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  1. Maya’s subscriptions

    Good blogroll. Also, view source: it’s an OPML file made pretty with XSL. (via Kicks Condor)

  2. How I setup and configure all of my websites | Go Make Things

    By Chris Ferdinandi. A dozen static sites on a Digital Ocean droplet.

  3. Mediocratopia: 10

    Venkatesh Rao: “Aptitude is the rate at which you level up, by changing the nature of the problem you’re solving (and therefore how you measure ‘improvement’).”

  4. No Caul For Them These Days - Vittles

    I enjoyed this article about, and recipe for, faggots. I used to like Brain’s Faggots as a kid.

  5. Young Directors’ Guide to Lighting

    A nice guide by Alex Forey to how theatre directors should work with lighting designers. (via Interconnected)

  6. VQGAN+CLIP (z+quantize method con augmentations, interfaz amigable).ipynb - Colaboratory

    Second time I’ve tried this AI image generator “notebook” and, with the aid of translation, it worked this time.

  7. employee is taking free snacks, Parks and Rec vs. The Office, and more — Ask a Manager

    For question 5, about whether Leslie Knope or Michael Scott would be the worse boss.

  8. Singing the Back Streets | by Andrew O’Hagan | The New York Review of Books

    I knew nothing about Nelson Algren and this was interesting and beautifully written.

  9. Charles Glass · Hush-Hush Boom-Boom: Spymasters · LRB 12 August 2021

    Interesting account of how the CIA was formed and quite how often it’s failed.

  10. Art Machine - Colaboratory

    The first one of these Google Notebook things for generating images from a prompt by an AI that I’ve got to work. (via the b3ta newsletter)

  11. EleutherAI - text generation testing UI

    Another GPT-J-6B text-generating tool.

  12. Text Synth

    Easy, working thing that generates further text from a prompt using the GPT-J 6B or GPT-2 language models.

  13. Snub TV (UK) - YouTube

    All the episodes of this 1989-91 show which I assume I watched, given I watched a lot of Def II. (via Web Curios)

  14. Housed | die Reihe

    “the chords from over 250 classic House tracks by 150+ artists”. Side A in random order, side B ordered from shortest to longest. (via The Wire)

  15. brilliant trees sessions . Berlin . 1983 on Vimeo

    Amazing to watch David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay, Jon Hassell, etc discussing and recording the beautiful and strange Brilliant Trees. 38 years ago!

  16. James Meek · Who holds the welding rod? Our Turbine Futures · LRB 15 July 2021

    Long article on making wind turbine towers and the international labour market (which maybe makes it sound duller than it is).

  17. Place-based carbon calculator

    It was interesting to spend a while poking around at the stats for our area. Lots of overlays and things to look at. Generally, our area’s below average. (via Web Curios)

  18. Building Monocle, a universal personal search engine for life | thesephist.com

    “Monocle is a full text search engine indexed on my personal data, like my blog posts and essays, nearly a decade of journal entries, notes, contacts, Tweets, and hopefully more in the future…” (via @tomcritchlow)

  19. Oh Hello Ana - So I am now a naturalised citizen…

    Even a smooth and successful testing and application process sounds like a stressful, expensive hassle. Nations are weird things aren’t they. (Congrats Ana!)

  20. Atlas Minor • Fireworks

    What a great photo, and a lovely paragraph that echoes my mind at the moment.

  21. Home | Layers of London | Recording the Layers of London’s Rich Heritage

    I think this is a good collection of old maps layered on a modern one although I was slightly baffled when trying it on an iPad. (via Things Magazine)

  22. Sensemaking: Django for Startup Founders: A better software architecture for SaaS startups and consumer apps

    Lots of interesting advice for structuring Django projects (and some more general advice). (via Simon Willison)

  23. Douglas Coupland on Generation X at 30 | Books | The Guardian

    “The term became a meme back when society only had five or six of them a year.” “I don’t even remember what my pre-internet brain felt like.”

  24. Web Badges World | The ultimate archive of 80x15 pixel button art

    One for the old nostalgic web folk. (via Web Curios)

  25. nickjj/docker-django-example

    Another handy example project full of experience.

  26. bfirsh/django-docker-heroku-template

    Lots of handy things to copy here.

  27. In search of the new

    Robin Sloan gets lots of recommendations for SF books “that could only have been written in the last ten years, … that hinge on experi­ences and feelings new in the last ten years, … that repre­sent the current leading edge of the genre’s specu­la­tive and stylistic devel­op­ment?”

  28. Alternatives to The Guardian - news | Ask MetaFilter

    Some suggestions but, unsurprisingly and unfortunately, there’s no one good leftish, UK-based, news source.