Portrait of a Direct Descendent of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings

For his Descendents series, Drew Gardner takes photographs of people done up to look like their famous ancestors. The Smithsonia | Continue reading


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A Mind Sang

A Mind Sang is an inventive short film about "perception, rebirth, and transformation". What I most liked about watchi | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 7 days ago

“What, to My People, is the Fourth of July?”

In a powerful video for the Movement For Black Lives, Daveed Diggs asks: "What, to My People, is the Fourth of July?" | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Dinnerware Smashing in Slow Motion Accompanied by Bach

Optical Arts conceived this video as a "live action musical animation" of cups, plates, and glasses smashing and un-sm | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Apart Together

October 31, 2000 was the last day all humans were together on Earth. That day, the rocket containing the crew of Expedition 1 li | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

America’s 400-Year-Old “Shape-Shifting, Unspoken, Race-Based” Caste System

In this long and interesting piece for the NY Times, The Warmth of Other Suns author Isabel Wilkerson explains America's Enduring | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

A group of creative folks recently came together to produce a 40-day-long Big Read of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 18th century epi | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

The Dystopia of Huge Construction Projects

From Federico Italiano, a thread of photographs of large construction sites that accidentally evoke post-apocalyptic feelings. | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Kulning, a Beautiful Medieval Nordic Herding Call

In this hauntingly beautiful video, Jonna Jinton performs an ancient Nordic herding call called kulning to summon a herd of cows | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Overview Timelapse

From the creators the Daily Overview website that showcases beautiful & educational satellite imagery of Earth, comes a new | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

A Reading List: How Race Shapes the American City

From Aric Jenkins, a collection of articles on "how race continues to shape the design and infrastructure of American cities& | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Anthony Fauci: USA on Track for 100,000 Covid-19 Cases Per Day

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, told a Senate committee today that the | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 13 days ago

See Intricate Details in Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in a New Gigapixel Image

The Royal Academy of Arts and Google teamed up on a high-resolution scan of a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper painte | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 13 days ago

The Pandemic and the American Mountain of Dead

For his piece The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything in The Atlantic, James Fallows talked many scientists, health experts, and gover | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 13 days ago

1947 Film That Eerily Predicted How People Would Use Smartphones

This clip is from a 1947 French film about the imagined future of television called "Télévision & | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 13 days ago

A Decade of Sun

For the past 10 years now, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been capturing an image of the Sun every 0.75 seconds. To | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 14 days ago

The USPS Introduces New Hip Hop Stamps

On July 1, the USPS is introducing a set of four stamps celebrating hip hop. The stamps were designed by Antonio Alcal&aacut | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 14 days ago

Caroline Randall Williams: “My Body Is a Confederate Monument”

In an opinion piece for the NY Times, Caroline Randall Williams writes You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate M | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 15 days ago

Making Music in Excel

Dylan Tallchief created a complete digital music studio app in Excel and in this video, he demonstrates how he used his spreadsh | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 17 days ago

Fixing Racial Bias in Journalism

For her series Counternarratives, artist and media critic Alexandra Bell takes newspaper articles and layouts from the NY Times th | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 17 days ago

Mass Covid-19 Death in Brazil

My God, this aerial photo of dozens of recent graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil:The photo is on | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 17 days ago

Trailer for Season Four of The Handmaid’s Tale

Season four of The Handmaid's Tale is coming to Hulu in 2021. I found season 3 to be increasingly outlandish -- not in terms of | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 17 days ago

Law Professor Skillfully Handles a “Black Lives Matter” Complaint From Her Students

For the curious and open-minded, many explanations of what "Black Lives Matter" means and what it doesn't (e.g. White | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

Covid-19 Superspreading Events and “Speech Superemitters”

From Christie Aschwanden's Scientific American article about How 'Superspreading' Events Drive Most COVID-19 Spread comes this spe | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

A Catalog of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes

Since the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, the editors at McSweeney's have been keeping track of his various "misdeed | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

Pokémon Grandpa’s Incredible Phone Array

Chen San-yuan, a Taiwanese man who has been nicknamed Pokémon Grandpa, has affixed an array of 64 phones to his bike in order to p | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

A Short History of the Cooper Black Typeface

In this video from Vox, Estelle Caswell talks to Bethany Heck and Steven Heller about the seemingly ubiquitous typeface Cooper B | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 19 days ago

It Is Time for Reparations

In a piece for the NY Times called What Is Owed, Nikole Hannah-Jones argues that because of its sanction of slavery and subsequent | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 19 days ago

Alicia Keys’ Tiny Desk Concert

Well, this is a treat. In February, before the pandemic lockdown, Alicia Keys recorded a Tiny Desk Concert and NPR released the | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 19 days ago

Barcelona Opera House Reopens With a Concert for 2,292 Plants

As promised last week, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu reopened on Monday with a string quartet performance of Puccini's Crisa | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 19 days ago