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The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #255

by | October 29, 2021, 9:42am

  1. Unbelievable 100-year-old font can be read both backwards and forwards | “It’s not every day we stumble across innovative fonts that are over 100 years old, but this typeface from 1909 has certainly sparked our interest. This special font can be read both backwards and forwards.”
  2. Wil Wheaton gave a perfect explanation of how to separate problematic artists from their art | “In an era of debates over cancel culture and increased accountability for people with horrendous views and behaviors, the question of art vs. artist is a tricky one. When you find out an actor whose work you enjoy is blatantly racist and anti-semitic in real life, does that realization ruin every movie they’ve been a part of? What about an author who has expressed harmful opinions about a marginalized group? What about a smart, witty comedian who turns out to be a serial sexual assaulter? Where do you draw the line between a creator and their creation?”
  3. Remember ‘I’m Just a Bill’? Here’s the 2021 version. | “After months of reporting on the haggling between Democrats and Republicans to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill, we thought the 45-year-old explainer needed an update.”
  4. The secret to creating amazing work? You have to hate it first | “In ‘Creative Acts for Curious People,’ the Stanford d.school’s Sarah Stein Greenberg offers tangible ways to embrace creativity and work through obstacles.”
  5. Color Seatbelts Should Be Standard on Every Car | “A seat belt is one of the first things you interact with when you get into a car. You get in, you close the door, and you fasten your seat belt. Every single person I drove around in those cars commented on the colored fabric. They all liked it. Seat belts so often come in basic and boring black fabric that seeing one that isn’t that is like seeing a knob in the middle of a door. Hobbit-style.”
  6. Can a low mood lead to artistic greatness? | “When it appeared in 2011, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia was billed as ‘a beautiful film about the end of the world’. The story was apocalyptic, the narrative slow and moody, reflecting the way sensations are muffled by depression. Tell a depressive the world ends tomorrow, and the reply might be, ‘whatever’.”
  7. Fighting to Keep Employees During the Great Resignation? A New Survey Suggests a Free and Effective Way to Hold Onto Your People | “The magic ingredient to get employees to stick around? Career transparency.”
  8. Yale Says Its Vinland Map, Once Called a Medieval Treasure, Is Fake | “For decades, researchers at Yale and elsewhere have questioned the authenticity of a map that seemed to reflect Viking travels to North America. The school now says the case is closed.”
  9. An Artist’s Guide to Different Types of Pens | “A set of drawing pencils and a sketchbook will help you begin your artistic journey, but the right pen may be the tool to bring your idea to life. Pens can offer consistent linework to artists that specialize in intricate details as well as bold, expressive marks that are reminiscent of brushes. It all depends on what type of pen it is.”
  10. Photos Are Too Flattering Now | “An ode to the bygone days of blurry, poorly lit images.”