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Friday List

Friday List #24

  • My week is ruined by rediscovering Cookie Clicker, one of the most pointless but satisfying browser games ever. Get clicking here.
  • Really interesting long-read from Sam Kriss about the various theories, conspiracy and philosophical, that surround the planet Saturn. Read more here. 
  • Another bit of eccentric knowledge, did you know in Kobe, Japan 1970s Northern Soul Dancehalls are being revitalised. Don’t blame them, everyone looked cool back then. Get funky here.
  • Nice /r/AskReddit binge-worthy thread here, ‘what subreddits have the best ‘top all time’ binge’. Some good time wasting. Waste it here.
  • Nice experiment and data visualisation, what would you draw if someone asked you to draw the Apple logo? See how well people remember iconic brand logos here.
  • Nice writing editor software I’ve been using recently, picks up on redundancy and tells you how difficult to read your writing is. Write better here.
  • Surrounded by arseholes at work? Find out the best way to deal with them from Stanford psychologists. Avoid arseholes here. 
  • The subreddit VillagePorn is right up my street, I’ve been craving oddly shaped streets and inconvenient hills for months now. Get aroused by cobblestones here.
  • Been hankering to do some sort of long-form writing for a while, Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing has given me that hankering. Get inspired here.
  • The person who started the recreation of Shakespeares Globe Theatre was Sam Wanamaker, an American who was worried about blacklisted due to his liberal views. Read more here.

Friday List #23

  • Around 5 people were killed in 1982 in Chicago after someone tampered with the over-the-counter medication Tylenol. No one has ever been charged. Read here. 
  • Adam Worth is considered the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conon Doyle fictional criminal mastermind James Moriarty. A master criminal, he famously stole a priceless painting but never stole it because he liked it. He was caught after making a minor error, his wife was seduced by a close friend who then abandoned her, she went insane was committed to an asylum and when Adam got out, she didn’t recognise him. Horrifying, be engrossed here. 
  • Adam was also buried in Highgate Cemetery which is filled with interesting characters from previous centuries, easy to get lost in a Wikipedia hole here. Get lost here. 
  • Gretna Green by the Scottish/English border is where young people went to get married quickly, apparently, this was covered a lot in early 20th-century film and television. Pop the question here.
  • An oubliette is ‘a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling’. Sounds awful, read here.
  • One of the best AskReddit questions ever, ‘Reddit, what are the most useful askreddit posts?’ Meta, get informed here.

Friday List #22

  • Keep being bummed out when I discover bands and realise they’re not playing Berlin on their EU tour but are stopping off in my hometown of Bristol. Anyway, go see Slothrust (listen here) on the 28th of October. Buy here.
  • This New York Times interactive article showcases some of the best female-fronted indie, punk and grunge bands – some excellent people to listen to. Explore here.
  • The ever controversial Lenny Letter had a really interesting interview with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, on how women should be smarter with their money and invest. Useful tips here. 
  • The Two Schoolgirls Who Fooled the World Into Believing in Fairies is a nice re-dive into the Cottingley Fairies affair. Read more here.
  • This started going viral on my Twitter but I didn’t realise this information was leaked two years ago in Sony leak. According to a legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment, on film Spiderman must always be depicted as white and straight. Read here. 
  • I’m going to try and plug my Game of Thrones gap by rewatching it from episode one along with the other folks from /r/gameofthrones with Discord. Join us at 6pm UK time of 7pm CEST. Join us here. 


Friday List #21

  • I didn’t know much about Scottish King James I as I swear the UK History curriculum consists of just teaching you about the Tudors and visiting Tintern abbey until you die. Anyway, apparently the sexuality of James I is much debated owing to the fact that he had a lot of attractive male courtiers, one of whom George Villiers he promoted constantly despite the fact he didn’t hold many monarchal qualities. Read here.
  • Excellent comic from Luke Humphris and The Nib ‘What do we mean when we say “Toxic Masculinity?”‘ Stop conforming here.
  • I’m in love with this relatively new Twitter account ‘Sega CD Games’ – as much as I wish ‘Ecco watches the Titanic sink – let the vortex claim man’s folly’ existed. Explore here.
  • Polyvore might be old news to some but I’ve just discovered it. Users can create their own fashion/outfit mood boards, the best part is that they actually link to where you can buy the clothes as well. Sorry credit card but I just found a bunch of ‘witch’ themed mood boards. Spend here.
  • I wrote 3000 words why RuPaul Drag Race is like Professional Wrestling and you need to read it to justify my existence. Get woke here.
  • Did you know you can access thousands of copyright free images from the British Library? Pretty rad eh?

Friday List #20

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Number 20 guys, we did it.
  • Here’s Mark Kermodes 50 films every film fan should watch, some really interesting ones on here, that’s my Sunday’s sorted for the next few weeks. Swot up here.
  • There’s a word for people travelling in the US to see the leaves change, and it’s called ‘leaf peeping’. How delightful. Read more here.
  • Cooping was a form of electoral fraud in the US that functioned by gangs essentially kidnapping people on the street, plying them with booze and beating them. The Gangs of New York portrayed this in a much nicer way. Read more here.
  • People thought Edgar Allen Poe might have been a victim of ‘cooping’ amongst other theories of his death. Edgar Allen Poe was found on October 3rd delirious walking the streets of Baltimore before he died and his cause remains disputed to this die. Read more about it here.
  • The last thing about E.A.P. An unidentified person visited his grave every year on January 19th (Poe’s birthday) and toasted his grave with a glass of cognac, left three roses and the bottle of cognac. This person has been named the Poe Toaster, and for 80 years the person has appeared (although it’s likely it’s a tradition that’s passed from father to son). In 2010 the toasting stopped and the Maryland Historical Society named an anonymous person to revive the tradition. Read more theories here.
  • This house makes me angry, it’s so goddamn beautiful and no one deserves it goddammit. Get envious here. 
  • Beyond the fold and above the fold is a lie, it’s not 1997 anymore. Get informed here.


Friday List #19

  • All Walls Must Fall is an indie game I heard about through Twitter, obviously leaving in Berlin I’d be interested in playing this tech-noir thriller set in the year 2089 where the Berlin Wall never came down. Read about it here.
  • Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, whilst it’s construction was mired with human-rights abuses, I found this fact about the upper levels really interesting. Read more about it here.

Ramadan observance on the higher floors
At the higher floors of the Burj, people can still see the sun for a couple of minutes after it has set on the ground. This has led Dubai clerics to rule that those living above the 80th floor should wait 2 additional minutes to break their Ramadan fast, and those living above the 150th floor, 3 minutes.

  • A friend tweeted about ‘Snob Screens’ – a device that is still found in some British pubs. Originally created so middle-class drinkers could see working class drinkers in the bar next to them, but not be seen by them. Be snobby here.
  • If you were big on Tumblr back in the day (FYI I’m one of the five people still on Tumblr) then you may remember the fashion blog Suicide Blonde that mysteriously disappeared. I found her new account and spent a while getting lost in her excellent mood-board, aptly renamed for 2017 as Homicidal Brunette. Get lost here.
  • Another Twitter friend posted about a YouTube account that reviews junk food found in German supermarket’s and it’s honestly made me so happy. Fill up here. 
  • Just bought these Nike Air Force 1’s on sale (MAYBE, I’m still having problems ordering anything online in Germany), apparently, nobody wants a bigger stack on their heel but I want us to all go back to wearing platform shoes. Oogle them here. 

Friday List #18

  • This long read by Jack Nicholls was interesting and a tad scary. Read here.
  • ‘Noli Me Tangere’ is a phrase I discovered after looking up the phrase ‘Non Omnis Moriar’.
  • Noli Me Tangere – Is from the Gospel of John in the New Testament, it means ‘don’t touch me’ or ‘don’t tread on me’ and it’s what Jesus said after Mary Magdalene recognised him after his resurrection. It’s also where the famous Revolutionary-Era America flag (Gadsden flag) gets it’s ‘don’t tread on me’ phrase. Read more here.
  • Non Omnis Moriar – Is something I saw when I was researching Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. When translated it says ‘Not all of me will die’ or ‘I will not die altogether’ which is taken from Horace’s third book Carmina. Read more about it here.
  • The last Latin phrase I heard this week was in an episode of Penny Dreadful, which is a tad more famous than the previous phrases. ‘Memento mori’ means ‘remember that you have to die’ and was popularised by Christians as a way to exalt the virtues of the afterlife and shun earthly desires. Remember here.
  • Envy is something of a touchstone for competitive millennials, especially amongst creative types. I’m don’t even consider myself a writer even though that’s what I get paid to do on a daily basis, Isabel Slone’s article was a fascinating read. Read ‘When Envy Gets Under Your Skin’.
  • You can make the Hello There – Hell Here neon sign from Catwoman’s bedroom with only a few things. And why wouldn’t you do this immediately? Be cool here.
  • I spent a good long while on this list of Cryptids, animals from cryptozoology that is fascinating to read. The Wolpertinger is especially awesome looking and has been popularised in Bavaria. Explore them here.
  • @a_moments_rest is a Twitter account that posts gifs and images that provide a respite between the political drama, infighting and shitposting that comes with the platform. A bit of a hippy-ish idea but it has lots of great pixel art. Rest here o weary traveller.
  • The aforementioned Twitter is where I discovered Phoebe Morris’ art and I’ve fallen in love with this print, someone buy it for me here, please.
  • Which also led me to discover the subreddit /r/Cozyplaces. Rad place to unwind, I’m not even mad about the ‘z’ in cosy. Get snuggled up here.Get snuggled up here.

Friday List #17

  • The University of Aberystwyth Old College was built in 1791 and looks like a classic straight-from-a-fantasy novel castle. Pretty, everyone go and look at it – Look here.
  • 1920’s Shitposting made me laugh. Here.
  • What YouTube Channel is Great to Binge was a good /r/AskReddit question recently and it had lots of great recommendations. Binge here.
  • This recommendation on /r/AskReddit (again, I know) about how to your correct posture is a nice exercise of habit that has really made my back feel better. Get better posture here. 
  • Check out the 2017 Emmy Nominees, I usually use this as a good starting point to watch some new TV and you should too because everything on this list is banging. Get inspired here.
  • American Pie isn’t American, it was invented in the England. But what American’s did invent was putting a slice of orange coloured ‘cheddar’ cheese, well so I thought. Turns out England invited that too. Be grossed out here.
  • Get stressed out about tapas? Me too. The Economics of Dining as a Couple explains the political stages of eating together as a couple, and how we should all be ‘food communists’. Read here.
  • Mary Shelley would meet her boyfriend, and later husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley at the grave of her mother Mary Wollstonecraft. It’s also where she lost her virginity because Mary Shelley is fucking hardcore. Be scandalised here. Be scandalised here. 

Mary and Percy began meeting each other secretly at Mary Wollstonecraft’s grave in St Pancras Churchyard, and they fell in love—she was nearly 17, he nearly 22. On 26 June 1814, Shelley and Godwin declared their love for one another as Shelley announced he could not hide his “ardent passion”, leading her to in a “sublime and rapturous moment” to say she felt the same way; on either that day or the next, Godwin lost her virginity to Shelley, which tradition claims happened in the cemetery. Godwin described herself as attracted to Shelley’s “wild, intellectual, unearthly looks”

Friday List #16

  • Read the awesome article How We Dress Women For The End Of The World, especially prominent as it seems the trend of dressing like Handmaiden’s at protests is becoming more prominent. Read here. 
  • Never heard of Workaway before but basically, you work somewhere for room + board and it looks pretty rad. My love of Stardew Valley makes me want to give up everything and go work on a farm. Work here. 
  • Loved @Jumpgyal’s Twitter thread of words in other languages that explain emotions we can’t. I like the German word ‘Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.’ Read it here. 
  • Did you know you can go to Poland and take part in huge LARPING events for like five days and it looks fucking cool? There’s a lot in Poland but Oldtown Festival looks like a rad Fallout/Bioshock nightmare. Go here. 
  • This article from McSweeneys made me laugh. ‘AN ORAL HISTORY OF QUENTIN TARANTINO AS TOLD TO ME BY MEN I’VE DATED’. Read here. 
  • Peruse a list of ‘folly’s’ i.e. buildings that serve no purpose other than for decoration. Read here.

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