Some links and things for Sunday.



Kristen Spickard: The States Project: Arkansas
“Making + Sharing is a near-daily image-making project that is shared and cataloged on Instagram. ( The frequency and format of Making + Sharing provides an opportunity to explore and define my creative process and to push deeper into my favorite subjects. Making + Sharing fits into my ongoing portfolio of work, which has explored topics of our relationship with the natural world as well as ideas about making things by hand. Through these two lenses, I experience and contemplate the world around me and my place in it. Working at my day job as a graphic designer for the past several years began to inform my fine art practice. At first, I was resistant to this change, but just as my work as a photographer-artist has informed my graphic design practice from day one, it only makes sense that my design process now also comes full circle to inform my fine art practice as well. I am now enthusiastically accepting that I enjoy making work on a computer, something I’ve often avoided in favor of analog processes (which I am also enthusiastic about).”

Bree Newsome on Twitter
“[THREAD] The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was repealed in 1864 as the Civil War neared its end, but the social dynamics it established between police, Black Americans and white vigilantes remain in effect. 1/….”

One Artist’s Mission to Illustrate All the World’s Mythical Beasts
“Every culture has its own distinctive mythological beasts. In Brazil, there’s the Headless Mule, a cursed creature whose decapitated head hovers above a fire-spewing neck as it gallops across the country. From Japan, the Kotobuki is a Zodiac Frankenstein’s monster: it consists of all 12 signs, from the nose of the rat to the tail of the snake. Peru has the Huayramama, which looks like a vast snake plus the billowing hair and face of an old woman.”

Automation and the use of multiple accounts
“Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us. One of the most common spam violations we see is the use of multiple accounts and the Twitter developer platform to attempt to artificially amplify or inflate the prominence of certain Tweets. To be clear: Twitter prohibits any attempt to use automation for the purposes of posting or disseminating spam, and such behavior may result in enforcement action.”

Evidence from randomised controlled trials did not support the introduction of dietary fat guidelines in 1977 and 1983: a systematic review and meta-analysis
“Objectives National dietary guidelines were introduced in 1977 and 1983, by the US and UK governments, respectively, with the ambition of reducing coronary heart disease (CHD) by reducing fat intake. To date, no analysis of the evidence base for these recommendations has been undertaken. The present study examines the evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) available to the US and UK regulatory committees at their respective points of implementation.”

Notebook Turducken
“I carry the pocket notebook all day, scribble stuff in it, take notes. It’s basically a scratch pad. Then, every morning after breakfast, I open up the pocket notebook, check my notes, then I fill out my logbook, which is sort of like an index of my days and a memory refresher. Then, I write and draw 3-10 pages in my diary, based on my notes and my log. I cross off things in my pocket notebook after I write about them. The diary then becomes a place I go to when I need new writing and blog posts. It might sound like a lot of work, but using this method I am never lost for something to write about. Also, my job is to write, so, there you have it. (By the way, I stole most of this method off David Sedaris.)”

‘Black Panther’ Is Marvel’s First Genuine Masterpiece
“Ryan Coogler’s highly anticipated superhero movie is even better and richer than could have been imagined, thanks to a fantastical world that evokes real questions about history.”

Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
“Nowadays it’s fairly common for blogs and news sites to embed content posted by third parties, ranging from YouTube videos to tweets.Although these publications don’t host the content themselves, they can be held liable for copyright infringement, a New York federal court has ruled.”

London Wants Its Hedgehogs Back
“If you happen to spot a small hole in the bottom of a fence or brick wall in Barnes, a neighborhood in South West London, there’s a good chance that you’ve stumbled upon a hedgehog crossing, and that Michel Birkenwald is responsible for it.”

Are these photographs of moons or pancakes?
See also Christopher Jonassen’s photos of frying pans that look like Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. Oh, and don’t forget about the world’s best pancake recipe.

Born to paint?
“It’s not too late for you to be a genius. It comes at a price, but it’s not based on your DNA.”

How to Find the Tesla Roadster in the Sky
Like other celestial bodies, the Roadster will stay in the sky, rising and setting daily. Right now, says Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist with the Virtual Telescope Project, you need a telescope of six-inches or larger to image the car. But since it’s speeding away into space, a month from now, you’d need a much larger scope, of at least 16 inches.


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