Sorry, too busy at NewClientCo to sort these out earlier
FWIW, not only is this the hundredth Monday Links, it's also exactly a year since my heart attack
- Deep Intellect - "Inside the mind of the octopus." Fascinating examination of the remarkable mental faculties of the many-limbed mollusc.
- 3D Printing - "While an industrial 3D printer (also known as a fabricator or a rapid prototyper) would once have cost over $100,000, a perfectly adequate machine for home use can now be had for less than $2,000. Those prepared to assemble their own can buy kits for $500 or so." Could 3D printers be the present-day equivalent of the 1970s' microcomputers?
- Smoking Kids - "Titled “The beauty of an ugly addiction”, photographer Frieke Janssens confronts viewers with questions about the general smoking ban introduced in Belgium some months ago. Surrealistic, melancholic and theatrical but especially controversial pictures of smoking kids are used to visualise the contradiction of the unhealthy cigarette and the immense attraction of smoking." (The ciggies the children "smoke" were actually made of cheese. That's Belgium for you.)
- The Itch - "It was right after a shingles episode. The blisters and the pain responded, as they usually did, to acyclovir, an antiviral medication. But this time the area of the scalp that was involved became numb, and the pain was replaced by a constant, relentless itch... Only in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the doctors started swarming, and one told her she needed surgery now, did M. learn what had happened. She had scratched through her skull during the night—and all the way into her brain." No, it's not fiction
- I Punched a Hole In My Picasso! - "Casino mogul Steve Wynn ripped a hole through his $139 million Picasso painting while gesticulating at a cocktail party, reports the New York Post. Nora Ephron gave her own first-person account of the damage: It was "a black hole the size of a silver dollar … with two three-inch long rips coming off it in either direction." Wynn had just agreed to sell the painting; now, the deal is off. Is there any way to fix the ripped Picasso?" Casino mogul, you say? Well well, what a pity
- Amazing Stop Motion Video Made with a Desk Toy and Google Street View - "A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View."
- Viz Symposium: One in the Oven - "Fru T. Bunn (“the Master Baker”) is a recurring strip about a baker, Frubert Bunn, who makes gingerbread dolls and has sex with them." An erudite analysis of this Viz character.
- ‘Sovereign’ Washington group draws federal fire - "At base, sovereign citizens believe federal and local governments have no power over them and, in the extreme, that they have the right to violently oppose government tyranny." These nutters are gaining some traction over here, although without the guns: they call themselves "Freemen on the Land" and believe they are exempt from the law. They also keep getting jailed for contempt of court...
- The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face - "Kare’s first assignment was developing fonts for the Mac OS... Inspired by the collaborative intelligence of her fellow software designers, Kare stayed on at Apple to craft the navigational elements for Mac’s GUI. Because an application for designing icons on screen hadn’t been coded yet, she went to the University Art supply store in Palo Alto and picked up a $2.50 sketchbook so she could begin playing around with forms and ideas. In the pages of this sketchbook, which hardly anyone but Kare has seen before now*, she created the casual prototypes of a new, radically user-friendly face of computing — each square of graph paper representing a pixel on the screen."
- Ugly Renaissance Babies - Exactly what it says on the tin