Things my friends have done
- bottle_of_smoke has blogged again about things she enjoys: this time, the romantic lives of urban pigeons.
Things strangers have done
- Someone has discovered – how, I don’t know – that there is a squid that can break off its arms and throw them at enemies. The world can always, always get weirder.
- Made a note, at a fiction magazine, on why writing what you know isn’t always the best advice.
- Some kind soul has uploaded a selection of public domain films, including The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, to Youtube.
- Created an amusing little toy which will generate chunks of “Fifty Shades of Grey”-esque prose at the press of a button.
- Made a tool which allows you to find that word that’s right on the tip of your tongue.
- Posted a wide variety of documentaries, with a slant towards British history (the tumblr page is something of a clusterfuck of add-ons and annoying cursor-follows).
- Made an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make custom lipsticks using wax crayons!
- Reported that science populariser and neurologist Oliver Sacks struggles with prosopagnosia, or “face blindness”, a neurological disorder which prevents him from recognising faces. The article itself is being used in part to promote Sacks’ new book, The Mind’s Eye.
- Compiled a list of the “6 Most Certifiably Insane Acts of Writing“, although it is from Cracked.com so you may wish to take it with an entire cellar of salt.
- Posted a tutorial on how to turn a t-shirt into a “tank top” which I think is Americanese for “strappy top”.
- Laurie Penny wrote a post using her personal experience to talk about definitions of rape in the media; as you might expect from that description it is not a comfortable read.
- Created a handy website that will transform handwriting into a font.
- Made an interactive map of surname frequency in London.