- Monty Python's Terry Jones (RIP) wrote a controversial scholarly work on Chaucer's Knight's Tale. By all accounts it's very well-researched and erudite.
- Paramecium video of the week: HUNTER HUNTED!!!
- I really hate most HBO shows, but I can't stop watching this. It looks so good. Look at the disdain on John Goodman's face. But HBO has let me down so many times.
- A very polished frontend framework for science fiction effects.
- Golden Ratio design in Inkscape tutorial. The kind of neat, simple idea you can play endlessly with.
- Sylvester Stallone recently announced they were editing the friendship bot out of Rocky IV: This was the best part of all the Rocky movies combined.
- Probably the most faithful live-action adaptation of Mario and Luigi pre-dates the original NES game.
- How a Paramecium eats bacteria, accompanied by relaxing, joyful chamber music.
- Sean O'Connery singing a song and speaking with an Irish accent before he was James Bond, from "Darby O'Gill and the Little People".
- I have no words to describe this: clickclickclick.
- I quit watching SNL because of Jimmy Fallon and apparently I ended up missing some sort of Wiig/Forte/Arminsen high point. Now I'm catching up in the Youtube clips they've only recently let Canadians start watching. 1987 Ladies' World Cup of Curling.
- Pavarotti sings "Nessun Dorma". I don't like opera but I like this, so I assume opera fans hate it.
- Excellent funny Wikipedia find.
- Digitally-cleaned video of Beijing in the 1920s.
- Even very talented people make mistakes: the writers of "'Allo 'Allo" and "Are You Being Served", among other shows, also created what some people consider the worst British sitcom of all time, starring the talented Mollie Sugden and taking place on a space station. Here's an episode.
- A relaxed Geman man shows you how to use to some free synthesizer software.
- The computer pictured above is an analogue computer from 1960, which was basically a fancy graphing calculator for engineers. Here is a marketing brochure that diagrams the relevant circuits.
- I recently saw a meme about coloured toilet paper, something I only have a very vague memory of, as it was already going out of style when I was a small child. Here's an blog post about colour in that era.
- Josh Reads was on fire this week.
- I stopped watching the Simpsons around twenty years ago but apparently, not long ago, there was a Simpsons scene so offensive that Youtube gave it a warning. Compared to some of the extremist political videos Youtube has recommended me for no reason, this is pretty mild.
- Speaking of sitcomish cartoons, this excellent song has been in my head for two weeks.
I'm happy to be in a country that uses metric, but at least imperial provided this nice graphic design opportunity
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.
Someone made a Zip-a-Tone-ish library for SVGs. Even if you don't care about that, the website looks really cool.
For the non-Japanese market:
And for the Japanese market:
Back in the Kurt Cobain days, Coke decided to release a rebellious, sarcastic pop that was too cool for itself. I guess it was supposed to capture the look and feel of an alt-weekly comic. Notice how the word "beverage" is in sarcasm quotes. The Wikipedia page and, because a lot of the graphic design was stupidly excellent, the image search.