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  1. FI Calc

    Not only an extremely nicely done retirement calculator but it also has a clearly-written guide.

  2. How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations | Chartable

    I’m not very good at colours and this is nicely explained.

  3. Tom Crewe · A Girl Called Retina: You’ll like it when you get there · LRB 13 August 2020

    The first half of this especially good, full of jolly entertaining anecdotes about mid 20th century girls’ boarding schools.

  4. Hundred Rabbits — home

    Making interesting offline digital tools from a boat. Lots of written-up experiences and thoughts. (via Craig Mod’s Roden)

  5. Amia Srinivasan · He, She, One, They, Ho, Hus, Hum, Ita: How Should I Refer to You? · LRB 2 July 2020

    I had no idea there had been quite so many attempts to come up with gender-neutral pronouns for quite so long.

  6. Conventions Minutes, August 16, 2020: Uncle Joe. Tumbleweeds in Milwaukee. The Kamala Boost.

    A new swipey daily news format. Weirdly little amount of content and the navigation feels oddly fussy. (via @tomcritchlow)

  7. Andrew O’Hagan · Seventy Years in a Colourful Trade: The Soho Alphabet · LRB 16 July 2020

    I enjoyed this portrait of a Soho despite, or because of, being unfamiliar with that world.

  8. About Feeds | Getting Started guide to web feeds/RSS

    Matt Webb’s new single page site explaining it.

  9. CamJam

    Flips rapidly through 900 Transport for London traffic cameras showing almost-live footage. Quite hypnotic.

  10. Horses and Ale – the end of two eras – Symbols & Secrets

    I knew there used to be stables up Whitecross Street but hadn’t realised it was in the (apparently recently closed) Travis Perkins .

  11. What ARGs Can Teach Us About QAnon – mssv

    By Adrian Hon. Not sure why I hadn’t thought much about these parallels before. (via Pluralistic)

  12. Squeezing every drop of performance out of a Django app on Heroku | by Ben Firshman | Medium

    About serving many requests for Arxiv Vanity, from 2017. (via /r/django)

  13. How London’s Silicon Roundabout dream turned into a nightmare | WIRED UK

    One of the suggested tags for this article as I add it to Pinboard is “corruption”.

  14. Identifying Generational Gaps in Music

    This is interesting, although it’s odd they never explicitly say it’s US-focused. (via Waxy)

  15. SVGOMG - SVGO’s Missing GUI

    Really nicely done web-based tool for optimising SVG files by Jake Archibald.

  16. 256088 - Status icon calls all newsfeeds RSS (even Atom)

    Introduction of the original orange square RSS icon by Kevin Gerich in 2005 (and, inevitably, lots of arguing about RSS standards etc).

  17. Time Streams

    “Time-aware feeds at any url. A simple protocol and file format for our digital lives.” (via FaveJet)

  18. A Land of Monopolists: From Portable Toilets to Mixed Martial Arts - BIG by Matt Stoller

    Interesting to consider the private-equity-fuelled monopolies in so many (relatively) small industries. Business for business’ sake. More in the following issue.

  19. Photo Essay: 100 Years That Changed Houston | Houstonia Magazine

    I enjoyed these photos of people in Houston. (via Things Magazine)

  20. Abbeydore & Bacton Group Parish Council

    More up-to-date than it first appears.

  21. Ewyas Lacy Study Group

    Quite deep local history site, very near us.

  22. Places | Eleanor Crow Illustration

    I love the watercolour shop fronts. (via @undermanager)

  23. Did Samuel Pepys Write ‘The Taverns Are Full of Gadabouts’ in 1665?

    I feel quite chuffed to have a blog post quoted on Snopes.

  24. The Sentence is a Lonely Place - Believer Magazine

    Text of a lecture by Gary Lutz. So many examples and explanations of amazing sentences from American fiction.

  25. Ange Mlinko · Just a Diphthong Away: Gary Lutz · LRB 7 May 2020

    Lots of great lines quoted from Lutz’s short stories here.

  26. The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | The Many Faces Of Housekeeping: How Wealth & Privilege Are Distorting Underground Music

    The fourth DJ “… appears positively relatable by comparison, having merely been a director at Citibank for 13 years before launching his own investment fund.”