Random Newsletter No. 2
Random links, a random quote and random thoughts
The plan for this newsletter is to put out an edition once a week. It is the one thing I don’t plan on making random.
The stuff I share will typically be:
Random and presumably interesting links (I will try to avoid articles with paywalls)
Random thoughts of my own. These will often be silly or inane, it’s just the way my mind rolls.
Possibly an animated GIF of a cat doing something funny (see bullet point above)
I am open to ideas on other things to put in this space—sketches, stories of daring and adventure, and so on. I am not looking to provide deep insight into today’s world, so if you are looking for that, you may be disappointed. If it happens, it was an accident and I apologize.
Feel free to leave suggestions or feedback in the comments (you’ll need to have a free Substack account to do this).
An equally amusing and frightening simulation of so many current sites on the web: how-i-experience-the-web-today
How was fluffernutter not already there? 20 Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2021 (Mental Floss)
In which Clive Thompson argues that Minecraft has been doing the metaverse thing for years. Bonus random thought: Naming your company ‘Meta’ is kind of dumb. Minecraft is the metaverse (OneZero, medium.com)
Bots taking advantage of us expecting bots. It’s like SkyNET: The Beginning. The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes (vice.com, via Daring Fireball)
Some of these designs are…unorthodox. Why McDonald’s looks sleek and boring now (Vox)
Someone once said [to a classical musician] wow, you’re so lucky, I’d give anything to be able to play like you, and they replied would you give five hours a day? Because that’s what they practise every day. It’s insane.
- Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead
Five deadly things I thought were great as a kid
Second hand smoke (just kidding)
Bonus animated cat GIF
That’s all for this week!