The man who invented the mouse also invented a five-key keyboard. It feels like learning it would have been difficult but look at how it's set up: it may have been very useful?
The more I read of Tove Jansson, the more I start to think that she was one of the greatest authors to have ever lived. Here is a legendary interview with her on the rock she retired on. Make sure to click 'CC' to get the English subtitles.
I've been obsessively skimming through weird cookbooks on archive.org and from the public library in the last couple years. What I have found is that most cookbooks before the original Joy of Cooking were terse and totally lacked details. Some gave you vague directions but no measurements and no idea of what you were getting. The recipes are brutally difficult and, when you finish, you get something mysteriously more bland than any of the constituent ingredients.
Others, like this one from 1895, are mainly just lists of ingredients. Notice how the recipes tend to ask for ~3 cups of flour and 20-30 eggs, as well as nice things like ammonia. I can't imagine baking them would be fun, but I am drawn like a magnet to things with names like "Sham Confect" (5 lbs. sugar and 20 eggs whites).
(This picture's been floating around the interent. My edition only has the instructions, not the pictures)
Old editions of Joy of Cooking are absolutely insane and probably not like the book your mom had. It started with dozens (hundreds?) of virgin cocktails and there are pages of gruesomely-detailed roadkill recipes. It was written around the same time as Minnie the Moocher and is somehow the cooking equivalent. On the other hand, it is very easy-to-follow and it seemed to kick of a 70-year trend of better-quality cookbooks.
Andrew Rilstone did an interesting series on Joseph Campbell and literary interpretation in general. I especially liked this part.
Peak Internet: silent penultimate panel watch from 2007.
I queue up a lot of posts when I can because I'm often unable to pay attention to this site when things get hectic. Unfortunately, my old laptop blew up (literally) while I was too busy to sort things out, and the Daily Links queue ran out a few days ago. Things are going back to normal, but Daily Links might be irregular for a while.
I'm really loathe to link to Rolling Stone from here. It's my least favourite magazine of all time. But they did ask Mark Arm what his favourite grungy albums are. Mudhoney are consistently very good about recommending good music.
Youtube is famous for having a comments section so caustic, it was once considered toxic and hatemongering even by the standards of social media. I have found the friendliest comments section on Youtube.
An elderly Romany woman spends 45 minutes singing folk songs she's memorized.
More more more best of Josh Reads, this one is not from two decades ago, for better or for worse
Popstar was an extremely underrated movie, and this might have been one of the best moments.
Wyoming Cheese House. The title is accurate but not waht I was expecting.
Dot Com clip reel. Great impression of a guy who suck sucks, Dot Com.