Welcome to this week’s edition of our Friday Quality Linkage column. Please enjoy this week’s collection of interesting and entertaining links. Brew a fresh cup of coffee, find a comfortable place, and relax.
I would never look at clouds the same way again. Though usually only children take enough care to notice, there is so much light and vibrance living within them. They danced above me like the hundreds of times I watched them as a kid, only this time there was something new I saw. No, I felt. A feeling of meaningfulness. Not the religious clip art kind of “meaning”, but a deep sense of calm derived from purpose. Energy derived from honesty. Gracefulness derived from confidence.
But as I lay on that concrete, unable to breathe, my heartbeat taking full liberty, the truth revealed itself. I didn’t actually control anything, nor was it my burden, guilt, or shame to take on. It was simply — life. I was just a leaf dancing in the wind, whether I knew it or not.
Google software engineer Mekka Okereke recently wrote a Twitter thread about the importance of even a small nudge when it comes to getting bright kids to pursue their interests as careers:
Somewhere in flyover country, there is an aviation tech who could be building rockets, but they didn’t receive the right nudge in high school.
Somewhere in Georgia there is a black woman teaching HS math at a rural school, that could have advanced the state of the art in ML.
Good Moves is the crème de la crème of motion design. Every day our algorithm scours the web to surface the videos that are turning heads around the world, before we hand-select that day’s top dog.
Since 2017, Sicilian graphic/motion designer Federico Leggio has been doing an ongoing seres of “type animations” that you’ve gotta see to understand. Hypnotic and beautiful.
[Video:] Nearly 17 years later, I still contend that Incubus’ “Morning View Sessions is one of the greatest live concerts ever recorded. These guys were absolutely in their prime here.
Neat Stuff We Published This Week
- Guide: 5 of Our Favorite Scissors
- A fresh take on an ancient classic: Homer’s The Odyssey: Translated by Emily Wilson
- Tripod created specifically for vloggers: SwitchPod — The Minimal, Versatile, Handheld Tripod [Kickstarter]
- Pre-order the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 true wireless earphones. (Releases February 14th, 2019)
- Color-coded compound-action snips: Wiss 3-Piece Aviation Snip Set
- There are only a couple days left to order Hard Graft’s 1st Edition Travel Bag.
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