Previous “Links” posts

I’d Read the Entire List of New Words 

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

At the moment, I am experience Impfneid, envy of those who’ve received the COVID vaccine. What new German word best describes your pandemic experience?

Our Immune Systems Are Adorable 

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Last fall, Reuters published a great look at viruses and vaccines. I hadn’t seen it until just recently, but it’s a great primer, and still worth a look.

COVID-19 Virus, magnified 1000000x

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which are now in widespread use in America are mRNA vaccines.

Humorously Homicidal 

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Before “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show”, Jim Henson’s creative efforts were used in advertising. A bizarre series of absurdly violent ads for the little-known Wilkins Coffee brand has recently been making the rounds, and it’s quite the watch.1


  1. This disturbing record of puppet-on-puppet crime is archived here. ↩︎

The Skelecaster 

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

A man who goes by the name “Prince Midnight” has built a functioning guitar out of a skeleton, and I can’t think of anything more metal than that.

“[N]ow Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity. That’s how he would want it. I’m super proud of the project and how it serves to honour him, his life and his influence on me.”

Rock on, Uncle Filip.

Update (February 22, 2021): It appears there are some questions about this story, as reported by Vice, among others. Is the backstory of a dead uncle the fictitious work of a prankster? It seems distinctly possible. However, the Skelecaster certainly does seem to exist, and it may well be built with a real human skeleton:

As for the Skelecaster and whether or not it’s actually made from a human skeleton, an orthopedic surgeon reviewed the photos of Filip’s bones at my request, and could only say that there wasn’t any evidence to suggest that the skeleton didn’t belong to a human male.

If it’s a real skeleton coupled with a fake backstory, that just makes the whole story even weirder. If it turns out to be a fake skeleton, well, that will be a shame.

The Ball’s in Your Court, Louvre 

Friday, February 19th, 2021

In the two years since his horrifying introduction, Gritty, the mascot of the Phillydelphia Flyers, has become an object of strange affection. Though he continues to be bizarre beyond belief, he’s been embraced. Now, he’s the subject of some truly fine art.

Gritty and the Gritty painting

I’m not sure what the plan is for this masterpiece. Gritty has suggested it be hung over the Mona Lisa.

“Just” a Chocolate Cake With Raspberry Jam and Lashings of Buttercream 

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

This is a damned impressive birthday cake.

Yardi Gras 

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Today is Mardi Gras, a day that would ordinarily include a huge parade in New Orleans, replete with elaborate costumes and traveling floats. In the midst of a still-raging pandemic, such an event would be ill-advised. However, the people of New Orleans have come up with a solid substitute: House floats.

When the parades and festivities that mark Carnival were canceled due to COVID-19 last fall, New Orleanians found another way to celebrate.

Within weeks, hundreds had signed up to decorate their homes as elaborate house floats to replace traditional parade floats.

Now, with just two weeks until Mardi Gras day, it’s hard not to walk through the city and find something to smile about, despite the ongoing pandemic and the toll it has exacted.

The Atlantic has a great collection of pictures, showing just how far folks are going.

The Six Commandments for Natural and Enjoyable Robotic Hugging 

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but if you’re still in need of some affection, perhaps a robotic hug will suffice. Meet HuggieBot 2.0, the robot that hugs and definitely won’t crush you to death.


This Should Not Be Globally Accessible 

Friday, February 12th, 2021

So I was thinking that maybe not everything should be remotely accessible via the internet. Perhaps certain things should be disconnected in the interest of public safety, even if it reduces the convenience for employees.

This Might As Well Happen 

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Sure, why not test for COVID-19 by using anal swabs? Pile it on, world.