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.
Sophia Benoit’s latest piece for GQ on six relatively doable ways to start living a greener lifestyle is one you need to read and implement as soon as possible:
According to U.N. scientists, we’ve got 12 years left to get climate change under control. With a problem as big and unwieldy as global warming, it’s easy to feel like individual actions won’t solve the problem. (Or that it’s not your responsibility to try to, since 71% of carbon emissions are from 100 companies.) While it’s true, tossing your La Croix cans in the recycling bin isn’t going to save the world, your individual actions do still matter, especially in the US, where even the best conservationists among us still emit more than their fair share. As the world gets closer to 2ºC warmer than pre-industrial levels, we’re all going to have to make adjustments.
It’s important to acknowledge that not everyone can afford to make these changes for a whole host of reasons pertaining to finances, accessibility, health, and safety. But if you can afford to do better, you have an obligation to try. Plus, several of these carbon-saving initiatives will ultimately be money-saving, too.
As she points out in this tweet, the article’s not about achieving eco-perfection on an individual level in the 12 years we have left. It’s about learning to adapt our lifestyles in a reasonable way before the big changes come — because they will.
On a lighter note, here’s a happy video of a baker goofing around as he manages to churn out a ton of amazing bread over the course of a day. We should all strive to enjoy our work as much as this guy does, with the amount of expertise he shows.
Unsubscribe author Jocelyn K. Glei was a recent guest on Dr. Amantha Imber’s How I Work podcast. They cover how Glei structures her day to achieve calm productivity, how moments of unstructured thinking fit into all of that, the importance of allowing yourself time to think without other forms of input, and more. Give it a listen.
It has recently come to my attention that her method in that video was something akin to standing before one’s nonna and slapping her in the face. Those not-fully-melted globs of cheese on the noodles are not the goal; they’re a mistake in technique.
As it happens, it took a Frenchman of all people to show me how it’s really done, so I’m sharing it with you. I’ve since gone down a rabbit hole of the guy’s videos and they always manage to be informative and entertaining, if a little heavy-handed on the video editing.
You know those zany “fonts” (really, mathematical characters) some people use to dress up their Twitter names or insert straight into tweets for effect? Those characters actually cause accessibility issues for people who rely on assistive reading tools.
I’ll admit I had never thought of this as a potential issue before now, and while it’s probably more incumbent on developers — whether they’re at Twitter or the ones developing the reading tools — to adapt to this, the rest of us can do our part by avoiding those special characters so we don’t inflict bad experiences on those who already have a harder time reading things online.
Polish digital illustrator Igor Piwowarczyk has built up a crazy good archive of moody concept art you should pore over this weekend. As Kai Brach of the Dense Discovery newsletter puts it, “Every piece feels like a screen grab of an amazing computer game.”
Friendly reminder that Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” is one of the greatest songs ever written, sung by one of the greatest voices ever recorded. Here he is performing it live back in 1995, nailing every second of it.
Given the ongoing plight of the world’s insects, we should be looking for ways to help our small friends thrive. On Twitter, Adam Cormack recently shared an innovation I’d never heard of before: the bee brick, which offers a safe nesting place for solitary bees so they can go about their vital work of pollinating and mating. What a cool idea!
Neat Stuff We Published This Week
- Guide: 7 STEM-Friendly Gifts for Kids
- Separate LEGO blocks with ease: LEGO Brick Separator Tool
- Handy for all sorts of jobs in the kitchen: Helen Chen’s Stainless Steel 5″ Spider Strainer with Bamboo Handle
- Control your TV audio with Alexa: Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar
- Flexible reading light with 3 light settings: TopElek Rechargeable LED Book Light
- Modern reinterpretations of Renaissance-era typefaces: Klim Type Foundry’s New ‘Heldane Display’ and ‘Heldane Text’ Font Families
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