78: Portrait Of A Man

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OMG, no regular Irregularity this week?
I was busy all day yesterday, got up at 4:30am and didn’t got any rest until around 11pm. Such is life. Onwards!

How about some Rijks Emotions!

Rijks Emotions is a student project from Hyper Island, using the Rijksmuseum and Sightcorp api. We’re matching people’s emotions with their relatives that hang on the museum’s walls.

It works pretty well, too:

You are a 52 year old Male with the facial expression of fear

Now that the computers know me that well it can’t take long until they finally take over.

I am quite happy to be 52, though. So the terrible 40s are already behind me and I don’t have to look forward to that in my future anymore.

Completely unrelated yet interesting: (I’m too tired for better seques and still too proud for stupid puns. (Not that those would have been allowed in this context anway.)) Chinese Mobile App UI Trends.
If you want to say hi – here is my WeChat QR code.

Did you hear, there will be a new James Bond movie. In their old-school way they opted for unveiling a car and the people in the movie at some event – without even a teaser trailer that silly internet people could link to or embed.
Let’s just hope the new Bond movie fix one of the biggest problems of Skyfall.
At least Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig are about the same age, so that’s something.

A brief history of web design for designers is pretty fun – especially the GIFs.

Let’s try to get through this week together.
You can do it! (And I’ll somehow manage to muddle through, somehow.)

77: Not Faux

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I had delicious fondue last night and it still seems like my insides are lined with cheese. Onwards!

Two movie trailers touched our collective nerd hearts last week – sometimes in a way that even feels a bit inappropriate.
The Jurassic World trailer scares me. Not the good kind of scared, either. Between CGI that looks like it would fit better into a videogame cut scene and the premise of a genetically engineered super-raptor, I am not sold.
Especially since the dinosaurs have no feathers.

Wired is worried, too:

Okay, as with any emergency situation, the first step is not to panic. We don’t need to tell you what’s going on in this first trailer for Jurassic World, or about all the concerns we suddenly have, because we’ve all watched it by now and are all unbuttoning our top buttons to alleviate the tension sweats.

But they do have a few good points why the movie might be better than the trailer. If you need your hopes brought down again, listen to Lisa Schmeiser and Philip Michaels ruin the movie for you.

Now if you wonder why the CGI looks so plastic-y, the answer might surprise you! (Saving you the click: it’s very early in the production schedule and the visual effects are in a rather rough state.)

A slightly shorted and better looking trailer comes courtesy of Star Wars! The Force Awakens. Probably after a short nap?
I’d need a nap, too, if I were busy rolling around the desert, though.

And of course the nerd world exploded – because what we really need are shot-for-shot replays of very short teaser trailers.

Anyone still reading after all this movie trailer talk? Here are some very beautiful street photographs of 1950s Hong Kong.
And if you like pho, here you go: How To Eat A Bowl Of Pho Like You Know What You’re Doing. (And if you don’t like pho, what’s wrong with you?)

We’ll get through this week together. Say hi!

76: Never Equally Distributed

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It’s another monday and I am still not over the fact that “Can you forward me that email?” translates to “Print the email and put it on my desk.” for some people. Oh well. Onwards.

If someone had told me I’d read a profile about a software engineer on vogue.com that is not a total puff piece, I’d not have believed them.
Well, here is one: How Pinterest Engineer Tracy Chou is Breaking the Silicon Ceiling.

Talking about professions in magazines that I would not have thought to be possible, here is an article in the New Yorker on The Rise of the Professional Cyber Athlete.
After reading the article you might actually want to watch that Bomber vs Scarlett match – it’s a thing of beauty.

A very different thing of beauty is the idea and execution behind this gallery: 24 Photographs Taken at the Exact Same Moment All Around the World.

This is a very fast train. And it’s maybe a bit less disappointing than the Shanghai Maglev that even at full speed feels a bit like a metro. (Which is probably by design – it is how it is used, anyway.)

Have a good start into the week.

75: Pretty Chill

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It’s 2014, that poor little probe we landed on a comet is already out of juice. A bit like my iPhone around lunchtime.
Talking about probes: at least Uranus might be full of surprises.

Last week I mentioned Serial and how I wouldn’t listen to it because reasons. Well, those of you who know me might have guessed it: I had to give it a try anyway. I’m still not too sure what to make of it – from what I have heard in my binge-listening-and-then-unsubscribing this weekend, it seems to me the guy did it and now a whole bunch of people who were hoping to put this behind them are in the internet’s spotlight.
Serial is a big hit, though – and suddenly people like podcasts.

Besides listening to podcasts my weekend was eaten away by 0h h1. Curse you, addictive browser logic game!

Oh, wait, no – back to podcasts. (Sorry.)
The wonderful Allie Brosh was on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast – it is a great interview and oh boy, does it get dark.

Too dark for you? How about some knowledge about the weird reproductive cycle of jellyfish and how they’ll soon take over the world?
Or you know – space sloths.

Be safe.

74: Basil Goes With Everything

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74 newsletters in and I still didn’t bother to check the rules whether there needs to be a comma behind that “hello” or not.

2014: An enormous bitcoin mine went up in flames.
Is this the future? It sounds enormously cyberpunk-y to me.

Talking about enormously cyberpunk-y things – my copy of City of Darkness arrived this weekend. A stunningly well-made book about Kowloon Walled City I will probably be busy looking at the great photos and diagrams and reading about the inhabitant’s lives for quite some while.
And yes, one of these cross-sections made it into the book as well.

A Call For Web Developers To Deprecate Their CSS ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The big podcast du jour is The Serial which chronicles a reporter looking into a murder case from 1999. Apparently it is very well made and yet – I am not all that willing to give it a listen. Mostly because I am afraid I might like it too much and then forget that these are real people and not something like Lost or Twin Peaks.
Obviously I am not the only one with those ideas. Especially since some listeners seem to start looking into the case by themselves.

And hey, sure, why not? Cooking 101: An Infographic is worth a thousand recipes.

Be safe.

All Tomorrow's Parties

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This weekend I flooded my kitchen with coffee.

I also finished reading William Gibson’s new book “The Peripheral” and it is unsurprisingly very good.
I always thought that it is unneccesary to tell people about him and his work, but “What’s a William Gibson book? Is that like Harry Potter?” made me rethink that.
Turns out, William Gibson is already here, he’s just not very evenly distributed.

Of course a new William Gibson book also means a lot of William Gibson interviews. Here are some I enjoyed: (Warning, some are quite spoilery)

And then there is this long portrait of Mr Gibson.

That should keep you busy for a while – if you’re not that interested, here, have a sleeping puppy:

Or the best wombat movie ever made.

Or some Japanese rock music.

Be safe.

72: Uncanny Grape

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I was like “I know a guy who can eat a whole grape.”
Marcel the Shell is voiced by Jenny Slate, who we all know as Mona-Lisa Saperstein and who has a strange little origin story for Marcel.

Talking about women on TV – I am sure we all wondered what happened to the girl in Journey’s “Separate Ways” video? Well, now we know.


Apparently we use filters on our photos because they would be slightly creepy otherwise? Who knew.


If you need icons, here are some icons from Google. They’re CC-BY-SA, so go for it.


If you need to know the time in Japan – and who doesn’t? – here is a handsome man and a pretty lady clock for you.
And then there is always the uniqlock.


Almost every sitcom is set in New York – but where in New York exactly? Here we go: The Most Famous Sitcom Residences In New York City (↬ @fab1An)


On Saturday I actually managed to leave the house. I got rained on, which I should have known, but I didn’t.

Stay alive.

71: Typewriter

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Finally, a typewriter we can all agree on: Sincerity Machine

Three cheers for Pig Pen Sedaris! – lovely photo, too.

I know I am late to the party – in fact, very late – but I really enjoy SNL. Very much including the title sequence, which has a long and detailed behind-the-scenes article here.

Why I Feel Bad For – And Understand – The Angry #GamerGate Gamers – “An old angry white male nerd looks with sadness at young angry white male nerds.” Worth a read. Same author: Why GamerGate Already Lost

A series of photos that are relevant to my interests: Oliver Tjaden’s “Keep Flying”.

Wow, at least once I have been way ahead of the curve: Our children are getting soft. Not just wimpy, or less sharp, but doughy. And pale, too.

I half-listened to The Incomparable 216 on the weekend and decided to buy myself “London Falling” by Paul Cornell. If you like completely strange, dark detective fiction with weird occult stuff, you might like it.

Take care, all of you.

70: Much to Learn

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Tinyletter, which is the service I use to send this email, uses the slogan “Newsletters for people with something to say.”
Luckily it is also for people like me who don’t really have anything to say. Thanks for reading anyway, folks.

Stuff like this should not happen. WTF, people.


Related: Why nerd culture must die

Related, but more enjoyable: I did buy Brianna Wu’s Revolution 60 and played through it in one sitting. It surely is different from other games I have played so far and I quite enjoyed it.

How to beard. I have much to learn.


Landscape, Redacted


I hope you all have a great week ahead of you.

69: Hehehehe.

Hello internet friends!

Here are some links for your enjoyment:

There is much to learn from the paper towel – Craig Mod is praising single use tools, both digital and “in the real world.”

Andre Braugher, the Undercover Comedian of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ – a great article on a great actor.

How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the monster it is today – a ride on the Shinkansen is pretty high on my bucket list. Great photos, too.

I love advertising because I love lying – cynical? Sure. Funny? Yes.

The Semiotics of Bubble Tea – because bubble tea. (I know. Sooo two years ago.)

Have a great week!