Javascript Library for Creating XKCD-Style Charts

Tim Qian has created a Javascript library called chart.xkcd for making charts that look hand-drawn in the style of XKCD.It's e | Continue reading


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The Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter

I grew up in Wisconsin, and have lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and New York. Except for a two-year stint in the Bay Area, I've exper | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 1 day ago

What Can Americans Learn from Germany’s Reckoning with the Holocaust?

For The New Republic, Heather Souvaine Horn reviews Susan Neiman's book, Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, a | Continue reading


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Astrology and Wishful Thinking

In the Guardian, former astrologer Felicity Carter writes about how fortune telling really works and why she had to quit.I also | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 2 days ago

Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump

In The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump, playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda reflects on how truth inherent in art means that &quo | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 2 days ago

The Succession Theme Works Over Any TV Show Title Sequence

If you're having withdrawals from Succession, perhaps this will help a little. A fan created these title sequences of iconic TV sh | Continue reading


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Logos of Video Game Consoles from 1976 to the Present

Reagan Ray has collected the logos of video game consoles from 1976 to the present. He ignores the first generation of consoles | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 2 days ago

Bikes Cosplay As Flatscreen TVs to Limit Shipping Damage

I love this. Bike retailer Vanmoof noticed that a lot of the bikes they shipped to customers in the US arrived damaged. Figuring t | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 2 days ago

What Would Mister Rogers Do?

In 1998, Tom Junod wrote an article for Esquire about Fred Rogers. It is a particular favorite of mine and if you've never read | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

Neutron Stars and Nuclear Pasta. Yummy!

The latest video from Kurzgesagt is a short primer on neutron stars, the densest large objects in the universe.The mind-boggli | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

A Playlist of Anthony Bourdain’s Favorite Songs

Working from a variety of interviews and articles about the chef, writer, and TV star, the crew at Far Out magazine compiled a pla | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

Borderlands, Communities Connected Across the US/Mexico Border Wall

You may remember the Border Wall Seesaw implemented by activist architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello earlier this year | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

A Fresh Look for The Atlantic

The Atlantic launched a new visual identity the other day, complete with a new logo, custom typeface, updated website, and iOS app | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 3 days ago

Incredible Low-Angle Satellite Photo of NYC

That's much of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens captured by Maxar's Worldview-3 satellite, but at an unusually low angle. Here's | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 4 days ago

Encyclopedia Brown and the Problem with the Mona Lisa

Ok, this post doesn't have anything to do with boy detective Encyclopedia Brown...I just needed him for the title. In the NY Times | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 4 days ago

How to Buy Drugs

The London Review of Books is not normally where one turns for advice on how to cop, but Misha Glenny (author of DarkMarket: How H | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 4 days ago

AT&T Exec Predicted the Smartphone in 1953

In an April 1953 newspaper article in the Tacoma News Tribune, Mark Sullivan made an uncannily accurate prediction about the futur | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 4 days ago

The Berlin Wall of Light

This photo of Berlin, Germany at night was taken in 2012 from the International Space Station. Almost 25 years after the fall of | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 4 days ago

The Legacy of Philip Glass

From the NY Times, Philip Glass Is Too Busy to Care About Legacy."I'm pragmatic," Mr. Glass said. "I don't know | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 5 days ago

Painting with CSS

Believe it or not, the image above was made using only HTML & CSS by developer Diana Smith. It's coded by hand and built for | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 5 days ago

Highlights from The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy of fantasy/science fiction novels by N.K. Jemisin. Each book in the | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 5 days ago

The Gorgeous Metro Stations of Uzbekistan

Once a stop along the Silk Roads from Europe to Asia, the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan boasts many cultural treasures but pe | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 8 days ago

A Solar Eclipse from the Edge of Space

For a BBC series called Earth from Space, the team at Sent Into Space attached a VR camera to a balloon and sent it up to an alt | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 8 days ago

“I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike”

Mary Cain was on her way -- and quickly. As detailed in a 2015 NY Times piece by Elizabeth Weil, Cain ran a mile in 5:03 as a 7th | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 8 days ago

The best excuse for some internet wanderings

This "exit post" marks the end of my five days guest-editing this venerable and beloved blog, thanks to Jason for lett | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Polygon looks at the past 10 years in pop culture

Is this the first salvo in the end of year barrage of reviews? Polygon are going all out anyway, with a review of the whole deca | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, the Louvre’s first Virtual Reality project

An incredible 80 percent of the Louvre's 10 million yearly visitors find their way to the Salle des États to catch a glimpse of | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

The ambitious plan to establish a National Park System in China

Sanjiangyuan in Qinghai is set to become China's first national park, opening in 2020. It's part of the Chinese government's pla | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Privacy on DNA sites might be threatened by a newly granted warrant

20 million people (a figure for the US I imagine) have uploaded their genetic profiles to consumer DNA sites like Ancestry.com, 23 | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Benjamin Sack’s impossible cityscapes

These are absolutely stunning! Piranesi meets Escher meets... reminds me of someone else I can't put my finger on."Over | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Algorithmic entertainment is bringing dull sameness

Navneet Alang provides a good overview of the many ways in which the ever growing influence of various algorithms is transformin | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Indiana Bell moved a functioning building in 1930

In 1930, Indiana Bell, a subsidiary of AT&T, needed a larger building for their headquarter. The problem? The old building n | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

The Drone Chronicles 2001-2016

Quite an intriguing pair of books by graphic designer Rob van Leijsen have recently come out, documenting the evolution of drone | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Something mysterious is going on inside the ice giant Neptune

When Voyager 2 reached Neptune in 1989 it discovered six new moons, took images of the planet's rings and noted a particularly v | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Ok Google, cause some mischief

We already knew voice assistants were problematic and "spying" on their users, sending audio samples that contractors | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Second trailer for The Mandalorian

The "streaming wars" are starting in earnest with the launch of Disney Plus and I'm wondering how things will turn out | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

The Internet Archive is now working to preserve vinyl LPs

The Internet Archive is an absolute treasure with a gigantic task ahead of them. They have now set their sights on vinyl LPs and | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Heidi Gustafson’s quest for ochre and mankind’s first pigments

It's fascinating to me how people can focus, specialize in, and love a tiny narrow niche and make it their life's work. Heidi Gu | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Helsinki has a library to learn about the world, the city, and each other

The Finns love libraries, and a new fabulous one opened last year in Helsinki. Tommi Laitio, Helsinki's executive director for c | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Nirmal Purja summits all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in just six months

This is just a bit insane. A few days ago, Nepalese climber Nirmal Purja "reached the summit of 26,335-foot Shishapangmain | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Harnessing CRISPR to fight against superbugs

Yet another potential use for CRISPR, although the gene editing technology is usually considered for macroscopic tasks, like edi | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Posters as gateways to a more expansive world

While we're on the world building topic, here's another article on design within games, this one about the posters used in the upc | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Death Stranding’s world building intersects with fashion and design

Can't say I'm much of a gamer but I like when things intersect in interesting ways and the launch of Hideo Kojima's Death Strand | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Revisit the history of the scroll bar

This is the kind of thing fin to look through while at the same time wondering "you did what now??" Sébastien Matos re | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Once overlooked female Old Masters finally getting their due

There's growing visibility and demand for the work of female artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, from The Museo Naci | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Disney’s multiplane camera, an innovation in illusion (2017)

In a short film shot in 1957, Walt Disney described the multiplane camera, one of the many inventions and innovations his compan | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 15 days ago

The fantastic fungi pictures of Alison Pollack

To finish the week, some absolutely gorgeous mushroom and myxomycetes pictures by Photographer Alison Pollack who gets close to | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 15 days ago

Cleaning trash from rivers before it reaches the ocean

The nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup "secretly" developed another idea to clean oceans, The Interceptor which aims to stop | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 15 days ago