Stuff I like 

inconclusive, unorganized, maybe awe-inspiring, maybe not

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  • Dees Nuts sued Mr. Beast’s Feastables over the use of “Deez Nutz.”

  • LOL at this old Vice article chastising a WSJ advice column. 9/6/2023.

  • When I was sixteen, I secretly confessed to my boyfriend that my dream job was running a hyperspecific museum. It hasn’t happened (yet) but I did feel some murmors of the heart when I read the Atlas Obscura “Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums” 8/30/2023

  • David K Jordan’s extensive personal webpage. 8/28/2023

  •, another perfect minimalist HTML page run by a kooky guy. This one is about bikes. 8/28/2023

  •, the webiste of eccentric professor Cliff Stoll who used to be a Cold War cybersleuth and now makes silly useless objects. 8/28/2023

  •  Check out how your NYC apartment looked in the 40s! This website was created by Julian Boilen with photos from the NYC Department of Records. 8/28/2023.

  • Dangerously fun game where you chop up shapes. 8/28/2023

  • Humans are slower and perform worse at solving Captchas than machine-learning bots! 8/28/2023

  •   Ed Droste from the indie band Grizzly Bear is second cousins with another guy named Ed Droste who founded Hooters. 8/23/2023

  • The world’s only giraffe without spots was born at a zoo in Limestone, Tennessee. 8/23/2023.

  • you NEED TO PLAY METAZOOA.COM! It’s a wordle-like guessing game where you guess animals. You can tell if you’re getting closer because the site will tell you what  taxonomic rank (kingdom, phylum, class, order, etc.) is shared by your guess and the correct answer. I don’t know if I’m making sense but you just need to play it. 8/22/2023.

  • PEPTOC HOTLINE gives you prerecorded life advice and pep talks from K-6th elementary school students from Healdsburg, California. The phone number is a local US number 707-8PEPTOC. Press number: 1 if you're frustrated, 2 for life advice, 4 for children laughing with delight and 6 for how awesome you look . 8/22/2023

  • The earliest known insult:"You are wearing such rags that your butt sticks out of them," an Akkadian insult 4000 years ago . 8/22/2023

  • The Yaghan people, indigenous to the Southern Cone (Argentine and Chile area) didn't wear clothes until European contact -- even though their climate got really cold! I forget that clothes are, like, not a prewired instinct like eating and sleeping. I would read a whole book about the psychology of dressing oneself . 8/22/2023

  • The Guardian chose a bizarre, evil-looking MS paint style lemon illustration for a how-to article in 2021 . 8/22/2023

  • Lasagna Love is a website that makes it easy to find neighbors to make lasagnas for. 8/22/2023

  • Big old organized archive of stories and books in the "mathematical fiction" category. 8/15/2023

  • WikiVoyage has a travel guide for the moon. 8/3/2023.

  • I was delighted and unsurprised to learn that The Political Graveyard, a sprawling 90s-looking website with obsessive records of political history, is maintained by an Ann Arborite!

  • Floors article from London Reconnections about wayfinding signage for floors in rail stations.

  • the US forest service lets you rent these restored historic wildfire lookout cabins for cheap. can find them on

  • A man who witnessed Lincoln's assassination appeared on the tv game show "I've Got a Secret" in 1956 when he was 95!  7 min Youtube clip

  • This  woman has claimed, for two decades, that she is the creator of the matrix and the terminator and there were rumors (not true) that she won a $2.5 billion lawsuit over the rights

  • a website with every NYC apartment listing all in one. i’m not describing it well. it’s not practical. it’s really cool! 6/23/2023.

  • the excess equipment the pentagon gave to police departments includes 6 french horns and 1 euphonium, 179 assorted lawn mowers, 271 assorted treadmills,72 golf carts and 1 order of golf balls, 2 pizza ovens, and more !

  • random imperative statements from wikihow! by Sam Lavigne. 6/23/2023.

  • I was on Lateral, Tom Scott’s trivia podcast! 

  • Mr. Personality, a five-episode reality dating show from 2003 where the male suitors wear latex masks and Monica Lewinsky is the host!? 6/20/2023.

  • guineapigzero, a zine about doing medical trials for $. there was a segment about it on This American Life a decade ago. 6/14/2023.

  • gigabrain” is like chatGPT but it’s answers from reddit. 5/21/2023.

  • website that lets you make cool QR codes! 5/21/2023.

  • queermaps, an online archive of gay bars. 5/11/2023.

  • NYT obit for a guy with a 37 million word long diary. 5/10/2023

  • On you can purchase stuffed animals of microbes such as chlamydia. 5/3/2023.

  • if you know me well, you have probably heard me voice my desire for easy-access audio from Jeopardy! games for me to listen to as a podcast. TURNS OUT THERE’S A 24/7 JEOPARDY RADIO!!!!!!! My cup overflows. 5/3/2023.

  • Scrollable timeline of Twitter’s demise 5/1/2023.

  • Guy gives tours in various Spanish cities of the physical infrastructure that underlies the internet. 4/15/2023.

  • Middle aged woman spent 500 days alone in a cave for an experiment. She wrote a book and knitted a lot and didn’t want to come out. 4/15/2023.

  • Gretchen McCullough, who wrote the (great!) book Because Internet, has a list of good pop linguistics books. 4/13/2023.

  • Meta AI made this site where you can upload a drawing and then instantly animate it doing movements. 4/10/2023.

  • Someone got a version of GPT-3.5 to run on a TI-84 calculator. 4/7/2023

  • NYC released the most popular 311 calls over years and included some memorable calls... “ A goat is tied to the stairwell in my building.” 3/12/2023.

  • “Altered states,” or proposed states of New England that never happenned. Vermont used to be “New Conneticut”! Newfoundland almost joined the US, not Canada! 3/10/2023.

  • Cool website builder I should redo this website and use this 3/6/2023.

  • It’s cool that radiotrophic fungi just LOVE radiation. It’s kind of charming. How silly of them. How funny. 3/6/2023.

  • collection of eggs in art and design. 2/14/2023.

  • Durham guy set up camera at a short bridge and posts videos on YouTube of trucks getting their roofs sliced off. The bridge is nicknamed “the can opener.” 2/2/2023.

  • Found Magazine — comprised of little found notes. Based in Ann Arbor! 1/30/2023.

  • A film editor (and also my very cool friend!!!!) Sascha wrote a Slate article a couple years analyzing the editing in Trump’s campaign videos. 1/23/2023.

  • He played dead on TikTok everyday for nearly a year, hoping to be cast in a TV show or movie as a corpse. CSI: Vegas did.

  • A Nieman Lab article that opens: “’Reader, would you be surprised to learn that you had been a terrorist suspect?’ The author William T. Vollmann wrote in Harper’s in 2013 about the process of FOIAing his FBI file and discovering that he had been a Unabomber suspect.” 1/23/2023

  • These interactive pages on will teach you how to create mental images of bird sounds according to their pitch pattern, speed, repetition, pauses, and tone quality. 1/23/2023

  • "the average SAT score of the highest ranked school that rejected a student is a much stronger predictor of that student’s subsequent earnings than the average SAT score of the school the student actually attended" from this NBER paper 1/23/2023

  • Kid from a 2013 Popeyes meme (instantly recognizable) got sponsored by Popeyes! 1/23/2022.

  • maponshirt” lets you print a map on a shirt. It’s really not that groudbreaking but it’s fun to play with the website interface. I found it when I was trying to find cool retro OpenStreetMap merch (anyone have any tips?) 1/10/2023

  • Trashwiki, a hub for dumpster divers around the world. 1/10/2023

  • That one Chuck Norris-joke-esque college admissions essay that got send around on email chains in the early 2000s.  1/5/2023.

  • Heated Wikipedia discussion on whether “world’s smallest dinosaur” should be included in the lede in the “bee hummingbird” article. 1/4/2023

  • This is very bizarre and NSFW but this Russian photographer has been taking portraits of nude women who have code painted on their bodies. There are.... so many of these photos. They’re very strange and I’m amazed that he’s so committed. 12/30/2022

  • Master doc of all dril tweets. 11/29/2022.

  • The YouTube channel Answer in Progress put together a super video about why Japan’s internet has such bizarre, cluttered UX. 11/26/2022.

  • Compilation of bad local injury lawyer ads. 11/26/2022. 
  • Claude Shannon, the 20th century mathematician called “Father of Information Theory,” wrote about the probablities involved in juggling. 11/25/2022.

  • This Cleveland Magazine profile of a local Ohio injury lawyer/ambulence chaser Tim Misny is genuinely one of the craziest things I’ve ever read. 11/25/2022.

  • 1985 street interview asking Irish people what they’re giving up for lent. 11/25/2022.

  • Youtube video of guy on public TV blending drinks, exercising, painting, and answering phone calls at the same time. 11/23/2023

  • Fun colors and design on my friend Forrest’s personal website. Zone out and move your mouse over the letters for one or two or thirty minutes!!!!! 11/22/2022

  • Kevin Kelly compiled the best magazine essays ever. 11/22/2022.

  • Bob Dylan was in a 2004 Victoria’s Secret ad. Very random. The Cut wrote about it. 11/20/2022.

  • Odd Salon is a speaker series where guests talk about odd stuff. There are videos! 11/6/2022.

  • ScanOps shows the hands and other evidence of human scanners in Google Books. 11/2/2022.

  • The New Forker, an interactive map of New Yorker restaurant reviews by my friend Reed Kavner!! 9/27/2022

  • Guy set up a neural net to go through 50 hours of archived cartoons in an attempt to identify a weird mystery cartoon and failed to identify it 9/5/2022

  • The Internet Archive has preserved a very extensive 1997 “Nerdiness Test”.  It takes a while (maybe like 10 or 15 min) but could be fun to do with a friend. 9/1/2022

  • I’ve come back to this New Yorker article about lives not lived. “We seem to find meaning in what’s never happened. Our self-portraits use a lot of negative space” 8/31/2022

  • Atlas Obscura article “What is the Biggest Bird in the World?” 7/20/2022

  • Quanta (I love Quanta) wrote about the Princeton math professor who dropped out of high school to be a poet and then became a mathematician (PhD from Michigan, go blue) and won a Fields Medal and only works for three hours each day and is getting  “better and better at ignoring deadlines.” I have too many favorite lines to list but one is “He often works in the public library, in the children’s section, where it’s pretty noisy. “I don’t like quiet places,” he said. “It makes me sleepy.” Huh says this about many things.”  7/6/2022

  • The Wikidata game makes it easy (actually pretty easy!!!!) to make small Wikidata edits. 6/23/2022

  • Sometimes, it’s really hard to find a good photo for a Wikipedia article. Here’s a lengthy but interesting discussion about what photo should go in the article about arming teachers.  6/15/2022.

  • #HEXWORDS! Why bother with a random green when you can choose to be a #BADA55 !!! 6/8/2022


  • Dracula Daily newsletter sends you Dracula in real time (it's written in letters and diary entries). It started May 3.

  • A pie chart of what other languages call “pie charts.” 5/17/2022

  • Redittle helps you search Reddit better. 5/16/2022.

  • Reviews for “Brain HP,” jelly beans for gaming 5/16/2022.

  • MEL Magazine talked to the writers of Arrested Development about the iconic line “It’s a banana; what could it cost, ten dollars?”  5/11/2022.

  • Laughing at this bug report: “Including “And. And. And. And. And.” in a Google doc causes it to crash.” 5/10/2022.

  • Website that yells at you for touching your face. 5/9/2022.

  • Stanford computer science professor and “father of analysis of algorithms” Donald Knuth wrote about why he hates email. Here’s how it starts: “I have been a happy man ever since January 1, 1990, when I no longer had an email address. I'd used email since about 1975, and it seems to me that 15 years of email is plenty for one lifetime. Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things.” 5/4/2022. 

  • Writing app where you have to keep writing-- if you take a break more than a few seconds, it deletes everything. 4/27/2022. 

  • Website that lets you search a word and then will give you common adjectives for that word. 4/26/2022.

  • Aconyms used in chemistry (specifically NMR) that are ridiculous... PENIS (Proton-enhanced nuclear induction spectroscopy), DUMBO (Decoupling Using Mind Boggling Optimization) etc.  4/19/2022.

  • Detect bird sounds with a Raspberry Pi and BirdNetPI. 4/18/2022.

  • the Wadsworth Constant is the internet axiom from 2011 that states that you can safely skip the first 30% of any YouTube video and not miss anything. 2/24/2022.

  • Story in Wired about Spanish guy who lost his false teeth and then got them back in the mail after someone did DNA analysis. 2/24/2022. 

  • Real Me and Fake Me,” by Joe Dunthorne in the London Review of Books. He realized that someone on Instagram was impersonating him to schill crypto! 2/14/2022

  • good blog post from Evan Chen, a mathematician, about writing. It resonated with me! “In high school, I hated English class and thought it was a waste of time. Now I’m in college, and I still hate English class and think it’s a waste of time. However, I no longer think writing itself is a waste of time.” 2/11/2022

  • Good article about shitty Walmart bikes. 1/13/2021.

  • Ivanka Trump appeared in the documentary “Born Rich” (free on Youtube!) 1/8/2021.

  • Livestream of last McDonald’s meal in Iceland. 12/30/2021.

  • Another classic gem from The Pudding-- map of the US by each town/city’s mose Wikipedia’d resident. 12/29/2021.

  • Iceland trolls Facebook with the “Icelandverse,” an “open-world experience”. 12/29/2021.

  • This website takes you to random cool websites. I really like it. 12/26/2021.

  • Iconic story of brothers exchanging a pair of pants for Christmas for 25 years, each time with increasingly extravagant wrapping. I thought this would be some dumb feel-good Christmas story but it’s actually... a highly entertaining feel-good Christmas story

  • lmao really funny and touching obituary. 12/20/2021.

  • The State of the Species, an essay which reminds you that humanity is a little blip in the history of time and puts you in your place!!!!

  • Ooh, this website runs on solar powered servers. Super interesting read about energy use in web design. 12/15/2021.

  • An easy way to make gifs out of youtube videos. 12/15/2021.

  • Busy simulator makes a bunch of alerts/notifications so you sound busy, hah. 12/15/2021.

  • pairtype: practice typing your worst letter combinations. 12/7/2021.

  • Wikipulse: submit a Wikipedia article and it tells you seasonal popularity, trending data, etc. 12/7/2021. 

  • The Deep Dreams podcast uses GPT-3 to generate word stories to lull you to sleep.

  • A tool from The Markup highlights Amazon products that are made by Amazon. I don’t know how useful this will actually be for me, as I don’t shop on Amazon very much, but it exists!

  • omg  Elizabeth Holmes’ daily schedule is so embarassing!! 12/3/2021

  • This site summarizes terms of service and ranks them on privacy so that you don’t have to read them. 11/20/2021. 

  • PLEASE, if you click one link, let it be this one. The Finnish government has a startlingly good social media presence and this video featuring “Epic Tax Guy” is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life!!!!!!! 11/14/2021.

  • Good and critical and very smart NYT review of emrata book.  11/7/2021.

  • The MarineTraffic website is a live world map that shows thousands of ships around the world. Click an icon on an icon for photos/info about the ship! 11/7/2021.

  • Website that changes design every time you blink. 11/2/2021.

  • Really wanna get my hands on the new Peter Thiel book but for now this essay by Anna Wiener will do the trick. 10/31/2021.

  • Rank your favorite fruits and compare with your friends! There’s something so wholesome and 2014-esque about this! 10/28/2021.

  • Actor Timothee Chalamet used to have a YOutube channel where he custom painted x box controllers, reports Vice. 10/28/2021.

  • Absolutely transfixed by this Smith College Library Rap, made by librarian Jodi Shaw. According to the caption, she spent two months making it and a week before orientation, her supervisor told her that she couldn’t show that she couldn’t rap because she was white. Also she made a big deal about how Smith was ‘hostile to white people.’ And then she changed the rap to add sections that defended herself (”I’ve got a good heart and I am a good mama and I did nothing to deserve this drama brought upon me solely because of my skin color”), and put it on Youtube. I find the rap cringey, the story even cringier, and I cannot stop thinking about it!! Apparently this was in the news in February but I missed it, I guess. 10/27/2021.

  • Human + chimpanzee = humanzee. 10/27/2021. 

  • From the New Yorker a decade ago, an essay about a Michigan dentist and UMich alum who turned into a kickass marathoner! 10/25/2021. 

  • Blobfish actually look quite normal most of the time. 10/25/2021. 

  • Modernist post offices of Michigan! Loved these pictures of post offices built after WWII in rural Michigan towns. “While the federal government offered a set of standard floor plans and mechanical systems, communities were given a great deal of leeway with facade materials and details—imbuing a degree of local character to what would have otherwise been a homogenized building type.” 10/25/2021.

  • What Uranus scientists think about your disgusting jokes. (Futurism) 10/24/2021.

  • Reallyyy liked this article about how meth is changing chemically. I really like chemistry! People forget that! Not meth though! 10/24/2021

  • The celebrity home / zillow gone wild guy Samir started taking a selfie a day and selling them as NFTs. 10/22/2021.

  • Twitter thread about cows and beans that look like cows. 10/22/2021. 

  • Obviously billionaire are rich and obviously they don’t really pay their taxes but here are the specific ways they pass their wealth to their heirs tax-free. from Bloomberg. 10/21/2021. 

  • People left very interesting (and thorough?!) comments on my BoingBoing post about the word “orange.” 10/17/2021. 

  • Okay seems like this Brazilian website is *only* a photo of a dessert??? but there’s an email??? gonna have to investigate this a little bit more. 10/14/2021. 

  • Type in a movie, and this site will make a map of similar movies. 10/14/2021. 

  • Why we use the word “redhead” not “orangehead”, and why “ginger” doesn’t make any sense.  10/13/2021. 

  • A “buttload” is an actual imperial form of measurement. 10/13/2021. 

  • What better time to learn about the Fermi Paradox? Just click it!! 10/11/2021. 

  • This AI art almost moved me to tears? Weird night. The other art on the site is great too. 10/11/2021. 

  • A site about Ronald McDonald statues with PERFECT web design. 10/10/2021. 

  • Sudowrite, an AI writing tool!!!!!!!!!!! 10/10/2021. 

  • A woman bought old film from Ebay and developed it!!!! Essay in the Guardian. 10/10/2021. 

  • Johnny Appleseed was more boozy than wholesome and the “an apple a day” had a resurgence with the prohibition movement as apples were repurposed from precursor to hard cider to a standalone food. Essay in Smithsonian! 10/9/2021.

  • Horrified by the nightmare that is reverse logistics. This article in The Atlantic by Amanda Mull is all about online returns. 10/6/2021.

  • Funny story about a garage door replacement. good dialogue. 10/4/2021.

  • Good Vox article by Rebecca Jennings about how Tiktok tells everyone they have ADHD!!!!!! 10/2/2021

  • The 2001 research-heavy letter to the editor arguing that the Genesis creation story in which God made Eve from one of Adam’s ribs may be misinterpreted— instead, the paper argues that God made Eve from Adam’s penis bone. This would explain why human males are one of the only mammals withone a penis bone (I wanna call it a boner bone but the real name is baculum).  9/25/2021.

  • I downloaded the fitness app Strava in 2017 and it changed my life.  I was taking a post-high school gap year in Chicago where I didn’t have very many friends and I started running a LOT. Strava has challenges and segments that gamify the sport, and it connected me to the local running scene. Three marathons and one half Iron Man later, really can’t say enough about what it’s done for me. Anyway, here’s a long article in Outside Magazine about it. 9/18/2021.

  • Cool data viz article by The Michigan Daily about responses to a survey by Umich freshmen! 9/16/2021. 

  •  I could get lost in the anti-MLM subreddit for hours. I just found which exposes the dark side of being a Mary Kay seller. 9/16/2021. 

  • This guy wrote a fun gawker article about the fake letters he wrote to Dear Prudence (one ended up on Tucker Carlson) 9/14/2021. 

  • The photos people left on an online “recipe” for ice cubes. hahaha. 9/14/2021. 

  • I love ex-Man Repeller writer Haley Nahman’s newsletter Maybe Baby, and she wrote about her moral dilemmas with Instagram influencing. I thought a few quotes from this week’s edition were too good not to share. 
“I never liked the idea of selling my followers’ attention to brands, especially considering my ambitions as a writer. But I figured if I was picky enough and subtle enough, no one would really blame me. “Get your bag,” was the prevailing response to sponcon at the time, and still is: a full reversal of the sellout critique we grew up around in the ‘90s.”

“Taylor Swift is the perfect avatar for this value system. Known most for her down-home approachability—posting photos of her cats, writing songs about her life, letting fans into her actual home—Swift is one of the quickest celebrities to align herself with faceless corporate behemoths. Apple, Capital One, CoverGirl, Diet Coke, Comcast, Sony, Verizon, Subway, Walgreens, American Express, Target. She almost never misses an opportunity to make more money. I like Swift’s music, but it seems a fairly cynical way of doing business, and she’s rarely critiqued for it despite being critiqued for nearly everything else.” 

  • Checkboxland, where everything is made of HTML checkbox elements. 9/12/2021

  • There’s something beautiful about the web page for the Woolly Worm Festival in North Carolina. 9/10/2021

  • This TikTok account is just videos of someone pouring cleaning products into a toilet. 9/10/2021

  • New York Mag article on the new Gawker. “How long do we think this is even going to last? There’s no ads even on the site yet. It’s like a snow globe right now.” 8/30/2021.

  • Nestflix, the website about shows within shows. 8/29/2021. 

  • A search engine for 30 Rock created by a Twitter user named @Phylan. You type in whatever you can think of and it will pull up captioned screenshots from episodes where that word was said. 8/27/2021.

  • NYT article interviewing Claire McNear who reports on Jeopardy! for the Ringer and exposed former-host-pick Mike Richards’ inappropriate comments. I love Jeopardy and I love Jeopardy reporting and I’ve loved Claire McNear for a few years!! 8/25/2021

  • Conspiracy theory about OK Soda, Coca Cola’s bizarre, short-lived 90s drink marketed to the counterculture. 8/25/2021 

  • Inside Hook was one of the first real places that ever interviewed me about Depths of Wikipedia so I feel an odd loyalty to them. Anyway, they have a kickass roundup of the 80 best single operator newsletters.  Read the list. 8/23/2021

  • YouTube channel of hip hop lo-fi beats exclusively set to Simpsons scenes. 8/19/2021

  • Essay called “I didn’t know how to write about my sister’s death so I had AI do it for me” 8/17/2021

  • Ughhh new Gawker is so visually appealing and addicting and all around good!!!! 8/13/2021.

  • The US Social Security Administration estimates I’ll live to 85.8, which I found out from this calculator.   8/9/2021

  • Cool personal website for someone named Reed Kavner with a bunch of cool projects. I love finding people in the comedy x computers x education niche that I love!!!  8/6/2021

  • Attention Kmart shoppers: someone just emailed me a bunch of cool spots on the Internet Archive (thanks Mark!) and my favorites are this collection of Kmart background music and this collection of VHS intros. 8/2/2021

  • A pretty fun and punchy essay about why English is so weird and inconsistant. I’m the type of person that finds spelling/grammar errors completely permissible (occasionally even endearing) because our conventions are just so arbitrary. 8/2/2021 

  • Website with logos drawn from memory. 8/2/2021

  • A 2013 Reddit post with real-life cheats. Bookmark this!!!! 7/23/2021

  •  A quaint 35-second video of a man doing what we all fantasize about: deleting his entire computer. 7/22/2021

  •  I met @newyorknico yesterday, “New York’s unofficial talent scout” who showcases odd, interesting, and heartwarming New Yorkers on social media. A friend of mine got invited to his barbeque, and I tagged along. After I met him, someone told me about an odd camp of people that claims that Nico shouldn’t have a platform because he “wasn’t born in New York” (he was) and because he went to private school and therefore “can’t relate to real New Yorkers”. There’s always something to hate people for-- even the best people. Anyway, there are a number of hateblogs for xkcd, the STEM-focused internet comic that I love, and they’re delightfully petty. 7/19/2021

  •   This unconventional programmer makes silly, amusing, sometimes frivolous projects. I love them. Here’s one that makes 30,000+ variations of the “guys say they know a place and then take you to....” meme. 7/18/2021

  • I almost never watch TV shows all the way through, so this website which gives the best episodes for each tv show is great. 7/15/2021

  •  Top 50 most fascinating people in Brooklyn article from Brooklyn Magazine.  7/13/2021

  •   An old blog about things that look like ducks. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck.... etc.  7/10/2021

  • The internet's original source code was sold as an NFT for $5.4M this week. 7/01/2021

  • I watched a few episodes of the documentary “This is Pop” from Netflix and my favorite was the episode on Autotune-- it landed such kickass interviews and makes you love T-Pain!!! 

  •  Toucan is a new Chrome extension which switches certain words to your language of choice, using spaced interval repitition to help you learn a language without trying. 6/27/2021.

      One Time Secret offers an alternative to sharing passwords or credit card numbers via text message with your friends or family. The site creates a unique link which is deleted upon viewing. 6/27/2021.

  • This Bloomberg piece “Bland New World” is a meticulously-researched dive into the millenial DTC brands who arm themselves with generic branding (to take on The Man). 6/24/2021.

  •  The Wikipedia page for Alexandra Petri.   She was the youngest WaPo columnist in 2010, lost Jeopardy and wrote about it, and has had a bazillion frivolous projects to her name (also, her roommate at Harvard was Megan Amram).  She once wrote “My goal is to be weirder than everyone else and hope that no one stops me. So far no one has.” Great Reddit AMA here.  I think her life is cool! 6/24/2021.

     “Nostalgia Is a Hell of a Drug,” on Gawker’s imminent return, this time led by Leah Finnegan (from The Outline, RIP). 6/24/2021.

     The seven-year-old Reddit AMA of double-dick dude. 6/24/2021.

  • If you’re bored enough to scroll through this you should instead scroll through Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions so you can become an “aaactually” guy. 6/22/2021.

  • The Letterboxed reviews on this 10 hour shot of paint drying are shockingly profound. Maybe when you stare at a wall for 10 hours you have epiphanies... I must try this! 6/22/2021.

  • How to Party 1950s Instructional Video- edifying! 6/21/2021.

  •   Bouncing DVD logo to project on the wall at parties or stare at as a form of meditation. 6/21/2021.

  •   Why your parents suck at texting , an 8-minute Youtube video on the ways capitalization, punctuation, and spacing choice in informal writing (twitter, texting, etc) can be highly developed and incredibly personal, like a form of digital handwriting. 6/21/2021.

    Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersection of poverty and stress,” an Ezra Klein Show podcast episode. Listened to this one on a run and kept stopping to take notes. He’s a ridiculously compelling speaker and I was super into this discussion on policy, the justice system, and cultural commentary around poverty-- all through the lens of neurobiology. 6/19/2021.

    A newsletter of the most-edited Wikipedia articles of the week. Each Friday, the Wikipedia-data-duo behind Hatnote send an email of the most edited pages and most active discussions. It’s an interesting way to reflect on the news (in an “oh right, that happened this week” way). 

    The ultimate “which character are you” quiz, which is like 100 Buzzfeed quizzes in one, and seems a little bit more reputable. And it only takes 5-10 minutes! One strategic (nefarious?) way to learn how your friends and/or love interests rank themselves on various personality scales is to ask for their results link and mouse over the dots on their graph. 6/18/2021.

     Sending your friends ecards for every occasion. 123greetings has a Web 1.0 kitch feel that I’m obsessed with. 

    The “What font is this” chrome extension which, upon mousing over any font, tells you the size, font, hex number, weight, line height, and more. 6/12/2021.

     The Sal Kahn interview on How I Built This. I can only ever remember my mom calling three men hot, and they were, inexplicably, my dad, Derek Jeter, and Sal Kahn. Kahn is hilarious and humble and genuine here unlike some other interviewees who take themselves too seriously. Did you know he was in a heavy metal band in high school which disbanded when he went to MIT? That he was raised in poverty in Louisiana by an immigrant single mother?! This might be my favorite podcast episode in months. 

    Two weird-internet worlds collided when I found out that one of the admins of the (genius, perfect) Instagram account Shitty New Yorker Captions is ALSO the author or this riveting 2011 read called A Conspiracy of Hogs the McRib . The account admins did a 20-minute radio interview with the New Yorker cartoon editor Emma Allen a few years ago and it was so funny I giggled! 6/12/2021.

    This out of office message generator pulls from Wikipedia to keep your coworkers thoroughly entertained and inspired. You can put a random link, a random quote, or both next to your generic “out of office” message! 

    The Pudding put together a cool viz ranking rappers by unique words in their lyrics. 6/10/2021.

    Another link from The Pudding: most hated and most loved things, according to data from the dating app Ranker. From the top of the list: Jokes, puppies, foreplay, animals, cuddling, pets, free samples, ice cream, the internet, Saturday. Also interesting are the polarizing topics: overachievers, Buzzfeed, talking about feelings, McDonalds, pulling all nighters, wasabi, Twitter, double dates, airports, sloppy kisses, black coffee.