The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #124

  1. After 46 Years, Mattel Redesigned Uno For Color-Blind People | “The classic game is now playable for 350 million more people around the globe.”
  2. The pattern for color names from around the world | “If you look at the basic colors from a variety of cultures & languages from around the world, there are differences in the number of colors represented in each language. Some languages only have words for black, white, and red while others have words for more than 10 basic colors. Surprisingly, there’s a pattern behind the development of these color words across many of these languages: the words for colors were often invented in the same order.”
  3. Follow Cartoonist Lynda Barry’s 2017 “Making Comics” Class Online, Presented at UW-Wisconsin | “Professor Skeletor—aka cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry—is at it again. Making Comics (& other Graphic Formations), her fall offering at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Discovery is just getting underway. Those of us who can’t study in person with an educator whose department chair called her “the best classroom teacher” that he’s ever seen can happily follow along online.”
  4. Back to the Cave | “Hi, my name’s Frank. I’m a designer, writer, and illustrator. But none of that matters today. I’m up here speaking because I’m like all of you: I need to make things.”
  5. Long Before Photoshop, the Soviets Mastered the Art of Erasing People from Photographs — and History Too | “…Photoshopping didn’t begin with Photoshop, and indeed the early masters of Photoshopping did it well before anyone had even dreamed of the personal computer, let alone a means to manipulate images on one. In America, the best of them worked for the movies; in Soviet Russia they worked for a different kind of propaganda machine known as the State…”
  6. If Music Gives You Goosebumps, Your Brain Might Be Special! | “Do you ever get that feeling when listening to a great song that makes all the hairs on your arm stand on end? Experiencing sensations like goose bumps or a lump in the throat when listening to music is quite rare and unique.”
  7. NASA Lets You Download Free Posters Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Voyager Missions | “A quick fyi: Last year, NASA released 14 Free Posters That Depict the Future of Space Travel in a Captivatingly Retro Style. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions (Aug. 20 and Sept. 5, 1977), the space agency has issued three attractive new posters to celebrate our “ambassadors to the rest of the Milky Way.'”
  8. Title: Leonardo da Vinci, Notebook (‘The Codex Arundel’) | “Contents: Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci (‘The Codex Arundel’). A collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal notes. The core of the notebook is a collection of materials that Leonardo describes as ‘a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place according to the subjects of which they treat’..”
  9. Elemental haiku | “A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized). The haiku encompass astronomy, biology, chemistry, history, physics, and a bit of whimsical flair.” (Via Coudal Parters)
  10. DONATE TO THE ONE AMERICA APPEAL | “Hurricane Harvey brought terrible devastation – but it also brought out the best in humanity. As former Presidents, we wanted to come together and join our fellow citizens in supporting Houston and the communities along the Gulf Coast as they rebuild. Please give whatever you can. Every cent donated through the One America Appeal will help the victims recover. Thank you.”

Image: vintage Soviet photo editing, link #5.