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.
The video’s over half an hour long so you’ll have to make time to watch it, but it’s loaded with interesting science about mead making and the hosts keep things entertaining throughout. I found myself laughing out loud more than once, especially the part this comment refers to:
“Jason sucks honey off the dismembered hand of a child” the video.
(I promise it’s not as horrifying as it sounds.)
+ If you’ve ever read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, you’ve probably been curious about the metheglin mead mentioned in the story. As it happens, the author himself wrote up a metheglin recipe a few years ago, although it likely tastes different than what the book describes.
A couple months ago, YouTube channel Italiasquisita had a trio of legit Italian chefs watch some of the most popular videos of people making carbonara — including those by Andrew “Binging with Babish” Rea and Laura Vitale — and opine on the techniques they saw.
It’s a little mansplain-y and gatekeeper-y, and it would’ve been cool if they had the three chefs make some carbonara themselves at the end of the video, but there are some helpful insights to be gleaned if you ever intend to make authentic carbonara of your own. (Apparently, garlic is a big no-no?)
Web designer Ethan Marcotte has been thinking about the ethics of businesses he works with (and might work with in the future):
Maybe the answer will be that there’s no ethical web design under capitalism. Maybe the line simply is much, much blurrier than it used to be. Maybe the line was always this blurry, and I’m just now paying attention. I don’t know. I do know this is a small problem amidst everything else that’s happening. But it might be one I can fix. Or at least, I have to try.
It’s not a post with any answers to offer, which is totally fair. My hope in linking it is that it gets the wheels turning for other people running indie businesses out there.
Justin Peters is a digital surrealist artist from Germany who combines stock photos to create fantastical, dreamlike images:
The whole series is awesome to peruse, and a lot of it is great wallpaper material.
Neat Stuff We Published This Week
- Guide: “Eureka! 7 Gifts for Science Nerds”
- Compendium of tricks and tricks for makers: Make: Tips and Tales from the Workshop by Gareth Branwyn
- Our new favorite Reddit app on iOS: Apollo for Reddit
- Memo books that celebrate our history of spaceflight: Field Notes “Three Missions” Edition
- Makes quick work of removing bike tires: Pedro’s Bike Tire Levers
- One wallet to rule them all: INNKER Minimalist Metal Money Clip Wallet
- Sharp Italian suit for your MacBook: Hard Graft Zip Up Folio for MacBook Pro
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