An apt depiction of the internet:
Somewhere along the line humanity, by default, designed this gangly tentacular beast that now runs the planet. BTW, calling it The Cloud seems wrong; it is a gangly tentacular beast, and sometimes it can look transcendent (Nasa) and sometimes it looks like a soul-destroying black hole (those name-squatting sites: for example, hairbrush.com).
A new Tribe album was a pleasant surprise, but not without some melancholy in the form of a reminder that Phife has passed, that there will be no more new Tribe, and a stirring up of some nostalgia for the old Tribe music and my long gone youth that those albums represent.
Anyway, a little more about the album, emphasis mine:
“Acutely aware that this project would be the group’s last, Tip mined the sounds of all their previous albums for a final release that feels both completely new and totally familiar.“
“Tip and Phife sound positively rejuvenated and thrilled to be making a Tribe album, bittersweet given the circumstances but still a joy and a privilege to hear one last time. […] And yet it’d be all for nothing if the songs weren’t there and this is where the album shines brightest, answering the almost impossible question: “What does A Tribe Called Quest sound like, pushing 50?” The group was the voice of a generation and an era, both of which feel like distant, sepia toned memories […]“
A Twitter bot generating a never-ending nautical story. Example:
Something screeching in the dark. We huddle for safety. Brooding cliffs loom.
Narro turns your reading list into a podcast.
Pocket has similar functionality, but Narro hooks into Pocket Cast and other podcast apps to make a feed of articles.
Aside: I’m still not sold on the semi-robot reading voice.
Zeldman on trying to get a refund using iTunes:
But they didn’t count on my tenacity. I’m the Indiana Jones of this motherfucker. I have studied maps and bribed natives and found my way to the hidden iTunes refund page that actually, sometimes, works.
An open source personalized RSS reader.
Reminds me a bit of my dearly departed peaceful newsreader, Rososo, in that it doesn’t pull full posts, just a notice that a new article has been posted. Leaving you to actually go to the site for the content.
Tacitly related, RIP FeedHop.
The entire episode is worth watching. At one point, Biz is seen drooling (uncontrollably?) when meeting a broker. At another, he narrates his happenings with rhymes: “I’m Biz Markie and I’m in Washington, D.C., looking at a house for me.”
What a wonderfully strange dude, glad to claim him in the DC Metro area.
/via beastie boys
Andy Baio on the redesign of his 14-year-old blog + independent blogging and the need for “ownership and control.”
A month’s worth of things to click in one day!
Lifting my nose from the grindstone for a moment to share some clickable fun for your Friday.
Ghost is a new book produced by Pixar/Disney alums that ”… contains 13 hair-raising vignettes told through the voice of a reclusive groundskeeper. In each tale, the author meticulously summons the spirit of campfire nights of a youthful past through vivid storytelling that is equally engaging as it is terrifying. Interacting with and shaping the words are a series of dense and haunting visuals. Employing snow-bleached landscapes, speckled textures and muted tones, the images take on an ephemeral and otherworldly quality. The end result is aesthetically stunning and will serve as a worthy benchmark for a new generation of ghost stories.”
Some more things on the spooky spectrum:
Strapping a 1000 watt LED to a drone produces some pretty amazing imagery. Skip to about the 2-minute mark if you don’t want to know much about the how to. /via Chris Glass
What Do Babies and Little Kids Dream About?. Mostly animals, and scary things. /via Five for Friday
“Hairy arms” is a slight of hand that designers use to distract art directors or clients from making changes. The origin comes from working at Disney: “So what they realized after working with these art directors - that what they hated the most was anything added to the character, especially hair on the arms ’cause this is, you know, ’30s and ’40s. Things had to look very slick. So what they did was to distract the art directors from making other changes, they would automatically put hair on the arms of each character.” /via Sidebar
🌮 TeenyRecipes, search recipes by emojis.
Slip Slide featuring Busta Rhymes, is from last year, but new to me.
Things to look at: under water action and a land whale
Plan your day with this simple 24-hour stamp:
/via the modern desk
A digital painting by Nicolas Ney.
Check out how you can focus in on the shelves.
Buildings that used to be churches. /via things magazine
Jason Kottke launched a redesign of his blog. Muy bueno! FWIW, 2005 Kottke.org is my favorite Kottke.org.
Also in venerable sites redesigning, The Morning News launched a new look. /via kottke, of course.
Om talks to Peter Kafka about how he started with blogging, his heart attack, the shut down of Gigaom, and more. It was interesting to hear from one of the founding father’s of blogging.
Aside, Om’s latest post on a nicer internet is a good read. It made me go back and delete a “mean” Tweet about my favorite football team’s last game.
spacious.hk founder Asif Ghafoor is making his business boom from the Chinese fear of living in these ghost apartments, called hung jaak in Cantonese.
Karl Meltzer on the food he eats while running the Appalachian Trail
A weird little toy for your ADD fingers.
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