Hi beautiful people, it’s Victor! I hope you’re doing great.
Some personal news: I’m moving to Bristol next month! It’s an exciting (but slightly scary) change, and I’m looking forward to having a new city to explore. Also it’s hard to realise it’s already been six years in London; I’ll sorely miss the people I’ve met here. Say hi if you want to grab a pint outside before I go!
Here’s some things I wanted to share — it’s a bit shorter than usual, but that’s less effort for you:
Wikipedia is the best website
- Anthropodermic bibliopegy (bless you) is the practice of binding books with human skin. It is estimated about 18 such books still exist in the world.
- In the US military, SWAG stands for Scientific Wild-Ass Guess, an estimation sitting one level below back-of-the-envelope (BOTE) and one level above a guesstimate.
- Truth or Consequences is the name of a small town in New Mexico. It was renamed after the eponymous 1950s radio show, who announced they would air the programme from the first town who would do so.
- The random ballot voting system, mainly a thought experiment, decides the result of an election by picking the ballot of a single voter at random. Unlike choosing a candidate at random (where each option would have an even chance of winning), this method means candidates can win with a probability exactly equal to the fraction of the electorate who voted for them.
- Wiktionary has a category for some delightful Antarctic English slang like gomble, hoosh, or greenout.
- Library cats have their own article 🐱
- The pill shape used for buttons in UI design is called a stadium in geometry, but is also known as “discorectangle”, “obround” or “sausage body”.
- Bananadine is a fictional psychoactive substance extracted from bananas: it was a hoax made up by hippies in the late 60s to confuse media and the FDA about new drugs.
- In 1967, residents of Basel voted in a public referendum to decide whether the city should buy two Picasso paintings for its Kunstmuseum. (They did!)
Everything is depressing
Good to look at
- Than Average asks you if you think you’re above or below average about certain things — and then shows you what others also voted. Good to learn that for many things, the average is probably not what you think it is.
- Trassel is the very simple but fun intersection of drawing and scrolling.
- The New Aesthetic, reposted with 10 years of hindsight.
- In films, what colour is the future?
- Fabian Oefner’s “Heisenberg Objekt” series are scupltures of exploded and reconstructed objects, that initially look like 3D renders until you realise they’re actually sliced.
- A new post in that series of interactive explainers I’ve shared before, explaining internal combustion engines.
- How Many Plants is a great centralised resource for knowing and keeping care of your plants!
In my ears
Work! Design! Tech!
And that’s it for this month.
Iceland should have won Eurovision,