More stuff? Why yes!

RIP

P. J. O’Rourke

Learn Something

This workplace safety video is brutal.

Yes, it’s a Coursera course, but there’s some good stuff in here for anyone seeking to improve their own learning. → Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Thread on Long Covid by @ahandvanish

Richard Morris: Art History in a Tweet (@ahistoryinart)

It’s a Conspiracy (and That’s a Serious Problem)

Wordle, Confirmation Bias, and Conspiracies – thread by @mjshally

A lesson in how misinformation becomes fact in too many minds – thread by @mypoortiredsoul

Word History

‘segocia’: meaning and origin – word histories

Crossword Stuff

Consider supporting indie constructors like ada nicolle (luckystreak xwords)…she’s creating great puzzles!

The Boswords 2022 Spring Themeless League registration is open! It’s fun and you can compete as an individual or with someone else. Don’t be worried if you’ve never done this kind of thing before…they’re a most friendly bunch.

I forgot how much I enjoy acrostics and wish there were more available online. When in need, roll my own? Perhaps, thanks to this great video on How to Make an Acrostic Puzzle

Wordle-y Wise

In Quordle you solve four words at a time. It’s my new daily Wordle.

Squabble is a competitive version of Quordle for four players at a time. You can play and find games as a guest, so why not check it out?

Other Word Games

How Scrabble Blew Its Big Moment – Sports Illustrated

A Shadow Behind Bars

Time for another post of interesting stuff found along the way to…somewhere?

Life

Louie Anderson was a beautiful soul: Twirl

Justice

The Punishment Bureaucracy: How to Think About “Criminal Justice Reform”

The graphic representations of the stats here are powerful“Mapping Police Violence just released a report finding 2021 was one of the worst years for deadly police violence on record. … Here are some of the key findings*

Music

This is such a great conversation on everything from the earliest days of Ben Folds Five to creativity and many entertaining anecdotes: Ben Folds on Broken Record with Rick Rubin. And it was through this podcast that I learned Ben has a podcast of his own, with a diverse list of guests including Nick Hornby, Margaret Cho, Bob Saget (RIP), Rainn Wilson, Peter Frampton and many more: Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds

Words and Language

Strange Duolingo Sentences collects just what it says. Worth a few minutes and a follow.

Crosswords

Lots of great history of crosswords this time around!

Stephen Sondheim didn’t just change musicals. He changed crosswords.

Beastly Clues: T. S. Eliot, Torquemada, and the Modernist Crossword

The Puzzling Story of How Cryptic Crosswords Crossed the Atlantic

Fill Me In: Cryptics, cryptics, (almost) nothing but cryptics!

Beyond Wordle

Bye bye Wordle as we knew it: The New York Times Purchases Wordle (for a mere “low seven figures!”)

Dordle has you solving two words at once

QUEERDLE calls itself a “yassification of Wordle.”

Gramble isn’t related to Wordle, but it is an addictive little game.

Computery Stuff

Janelle Shane built on her earlier experiments with using AI to generate paint colors and went right through the weird wall. Some of my favorites: Unripe Cabbage, The Brown of Truth, Tree the Broken Loo, Glowstain and Bludrusk. And there’s more, like a color meant for birds…

Some good ones here. I’m currently rocking the old school Pong saver: 🍎 🖥 🎆 A curated list of screensavers for Mac OS X

Music

Words & Language

wordle-y

Crosswords

Chess

  • Hiarcs Chess Explorer Pro is finally out, for Windows and MacOS, and it changes things for Mac users: we finally have a competitor for ChessBase, that bloated, slow program with an archaic interface. It’s handling my 5 million game database with ease.

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