Dozens of new links, many from Imperica’s ‘web curios’ roundup.
Just as things had a big effect on me last month, such is the discovery of Imperica—particularly its ‘web curios’ posts, which are MASSIVE link roundups like you’ve never seen before. These are exhaustive and tremendously exciting. So, having now read back through the last several months of Imperica, let’s look at the effect on href.cool…
Added to Bodies/Inanimate:
- Duracell on Instagram Blog 1m
Some artsy design firm is doing their best with brown-and-gold batteries. (Via Imperica.) (Imperica has a finger on the pulse of Instagram—there is some cool shit happening there.)
A new category, Bodies/Primitive:
- 507 Movements Page 1m
Illustrations of five-hundred-and-seven different mechanical pulleys, gears, cogs combos. (Via Imperica.)
- Warp Door Blog 5m
Not much commentary—just the very indiest of games. Homemade stuff everyday. (I’m REALLY getting into itch.io lately. It’s a “silo” type site but is cultivating a nice place I think.)
- Eigengrau’s Generator Page 5m
Generates random encounters and random persons, complete with backstories and pedigree. Written in Twine, surprisingly.
- from here to there Blog 1h
See, a link like this is what makes the Alphanumerics category the best! I doubt many will visit this topic, because it’s quite modest. But Ian Paul Wright’s blog, lavish in its diagrams and munificent in its prose, is about as good as it gets when it comes to Marxist blogs—fun theories crossing math with philosophy. (Via h0p3.)
A new one for Real/Paced:
- my mechanics
Methodical videos of old machinery being oiled, cleaned and repainted. (Via Imperica.)
I’ve expanded the Web/Wiki page, by adding a note on h0p3’s Wiki, listing the various wikis branching out from his family.
- h0p3 calls his work public self-modeling. In 2019, this is a growing subculture—see also: Sphygmus, Jack Baty, Phil N, casual bedlam (Catherine), Joe Jenett, humdrum.life, Andrew Canion, Frank Mcpherson and Josh Sullivan.
To Stories/Paneled, an obvious link I neglected to add:
- POKEY THE PENGUIN!! Page 1m
One of the first comics I remeber seeing on the Web—back in the 90’s. Clearly made in MS Paint. Completing it is not a problem—there is a random generator that mashes unrelated frames together.
- ’important videos’ Page 1m
This is it—the playlist of the 300 most important videos on YouTube! (See also: a condensed version.)
An obvious omission from Stories/Poems:
- "Ain’t Got No, I’ve Got Life"
Everything Nina Simone wrote just cuts right to the human that’s under our fucking layers of shellac. (If you like this, I think you’ll also like the first song off Tank & The Bangas’ set on Tiny Desk Concerts. It’s those root lyrics like: I’ve got a mouth and You are like a loop.)
Brilliant addition to Tapes/Classic:
- The K-Mart Tapes
A large collection of monthly cassettes: elevator music and hits that powered the K-Mart speakers through the 80’s and 90’s. This could be in Tapes/Vaporwave as source material. (Via Imperica.)
AND OF COURSE (to Visuals/Zines):
- Nathalie Lawhead’s Electric Zine Maker (Beta)
Ok, THIS is what you need to make your own zine. This frantic, zany tool will draw you into making a paper zine. If you don’t have an idea—you will. Just crack it open and play. (By perennial favorite Nathalie Lawhead—she’s a huge influence on EVERYTHING I do.)
Forgot this one in Web/Participate:
- Twine Page 5m
Build interactive stories visually. Truly one of the best ways to teach an elementary-age child to write computer programs.