I’ve mentioned many times before how much of a LEGO geek I was back in the day; this article on the UX of LEGO panels activates about seventeen different parts of my brain. I always had a collection of “special” parts that were key to any build with a minifig, and these were at the top of the list.

Date posted: August 5, 2020 | Filed under design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Interesting: most of the staff of the dearly departed Deadspin have started up their own new site, called Defector, coming in September. They’re doing a subscription plan, and for $69/mo. I’d consider it.

Date posted: July 28, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I wouldn’t trust the U.S. secretary of percussion to tell me how to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” if they had never sat behind a drum set, so why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach, without her ever having sat at the head of a class? (Maybe she should switch to the drums.)

Dave Grohl writes in The Atlantic about how our nation’s teachers need a plan for for the fall semester, and they need it now.

Date posted: July 22, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve never tried to link a Twitter thread here before, but let’s go: this is a bracket voting system for ranking America’s Worst Plutocratic Family. The Koch family already blew the Coors family out of the water, and right now it’s Trump vs. Walton. That’s a tough one: completely torpedoing the battered, uneven myth of America in a short 4 years or decades of eroding the social safety net, gutting small business, and selling cheap shit in search of profit. Do you take the global view or the local view?

Date posted: July 16, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Dries Buytaert did some sleuthing and found a way to remove YouTube tracking from embedded videos by using a simple addition to the embed URL. The result is that it’s GDPR compliant, and, as an added benefit, the page will load faster because it’s not sending a cookie off to Google. I used a WordPress plugin called Search Regex to find and replace all the YouTube links on Idiotking.org, and now they should all be cookie free.

Date posted: June 29, 2020 | Filed under housekeeping, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

McSweeney’s, normally a humor website, has been keeping tabs on what they call President Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes. They’re up to 759 as of this post (June 26). It’s amazing, absolutely gutting, and makes me want to throw up.

Date posted: June 26, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is pretty cool: a website featuring thousands of high-resolution searchable, downloadable historical artworks.

Date posted: June 17, 2020 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

J.K Rowling has been making biased comments about transgender women for a while now, which is disappointing, to say the least. Daniel Radcliffe wrote an excellent rebuttal that is both respectful and informative, and it is a masterclass in tolerance and inclusivity.

To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you.

Date posted: June 11, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Trump sent the DC Police out 1/2 hour before the official curfew to clear the streets so he could walk down to St. John’s Episcopal Church and shoot a photo op holding a bible. One of the Reverends was handing out food and snacks on the steps, and she and her staff were tear-gassed and driven off by police in riot gear. Fuck. This. Guy.

Date posted: June 2, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Not that I need this, but I’ll save the link here: Fujifilm released software that allows the use of X-series cameras as webcams. I’d imagine you’d need a DC adapter to really make this work, as the batteries would drain in minutes, but it’s kind of cool. Update: I jut noticed it’s only compatible with the high-end X-series cameras and not my X-T10. Oh, well.

Date posted: May 29, 2020 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »