The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #235

  1. What are magazines good for? | “Late last month, as President-elect Biden prepared to mount the dais at the Capitol to become President Biden, the Grolier Club, on East Sixtieth Street, opened its doors to a room-size history of the republic as told through its magazines. History was in the air that week, so the opening was timely. Everyone was looking to the future, and it made some sense to check for guidance in the past.”
  2. Astrophysicists re-imagine world map, designing a less distorted, ‘radically different’ way to see the world | “For centuries, mapmakers have agonized over how to accurately display our round planet on anything other than a globe. Now, a fundamental re-imagining of how maps can work has resulted in the most accurate flat map ever made…”
  3. It ain’t Grand | “‘Texas isn’t Grand,’ Marty said. ‘If you want Grand, you need to go west to Colorado or Montana or something.’ The bright side of this, we agreed, was that here you learn to really pay attention, to track subtle changes in the environment, to fire up your eyebeams and search for beauty.”
  4. How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted | “Even before the pandemic, American culture was embracing numbness as an antidote for the overload of digital capitalism. But is it a real escape — or another trap?”
  5. The linguistics of hyperlinks | “Hyperlinks are a ubiquitous feature of the internet, but unlike other elements of internet language use, there hasn’t been a lot of published work that considers the linguistics of hyperlinks. Or really any work as far as I can tell (but please correct me if I’m wrong!). Hyperlinks anchor to written text, and interact with it in ways that are interesting both syntactically and semantically.”
  6. Announcing Skittish | “For the last few months, I’ve been quietly working on a brand-new project and it’s killed me to keep it secret, but I can’t keep it bottled up anymore—partly because I need your help. Today, I’m announcing Skittish, a playful virtual space for online events. Skittish brings people together into a game-like interactive 3D environment that’s designed from the ground up for socially-driven events, big and small.”
  7. A Cheat Sheet for Choosing the Right Data Visualizations | “Discover the best practices for designing these 10 popular charts.”
  8. WebGradients | “WebGradients is a free collection of 180 linear gradients that you can use as content backdrops in any part of your website. Easy copy CSS3 crossbrowser code and use it in a moment! We’ve also prepared a .PNG version of each gradient. As a bonus, there are packs for Sketch & Photoshop.”
  9. Against Loving Your Job | “We need a politics of time. A political understanding that our lives are ours to do with what we will.”
  10. How To Spot Fake News.