Lovely Linky Bits
Thoughtful reads and so forth.
How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit
“Literature is not high school and it’s not actually necessary to know what everyone around you is wearing, in terms of style, and being influenced by people who are being published in this very moment is going to make you look just like them, which is probably not a good long-term goal for being yourself or making a meaningful contribution. At any point in history there is a great tide of writers of similar tone, they wash in, they wash out, the strange starfish stay behind, and the conches.”
S’mores and Smiles: My Weekend at a Digital Detox Summer Camp for Adults
“Hunnybear, the leader of camp morale, starts us off with the most intense game of rock-paper-scissors I’ve ever seen. Everyone plays with one person, then each loser becomes the cheerleader as their opponent goes head-to-head with someone else. Whoever wins that round wins the followers and the ability to continue to play. It’s amazing how quickly people get into it. Screams fill the air and everyone chants as the camp splits in two, everyone backing their opponent. This is clearly a group that is going to go all in this weekend.”
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math
“Playing with the equation was like conjugating a verb. I was beginning to intuit that the sparse outlines of the equation were like a metaphorical poem, with all sorts of beautiful symbolic representations embedded within it. Although I wouldn’t have put it that way at the time, the truth was that to learn math and science well, I had to slowly, day by day, build solid neural ‘chunked’ subroutines—such as surrounding the simple equation f = ma—that I could easily call to mind from long term memory, much as I’d done with Russian.”
Curiosities & Delights
Some things to be glad about.
The Sit With Us app.
A whole album of cat music.
Central Park’s surprisingly helpful lampposts.
An inflatable pub.
Brain beanies and a swan scarf.
Mikhail Mishin’s asphalt archaeology.
And a bucket list contender: sleep inside a beagle.
Videos upon which to click play.
The Atlantic’s guide to how-to videos.
Screen tests for The Monkees.
The evolution of bacteria is impressive and unsettling.
(Related: 5-second rule? Science says: nope.)
Here’s some soothing paint smooshing to calm the nerves.
(And while you’re on Instagram, here’s Lizard Force.)